Lemon Drop Shrug

This pattern is a delightful and delicate shrug for a young girl with a sweet floral motif. Pair this shrug with little summer dresses for a look as sweet as can be.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: 2-3 (3-4, 5-6, 7-8) years. Finished Chest Size: 22¾ (24½, 26, 27½)” [58 (62, 66, 70) cm].

Intended to be worn with about 1” [2.5 cm] positive ease.

Shown in 5-6 years.

Gauge: 25 sts and 36 rows = 4” [10 cm] in st st after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn:

super fine weight yarn Lana Grossa Cool Wool Baby (100% Merino; 241 yards [220 meters]/50 grams): #218 Vanille, 2 (2, 2, 2) balls.

Needles: US size 2½ (3.0 mm): straight and 24” (or longer) circular; two US size 2½ (3.0 mm) DPNs or a circular needle for working the I-cord ties.

Notions: 10 (10, 12, 12) stitch markers; two stitch holders or waste yarn; tapestry needle

Special Stitches

CDD (centered double decrease) – slip two sts together knitwise, k1 and then pass the two slipped sts other this st.

Stitch Guide

Flower pattern (follow written or charted instructions)

Row 1 (RS): K2, ssk, yo, k3.

Rows 2, 4, 6, and 8: P7.

Row 3: K1, ssk, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 5: Ssk, yo, k3, yo, k2tog.

Row 7: K7.

Row 9: K1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1.

Row 10: P2tog tbl, yo, p3, yo, p2tog.

Row 11: K1, yo, k2tog, yo, cdd, yo, k1.

Row 12: P1, yo, p2tog, p1, p2tog tbl, yo, p1.

Row 13: K2, yo, cdd, yo, k2.

Row 14: Rep Row 2.

Seed Stitch

Setting the stitch pattern: *P1, k1; repeat from * to last st, p1

To maintain pattern knit the purls and purl the knits.

Pattern Notes

Fiorellina has a simple construction with almost no seaming. It is knit flat from the bottom up. First each sleeve is started separately and set aside until the body has been knit to the underarms. Sleeves are then knit onto the body and the shrug is finished as one piece with raglan shaping. The tiny underarm seam is then closed and as the border was knit with the garment there are no stitches to pick-up. I-cords are made and attached to serve as ties, but could be substituted for ribbons for an extra special finish.

Pattern

Sleeves (make 2)

CO 63 (67, 71, 75) sts. This counts as a RS row.

Work in Seed Stitch for 5 rows, ending on a WS row.

Working in St st, BO 3 sts at the beg of the next 2 rows – 57 (61, 65, 69) sts.

Break yarn, place sts for first sleeve on holder, and set aside.

Work second sleeve same as first.

Body

Using the circular needle, CO 121 (131, 141, 151) sts. This counts as a RS row.

Seed stitch border and front edge shaping

Note: Do not work the increases in this section too tightly.

Next Row (WS): *P1, k1; rep from * repeat until last st, p1.

Inc Row 1 (RS): Kfb, *k1, p1; rep from * to last st, kfb – 2 sts inc’d.

Inc Row 2 (WS): Kfb, *p1, k1; rep from * to last st, kfb – 2 sts inc’d.

Rep Inc Rows 1-2 once more – 129 (139, 149, 159) sts.

Flowers and continued front shaping

Row 1 (RS): Work 4 sts in Seed Stitch, M1R, knit to last 4 sts, M1L, work in Seed Stitch to end of row – 2 sts inc’d.

Row 2 (WS): Work 4 sts in Seed Stitch, purl to last 4 sts, work in Seed Stitch to end of row.

Row 3 (start flower): Work 4 sts in est Seed Stitch patt, M1R, k6 (7, 3, 3), *pm, work Row 1 of Flower Pattern, k6 (7, 6, 7); rep from * to last 17 (18, 14, 14) sts, pm, work Row 1 of Flower Pattern, pm, k6 (7, 3, 3), M1L, work in Seed Stitch to end of row – 2 sts inc’d.

Row 4: Work 4 sts in Seed Stitch, p7 (8, 4, 4), sm, work Row 2 of Flower Pattern, *sm, p6 (7, 6, 7), work Row 2 of Flower Pattern; rep from * to last marker, sm, p7 (8, 4, 4), work in Seed Stitch to end of row.

Continue working following the Flower Pattern instructions for the flowers as set, working the first and last 4 sts in Seed Stitch, increasing once at each end of the St st section on every RS row until the 14-row Flower Pattern is complete – 145 (155, 165, 175) sts. Markers can be removed on Row 14 of the Flower Pattern.

Next Row (RS): Work 4 sts in Seed Stitch, M1R, knit to last 4 sts, M1L, work in Seed Stitch to end of row – 2 sts inc’d; 147 (157, 167, 177) sts.

Next Row (WS): Work 4 sts in Seed Stitch, purl to last 4 sts, work in Seed Stitch to end of row.

All RS Rows: Work 5 sts in Seed Stitch, knit to last 5 sts, work in Seed Stitch to end of row.

All WS Rows: Work 5 sts in Seed Stitch, purl to last 5 sts, work in Seed Stitch to end of row.

Cont as est until the Body meas 4” (4, 4½, 4½)” [10 (10, 11, 11) cm] from the CO edge, ending with a WS row.

BO Row: Work 5 sts in Seed Stitch, k29 (31, 33, 35), BO 6 sts, k67 (73, 79, 85) across the back of the body, BO 6 sts, k29 (31, 33, 35), work 5 sts in Seed Stitch – 135 (145, 155, 165) sts.

Note: When working this row, work the sts as stated before the BO sts, then work 2 sts in order to work the first BO – DO NOT use a st from the sts worked before each BO for the first BO. Then once the BO is completed there will be a worked st live on the right hand needle, this contributes the to the stitch count for the sts in the section after the BO.

Joining Sleeves

Note: when working the body and sleeves together it can get a bit tight to work the sts around the sleeve so if necessary pull out a loop from the cable of the circular needle (akin to magic loop) to relieve the tension until sufficient rows have been worked.

With the WS of Body facing, work 5 sts in Seed Stitch, p29 (31, 33, 35), pm, purl across sts for first Sleeve, pm, p67 (73, 79, 85) across back of Body, pm, purl across sts from second Sleeve, pm, p29 (31, 33, 35) from rem sts, work in Seed Stitch to end of row – 249 (267, 285, 303) sts.

Starting Flowers on Sleeves and Raglan Decreases

Row 1 (RS): Work 5 sts in Seed Stitch, knit to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, sm, ssk, k23 (25, 27, 29), pm, work Row 1 of Flower Pattern, pm, knit to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, sm, ssk, knit to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, sm, ssk, k23 (25, 27, 29), pm, work Row 1 of Flower Pattern, pm, knit to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, sm, ssk, knit to last 5 sts, work in Seed Stitch to end of row – 8 sts dec’d.

Row 2 (WS): Work 5 sts in Seed Stitch, purl to Flower Pattern marker, sm, work Row 2 of Flower Pattern, sm, purl to Flower Pattern marker, sm, work Row 2 of Flower Pattern, sm, purl to last 5 sts, work in Seed Stitch to end of row.

Row 3: Work 5 sts in Seed Stitch, knit to Flower Pattern marker, sm, work Row 3 of Flower Pattern, sm, knit to Flower Pattern marker, sm, work Row 3 of Flower Pattern, sm, knit to last 5 sts, work in Seed Stitch to end of row.

Row 4: Rep Row 2, working the correct row of the Flower Pattern.

Continue working as set following the Flower Pattern between the Flower Pattern markers, working the 8 raglan decreases every other RS row until 20 (20, 24, 24) rows have been worked, including the first Dec Row and 40 (40, 48, 48) sts have been dec’d.

The Flower Pattern will finish on Row 14 and those markers can be removed – Front section: 29 (31, 32, 34) sts, each Sleeve: 47 (51, 53, 57) sts, Back: 57 (63, 67, 73) sts.

Raglan decreases are then continued every RS row, maintaining the Seed Stitch border sts at either side of the work until 21 (25, 23, 25) more rows have been worked – 121, (123, 141, 151) sts.

Next Row (WS): Work 7 (7, 9, 10) sts in Seed Stitch, purl to last 7 (7, 9, 10) sts, work in Seed Stitch to end to end of row.

Next Row (RS): Work 8 (8, 10, 11) sts in Seed Stitch, knit to last 8 (8, 10, 11) sts working raglan decreases as set, work 8 (8, 10, 11) sts in Seed Stitch to end of row – 8 sts dec’d.

Next Row (WS): Work 9 (9, 11, 12) sts in Seed Stitch, purl to last 9 (9, 11, 12) sts, work in Seed Stitch to end of row.

Next Row (RS): Work 10 (10, 12, 13) sts in Seed Stitch, knit to last 10 (10, 12, 13) sts working raglan decreases as set, work in Seed Stitch to end of row – 8 sts dec’d

Next Row (WS): Work 11 (11, 13, 14) sts in Seed Stitch, purl to last 11 (11, 13, 14) sts, work in Seed Stitch to end of row – 105 (107, 125, 135) sts total; Front section: 16 (16, 18, 19) sts, each Sleeve: 21 (21, 25, 27) sts, Back: 31 (33, 39, 43) sts.

Next Row (RS): BO 7 (7, 9, 10) sts, work 5 sts in Seed Stitch, knit to last 11 (11, 13, 14) sts working raglan decreases as set, work 11 (11, 13, 14) sts in Seed Stitch – 15 (15, 17, 18) sts dec’d.

Next Row (WS): BO 7 (7, 9, 10) sts, work in Seed Stitch until the end of row – 7 (7, 9, 10) sts dec’d; 8 sts remaining in the front section.

Row 1 (RS): Working in Seed Stitch except for the raglan decreases, which are worked as set, dec 1 st at the beg and end of the row – 10 sts dec’d.

Row 2 (WS): Working in Seed Stitch except for sts adjacent to the markers, which are purled, dec 1 st at the beg and end of the row – 2 sts dec’d.

Repeat these last 2 rows once more.

BO all sts.

I-cord ties (make 2)

Ties be left out and ribbon used instead (see Finishing)

With two DPNs or a circular needle, CO 3 sts.

Row 1: Slide the sts to the other end of the needle and knit all sts.

Rep Row 1 until the I-cord measures approx. 8” [20 cm].

BO all sts.

Finishing

Weave in ends and attach I-cord ties at the top front corners. If substituting the I-cord tie for ribbons, attach after blocking. Close the underarm seam and the two small sleeve seams. Wash and block.

yarn ball

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