monkey (shrug)

Wot? Actual knitting content? Warning: I’ve got a little over-excited by the fact I’ve actually knitted something, so this post is picture-heavy.

Given all my quilting/ stitching / sewing activities, knitting has been taking something of a back seat recently. It is nice to stitch when the evenings are so light and this is a novelty I feel I should take advantage of. So this shrug thing has been on my needles for some months, now. I’ve been rather faffing around with it — knitting it on and off — and finally finished it last week.

The pattern is built around the basic shape of the shrug in this book (see pic in purple toward the bottom of the page) but there are a few mods.
1) The stitch pattern is different: I used a 10 row back-and-forth version of the lace pattern in Cookie A’s ubiquitous Monkey, alternating with a 6 row front-crossed cable.
2) Why is there so much berloody seaming in these patterns? I just picked up the edging and knitted it in 1×1 rib one one circular needle, in the round, all the way along the back and two fronts. This has drawn the front in nicely and gives a good fitted shape. Can’t see what would be added by knitting the back and front edgings separately. This is a garment that needs to hug the body. It would not benefit from tailored seams. Weird.
3) I knitted this with thinner yarn, at a tighter gauge, on smaller needles: 3.25 mm and 6 stitches to the inch. I used Rowan 4 ply soft. Not a particularly interesting yarn, but I am actually quite fond of it. It comes in some nice colours, wears well, and has super stitch definition.

So I got to wear the monkey shrug out for a nice lunch in Leith. Here come the pics.


(Nce view there of my midge-bitten calves. Highland walking wounds. Oh well . . . )

And because I felt you should see some of Leith as well as me:

This is Paul Grimes tribute to Leith, its working people, and their history. I am very fond of it.

Pattern: Debbie Bliss Shrug (with mods)
Yarn: Rowan 4 ply soft. 4 x 50g. (I used exactly 4 balls).
Needles: one 3.25 circ for the whole thing.
Ravelled here.

I really like it — all except the shoulder seams — which I reckon it would look better without. If only I had thought beforehand I might have devised a way of kitchener-ing it together, or just having a seam at the underarms. Shrugs and boleros do not need seams. Hmm. I am now very tempted to knit Ysolda’s lovely Briar Rose which neatly illustrates how this is the case.

27 responses

  1. Oh my goodness! Absolutely love it. The shrug is just the perfect colour, and I’d pretty much kill for your dress and shoes too!

  2. Absolutely beautiful shrug. The Monkey pattern is one of my favorite sock patterns out there and it looks GORGEOUS as a shrug. BTW, love your heels!

  3. the whole outfit is lovely – i might try the shrug for my daughter – where did you get those shoes – they are fab!

    Lizzi

  4. This is beautiful – just what I have been looking for to make for a dear friend’s birthday. And never mind your midge bites (badges of honour for northern walkers at this time of year) – I only noticed your fabulous shoes!

  5. Well, isn’t that lovely? With your hair braided and that dress you look very much like a heroine of something whimsical. I second everyone else here; those shoes are great

  6. Strange question – were you at Woolfest this past Saturday? Because I’m positive I recognised the shrug! I would have commented on it but you (I presume) were talking to one of the stallholders…

  7. oh, how lovely! Really beautiful work! and I’ve recently developed a new appreciation for knitting larger garments on small needles… takes a long time… my thermal is inching along, but looks marvelous. ;)

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