January 21, 2011

Easy Seamless Bolero Shrug (For Kids) - Free Knitting Pattern

Hello all you fellow knitwits out there!  I found this smart little cookie of a knitting pattern recently and am so happy with it!  I don't know about you, but I hate seaming knit pieces together.  They just never look right and I've done kitchener stitches and other stitches but they all are just a pain.  This wonderful pattern for a baby to toddler size bolero shrug is quick (as quick as knitting projects can get!) and seamless.  I have modified it a little bit than the original pattern.  The original says for finishing the sleeves to continue the increasing rows pattern but do a k1 p1 rib pattern for the sleeves.  I ended up making additional YO's when I shouldn't have which was quite confusing.  So I tried to make it more clear for myself in the re-write of this pattern.... enjoy! 

Easy Easy Seamless Baby Bolero Shrug
Adapted from “Shrug This” by Toni Kayser Weiner

sizes: 0-6m (6-12m, 12-18m, 18-24m)
yarn: one skein of worsted weight yarn
needles: 10 ½ (6.5mm) or size needed to obtain correct gauge
gauge: 16 sts & 20 rows = 4” in st st
other supplies: stitch markers and a tapestry needle

- For a neat finish to the front edges, slip the 1st stitch of every row knitwise.
- Pm = Place marker

Getting Started
Cast on 23 (29, 39, 45) stitches. Work k1 p1 rib pattern for 3 rows.

Beginning Raglan Shaping
Set up row with markers for front, back, and sleeves (on wrong side):
0-6m: Slip 1, k2, p2, pm, p3, pm, p7, pm, p3, pm p2, k3.
6-12m: Slip 1, k2, p3, pm, p4, pm, p9, pm, p4, pm, p3, k3.
12-18m: Slip 1, k2, p5, pm, p6, pm, p11, pm, p6, pm, p5, k3.
18-24m: Slip 1, k2, p6, pm, p7, pm, p13, pm, p7, pm, p6, k3.
Row 1 (increase row): Slip 1, k2, *(knit to marker, yo, slip marker, k1, yo) repeat * three more times along the row, k to end.
Row 2: Slip 1, k2, purl to last 3 stitches, k3.
(Note: Be sure to keep marker just to the right of the single knit stitch between the two yarnovers on every right-side row.)
Repeat rows 1 and 2 6 (7, 9, 10) more times. You now have 17(20, 26, 29) sleeve sts.

Finishing Sleeves
Row 1: Slip 1, k to marker, work k1 p1 rib pattern to marker, k to marker, work k1 p1 rib pattern to marker, k to end.
Row 2: Slip 1, k2, purl to marker, work k1 p1 rib pattern to marker, p to marker, work k1 p1 rib pattern to marker, p to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 3: Repeat Row 1.
(Now removing markers on Row 4 as you come to them,)
Row 4: Slip 1, k2, p to marker, bind off in purl all 17(20, 26, 29) sleeve sts to marker, p to marker, bind off in purl all 17(20, 26, 29) sleeve sts, p to last 3 stitches, k3.

Finishing Body
Row 1 (right side): Slip 1, knit to end.
Row 2: Slip 1, k2, purl to last 3 stitches, k3.
Repeat last 2 rows 1(1, 2, 3) more times.

Finishing Hem Border
Row 1 (right side): Slip 1, work k1 p1 rib pattern to end.
Row 2: Slip 1, continue in rib pattern as established.
Row 3: Repeat row 1.

With wrong side facing, bind off loosely knitwise. Weave in ends. Put on a cute baby or an awesome little kid!

Flower Applique
I designed this red flower pattern for all the knitters out there!  I was quite frustrated at how hard it was to find a good flower to knit, not crochet.  This flower knit is seamless, one piece, and really quite stunning!  Just click on the button below to get the flower and leaf PDF pattern e-mailed to you directly.  No account sign up or anything required!  Take care and happy knitting!

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing, this is so cute!

I am featuring this pattern in an upcoming article for our company blog.

Emm :)

The Createry Shop said...

Thank you so much Emm! I am so glad you like the pattern and I can't wait to see the article! Happy knitting to all.

The Createry Shop

Anonymous said...

Hi, found this pattern brilliant. I used a size 7 needle and followed smallest size to have a beautiful shrug for a baby dolly!!!

خياطة وتفصيل said...

How wonderful this will I try it Thank you

Brenda said...

Thanks for sharing, this is beautiful. Since I do not have any boys my niece is the one getting all pretty girly stuff...lol

Anonymous said...

I found this pattern to be a bit vague. What do I do after concentrating on the sleeves! This pattern seems to be doing that. To continue, do I continue increasing before and after the markers. When do I stop increasing. What happens to the left and right fronts and the back! Please elaborate. Thank you. son@mweb.co.za

Anonymous said...

I was a bit confused at first too. But I just kept going, the pattern does work. I think it helps to know that the pattern in knit from the neck down.

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