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November 22, 2009

Hot Patterns Free Slinky Shrug Download Simplified

Filed under: Mary Beth,Pattern Reviews,Patterns,Technology — Mary Beth @ 3:40 pm

Free Pattern HP's Slinky Shrug

The Slinky Shrug is available through yet another collaboration between Hot Patterns and the folks at  The link to download the pattern is

This could be such a quick and easy gift done in elegant fabrics 🙂 and a wonderful bed jacket for reading in bed or shoulder warmer to wear while hand sewing in a chair by the window.  Imagine how pleasing that would be for your special person to receive.

Having cut my 21st century pattern using teeth on a pattern drafting software program I might have a trick that can make it easier for you to procure this free pattern.

I downloaded the PFD file and saved it to my computer.  Then I examined my printer’s settings carefully.  We want the printer to make no amendments to the pattern size or shape.  We’ll even sacrifice some of the cutting lines to make sure nothing changes.

First, let’s make sure the printer doesn’t distort your pattern.   Turn off the page scaling!  Don’t allow any setting like  fit to printable area!  Don’t have it shrink to printable area.  Make sure all other boxes that might affect the size of the printing are unchecked.

You can print out all the 27 pages like I did

That’s 4 columns of 7 pages each, plus the cover page and 2 pages of instructions…

Or you can take the easy way out, benefit from my compulsiveness, and print only those pattern pieces you really need.

Because the page notations made by the pattern drawing software doesn’t match the page numbers that the printer will print I had to do lots of counting and recounting but I’ve printed everything out using the following commands and got all the pages needed to make up the 2 pattern pieces.  You can see my confused and confusing notations below, but please ignore them and focus instead on the shape of the pattern

The Front

and the Back.

To print the front “cover page” and instructions:   make 3 separate commands to your printer.  Have it print page 1, and then page 8, and then page 15.  Done and there is no need to tape these together although you can see I did tape the first 2 together…Sigh.

To print out the main pattern pieces (there are only two)

Back (cut 1 on fold) make 3 separate commands that your printer print pages 5 – 7, and then 13-14, and then 20-21. These pages will show you sizes 6 through 22.

You’ll need to print page 25 if you are cutting a size 26 and want the reassurance of having the line to cut on.  The cutting line for size 24 lies right on the edge of the page so it doesn’t even print out at all.

No worry, all you have to do is measure the incremental increase between the other sizes and add that much to find the cutting line for size 24 and size 26.

Butt the edges of the pages together and tape.

Front (cut two pieces) print pages 10-11,  and then 17-19, and then pages 22-25.  Tape them together and you are all done with the tedious paperwork.

Butt the edges of the pages together and tape.

Now you can cut out your main fashion fabric.

To make the ribbing cut straight pieces with the fabric stretch going the length (long wise) of the piece being cut.

Remember that the exact length may have to be adjusted to suit the “stretch” of your ribbing so cut long and stretch test!

Front ribbing piece.  Cut one piece on the fold:  11 3/4” wide x 22 3/4 for size 6, add 3/8″ for each size you go up from size 6.  So size 10 would be 23 1/2, etc

Back Hem Ribbing piece:  again 11.75″ wide, cut on on the fold.  The incremental on the back is 1/2 inch so size 6 is 8 5/8″,  size 10 is 9 5/8, etc

Cuffs pieces are 5 3/4″ wide, size 6 is 10 7/8, and sizes up by a 3/8ths increment.


All that said: I cut the pieces all extra long so I could adjust  for easing and stretching.


All seam allowances are 3/8″.  I used the serger to join the wool boucle pieces together at the shoulder seams and side seams.  It’s too easy to do it any other way.  Of course you can also cut a lining and bag the ribbing with just a little hand stitching to close it up.

And might you have trouble finding ribbing, you can also experiment with knitting some ribbing or even using a stretch fabric that coordinates with your fashion fabric.

I pretended I didn’t have my stash of rayon ribbing to use because so many of us do not (to your great relief, believe me!) and I looked around for a knit to use.

I found knit faux fur!

It has a stiffening finish on the knit side that can be loosened by steam so I steamed and stretched to match the curves of the shrug:  stretched the cut edges around the neck area and stretched in the fold area around the bodice to the hips.  I also eased in the fur through the rounded front pieces:

I used the exact widths for the cuffs and edge ribbing so you can see the results.  I cut a size 14 throughout but adjusted the lengths of the faux fur since it does not stretch as much as ribbing would stretch.

Woven wool boucle with faux fur knit

Front of Shrug with Faux Fur for Ribbing

Outside our day has turned dark and rainy so I had to seriously alter these photos to show you any details at all

So wouldn’t this pattern make some great Holiday gifts?


  1. Too cute! Thanks for letting us know how to set the printer. My luck I would’ve printed off all that and then realized something was amiss.

    Comment by Jennifer — November 22, 2009 @ 4:26 pm

  2. Thanks for the tips! Yours came out beautiful.

    Some printers allow you to enter multiple entries by putting a comma between the entries ie: 1-4,5-7,9-11.

    Linda T

    Comment by vernonfashionstudio — November 22, 2009 @ 4:47 pm

  3. I’m so excited. I’ve wondered about this pattern and NOW I’m absolutely going to print it out & make it. It is exactly what I need sitting under the A/C vent at work, which apparently runs year round. I LOVE the faux fur trim!!! Thanks for sharing, you’ve inspired me!!

    Comment by Deborah — November 22, 2009 @ 4:47 pm

  4. This turned out great. Your printing instructions are most helpful. I downloaded this the other day thinking I may give it a try!

    Comment by Linda L — November 22, 2009 @ 5:10 pm

  5. Thanks for the instructions. I love your choice of fabrics. You’re right; this would make a nice gift for someone.

    Comment by Julie — November 22, 2009 @ 5:22 pm

  6. Okay. At first I liked this pattern when I received it. Now that I see it on YOU I LOVE it!!!!!! Thank you for the details. I will read closely. And yes-a great gift for many!

    Comment by JoanneM — November 22, 2009 @ 5:40 pm

  7. Waaay cool shrug and you look adorable, but when are you making something for that cute doggy?

    Comment by Nancy Hinkel — November 22, 2009 @ 6:13 pm

  8. Brilliant! Thank you for taking the time to make our lives easier Mary Beth. I downloaded the pattern but haven’t made it up yet. I think it will make a great gift for my sister. I LOVE your version.

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — November 22, 2009 @ 6:34 pm

  9. Great post MaryBeth, it will saves a lot of paper using your tutorial.
    The shrug you made looks fantastic.

    Comment by Els — November 22, 2009 @ 6:53 pm

  10. Well aren’t you a clever woman! Thanks for taking the longcuts to make shortcuts for us!

    Comment by ConnieB — November 22, 2009 @ 7:18 pm

  11. This looks wonderful on you! Great color/texture. And thanks for the shortened printing tips.

    Comment by Meredith P — November 22, 2009 @ 7:35 pm

  12. Oh, Mary Beth, that is fabulous! You look so chic. 🙂 Thanks for the printing tips – I am a remedial pattern downloader who can never get the sizing right!

    Comment by Gigi — November 22, 2009 @ 8:30 pm

  13. Wow! I love this on you!!!! What sassy knit!

    Comment by dawn — November 22, 2009 @ 10:49 pm

  14. Very pretty.

    Comment by Trudy Callan — November 23, 2009 @ 1:37 am

  15. Wow, what a great version of a timeless classic. This could be used in so many ways. Your faux fur ribbing is a great touch. A great addition to the archives, thanks.

    Comment by georgene — November 23, 2009 @ 2:49 am

  16. Very pretty, love the fabric combination. Classic look with modern touch.

    Comment by Sigrid — November 23, 2009 @ 3:19 am

  17. This is so cute! I’m already printing, no kidding!!

    Comment by Lilian — November 23, 2009 @ 4:57 am

  18. Absolutely gorgeous! And you’re looking quite well and snazzy too!

    Comment by Sz — November 24, 2009 @ 11:49 am

  19. Thank you, Mary Beth! I really must make this.

    Comment by Cindy — November 24, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

  20. Wow ! Mary Beth…this shrug is so fabulous. Clever you…using faux fur for the trim !!! 🙂

    Comment by Pam~Off The Cuff~ — November 24, 2009 @ 6:30 pm

  21. Premium article, good looking website, added it to my favorites!

    Comment by TonnonsWops — November 24, 2009 @ 7:33 pm

  22. Your shrug is fab!

    Comment by Faye Lewis — November 29, 2009 @ 8:31 pm

  23. yummy! I might have to make this up … I have some silk wool that got tossed in the dryer by accident that might just be enough for this. Now I just have to decide what to edge it with! This could be perfect for Christmas Mass!

    Comment by lorna — December 1, 2009 @ 4:54 pm

  24. As suas costuras são lindas….Parabéns. Congratulações…..
    abraços de Maria Filomena

    Comment by Maria Filomena — December 4, 2009 @ 4:44 pm

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  26. Thank you so much for telling how to print out these patterns. I tried printing these awhile back and the lines were getting cut off. I thought I was just going to not be able to use them. Thank you for taking the time to do this. I really want to try the shrug pattern.

    Comment by Dominique Pattin — December 8, 2009 @ 11:54 am

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  28. great stuff!!!

    Comment by lucianemil — May 21, 2010 @ 8:42 am

  29. Does Hot Patterns make any tops or pant patterns for slinky fabric?

    Comment by Ane McMahan — June 7, 2010 @ 9:50 am

    • Hi Ane: I suggest that you call or email Hot Patterns directly and ask. Trudy and Jeremy are very helpful.

      Comment by Mary Beth — June 7, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

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