Learn How to Crochet a Shrug With 10 Fabulous Patterns

How to crochet a shrug 10 fabulous patterns featured

At its simplest, a crocheted shrug is a large rectangle, square or circle that is folded in half and then seamed at the sides to form armholes. It’s one of the easiest ways of making something to wear that isn’t a scarf or a shawl but that doesn’t require a great deal of shaping like a traditional sweater, jacket or cardigan.

If you want to learn how to crochet a shrug, sometimes the best way to learn is just by trying! Here on Bluprint, we have dozens of expertly designed patterns with plenty of sizing options, some suitable for a beginner and some to challenge an experienced crocheter.

Learn how to crochet a shrug with these beginner-friendly patterns!

Beginner Shrug for How to crochet a shrug

Photo via Twisted Twig Crochet

1. Beginner Shrug

This pattern by Twisted Twig Crochet is a perfect one to start if you have never crocheted a shrug before. It’s short with full-length sleeves, and the pattern includes guidance on how to make different sizes. A knowledge of basic stitches is required, as well as a knowledge of back-loop-only crochet.

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Easy chunky shrug for how to crochet a shrug

Photos via Britta

2. Oversized Chunky Shrug

This is another really simple shrug that you can easily tackle as a novice crocheter. The pattern uses only the basic stitches of single crochet and double crochet, and it’s worked in rows. It’s a one-size pattern and is meant to have that trendy “over-sized” look.

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Wild cranberries shrug for how to crochet a shrug

Photos via Hidden Meadow Crochet

3. Wild Cranberries Shrug

This beautifully stitched shrug shows off a bold, soft yarn to perfection. Aimed at crocheters who have learned the basic stitches and want to progress to garment making, this sleeveless design can be fastened at the front or left open. Three sizes are given in the pattern so you can get the perfect fit.

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Shrug patterns for intermediate crocheters

Simple collared lacy shrug for how to crochet a shrug

Photos via LazyTCrochet

4. Crochet Ladies Circle Vest or Shrug

Choose a shrug with a little extra detail — this pattern features a simple fastening where you can show off a button or brooch. The circular collar gives it an unexpected look that you won’t find on many other crochet patterns.

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Ribbed lacy shrug for how to crochet a shrug

Photos via Trendy Crochet

5. Short ‘n’ Sweet Ribbed Lace Crochet Shrug

This lovely, light, lacy shrug looks more complex to make that it actually is. The pattern does feature ribbing, which is made using back-loop-only crochet, and front and back post stitches, so it’s definitely for a crocheter with some experience of those stitches. This shrug is very quick to make and uses up only 600 yards of yarn.

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More advanced shrug techniques

Dragon scales shrug for how to crochet a shrug

Photos via MidKnight Starr

6. Daughter of Dragons Shrug

This is a shrug like no other! Made using the crocodile stitch, it has the appearance of dragon scales that fantasy fanatics will love. Although this is for advanced crocheters, the thorough pattern takes up 25 pages full of explanations of all the stitches used, information on sizing and fitting, and guidance on how to change the sleeve length.

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Short lacy shrug for how to crochet a shrug

Photos via Kristin Omdahl

8. Jewel of the Shrug

This beautiful, short shrug has a distinctive X-shaped lacy stitch, and the scalloped edging is embellished with beads for a touch of glitz. This would look beautiful made in a sparkly yarn for evening.

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Tart motif shrug for how to crochet a shrug

Photos via Linda Permann

8. Tart Shrug

The body of this shrug is made up of whole and half tart motifs in a worsted yarn. These are joined together as you work and then edged with a ribbed border. The short sleeves set it off perfectly, creating a perfect cover up for cooler summer evenings.

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11 Responses to “Learn How to Crochet a Shrug With 10 Fabulous Patterns”

  1. Shirley


  2. Sara Alvarez

    Wait. I pay for a Craftsy membership so you can link me to Ravelry patterns that cost money? I could have done that on Ravelry myself.

  3. kathy duitman

    when will these patterns be available?

  4. Julie

    Not to be unkind, but .... y'all are already asking me to renew my annual membership, which went "dark" for a good part of my last annual membership period. And there a lot of this content is "still being loaded". And there is no FAVORITE feature on the site. Before I renew my annual membership, what is the ETA (if any) on getting the site fully up to speed?

  5. Lavinia Thomas

    The Patterns are beautiful and I would love to see them

  6. Marsha

    This is the 3rd crochet project I’ve tried to find a pattern for to make a Xmas present. No links.

  7. Hilary Fairchild

    Still no links?? Its the middle of November so people have been asking for months now? Where are the links to the patterns please?

  8. Ericka Boehnlein

    I also have no links to the pattern, please explain where I can find them.

  9. Marie Magdziarz

    Please explain the use of this. The patterns on Ravelry cost $.

  10. WrenG

    When will these patterns be available?