Spruce up your outfit with this easy beginner-friendly crochet blanket shrug pattern. This free crochet shrug pattern is cozy, comfortable, and made using a one-stitch repeat.
It’s the perfect shrug to pair with some jeans and a top or wear over a dress.
Continue to read through for the inspiration behind this design or scroll down for the free pattern + guided video tutorial.
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Crochet Blanket Shrug
My latest design and free pattern is the crochet blanket shrug. This simple crochet cocoon is made from a rectangle and uses basic stitches.
It’s the perfect weekend project as you can have this shrug done in a day! So if you’re new to crochet or more advanced and looking for a quick project, this shrug pattern is perfect for you.
I’ve also included a guided video tutorial to help with any tricky parts.
Inspiration + Design
My inspiration behind this crochet cocoon came from one of my other crochet designs. If you guessed the simple crochet throw, you are right!
The simple crochet throw was one of my first crochet patterns and I loved the stitch that I used for that pattern. It’s the reverse blanket stitch and it’s made using only chain, single crochet, and double crochet.
Anyhow, as I was curled up on the couch with my new blanket. I thought about how this design would look so good as a shrug. So I grabbed my notepad and started sketching an idea for this design.
That’s also how this shrug, got its name. It reminds me of my cozy blanket. Plus, imagine all the different outfits you can wear with this comfy shrug.
For this crochet pattern, I chose to work with Michaels Loops & Thread Crème Cotton yarn. It’s a number 4 worsted weight cotton yarn that’s so soft and comes in a variety of different colors.
I loved working with this yarn and highly recommend it for this project. However, you can easily substitute a different yarn for this project. Lion Brand Feels Like Butta or Lion Brand Wool-Ease would be a great alternative.
Some of my favorite colors in this line are cream and light blue. Which colors are your favorite?
Sizing of Crochet Blanket Shrug
I chose to make this project one size, as I wanted a very open loose-fitting crochet shrug. The sides are not meant to close, but they can easily be closed by adding a button.
However, if you want to make a different size. You will need to adjust the initial chain and either subtract or add chains. You also need to take into account the multiple, which is four.
So to make it bigger, add additional chains, and to make it smaller, subtract chains.
How to seam the blanket shrug together?
The blanket shrug is made by crocheting one long rectangle. Once you have your panel made, you want to fold in the sides to the middle and whip stitch it together.
That’s it! It’s a super simple project and would be great for beginners who are getting into crochet garment making.
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Free Crochet Shrug Pattern
Crochet an easy blanket shrug using a one stitch repeat. This beautiful and effortless shrug will keep you warm and stylish!
- 5.0 mm (H) crochet hook.
- 4 balls of Loops & Thread Crème Cotton Yarn in the color cream (Weight 4/5.29 oz, 324 yds), a total of 1,296 yards or another worsted weight cotton yarn.
- Darning Needle.
- Stitch Marker.
Yarn Substitution: Lion Brand Feels Like Butta Yarn.
4 stitches x 8 rows = 4 inch square in reverse blanket stitch.
(stitches in 1 chain space count as 1 stitch when checking gauge)
ch – chain: Yarn over, pull through loop on hook.
sc – single crochet: Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through, yarn over and pull through last two loops on hook.
dc – double crochet: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch and pull through, yarn over and pull through first two loops on hook, yarn over and pull through last two loops on hook.
sp – space
One Size (one size will fit most)
32 1/2 ” wide
42 ” long
- Pattern written in U.S Terms.
- Pattern is worked in one long rectangle.
- Sleeves are formed by seaming the sides together using the whipstitch method or any other method you prefer.
- Step-by-step video tutorial is included with pattern.
Crochet Blanket Shrug Pattern
Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from the hook, ch 2, sc in the next ch. *skip 2 ch, 2 dc in the next ch, ch 2, sc in the following ch. Repeat from * across row. Turn.
Row 2: ch 2, skip the first stitch, make (2 dc, 2 ch, and 1 sc in the chain space). *skip next 3 stitches and make (2 dc, 2 ch, and 1 sc in the chain space). Repeat from * across row, turn.
Row 3 – Row 82: repeat row 2
Finish off and weave in ends.
Step 1: Starting from the right, fold the top and bottom corners to the middle. Repeat this process on the left side.
Step 2: Using the whip stitch method, seam the two sides together on the right leaving a 5.5 inch opening. Repeat this process on the left side of the panel.
Step 3: Once edges are seamed together, flip your blanket crochet shrug inside out. This will hide the seams.
You’re done with the Blanket Shrug!
I hope you enjoyed making this pattern and that the tutorial was helpful! Don’t forget to share your project with me on Facebook or Instagram at @jewelsandjones.
If you have any questions about the pattern, be sure to check out the YouTube video or you can always leave them below.
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Sunday 9th of April 2023
I am confused as to where the straight sided starting chain is on the finished project. Every edge seems to have the scallop.
Monday 10th of April 2023
Hi there, yes the foundation chain will be a lot straighter than the other sides. However you can re-attach the yarn to the foundation chain and repeat row 2 to create the same scalloped edge.
Saturday 11th of February 2023
I LOVE this pattern. It was so easy to make and wearing it is like wearing a hug. If only I had more days in Florida when I COULD wear it. For my part, I only required 3 skeins of the recommended yarn. Thank you for sharing!
Monday 13th of February 2023
Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed making it. Yes, I totally understand 😊. I've got so many cute crochet scarfs and beanies, but it only gets cold here in Florida a few weeks out of the year.
Friday 16th of September 2022
I made this and it is beautiful but very big for me. I am 5’3” tall and weigh 100 lbs. how can I make one smaller to fit me? I am probably a high beginner crocheted. Thank you
Monday 26th of September 2022
Hi there, I would measure out how long you would like to shrug to be and then base your chains of that amount. Then I would follow the pattern as is and you could always add a border as well.
Sunday 7th of August 2022
Is there an easy pattern to crochet a collar onto the blanket shrug
Tuesday 9th of August 2022
You could always do a simple single crochet border around the shrug.😊
Friday 5th of August 2022
I just finished my shrug and wondered if you had a pattern for a crochet collar I could add on to it,,, I love the shrug but it does not fit right around my neck and shoulders ( I think a little too big) and thought a collar would be nice,Thanku!
Tuesday 9th of August 2022
I don't have a crochet collar pattern, but I think a single crochet border would work really well for this shrug. So all you would do is reattach your yarn to the bottom of the shrug and work a couple of rounds of single crochet. 😊