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Crochet Blanket Shrug – Free Pattern

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.

The crochet blanket shrug made with a worsted weight cotton blue yarn

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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.

model wearing a crochet shrug that is made with Loops and Thread Crème cotton yarn.

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.

Model is showing the back side of the crochet blanket shrug pattern.

Yarn Choice

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?

long flowy crochet shrug pattern made with worsted weight cotton yarn

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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cotton crochet cocoon shrug worn with a pair of jeans and white top

Free Crochet Shrug Pattern

Description:

Crochet an easy blanket shrug using a one stitch repeat. This beautiful and effortless shrug will keep you warm and stylish!

You can purchase a printable PDF pattern here

Materials:

  • 5.0 mm crochet hook (size H)
  • Loops & Thread Crème Cotton Yarn in the color cream (Weight 4/5.29 oz, 324 yds), a total of 1,296 yards (4 balls) or another worsted weight cotton yarn.
  • darning needle
  • scissors
  • stitch marker (optional)

Gauge:

4 stitches x 8 rows = 4 inch square in reverse blanket stitch.

(stitches in 1 chain space count as 1 stitch when checking gauge)

Abbreviations:

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

Finished Size:

One Size (one size will fit most)

32 1/2 ” wide

42 ” long

Notes

  • 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

ch 132

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.

image shows step 1 to making a crochet shrug pattern

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.

image shows how to make a reverse blanket stitch for a crochet shrug

Row 3 – Row 82: repeat row 2

Finish off and weave in ends.

Construction: Seaming

Step 1: Starting from the right, fold the top and bottom corners to the middle. Repeat this process on the left side.

how to seam the crochet blanket shrug

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.

fold both sides of the panel to create a crochet shrug

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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Vika

Sunday 19th of June 2022

The pattern looked amazing. I've tried, and it looks beautiful. I didn't have to even watch through the whole video, so easy it is. Thank you.

Nicky

Monday 27th of June 2022

Thank you so much! šŸ˜Š I hope you enjoy making the pattern.

Janet

Saturday 28th of May 2022

Sorry I meant Ombre yarn!

Janet

Saturday 28th of May 2022

If I use verigated yarn, the stripes will come out vertical? How do I make them come out horizontal?

Nicky

Wednesday 1st of June 2022

Hi there, I don't think it's possible to get the stripes to come out horizontal. The only thing I can think of is to switch the measurements around and see if that works. I would make a small swatch though to see how it turns out first. I hope that helps. Good luck!

Nathaly

Thursday 12th of May 2022

I was wondering if there is any other brand of yarn you could recommend

Or can I use this brand

KnitPal - 100% Cotton Yarn for Beginners, DK Weight, 10 Balls (1200 yards/500 Grams), Pastel and Jewel Tone Colors (Emerald Green

Nicky

Friday 13th of May 2022

Hi there,

For this pattern, I would recommend a worsted weight yarn, instead of a DK weight yarn. You could use the DK yarn, but you will probably have to add more rows and additional chains to the beginning to get the correct measurements. Another yarn that would make a good substitute is Lion Brand Feels Like Butta yarn. It has the same consistency as the yarn used in the pattern. šŸ˜Š

Melissa

Tuesday 3rd of May 2022

Hi, your pattern is lovely, thank you for sharing. I have a question I am using a UK double (dk) knit yarn, which I believe is a 3 in the US? Iā€™m using a size 4 (g) hook. I know I will have to adapt my starting chain size, but would like to clarify that that should be about 42ā€ working to make it 32.5ā€ long? Iā€™m not sure if I am confused about the which measurement is for the chain length. Hope that makes sense?! Many thanks!

Nicky

Tuesday 3rd of May 2022

Hi there, thank you so much! To answer your question, you want to make your starting chain 32 1/2" inches long (width) and then you want to make it 42" long (height). So yeah you probably have to adjust the chain length to accommodate for the yarn and also add a couple of more rows. I hope this helps, but please let me know if you have any more questions. šŸ˜Š