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Free Knitting Pattern: Lacy Summer Shrug

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Lion Brand® Cotton-Ease®
Pattern #: L20122
Rating: ****3.9 (based on 9 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: XS, Small, Medium, Large, 1X

Finished Width 25 (26, 27, 28, 29) in. (63.5 (66, 68.5, 71, 73.5) cm).
Finished Length 13 (14 1/2, 16, 17 1/2, 19 1/2) in. (33 (37, 40.5, 44.5, 49.5) cm), before folding and seaming.
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 830-113: Cotton-Ease Yarn: Cherry
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*Cotton-Ease (Article #830). 50% Cotton, 50% Acrylic; package size: 3.50oz/100.00 gr. (207yds/188m) pull skeins

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Lacy Summer Shrug

Lion Brand® Cotton-Ease®


18 sts = about 4 in. (10 cm) in Lace pattern.

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


sk2p (slip-k2tog-pass slipped st over)
A double decrease worked as follows:
1. Insert right needle into next st as if to knit, and slip the next st from the left needle to the right needle.
2. Knit the next 2 sts together.
3. With tip of left needle, lift the slipped st (the 2nd st on right needle) up and over the k2tog (first st on right needle) and off the needle – you have decreased 2 sts. yo (yarn over)
An increase that also creates a small decorative hole (eyelet) in the fabric, worked as follows:
1. Bring yarn to front, between the needles.
2. Take yarn to back, over the right needle. This creates the new st. You are now ready to proceed with the next st as instructed.


1.Shrug is worked as a rectangle, beg at one sleeve edge.
2.The rectangle is folded lengthwise, then edges are seamed to create armholes.

SHRUG Cast on 58 (64, 70, 76, 88).
Knit 6 rows.
Set-Up Row (WS): K4, place marker (pm), purl to last 4 sts, pm, k4.

Beg Lace Pattern
Row 1 (RS): K4, slip marker (sm), k1, *yo, sk2p, yo, k3; rep from * to last 5 sts, k1, sm, k4.
Row 2: K4, sm, p to marker, sm, k4.
Row 3: K4, sm, k1, *k3, yo, sk2p, yo; rep from * to last 5 sts, k1, sm, k4. Row 4 (WS): K4, sm, p to marker, sm, k4.
Rep Rows 1-4 until piece measures about 24 (25, 26, 27, 28) in. (61 (63.5, 66, 68.5, 71) cm) from beg, end with a RS row.

Note: End with a RS row means that the last row you work should be a RS row.
Knit 4 rows.
Bind off as if to knit.

Fold piece lengthwise, bringing long edges together. Place a marker 4 in. (10 cm) from each end. Sew from each marker to end, for armholes. Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together p = purl
rep = repeat(s)(ing) RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es) WS = wrong side

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Pattern Average Rating: ****3.9 (based on 9 reviews)
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Lacy Summer Shrug Reviewed by Jane Lee on 2014-10-30 *****
I have made two of these and found them useful during the summer as something light and easy to wear when outdoors to cut the breeze but not leave me over hot as a full cardigan would. They are easy to get on, but as you can imagine being so tight a bit harder to get off... but all told quite a good pattern and a useful addition to my wardrobe.

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