top of page

Nonni is a sport-weight shrug/bolero that I designed for my mom. It is knit up in a single piece, worked from the bottom up. It has a ribbed border on both ends, and the middle section is stockinette with a lace panel in the center. The lace panel began as the word Nonni encoded into the stitches.


The shrug is meant to have about 4” of postive ease. The openings for the arms hit just below the elbow. You can adjust the length of the shrug and the fit of the armholes by increasing or decreasing the number of rows in the center section.



I have written the pattern to fit the following bust circumferences:

(32, 40, 48) 56, 64, 70“/ (80, 100, 120) 140, 160, 180 cm


Skills required:

Knit, purl, YO, K2tog, SSK, seaming, cast-on, bind-off



Circular needles in

US Sizes 0, 2, 3, 4, 5


Other notions:

ruler for measuring gauge
tapestry needle

2 stitch markers


Yardage Requirements:

(608, 777, 958) 1198, 1466,1716 yards/ (554, 700, 863) 1079, 1320, 1545


Nonni has been both tech-edited and knit by test knitters.

Nonni Shrug Knit Pattern

    bottom of page