Lace Shrug for my 85-year-old mom

Hi guys,
I have searched online for a shrug patterns in all the free places and even the pay sides of those same sites. From what I can see, they patterns would be too difficult for me, or not exactly what I wanted. I'd almost need someone to sit next to me and mentor me through the project.

I want to make it a lace shrug so my mom can wear it in FL in the hot months when she is in the buildings cooled by a wickedly huge A/C system.

The one I chose was free from Lion Brand and is called EZ Ruffled Coat. I want to use DK Swish yarn Knitting Gauge: 5.5 sts = 1" on #5 needles (3.75mm) 100% Superwash Merino Wool. But the pattern isn't lace. Now I know that so many of you guys have just taken easy patterns like this and jazzed them up with lace. Any suggestions? This will be my first wearable garment, other than scarves and hats.

I just want Mom to have something warm enough to keep the chill off her shoulders and back and arms, but not too warm in front.

So my talented fiber artisans, what say yea all? Ideally, I would love to find one that doesn't have any seams to sew at all. Maybe you have some good ideas as to how I can take the attached pattern and make it lacy.
Thanks for the help.

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chipsir's picture

There are some very nice easy lace shrugs that are knit wrist to wrist in one piece and you basically can put any thing you want in the main body part. Meg Swansen has a great one in her book "A Gathering of Lace"

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks Dennis! My local library has the book and I will pick it up today.

Bill's picture

Mark, that's a simple, handsome pattern. You could add an easy lace design to the added on the spot where is says " start two by two rib...just change to a lace pattern.
It would be a very wearable shrug!

CLABBERS's picture

Good idea, Bill. Adding the lace pattern there would still keep the shoulders from getting chilly from a/c that seems to be coming from everywhere in public buildings in Florida, but it would keep it light enough that my mom wouldn't have to put it on and take it off all the time.

michaelpthompson's picture

OK, like I know you're into lace, and this isn't actually lace, but I made it for weather when you just want something but not really too much. It's really quick and easy to knit up on US17 needles. Check it out at:

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

Love the pattern and am excited to see what you do with the lace substitution.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I second the Meg Swansen book. But Bill's recommendation of a simple lace edge to the pattern you've chosen is a nice idea also. All you would need to do is pick a simple lace repeat and treat it like the ruffled edging. A simple Feather and Fan would give it a lovely scalloped edge, for example. Lots of luck.

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