My latest paid pattern is the Wrapped in Leaves shrug. It’s on sale for a $1 at Ravelry. I already have a fingerless glove pattern in the works as well.
Shrug knitting patterns are some of the easiest garments that you can make outside of scarves. All you need to know how to do is knit, sew pieces together and pick up stitches. I consider shrugs to be sweaters with training wheels. Once I (finally) take pictures of the finished product I’ll have a free shrug pattern up, but here’s a quick and easy tutorial.
Also, please note that I’m aware the pictures are… special. This is actually an upgrade from horribly done drawings that you were originally going to get until I realized I could make it happen in Photoshop. (Badly).
As the picture says, knit a rectangle. Pick a pattern, any pattern. The easiest way to get it to fit is to measure your upper arm circumference and add an inch or two for room to move. Make this your rectangle height. The length should be from your left elbow to your right elbow, give or take an inch. When you’ve arrived at the right height and or length, bind off.
Fold your rectangle in half and sew the top and bottom left and right 1/3 together. The light blue of the picture should give you an idea. If you want to be precise, measure the length between your under arms across your back and add about an inch or so so you can move your arms. This will be the length of the opening in the middle.
You’ll end up with something like this. As you can see, you have a circle on the right and left and an opening in the middle. You’ll want to pick up and knit (one at a time obviously) the stitches on the right side circle. Most people prefer ribbing, but you can do lace or whatever strikes your fancy. Be sure to bind off loosely enough that you’re not cutting your arms circulation off. Repeat on the left side. The oval in the middle will get the same treatment. Pick up and knit in the round and knit ribbing or whatever. Bind off and weave in your ends. That’s all it takes!