Shrug It Off – The Kind of Woman I Want To Be (pt. 1)

Hey there! Get ready to get super cozy in our next pattern. We’re making a super warm shrug! Don’t get too worried. This pattern is actually really simple, so quick, and a great gift! I’m adapting a pattern found here.

For this shrug, you’ll need:

  • Really thick wool yarn. These look good to me:


  • Size 19 circular needles (same technique as regular needles but they’re connected!)

Let’s get started!

Cozy Shrug

  1. Cast on 60 stitches.
  2. Knit the first row
  3. Purl the second row

Check the next post to see how we finish this shrug! And don’t be overwhelmed, especially if this is one of your first projects. It’s much easier to work with big needles and big yarn, and it’s only purling and knitting, I promise! See you soon!

(If you want to see this explained real time, here is a video explaining a similar shrug.)


I absolutely love what the Bible has to say about women. How we are considered the “crown of creation” – once women were created, the earth was finished, and God stated for the final time, “it is very good.” I love how the vessel chosen to bring the God of the Universe into the world was a woman, beautiful mother Mary. I love how Mary and Elizabeth met each other with joy, rather than jealousy, when they both had wonderful things happening to them. I really love Proverbs 31.

“Who can find a woman of worth? Far beyond jewels is her value…

She brings him profit, not loss, all the days of her life.

She seeks out wool and flax and weaves with skillful hands…

She reaches out her hands to the poor, and extends her arms to the needy.

She is not concerned for her household when it snows – all her charges are doubly clothed…

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and laughs at the days to come.

She opens her mouth in wisdom; kindly instruction is on her tongue.

She watches over the affairs of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband, too, praises her:

“Many are the women of proven worth, but you have excelled them all.”

Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

Proverbs 31:10-30

Did you catch that little bolded part? “She weaves with skillful hands.”I believe the Lord meant that she is able to do everything (not just weaving), with grace. But, I like to imagine that He smiles down on her as she weaves (or knits) for her loved ones.

I love the confidence that she exhudes. Her heart is abundant with Jesus’s grace to the point of “laughing at the days to come.” She trusts in the Lord so fully, that there is no fear, there is no doubt, there is simply joy. That’s the woman I want to be.

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