To raise and contract the shoulders

This isn’t a real picture.  Or rather, it is a real picture, but it’s a placeholder until I can do a detailed photo shoot.  I finished the new version of the Erin Shrug and am now getting to work on writing up a pattern.  Whee!  I’m very, very happy with the Malabrigo Chunky used for this version, as it has just the right gauge and stretch for what I wanted.  I have not blocked the shrug yet, because I’m a little afraid of smushing the cables, but I think I probably will get to that this week.

You can’t see it in this picture, because well, this is what happens when you demand that your husband take a picture as he’s heading out the door in the morning, but the collar has been altered from the previous incarnation and is now, with the help of short rows, tall and sophisticated.  The sleeves are seamed, but the sewing required is fairly simple and minimal.

Now, normally when I write up a pattern, the name is all picked out, but in this case, I’m feeling like the Erin Shrug doesn’t really work, and I need your help.  It’s a minor contest.  Post a suggestion of a name in the comments section of this post, and I’ll pick three people at random (and one at not-so-random) to win a free copy of the Clothilde pattern.  The main feature of this shrug is the cables, of course, and the way they flow from one side to the other.  It makes me think of dancing and of water, but I’ve got nothing so far.  With luck, and your help, the pattern will be pulled together soon, and I can get it out for tech editing and test knitting right quick!

Edited to add: I’ll run this for a week, which I forgot to mention up front.  Also, if your name is picked and you already bought a copy of Clothilde, please let me know and I can send you one of my other patterns, or you can give the Clothilde pattern as a gift.


25 Responses to “To raise and contract the shoulders”

  1. anuknits Says:

    When I see the color and the winding cables, I thought of the sea, of a far way place. How about Morgan. a Welsh orgin, for The Edge of the Sea.

  2. marinade Says:

    This gorgeous shrug made me think of the poem “The Lady of Shalott” by Lord Tennyson. This stanza in particular:

    “Willows whiten, aspens quiver,
    Little breezes dusk and shiver
    Through the wave that runs for ever
    By the island in the river
    Flowing down to Camelot.
    Four grey walls, and four grey towers,
    Overlook a space of flowers,
    And the silent isle imbowers
    The Lady of Shalott.”

    Anyway, I like the name: “The Shalott Shrug” or something like that… Can’t wait for the pattern release…yet again a beautiful piece…

  3. Stephen Says:

    It reminds me of flowing water as well. I really like how the cables continue from the sleeeves, across the back and cover the tops of your shoulder blades. What is the front like? Is it semicircular/straight cut? I think I would like to make this a cardigan for myself, just extending the length.

    I like the names

    Cabled Rush

  4. j Says:

    You have many lovely patterns with girls’ names. So in keeping with that, thinking of Erin, thinking of flowing water… I’ll suggest Shannon.

  5. Julie Says:

    wow, it’s gorgeous from the back!! Can’t wait to see more pics .

  6. jocelyn Says:

    Following a rocks and moving water theme:
    Ebb and Flow
    Tide Pools

  7. Marin Says:

    My name idea is “Entrechat.” It’s a ballet step in which a person jumps up and crosses their legs back and forth so that the feet switch positions several times in the air.

    Beautiful color choice, BTW. Can’t wait to see the detail shots!

  8. KateMet Says:

    How about Grace O’Malley? She was an Irish pirate, so Irish, and watery.

  9. Joyce Says:

    Dorris rapids (a rapid on the Colorado river)

  10. Zoey Says:


    I like Grace, too, for the pirate queen!

  11. Rachel Says:

    I don’t know what it is, but something about it makes me think of spiders – which in reality I don’t like but in art are just fine! And, since it’s prettier, I’m going with the french word for spider – my suggestion is the Araignee Shrug (I have no idea how to do diacritic marks in comments, so please imagine the accent aigu on the first e!).

  12. Bex Says:

    I think it is really pretty.

  13. Jessica Says:

    How about Gambol? Skylark? Waterspout? Tarantella? (Okay, I’m having too much fun with the thesaurus today.)

    I actually really like the suggestion made above for Entrechat.

  14. HeatherLouise Says:

    There were two names that it inspired from me:

  15. HeatherLouise Says:

    By the way, It’s beautiful. Can’t wait for the final results! 🙂

  16. PandaWriter Says:

    Because of the cables, I’m thinking of Celtic/British Isle mythology.

    Boann – Celtic water nymph

    Nimue – Lady of the Lake, in Arthurian myths.

    Lodona – water nymph

    Tamesis – goddess of fresh water and the river Thames.

    Fand – sea goddess and fairy queen who confronts Cuchulaine

    Li Ban – the sister of Fand, turned into a mermaid.

    Maree – Scottish goddess of wells.

    Seonaidh – Scottish water spirit

  17. Sarah Says:

    To me the cables look very muscular — I’m reminded of the motion of running horses, or of the action of drawing and loosing an arrow from a bow. Where does that combination take my brain? To the Amazon horse warriors. There were many queens of the Amazons, but perhaps Hippolyta (“loosing horses”), or the lovely Myrine? (Sort of fun that the latter anagrams to “My Erin”…) Okay, name nerd over and out. 😉

  18. Amanda Says:

    I’m thinking it looks like Maeve: “Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Medb meaning “intoxicating”. In Irish legend this was the name of a warrior queen of Connacht. Her fight against Ulster and the hero Cúchulainn is told in the Irish epic ‘The Cattle Raid of Cooley’.” (from

  19. Cat Says:

    I’m going to go with Isadora, as in Duncan. Or Maris.

    By this way, this is Caterina from…the baby names. Hi!

  20. xiuxiu Says:

    it reminds me of water.
    maybe twisting river?

  21. mick Says:

    The back looks like criss-crossing arrows to me, for some reason. I’m a big fan of wordplay, so what about something that plays on the dancing term “arabesque”? I keep thinking “arrow back” for some reason. Also, I just like arabesque; the dancer’s legs form angled diamonds, and I keep thinking of a cheerleading formation we did in high school with two crossing arabesques on top of a pyramid.

    Whatever name you choose, it is a truly lovely shrug.

  22. Lori in MI Says:

    I’m thinking ‘Plaited’…beautiful!

  23. Abby Says:

    A great/tragic dancer name: Tanaquil

    On the Celtic/watery theme, how about Cliodhna (or the simplified spelling Cliona)? Maybe too close to Clothilde, though….

  24. Alli Says:

    My first thought was Siren for the shrug. I was thinking of water and embracing and maybe that sirens are a tad morbid but I still think Siren Shrug has a nice ring to it.

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