Thursday, May 20, 2010

Shrugging it off.

If you read the latest issue of Loops Scoop, you've read about the mysterious overflowing toilet that caused our house to flood while we were on vacation. We've been living in a crazy world of dehumidifying fans, ripped up floors, take-out and close sleeping quarters (2 adults, 3 kids and 2 dogs in one room!). Then, during last night's storms, rain starting coming through the ceiling in our one "good" room left!

It was like the book series, "A Series of Unfortunate Events." You know, sometimes you get to that point where all you can do is laugh, shrug and go forward.

So it was quite apropos when I received an email from Holly, one of our Loops Troops, containing a long-awaited girl's cardi pattern called "Sophie's Shrug." I fell in love with this when Holly entered it in our Louisa Harding design contest last year. I don't know what's cuter, the pattern or Holly's amazing photographs!

That's Holly's niece, Sophie, modeling the shrug. Holly designed the piece for her, but as it turns out, the shape lends itself to a wide variety of sizes, from a 3-year old to a slender 8-year-old. Holly had a rather chaotic photo shoot in her backyard, with bunches of nieces of various ages, all modeling the shrugs.

Sophie's Shrug is available as a instant Ravelry download for $5.99 here. It calls for 4 skeins of Louisa Harding Kashmir Aran in color 6 (83 yards each, shown in the first photo) or Blue Sky Multi Cotton or Dyed Cotton (shown in Multi in the turquoise version; you only need 3 skeins if you used the solid Dyed Cotton).

It can also easily be altered for a smaller child by using a DK weight, such as Louisa Harding Kashmir DK, Alchemy Temple Superwash or Tosh DK, and a smaller size (5 or 6) needle. Or for an older girl, try a chunky weight yarn like Nature Cotton or Ariosa, and a size 9 or 10 needle. We're happy to help you find the perfect yarn and check your yardage.

Sophie's Shrug features an innovative applied I-cord that Holly came up with on her own. We are offering a free class Sunday, Jun 6 from 2:00-3:00pm, taught by Holly, which will focus on the applied I-cord technique and other techniques used in the shrug. Space is limited, and you must buy your materials at Loops. To sign up, call 742-9276 or email

If you can't make the class, no problem - I would consider this an Advanced Beginner pattern that most anyone can master and complete fairly quickly! And if you run in to a bump or two, there's always Oops Clinic. So you can...yes...shrug it off.

- Shelley
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Blogger binkwaffle (Holly) said...

Just FYI, too, if you are taking the class, go ahead and swatch (gasp! Holly's making us swatch??) a stockinette piece before you come because we're going to apply the I-cord to the swatch edges. Then, depending on the yardage you have for the entire project, you can either pull it out and reuse it, or you can use it as a baby washcloth, a hanky, a coaster, or anything else creative you can think of! :-)

Thanks, Shelley, for the kind words and for proposing the Louisa contest in the first place! My nieces most certainly thank you! :-)

May 22, 2010 at 6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is an exquisite shrug.

January 13, 2012 at 5:50 AM  

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