Marietta’s Circular Shrug (not tested)
This shrug like jacket starts at the outer edge and is knit in the round until the underarms. At that point the back flap is continued until it is large enough for the arms. It is joined to the top with a 3 needle bind off.
Material: Berocco Ultra Alpaca
Needles: Size 7, 16 inch. Two size 5 circular, 16 inch. (or one size 5 circ and one needle holder)
Gauge: I'm bad at gauge swatches. Ultra Alpaca is a lighter worsted.
Picot Cast on: Knit Picot CO.
Start with 5 stitches. * (BO two. Place remaining stitch back on left needle . Cable CO 3 stitches.) Repeat from *.
With Size 7 needles, CO 80 stitches using the picot CO
Join to knit in the round. Place markers at beginning and halfway point. K2P2 for 2 inches, slipping markers as you go.
Change to size 5 needles.
K2P2 for 1 inch.
Decrease row and bind off for armholes .Bind off 4 stitches. K1. (P2tog, K2) to last two stitches before marker, P2tog. Bind off 4 stitches. K1. (P2tog, K2) to last two stitches before end of row. Pick up front loop of first bound of stitch and purl it together with the last two stitches. This prevents a gap in the armhole.
Turn to work the back section back and forth. Begin wrong side of back with new size 5 needle. The rest of the stitches (top back) are left on the original needle. (the remaining stitches can also be slipped to a stitch holder) P2,K1 in pattern to the end of the row. Continue in pattern as established for 3 ½ inches. End with right side row.
With right sides together do a 3 needle bind off with top back. Knitty has a nice tutorial.
Weave in ends.
Closure as desired.
The yarn for this hand spun version is a smaller gauge then the Ultra Alpaca. I CO 72 stitches. It was a bit snug.
For the first try I used a DK bamboo, CO 144. This was more stitches then necessary, and made the pattern fussier. The CO row was not quite stretchy enough (German twisted CO) CO very loosely or over two needles.