(Note: I actually wrote this post in September of 2008, but I didn’t publish it at the time because I didn’t take detail shots until uhh, last weekend.)
As far as shrugs go, this one is already very well traveled.
It was seen on the streets of Milan.
It made undocumented appearances in Venice and Volterra (among other cities).
It went to Rome where it visited many churches.
It even made it to the Vatican.
With each time I took it out of my suitcase and slid it over my shoulders, I think I fell a little more in love.
Pattern: Jellyfish (Ravelry link) by Iris G., free pattern previously available on MagKnits, now available for sale here
On Ravelry: Green Jellyfish
Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Worsted 10-ply worsted weight, Grass (dye lot 3740), 60% Pima cotton 40% Modal; I used 4.5 50-gram balls, totaling approximately 225 grams/7.92 oz or 337.5 yards/308.6 meters.
Needles: US size 10 (6.0 mm) straights and Knit Picks Options interchangeable circular needles, in US size 8 (5.0 mm)
Started: July 10, 2008
Finished: July 14, 2008
This project literally flew off the needles. I’ve knit one Jellyfish previously and loved the experience then, so I knew it would be fun. By substituting worsted weight cotton yarn, I got a denser but still nicely draping fabric which made for a substantial yet cool shrug.
I took a bit of a risk working the size small, since I usually wear a large in store-bought tops, but I think if I had made this any larger it would fall off my shoulders and look sloppy.
The construction of this shrug is really satisfying: the sleeves and body are knit flat, seamed at the underarms, then stitches are picked up to do the neckline ribbing in the round. Because of the heavier yarn, the neck ribbing forms a sort of collar that cuts in sweetly around my clavicle. It’s a nice surprising detail that looks intentional, and I have to like that.
I used Elizabeth Zimmermann’s sewn bind-off (with instructions from this Knitty article) to maintain the stretchiness of the rib. Because I used a way longer yarn tail than necessary, I wasn’t completely in love with the technique, but I see how useful it is.
The way the vine lace came out just thrills me.
I have previously professed my deep love for this yarn, and it continues to rank among my favorites. I noticed that this color shed slightly more than the others I’ve used, which I hear is a fairly common complaint, but I didn’t find it bothersome. It holds up beautifully to washing and wearing and the color is exactly what I wanted for a summery shrug.
This almost instantly became my go-to garment to wear with sleeveless dresses and tops. I wore it regularly while I was in Italy (and got compliments every time), all over Brooklyn and New Jersey, and basically everywhere I go. It is by far my most frequently worn FO, and I adore it. People consistently comment on its color (which matches my favorite malachite earrings really nicely) as well as its unique style, all of which please me to no end.
I definitely recommend this pattern in a DK or worsted weight yarn, or whatever you could imagine. It was a fast, easy, and pleasant knit and I think it would makes a great gift too. All around, this is one of my favorite FOs, and I look forward to all the wear I’m sure I will continue to get out of it.
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