Sorceress Shrug

This shrug will make you feel like a sorceress, both because of its striking bell sleeves and because of how fast it knits up! This is more of a recipe than a fully-fleshed-out pattern, but you can try it on as you go to make it fit you perfectly!


– Moda Dea Ticker Tape, in the Charade colorway, ~230 yards (a little less than 4 skeins)
– US 11 24″ circular needles and DPNs, or size needed to obtain gauge
– stitch marker
– Optional: 8 mm crochet hook (for scalloped edging)


– 12 sts and 10 rows = 4″ in twisted drop stitch

Pattern Notes

In the directions, I say to CO 44 sts; if you want to use a different edging, you should plan ahead and CO an appropriate number of sts for the edging of your choice, as long as it’s close-ish to 44.


– Loosely CO 44 sts (or appropriate # for desired edging; see pattern notes). Join, PM.

– K 1 rnd.

– Rest of shrug is knitted using the twisted drop stitch (in the video, the TDS tutorial comes second; first you have to sit through one for regular drop stitch).

– Dec 1 st in each rnd until shrug is skinny enough to hug your arms. If you’re a perfectionist, you can use a row counter to keep track of the number of rounds so you can duplicate this exactly on the other arm, but I just eyeballed it. Switch to DPNs when your circs become unwieldy.

– Continue in patt (no more decreases) until the arm is long enough (try it on; it should come up to your armpit), turn work and begin working back-and-forth.

– To determine when the flat section is done, you may need a helper to hold it across your back for you. Your helper should hold it taut, but not super-tight, and you should consider yourself done when it reaches your armit, not the edge of your shoulder. If you want to minimize the inconvenience to your helper, you could just have him or her take this measurement once, and you can consult the measuring tape yourself as you go. Remember to pull your kitting taut, otherwise your shrug won’t stay on!

– When this point is reached, rejoin. Continue in patt until roughly where your decreases ended before (or use your row-counter, you perfectionist, you), and begin increasing 1 st per round until you reach 44 sts.

– K 1 rnd, BO loosely.

Scalloped Crochet edging: Using an 8 mm crochet hook, anchor yarn to sleeve edge. Sl st in first 2 sts, *shell (5 dc in 1 st) in next st, sk net st, sl st in next st, sk next st; rep from* around sleeve edge; repeat for other sleeve.


2 thoughts on “Sorceress Shrug

  1. This is a lovely pattern – exactly the answer I needed to those days where it’s tanktop weather but you’re going into a freezing movie theater. 🙂

    Don’t mind me – David MJ linked me here.

  2. Thanks! Let me know how it works out for you! The twisted drop stitch will create an interesting texture in a wide variety of yarns (moreso in regular yarns than in ribbon yarns like the Moda Dea Ticker Tape, actually), and it knits up really fast.

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