Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Shrug with a Twist

This is a quick knit pullover shrug. You can custom size this for almost everyone, and the garter stitch makes for a stretchy fit. The only tricky bit is the twist on the front piece, and I will try to walk you through that! The whole thing is knit in one piece, so you will only sew under the arm and short side seams!

take a moment and do some math (I know this is supposed to be easy, but trust me). Your chest measurement: divide by 2. This is the magic number.
Mine is 38", so 19 is the goal for the body width. Take off 7 for the neck opening, and the rest (12 divided by 2) is for the right and left sides. Write this down: 6 + 7 + 6 = 19 *** YOUR MATH NUMBERS!*** You will knit 6 straight, divide front and back and twist the front for 7, then rejoin and knit 6 straight before finishing the sleeve! Don't worry, I'll walk you through it!


Yarn: Artful yarns, Heavenly. 5 skeins (50 grams, 95 yards) You could substitute a worsted weight yarn that knits on 5mm (US8) and has the approximate gauge.
Gauge: 12 sts = 4 inches in garter stitch (knit every row) You want a loose, open knit, nothing too stiff for this project! Bigger needles may be best if too stiff.
Needles: 5mm (US8) I used long circulars worked without joining, as there were a lot of stitches on the needle, but straights could be used.
Stitch holders (or thread stitches on contrast yarn to work later)
Size of mine: 38 inch at chest (loose fitting ) but you can do your OWN size by working the numbers (see above) and plugging them in when I say below!
This shrug is worked from one sleeve to the other, sideways.
Right sleeve: cast on 40 stitches. Work, knitting every row for 1 inch.
*put a big safety pin or other marker on the right side of the sleeve, to establish right side from wrong side... it will be hard to tell with garter stitch*
Increase ONE stitch at the start of next FORTY rows (you will have 80 stitches on the needle now).
Cast on TEN stitches at the start of the next two rows. (100 stitches on needle).
BODY: Work straight, knitting every row for 6 inches *** or the first of the math numbers above*** end with right side facing you for the next row!
Knit 50 stitches. Place these on a big stitch holder. Continue on the back only 50 stitches, knit until that piece measure 7 inches from start of back only. Finish with right side facing for next row. Place these 50 sts on a holder.





Place the front 50 on needles, and beginning with wrong side (at neck edge) cast off 10 stitches. Work the 40 remaining knitting every row for 8 inches (I know this is longer than the back but when you twist it, the front will shorten a bit) STOP AT THE END OF A RIGHT SIDE ROW. (obviously important as I did that in capitals). Laying the whole project on a table, you will notice that the last stitch you just worked is at the neck side. Take the needle and flip it so that the last stitch is now at the bottom edge of your work. One big twist is in the middle of the front now! Consider this new position the right side of the front, and knit up the 40 stitches. DON"T TURN.... Cast ON 10 more stitches (for the left neck opening), and knit straight across the back stitches (take them off the holder and put back on a needles). (you have 100 sts again)
Continue to knit straight for 6 inches ** or your third math number from above**
Left sleeve: Cast off 10 stitches as start of next two rows.
Decrease one stitch at start of next 40 rows (back to 40 sts again)
Knit straight for one inch then cast off.

Sew under sleeve and small side seams. Sew in ends.

27 comments:

My name WAS Female, I shit you not! said...

Thank you for taking all the time this took to post these instructions, etc.
Now, I ONLY I could find the time to make use of your labor of love.
Will save it in MY Favorites or a Folder ....maybe for...someday down the road.
(((hugs)))Pat

Campfire said...

I have been looking through all my downloaded patterns for a waistcoat like a waterfall with pockets, that seemed to be knitted all in one with the back higher than the front/sides. I feel sure it was in your blog but can't find it.

Have you any idea please. I do like this shrug but am not sure if I could do it.

chris said...

Not sure exactly what you are describing, but doesn't sound like one of mine...
This twist shrug is really easy and fast, but does not drape down, just across.

Campfire said...

I think I have since found it and it was like a rectangle with holes for arms. I save these things and then forget what files I save them to.

I have some Noro Silk Mountain which is a boucle yarn which I don't like knitting but I think might look ok in this twisted shrug. Have printed off the pattern and hope I might be able to do it. Does it make the bust look big, I am around 32 F cup size. Doesn't look big on you but you might be smaller than I.

chris said...

Silk Mountain may be a bit chunky for this pattern and add too much "bulk' to the front twist.... The rectangle shrug with no front may be a better choice for that yarn.
You want a yarn that is DK weight and loosely knit on 5mm needles, so that the front is drapey, not bulky...

Anonymous said...

It's is such a cute sweater.... Thank you for the instructions on how to make it bigger. Any recommendations for adjusting sleeve size? I think I'd need to make the sleeve a bit bigger, but I'm not sure how to calculate it.

Anonymous said...

Please could you check the language
before printing these comments,
thank you.
We hear enough of the vernacular without seeing it on our "genteel" websites for knitting. Keep it ladylike! Some of us are not young so I will guess the letters below.

Annie
GB

Patty said...

This is a beautiful pattern, and you have laid it out with such care and detail. I've been wanting to knit a shrug to wear in the summer. It looks like this is the one! Thank you for the free pattern.

chris said...

The sleeve is quite wide (not really much of a "sleeve" but you could start with 50 stitches, and still do all the increases and decreases to get back to the 50 sts at the end. This would also make the shrug a bit longer (vertically) on the body.

Alessandra Lace said...

lovely pattern, thank you for sharing. hugs Alessandra from Italy

nadir said...

gostaria da tradução PORTUGUES É BELO....

Suzan J. said...

Looking forward to knitting this shrug. I'm always looking for something to cover my shoulders that is not a full sweater. I like your detailed instructions too.

Anonymous said...

Hi
I am a beginner and I know this says easy, but I am stuck
Hope you can help
I knitted the 7" body and put in holder
Now I am putting the front stitches back on needle and stuck here with casting off the 10
Is this in the middle of the 100 stitches
Or the edge which is 6"
I am totally confused at this point
Thank you

chris said...

The 10 cast off sts are at the neck opening, which is in the middle of the whole piece. Remember you are knitting the piece from sleeve through the centre (neck opening in the middle) and back to the other sleeve.
Hope that helps.
Chris

Anonymous said...

Beginner still confused
Where do I get the yarn to cast off the 10 sts
I left yarn on Back 50 sts
Do I start with a new piece of yarn
So to be daft

chris said...

Yes, you join new yarn, then cast off the neck, and continue on the front half.
It will work out.

Anonymous said...

Hi... I love the look of this pattern. I'm at the twist and I'm stuck. I'm using a circular needle and twisting it to the bottom but don't know what the bottom is and no matter where I put it, it doesn't create a twist. Help!

chris said...

I have updated the blog pattern with five hand drawn sketches of how your piece should look while knitting through the body AND how to twist the front.
Make sure you are knitting from the right sleeve side, and that the back is done, and on a holder, then work the front to the twist spot.
Lie flat and match the drawings.
Hope that helps.

Annette Bowes said...

Hi Chris

Just found your blog via a knitting newsletter, love the shrug and had a great time looking through your blog, looking forward to trying out some of your patterns, take care:)

Anonymous said...

Just found your blog looking for waistcoat (vest) patterns. Some lovely ideas Chris, I will try the twist shrug as your instructions very clear. many thanks
Izzy

Jill Tolbert said...

Chris,
I did it! I love it! I made mine with a sport weight yarn and long sleeves. Now on to another one with a lighter weight and bigger needles.

Anonymous said...

Love this pattern. I have been looking for a shrug that doesn't bind me up or over-emphasize my chest. Can't wait to try it. Love the möbius element! Thank you for your work in the design,

Shiaoling on the go... said...

I just finished this pattern. What a pleasure to knot. I had this wonderful yarn I purchased at a spinners festival. I was unsure of the yardage but thought perhaps I would have enough. Fun & smart pattern instructions! I will make another for a gift I'm sure!!!
Thanks!!

Shiaoling on the go... said...

I would be happy to post a photo of my finished shrug but don't know how to upload a photo on this?

chris said...

I would LOVE to have a photo of your shrug! You can attach it to my email (address above on right) and I will load it up to this page. I wish more knitters would send me photos of the finished sweaters.
Cheers, Chris

Anonymous said...

I love this pattern, especially how you added instructions to adjust the size. As a plus size knitter/crocheter, it can be hard to find patterns I like that are flattering and fit my size. I will definitely make this soon!

Chris Apao said...

Thank you for posting this! I am a crocheter and will be transfiguring this into a crochet pattern. It is the perfect shrug for me in the winter. It will keep me crocheting all winter long nice and cozy like.

I have the perfect soft yarn for this.

Chrystal Kay