Knitting Pattern: 50’s Ribbed Shrug

Today’s free knitting pattern comes from the Knit It Yourself booklet I snagged from an antique mall while I was in Florida. 

Click the following link to download the free pattern as a pdf: 50s Ribbed Shrug Pattern.

I think one of the best things about this shrug is the directions!  Seriously, there’s only 5 steps to this pattern and NO gauge measurements! 

Well, the ‘no gauge measurements’ can be both good and bad, depending on what type of knitter you are.  But this has to be a great pattern for a newbie, since it’s kinda one size fits most and there’s a minimal amount of steps required.

The yarn that is listed with the pattern is American Thread Company, Orlon Pompadour which is a heavy fingering weight yarn that has a gauge of 7-8 stitches per inch.  A light sport-weight yarn would probably work fine also. 

You know what’s better than me talking about the pattern?!  If you’re a member of Ravelry, there’s a small handful of people who’ve actually made this shrug pattern already!  You can read all about their yarn selection and see how pretty their versions turned out!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend! 

Oh, and if you haven’t checked out Gertie’s site recently, be sure to!  She has posted up an interview with Fashion Sewing Supply which sells high quality interfacing which is 10% off for a limited time with the special Gertie sales code.  And yes, you bet I bought some!  I am sick of using low quality weft that just peels right off my fabric.  And what’s even cooler is that you can use Fashion Sewing Supply’s light weight weft to use as stay tape around necklines and the like.  Okay, I’ll stop gushing since I don’t have my hands on the goods yet.  I’ll let you know how I fair once my package arrives though.  :)

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Comments (16)

  1. Laurie March 16, 2012 — 12:35 PM

    Thanks for the pattern – I’m a beginner and have wanted to tackle a shrug, so this might be just the ticket!

    1. Liz March 16, 2012 — 4:29 PM

      A few people on ravelry said that the srug was a bit on the loose side. Be sure to check out their pages from the link in my blog for more insights.

  2. Jo March 16, 2012 — 3:23 PM

    That’s a lovely pattern, I just love shrugs. I am tempted to make it but hmmm, not sure! The idea of knitting a garment is still so intimidating to me….

    1. Liz March 16, 2012 — 4:21 PM

      My first sweater I ever made (garment I ever knit) was Francis Revisited. It’s a top-down raglan sweater that has a lovely moss-stitch collar in worsted weight yarn.

      Knitting in the round, top down is IMO the easiest way to go. You can try on your sweater at any point in the construction and add increases or rows as needed. If you’re super nervous, you should knit with life lines. It’s basically adding in a string of yarn on a whole row of stitches. If you make a mistake you can rip out your work until the life-line without loosing stitches.

  3. You are very generous to share these lovely patterns. I would like to try this one! Cheers m’dear :)

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  5. Thank you so much for this lovely pattern. Good advice about Ravelry information.

  6. Ali December 10, 2013 — 1:11 AM

    Hi, love the pattern and thank you so much for sharing it. I’ve been invited to a party with a 50’s theme in the new year and have now found the inspiration I needed. Think I’ll make the shrug and a cute little dress to match! I’ll ping back to your blog when it’s done. Thanks again! ????

  7. margie wilson June 3, 2015 — 8:44 AM

    I love this shrug pattern and downloaded it. Unfortunately there is no gauge specified. Can you please let me know as I cant wait to knit the shrug. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. Are there any more goodies in the pattern book?

    1. Liz June 3, 2015 — 12:54 PM

      Hi Margie.

      Since the pattern doesn’t state a gauge, I would pick a yarn with a similar gauge as the yarn used in the pattern. Then you match the needles and see how the fabric looks to you (open & holey, dense & heavy, or just right – which is all about preference). Since the shrug is knit in ribbing, the shrug will stretch in the ribbing sections to match your measurements – this is why there is no specific gauge mentioned.

      Also, are you on Ravelry? There have been 26 people who have made up this shrug all with various yarns and needles. Ravelry is always my first stop to see if someone else has made up a particular pattern so I can read through their thoughts and look at their yarn choice. From there I always get a better sense about how the pattern up with different types of yarn fibers and thicknesses. It’s easy to become a member, you just have to sign up and then wait for your email approval. Highly recommend it! :D

      I hope this helps!

  8. Alison Campbell July 28, 2015 — 2:32 PM

    Hi there, I love this shrug and I would love to start knitting it. However, after I downloaded the pattern it says cable cape (continued from page 3). There is only one page to the pattern I take it? Or am I incorrect? The bottom of the pattern just says 6. I would be very grateful if you clarify this for me as I am a beginner.

    Thanks for sharing this lovely pattern.

    Kind regards,

    1. Liz August 7, 2015 — 12:52 PM

      Hey Allison, I’m gonna send you an email. But for anyone reading, yes there is just one page for this pattern – very minimal instructions so it should be perfect for a beginner.

  9. Linda McDuffie March 20, 2016 — 6:36 PM

    Thank you so much for the Simple Shrug pattern you have shared. I’m a little confused, tho. On the printed pattern there is a continued pattrn for Cable Cape (cont’d from Page 3)…..does this belong to the Shrug pattern? Or is the Simple Shrug pattern completed as written? Thanks for any help clarifying this for me.

    1. Liz March 21, 2016 — 9:24 AM

      The Cable Cape (continued from pg. 3) is a completely separate pattern and should be ignored.

      The simple shrug is so few steps since you follow the specific steps for a certain number of inches. I’m sure it will be more clear on a second read. But do let me know if you have any more questions Linda.

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