Red Classified Shrug

ABBREVIATIONS:
beg = beginning;
dec =decrease;
inc = increase;
K = knit;
P = purl;
rem=remain;
rep = repeat;
sc = single crochet;
sl st =slip stitch;
St st = Stockinette stitch (K on rightside rows; P on wrong side rows);
st(s) = stitch (es);
* = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated.

BODY: Cast on 40 (43, 44, 45) sts. Do not join;
work back and forth in rows.
Row 1 (Right Side): Knit.
Row 2: Inc 1 st in first st, P to last 2 sts, inc 1 st in next st, P1.
Row 3: Inc 1 st in first st, K to last 2 sts, inc 1 st in next st, K1.
Rep last 2 rows 4 (5, 6, 7) times more, then rep Row 2 once again – 62 (69, 74, 79) sts.

Divide for Fronts and Back: Inc 1 st in first st, K4 (5, 4, 3) for right front, bind off 8 (8, 10, 12) sts for armhole, K36 (41, 44, 47) including st on needle after bind-off for back, bind off 8 (8, 10, 12) sts for armhole, K3 (4, 3, 2), inc 1 st in next st, K1 for left front.

LEFT FRONT: Continue on last 6 (7, 6, 5) sts for left front. Leave rem sts on a stitch holder.
Next Row: Inc 1 st in first st, P to end of row.
Next Row: K2tog, K to last 2 sts, inc 1 st in next st, K1.
Rep last 2 rows 3 (4, 4, 5) times more – 10 (12, 11, 11) sts.

Inc 1 st at front edge only on next 4 (4, 6, 8) rows – 14 (16, 17, 19) sts.

Shape Neck-Next Row (Wrong Side): Bind off 4 (5, 5, 7) sts, P to end of row. Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 3 K rows – 7 (8, 9, 9) sts. Work 3 rows even. Bind off for shoulders.

BACK: With wrong side facing, join yarn to sts on stitch holder and P36 (41, 44, 47) sts. Leave rem sts on holder. Dec 1 st each end of next 4 (5, 5, 5) K rows – 28 (31, 34, 37) sts.

Work even until armhole measures same length as left front to shoulder, end P row. Bind off. Place markers for shoulders 7 (8, 9, 9) sts in from each edge.

RIGHT FRONT: Next Row: With wrong side facing, join yarn to rem 6 (7, 6, 5) sts; P to last 2 sts, inc 1 st in next st, P1.
Next Row: Inc 1 st in first st, K to last 2 sts, K2tog. Rep last 2 rows 3 (4, 4, 5) times more – 10 (12, 11,11) sts. Inc 1 st at front edge only on next 4 (4, 6, 8) rows – 14 (16, 17, 19) sts. Purl 1 row.

Shape Neck:Work as for Left Front, reversing all shaping.

SLEEVES: Cast on 26 (28, 30, 32) sts. K 1 row. P 1 row.
Shape Cap: Bind off 2 (2, 3, 3) sts at beg of next 2 rows – 22 (24, 24, 26) sts.

Sizes Large and Extra-Large ONLY:Work 2 rows even. Dec 1 st each end of next row – (22, 24) sts

Size Extra-Large ONLY:Work 3 rows even. Dec 1 st each end of next row – (22) sts.

Sizes Large and Extra-Large ONLY: Purl 1 row.

All Sizes: Dec 1 st each end of every K row until 4 sts rem. Bind off.

FINISHING: With smooth yarn, sew shoulder and sleeve seams. Set in sleeves.

Edging: With right side facing and crochet hook, join yarn at lower side edge and work 1 round of sc around outer edge and neck edge; join with a sl st to first sc. Fasten off.

Cut ribbon or cord in half and sew one end of each half to each front at neck edge. Trim length as desired.