Saturday, March 17, 2012


This is an easy pattern to knit, so it is called Easy.

It is knit flat in one piece, then seamed together to make a sweater. The pattern is very basic and well suited for a beginner who is willing to try simple color work. The shrug features short, dolman sleeves, an open front, and vintage styling. My favorite part is the contrast trim which allows for a lot of color possibilities. I like to play around with color combos, so it was fun to pick out two coordinating yarns. I actually didn't have the red that I wanted, so this heathered poppy color was hand dyed. The recommended yarn for this pattern is Knitpicks Palette, so I'm sure everyone will find a combo they like.

I made a point of making this to fit all ages. You can see my cousin wearing her easy shrug in a size 2. Knitting the small sizes was so fast! This was done in Lang Bebe superwash, which has a similar weight to Palette and is also machine washable. The children's sizes are almost identical to the adult so there is a lot of potential for matching family sweaters. The one difference is that the women's sizes do have some bust shaping.

The shortrow bust shaping is a little above the beginner level, but it keeps the sides from going towards the armpits. I'm personally not a big fan of wearing shrugs because the sides always seem to scoot over and I feel like by boobs are sticking out. The added rows help the sides graze over the bust in order to not create that "bearing my breasts" look.  

Hopefully you can get an idea of the fit from these photos. Someone in the ravelry forums recently suggested sharing model size when showing a pattern, so in the interest of full disclosure... Model is 5'6 and 120 lbs. Bust - 34 Waist - 26.

Here is some of the sizing and yarn info for the pattern:

Sizes: Children - 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16
Adult - XS, S, M, L, 1X, 2X

Chest Measurement: Children - 21, 23, 25, 26.5, 28, 30, 31.5, 32.5
Adult - 28-30, 32-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46, 48-50

Yardage (color A/B): Children - 180/50, 210/50, 250/60, 330/60, 410/70, 460/70, 490/80, 520/80
Adult - 540/90, 570/90, 590/90, 620/100, 650/100, 700/110

Finished Length: Children - 10.5, 11.5, 12.5, 14.5, 16, 17, 17.5, 18
Adult - 18, 18.5, 18.75, 19.5, 20, 21

Sleeve Length from Neck: Children - 8.5, 9.25, 10.5, 12.5, 13.75, 14.5, 15.25, 15.75
Adult - 15.75, 15.75, 16, 16, 16.25, 16.25

Help fund my acquisition of a knitting machine! Easy is available for sale in my Ravelry store for only $4.

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