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Cabled Shoulder Shrug

A good shrug is the perfect companion for summer. Carry it with you to protect your bare shoulders from the cold air conditioning after you've been out in the hot sun. This cozy Cabled Shoulder Shrug is perfect for that. It's also simple and elegant, making it perfect for church, a wedding, or any other formal event. You can stick to the traditional gray for a knit shrug that matches any outfit, or go bolder for a more striking addition to your wardrobe. You'll also love this shrug in the winter over a sweater.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size10 or 6 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch

Materials:

  • Patons® Shetland Chunky (100 g / 3.5 oz) (110 m / 121 yds) 03046 (Oxford Grey)
    • XS/M - 4 balls
    • L/2XL - 4 balls
    • 3XL/5XL - 5 balls
  • Size 6 mm (U.S. 10) knitting needles
  • Size 6 mm (U.S. 10) circular knitting needle 24 ins [60 cm] long or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Cable needle

 

Measurements:

To fit bust measurement:

Extra-Small/Medium: 28-38 ins [ 71-96.5 cm ]

Large/2 X-Large: 40-50 ins [ 101.5-127 cm ]

3/5 X-Large: 52-62 ins [ 132-157.5 cm ]

 

Abbreviations:

alt = Alternate(ing).

Beg = Beginning.

cont = Continue(ity).

K = Knit.

K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together.

M1P = Make 1 stitch by picking up horizontal loop lying before next stitch and purling into back of loop.

P = Purl.

P2tog = Purl next 2 stitches together.

Pat = Pattern.

Rem = Remaining.

Rep = Repeat.

Rnd(s) = Round(s).

RS = Right side.

Sl1 = Slip next stitch.

St(s) = Stitch(es).

Tog = Together.

WS = Wrong side.

 

Gauge: 15 sts and 20 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking st.

 

Stitch Glossary:

C4B (cable 4 Back): Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and leave at back of work. Knit next 2 stitches from left-hand needle, skipping stitches on cable needle. Knit 2 stitches from cable needle. Cable C4B is complete.

C4F (cable 4 Front): Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. Working behind cable needle, knit next 2 stitches from left-hand needle. Knit 2 stitches from cable needle. Cable C4F is complete.

C6B (cable 6 Back): Slip next 3 stitches onto cable needle and leave at back of work. Knit next 3 stitches from left-hand needle, skipping stitches on cable needle. Knit 3 stitches from cable needle. Cable C6B is complete.

C6F (cable 6 Front): Slip next 3 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. Working behind cable needle, knit next 3 stitches from left-hand needle. Knit 3 stitches from cable needle. Cable C6F is complete.

C8B (cable 8 back): Slip next 4 stitches onto cable needle and leave at back of work. Knit next 4 stitches from left-hand needle, skipping stitches on cable needle. Knit 4 stitches from cable needle. Cable C8B is complete.

C8F (cable 8 Front): Slip next 4 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. Working behind cable needle, knit next 4 stitches from left-hand needle. Knit 4 stitches from cable needle. Cable C8F is complete.

 

Instructions

Cabled Shoulder Shrug Panel A

Cabled Shoulder Shrug Panel B

Cabled Shoulder Shrug Panel C


The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ). When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.

 

Cable Section

With pair of needles, cast on 44 sts.

Foundation row: (WS). K3. [(P3. M1P) twice. P4. K2] twice. (P2. M1P) twice. P3. K2. P2. M1P. P3. K3. 51 sts.

1st row: P3. Work 1st row of Panel Pat A across next 6 sts. P2. Work 1st row of Panel Pat B across next 9 sts. (P2. Work 1st row of Panel Pat C across next 12 sts) twice. P3.

2nd row: K3. (Work 2nd row of Panel Pat C across next 12 sts. K2) twice. Work 2nd row of Panel Pat B across next 9 sts. K2. Work 2nd row of Panel Pat A across next 6 sts. K3. Place marker to indicate top edge.

Panel Pats A, B and C are now in position.

 

Tip: When working several Cable Panels (Panel Patterns) with different amounts of row repeats, after working one full repeat of shortest Cable Panel, begin again with 1st row, AT THE SAME TIME, continue working in longer Cable Panels until they also have been completed, then begin each Cable Panel all over again.

 

Cont in pat until work from beg measures approx 44 (53-61) ins [112 (134.5-155) cm], ending on a 7th row of Panel Pat C.

Next row: (WS). K3. [(P2. P2tog) twice. P4. K2] twice. (P2. P2tog) twice. P1. K2. P2. P2tog. P2. K3. 44 sts.

Cast off in pat.

Sew cast on and cast off edges tog.

 

Yoke Section

With RS facing and circular needle, beg at center back seam, pick up and knit 132 (168-192) sts around top edge of Cable Section. Join in rnd, placing a marker on first st.

1st and 2nd rnds: Purl.

3rd and 4th rnds: Knit.

Rep last 4 rnds Ridge Pat once more, then rep 1st and 2nd rnds once more.

 

Shape top: 1st rnd: *K4. K2tog. Rep from * around. 110 (140-160) sts.

2nd to 4th rnds: Work even in Ridge Pat.

5th rnd: *K8 (5-6). K2tog. Rep from * around. 99 (120-140) sts.

6th to 8th rnds: Work even in Ridge Pat.

9th rnd: *K7 (4-5). K2tog. Rep from * around. 88 (100-120) sts.

10th rnd: Knit.

11th rnd: *P9 (8-4). P2tog. Rep from * around. 80 (90-100) sts.

Cast off purlwise.

 

Lower Edging:

With RS facing and circular needle, pick up and knit 170 (190-210) sts around lower edge of Cable Section. Join in rnd, placing a marker on first st.

1st rnd: Purl.

Cast off purlwise.

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This is a classy pattern, I looks warm and like it could be worn to a lot of semiformal event or event to a winter weekend escape, even for work, the pattern explains every detail, and it might look a little bit too difficult but in the end, I think its a lovely project to invest your time and be the envy of everybody with the result.

While watching Outlander the other night, I noticed that Claire was wearing a shrug much like this one. One of the reasons I love the program is because of the hand knits worn by the characters. I think this shrug would be quite special in a more rustic, hand spun yarn and would have fit perfectly in the Scottish highlands.

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