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A Shrug for Spring and Summer
women's lace shrug

The Women's Lace Shrug laid out.

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I had so much fun knitting my Child's Cotton Shrug that I decided that I needed to do a version for bigger girls. But instead of keeping the whole thing Stockinette like in the kid's version, I decided to fancy it up a bit with a lacy pattern across the back. Thus the Women's Lacy Shrug was born.

This is a really easy pattern and a great first lace project. The shrug is the perfect thing to throw in your bag in case the restaurant is a little cold or to throw on over a summery dress after the sun goes down.


  • one skein of NaturallyCaron.com's Country (I used color 21, Peacock) or about 130 (140, 150, 170, 200) yards of a medium weight yarn of your choice (Note: the largest size will take two skeins)
  • one pair size 9 US (5.5 mm) knitting needles
  • tape measure, scissors and yarn needle for finishing


17 stitches and 21 rows per 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch (4.25 stitches and 5.25 rows per inch)


Size is based on upper arm circumference of 9.75 (10.25, 11, 12, 13.5), or size extra small (small, medium, large, extra large). Instructions are given for smallest size with larger sizes in parentheses. Back width measures 10 (11, 12, 13, 13.5) inches and stretches considerably because of the lace pattern. Sample is knit in size medium.

Knitting the First Sleeve:

  1. Cast on 38 (42, 44, 50, 58) stitches. Work in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing for 1.5 inches. Your right side rows will begin and end with knit 2, while the wrong side rows begin and end with purl 2 (this is so a whole stitch on each side can be taken in by the seaming).
  2. Knit 2, knit 2 together, knit across.
  3. Work in Stockinette Stitch without further decreases until piece measures 6 inches from cast on edge, ending with a wrong side row. You may make your sleeve longer or shorter as you wish, but remember this will affect the amount of yarn you need.
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