Sometimes I come across patterns that I think would make a really great project, and so I share! I thought this little sweater (Linen Shrug) was the perfect go-to summer cardigan: a simple, relatively simple knit, light, airy, machine washable, and infinitely wearable. Great for knitting and for wearing, my favourite combination! And the pattern is FREE, and it doesn’t seem to use a lot of yarn (see materials below).
The garment is worked in one piece from wrist cuff to wrist cuff. Shaping is made with short rows.
This pattern is knit with linen at a loose-ish gauge, and as we’ve learned from our past projects in linen this fibre is stretchy, so consider making a size smaller than you normally would (I’ll be making a small for myself).
Also, don’t forget to swatch first and WASH YOUR SWATCH to get accurate measurements. Linen is stiff when you knit with it but loosens up completely in the wash, and you won’t be able to get an accurate gauge without washing. If you’ve already made On the Beach in the same yarn, Louet Euroflax Sport, you should already have an idea about gauge.
To wash Louet Euroflax Sport, put the garment/swatch in a lingerie bag and machine wash on cold. Machine dry on coolest setting, some people remove it while it’s still kind of damp to but you don’t have to (I never bother).
The pattern’s tension is quite loose (17 sts = 4″), so if in doubt get an extra skein of yarn if you want to make your tension tighter.
XS (S, M, L, XL) – Bust: 32(34, 36, 40, 44)”
- Louet Euroflax Sport: 2(2, 2, 2, 3) skeins
- 4mm/US6, 4.5mm/US7, and 5mm/US8 needles (circular or straight)
- locking stitch markers (to help keep track of your short rows)
- Pattern: Linen Shrug