In my opinion, you can never have too many shrugs. That's my "knitting philosophy" and I'm sticking to it.
There were a couple of interesting features that caught my eye when I first came across this shrug design.
Easy front and side ribs bring the garment in slightly allowing the garment to have some shape but the look still remained comfy and casual.
Sewing the front ribs together was another idea that appealed to me. Overtops or vests work well in all seasons and in all types of yarns.
The stitch pattern suggested and featured above is one line of pattern and is included with the pattern instructions.
These tops can be casual over a shirt or sweater in a tweedy yarn or evening glamorous in sparkly silk, lurex or angora.
Trying different ribs or creating a colourwork design, either nordic or floral for the top side which folds to the front.
If sewing the edges does not appeal to you, you can sew buttons and make loops at the front.
Let this pattern be your basic for future design inspirations. I know I will.
Read further for schematics, pattern instructions, finishing tips and helpful sites.
The schematics or drawings of the garment's shape give you the dimensions you are to work to and the actual direction of the garment.
The pattern itself is minimal as it is very simple. You are actually knitting the garment in one piece sideways from one rib edge to the other.
Armholes allow the garment to fall forward, the rib edges meeting at the front.
By working to the dimensions indicated in the drawing, you will achieve the desired results, however if you are slightly off tension it will not make a huge difference.
For beginners, it is always best to make what is recommended in the pattern first, then experiment with different yarns weights and guages.
Knowing how to properly finish a garment makes all the difference between a garment looking "homemade" and not "handmade".
The effort of learning how to skillfully seam and block a garment will definitely make the end result a pleasure to wear and build confidence in your knitting skills.
Blocking is well explained and straightforward in Part1 and Part2 in the HowTo section of Knitting Daily
Seaming or sewing a garment together properly enhances a garment's fit, with seams that lie flat and don't pull.
Simple drawings and explanations are provided in KnitSimple Online Magazine