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Free Knitting Pattern: Criss-Cross Shrug

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Lion Brand® Homespun®
Pattern #: 50735
Easy to knit and a delight to wear, the new knitted criss-cross shrug is versatile, hip and flattering too! This simple and stylish shrug is a long rectangle, with a seamed ‘sleeve’ at each end. It can be wrapped and draped in several different ways (see images and descriptions below) Optional fringe on the sleeves gives a splash of color.
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: Small, Large
S/M (L/XL)
12 inches W x 75 (80)inches L [30.5W x 190.5 (203)L cm] before finishing
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

PUBLISHED IN:  Lion Brand Yarn Catalog - 2006 W

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Color (A)

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Pesto Coral Reef Great Plains Ambrosia Vintage Purple Haze Wisteria Mimosa
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*Homespun® (Article #790). 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; package size: 6.00oz/170.00 gr. (185yds/169m) pull skeins

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Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 13 [9 mm]   $ 5.95  
Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size K-10.5 (6.5 mm)   $ 2.65  For attaching fringe
Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)   $ 3.59  

Criss-Cross Shrug

Lion Brand® Homespun®


8 sts + 8 rows = 4” [10cm] in Garter st (k every row) When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

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Editor’s Note: When creating fringe using Homespun please note that because of the texture of the yarn the fringe will fray when cut. If you prefer a non-frayed look you can knot the ends, knit or crochet a fringe, or use hairspray or fray check.

SHRUG With 2 strands A held together, cast on 24 sts. Work even in Garter st until wrap measures 75 (80) inches [190.5 (203)cm] from beg. Bind off.

Fold wrap in half lengthwise. Sew 18.5 inch underarm seams, beg at cast-on and bind-off edges. Weave in ends.

Cut strands from yarns B, C and D approximately 4-7 inches [10-18cm] long. For each fringe, fold one length (does not have to be even). Insert crochet hook to WS and back to RS through a stitch in fabric and draw fold through, forming a loop. Pull ends of fringe through this loop. Pull to tighten. Attach fringes randomly over lower 4.5 inches [11.5cm] of each sleeve (or as desired).

Wearing Suggestions:

To wear, slide one of your arms into one of the sleeves, wind the remaining length of the rectangle around your body (thus crossing it), then slide your remaining arm into the remaining sleeve. The winding is done in the same manner as you would wind a long scarf around your neck.

Image shows the shrug wrapped with the crisscross in front Image shows the shrug worn with the crisscross in back
  1. Wear the shrug with the crisscross wrap in front. -- wrap the shrug under the arm, and then over your shoulder in front.
  1. Wear the shrug with the crisscross in back. The shrug will wrap straight across the front (see images and descriptions below for detail)
Image shows the crisscross in back with the front draped like a scarf Image shows the shrug worn with the crisscross in back and the front draped like a shawl
  1. With the crisscross in back, the shrug can be loosely gathered in front like a scarf
  1. With the crisscross in back, the shrug can worn with a shawl-style drape in the front.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing) k = knit
p = purl RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es) WS = wrong side

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Pattern Average Rating: ***3.1 (based on 11 reviews)
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Criss-Cross Shrug Reviewed by Memymo on 2014-10-18 ****
This is made really easily but i've had to crochet a few rows around it to make it a good size.

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