How to Knit the Easiest Shrug Ever


How to knit the easiest shrug ever free knitting pattern

This has got to be the easiest garment to knit – seriously!  Hand knits are right on trend this year and you can pay a fortune buying them, or a few days knitting one like this (I like to knit while watching TV, but nothing complicated so that I can just knit without looking which is why this shrug pattern really appealed to me!).

Knitting Pattern For the Easiest Shrug Ever

This is what I used:

4 balls 100gr (meterage per ball 98m) Moda Vera Fitzroy (from Spotlight Stores)  – or any wool of your choice – it’s about the size of the rectangle not the wool you choose

1 pair needles 6.5mm (US 10 1/2) – your choice of needle may vary as it depends on the thickness of the wool you choose.

free knitting pattern womens shrug

Cast on the number of stitches you need to create a 60cm or 70cm width (I used 98 stitches) to knit in the stitch of your choice.

Just knit yourself a rectangle (I used a rib stitch of 1 plain 1 pearl because I wanted the extra stretch and extra shaping you get in a rib) that measures around 60cm/70cm x 85cm in whatever wool on whatever gauge of needles you like.

To figure out how many stitches you need – knit a square (most wools will give you instructions of how many stitches per 10cm x 10cm square) and then work out how many stitches you need to make your 60cm (small) or 70cm (medium) width.

Then knit away until you reach 85cm in length then cast off.

Fold in half.



How to knit the easiest shrug ever

Sew the sides (try and make your sewing more invisible as the collar will roll back and you can see the inside of the seams).

How to knit the easiest shrug everThen fold it in half and sew two sides together, around 2/3 of each side, leaving a gap for your arm to come through.

How to knit the easiest shrug ever

Then wear it with pride!  You can see that Cleo wanted to get into it too  as it’s so cosy and warm.

How to knit the easiest shrug everYes it really is that easy. It’s a rectangle of knitting.


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  • Love your shrug, Imogen. We used to call them “Hug-me-Tights”. Perfect garments for babies, too. I very much like your pink clothing. It gives a flattering glow to your skin. I get quite white faced in the cold weather and like to wear pink and red shades near my face to warm my complexion.

  • I’m going to give this a try, it looks great on you Imogen!

    I’m going to knit mine in “fisherman’s rib” – also stretchy, but with a little bit more texture.

    For those who are interested: to knit “fisherman’s rib”, cast on an UNeven number of stitches. Start every row with 2 plain, 2 purl, 2 plain, 2 purl, until the last stitch which would be an odd stitch. Every row starts with 2 plain stitches and regardless of what is already there on the previous row, just continue with the 2 plain, 2 purl for every row. It’s one of those “knit in front of the TV” stitches, but looks like effort. 🙂

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