Hide and Peek Shrug

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Two basic shapes form the construction of this sleeveless shrug. A touch of simple knitting origami and three easy-sewn seams transform the fabric into a 3-dimensional garment.

Created with two contrasting yarns, this unique stitch causes one color to ‘peek’ out through the open mesh window-pane structure, resulting in a subtle and sophisticated two-tone effect.

Have fun choosing the highlight color - use odds and ends from your stash, or perhaps that wild hand-dyed skein you just can’t quite decide what to do with…

Versatility is at the core of my designs and this shrug proves to be no exception. Wear it over a camisole when the over zealous air conditioning strikes in summer, and team it with long sleeves during the colder months.


The pattern uses a Main Color (MC) and a contrast color (CC1) & (CC) of fingering weight yarn. 

The sample was knitted with: Madelinetosh Merino Light in 'Onyx' for MC and in 'Optic' for CC. 


  • Small/Medium - Main Color (MC): 970 yards/887 meters. Contrast Color (CC): 239 yards/219 meters.
  • Medium/Large - MC: 1,149 yards/1051 meters. CC: 283 yards/259 meters
  • Extra Large - MC: 1,352 yards/1236 meters. CC: 333 yards/304 meters


  • Small/Medium - Fits 34” bust with 3-5” of ease
  • Medium/Large - Fits 38” bust with 3-5” of ease
  • Extra Large - Fits 42” bust with 3-5” of ease


  • 28 sts & 50 rows = 4"/10cm in 'Windowpane Mesh Stitch' after blocking, on US 5 (3.75mm) needles. 
  • 26 sts & 55 rows = 4"/10cm in 'Garter Stitches' after blocking, on US 5 (3.5mm) needles.

Always use a needle size that achieves the correct gauge.

PDF pattern download. Written instructions. Pattern has been tech edited.