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Button Shrug Knitting Pattern

By: Bernat

Use this shrug knitting pattern from Bernat Yarns to create the perfect coverup for any sleevless outfit. Knit in lightweight bamboo yarn, the soft shrug is perfect for summer. The shrug adapts from XS to 5X sizes and knits up quickly on large needles.


Soft Knit Button Shrug



  • Yarn: Bernat Bamboo (60 g/2.1 oz) 92008 (Linen), Sizes S–4 balls; L–6 balls
  • Knitting Needles: Size 8 mm (U.S. 11) or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • One button.

Gauge: 12 sts and 16 rows = 4 ins 10 cm in stocking st.

To fit bust measurement
Small 32-42 ins 81.5-106.5 cm
Large 42-62 ins 106.5 - 157.5 cm

Stitch Glossary:
Sl3Pwyib = Slip the next 3 sts purlwise with yarn in back.
Sl3Pwyif = Slip the next 3 sts purlwise with yarn in front.


The instructions are written for smaller size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ). When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. For ease in working, circle all numbers pertaining to your size.
Note: Shrug is worked sideways in one piece.

Cast on 27 (33) sts.
1st row: (WS). Purl. Place a marker on 9th (12th) st.
2nd row: Sl3Pwyib (pull yarn tight to cause edge to roll). Knit to end of row.
3rd row: Sl3Pwyif (pull yarn tight to cause edge to roll). Purl to end of row.

Rep last 2 rows for 22 (25) ins 56 (63.5) cm for Front, ending with a purl row. Place a 2nd marker at beg of last row.
Next row: Sl3Pwyib. Knit to end of row.
Next row: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows for 3 (4) ins 7.5 (10) cm. Place a 3rd marker at beg of last row for shoulder.

Rep last 2 rows for 9 (12) ins 23 (30.5) cm. Place a 4th marker at beg of last row for Back.

Rep last 2 rows for 3 (4) ins 7.5 (10) cm. Place a 5th marker at beg of last row for shoulder.

Work from ** to ** as given above. Cast off purlwise (WS). Place a 6th marker on 18th (21st) st.

Match 1st marker with 3rd marker. Match corner with 2nd marker. Sew between 2nd and 3rd markers for Right shoulder (See Diagram). Match 6th marker with 4th marker. Match corner with 5th marker. Sew between 4th and 5th markers for Left shoulder (See Diagram).

Neckband: With RS of work facing, pick up and knit 18 (21) sts evenly along cast off edge to shoulder seam for Right Front neck edge. Pick up and knit 27 (36) sts evenly between 3rd and 4th markers for back neck edge. Pick up and knit 18 (21) sts evenly along cast on edge for Left Front neck edge. 63 (78) sts.
Beg with a purl row, work 3 rows even in stocking st.
Next row: (buttonhole row). K3. Cast off 2 sts. Knit to end of row.
Next row: Purl, casting on 2 sts over cast off sts.
Work 3 rows even in stocking st. Cast off purlwise (WS).

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Hi daniellehyattcomcastnet, Thank you for your comment, we are constantly working to improve our site. -Editors of FaveCrafts

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Went to the bernat site and downloaded a pattern. Thanks for showing. Would not have found it otherwise. Will modify to lace patten for a wedding cover up for my daughter's bridesmaid gown in February. Great pattern idea.

Want to try this one

there are a couple of ** (stars) missing from the above instructions, which should be used as reference points This is the link to the actual pattern on Bernat site -

Can you also explain "work from to as given" and do you have a demo that shows Sl3Pwyib = Slip the next 3 sts purlwise with yarn in back. Sl3Pwyif = Slip the next 3 sts purlwise with yarn in front. Nancy

Please explain what "work from to as given above" means. Fromto what? Thanks. Eager to knit this. Love the Bernat bamboo yarn. Just finished a baby blanket using this yarn.

This is a very nice shrug, I have not tried to knit it yet, but will do so, I like that it comes in the larger sizes so many of the patterns don't


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