The all-over texture of this sumptuous shrug brings to mind the intricate topography of our local Kakahu Hills which are famous for their impressive limestone escarpments.
You will start the knitting of this beautiful shrug at the shoulders and you’ll be working flat down the length of the back. Once you’ve blocked this, you’ll sew up the diagonals, then add ribbing and sleeves. If you’d prefer, there are instructions for wee cuffs instead of long sleeves. The lace work is nothing terribly difficult, but you do need to keep track of your rows to avoid confusion.
Approx. 800-1080 metres of 4 Ply / Fingering weight yarn. If substituting the yarn, make sure that your gauge matches as this was designed in a reasonably heavy 4ply/fingering yarn.
3.25mm circular knitting needle
3.5mm circular knitting needle, or needles that will allow you to achieve the correct gauge
optional stitch markers
Gauge: Lace panel: 10 sts x 16 rows = 4.5 x 4.5cm (1.75 x 1.75in), blocked and rested. Sleeves: 25 sts x 36 rows = 10 x 10cm (4 x 4in), blocked and rested.
Finished sizes: S - XL. The pictured sample was knitted in the smallest size. To fit wingspan (elbow to elbow with arms outstretched) of 86cm, 90cm, 99cm, 103cm, then there are six sleeve sizes too. This one is a little different to standard sizing options, and it’s explained in detail within the pattern.
Kakahu Shrug has been professionally Tech Edited and Test Knitted.
Original design by Vanessa Harper, Creative Director of Hanging Rock Roost - a local graphic designer, pattern designer and prolific knitter based in Geraldine, South Canterbury in New Zealand.