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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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This shawl is made for the Arthurian queen Guinevere. According to legend she is the May Queen and where she walks white flowers will grow to mark her steps. The shawl shows her greenery with an all over leaf pattern while the fringes includes her white flowers.

Sizing
Size: 48 x 150 cm + fringes

The size is measured over 6 pattern repeats in Big Verona. Knit a swatch if you’re using a different yarn and calculate your size from that.

About the yarn
The main yarn in the shawl is Järbo garn Big Verona. It’s a colour varied yarn that comes to the stores twice a year and always in new colours. The shawl calls for one skein of Big Verona so it is easy to knit up in whatever colour strikes your fancy from the current colour range. If you’re having trouble finding a suitable varied green try and knit it in a solid colour or change yarn all together.

The fringes are worked in Svarta fåret Raggsocksgarn and Twilleys of Stamford Freedom Gorgeous D.K. but they can easily be worked in any yarn with a suitable colour and weight.

Main Yarn:     Järbo garn Big Verona, 1 skein (total: 200 g, ca 500 m)
Additional yarn:   Svarta fåret Raggsocksgarn, 1 skein (total amount used ca 12 g, 20 m)
Twilleys of Stamford Freedom Gorgeous D.K., 1 skein (50 g, ca 12 m)
Colours:    Multicoloured green with long colour reports (Järbo Garn Big Verona)
Mixed green (Svarta fåret Raggsocksgarn, fringe yarn)
Off white (Twilleys of Stamford Freedom Gorgeous D.K., fringe yarn)

Needle:     5 mm/US 8
Other tools:    3 mm crochet hook
Tension/Gauge: 12 st in pattern (one pattern repeat) = 7,5 cm after blocking.

Technique
Difficulty: Easy
Stitches used: knit, purl, yarn over, decreasing, short rows, crocheted cast-on
Other craft: simple crocheting

Abbreviations
st(s)                 stitch(es)
k                      knit
p                      purl
yo                   yarn over
k2tog              knit 2 together
skpo               slip, knit, pass slipped stitch over – one stitch decreased
sk2po             slip, knit2tog, passed slipped stitch over – two stitches decreased knitwise
sl                     slip one stitch
tbl                   through back loop

Crochet abbreviations (English)
ch            chain stitch
dc            double crochet
tr             treble crochet
sl st         slip stitch

Observe that the pattern uses the English crochet abbreviations and that they are different from the American. You can find a conversion chart here.

The shawl pattern

The shawl is one size with the pattern written for 6 pattern repeats with 12 stitches each + 7 stitches for the edges. Number of repeats are indicated after the repetitions. For a different size knit a swatch, block and measure and calculate number of repetitions and change accordingly.

The pattern uses a crocheted cast on which looks very similar to a cast off. This could be substituted for another type of cast on if preferred.

General  reminders
All rows begins with slip one. This is included in the pattern.
All wrong side rows are purled except for the first and the last stitch.

Cast on
Cast on 79 st with Big Verona using crochet cast on.
Knit one row. Continue in pattern (row 1)

Rows
Row 1: sl1, k2tog, yo, [k1, yo, k3, skpo, k1, k2tog, k3, yo] 6 times, k1, yo, k2tog tbl, k1.
Row 2: sl1, p77, k1
Row 3: sl1, k2tog, yo, [k2, yo, k2, skpo, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k1] 6 times, k1, yo, k2tog tbl, k1.
Row 4: sl1, p77, k1
Row 5: sl1, k2tog, yo, [k1, yo, skpo, yo, k1, skpo, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k2tog, yo] 6 times, k1, yo, k2tog tbl, k1.
Row 6: sl1, p77, k1
Row 7: sl1, k2tog, yo, [k1, yo, skpo, k1, yo, skpo, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo] 6 times, k1, yo, k2tog tbl, k1.
Row 8: sl1, p77, k1
Row 9: sl1, k2tog, yo, [k1, yo, skpo, k2, yo, sk2po, yo, k2, k2tog, yo] 6 times, k1, yo, k2tog tbl, k1.
Row 10:     sl1, p77, k1
Row 11: sl1, k2tog, yo, [k1, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, skpo] 6 times, k1, yo, k2tog tbl, k1.
Row 12: sl1, p77, k1
Row 13: sl1, k2tog, yo, [k1, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, skpo] 6 times, k1, yo, k2tog tbl, k1.
Row 14: sl1, p77, k1
Row 15: sl1, k2tog, yo, [k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k3, yo, k2, skpo] 6 times, k1, yo, k2tog tbl, k1.
Row 16: sl1, p77, k1
Row 17: sl1, k2tog, yo, [k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k1 yo, skpo, yo, k1, skpo] 6 times, k1, yo, k2tog tbl, k1.
Row 18: sl1, p77, k1
Row 19: sl1, k2tog, yo, [k1, k2tog, yo, k1 k2tog, yo, k1, yo, skpo, k1, yo, skpo] 6 times, k1, yo, k2tog tbl, k1.
Row 20: sl1, p77, k1
Row 21: sl1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, skpo, k2, yo, [sk2po, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, skpo, k2, yo] 5 times, skpo, yo, k2tog tbl, k1.
Row 22: sl1, p77, k1
Row 23: sl1, k2tog, yo, [k1, yo, k3, skpo, k1, k2tog, k3, yo] 6 times, k1, yo, k2tog tbl, k1.
Row 24: sl1, p77, k1

Make a total of 11 repetitions of  row 1-24. End with row 23.
Cast off  in knitting.

Making up

Steam gently while stretching the shawl to correct size. If you are using a yarn with natural fibers block instead of steaming.

Make twisted fringes by adding a double length of green yarn (Svarta fåret Raggsocksgarn) to the edge of the shawl. Twist the individual strands of yarn in the yarn twist direction. Let go of the ends so that the added rotations twists the two strands together. Secure with a knot at the end. Make a total of 13 fringes per side (two per pattern repeat plus one).

Crocheted flowers

Special abbreviation
ch-ar       chain 1 around the fringe strand by putting the yarn under the strand and the needle loop over the strand.
tr-ar        treble crochet around the fringe strand by putting the yarn under the strand and the needle loop over the strand.

Use the end knot or make a knot on the fringe where you want the flower.
Use off white yarn (Twilleys of Stamford Freedom Gorgeous D.K).
All trebles are done into the first circle.

Flower at the end of a fringe strand
Round 1:       ch1, ch-ar, ch2, ch-ar, ch1, sl st into first ch to make a circle.
Round 2        ch 2 (=tr1), ch5, tr1, tr-ar, ch5, tr2, ch5, tr2, ch5, tr2, ch5, tr1, sl st into second chained st to close.

Flower at the middle of a fringe strand
Round 1:       ch1, ch-ar, ch2, ch-ar, ch1, sl st into first ch to make a circle.
Round 2        ch 2 (=tr1), ch5, tr1, tr-ar, ch5, tr2, ch5, tr2, ch2, ch-ar, ch2, tr2, ch5, tr1, sl st into second chained st to close.

Fasten threads and trim off excess yarn from fringe strands. Press flowers gently.

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The contents of this pattern and its knitted design are subject to copyright. Even though it’s offered for free please respect the copyright and use this pattern only for your personal non-commercial use. Do not publish it without the designers consent, distribute or sell electronic or paper copies of this pattern, or commercially sell any items produced using the directions in this pattern. © CarolineCreations 2010

I have a friend who is a harp player and he lives in Scotland. He usually gets cold hands when he is practicing so when his girlfriend asked me to help her knit a pair of wrist warmers for him I came up with this pattern. They fit snuggly around the hand and wrist so that they won’t get caught in the strings but are still flexible enough not to hinder the movement of the fingers. The Celtic braided pattern on the back of the hand suits a Celtic harp player or any one else who can’t get enough of little cables every where.

Size and pattern
Size: Medium wrist sized woman, smaller wrist sized man
Garment size: hand width: 16 cm , wrist width: 14 cm, arm width: 16 cm, length: 22 cm (it will stretch when worn)

This pattern is made in a ca 16 cm wrist circumference size. For a smaller size subtract 4 stitches in all, by taking away 2 st before the thumb and 1 st before and 1 st after the cable pattern. For a larger size add 4 stitches in all, by adding 2 stitches before the thumb and 1 stitch before and 1 stitch after the cable pattern. Make sure that the ribbing will line up with the cable pattern when starting the ribbing.

If you wish to have a pattern with size small, medium and large together with a chart and a full written pattern for the right hand there is a pdf-file that you can download for $2 through Ravelrybuy now – or my Etsyshop.

About the yarn
The pattern uses Garnstudio’s Alpaca. It is a 100 % alpaca wool yarn and is available in a wide range of colours. Don’t worry if it comes out a bit uneven. It will look better and more even once it is blocked.

Main Yarn: – Garnstudio Drops Alpaca, 1 skein (total: 50 g, ca 180 m)
Needle : – 3 mm/ca US size 2-3 dpns
Tension/Gauge: 23 st = 10 cm

Technique
Difficulty: Intermediate
Stitches used: knit, purl, increasing, decreasing, purled increasing, purled decreasing, cables, mid project cast on, knitting in the round.

Abbreviations
st(s) – stitch(es)
k – knit
p – purl
k2tog – knit 2 together
p2tog – Purl 2 together
skp – slip, knit, pass slipped stitch over – one stitch decreased
sl – slip one stitch

Special abbreviations
r-inc – increase one by k1 into st from previous row beneath just knitted st on right needle
l-inc – increase one by k1 into st from previous row beneath the first st on the left needle
p r-inc – increase one by p1 into st from previous row beneath just knitted st on right needle
p l-inc – increase one by p1 into st from previous row beneath the first st on the left needle
cable 4 left – put 2 st on cable needle in front of work, k2, k2 from cable needle
cable 4 right – put 2 st on cable needle to the back of work, k2, k2 from cable needle
cross 2 left – put 2 st on cable needle in front of work, p2, k2 from cable needle
cross 2 right – put 2 st on cable needle to the back of work, k2, p2 from cable needle

Hand warmers
The hand warmers are knitted in the round with decreases towards the wrist to keep them snug. The increases for the hand is done within the cable pattern on the back of the hand. Increases for the thumb is done in a wedge shape slightly to the front of the hand.

General reminders
Almost all of the even number rounds are knit over knit stitches and purl over purled stitches but be aware that there are exceptions. Read the pattern carefully.
The pattern rows start after 10 cm/4”and are numbered as row 1, etc, from there. Cable pattern stitches are written in italics. Thumb stitches is marked with (thumb).
Row count is marked with = at the end of rows.

Cast on and beginning of left hand
Cast on 48 st with main yarn. Divide between dpns and join to begin working in the round.
Knit 6 rounds of ribbing by k2, p2.
Continue with stocking st (knit all) from the next round.
Decrease 1 st in each side when the work is 2 cm long.
Repeat the decrease 4 times, after every 2 cm (at 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 cm), decreasing a total of 10 sts = 38 st
Continue with pattern round 1.

Pattern rounds left hand
Row 1: k26, p6, k6 = 38 st
Row 2: k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 3: k26, p r-inc, p6, p l-inc, k6 = 40 st
Row 4: k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 5: k26, p r-inc, p4, r-inc, l-inc, p4, p l-inc, k6 = 44 st
Row 6: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 7: – k26, p r-inc, p5, r-inc, k2, l-inc, p5, p l-inc, k6 = 48 st
Row 8: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 9: – k26, p4, cross 2 right, cross 2 left, p4, k6 = 48 st
Row 10: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 11: – k26 p2, cross 2 right, p2, r-inc, l-inc, p2, cross 2 left, 2 am, k6 = 50 st
Row 12: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 13: – k17, (thumb: l-inc, k2, r-inc), k7, p2, k2, p4, r-inc, k2, l-inc, p4, k2, p2, k6 = 54 st
Row 14: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 15: – k17, (thumb: l-inc, k4, r-inc), k7, p2, cross 2 left, cross 2 right, cross 2 left, cross 2 right, p2, k6 = 56 st
Row 16: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 17: – k17, (thumb: l-inc, k6, r-inc), k7, p4, cable 4 right, p4, cable 4 right, p4, k6 = 58 st
Row 18: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 19: – k17, (thumb: l-inc, k8, r-inc), k7, p2, cross 2 right, cross 2 left, cross 2 right, cross 2 left, p2, k6 = 60 st
Row 20: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 21: – k17, (thumb: l-inc, k10, r-inc), k7, p2, k2, p4, skp, k2tog, p4, k2, p2, k6 = 60 st
Row 22: – k36, p2, k2, p3, p2tog, p2tog, p3, k2, p2, k6 = 58 st
Row 23: – k17, (thumb: l-inc, k12, r-inc), k7, p2, cross 2 left, p4, cross 2 right, p2, k6 = 60 st
Row 24: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 25: – k17, (thumb: l-inc, k14, r-inc), k7, p4, cross 2 left, cross 2 right, p4, k6 = 62 st
Row 26: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 27: – k16, (thumb: p2, [k2, p2] 4 times), k6, p6, cable 4 right, p6, k6 = 62 st
Row 28: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 29: – k16, (thumb: p2, [k2, p2] 4 times), k6, p4, cross 2 right, cross 2 left, p4, k6 = 62 st
Row 30: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 31: – k16, p1, (thumb: cast off 16 st in pattern), p1, k6, p4, k2, p4, k2, p4, k6 = 46 st
Row 32: – k17, cast on 2, k7, p4, k2, p4, k2, p4, k6 = 48 st
Row 33: – k26, p4, cross 2 left, cross 2 right, p4, k6 = 48 st
Row 34: – k17, l-inc, k2, r-inc, k7, p6, k4, p6, k6 = 50 st
Row 35: – k28, p6, skp, k2tog, p6, k6 = 48 st
Row 36: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st
Row 37: – [p2, k2] 12 times = 48st
Row 38-40: – k all knit st from previous row, p all purl st = 48 st
Cast off in pattern.

Right hand
Start as for left hand but mirror image the pattern rounds of the left for the right hand.

Making up
Fasten all loose threads. Block both hand warmers and take care so that they are blocked with the same measurements.

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The contents of this pattern and its knitted design are subject to copyright. Even though it’s offered for free please respect the copyright and use this pattern only for your personal non-commercial use. Do not publish it without the designers consent, distribute or sell electronic or paper copies of this pattern, or commercially sell any items produced using the directions in this pattern. © CarolineCreations 2010