Easy Striped and Ribbed Knit Shrug


Easy Striped and Ribbed Knit Shrug

Easy Striped and Ribbed Knit Shrug
Easy Striped and Ribbed Knit Shrug

Look warm and stylish for your next night out on the town when you make this Easy Striped and Ribbed Knit Shrug! Elegant and understated, this shrug is the perfect go-to accessory for chilly weather. You can wear it over your favorite cocktail dress, or use it to add some glam to a T-shirt and pair of jeans. However — and whenever — you wear this shrug, you're sure to feel glamorous and sophisticated. Consider making this shrug in different colors so that you have an assortment of options. After all, who doesn't like to mix-and-match items in their wardrobe? A diagram for this easy knit pattern is included below, and instructions for the pretty flower corsage are also included.


Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge18 sts = 4”; 22 rows = 4” in St st. 

Finished SizeTo Fit Bust 32–34 (36–38, 40–42, 44–46, 48–50)”: Finished Length (cuff-to-cuff): 28 (29, 30, 31, 32)” Finished Front Opening Circumference: 42 (44, 46, 48, 50)”

Materials List

  • RED HEART BOUTIQUE®"Midnight": 3 balls 1933 Aura. (Note: Midnight is discontinued)
  • Knitting Needles: 5.5mm [US 9] straight needles and 2 double-pointed needles (for I-cord)
  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holder
  • Yarn needle



Directions are for sizes Small, Medium, Large, 1X and 2X are in parentheses. See note below for customizing sleeve length.

Size of shrug can be customized, to create longer sleeves. Instructions produce a short-sleeved shrug, with sleeves measuring 3½”. For longer sleeves, work longer body piece. Each additional 2” of body, provides 1” more length for each sleeve.

Pattern Stitch

3 x 3 Rib (multiple of 3 sts + 3)

  1. Row 1: K3, *p3, k3; repeat from * across.

  2. Row 2: P3, *k3, p3; repeat from * across.

  3. Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 3x3 Rib.

Shrug Body

  1. CO 81 (81, 87, 87, 93) sts. 

  2. Work in 3x3 Rib until piece measures 28 (29, 30, 31, 32)” from beginning.

  3. Bind off.

  4. Fold body in half, bringing side edges together. Beginning at each end, sew edges together for 3½” to form sleeves.

Shrug Collar

  1. Fold body in half, bringing sleeves together, and mark center point of one edge for back neck. Place a marker 8 (8, 8 ¾, 8¾, 9½)” before center marker and 8 (8, 8¾, 8¾, 9½)” after center marker. Pick up and knit 37 (37, 40, 40, 43) sts between first and center marker, pick up and knit 1 st at center marker, pick up and knit 37 (37, 40, 40, 43) sts between center marker and last marker—75 (75, 81, 81, 87) sts. Work in 3 x 3 Rib until collar measures 6½ (6½, 7, 7, 7½)."

  2. Next Row: Work first 3 sts, then slip these sts to a holder, bind off center 69 (69, 75, 75, 81) sts, slip last 3 sts to a double-pointed needle.

  3. I-Cord Ties: Working over the 3 sts on double-pointed needle, *knit all the sts, do not turn work. Slide all the stitches to opposite end of needle. Carry yarn tightly across back of work, and knit all the stitches. Repeat from * until I-cord measures 12 (13, 14, 15, 16)” or desired length for tie.

  4. Bind off.

  5. Slip remaining 3 sts from holder onto double-pointed needle and work I-cord in same manner.

Flower Corsage

  1. Cast on 55 sts.

  2. Row 1 (Wrong Side): Purl.

  3. Row 2: K1, *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; repeat from * across.

  4. Row 3: Purl.

  5. Row 4: *K2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo; repeat from * to last st, k1.

  6. Rows 5 and 6: Repeat Rows 3 and 4.

  7. Row 7: Purl.

  8. Row 8: K1, k2tog, *k1, ssk, k2tog; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2—34 sts.

  9. Row 9: P2, *p3tog, p1; repeat from * across—18 sts.

  10. Row 10: *K2tog; repeat from * across—9 sts.

  11. Cut yarn, leaving a 36” tail. With yarn needle, thread tail through stitches of last row and pull to gather. Secure end and sew seam. With remaining tail, sew corsage to collar with French Knots.


Weave in ends.


  1. Click here for the enlarged version of the diagram for the Easy Striped and Ribbed Knit Shrug


Slip next two stitches knitwise to right needle, insert point of left needle through front of sts, knit these sts together through back loop.
knit next 2 sts together
purl next 3 sts together
yarn over
repeat whatever follows the * as indicated

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