The Organic Shrug

Fall is finally here! The season of chai tea, pumpkin carving, and harvest festivals means the return of all things cozy and knitted.  I’m celebrating my favorite time of year and keeping the first chill away with this super simple organic shrug.

Basic shrug construction updated with my favorite lace pattern from the holy cowl.  Quick, simple, and best of all – it’s organic.  Here’s the pattern written up as a .pdf  for you:

Happy Fall and Happy Knitting!

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  1. It’s adorable! Thanks so much & great work!

  2. I couldn’t believe no one had knitted this before when I saw it on ravelry, now I know why. It is absolutely in my to do list. Love your style

  3. Nancy

     /  October 25, 2011

    So cute! But why doesn’t it come in an XL, at least?

  4. Linda Walsh

     /  October 26, 2011

    Cute Shrug! I think I will make it for my daughter.

  5. Beautiful design and great work!

  6. Love the shrug, but I’m having problems at the end of row 1 and row 3. After doing the pattern (yo, k3tog,yo,k3) I have 4 stitches left on row 1 and 4 stitches left on row 3. No yarn over holes appear at the end of these rows. in other words they are totally solid. For example: end of row 1 (yo, k3 tog, yo, k3, ki);end of row 3 (yo, k 3 tog, yo, k 3, k4). I’m making small (44 stitches)

    • Roberta Stefanik

       /  April 21, 2013

      I also had a problem with the third row of the pattern. Had to improvise to get the pattern to come out right. I kept working til one stitch before the end of row 3’s ( ). Then did K 1 on last stitch. Pattern, in my opinion wasn’t written well (line 3) but the shrug is cute and I commend the creator for having come up with a cute design.

  7. I need help with this Shrug pattern. How do I work the band onto it? I understand the collar part but am I to ADD STITCHES along the outter edge? If so, how many

    • Hi Jackie,
      I’m not positive that I understand your question, but you should only have to pick up stitches – around each arm hole opening and then all the way around the body opening. No need to add any stitches once you’ve finished the rectangle. Once you’ve seamed the arms and tried the shrug on for size, just pick up stitches all the way around the body opening and they form the bottom band at the back and the collar all in one rib. I hope that was helpful.

  8. Hilary,
    Thanks a million! I’ll get started now. Merry Christmas

  9. Nancy Bradley

     /  January 22, 2012

    I am having a problem with the rib border of the Organic Shrug. No matter how large the needles or how loose the bindoff, the border constricts the design. I picked up stitches all around the opening from the top of each arm hole stitching. I welcome your suggestions!

    • Hi Nancy,
      I’m sure you’ve already finished this project (sorry for the late reply!) But my best advice is just to bind off so loosely that it feels ridiculous, use about twice as much yarn each stitch as you normally would and it should stretch to the right circumference. It’s almost impossible to bind off too loosely with cotton. Hopefully that helps! Good luck.

  10. Meka

     /  February 14, 2012

    Made it & LOVED it 🙂 I will be making more of these for my friends. Did not take long to make, & I am not a very experienced knitter. My only suggestion is to be sure & pick up ENOUGH stitches around the neckband. Being a new knitter it was hard for me to determine ‘3 rows’ in order to create ‘2 stitches’. I made it in M size & picked up 90 stitches for the neckband. It was barely enough, next time I will try 100 stiches. I love the shrug & the yarn.

  11. Pamela Dorman

     /  September 1, 2012

    Thanks very much for the free pattern, Spring is here in Australia and I am going to knit this for my 17 year old granddaughter – hope I can find the correct yarn.

  12. Cherie de Souza

     /  October 14, 2012

    I love this shrug but am having a problem with Row 3: I am making a size small -44 sts. The pattern repeat is 6 stitches…. Row 4 calls for starting with knit 4 and ending with knit 1. If you subtract these 5 sts. from ’44’, you have ’39’ which is not divisible by ‘6’. My Row 3 ends with ‘knit 3 together, knit 1 (not knit 3’ knit 1). Alternatively it would be ‘ yo, knit 3′ yo, knit 3’ knit 1. Please help! Thanks

  13. C A (prefer to be anonymous please

     /  March 19, 2013

    Sorry the print is so small. As a mature knitter I need glasses but even
    with them on cannot follow the instructions.

  14. sarah

     /  May 23, 2013

    Are these american size needles? Thanks

  15. tia davis

     /  August 28, 2013

    Dear Hilary,

    I just wanted to let you know I have featured you at Craftown! (A feature includes an image, a brief brag about your tutorial and links back to your fabulous site for the full post.)

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  16. Eva Emerson

     /  September 20, 2013

    I know this has been referenced before, but could someone tell us the best way to do row 3? Does it work better to do yo k3tog yo k1? Or is there a better way? Just knitting the last four stitches would give me seven knit stitches in a row, which doesn’t seem like it would look right. Also, when I did the lace part it came out way too wide, so it droops. Did anyone else have this problem? Any solutions? Love the pattern and would really like to do it up right!

  17. love the shrug. is the pattern for women or girls sizes.


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