Shayna Shrug

Shayna is an exploration in subtle stitch patterns and beginner friendly knits. The shrug is a simple, large rectangle knit flat in an easy twist stitch pattern with a thick seed stitch border on the top and bottom edges. It’s then folded in half and seamed up the sides, stopping short of the fold to make the armholes. Lastly, the sleeve borders are added by picking up around the armholes and knitting in seed stitch in the round for a few inches.

Time: 1 Week Project

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Size S (M, L, XL, 2X)
To fit bust 32-35 (36-39, 40-43, 44-47, 48-51)”.

To fit shoulder to shoulder measurement of 15 (16, 17, 17.5, 18)”.

Bust measurement is approximate – use shoulder to shoulder measurement for the best fit.

Shown in size S.

Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows = 4” [10 cm] with larger needle in Tiny Twist Stitch pattern after wet blocking


Yarn: Rowan Cotton Cashmere (85% cotton, 15% cashmere; 137 yards [125 meters]/50 grams): 221 Morning Sky (8 (8, 8, 9, 9) balls)


  • US size 6 (4.0 mm) 32” circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • US size 5 (3.75 mm) 32” circular needles or one size smaller than main needle

Notions: Tapestry needle, crochet hook (optional)


LT (Left Twist) – Worked over 2 sts. K second stitch on left needle tbl without removing it, k first stitch on left needle and remove both sts from left needle.

Special Stitches

 Tiny Twist Stitch Pattern (multiple of 4 sts +2)

Row 1 (WS): P to end.

Row 2 (RS): K1, [k2, LT] to last st, k1.

Row 3: P to end.

Row 4: K to end.

Row 5: P to end.

Row 6: K1, [LT, k2] to last st, k1.

Row 7: P to end.

Row 8: K to end.

Rep Rows 1-8 for pattern.

Pattern Notes

To work the side seams, you can either use mattress stitch ( or a crochet hook (


Bottom Border

Using smaller needle, CO 169 (173, 177, 181, 189) sts.

Row 1: [K1, p1] to last st, k1.

Rep Row 1 for 2” (take note of how many rows you worked).

Main Body

Switch to larger needle.

Setup Row (RS): K1, M1, k to end. (170 (174, 178, 182, 190) sts)

Row 1 (WS): Work Row 1 of Tiny Twist Stitch pattern.

Cont to work in Tiny Twist Stitch until piece measures 34 (36, 36, 38, 38)” from CO, ending with a WS Row 3 or 7.

Next Row (RS): K1, ssk, k to end. (169 (173, 177, 181, 189) sts rem)

Top Border

Switch to smaller needle.

Row 1: [K1, p1] to last st, k1.

Rep Row 1 for the same number of rows as the Bottom Border.

BO all sts, weave in ends and wet block.


Fold the piece in half lengthwise (so CO and BO edges are touching). Seam the sides from the bottom corner up, stopping 6 (6.5, 6.5, 7, 7)” before the folded edge for armhole.

Sleeve edging

Using smaller needles, pick up and knit 54 (60, 60, 64, 64) sts around right armhole. Join to work in the rnd, using the magic loop method or dpns.

Rnd 1: [K1, p1] around.

Rnd 2: [P1, k1] around.

Rep last 2 rnds for the same number of rows as the Bottom Border. If you worked an odd number of rows for the Bottom Border, end with Rnd 1.

BO all sts.

Repeat for the left armhole.


Weave in ends and enjoy!

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  • Greta C H.

    What is the difference between K2LT and LTK2?
    Thanks for an immediate response

    • Nicola P.

      Hello Greta! I’ve reached out to the designer for advice and she or I will reply as soon as possible. Thanks! – Nicola, Editor

    • Nicola P.

      You are welcome to save this pattern by copying and pasting into a word document or by printing the pattern via the printer icon on the left hand side of your screen. Hope this helps! – Nicola, Editor


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