Pattern of the Week: The Baryon Shrug

New obsession: Hattie Townsend’s Baryon Shrug from Wool Studio Vol. VII. GET ON MY NEEDLES!

Lots of my friends have been talking about their Christmas day cast-ons, which I guess is a thing. This is the first year I’ve heard about it, and since I’m a pro-level bandwagon-hopper-on-er, I thought I’d join the trend. The Baryon Shrug is the perfect project for this, for many reasons.

Reason 1: It’s so chic! I’m not a fashionista, but I do like to look hip and groovy, and this shrug is right there with its easy style.

Reason 2: It’s a quick knit. Worsted-weight yarn and lack of sleeves make this something I can knit and wear in the same season. I’ve spent too much time on Sleeve Island this year, so Baryon will be a welcome reprieve.

Reason 3: There’s interesting construction to challenge me. The front is worked from the bottom up and the back is worked from side to side as one long rectangle. Then the corners are folded and sewn to the front to create the sleeves. Stitches for the back neck panel are picked up along the top of the back rectangle. All of this is easy, but it’s different enough to keep me on my toes.

Get cozy with me and cast on the Baryon Shrug on Christmas day!

Project Details


baryon shrug

Photo by Harper Point Studios

FINISHED SIZE 31½ (34½, 38½, 41½, 45½)” circumference at underarm. Shrug shown measures 31½” on model with 35″ bust.

YARN Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts Lascaux Worsted (75% Punta Arenas wool, 25% Manx Loaghtan wool; 220 yd [201 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): Scent and Sensibility, 5 (6, 7, 7, 9) skeins.

NEEDLES Sizes 6 (4 mm) and 7 (4.5 mm): 16″ and 24″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Marker (m); removable m; stitch holder; tapestry needle.

GAUGE 23 sts and 29 rows = 4″ in K3, P1 Rib on larger needle.

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