Garter Shrug - Free Pattern August 31, 2022 07:30

One long garter stitch rectangle gets finished with sleeve seams and a center body trim to make this simple shrug—great for beginners.

Check out the pattern on Ravelry.

Small (Medium, Large, X-Large, 1X, 2X, 3X). Shown in size Medium.

Finished Measurements
Body opening 40 (42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52)"/ 101.5, 106.5, 111.5, 117, 122, 127, 132)cm
Upper arm 14 ¼ (15, 16, 16 ¾, 17 ½, 18 ½, 19¼)"/36 (38, 40.5, 42.5, 44.5, 47, 49)cm

• 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6) 3 ½ oz/100g skeins (each approx 220yd/200m) of Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Merino (superwash merino wool) in #01 Cream

• One pair size 5 (3.75mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge
• One size 5 (3.75mm) circular needle, 32"/80cm long

• Removable stitch markers

19 sts and 38 rows to 4"/10cm over garter st using size 5 (3.75mm) needles. Take time to check gauge.



When working garter stitch flat, knit every row. When working garter stitch in the round, knit one round and then purl the next. This project uses both methods


First Sleeve

With straight needles, CO 58 (62, 66, 70, 74, 78, 82) sts.

Beg with a RS row, work 9 rows in garter st (knit every row).

Note: Place a marker on the RS to easily tell RS and WS apart.

Inc row (WS): K2, M1, k to last 2 sts, M1, k2—2 sts inc’d.
Knit 17 rows.
Rep last 18 rows 4 times more—68 (72, 76, 80, 84, 88, 92) sts.

Knit 7 rows.

Place marker on st at each end of last row worked to indicate end of first sleeve seam.

Body Opening
Work even in garter st until piece measures 20 (21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26)"/51 (53, 56, 58.5, 61, 63.5, 66)cm from first sleeve seam makers. Place marker on st at each end of last row worked to indicate beg of second sleeve seam.


Second Sleeve
Knit 7 rows.

Dec row (WS): K2, k2tog, k to last 4 sts, ssk, k2—2 sts dec’d.
Knit 17 rows.
Rep last 18 rows 4 times more—58 (62, 66, 70, 74, 78, 82) sts.

Knit 9 rows.

Bind off loosely knitwise.

Weave in ends. Block to measurements.

Fold piece in half lengthwise, matching sleeve seam markers. Sew sleeve seams.

Body Edging: With circular needle and beg at center of body opening on one side, pick up and k 1 st for every garter ridge up to sleeve seam, pick up and k 1 st in same way across entire second side of body opening, then pick up and k 1 st for every garter ridge to beg of pick-up rnd.

Join and place marker to mark beg of rnd.

[Purl 1 rnd, knit 1 rnd] 4 times.

Bind off loosely purlwise. Weave in ends. Block entire piece again.


Pattern Stitch

Garter Stitch
Worked flat: Knit all sts, every row.

Worked in rounds:

Rnd 1: Purl.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rep Rnds 1 and 2 for pattern.



beg: begin(ning)

CO: cast on

dec('d): decrease(d)

inc('d): increase(d)

k: knit

k2tog: knit 2 stitches together (1 st decreased)

rnd(s): round(s)
right side

ssk: (slip, slip, knit) slip 2 sts, 1 at a time, knitwise to the right needle; return sts to left needle in turned position and knit them together through the back loops

st(s): stitch(es)
WS: wrong side