Lace + Geometry = Lacy Shrug: a Pattern

I am not a confident designer. I have ideas galore and projects a-plenty but I tend to shy away from sharing them/writing the patterns down as I don’t feel qualified. Over the summer, I was thinking about how it is possible to dress the human form (curves) with geometric shapes (mainly straight lines) and one of the finished results (admittedly there are many frogged and “sleeping” ones) is this shrug.

I wanted to create a pattern that was easy for beginners to follow but gave seasoned knitters an interest and even a possibility to exercise creativity. So it is in effect a long, wide scarf – we’ve ALL made one of those! – coupled with some easy but eye-catching lace. Of course to avoid any technical gremlins, this pattern is one-size-fits-all with minimum changes needed to personalise to your shape.

Lace Crochet Shrug

Please ignore creased camisole

I’ve enjoyed picking the patterns to use to shape the rectangle – slight ribbed lace to pull the sleeves in and a very open lace pattern to lengthen the back. However you could experiment with different stitch patterns to alter the shape. The shrug is knitted from one sleeve, across the back and down the second sleeve from top to bottom edge.

Use any DK yarn of your choice. You could try two different colours of 4ply held together, block colour, self-striping, self-patterning, sparkly, mohair…it’s up to you.
4mm needles.
Gauge is not important.

Cast on 98 stitches.

Sleeve pattern
Row 1: K1, *YO, k2tog, k4*, k1, repeat from * to * to end.
Row 2 and all even number rows: Purl all stitches except knit YO from previous row.
Row 3: K1, * k2tog, YO, k4* k1, repeat from * to * to end.

Repeat rows 1-4 until your sleeve measures around 28 cms.
At the same time, increase one stitch at each end of every 6th row ten times and then every 4th row four times. (126 stitches)

Back pattern
Row 1: K1, *YO, k2tog*, k1 repeat from * to * to end.
Row 2 and all even number rows: Purl all stitches except knit YO from previous row.
Row 3: K1, *k2tog, YO*, k1, repeat from * to * to end.
Repeat rows 1-4 until back measures about 58 cms.

The back

Repeat Sleeve pattern but decreasing the stitches at the same intervals (starting with the four row decreases).

You will now have a long rectangle. You can either just sew together the sleeves and block and wear or add the finishing touch with a little edging. I used a crochet picot edging as it’s easy and pretty.

Crochet picot edging
Hopefully you didn’t forget the selvedge edge – if you did, starting at one corner of the shorter side of your rectangle dc around the rectangle first making sure that you space your stitches evenly without pulling or puckering the fabric. Once you are done, dc into the next stitch, chain 3, then dc into the next two dc. Repeat all the way round the shorter side of your rectangle. Once you reach to the end, slip stitch in the other side and join with right sides together.
DC the seams of your sleeves together then carry on the picot edging when you reach the back. Picot edge all the way to the next sleeve, join the sleeve (this time at part closest to your body when wearing) with a slip stitch and dc the seams of the sleeves together. When you reach the end of the sleeve join, picot edge the cuff.
Rejoin yarn to the edge on the back of the garment which you have not worked yet and crochet the picot edge there too.

Picot edging

Picot edging – pretty

The picot edging pulls the ribs out so that the sleeve flairs out. I think this looks pretty, but if you don’t like it, use a different edging or don’t bother with one at all. And finally of course, you could knit a picot edging too but I’m too impatient for that!

Bell sleeves

Work in ends, lightly block and wear.

side view

If you need to customise the size, you can do so in many ways – make the back longer, the sleeves shorter/longer, or just make the sleeve seams shorter to allow easier access. I’ve had many different shapes and sizes of people try this on and it has so far fitted everyone!

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10 Responses to Lace + Geometry = Lacy Shrug: a Pattern

  1. PJ Lightning says:

    Love it. I have a question:
    “Row 2 and all even number rows: Purl all stitches except knit YO from previous row” Are you still knitting 2 together on those rows (just doing it as purl) or is each stitch done separately? (Does that make sense?)

    I’m thinking of trying to adapt it to Tunisian crochet.

    • PJ Lightning says:

      I’m daft. There’s no option for increase or decrease on the second row in Tunisian crochet because it is just really a chain stitch through the loops. Would still like to know (in case I ever try knitting with needles) but have started an attempt with Tunisian crochet. Trying 6.5mm crochet hooks, 66 stitches (it was supposed to be 60 but grew) Knit twice into a stich and knit 2 together with 4 stitches between as yours, but now adding a variant where I knit into the back of the stitch instead of the front on the stitches either side of the increase/decrease. It’s not going to look like yours but there’s some kind of pattern developing. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • monsteryarns says:

      No decreases are needed on this row as you’re not increasing any stitches and the fabric is just a long rectangle.
      I’d love to see the Tunisian crochet shrug when it’s done.

      • PJ Lightning says:

        It’s on hold for a few days while I wait for more yarn. I realised as I neared the end of ball 1, that I don’t have enough of that yarn for a whole shrug, and it’s the discontinued line I bought from you in the £1 sale. I found something similar (I hope) on their website so have ordered that and will alternate the two yarns. It won’t arrive until next week though.

      • monsteryarns says:

        Hope the new yarn matches!

  2. Cheryl says:

    Lovely work! And what a handy/pretty garment to have at this time of year! I hope we’ll see more designs!

  3. MaryPat Rushton says:

    Could you please tell me how much DK wool would be needed to knit this shrug?

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