Sometimes I just want to knit something fast and easy. There are a lot of things to choose such as scarves, mittens, hats and shrugs. The way the weather is right now, I needed a quick knitting project and I picked a shrug.
The dress I sewed a couple weeks ago for my daughter is a tank dress. That means her shoulders are bare, and a shrug is just the thing to complement the dress. After all the effort put into making a dress, you don’t want to cover it up!
Quick Knitting Project
If you are looking for really easy quick knitting projects, the pattern Shrug This! is my go to pattern. I have knit this up at least 5 times now. This is a screen shot from Ravelry of that last time I knit a shrug from this pattern. (I really love the snowy white yarn.) When I bought the book One-Skein Wonders and found this pattern I was never so glad. I can knit this in two days if I’m left to myself. Since I wasn’t left to myself, it took me three.
I had this beautiful green skein of baby alpaca that matched the green plus signs on the dress. The yarn is Alpaca with a Twist Baby Twist. There wasn’t enough yarn to finish the shrug because the pattern calls for more yardage than this ball had. I had the great blessing of having another of the same fiber in another color. I was really hoping that the dark green contrast on the bottom would work well, and I think it does.
In the past when I have knit this pattern, I used acrylic or wool. I really like the way the stitch definition came out with wool, but it was scratchy on bare skin. This alpaca is so soft and it is really drapey. I love how it makes the size of the shrug more appropriate for wearing. It isn’t too tight and hangs nicely.
Now she has something to keep her warm during church and it should last a few years. Especially if we block it bigger as she grows up.
What do you need to know to knit this?
- You need to know how to do the knit stitch, purl stitch, and yarn over.
- Know how to use stitch markers.
- You need to know how to weave in ends.
- That’s it!
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