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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