Scarf Style/Wrap Style Knit-Along

The inspirations for this knit-along are the Scarf Style and Wrap Style books (from Interweave Press); should you wish to share your creations from the book, this is a wonderful place to do it. Also welcome are helpful tips, corrections, ideas for variations, and suggestions for materials. This knit-along will last indefinitely, so join any time!

Monday, February 21, 2005

Teva Turtle Shrug

Happily, I have completed my first project from Scarf Style, the shrug designed by Teva Durham, to be worn as either a shrug or as a scarf.

Quite warm, and an easy way to extend my tshirt wardrobe into the cooler months.

Wearing the shrug as a scarf made me realise why Teva probably chose a mohair yarn for this project: it's an awful lot of yarn to have wrapped around the neck. Instead of the yarn called for, I used a wool-microfiber blend, which is soft and warm but not as lightweight as a mohair. So let that be a caution to all of you who have this on the to-knit list!

I knit the sleeves a little long so they would be long enough to wrap around for the scarf, and I think the deep turnback cuffs look ok. Now... on to the next scarf!



  • At 9:30 PM, Blogger cmeknit said…

    very cool! I think I will make this one for my sister in law! I like the longer arms, looks good rolled up. Would be sharp looking under one of those big puffy vests!

  • At 12:47 AM, Blogger Divinely said…

    Looks VERY cool. I didn't think about the T shirt thing but you are right, this would WAY boost my wardrobe!!


  • At 8:02 AM, Blogger Anne-Caroline said…

    Looks fantastic! The shrug is next on my list...

  • At 10:50 AM, Blogger The Fearless Knitter said…

    I soooo love this! Great job! you've done it...its on the ever growing list! :) Love the color too ~ Rox

  • At 5:52 PM, Blogger sooner said…


    I applaud your inventive nature and acknowledge your claim regarding your t-shirt wardrobe in the cooler months. How very unique. But, Karen, I should tell you that I remain dubious about the veracity of your claim. And while I love Scarf Style in all ways possible to physically love a book (with my whole body) I would never have thought to make this set of sleeves first unless I was making a gag gift of some kind.

    Your sense of style, while I do not share it, has made me want to be your new best friend. I feel like we would get along very well. If we were walking together on the street people would be looking at your t-shirt extender/set of sleeves instead of me, the midget walking beside you and that would make me feel "normal" for the first time since I was an infant with an enormous head.

    Congratulations on your FO*


    *Finished Object

  • At 6:07 PM, Blogger sooner said…


    I just reread that and it sounded less congratulatory than I had intended. Permit me to clarify. I'm delighted to see even the unusual scarf style items getting knit up and you have done a marvelous job. The color is great with your skin tone. It is, however and unusual item.


  • At 6:18 PM, Blogger Bevin said…


    I think you have done a wonderful job. I have been drawn to this design for my friend Becky, who is a crocheter and not a knitter. She was delighted when, 2 years ago, I gave her the "magic scarf" that does so many things. She may love the dual purpose of this scarf.

    I ask you, how long did it take to knit? I do not wish to spend too much time knitting for Becky, as she is completely a crocheter and might think that my knitting takes as little time as her crocheting, but as we all know, crocheting is making a series of flat knots and is much quicker than weaving an elegant form of mesh in the form of sleeves and a neck.

    I will also take your fiber considerations to heart as I think something that one pairs with a t-shirt might be too overwhelming to have as a heavy knit.



    PS. To Sooner:

    Perhaps, in addition to being unusual, it could also be described as an "unfinished object" as it is sort of a sweater with no front or back.

  • At 6:41 PM, Blogger sooner said…


    I believe that "unfinished object" is perhaps the most perfect of all descriptions of this shrug that have ever been uttered on the planet. And I swear to you that I am not being in any way hyperbolic. I love that you can take an unfinshed sweater, pair it with a t-shirt and find yourself reaady for an evening out with your co-workers to unwind with a cocktail or any sporting event featuring the massive consumption of fossil fuels.

    I have a skull and crossbones t-shirt that just may be screaming for a pair of sleeves to mate with. I may need to rethink my position on the turtle shrug being merely a gag gift type item.

    I should say that I am just a boy-knitter, but I put this to the scarf style knitalong community in a spirit of trust. Do any of you think this would be too gay to knit for myself? Is this a female only item? Does the fact that I am a midget make you think I may be able to pull this off a little better even though I'm a boy?

    What do you think?


    Leave me a note here to let me know.

  • At 7:10 PM, Blogger Bevin said…


    Allow me to be the first of the scarf stylin' babes to acknowledge that you are a boy knitter and want to make the shrug. I think that the image of you in a shrug thing is laugh out loud funny. But I think that if you paired it with a Flower Basket a la Nicky Epstein you could completely make it work.

    Perhaps top it off with a tutu. Who can say?



  • At 11:16 AM, Blogger pinky said…

    Thanks for all the feedback, folks! I hope this means that we might see more posts of turtle shrugs in the future? *hint hint*

    Bevin: this didn't take very long to knit at all. I am often working on more than one project so I can't say "it took only two days" but I know it didn't take more than a few nights in front of the TV. Once you memorize the K3 P3 ribbing you are pretty much set for most of the project. :)

    Sooner: I know that, essentially, this is a goofy project. But I am a sucker for Teva Durham's designs even though this is just the first one I've actually knit. This is not my first shrug, so I knew going into this how useful (yet strange) the piece is. I would support your effort to make one for yourself, but if you wanted to steer clear of any slander I'd keep away from the mohair (esp. in pink). I see you in a grey tweed... maybe one of Rowan's new Harris Tweeds?

  • At 1:01 PM, Blogger sooner said…

    Dear Karen,

    As luck would have it I recently came across abot 600 yards of a beautiful alpaca natural colored tweed that was an absolute steal at my LYS. I had not yet decided what to use it for. It hadn't yet spoken to me, as it were. The colors are chocolaty and delicious. Perhaps I will take you up on your suggestion and make some sleeves.

    And for the record I agree that Durham totally kicks knitting arse. Dare I say she is the Nicky Epstine of sleeves? Dare I?

  • At 9:14 AM, Blogger Jess said…

    I was not attracted to this project when I saw it in the book... but when you mentioned the T-shirt angle! Well, that changes things... looks good on you too.



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