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Join the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along!

April 30th, 2009

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Our last knit-along of the Cable Luxe Tunic, was a big hit, and we’re ready to start another one! This time we will be working on a very special pattern — the Textured Circle Shrug from the book Glam Knits! We’re so excited to offer you this pattern for FREE, courtesy of North Light Books.

Knit-alongs are a great opportunity for people all over the world to connect on the blog and work together on their own versions of one particular pattern — it’s a chance to learn, make new friends, and expand your knitting abilities by helping each other through the pattern.

Our KAL host will be none other than the shrug’s designer, Stefanie Japel! Stefanie is the author of Glam Knits and Fitted Knits (click the titles to see/purchase the books). She also runs a great blog, Please introduce yourself, tell us about your skill-level, and where you’re from!

Stefanie’s first post will be next Thursday, so download the free pattern and collect your supplies! There’s no need to sign up. Just follow along with the blog and chat with us here, on Ravelry, or on Flickr — work at your own pace, share your pictures and thoughts, and have fun. We look forward to knitting along with you!

New to KALs? Read our beginner’s guide by clicking here.

NOTE: Looking for new knit-along entries by Stefanie? Click on the “blog” button above to go back to the main blog page, where all entries are shown in reverse-date order OR click on “knit-along” under Categories (in the right-hand bar) to see all knit-along-related entries.

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  • Julie

    For Helen #1244
    KFB means to knit through the front loop and then the back loop. PFB means to Purl through the front loop and then the back loop. You knit through the front as usual, but don’t slip the stitch off the needle, and then knit through the back loop of the same stitch so as to create an extra stitch. Likewise for the Purl. I learned this while working on the pattern from Fitted Knits. It creates a neat bias around the shoulders.
    I am certainly not an expert though and hopefully someone else can explain it better.

  • Nancy

    I can’t wait to see this finished!

  • Maureen

    Hi All,i am a little nerves in starting this I knit a little and NEVER done any thing to wear. But it LOOKS great. I* am looking forward in doing this wuith you all. At least I now uif I have any questions you all are here to help. Can this be done for a beginner Someone who does not knit a lot but crouchts more? Thank you I hgave 2 daughters and would love to make them each one.

  • Maureen

    This is my 1st KAL too.I am hoping I can do this It will be fun in doing it wih everyone.

  • Michelle

    Today its snowing outside so the shrug seems like the perfect project to start. What yarn to use, what yarn to use…. the search for yarn is definitely part of the fun.

  • Penny

    I saw this shrug in a catalog and fell in love with it. I thought it would be perfect for my DDs but it surely wouldn’t be offered in my size. Well, hallelujah! It comes in my size and it looks like a very interesting project. Thanks to Lion and to Stephanie for offering a great KAL.

  • Deb

    I’m looking forward to knitting this shrug. I usually don’t wear them since I think they’re for younger people than I—But because this one is long in the back, I feel it’s good for anyone! I can’t wait to get my yarn and get started. Thank you so much for posting this pattern for free!

  • Michelle

    Some of the yarn is measured in metres instead of yards here’s my yardage conversion for the different sizes. 807 (986, 1076, 1345, 1524, 1703) I’d like to see metres included for the instructions next time too please.

  • Mandy

    This looks pretty cool!
    I like patterns because it means you can use whatever color you want so the possibility’s are almost endless!You can make one to match your prom dress or make one to be the color of you favorite church dress or skirt!This pattern will be a nice one to add to a collection!

  • Shirley

    I am always needing something on my arms to stay warm and this is so cute that I know it will fit the bill. I just hope that I as a beginner have enough sense to finish it.

  • Carolyn Summerhays

    Will the posts be updated each Thursday? Or how will know when the next session will be.

    Zontee says: Hi Carolyn, yes, there will be a new post at every Thursday. You need to go to that main blog homepage (NOT this one, which will not change) to see new posts.

  • Reatha

    Hey I love what was picked. I’m in and so excited. I did the lux tunic last time and really enjoyed the knitting and the sweater all winter. I think I want to make this out of cotton and in a denim blue to go with all of my jeans and tanks this summer. Ok, off to buy some yarn.

  • Julie

    I already have yarn and the book for this project but it’s been waiting for me to get around to it. This has inspired me to go and get it out right now and make a start.

  • Joann Osborn

    This is all new to me as I’ve never belonged to a KAL and I’m not even sure my hand knitting skills will be enough for this shrug, but I like it so much I’m ready to chance it. Thanks for the great pattern.

  • Audrey M. DeNeui

    I have a question. I have started on the shrug, and I’m assuming that KFB means the same thing as PFB, except it’s knit instead of purl in the same stitch? Also, are we really supposed to be increasing on the right side row?



    Zontee says: Hi Audrey, KFB = knit in the front and back of the stitch. The explanation’s at the bottom of the pattern under “Abbreviations,” and if you’re looking at it on our website, you can click on the abbreviations for more detailed explanations. Increase following the directions, a kfb is not that noticeable no matter which side you’re on.

  • tk clrak

    On May 2nd (message#302) I asked if this pattern could be adjusted to go to the waist or hips and have not noticed any response. Is there some other place where I could get some assistance with this question?

    So far I have picked up some helpful advice re:use of other Lion Brand yarns and the conversion of yardageneeds. I think I’d like to make this in cotton or cotton blend.

    Please and Thank you.

  • Kathy

    Awsome! I love the color and have a friend that this would look great on. So I just have to do this for her. I usually Knit because I like the detail, however crocheting is more relaxing for me. I just have to finish one of my current projects before I start this–and I am a true crafter, I already have the yarn in my stash. Thanks for all you do for us. I also appreciated the designer host will be the author.

  • Jeanette

    This would look *fabulous* on my daughter. Great KAL!

  • Carolyn Anderson

    I’m an avid crocheter who is learning to knit and this seems like a perfect way to do a nice project other than scarves. (after all how many can one own?) I’m going to the store now to purchase the yarn.

  • Nancy Profitt

    This is my first KAL and I’ve always wanted to knit a shrug. So far my biggest project has been socks. :-)
    I am up to the point of starting my sleeves and doing my shrug in a size medium. Am I understanding the pattern right – that I just work even until my piece measures 7-1/2 inches, and just ignore the DEC ROW section? Thank You.

    Zontee says: Hi Nancy, if you’re working the small or medium size, that’s correct.

  • Net16

    I have never participated in a knit along or knit blog. Is there a specific time for the KAL to start on Thursday?

    Zontee says: Hi Net16, no, the new posts (articles by Stefanie) appear on Thursdays, but you can read them anytime and work at your own pace.

  • Dawn Vo

    Can’t wait to get started on my first KAL— daughters knitting along,also. This is great!! Thanks !!!!!!!

  • Melissa Rummel

    Hi! I am doing the medium size, & I just got up to the 204 stitch row & worked the even row. Now, the pattern says to break yarn. Am I supposed to leave a little of a tail for later? Then I start on the separate sleeves from body, am I supposed to start this on the size 8 needle? What do I do with the yoke? What does scrap yarn mean? I know I have alot of questions…. I am so excited about this shrug & cant wait to see it completed! Thank you for your help!

  • Kris Harrison

    Hi, I am a nervous starting to knit this projects as I am a beginner, only knitted scarfs and afghans. Looking forward to something more challenging. Read the pattern a couple of times not quite sure if I understand it but I will keep trying. Just trying to figure out the beginning and how many to cast on.


  • Kristie K

    I’m onboard. The shrug looks chic…hope it will be just as chic for this big-girl in the 3X! LOL I never did a KAL, but I have just branched into clothing…right now I’m knitting the cute (free) family hoodie downloaded from the Lion Brand site in Lion homespun yarn for my youngest son, in a gorgeous yellow. All my other honeys are all watching progress and getting pushy for their own hoodies! But, I like doing more than a single project at a time or I get BORED.

  • Pamela K.

    Interesting use of ribbing.

  • Jenni

    Decided to make this after a long break from knitting,had already started it when the email about a knit along arrived. Never knitted raglan down before so I’m delighted to have a knit along to consult when it all gets too much! Lovely pattern to re-ignite a hobby with. May actually finish this one!

  • Joyce

    I am going to give this shrug a try. I did the CAL and it is almost finished and I am quite pleased. Love reading the blogs – is there any way that the most recent date of a blog could be on top rather than the bottom? I am doing mine in a very deep purple. I also love the pattern and the different stitching. I don’t think I will get bored with this one. Thanks for having this KAL.

  • Linda

    I am excited to get started. I am working on my gauge swatch and hopefully I can master the pattern. I have never knitted a fitted garment only ponchos and scarfs. Thanks for allowing me to try my hand at this along with others!

  • Margaret

    Looks like a great pattern. Just finished Retreat Cardi and I’m ready for another of your wonderful patterns!!

  • sillyknitter

    lovely shrug…gotta knit it

  • Maria

    This is a great pattern. I look forward to learning how to fit the pattern as I knit.

  • Faye

    I love all of Stefanie Japel’s patterns. I am up to the rev st part. I may do mine in 2 colors.

  • Cindy

    This is my first knit-along. I have been a knitter for several years, but mainly knitted scarves, hats, and a few boxy sweaters. This is my first time knitting something fitted. I am very excited about it, and having regular postings keeps me inspired and motivated.

  • Briana

    I am excited to join in my first KAL, I’ve been knitting about three years, and just have to say, I absolutely adore the last shrug I knit, from Fitted Knits. This will be my third Stefanie Japel item! I am using I Love This Yarn! in Seaspray Stripe, on size 7’s. Stefanie, you rock!! All of your patterns are just gorgeous!

  • Faye

    I am a little confused about the rev st part. If you do five rows of rev st starting on the right side and then 6 rows of st starting on wrong side, you end up with it looking the same on the front. What am I doing wrong? Thanx. Faye

  • Nancy Y.

    For Faye #1286,
    First you do your 5 rows of Rev St, then when you start your set of St st you begin with a purl row. That is 2 purl rows. You don’t do 6 rows of St st. I know it was quite confusing until I just did it and it came out right. I hope this helps.

  • Viola

    I finished the first part of the KAL last night. Thank you stephanie for the great instructions. They helped alot. I have been knitting for only about 8 months and any tips help. Can’t wait to finish and wear this shrug.

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  • Karen

    Hi all. Getting a late start but excited to begin. First KAL. I’ve never even tried on a shrug but this one is so cute i can’t resist making it. we’ll see.

  • Trudy

    I first learned to knit when I was about 12 but my teacher did not show me how to hold the yarn. She said I would eventually learn that. I never did. I just always let it dangle and would pick it up for each stitch. I loved knitting and knitted that way for more than 40 years, but it was a slow process. Several weeks ago a friend showed me how to hold the yarn and the knitting went much faster. I love it even more now. I was so excited to be able to participate in the knit along. I realized this would be a good way to improve on the technique and learn new things with weekly instructions explained. I have finished up to the separation of the sleeves and did that in 5 days. I am amazed at how much faster I can knit now that I hold my yarn correctly. I’m also more relaxed and it’s easier on my hands. This is great. I can’t wait to see what the next project will be.

  • Melba Durham

    Hello, this Shrug KAL is great. I am totally enjoying it and presently on the last ‘leg’, meaning the Neck Trim. I am one of those who knit by hand, by machine, crochet, tat, etc, etc and always enjoy a new project, easy or advanced.

  • Santy

    I am a beginner knitter. I downloaded the pattern over a week ago and just bought the yarn Vanna’s Choice. Thanks to Zontee for yarn substitute :)
    I can’t wait to start it…but I have a question about the yarn Vanna’s Choice. On the label for gauge 4″x4″ it said to use a 5.5mm needle. It took less rows so I changed the needle to smaller but how much smaller can I go without making the knitting too stiff?
    Are there any tips about how small the needle can go from the suggestion on the label?
    Thanks you

  • jackie

    i was reading through my old emails and discovered this KAL. It looks great.
    i am a grandma of 8 who has been knitting for the past 35+ years. i also crochet, embroider, cross stitch, weave a little, make soap and candles among other things. This looks like alot of fun.

  • Liz

    This is nice….I have always liked raglan sleeves….they always fit so very well.

  • Karen

    I am so excited! This will be my first time to knit along with you. I learned how to knit in school but set it down until about a year ago. About 25 years between there, lol. My neice wants this shrug so I’m hoping, with some luck, I can make it for her. Love the Lion Brand website and all the great ideas and patterns. Keep up the great work.

  • Helen

    Zontee & Julie thanks for your help with comments re my question 1244. The learner center is fantastic. I have finished my shrug and love it. Could not have done it without the knit along. Fantastic. The learner center is my new best friend. Many, many thanks.

  • lesley

    I wondered if anyone can help me with the textured circle shrug pattern . Im now on the neck trim and am working on the “Inc rnd 1” row. However I seem to have too many stitches between markers. Im knitting the size 36- 38, and I followed the instructions of

    “Work to first marker, *[k1, p1, RLI, p1] 13 (15, 17, 18, 20, 22) times, [k1, p1] 1 (1, 1, 1, 0, 1) time”

    And as I’m doing the second size I carried out the “k1, p1, RLI, p1” 15 times, then “K1 P1” once. However rather than reaching the marker, I then had 15 stitches left before the marker. Please can anyone help as its driving me mad!

    Ive checked again and again and I have the markers in the right place, and picked up the right number of stitches at the start but it still doesnt work :(

  • jan mahoney

    Jackie # 1294
    I just read your info and it said that you make soap–I would like to try but need help

    thank you

  • Linda R

    I’ve skimmed almost 1300 posts, but don’t find the question that I have, which makes me think that it must be me who’s reading the pattern wrong. Here’s my question:

    I’m up to the part where you start the sleeves. I transferred 58 sts to the larger needle. Then comes the DEC row (RS). It tells you to dec 2 sts in that row and then says there should be 67 sts remaining. Am I crazy? How can you decrease from 58 and have MORE sts left when you’re done?

    Zontee says: Hi Linda, read Stefanie’s posts on Separating the Sleeves form the Body and the Sleeves, where she gives a breakdown of each step of both sections of the pattern, which should hopefully help. (Click the orange links to go to those blog posts.)