Stylishly Simple Shrug


Sometimes, less is more. The Stylishly Simple Shrug proves that classic construction and clean lines will always be in vogue. This easy knitted shrug pattern is perfect for offering an extra bit of warmth on a cool summer evening. The Stylishly Simple Shrug is also a versatile accent piece for dresses, skirts, and tops. This knitted shrug pattern is worked flat on a circular needle to accommodate the large number of stitches. With no shaping, the Stylishly Simple Shrug lives up to its name.

NotesGarment is worked flat on a circular needle to accommodate large number of stitches.

Garment is a large rectangle with no shaping. Once folded, short seams form armholes. Bottom edge (cast on) becomes lower hem, upper edge (bind off) folds to become collar and front edges.


Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

GaugeIn Stockinette stitch, 18 sts and 22 rows = 4”/10cm.

Finished SizeSmall (Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X) - Width: 30 (32, 34, 36, 38)”/76 (81.5, 86.5, 91.5, 96.5) cm; Length: 28 (30, 32, 34, 36)”/71 (76, 81.5, 86.5, 91.5) cm

Materials List

  • Vickie Howell for Caron Sheep(ish) (70% Acrylic/30% Wool; 3oz/85g, 167yds/153m) #0009 Espresso(ish) - 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) skeins
  • One circular needle size U.S. 8 (5 mm), 32 "/40cm long
  • Yarn needle.


Stitches Used

2x2 rib (multiple of 4 + 2)

Row 1 (RS): K2, *p2, k2; rep from * across.
Row 2: P2, *k2, p2; rep from * across.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 for 2x2 rib.


CO 134 (146, 154, 162, 170) sts. Work in 2x2 rib for 4” for lower hem.

Next row (RS): (K1, p1) twice, k to last 4 sts, (p1, k1) twice.
Next row: (P1, k1) twice, p to last 4 sts, (k1, p1) twice.
Rep these 2 rows for patt until piece measures 6 (7, 8, 9, 10)” from beg, ending with a WS row.

Place marker at each edge for armhole seam.

Cont in patt until piece measures 14 (15, 16, 17, 18)” from beg, ending with a WS row.

Place marker for foldline.

Cont in patt until piece measures 22 (23, 24, 25, 26)” from beg, ending with a WS row.

Place marker at each edge for armhole seam.

Cont in patt until piece measures 24 (26, 28, 30, 32)” from beg, ending with a WS row.

Work even 2x2 rib on all sts for 4” for collar. BO loosely in rib.


Fold garment along foldline, with wrong sides together. Sew armhole seams from lower hem ribbing to marker on each side. Using yarn needle, weave in all ends. See chart.

  1. To wear:

    Open garment, folding bound off edge to form a wide collar around neck.

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This attractive, easy to knit shrug would make a perfect gift for everyone that is female on your gift list. I intend to make several for myself in various colors and yarns.

Darling shrug is so easy, anyone can knit this in four to five hours. Be daring use different types of yarn for varied looks.

This is a super simple pattern knit entirely in stockinette with ribbing at the beginning and end. Its basically a large square that is easily adaptable to different sizes simply by changing the number of cast on stitches. The wool blend yarn suggested for this shrug makes it very breathable, but it might be fun to make it out of silk or rayon as a dressy accessory.


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