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Chocolate Shrug

by Linda

It's like a sweater without a front, but has also been described as an elephant trunk warmer. :)

I used recycled yarn, so the amounts are guesstimated. I purchased a hand knitted sweater at a thrift store and ravelled it out. I thought the main colour was a nice shade of brown. I usually don't care for brown, so I asked myself why I liked this colour. I finally realized -- because it was the colour of chocolate ice cream! :)

[Chocolate Shrug - Click for Larger Image]

I didn't try to decrinkle the yarn (is that a word?). I liked the bit of texture and body it added to the swatch. So onward I went with it as is.

  1. With smaller needles, loosely cast on 30 stitches.
  2. Work 14 rows of k1 p1 ribbing.
  3. To increase for next round, change to larger needles. K1, *m1, k2*, repeat between *s across, ending with m1, k1 - total 45 stitches
  4. Work even in stocking stitch for 3 rows.
  5. 4th row k1, m1, knit to last stitch, m1, k1.
  6. Repeat these 4 rows til 71 sts are on your needle. Knit 3 more rows plain. Place a contrasting thread on first and last stitch of this third row. Your piece should be about 13.5" long.
  7. Work even for 36 rows. This section will be about 8" long.
  8. Now, chose a fairly stable, non rolling stitch pattern, such as seed stitch, moss stitch or garter stitch. You'll work this pattern for the first and last few stitches of each round. I used garter stitch on the first and last 5 stitches.
  9. Work even for approximately 20". I worked 49 garter stitch ridges (98 rows).
  10. Now, stop working those edge stitches differently!
  11. Continue with plain stocking stitch all the way across for the next 36 rows (about 8", to match section on other side of the edged section).
  12. Place contrasting thread on the first and last stitch of your next knit row, then purl 1 row and knit 1 row.
  13. Now you're ready to start decreasing to match the increases on the other sleeve. K1, k2tog, knit to within last 3 sts, ssk (or k2tog tbl), k1.
  14. Work next 3 rows even.
  15. Repeat these 4 rows til 45 sts remain on needle.
  16. Switch to smaller needles again. K2tog, p1 across the row.
  17. Knit 13 more rows of k1 p1 ribbing and cast off very loosely.
  18. Sew sleeve seams from cuff to contrasting thread marker or thereabouts, wherever fits you best.
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