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Leif is a shrug with a naturalistic look and a cheery, summery, celebratory feel. Knit it up in spring greens or soft seaside colors; knit it in autumn maple tones or fleece white; wear it everywhere from summer evening mountain music festivals to spring and fall weddings.This pattern is first from an ongoing project called LEIF EVOLVER, which is a series of knitting recipes intended to reflect the way I work through and think about knits.

With written instructions for three sizes (Small, Small/Medium, and Medium/Large) and three sleeve lengths, Leif looks brilliant in subtly nuanced hand-dyed yarns as well as traditional ones. The small and small/medium sizes can be knit – in the original really-long-sleeved version – in just one 435-440 yard skein of luxury sock yarn. It features line-by-line instructions and light photo illustration.



  • Knit Leif in just 1-2 skeins of nice yarn! (The Small and Small/Medium knit up in just under 435 yards, so you can get a whole shrug from one skein of Gnarledpaw Splendid Sock or Malabrigo Sock – and the Medium/Large option only requires about 200 yards more.)
  • Leif boasts a unique construction. It’s interesting to knit, with good-looking results that appeal to knitters and nonknitters alike.
  • Geometric construction and shaping echoes the way plants grow – and results in an interesting back hemline that harkens back to traditional knitting techniques while remaining right on trend.
  • Leif customizes really well – from short sleeves to ultra-long sleeves, hand-dyed yarn to the most traditional plain handspun, the end product is a reflection of your style and the best kind of self-made DIY fashion.


  • I am in fact having trouble thinking of a good jokey negative for this. the way I intended. It’s a pretty good shrug.

There is even a convenient button for buying this text-based pattern.


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