Knitting for women Knitting Bolero Summer shrug knitting pattern

Summer shrug knitting pattern

Shrug knitting pattern

This lightweight bolero shrug is knit sideways, using dropped stitches between the cable and eyelet stitches to create extra spacing in an intricate knit fabric.

Design by CHE LAM


Woman's small (medium, large, X-large, 2X-large)

Instructions are given for smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes.

Finished Measurements

Width: 41 1/2 (44 1/4, 47, 49 3/4, 52 3/4) inches cuff to cuff (blocked)

Length: 21 (23 1/2, 23 1/2, 26, 26) inches, including collar (blocked)


DROPS Muskat (DK weight; 100% cotton; 109 yds/50g per skein): 6 (7, 8, 9, 9) skeins denim blue #36

Size 6 (4mm) 32-inch circular needle and double-point needles (set of 5)

Size 7 (4.5mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge

Cable needle

Stitch markers


29 sts and 26 rows = 4 inches/10cm in Cable & Eyelet pat, using larger needles, before dropping sts (unblocked).

16 1/2 sts and 23 rows = 4 inches/10cm in Cable & Eyelet pat, using larger needles, after dropping sts (blocked).

Note: The ladder from each dropped st is counted as a st when measuring gauge.

To save time, take time to check gauge.

Special Abbreviation

3 over 2 Left Cross (3/2 LC): Sl 3 sts to cn and hold in front; k2, k3 from cn.

Pattern Stitches

Cable & Eyelet (multiple of 11 sts)

Note: A chart is provided for those preferring to work Cable & Eyelet pat st from a chart.

Row 1 (RS): *K1, k2tog, yo, k3, 3/2 LC; rep from * to end.

Row 2 and all WS rows: *P6, p2tog, yo, p3; rep from * to end.

Rows 3, 5 and 7: *K1, k2tog, yo, k8; rep from * to end.

Row 8: Rep Row 2.

Rep Rows 1-8 for pat.

2x2 Rib (multiple of 4 sts)

All rnds: *K2, p2; rep from * to end.

Pattern Note

Body of shrug is worked back and forth in 1 piece. Stitches are dropped on the bind-off row, then unraveled down to the cast-on row. Stitches are picked up for the collar and cuffs and worked in the round.


With larger needles, cast on 57 (68, 68, 79, 79) sts.

Purl 1 row.

Row 1 (RS): K1 (edge st, keep in St st), work Cable & Eyelet pat to last st, k1 (edge st, keep in St st).

Work even until you have completed 23 (25, 27, 29, 31) vertical reps of Cable & Eyelet pat; piece should measure approx 28 1/4 (30 3/4, 33 1/4, 35 3/4, 38 1/4) inches.

Bind-off row (RS): K1, *drop 1 st, bind off 4 sts, drop 1 st, bind off 6 sts; rep from * to last st, bind off 1 st. Fasten off. Unravel dropped sts back to cast-on edge.


Block to measurements.

With RS facing, fold piece in half lengthwise. Sew side seams for 6 (6 3/4, 7 1/2, 8 1/4, 9) inches in from each end, leaving 20 (21 1/4, 22 1/2, 23 3/4, 25 1/4) inches unsewn in center.


With RS facing, using smaller circular needle and beg at 1 side seam, pick up and knit 1 st per row [approx 224 (240, 244, 256, 264) sts] around open center edge of body; pm for beg of rnd and join.

Note: Exact st count isn't essential, but must be a multiple of 4 sts.

Work in 2x2 Rib for 4 3/4 inches. Bind off all sts loosely in pat.


With RS facing, using dpns and beg at side seam, pick up and knit 1 st per st along bind-off row, skipping ladders from dropped sts; pm for beg of rnd and join.

Work in 2x2 Rib for 4 3/4 inches. Bind off all sts loosely in pat. Rep for opposite edge. Weave in ends.

Chart and Diagram