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Thavis Shrug

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This pattern is part of the

 Adventure Cables: Brave New Stitch Crossings and 19 Knitting Patterns book

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Worked from the bottom up this textured cocoon style shrug has a wide front border of textured Adventure Cables and short row dolman sleeves. The back neck has a narrow band of seed stitches seamed at the top of the point and a border of seed stitches up the top of the sleeves and at the hem.

I wanted to really play with seed stitch texture for this shrug, and using the purl stitch as a graphic texture in the ‘V’ shapes as well as moving knit stitches over seed stitches for a subtly textured cable pattern. So many times we see cables as a really strong graphic image but in this stitch pattern I wanted the cables to enhance the texture and create surface interest versus steal the show. For me this pattern will always remind me of evergreen trees, the subtle shifting textures and patterns of needles overlapped creating a single tree of many individual branches.

Adventure Level
Yarn weight # 4

Finished Sizes
32 (39 ¾, 48, 55 ¾, 64, 71 ¾)/81.5 (101, 122, 141.5, 162.5, 182) cm bust circumference, shown in size 48, modeled with 8 ½”/21.5 cm of positive ease

Berroco Yarn, Ultra Wool Worsted (100% Wool; 219 yd 200 m/3 ½ oz 100 g): #3340 arbor 4 (5, 6, 7, 8, 9) skeins

Sizes 6 (4.0 mm) and 7 (4.5 mm): 32” circular (cir), a circular needle is required to accommodate the large number of stitches for the sleeves. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

2 stitch markers (m), 2 removable stitch markers, cable needle (cn) optional, tapestry needle, stitch holder or waste yarn.

18 sts and 24 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette;
37 sts = 7 ½“/19 cm over Adventure Cables Pattern lightly steam blocked.

Pattern Notes
This shrug is worked from the bottom up with dolman style sleeves cast on and worked at the same time as the main body. The tops of the sleeves and the shoulders are shaped with short rows and the final few rows at the top of the sleeves are worked with seed stitch. Seaming the top and bottom edges of the sleeves is recommended for stability in the garment. The Adventure Cables patterning in this chart uses knit stitches and purl stitches, continuing the seed stitch pattern during the cable crossings.