Smilla's Sleeves by Anne Ventzel, knitting pattern

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Knitting pattern for Smilla's Sleeves by Anne Ventzel

Smilla´s Sleeves is a generous and feminine shrug with a simple cable pattern, which is used across many of Anne Ventzels designs. Snuggle up in this cozy alternative to a cardigan or use it on top of a dress when you are going out. 

Choose which size shrug to knit based on the back width measurement. Please note that your size across the shoulders can be quite different from, for example, your bust measurement, so you may need to choose a different size than you normally do. Try on a cardigan from your wardrobe and imagining it without fronts. This, together with the measurements given in the pattern, can help you choose sizes.

At Önling you can choose between two yarn kits for Smilla's Sleeves. Work it in Önling No 1 for a lovely and fluffy result or knit it in an ultra soft and luxurious version in cashmere yarn held together with silk mohair.

The pattern is available in English, German, Norwegian and Swedish.

The pattern is a PDF file. Immediately after purchase you will be able to download the pattern directly from the purchase confirmation page. You will also receive an e-mail with a link to your pattern, and the pattern will be available here at the site via your personal account - so remember to create an account :-) Read more about digital knitting patterns here.

Sizes: XS/S (M) L (XL-2XL)
Back width: 49 (51) 55 (59) cm
Length (incl. edges): 48 (48) 50 (50) cm
Sleeve length: 50 (50) 49 (48) cm

The white version shown on the pictures is size M and is worked in Håndværksgarn.

The gray version is size XS/S and is worked in two strands of Tilia and one strand of Saga held together. 

Recommended needles: 4 mm and 4.5 mm circular needles, 40, 80/100 cm

Gauge: 20 sts and 24 rows in PATTERN on 4.5 mm needles = 10 x 10 cm

125 (175) 125 (175) 175 g Önling No 11, 90% Merino Superfine Super 100’s Wool and 10% Cashmere, 25 g = ca. 180 m 
125 (125) 150 (150) 150 g Önling No 10, 70% Mohair, 30% Silke, 25 g = ca 210 m
The two qualities are worked together throughout


250(250)350(350)350 g Önling No 1 75% Merino Superfine Super 100’s Wool and 25% Angora, ca. 180 m pr. 50 g 

Models are knitted by Anne Ventzel and not in Önling yarns.

The shrug is worked from the back of the neck down. First the neck edge for the back is worked and then the back. Then stitches are picked up and knitted along the shoulders for the fronts. The back and fronts are joined at the underarms and the short body is worked back and forth to the hem og the shrug. After this stitches are picked up and knitted along the armholes and the sleeve are worked down and in the round.

Diese Strickanleitung enthält Anleitung sowohl auf Englisch als auch auf Deutsch. Die meisten Strickanleitungen von Anne Ventzel enthalten Anleitung auf Deutsch. Mehrere Strickpakete und Strickanleitungen auf Deutsch finden Sie hier.

This pattern is a digital file that will be available for download immediately after purchase.


All patterns from Önling are delivered digitally - and 95% of these will be sent immediately after purchase. Read more about how to get hold of your digital knitting pattern here.

The exception is patterns from Katrines Favorite Corner:

- When you buy a pattern for a design from Katrine's Favorite Corner, you will receive a digital pattern by mail (and in your Ravelry library). Please allow 1-2 days for your pattern to be sent, as this is handled manually by our brilliant customer service team. See the designs in question here.


Wool can last for years, but it requires good care. Washing is tough on your woolen garments and in general wool needs to be washed much less than other materials as it has a self-cleaning effect.

Find our instructions for how to wash your knitwear here.

Washing instructions for your knitwear
Wool can last for years, but it requires good care. Washing is tough on your woolen garments and in general wool needs to be washed much less than other materials as it has a self-cleaning effect. Often it is enough to hang your woolen sweater / garment outside in the humid weather or bring it with you into the bathroom, when you take a long, hot shower - the steam will often be enough to freshen it up it and remove any unwanted odors.

Specifically for knitwear knitted in Önling's Everyday Kit
Neither Önling No 12 nor No 13, is pre-washed when you receive it on cones. You get the best result if you soak your finished knitted garment in lukewarm water for approx. 2 hours. Then wash the garment as you would otherwise with washing detergent for wool, either by hand or on a wool program in your washing machine. Dry it by laying it flat.

Specifically for knitwear knitted in Önling's Silk kit
As the Silk Kit from Önling contains 3 different qualities (linen, wool and silk), we recommend that you always wash your silk sweater / garment by hand, to avoid it changing shape or appearance during wash. The three qualities will react differently to water, temperatures, etc. Önling can not take responsibility for the result if you wash your silk sweater in the washing machine. Your garment made from the silk kit should NOT be spun or tumble dried. Instead, dry it by laying it flat.

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