Funny; I'm a lazy knitter. I've knitted a hoodie before (ok, so it was a hooded vest)! You'd think that would stop making me so lazy and get me started on some big project, like an afghan or something. But nope. I think making that sweater last year gave me an excuse to say, Ok, I've finished my mission to do a sweater. Now I can tell people I've actually knitted one! But yesterday I told myself, "I'm going to make myself a shrug! It's not even as big as a sweater!" But once I cast on those 48 stitches on size 10 needles, I didn't even finish 3 inches before unraveling. Again I thought of my vest last year. I had cast on, like, 54 stitches maybe? And here I couldn't even cast on 48. So I just grabbed some us 19 needles and started. Only 36 stitches? Oh, yes please. This is the lazy shrug. And it's convertible! It can be a shrug, a scarf, or a cowl. Oh, how beautiful.
Materials: US 19 needles, worsted weight yarn (I used some leftover Caron One Pound. Yardage is maybe 200 yds? 300? Maybe less. Just experiment.), tape measure, scissors, darning needle.
CO 36 sts. Knit every row in garter stitch till it's about 36-40." Depends how long you want it to be; short sleeve, long sleeve, 3/4 sleeve... doesn't matter. Now bind off.
Take the finished length of the piece (mine was 35") and subtract 22." Now take your new number (35 - 22= 23) and divide by 2 (23 divided by 2 is 11.5). This number is x. Now fold your piece in half lengthwise and sew both edges towards the middle, leaving a 22" gap between the sewn sections for the armholes. So now insert your arms, and the edge of the shrug should drape against your neck. Done! Or if you want a cowl, place the whole tube on your neck. Or tie it around for a scarf! You could also just sew the whole tube closed for a cowl/scarf.
My sister and I did a whole photo shoot. Those are her glasses, by the way, from Nordstroms for $10. Of course she had to post a dorky pic of me buried under a mound of blankets, hiding from the camera, saying 'my sister is so cool.'
Oh, and do you recognize the blue/black shirt? It's my slouchy raglan (tutorial here) with a black and gray shirt underneath.