October 2010


I have a friend that started knitting when she realized that there are lots and lots of beautiful garments to knit and that knitting had moved on from itchy sweaters of the type you as a child was unhappy enough to get as gift from older relatives. Rather than learning to walk before se could run she flipped through all my knitting patterns and wanted to do all the pretty but very complicated patterns. Since I didn’t want so see her swearing, ripping things out over and over and eventually giving up knitting I decided to make a pattern for her.

I designed this with her and all other beginners in mind so that they could knit something pretty that looks way more complicated than it is. The pattern has only one lace knitting row in four, the rest is either knitted or purled rows. Rather than adding the edge lace after the main piece is knitted I included it in the main part so that there wouldn’t have to be any picking up of stitches or grafting. It is knitted as a straight piece so there are no increases or decreases to keep track of and there’s very little sewing to do once the knitting is done.

As long as you concentrate on that one lace knitting row, which has very easy lace stitches and could easily be learned by heart, the rest of the knitting is a mellow knit-and-talk type of knitting that is very easy indeed. That’s why it’s named the Easy Breezy Shoulder Shrug.


Sizing

Size: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4XL, 5XL). Shown in size L.
Width (arm width and back length):
28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56) cm
11 (12.5, 14.25, 15.75, 17.25, 18.9, 18.9, 20.5, 22) inches.
Length from end of arm to end of arm:
60 (60, 60, 70, 70, 70, 80, 80, 80) cm
23.5 (23.5, 23.5, 27.5, 27.5, 27.5, 31.5, 31.5, 31.5) inches

About the yarn
Anny Blatt Fine Kid is a wool/mohair blend which makes it perfect for this pattern. It is smooth enough o show off the lace pattern but fuzzy enough to make the shrug both warm and cozy.

Main Yarn:     Anny Blatt Fine Kid, 280 yd/255 m per 50 g skein; 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2) skeins (total: 280-560 yd/255-510 m, 50-100g).
Colours:    AnnyBlatt Fine Kid is available in many colours. It is shown in the colour Zephir.

Needle:      6 mm/US #10 circular needle, 24-inches or longer, or size required to achieve stated gauge

Tension/Gauge: 22 sts/32 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch using 3,5 mm /US #4 needles (for yarn comparisons only).
15 sts/20 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch using 6 mm /US #10 needles
17 sts/20 rows = 4″ in pattern stitch after blocking, using 6 mm/US #10 needles

Other materials: Silk ribbon, 1 cm /0.4 inches wide, 1.60 (1.65, 1.70, 1.80, 1.90, 2.00, 2.00, 205, 210) meter / 1.7 (1.8, 1.9, 2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.2, 2.25, 2.3) yards long.

Technique
Difficulty: Easy
Stitches used: knit, purl, yarn over, decreasing (knit 2 together)

Pattern type
The shrug is worked in one piece from the lower back up to the neck including the arms. It is then sewn together under the arms. There are no increases or decreases in the pattern apart from the points of the lace at the arm edges.

The lace pattern is and adaptation of the well known lace known as Old Shale, Peacock or Feather and Fan and added a border that is sometimes known as Myrtle leaf. They are both patterns with easy lace stitches and there’s no shaping to remember.

Getting it!

The Easy Breezy Shoulder Shrug is available as a pdf-file for $3.50 at my Etsyshop or through  Ravelry (available without an account). The pattern has written instructions as well as a chart for the lace pattern.


Ravelry – pattern listing with option to buy and download
Etsy – buy trough my store

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October has been one of those busy months when all editing work piles up while I’m doing the practical part of my work. Knitting, that is. Winter is coming and apart from sample knitting for patterns I am also filling up orders. There has been design work as well, since I couldn’t resist designing for chunky yarns when my LYS (local yarn shop) had a sale on some lovely solid and printed Eskimo yarn from Garnstudio/Drops.

The pattern for this and some other designs will be published in November as a line of quick knitted chunky patterns.

Today I sent in the first comments on the proof read for my pattern that will be published in Twist Collective’s Winter Issue. I am so proud over the fact that I will have a pattern in the magazine where all my favourite designers have been published! It’s the best company a knitting designer can have. I won’t give away any clues about the pattern itself so you’ll have to wait for it until the actual publishing.

Speaking of collective: I have just formed Garnkollektivet (the Yarn Collective) a knitting collective with Ewa, a very productive knitting friend of mine. You can find us at Facebook where we will publish photos of finished knitted items available to buy as well as information on how to order personalised knitwear from our designs. To start it off and to emphasize the fact that October is breast cancer awareness month here in Sweden we have created a lottery where you can win a knitted items, jewellery and hand coloured yarn. All the money from the lottery tickets will go to Rosa bandet, the Swedish collection of funds for cancer research. You can buy a lottery ticket by using the button in the side bar.

Back to editing and knitting for me. Until next time, Merry knitting!