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Simple Sunrise Knitted Shrug Pattern

Back when we were selecting our yarn from Topsy Farms, I was immediately drawn to the richness of the Gold Sunflower colour. It’s a very warm, comforting colour that reminded me of a sunrise or actually, more of a sunset over Lake Huron because well let’s face it, I rarely catch a sunrise!

Beautiful and bright simple Sunrise Shrug free knitting pattern from SustainMyCraftHabit. This lightweight wool knit shrug is perfect for cool spring days and autumn nights.

Although I didn’t have a project immediately in mind, I knew I wanted to create something with that colour. With 29 gorgeous options to choose from, it was definitely difficult to pick just one for a project. If you’d like to learn more about the many benefits of working with wool, you can read our previous post here.

After receiving the yarn, I tried a few different things just to get a feel for knitting with it. Before finally deciding on a light-weight spring shrug, I began to knit a scalloped carpet bag pattern that I absolutely loved! I have to show a picture of it because it’s just too beautiful not too.


And although I didn’t end up finishing the carpet bag, I will definitely return to it in the near future. But for now, I am so happy with my cozy, easy to wear, loose fitting shrug that wraps perfectly around the shoulders for those brisk spring or fall nights.

Free Knitted Shrug Pattern

We’re very excited to share this new pattern with all of the knitting lovers out there! With this pattern, you will create a simple one piece knit shrug with a single lace stitch along the centre back and a fisherman’s ribbed neck band and sleeve cuffs.

If you aren’t familiar with the fisherman’s rib knit technique, check out our quick video on YouTube.

Supplies Needed to Make the Simple Sunrise Knitted Shrug:

  • Approximately 300g of medium or worsted weight pure wool yarn.

We used Topsy Farms’ Gold Sunflower 2-ply fine wool which comes in generous 100g skeins (double the size of usual wool skeins you may find in the store). If you are in the downtown Toronto area you can also stop by Yarns Untangled, the only Toronto distributor of Topsy Farms yarn.

Size:

Small/Medium, Finished Length = 35” from edge to edge

Gauge:

Approx. 14 sts & 22 rows = 4”/10cm in St st

Change needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.

Beautiful and bright simple Sunrise Shrug free knitting pattern from SustainMyCraftHabit. This lightweight wool knit shrug is perfect for cool spring days and autumn nights.

The Pattern:

  • CO = Cast on
  • sts = stitches
  • St st = stockinette stitch
  • k1 = knit 1 stitch
  • p1 = purl 1 stitch
  • k2tog = knit two stitches together
  • M1R = Make 1 right
  • M1L = Make 1 left
  • ssk = slip slip knit
  • Yo = yarn over
  • WS = wrong side
  • RS = right side
  • BO = Bind off

Using US7 Straight Needles

CO 44

Knit all stitches

Begin fisherman’s rib: (P1, K1 stitch from below) repeat to end of row

Continue fisherman’s rib for 1 1/4″

Purl all stitches (on WS)

Switch to US9 Straight Needles

Begin St st pattern and increase as follows:

Row 1: K1, M1R, K to last stitch, M1L, K1 (RS)   (46 stitches)

Row 2: Purl all stitches (on WS)

Row 3: Knit all stitches (on RS)

Row 4: Purl all stitches (WS)

Continue this pattern (Row 1 to Row 4) until you have 84 stitches on your needle.

On RS of work, begin lace pattern along one row: K3, [yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k1] fifteen times, K3

(The center point of the shrug is approximately 17 1/2″ from cast on edge).

Continue St st and begin decreasing as follows:

Row 1: Purl all stitches

Row 2: Knit all stitches

Row 3: Purl all stitches

Row 4: K1, k2tog, knit to last 3 stitches, ssk, K1

Continue this pattern (Row 1 to Row 4) until you have 44 stitches on your needle.

Switch to US 7 Straight Needles

Purl all stitches (WS)

Begin fisherman’s rib: (P1, K1 stitch from below) repeat to end of row

Continue fisherman’s rib for 1 1/4″

Knit all stitches (RS)

BO using very stretchy cast off method.

Lightly steam knitted piece.

Fold the knitted piece in half lengthwise with RS together and seam up each end approx. 2″ or to achieve a desired fit.

Using your size US7 circular needle, and starting at the right underarm, pick up 2 sts for every three rows all the way around the inside edge of the shrug.

The exact number of stitches is not critical but try to pick up an even number of stitches.

Place a stitch marker to mark the start of your round.

Knit all stitches to the stitch marker.

Begin Fisherman’s rib: (P1, K1 stitch from below) repeat to stitch marker.

Continue Fisherman’s rib until your ribbing measures 1 ½”.

Knit all stitches to stitch marker.

BO using very stretchy cast off method.

Beautiful and bright simple Sunrise Shrug free knitting pattern from SustainMyCraftHabit. This lightweight wool knit shrug is perfect for cool spring days and autumn nights.

Weave in all yarn tails and ENJOY!

Additional Knitting and Crochet Ideas

If you are interested in additional knitting ideas we’ve collected some of the best free scarf knitting patterns on the web. We also have our multi-wear cowl knitting pattern and a beautiful knitted beach cover-up review.

For all you crochet addicts out there, we recently posted a free Sand Pebble Crochet Afghan pattern and crochet coaster pattern for beginners. Also check out our review of the botanical knits book.

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Beautiful and bright simple Sunrise Shrug free knitting pattern from SustainMyCraftHabit. This lightweight wool knit shrug is perfect for cool spring days and autumn nights.

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Gloria

Monday 18th of March 2019

I am trying to begin the lace weave row down the middle of back and the stitch count is ending up at only 81 (3 sts to begin and a repeat pattern of 5 sts fifteen times ending with knit 3) for a row of 84 stitches. What is to be done with the extra 3 sts?

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Thursday 4th of October 2018

Hello,nice share.

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Saturday 23rd of April 2016

What a great looking shrug! I love that colour and that fine detail along the back is so pretty. Feeling inspired :)

Personally Andrea

Wednesday 13th of April 2016

I love this, so cozy and a perfect little extra layer for our crazy Canadian weather. I need to share this pattern with someone who will knit for me... I'm SO challenged! Very impressed by your talent!xo

Jane and Sonja

Wednesday 13th of April 2016

Yes, exactly! With the temperature fluctuating from negatives to double digits from one day to the next, we all need to dress in layers!

Shauna Oberg

Monday 11th of April 2016

Your shrug turned out so well. One thing I've always wanted to learn but haven't gotten around to it is knitting, especially when I see projects like this one!

Jane and Sonja

Wednesday 13th of April 2016

Thank-you, Shauna. It's never to late to learn! I love to relax by kniting at the end of the night. It's one of those hobbies that you can do when you don't have the energy to do much else!

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