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Whispering Willows Knit Shrug

By: Linda from Purl Avenue
Whispering Willows Knit Shrug

This Whispering Willows Knit Shrug makes us want to go for a breezy and sunny stroll. This shrug knitting pattern is an understated classic with a simple design that never goes out of style. If you're looking for an extra layer of warmth when going to an afternoon brunch or a day out on the town, then you should consider knitting this closet staple. You won't regret it! This pretty knitted shrug will look its best when layered over your favorite casual top with your comfiest jeans.


Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm

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

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch

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Since this is a size small, and one comment said she changed the rows to 140 instead of 100, I would like to know how many rows would be needed for either size M (8 - 10) or L (10-12)

Shrugs are one size fits most, they are not measured out like sweaters. The finished size of the shrug is 37' x 40", so if you need to make it larger increase your cast on in increments of 2 stitches and work the body of the shrug to your desired size. The person who commented that they knit 140 rows did not use a dk yarn and provides no information as to what her final measurements were.

I knit this in a soft gray yarn, worsted weight. It turned out super cute. I get plenty of compliments on it every time I wear it. It was also supper easy. My daughter recently got a sales flyer with a very similar sweater but they had used a variety of yarn colors on the edge--blue, green, red. It was super cute! I may change up the band and try that next with a cream body. I can't wait.

Just finished this! I'm loving it ) I ended up knitting it with Caron Simply Soft, which isn't a DK yarn, but it's not too heavy as I was afraid it would be. I did end up having to knit about 140 rows where the blogger knitted about 100, but it ended up great once I blocked it (as the blogger said, it did add about 7 inches total after blocking)

I'm in the process of knitting this now! It's super cute. I did notice that on the AFK site it says the yarn should be a medium/worsted weight yarn, but the website the pattern is on says a DK yarn. I'm not a yarn expert, but I thought DK was a lighter yarn? What kind of yarn did y'all use when knitting this?

Hello jdscott 2942525! Thank you for noticing the difference in yarn weights. We have updated the page to reflect the correct weight used by the designer of the pattern. Hope this helps! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

This shrug is simply lovely. Thanks to the designer too for the wonderful bonus instructions included in the pattern. The short video on using the mattress stitch to sew the shrug together makes it simple to follow the instructions. I love the cocoon shape of this garment and the excellent drape of the yarn. All in all this pattern is a win win.

Beautiful wool makes a plain garment gorgeous.


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