Project Notes » I Do Shrug


I’m making this shrug for my friend Jen, who will have a sleeveless wedding dress and wanted something to wear during the reception. She wanted to make something for herself, but was quickly running out of time. When this pattern popped up on Knitty, I offered to do it.

Jen didn’t like the way the sleeves flare out so much in the pattern, so I’ve made them narrower by casting on for fewer pattern repeats and decreasing less drastically up to the elbow. It’s a quick knit, and so far, I’m just about to switch to working it flat for across the back.

I encountered a little bit of trouble around Row 60 of the Shoulder and Back section. Row 60 is supposed to be a short row — just 12 stitches on one sleeve and everything but 12 stitches on the other. This is to offset the slit that opens across the back from the underarm seam. And then I discovered an error in the pattern (which still exists last I looked) which causes you to repeat a purl section on the public side instead of switching to knit. Discovering these things meant that I had to rip out a few times. But after I worked it all out, knitting the second sleeve was a breeze.

And because I’m a pro at kitchener, I sewed the sides together quickly and without incident.

Tips and Errata

The dreaded Row 60: It’s a short row. Do the 12 stitches (or the all but 12 stitches), M1 and turn.

Row 61: This is the first row you work flat. The pattern calls for you to work Row 6 of the Flat Pattern. No. Work Row 7. The flat pattern will switch back and forth from working the “public” side as a “stockinette” or a “reverse stockinette” section. The last 3 rows of any set of rows will be where the change takes place. If you work Flat Pattern Row 6 after Row 60, you’ll end up repeating the public-side pattern. You have to work Flat Pattern Row 7 to get it to switch.

Circular to Flat transition:
- The M1 stitches become your edge stitches as you work flat. Always knit them.
- You should put a big marker in between those M1s so that you know not to keep knitting in the round.

The pattern will continue like this:
Row 60: (the short row as indicated), M1, place big marker, turn
Row 61 (wrong side): (marker) K, [Flat Pattern Row 7 across], M1 (return to marker), turn
Row 62 (right side): (marker) K, [Flat Pattern Row 8 across], K (return to marker), turn
Row 63 (wrong side): (marker) K, [Flat Pattern Row 9 across], K (return to marker), turn

Continue like this for all the Flat Pattern repeats for your size. After a few more rows, you can probably remove the big marker, because then it will become obvious where the opening is.

I found it very helpful to write out the rows and whether I would be on the right side or wrong side when I did them and whether the right side would be normal or reverse stockinette as I did them. But it’s a scrap of paper, not a chart I can share.

For blocking, I sewed the slit across the back closed with some contrasting embroidery thread. This allowed me to stretch this section uniformly.


The first sleeve:

One whole sleeve and start of second: