How to Crochet a Shrug

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Learning how to crochet a shrug is not difficult, even for the beginning crochet enthusiast. There are patterns for all levels of experience.

What Is a Shrug?

A "shrug" is a term used for an article of clothing that is similar to a shawl but often has sleeves or is fastened in front in some way. Generally, it is short, fitting only over the arms and shoulders; this makes it perfect for chilly evenings when a sweater might be too much.

A crochet shrug, in its simplest form, is merely a crocheted rectangle, folded in half lengthwise with the edges sewn together the length of the arms. It is a very quick project, excellent for a new crochet aficionado to move to after scarves.

Once you understand the basic shape and have a little more experience, there are all kinds of styles to try. From lacy evening wear to sturdy wool shrugs that look great with your favorite faded jeans, there's a project for you. Numerous stitches can be employed to create endless variations.

Choosing Your Yarn

Keep in mind that a shrug will often be touching your skin, so when you choose a yarn, make sure you like the feel of it. Softer yarns will give more drape and generally look better. Here are some yarns to consider:

  • Bernat Satin
  • Lily Sugar and Cream
  • Lion Brand Nature's Choice Organic Cotton
  • Paton' s Angora Bamboo
  • Lion Brand Cupcake

Of course, there are many more yarn choices. A quick trip to your local craft store should give you plenty to choose from.

Simple Instructions for How to Crochet a Shrug

To make a simple shrug, you should know how to double crochet and will need the following supplies:

  • A medium weight yarn in your favorite color - you will need about 5 ounces, or 250 yards
  • Crochet hook size J
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

To Begin

  1. Make a chain that is large enough to fit around the largest part of your arm.
  2. Row one: ch 2, dc in third ch from hook and in each ch across. Chain 2 and turn.
  3. Rows two through the next to the last row: dc in each dc across. Chain 2 and turn.
  4. Continue this pattern until the shrug is as long as your body from wrist to wrist.
  5. Last row: dc in third ch from hook and in each ch across. Finish off.

To Create the Shrug

  1. Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise.
  2. Thread the yarn needle with a long length of thread.
  3. Sew the two long sides together for about 14 rows, or the approximate length of your arm.
  4. Repeat on the other side.
  5. Your shrug is complete.

You can add variety to this shrug by edging the cuffs and body opening with a contrasting color of yarn.

More Crocheted Shrug Instructions

Once you have learned the basics of how to crochet a shrug, you can begin to look at some of the other more complex shrugs on the Internet. Here are some instructions you may be interested in:


Making shrugs may become an addiction, because they are inexpensive, easy, and fun to make. They make great gifts and can be made in children's sizes as well.

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How to Crochet a Shrug