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Design focus – Sherri Shrug

One of our all time favourite quick knits is the classic piece Sherri Shrug. Sherri was designed in 2011 as a part of our Country Garden collection and quickly became a popular piece. Knitted in Purl Alpaca Designs’ Medium yarn and mainly knitted on 8 mm needles this garment grows very quickly! Sherri makes a perfect garment for spring too. It’s so lightweight and easy to carry in your bag and if it gets a little chilly, pop it on over what you are wearing! Perfect with dresses, shirts and tops alike, it’s a really versatile garment.

Sherri Shrug worn over a shirt and waistcoat

This shrug is knitted on straight needles, back and forth. The stitches involved are fairly basic. The cuffs are created by a 2 x 2 rib. The lace work is a combination of yarn overs and a double decrease. The whole garment is knitted in one piece and the sleeves are sewn up at the end. If you leave a long tail when casting on and off you can use this as your thread to sew up with! This garment is suitable for an intermediate knitter or an improved beginner who might have an experienced knitter to hand if they need help.

Simple lace stitch creates a lovely, open texture

The Sherri Shrug has become popular and over on Ravelry you can check out a few of the finished pieces we have seen over the years. Have you knitted Sherri? Make sure you share your photos with us, either on Ravelry, Facebook or via email. We’d love to see what you have created!
If you have been inspired to knit your own Sherri Shrug you can purchase the complete kit here. If you would like to knit Sherri but would prefer to use a different yarn, maybe something from your stash, here is a link to the pattern only. If you prefer using Ravelry for your pattern purchases click here!

The lovely lace pattern shows beautifully across the back

If you would like to substitute our yarn for something different you should aim for a Worsted weight yarn. This is a thickness in between DK and Aran weights. You can use DK or Aran yarns too, but make sure your yarn is either on the heavy side of DK weight or on the light side of Aran. With Sherri the weight of yarn is not technically crucial as it is knitted in an open lace pattern and is a  lightweight design, so as long a you keep an eye on your measurements you can use lighter or heavier yarns too. The outcome will be different, if using a lighter yarn you will have a softer and more fluid end result, if using a thicker yarn, your shrug will be thicker and more rigid. Both could end up looking fantastic; it is up to you!

Sherri Shrug looks great in darker colours too! 

We hope we have left you feeling inspired to knit your very own Sherri Shrug. We have lots of colours in stock at the moment and are ready to post out your knitting kit!

Tracy & Kari-Helene xxx

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