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Debbie Bliss Baby Shrug Help

I just discovered that the pattern for the Debbie Bliss Baby Shrug which I knit a few months ago is available as a free PDF online. Since it’s “legal” to talk shop on this pattern, I’m going to bust out some notes. (If only so that I can refer to them the next time I knit this.)

debbie bliss baby shrug

This pattern is incredibly confusing. First of all, the super-condensed format means that you have to read very carefully. Second of all, it asks you to knit a seriously weird shape, and the pattern doesn’t give a schematic.

Here’s a schematic overview.

(Click for big.)

The shrug is knit from the bottom up, over the shoulders, and down the fronts. The “notch” for the neck is pretty deep, because you’re going to add on a really deep ribbing.

I’ve noted the seams with matching numbers. You seam 1 to 1, 2 to 2, and so forth.

I added several rows of moss stitch along the bottom, to keep that band from flipping up. (You can even see how it wants to flip in some of the pattern pictures.) I didn’t realize how it would be seamed, so I also added moss stitch up the sides, which turned into the seam to the armpit. Oh well – design element!

This next schematic focuses on one particular part of the instructions. If you don’t have a mental image of what the finished item will look like, this is the hardest part to wrap your head around.

(Click for big. Depending on your browser, you may need to click a second time to see the full-size version. It’s a big image.)

You divide for the fronts while you’re in the middle of knitting the sleeves. This makes perfect sense if you look at a schematic. Hopefully, since the pattern doesn’t provide one, my hand-drawn schematic will do.

56 comments to Debbie Bliss Baby Shrug Help

  • Justine

    I just wanted to thank you for all the help you’ve been providing on this sweater. I’m in the process of knitting this shrug and have referred to this three times already to check my understanding of the instructions…and I’m not even half way through the pattern!

  • Justine

    Hi, me again! Is there a trick to picking up stitches for the ribbing? I’m getting holes between the zigzags where the bind off sections begin/end. I’ve been picking up under the two loops of the bind off edge but in order to get the correct number of picked up stitches (22 for the smallest size at the start of Front Edging) and in the hopes of closing the gaps, I’m taking an extra stitch where the zigzags meet. I can’t think of how else to do it.

  • Justine

    I’ve figured out what the real problem is. Picking up the stitches has exaggerated the holes that were already there. I’m thinking I’ll just have to go in and weave over them later.

  • Erika

    Yep, you’ve got it! Also, once you finish and block it, you’ll hardly notice they are there.

    That’s definitely one of those discretionary fixes – I sincerely doubt a non-knitter would ever spot the holes in a million years! But they may be bad enough to weigh on your conscience. In which case, a little bit of duplicate stitching will fix them right up!

  • Rose

    Thank you. Thank you. Debbie Bliss’s patterns are adorable and the photography is stunning. However–publishing a pattern these days without a schematic these days is downright ridiculous. Thanks for the help. I would not have bothered to work my way through this without your diagram.

  • Kalpana

    Hi,
    Thank you so much for the schematic diagram. I was stuck in between and did not know how to proceed. Your schematic overview made me to proceed further without which I wouldn’t have completed.