For the Love of Layering: 8 FREE Knitted Shrug Patterns

Free Shrug Knitting Patterns

Transition from fall to winter one layer at a time with free shrug knitting patterns.

Have you already started layering your clothes to prepare for that fall-to-winter transition? I usually depend on shawls to get me through the seasonal transition, but lately I’ve been thinking about shrug knitting patterns as an alternative.

The benefit of shrugs is that they won’t slip or fall off like a shawl might. They also give you more coverage on your arms, depending on the sleeve length you choose.

As you start to layer your clothing this fall, think about adding some of these FREE shrug knitting patterns as one of those toasty-warm layers.

July Shrug FREE Knitting Pattern

Photo via Bluprint member Alexandra Davidoff Studio

1. July Shrug

Cables, eyelets, twists — this shrug knitting pattern has it all. Since it’s a smaller knit, it’s a great opportunity to use a beautiful luxury yarn. The sample above was stitched with a cotton, but you could work it up in a wool for something a bit warmer.

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Something Lacy Shrug FREE Knitting Pattern

Photo via Bluprint member CascadeYarns

2. Something Lacy Shrug

The sleeve length on this shrug is the perfect transition into colder weather. The pattern comes with five size options for the perfect fit in the chest and shoulders. Knit it in a neutral color to make sure it matches several different outfits.

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Chickadee Shrug FREE Knitting Pattern

Photo via Bluprint member TanisKnits

3. Chickadee Shrug

This lace pattern reminds me of ocean waves! It’s stitched with a chunky yarn, which means not only does it work up quickly, but it’s also comfy and cozy.

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Mi'raj Shrug FREE Knitting Pattern

Photo via Bluprint member Kate Gagnon Osborn & Courtney Kelley

4. Mi-raj Shrug

You’ll put yarn overs to work with this fun knit. If you dig this design, you’re in luck: it was created by Bluprint instructors Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley, who share some awesome lacy patterns in their class New Directions in Lace: Hats.

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Three-Way Scarf FREE Knitting Pattern

Photo via Bluprint member TheSexyKnitter

5. Three-Way Scarf

Scarf, shawl, shrug — you can have it all with this pattern. The pattern is a four-row repeat; you’ll memorize it after just a few rows, freeing up your brain for simultaneous activities like audiobooks and movies.

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Canary Shrug FREE Knitting Pattern

Photo via Bluprint member Alexandra Davidoff Studio

6. Canary Shrug

You’ll love the twists and turns that appear when you combine cables with gorgeous lace. Use a light-colored yarn to really make the leaf-like design stand out. Because the sleeves aren’t very long, you could consider throwing this on over a long-sleeved shirt just to add an extra layer of warmth.

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Easy and Lacy Baby Bolero FREE Knitting Pattern

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7. Easy and Lacy Baby Bolero

Kiddos can benefit even more from layering. You can even pair your kid’s shrug with a long-sleeved shirt, as seen in the photo above. The shrug is knit in a rectangle, then seamed at the sleeves so there’s no complicated shaping. If you want to match your kiddo, purchase an adult-size version in the designer’s store.

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Brynna Shrug FREE Knitting Pattern

Photo via Bluprint member TanisKnits

8. Brynna Shrug

This lacy, delicate shrug is designed to fit 7-year-olds, but there are instructions included for sizing it up or down. Use a light color of yarn to really show off the lace detail.

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