Farmer's Daughter Shrug
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Inspired by the brocade patterning on my Grandmother’s favorite afghan, the Farmer’s Daughter Shrug answers two big problems I have with winter coats and stylish fashion. Winter coats may serve a purpose on the coldest of days when you’re out in the weather for hours, but in general, I’m not a fan. A coat is too bulky and awkward to remove when you eventually overheat in the car, and it isn’t convenient when you feel a chill indoors. Having a warm layering piece that is easy to put on or take off and still coordinates with your outfit, is essential.
The sleeves help turn a pretty shawl into a practical shrug that leaves your hands free to work. The rustic yarn and simple design will make you feel like you’re wearing a hug every time you put it on.
Constructed in the same manner as a three-quarter triangular shawl, the sleeve stitches are knit in waste yarn that will later be picked out so live stitches can be used to knit the sleeves. If you’d rather not have the sleeves, that step can easily be skipped and you can use this as a shawl instead.
Sizes: Sizes are based on the measurement from the center back of your neck to your wrist. See the notes for directions on customizing your fit. Sizes will appear as 1(2, 3) throughout the pattern. If trying to decide between two sizes, I would recommend knitting the larger size. The sample in the photos is a size 1. Larger sizes will add more length to the body and coverage in the front.
Size 1: 26-28 in (66-71 cm)
Size 2: 29-31 in (74-79 cm)
Size 3: 30-32 in (76-81 cm)
Needles: US size 9 (5.5 mm) 60 in (152 cm) circular needle or size to obtain gauge. US size 8 (5.0 mm) DPN’s or size to obtain gauge for Fisherman’s Rib cuff on the sleeves. If you wish to use magic loop on the sleeves I suggest using interchangeable needles in both sizes and a shorter cord.
Yarns Used: Harrisville Designs Highland Worsted (100% Pure Virgin Wool; 200 yds/183 m per 100 g skein). Sample is knit with the Sand colorway.
Yardage: You will need approximately 1,000(1,200, 1,400) yds/914(1,097, 1,280) m of worsted weight yarn.
On US 9 (5.5 mm)
Stockinette Gauge, flat: 12 sts x 16 rows over 4 in (10 cm)
Stockinette Gauge, in the round: 16 sts x 23 rnds over 4 in (10 cm)
Brocade Diamond Gauge, flat: 13 sts x 22 rows over 4 in (10 cm)
On US 8 (5.0 mm)
Fisherman’s Rib Gauge, in the round: 12 sts x 17 rnds over 4 in (10 cm)
Other Notions: 6 stitch markers, waste yarn for sleeve placement, darning needle to weave in ends
This pattern has both written and charted instructions, you can choose to work from either. The written directions are laid out in a spreadsheet to make them easier to follow.