Have you been looking for a fun and stylish layering piece to go over a dress or blouse? If so, you’re in luck, because today I am showing off some of my favorite crochet shrug patterns!
How do you crochet a simple shrug?
There are lots of different constructions for shrugs, but in most cases they are very easy to make!
The simplest type of crochet shrug, in fact, is made from a simple rectangle with a teensy bit of seaming at the end. Here are the steps to take to crochet this kind of simple shrug:
- Crochet a rectangle
- Fold in all 4 corners to meet
- Sew up the sides of the of each fold partially, leaving an armhole
When you fold in the corners of your rectangle, this is what it looks like:
Like I said, this is the simplest way to crochet a shrug. There are lots of other ways to make the process fancier too! For example, some patterns will add on longer sleeves and a collar after the process above is finished. Make sure you check out the details of a pattern for specifics on how that particular shrug is made!
But as you can see, most shrugs are not hard to crochet at all. In fact, they are one of the easiest garments to start out crocheting if you’re a beginner.
How much yarn do I need to crochet a shrug?
This will entirely depend on what pattern you are using. Crochet shrugs may use less yarn than sweaters or longer cardigans…but then again, some shrugs are very oversized. Make sure you check the yarn requirements in any shrug pattern before you get started.
Types of Crochet Shrugs
There are a lot of different terms that get thrown around when it comes to shrugs. Let’s demystify a few of things before jumping into the patterns.
- Summer Shrugs – usually a lighter, shorter shrug that is made to wear over a dress.
- Cocoon Shrugs – usually a heavier, longer shrug made to keep you cozy in the wintertime.
- Bolero – usually more structured than your typical shrug. Check out this helpful article for more info on the difference between shrugs and boleros!
18 Crochet Shrug Patterns – The List!
With those things in mind, I think we are all ready to look at some amazing shrug patterns. I hope you find your next project in this list! Feel free to jump to different types of shrug patterns by using the table of contents below.
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Long Sleeved/Oversized Shrug Patterns
First up, let’s take a look at some of my all-time favorite long sleeved and oversized shrug patterns! These shrugs will be perfect for Fall/Winter as they are made from heavier yarns and extra cozy.
Paige Cocoon Shrug
First up, meet the Paige Cocoon Shrug. This shrug is both cute and versatile and can be paired with all kinds of pieces to create several different looks! This pattern is also quite simple and would make a great beginner’s crochet clothing piece. You can find the free pattern here.
Juno Chunky Shrug
Next, let me introduce you to the Juno Chunky Shrug pattern. This design is super stylish, yet also extremely cozy, it’s like wearing a blanket! This shrug would make a great gift or just a nice coat that you keep in your car for the chillier days. You can find the free pattern here.
Dream Catcher Shrug
Another one of my favorite patterns is the Dream Catcher Shrug Designed by Sarah from Ned and Mimi Modern Crochet Makers. This pattern is so elegant, I just love the diamond motif on the back! You can find the free pattern here.
The Lovely Pink Shrug
The next pattern I’d like you to meet is the Lovely Pink Shrug. Isn’t this one so pretty? I just love the lacy-look of it! This shrug in particular would make a great layering piece for the spring or even early summer since it’s a bit lighter. You can find the free pattern here.
Done in a Day Quick Crochet Shrug
Next, check out this simple, yet cozy-looking Done in a Day Crochet Shrug pattern. This pattern is great for those of you who are looking for a quick, yet practical crochet project. This one in particular is also super comfy which is an extra bonus! You can get the free pattern here.
All Double Crochet Cocoon Cardigan
Last up, take a look at this All Double Crochet Cocoon Cardigan pattern. This design is extremely stylish and it’s simple to make as long as you are confident with double crochets! You can find the free pattern here.
Summer Crochet Shrugs for Dresses
Have you been looking for a cute layering piece for the summer? If so, I bet you’ll love these summer shrug patterns! In this category I will show you some lightweight and lacy crochet shrugs. I just love them all.
Enlaced Underbrush Shrug
First up, take a look at this gorgeous Enlaced Underbrush Shrug. Isn’t it so beautiful? This design is so simple, yet the shell border adds such an elegant touch. You can make several of these in different colors to go with different outfits! You can find the free pattern here.
Meadow Lace Shrug
Next up, take a look at this lovely Meadow Lace Shrug. This pattern is absolutely gorgeous, I just love the lacey flower design! This shrug is also quite light, which makes it a great layering piece for the hotter, summer months. You can find the free pattern here.
Next, meet the Nova Shrug. This shrug is quite elegant and makes a great layering piece for those pesky spaghetti strap dresses or tank tops. This design also features a lovely shell stitch combo! You can find the free pattern here.
The next pattern I’d like to show you is the Scarlett Shrug designed by Tamara Kelly from Moogly Blog. This shrug is so cute and unique, I just love the texture! This design can also be easily made into a plethora of different sizes. You can find the free pattern here.
Another one of my favorite shrug patterns is the Savy Shrug. This shrug is quite simple, yet can be used to spruce up just about any outfit! It can also be made into many different colors and sizes to suit your personal tastes. You can find the free pattern here.
Last, but definitely not least is the Bolero Shrug. This pattern is both elegant and simple and would make a great layering piece or a beach cover up! You can find the free pattern here.
Children’s Crochet Shrugs
Are you looking for a fun gift for a little one? Or are you maybe just looking for a way to keep them warm and spruce up their outfits for church or other events? If so, I bet you’ll love these children’s crochet shrug patterns!
Toddler Crochet Cocoon Shrug
First up, meet the Toddler Crochet Cocoon Shrug. This shrug is absolutely adorable and adds a great, warm touch to any of your little one’s outfits! You can also make it extra fun by creating the border with their favorite color. You can find the free pattern here.
Next, check out this cute Seashore Shrug pattern. This design is quite unique and fun! You can easily customize this shrug to be different sizes or have shorter sleeves. You can find the free pattern here.
Ragged Falls Crochet Shrug
Next, take a look at this adorable Ragged Falls Cocoon Shrug! This pattern is super cute and simple and would make a great layering piece for any little ones. You can find the free pattern here.
Kensington Crochet Bolero Shrug
Another one of my favorite shrug patterns is this adorable Kensington Crochet Bolero Shrug. Isn’t this design simply lovely? It reminds me of regency era spencer jackets, I absolutely love it! You can find the free pattern here.
Toddler Cocoon Shrug
Lastly, meet the Toddler Cocoon Shrug! This shrug is super cute and has such a fun texture. This shrug in particular would make a great sweater for the chillier fall and winter months. You can find the free pattern here.
Crochet shrugs are so fun yet also so simple to make. You can go long or short. You can go lacy or thick and cozy. There are such a wide variety of options to crochet a shrug that is perfect for you! I hope you enjoyed this list of 18 shrug patterns and found the perfect next project for your hooks.