Fairy-Slipper Shrug

Fairy-Slipper Shrug

Everyone needs a shrug for those cool evenings after warm autumn days. Fairy-Slipper Shrug is a design from Kristen Hanley Cardozo worked in Willow Yarns’ Blossom, a worsted-weight Merino wool and silk blend. The wide Garter-stitch band, that turns into a collar, sets off the allover lacework body pattern of the jacket beautifully. Pair it with a dress (as shown here) or with a cami and jeans.

SIZES: Shrug is sized to fit Women’s Small-Medium (Large-X-Large, XX- Large-XXX-Large).


Width 261/2 (281/2, 321/4)"

Length 24" (including bands)


5 (5, 6) 50 g (130 yd) balls Willow Yarns Blossom (60% Merino wool, 40% silk) color #730004-0004 Amethyst

Size 6 US (4.25 mm) 32" circular needle OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Size 8 US (5 mm) 32" circular needle

Stitch markers, yarn needle


17 sts x 26 rows = 4" using smaller ndl in Snowflake St



Body is worked in rows and forms a rectangle. Edging is worked in rows, beg at center of cast-on (lower Body) edge. Circular needles are using to accommodate the large number of stitches.


dcd (double centered decrease) Sl 2 sts tog kwise (as if to K2tog) to RH ndl, K1.

p2sso (pass 2 slipped sts over)

w&t (wrap and turn) Wyib, sl next st pwise, bring yarn to front, sl next st back to LH hand pwise, bring yarn to back, turn work.

SNOWFLAKE STITCH (multiple of 8 sts + 1)

Also see Chart.

Row 1 and all WSRs: K2, P to last 2 sts; K2.

Row 2 (RS): K6, *ssk, yo, K1, yo, K2tog, K3; rep from * to last 3 sts; K3.

Row 4: K6, *K1, yo, dcd, yo, K4; rep from * to last 3 sts; K3.

Row 6: Rep Row 2.

Row 8: K2, ssk, yo, K1, yo, *K2tog, K3, ssk, yo, K1, yo; rep from * to last 4 sts; K2tog, K2.

Row 10: K3, yo, dcd, yo, *K5, yo, dcd, yo; rep from * to last 3 sts; K3.

Row 12: Rep Row 8. Rep Rows 1-12 for Snowflake St.



Using smaller ndls, CO 113 (121, 137) sts. Do not join. Next row (RS): Knit.

Establish Pattern

Next row (WS): Beg Row 1 of Snowflake St. Work Rows 1-12 a total of 13 (13, 14) times.

Next row (WS): K2, purl to last 2 sts; K2.

Next row (RS): BO all sts.


Block body rectangle. With RS tog, fold rectangle in half lengthwise. Seam along Garter st edges; start at the cast-on/bind-off edges and leave 7 (7, 8)" open for armholes (meas from the fold).

Body Edging

With RS facing and beg at center of the cast-on edge, using smaller circ ndls, pick up and K56 (60, 68) sts, pm (at side seam); pick up and K112 (120, 136) sts, pm (at side seam); pick up and K56 (60, 68) sts [224 (240, 272) sts]. Do not join. Edging will be worked in rows. Knit 3 rows. Change to larger circ ndls. Knit 1 row.

Shape Edging

Row 1 (WS): K to m, slm, K to 1 st before next m, w&t.

Row 2 (RS): K to 1 st before m, w&t.

Row 3: K to 4 sts before last wrapped st, w&t.

Row 4: K to 4 sts before last wrapped st, w&t.

Next row (WS): Rep Rows 3 and 4 three more times.

Next row (WS): K to end of row. Wraps do not need to be picked up as they will be hidden in the Garter st. Knit 12 more rows, end after WSR.

Next row (RS): BO all sts. Fasten off and break yarn, leaving a 12" tail. Thread yarn needle with tail and, with RS tog, seam edging. Weave in all ends.