Shrug It Off – The Kind of Woman I Want to Be (pt. 3)

Welcome back! In this post, we’ll complete the sweater you’ve been working on. Get ready! It’s going to be so cute.

  1. Take the knitted rectangle you’ve completed, and fold it like so:screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-7-37-52-pm
  2. Sew along the bases of the triangles (where the red stitch is in the picture above).
  3. DO NOT forget to block your knitting!

That’s it! You did it! a super cozy shrug for the colder days. I love this because it’s such a special gift, and praying while making this can be so meaningful. Imagine getting a sweater from someone you love, saying they prayed for you while they made it! Every time they wear it, it’s like wrapping themselves in the love of the Father (and you!)

I hope you enjoyed this pattern. Here are a few tips and a refresher on blocking. Check back soon, and we’ll be learning how to make a super cute baby blanket!

I absolutely love Mary’s cousin Elizabeth. She is an individual in the Bible that I learned so much from, and as a reflection of her response to Mary’s good news, I have changed the way I encounter my sisters in Christ.

“During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed – that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” -Luke 1:39-45

What a gift it is to have someone to rejoice in! When I encounter my sisters, and they have somehting bringing them such deep joy, it is so beautiful to rejoice with them, for their life, and for the things the Lord has given them. There is no room for jealousy or hatred, only joy. I keep this phrase in the back of my mind, greeting all whom I know with the line, “And how does this happen to me, that the daughter/son of my Lord should come to me?

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Shrug It Off – The Kind of Woman I Want to Be (pt. 2)

Hi there! Welcome back. In this post, we’ll be focusing on the rest of the knitting to make the shrug. If you haven’t started it yet, check out this post to begin.

Cozy Shrug (pt. 2)

  1. Knit one row
  2. Purl the next
  3. Continue in this fashion for 40 rows. It will be as long in the back as it is when it’s on your needles, so make sure it’s as long as you want it! If you want a really long, slouchy shrug, continue to knit more, until it’s the length you desire.
  4. Cast off of your needles (it should be just one long rectangle. In the next blog, we’ll be forming the shrug!)

Just keep knitting, just keep knitting! You’re almost there. Don’t get lazy or bored, remember to meditate and pray while knitting. I love to sit in our chapel on campus and pray for the person I’m knitting for. Being there helps me to focus on them. I hope you are doing well and enjoying the idea of knitting and praying!

If you want to see a more advanced version of a similar knitting pattern, check out this video.


I have looked up to so many women in my life. From family members, to friends from high school and college, to youth group friends, to fellow counselors from camp, I have learned so much about what it means to be a woman of God to those around you.

To be filled with grace is to imitate our Mother Mary. She took everything Christ said or did in His life, and held it in her heart. She desired so deeply to obey Him, to trust Him, and give everything she had to Him.

Let us be more like her.

“And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” -Luke 2:19 & 2:51

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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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