Lacy Little Shrug

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    Lacy Little Shrug

    Lacy shrug
    Eileen Casey

    A knitted piece doesn't have to be intricate or large to make an impact. This barely-there shrug offers a hint of coverage about the shoulders on cloudy days or in frigid air conditioning, without sacrificing a look that screams "summer!"

    Materials:

    • 1 skein of I Love This Cotton! Spark in shade 068 Aqua Spark, or about 50 (60, 70, 80, 90, 100) yards of medium weight yarn of your choice
    • One pair US 8 (5 mm) needles

    Gauge:

    4 stitches and 6 rows to 1 inch in Star Rib Mesh stitch

    Size:

    To fit a...MORE 1 year-old (2 year-old, 3 year-old, 4 year-old, 5 year-old, 6 year-old)

    Length: About 11 (12, 13, 14, 15, 16) inches cuff to cuff.

    Sample knit in 4 year-old size by Eileen Casey.

    Special Stitches

    Star Mesh Rib:

    Rows 1 & 3 (wrong side): Purl

    Row 2 (right side): K1, *yo, sl2 kwise, K1, p2sso, yo, K1. Repeat from * to end.

    Row 4: SSK, yo, K1. *yo, sl2 kwise, K1, p2sso, yo, K1. Repeat from * to last 2 stitches, yo, K2tog.

     

    Selvedge Stitches:

    These stitches are constant throughout and are not included in the pattern. For example, when there are increases or decreases at an edge, the selvedges are worked first, and then any shaping is worked.

    Right side: slip first stitch knitwise, knit last stitch.

    Wrong side: slip first stitch purlwise, purl last stitch.

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    Knit the Shrug

    1. Cast on 25 (33, 33, 37, 37, 41) stitches and beginning with a wrong side row, work 4 rows in Garter Stitch, increasing 1 stitch each end on the 4th row. 27 (35, 35, 39, 39, 43) stitches.
    2. Begin Star Rib Mesh pattern, starting at row 1. Continue until piece measures about 1.75 (2, 2.5, 3, 3.25, 3.75) inches from cast on edge.
    3. Increase on one side only (so shrug sits a little down the back giving it a mini-jacket look) as follows:
      • Next right side row: Work selvedge stitch, M1, work in Star Mesh Rib to...MORE end.
      • Next right side row: Work selvedge stitch, M1, K1, work in Star Mesh Rib to end.
      • Next right side row: Work selvedge stitch, M1, K2, work in Star Mesh Rib to end.
      • Next right side row: Work selvedge stitch, M1, K3, work in Star Mesh Rib to end.Four stitches have been increased over 2 full repeats of the pattern.
    4. Work in Star Rib Mesh for another 5 (5.5, 5.5, 6, 6, 6) inches without any further shaping.
    5. Decrease on one side only as follows:
      • Next right side row: Work selvedge stitch, SSK, K2, work in Star Mesh Rib to end.
      • Next right side row:Work selvedge stitch, SSK, K1, work in Star Mesh Rib to end.
      • Next right side row: Work selvedge stitch, SSK, work in Star Mesh Rib to end.
      • Next right side row: Work selvedge stitch, slip 2 knitwise, K1, p2sso. Work in Star Mesh Rib to end. Four stitches have been decreased over 2 full repeats of the pattern.
    6. Work 2 inches more without further shaping, ending with row 4 of pattern.
    7. Purl 1 row.
    8. Work 4 rows in Garter Stitch, decreasing 1 stitch at each end on first row.
    9. Bind off all stitches.

    Finishing:

    Fold shrug in half lengthwise and sew together at end to close the "tube" for about 1.5 (1.5, 2, 2, 3, 3) inches. Do the same at the other end. Try shrug on for size and adjust the length of the sleeves seams if needed.

    Weave in ends and block. Crochet a picot edge trim along the bottom edge of the shrug (the part that was increased and decreased) if desired -- I used a chain 6 and slip stitched in every other selvedge stitch.