This makes a pretty, lightweight spring shrug with 3/4 length sleeves and a lacy back piece. I made it for my friend Eve, who wanted a shrug to wear while dancing. If you want the sleeves full length, simply make them longer.
I have no idea what this lace pattern is, or even if it's a real lace pattern as I sort of knitted it by accident. It almost looks like a lace version of mistake rib, and since it was accidental (I was trying to knit another kind of lace but liked the way this looked so I kept it), so for now, I call it "mistake lace".
2 skeins Red Heart Designer Sport, sport weight yarn
1 set dpns US size 7
1 set straight needles US size 7 (optional)
CO 56 st on size 7 US dpns
Join, pm, and knit in round in 2x2 rib for 4.5 inches. Knit in stockinette until arm measures approx. 16 inches from end. At beg. of round turn work, k1, m1, k to last stitch, k1, m1 (58 st).
Row 1: (WS) k2, *ssk, yo, k, yo, k, k2tog* (repeat stitches between * until last 2 st) K2
Row 2: (RS) k across all 58 st
Repeats rows 1 and 2 until lace section measures 17 inches (or length from shoulder to shoulder). You can switch to straight needles once the piece gets long enough easily knit flat if you wish (I find this easier than knitting "straight" on dpns.)
Once back piece is long enough, switch back to dpns (do this on a RS row) and rejoin in a round, making sure the right side is still on the outside of the piece (otherwise you'll be knitting inside out).
On first round, k2tog, k2tog, then continue in stockinette stitch for the rest of the round (56 st).
Knit in stockinette for same length as the first sleeve, then finish in 2x2 rib to match the first cuff. Bind off and work in ends.