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This one used a pattern (see reference below), but it was so easy, you basically read it once, see what to do, then go for it.  Nothing to drag around with you while you knit.

The purpose of this project was to use up leftover yarn from other projects.  I got some colors that went well together, had some fuzzy and had some shiny in it, then I said, “So what can I do with this?”  This was great for that because knitting it longways makes your shawl match on both ends no matter what colors of not-necessarily-matching stripes you throw in there.   When I wasn’t sure there was enough left of one color for a whole row, I just saved it to use for fringe, using up every last bit of my leftover yarn!  I used multicolors for the fringe on the short ends, then only the Homespun for the fringe along the length.

For my shawl, the things I did which vary from the pattern are:   I did garter stitch on the first 4 rows and on the 4 stitches at the beginning and end of each row to prevent curling.  The rest was stockinette.  I didn’t finish at the top with garter, just left it stockinette to give me the rolled collar when worn as seen in the middle photo.  I also used LionBrand Homespun yarn to start and end with, size 15 needles, and cast on 160 stitches.  I’m 5’8″ so this worked out, but it was almost too long.  If I had to do it again with the same yarn and needles, I’d make it around 120-140 stitches long (will check gauge next time!)  Its okay for me though, its  unique, and definitely the only garment I have like this.

Pattern: “Earthly Delight”, designed by Suzan Lee.  First appeared in the Holiday ’04 issue of Family Circle Easy Knitting.  Also available in the book Family Circle easy accessories, 50 chic projects to knit and crochet. 2005. Sixth&Spring Books, New York, NY. pg. 41.

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This is super easy to make, its just a rectangle.  The idea is to have something I can just throw over my head when I find myself in a place that is friggin’ freezing even though its 95 degrees outside.  Light to carry, not thick like my winter sweaters, and easy to throw on and off over my head.  Its made with a skinny yarn merino, so even though its lightweight and thin, its actually quite warm.

This was actually going to be a wide scarf, but my starting edge came out way wider than reasonable, so the shrug rectangle was born.  Some happy accidents happened!  This rectangle is knit in stockinette stitch with garter stitch on the edges.  This allowed the front seam to be more decorative than just a one line seam, and the stockinette allows the collar to roll downward, looking like I meant to put a collar there on purpose (which I didn’t.  That rolling is the bane of my existence, now it finally did something for ME – woo hoo!)   I made some mistakes in the garter rows, one of them is visible on the front seam, the other is hidden by that crochet button on the front seam (it serves no other purpose, as the front seam is stitched shut.)

Things I learned while making this garment:  Using skinny yarn on giant size 13 needles is great for speed and thinning out what might otherwise have been a thicker shrug.   Its also great for making a little bit of yarn go a looong way.  The negative is that with the big holes, its easy for it to get caught on things, pulling one thread out loooong, which is then hard to put back in the way it was before.  That already happened and I just wound up tying a knot in the long thread on the inside to help hold the hole it made closed and deciding not to worry about the unevenness.  (Count to 10….breathe….sigh).

Here’s how to make it:  Make a rectangle. Start at the bottom of the rectangle pictured below, casting on for a length of 42 inches, (or whatever works for you.)  This is the width that goes across the bottom at the back. The top edge that is this length is folded over and seamed up in the front (on the picture, from star to circle).    The inches on the drawing below are a guide for what edge goes where, but there are variables to consider!  You see how mine pulls downward in the photo, this is because its knit on big needles with thin yarn.  This stretchyness is part of why it fits with this number of inches.  If you knit something less stretchy, you may want it longer. Be sure to check out your ideal number of inches with a tape measure and knit shooting for that number. Once you get going, work upwards until its about 30 inches, (but try it on yourself as you go and see if its the right length for you).

Start with 6 rows of garter, then switch to stockinette, but don’t forget to put 4 stitches of garter on each end of every row.  Once its about 30 inches long (or as long as you want), do your 6 rows of garter stitch at the top and bind off.  Now you’ve got the rectangle pictured below.  Fold the circle to the circle and the star to the star (pin if you like and try it on).  The neck hole is between the stars in this drawing.  Once folded, stitch a seam (the front seam) from circles to stars.  Starting at the circles helps you make the bottom edge even.  The seam on mine is 9 inches, but change the length if you want more closure or less.

Size 13 needles  and the yarn is:  LB Collection Superwash Merino (Lionbrand), size #3 light, color #139 Peony.

UPDATE:  This later got pulls in it.  Its sad, but likely to happen to anything with skinny yarn done on big needles.  The holes in it are just so big and can get caught on so many objects.  See the bottom of my other post on this page on how to fix pulls in the Rose Shrug:

 

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