This is a free crochet shrug pattern for women I designed in four different sizes. Perfect crochet garment for layering and transitional weather.
Crochet shrug patterns are such great projects! They are fairly easy to make and are a great addition to your wardrobe.
You can easily pair them up with jeans and T-shirt for a casual look. However, you can also put them on over a dress to keep your shoulders warm.
There are many possibilities you can wear a crochet shrug. It is the perfect piece to use when layering your clothes.
They will also make a great piece to wear in a transitional weather. When it is not too cold but not hot either.
It will be an easy way to keep you warm with a lightweight garment without making you overheat.
What is a crochet shrug?
Crochet shrug pattern has usually a few distinct characteristics.
A lot of the time, crochet shrugs are cardigan-like crochet garments that can be cropped in length.
Their construction is simple and you can often make a crochet shrug from a basic crochet shape. Amongst the most popular shapes are rectangle, square or even a circle.
These basic shapes then get folded in half and seamed to create a wearable piece of crochet fabric.
The way these shapes are seamed often create armhole openings. You can then add a simple sleeve or ribbing to the armhole to finish the simple garment off.
Autumn Storm Crochet Shrug Design
I am so excited to share my Autumn Storm Shrug pattern with you.
You can construct this women’s crochet shrug from a simple triangle. The triangle uses corner to corner crochet technique.
This means you start crocheting from the bottom point of the shrug. Then you work in C2C pattern increasing the size of the triangle until you reach the desired size.
The simple triangle shape is then folded over along the red broken lines to create back and two front halves.
To finish the crochet shrug pattern off, you will add sleeve cuffs. These are worked in front and back post double crochet stitches.
The last thing that finishes off the shrug is the added neckline. You will again use front and back post double crochet stitches combined with half double crochet stitch.
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The original sample has been made in Deramores Studio DK yarn. However, this yarn has been discontinued.
It is a standard DK weight yarn, so you can easily substitute this yarn. Here are some yarns that would be suitable as an alternative:
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- Deramores Studio DK (DK weight; 100% acrylic; 250m (273yds) per 100g ball) x 5 (5, 6, 7) balls in Storm Cloud (MC), 1 (1, 2, 2) balls in Topaz (CC)
- substitutes: Swish DK, Gloss DK, Brava Worsted Lite
- 4 mm crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
5 groups of 4 dc x 11 rows using corner to corner technique measures 10 x 10 cm
Stitches and Abbreviations (US crochet terms)
ch- chain st
sc – single crochet
sl st- slip stitch
dc- double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
FPdc – front post double crochet – work double crochet st around the post of next st inserting hook from front to back to front
BPdc – back post double crochet – work double crochet st around the post of next st inserting hook from back to front to back
ch-sp– chain space
RS– right side
WS– wrong side
MC – main color
CC- contrast color
Crochet Shrug Pattern Notes
- The shrug is constructed from a triangle shape that is created by working c2c increases.
- The jagged edge of the c2c is then straightened off with a row of stitches of different height to fill in the edge.
- It is then folded across the broken lines to create sleeves.
- The neckline is finished off by working a few rows of mock ribbing.
- The sleeves are finished off with mock ribbing cuffs.
Crochet Shrug Main Pattern
This pattern uses the c2c stitch technique.
With MC and 4 mm crochet hook chain 6.
Row 1: 1 dc into 4th ch from hook, 1 dc in each of the next 2 ch, turn.
Row 2: 6 ch, 1 dc into 4th ch from hook, 1 dc in each of the next 2 ch; sl st into the 3 ch-sp created by the turning chain from previous row, 3 ch, 3 dc into the same 3 ch-sp, turn.
Row 3- Row 5: repeat Row 2.
Change to CC and repeat Row 2 twice.
Change to MC and repeat Row 2 for pattern 5 times.
Repeat the pattern for 70 (84, 98, 112) rows in total, placing markers in both ends of Row 31 (38, 45, 52) and Row 52 (59, 66, 73) to mark out the armholes.
Do not fasten off the CC colour after completing the last repeat.
Next Row: sl st across the last 4 dc made, * working into the top of the stitches (1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, 1 sl st into top of 3 ch); rep from * across, turn.
Next Row: 1 sc across, turn. 280 (336, 392, 448) sc
Fasten off and change to MC, continue with Neckline.
Crochet Shrug Neckline
Next Row (RS): (1 hdc, 1 FPdc) across, turn.
Next Row (WS): (1 BPdc around the post of the FPdc on RS, 1 hdc into top of hdc) across, turn.
Repeat the last 2 rows for pattern 4 (5, 6, 7) more times. Fasten off.
Crochet Shrug Sleeves
Fold the shrug along the broken lines according to the diagram lining up the ends of marked rows to create the armholes.
You will be working into the spaces between the groups of 4 dc or blocks of stitches.
Rnd 1: Join CC yarn with a sl st in 1st space, 1 sc in same space, * 3 ch, 1 sc in next space; repeat from * around, sl st to 1st sc.
Rnd 2: sl st into 1st 3 ch-sp. 3 ch (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in same space, * 3 dc in next 3 ch-sp; repeat from * around, sl st to top of beg 3 ch.
Rnd 3: (1 FPdc, 1 BPdc) repeat around, sl st to 1st st.
Repeat Rnd 3 for pattern 6 more times. Fasten off.
Sew in all ends and block to dimensions.
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