12 Knitted Shrug Patterns for Every Season

Knitted shrug patterns are known for saving many knitters from that freezing cold, air-conditioned office during the summer, but they’re great for plenty of other chilly situations.

Make the switch from your go-to cardigan to an oversized knitted shrug with long sleeves. Instead of reaching for a scarf on those mild days, grab a knitted shrug instead. They can even be a substitute for your favorite shawl.

Knitted Shrugs

Take a break from shawls and scarves and instead cast on one of these knitted shrugs.

Take your pick from these beautiful patterns, and I bet you’ll see how a knitted shrug can fit into your wardrobe.

(P.S. Most of these shrug patterns are free, so you can try a couple of different ones without blowing your budget!)

Chickadee Knitted Shrug Pattern

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1. Chickadee Shrug

Lace patterns are just a little easier — and a little quicker — when you stitch them in a chunky yarn with large needles! You’ll only need about two skeins of chunky yarn and some basic lace knitting skills to knit this beauty.

Mi'raj Shrug FREE Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Kate Gagnon Osborn & Courtney Kelley

2. Mi-raj Shrug

Craftsy instructor duo Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley designed this shrug with customizable sleeves. You can even opt for a three-quarter sleeve option, if you’d like. The shrug pattern comes with instructions for six sizes based on bust, so you can get the exact fit you need.

Lacey Baby Shrug FREE Knitting Pattern

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3. Lacey Baby Shrug

It’s tough to dress summer babies, since you don’t want them to be cold but you also don’t want to put a thick sweater on them. This lacy baby shrug is a cute little layering piece that offers just the right amount of comfort for little ones when it’s not quite sweater season yet.

Three Way Scarf FREE Knitting Pattern

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4. Three-Way Scarf

Scarf, shawl or shrug: your choice! This pattern has a nice drape and is stitched in an easy-to-memorize lace pattern. While the shrug itself is open and flowing, the design includes cuffs on the sleeves to keep everything in place.

Sophie's Shrug Knitting Pattern

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5. Sophie’s Shrug

Shrugs don’t have to be lightweight, lacy or airy. This shrug is knit in a worsted-weight yarn with three-quarter sleeves for a bit more warmth than the usual shrug. There’s also a pretty little flair along the bottom and collar.

Passion Shrug FREE Knitting Pattern

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6. Passion

Here’s another versatile garment that can be worn as a shawl, shrug or a scarf. If you have any mohair on hand, this is a great project for it since the fiber has that light, lofty appearance. There’s even a crochet version included for those who want to try a different version.

Grace and Style Set FREE Knitting Pattern

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7. Grace & Style Set 2

Scarf, shrug or poncho? Your choice! This pattern uses a simple stockinette stitch, so the real star of the pattern is the yarn. This particular sample used a blend of baby mohair and bamboo for a shrug that’s soft and has a lovely drape.

Generations Shrug FREE Knitting Pattern

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8. Generations Shrug

This shrug has classic style that works with practically any outfit, from dresses to T-shirts and even formal wear. The inspiration for the design was a shrug that the designer’s grandmother knit for herself. 

Canary Shrug FREE Knitting Pattern

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9. Canary Shrug

This shrug was made for those warm summer days when you need just a little bit of extra warmth over your sundress or tank top. This particular sample was stitched in 100% cotton, so it’s durable and soft.

Saugerties Shrug Knitting Pattern

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10. Saugerties Shrug

For ultimate warmth and coziness, try an oversized shrug like this one. The sleeves feature gorgeous colorwork, and we love how the shrug looks paired with boots!

Something Lacy Shrug FREE Knitting Pattern

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11. Something Lacy Shrug

Five sizes are included in this pattern, so you can get the fit that works best for you. This luxurious version is stitched in a cotton and silk blend, but you can also opt for a 100 percent cotton if you’re on a budget.

Cobweb Shrug Knitting Pattern

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12. Cobweb Shrug

Summer shrug lovers should definitely check out this pattern. The open stitches give just the right amount of warmth to battle air-conditioned spaces and unexpectedly chilly nights. The stitch is simple, making it a very quick knit even for beginners.

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