Madame Entrechat shrug - knitting pattern

The grown-up version of my little Entrechat. Perfect for gift-giving and a great way to use up a few lone skeins of that special yarn.

This shrug is constructed in an unusual manner. It is knit from the top down, from the back neck and shoulders to the underarms. The sleeve stitches are then put on hold and the back stitches are worked together with stitches picked up along each front raglan to form the back and fronts of the body in one piece. An easy textured band adds visual interest. For sizes XS to L only, short rows are worked in the back. Sleeves are worked in the round, and can be worked as either short or elbow-length sleeves.

Skills required: casting-on, knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, picking up stitches, yarn over, for sizes XS to L only: short rows (explanations provided).

Finished garment has cross-back measurement of 14.75 (16.5, 18.75, 20.5 // 22.75, 24.5, 26.75) inches or 37 (42, 47.5, 52 // 57.5, 62, 68) cm. To fit bust sizes 29 (33, 37, 41 // 45, 49, 53) inches or 73.5 (84, 94, 104 // 114.5, 124.5, 134.5) cm. Note about Size Selection: I recommend selecting the size based on your actual cross-back measurement (measure the width of your back from center of underarm to center of underarm, with both arms down). If this measurement falls between 2 sizes I recommend choosing the larger of the two.


  • knitting pattern (pdf file)
  • US Imperial Measurements AND Metric Measurements
  • 7 sizes from XS to 3XL
  • Suitable for an intermediate knitter

Materials you need at home:


For short sleeve version: Approximately 350 (400, 475, 525 // 675, 725, 825) yds or 320 (366, 434, 480 // 617, 663, 754) meters of worsted weight yarn. For elbow-length sleeve version: Approximately 400 (450, 525, 625 // 700, 800, 900) yds or 466 (411, 480, 571 // 640, 731, 823) meters of worsted weight yarn.


  • US 8 or 5mm circular needles or size needed to get stockinette gauge.
  • Set of matching double-pointed needles for sleeves.
  • two stitch markers
  • tapestry needle
  • two pieces of scrap yarn to use as holders for sleeves
  • one 5/8-inch or 1.5 cm diameter button


18 stitches and 30 rows = 10 cm in stockinette

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Originally from France, I have been living abroad for as long as I can remember, with one brief parenthèse of Parisian life during my college years. After almost 12 years in the US, I am now living in Northern Germany with my husband and 2 kids.

I published my first pattern in 2008, and have been designing ever since, with a particular love for children’s knits that are timeless yet whimsical.

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