A perfect beginner project because of how simple but gratifying it is, this shrug was my first project on the SK155.

Machine Type

Bulky with Ribber

Materials

  • 3 skeins (about 600g) of Bernat Premium. Ravelry indicates this yarn is discontinued, but I had found some at a big box chain.

I was specifically looking for inexpensive practice yarn for this project, because it was my first time trying to convert a hand knitting pattern, and also my first project on the new to me bulky. The Bernat Premium is very good value, and it surprised me with how nice it is for an acrylic yarn. It was great to work with on the SK155, and I’m also happy with the finished project. If I come across some of that yarn again, I’d definitely pick up some more.

Techniques

  • Ribbing
  • Seaming
  • Grafting

Since this pattern is basically just a big rectangle, it doesn’t call for any shaping, making it a very easy project on the machine. If you don’t have a ribber, you can still make this on a single bed by reforming the ribbing stitches, or doing a mock rib.

Pattern

This was my first time trying to adapt a hand knitting pattern to machine. I used the Harvest Shrug pattern as a starting point.

Here is the machine knitting pattern I came up with, based on this yarn and the gauge I liked. Because of the limitation of needles on a knitting machine, I had to modify this to be knit in two panels with a center back seam.

Gauge

15.5 Stitches and 22 Rows over 4″ (10cm)
T6 on the SK155 got me that gauge

Panels

  • Begin by casting on 73 stitches in waste yarn. Knit a few rows, then switch to main yarn.
  • Knit 60 rows of stockinette, place ends of scrap yarn as markers at each end.
  • Knit 80 rows of stockinette, place ends of scrap yarn as markers at each end.
  • Knit 60 rows of stockinette. Cast off on waste yarn.
  • Repeat for second panel.
  • Place panels side by side, and seam together (don’t seam the waste yarn). This will be the center back seam. You can remove any markers that end up in the seam. Having the markers helps ensure that your seaming is lining up. But make sure to keep the markers on the outer edges.

Cuffs

  • Pull out 60 needles on the main bed.
  • Take the left outer edge and pick up 60 stitches in between the markers.
  • Transfer every other needle to the ribber for 1×1 ribbing.
  • Using ribber tension (T4), knit 16 rows.
  • Cast off.
  • Repeat on right outer edge.

Seaming

  • Fold in half so that waste yarn edges come together. Seam outer edges and cuffs.

oversize-shrug

Ribbing

The ribbing for the shrug has to be knit in 3 sections, because of the limitation of number of needles on the machine. Because the 3 sections have to be grafted together, each section should be an odd number of stitches, so that when grafting (using a a half stitch), it keeps the ribbing pattern.

  • Using T4 for ribbing, cast on 97 stitches in 1×1 rib.
  • Knit 22 rows.
  • Transfer all stitches to main bed. Knit 1 row.
  • Beginning at the center back seam, pick up 96 stitches from waste yarn, continuing past the seamed edge.
  • Knit 1 row to join and bind off.
  • Pick up the next 96 stitches, continuing past the center back seam.
  • Knit 1 row to join and bind off.
  • Pick up the last 96 stitches, knit 1 row and bind off.

Finishing

  • Seam the 3 ribbing sections together.
  • Weave in ends.
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