Thursday, April 16, 2009

Mini Shrug!


If you are anything like me, you read your Tangled Web email in March and ran right out to get the materials for the Plymouth shrug/vest. Mine knitted up quickly over the course of a weekend and I immediately started wearing it everywhere.

As soon as my 8 year old daughter saw it, she decided that she absolutely had to have one. Of course I wanted to make her one--it would be so much easier to make than some of the other things she has requested in the past (intarsia sweaters with 6 million flowers anyone?). But, of course, there was no pattern for a smaller version. So, I improvised. Turns out, my first attempt was a little small, but it fit my 4 year old daughter perfectly!!

Here's how I did it!

Yarn Requirements:
1 skein Blue Sky Alpaca Dyed Cotton
1 skein Tofutsi

Needle:
Size 9 (I used a 24" circular)

Cast on 72 stitches.
Work in K2, P2 rib for 4".
Follow the instructions for decreasing on the original Plymouth pattern (36 sts).
Work in K1, P1 rib for 8".
Follow the instructions for increasing on the original Plymouth pattern (72 sts).
Work in K2, P2 rib for 4".
Bind off.
Follow assembly instructions on the original Plymouth pattern.

If you don't have the pattern, you can still come pick it up at the shop.

I have adjusted the pattern again for an 8 year old and am almost finished with it. I increased the number of stitches I cast on to 76, and I am working the first and third sections for 5" and the middle section for 10". I'll let you know how it comes out!

- Stacey

1 comment:

JamarP said...

I don't know what's cuter - the girl or the mini-shrug!

Thanks for sharing.