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Qiviut Shrug

The Qiviut Shrug is the essence of elegance. Delicate and airy without utilizing any lace stitches, this gorgeous shrug is a real must-make pattern. You can style the shrug several different ways; tie the ends of the garment in the front for a fitted look, or throw an end over your shoulder for a more casual appearance. No matter how you wear this shrug, youre bound to get plenty of compliments. The simple design of this pattern makes it a surprisingly easy project.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

Materials:

  • Yarn: Windy Valley Muskox, Royal Blend, black, 6 balls, or approximately 1300 yards of any Windy Valley or other lace weight yarn.
  • Needles: Knitting needles, US 6 / 4.0mm: 32” long and double pointed needles
  • Notions: Tapestry needle, locking stitch markers, stitch holder or waste yarn

 

Sizes: about 32 (34, 36)” in circumference


Gauge: 24 sts by 32 rows = 4” in pattern st. After piece is washed and steamed, gauge will grow to 16 sts by 28 rows in 4”.

Please take time to check gauge, but since this is a loose-fitting garment, it is not critical if it is slightly oversized.


Abbreviations:
beg – beginning
BO – bind off
CO – cast on
cont – continue
dpn – double pointed needle(s)
EOR – end of row
inc – increase
k – knit
k2tog – two next two stitches together
LH – left hand
p – purl
patt – pattern
p2tog – purl next two stitches together
pm – place marker
PU – pick up
rep – repeat
RH – right hand
RS – right side
st(s) – stitch(es)
tog – together
WS – wrong side
w/t – wrap and turn
yfrn – bring yarn to front around needle
YO – yarn over


Techniques and Stitches:
Cable cast-on:
Cast on 2 sts.
Insert RH needle between the first two sts. From this position, knit one st then place it on the LH needle. Repeat until desired number of sts is reached.

Short Row Shaping:
K the number of sts needed for the short row, bring the yarn forward, slip the next st purlwise, then return yarn to back and return the slipped st to the LH needle ready to turn and work the next row (w/t). When working back across the sts that were wrapped, pick up the wrap with the wrapped st and knit / purl them together.


Alternate Ribbing Stitch:
Multiple of 2 sts plus 1
Rows 1, 3, 7, and 8 (RS) – K.
Rows 2, 4, 9 and 10 – P.
Row 5 – *[K1, p1]; rep from *to last st, k1.
Row 6 – P1, *[k1, p1]; rep from * to end.
Row 11 – K1, *[k1, p1]; rep from * to end.
Row 12 –*[K1, p1]: rep from * to last st, k1.
Rep these 8 rows.


Bell Edging:
Multiple of 5 st + 1
Note: 2 sts are increase for each repeat on 3rd and following alternate rounds.
Round 1 (RS) – P4, *[k1, p4] rep from * to end.
Round 2 – P4, *[YO, k1, yfrn, p4]; rep to end.
Round 3 – P4, *[k3, p4]; rep to end
Round 4 – P4, *[YO, k3, yfrn, p4]; rep to end.
Round 5 – P4, *[k5, p4]; rep to end.
Round 6 – BO loosely.

 

INSTRUCTIONS
Front:

With dpn, CO 2 sts and work in patt, inc 1 st at the beg of k rows. Change to circular when necessary. Cont inc until you have completed 180 (204, 228) rows ending in a WS row and there are 90 (102, 114) sts.


Shape Raglan (WS):
Work to 2 sts before EOR, wrap next st, turn.
Odd Rows: Work in patt to end.
Even Rows: Work to 2 sts before last wrapped st, w/t.
Cont in this way until 38 (44, 50) rows are completed from start of raglan shaping and there are 42 (48, 54) sts on the raglan side and 48 (54, 60) sts left for the front. Transfer these 48 (54, 60) sts to a stitch holder or waste yarn.


Right Sleeve:
With 43 (48, 54) sts from front’s raglan shaping, cont working as follows:
(WS): P one row, p the st tog with its wrap, k next row.
Cable CO 5 (4, 3) sts, work to 2 sts before EOR, wrap next st, turn.
Odd rows: work in patt to end.
Even rows: Cable CO 5 (4, 3) sts, work to 2 sts before last wrapped st, wrap next st, turn.
Rep these 2 rows 18 (21, 12) times, working the st tog with its wrap.
Cable CO 6 (5, 4) sts 1 (3, 10) times, work to 2 sts before end of row, wrap next st, turn.
Cable CO 0 (0, 5) sts 0 (0, 6) times. 96 (99, 106) sts have been added for the sleeve and 38 (48, 58) rows have been worked since start of right sleeve.


Continue Shaping
Even rows:
Work in patt to 2 sts before last wrapped st, wrap next st, turn.
Odd rows: Work in patt to end. Cont in this way until all raglan sts have been worked. 138 (147, 160) sts remain. Work even for 24 rows.
(WS): Work in patt to 2 sts before end of row, wrap next st, turn.
Odd rows: Work in patt to end.
Even rows: Work in patt to 2 sts before last wrapped st, wrap next st, turn. Rep these 2 rows for six times.
Even Rows: BO 6 (5, 5) sts 1 (3, 6) times, work in patt to 2 sts before last wrapped st, wrap next st, turn. Then, BO 5 (4, 4) sts 18 (21, 10) times. End by BO 0 (0, 3) sts 0 (0, 12) times. There will be no more sleeve sts to work with, except the sts from the sleeve raglan shaping.


Back:
(WS) With 43 (48, 54) sts from sleeve’s raglan shaping, p one row, purling the st tog with its wrap, k next row. Return 48 (54, 60) sts from front held on a stitch holder to needle and cont working as follows:


Shape Raglan (WS):
Work 50 (56, 62) sts, wrap next st, turn.
Odd rows: Work in patt to end.
Even rows: Work to last wrapped st, work st tog with its wrap, work 1 st, wrap next st, turn. Cont in this way, until you have completed 38 (44, 50) rows from start of raglan shaping and there are 42 (48, 54) sts on the raglan side and 48 (54, 60) sts for back. Work even for 42 rows.


Shape Raglan (WS):
Work to 2 sts before end of row, wrap next st, turn.
Odd rows: Work in patt to end.
Even rows: Work in patt to 2 sts before last wrapped st, wrap next st, turn. Cont in this way, until you have complete 38 (44, 50) rows from start of raglan shaping and there are 42 (48, 54) sts on the raglan side and 48 (54, 60) sts left for back.
Transfer these last sts to a stitch holder or to scrap yarn.


Left Sleeve:
Work as right sleeve.


Left Front:
(WS) With 43 (48, 54) sts from sleeve’s raglan shaping, p one row, purling the st tog with its wrap, k next row. Return 48 (54, 60) sts from front held on a stitch holder to needle and cont working as follows:


Shape Raglan (WS):
Work 50 (56, 62) sts, wrap next st, turn.
Odd rows: Work in patt to end.
Even rows: Work to last wrapped st, work st tog with its wrap, work 1 st, wrap next st, turn. Cont in this way until you have completed 38 (44, 50) rows from start of raglan shaping and there are 42 (48, 54) sts on the raglan side and 48 (54, 60) sts for left front.
Odd rows (RS): k1, k2tog, work in patt to end.
Even rows: Work in patt to end. Cont in this way until only 2 sts rem. BO loosely. Do not break yarn.


Edging:
Starting with the last BO st as the first st, PU and k 1 st on each row and 1 st on each st along the bottom edge, the left front diagonal edge, left sleeve shoulder, back, right sleeve shoulder, ending with right front diagonal, pm to indicate beg of round. Work in the round 6 rounds of bell edging. BO all sts loosely.


Finishing:
Sew sleeves and underarm seams; weave in ends. Wash per yarn manufacturer’s instructions and let piece dry over a flat surface until slightly damp. Press lightly with a steam iron on the WS.


Sleeve Ruching:
Thread tapestry needle with two plies of qiviut. Beginning at the cuff, work a row of chain stitch over the sleeve seam, working each chain over 2 sts, thus gathering the fabric and reducing its length in half. Work the chain stitch for 7” long or until desired sleeve length is achieved from center back to cuff 28 (39, 30)” long. Rep on the folding line of sleeve, from cuff toward shoulder.


Chain Stitch:
Bring threaded needle out from back to front at the center of a knitted stitch. *[Form a short loop and insert needle where it came out. Keeping the loop under the needle, bring the needle back out in the center of the next stitch to the right.] Repeat from *.

 

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This yarn runs $83 a ball. It requires 6 balls, giving it a price tag of $498, without tax or shipping.

Luckily the designer says you can use any lace weight yarn to make this shrug. While I am sure that Windy Valley Muskox, Royal Blend is simply elegant, its out of my price range too. I would not mind making a less expensive version of this lovely lightweight shrug. As always, make a test swatch with your yarn to ensure you a knitting to gauge.

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