I designed this shrug because I thought it would be a good garment to donate to women’s’ shelters. It is one-size fits all, so it’s great for donations when you don’t know the size of the recipient. It also is flattering on any figure, and even fits well during pregnancy. You can also make different lengths for people with long or short arms. Women in shelters need any comfort they can get — emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical. Just like a comfort shawl, a hand-knitted shrug can be endowed with love and support by the knitter, and makes a wonderful gift for someone who has been the victim of abuse or of unlucky circumstances.

I got the idea for this design when I went to the Denver Knitting Guild meeting last month. One of the discussion topics was charity knitting, and the group was looking for patterns for shrugs that they could knit for women who were hospitalized. Those flimsy gowns never have long sleeves, and for some reasons Doctors like to keep places cold. (Because they have to wear long sleeves and ties under those lab coats? Maybe they should all swtich to scrubs!). Shrugs are great hospital keep-warm garments, because they can usually even be warn when you have an IV.
– Designer Donna Druchunas


Approx 615 yards of bulky weight wool or wool-blend yarn

I used 5 balls of Plymouth’s Galway Chunky (100% wool, 100 grams = 123 yards per ball) in color 722, oatmeal. For a machine washable gift, I suggest Plymouth’s Encore Chunky.

Size 10U.S. needles

Crochet hook in a size close to the knitting needle size (optional)

Tapestry needle


Approx 3.5 sts = 1″ over Moss Stitch

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One size fits all. Approx 17″ wide by 48″ to 60″ long.

Note that a person’s arm span is approximately the same as their height. If you are making this as a gift for an unknown recipient, go for the longer length just to be safe.



Cast on 26 sts.

Work in K2, P2 ribbing as follows:

Row 1 (RS): K2, *P2, K2; rep from * across.
Row 2 (WS): P1, *K2, P2; rep from * across.

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Continue in ribbing as est until cuff measures approx 3″ or desired length. End after completing a WS row.

Next row (RS): Knit in the front and back of every stitch–52 sts.
Next row (WS): Knit.
Next row: Knit, increasing 8 sts spread out across the row–60 sts.
Next row: Knit.

Sleeves and Body

Work in Moss Stitch as follows:

Rows 1 and 2: *K1, P1; rep from * across.
Rows 3 and 4: *P1, K1; rep from * across.
Continue in Moss stitch until piece measures from 45″ to 57″ from CO edge. End after completing a RS row.


Next row (WS): Knit.
Next row (RS): Knit, decreasing 8 sts spread out across the row–52 sts.
Next row: Knit.
Next row: K2tog across–26 sts.
Work in K2, P2 ribbing as for first cuff.

When 2nd cuff is the same length as the first cuff, BO loosely in pattern.


Sew cuffs and 1″ of arm closed, as shown in photo.

If desired, work one row of single crochet along open edges of shrug. This creates a smooth chain along the edge of the piece.

Wash and dry flat.

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