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September 30, 2017

From Both of Us — Knitting in Circles

Filed under: Updates — Both Sisters @ 8:17 pm

The crisp air of fall is upon us and the thrill of taking out our handknits!  We both recently finished a rather laborious but satisfying project – The Circlet Shrug by Norah Gaughan.  It is in the Making No. 3 — Dots book.  A fun book with a lot of interesting projects – and not all knitting.  We loved the Circlet because of the bold cabling with decorative holes.  It is stunning fabric.  The yarn is Brooklyn Tweed Arbor.  Susan used a deep evergreen called Dorado, and Sally chose a rich red, called Vintner.

Surly’s Circlet Shrug in BT Arbor, Color Vintner

To call the design “boxy” is an understatement.  It is a perfect rectangle when knit and a square when folded in half at the shoulders to seam.  Sally is planning to re-block hers for a little extra length.

What gives the Circlet its style is the seaming — you sew it so the armholes are relatively fitted.  It gives the illusion of an actual sleeve cap when worn:

Susan’s Circlet Shrug in BT Arbor, Dorado 

Here you can see the fabric close up, with back neck details (Susan’s Shrug).  Susan adapted the collar and back neck to more closely resemble the recent Norah Gaughan cardigan in Vogue Spring/Summer 2017.

Sally followed suit, pictured here at a different angle than Susan’s photo.  Note that we twisted our cables in different directions.

We are such lemmings!  We both bought the Marrakech Shawl Pin from Jul Designs because it reminded us of the cable motif in the shrug!  See first picture of Surly’s Circlet.

Marrakech shawl pin - front view

I way of a PS, Susan won a blue ribbon at this year’s Minnesota State Fair in the ‘sleeveless sweater’ category for her Circlet!


  1. Both of these are absolutely stunning! I wish you both would show a photo modeling these knits so we could see how they look. I bet they look fabulous on both of you.

    Comment by Mary Jo — September 30, 2017 @ 9:53 pm

  2. Wow! Drop dead gorgeous.

    Comment by CreeksideKnitter — September 30, 2017 @ 11:43 pm

  3. So beautiful! I need to go back and look at my Dots volume of Making. Lemmings indeed . . .

    Comment by Pam — October 1, 2017 @ 2:37 am

  4. You are the best knitters!

    Comment by Marlys — October 1, 2017 @ 1:42 pm

  5. Both are so beautiful! Thought of fair right away…glad you already won!

    Comment by Beth — October 1, 2017 @ 9:50 pm

  6. Stunning work, ladies, and the Jul shawl pin couldn’t be more perfect. Congratulations on the blue ribbon, well earned!

    Comment by Pru — October 2, 2017 @ 10:07 am

  7. These are beautiful!
    I love them!
    Not enough to make one……but enough that I would happily and gladly accept one as a gift! LOL

    Comment by danielle — October 3, 2017 @ 11:03 pm

  8. Beautiful! LOVE those cables!

    Comment by Kathy — October 4, 2017 @ 9:55 am

  9. These are both so incredibly beautiful! My compliments to both of your talents!

    Comment by Sherry B. — October 12, 2017 @ 12:44 pm

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