Free Crochet Pattern: Simple Sassy Shrug

By Rachel Choi – 35 Comments
With beginner crocheters in mind, here is a shrug that is simple yet sassy. If you can crochet a rectangle then you can easily crochet this. The basic idea is to first crochet a rectangle and then sew up the two ends to form the sleeves. It is just as simple as that! Anyone can fit into this shrug since it can be easily adjusted. Just follow the instructions within the pattern to adjust the sleeves and the length as needed.

Skill Level: beginner crochet skill level

Finished Size: 30” (76 cm) width from end of arm to arm, 10” (25.5 cm) tall from neck to bottom
Note: to alter the size of this shrug, follow the directions within the pattern

Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 200 yards)
Crochet Hook J (6.00 mm)
Yarn Needle
crochet yarn size 4
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Crochet Pattern: Shrug
Start by chaining 28 or a chain that fits around the largest part of your arm
Row 1: ch 2, dc in third ch from hook and in each ch across: 28 dc
Row 2 – 42: ch 2, turn, dc in each dc across: 28 dc
Finish off.

Note: If the shrug is not the width that you desire (from the end of one sleeve to the other), continue to repeat the last row in the pattern.

To create sleeves, fold your work in half such that each row is folded in half. Starting at one end, sew piece together until you have sewed the length of 12 rows. Sew together the same length on the other side for the second sleeve. If you chose to alter the size of this shrug you may also want to alter the length of each sleeve.

If you need help crocheting this shrug, just leave a comment and I would be glad to help!

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  1. barbara says:

    Wow this is very beautiful!!! I will surely try to do it!!! Thanks for the pattern, kisses 🙂

  2. Ivonne says:

    Congrats on your store!!

  3. Betty says:

    This is great. I think I can adapt it to make a sweater for my son’s little dog. And a shrug for myself.

  4. Dottie says:

    Love The New Things. Love This Shrug, Although I Think It Needs To Come Down Longer In The Back, Like Maybe To The Waist.I Would Wear Something Like This If It Were Longer.Not Crutizing Just Suggesting.I’D Be Glad To Be One Of Your Pattern Testers. Think Ya Can Come Up With Someting Longer In The Back Like This ?
    Huggs Sweetie, Dottie In Va
    I’ve Been Busy, The YArn A Flyin & The Hook A Stitching, Busy As A Bea Makin Baby Things For The Little One That’s On The Way.

    • Sarah Duroy says:

      I remain in the first portion of the crochet learning curve. I attempted another shrug and failed. I used 2 of the same color and type yarn but the one I started with I had used on something I had messed up on and unraveled. Once complete the each sleeve looked like it belonged on different sweaters. So I thought I would attempted a new one with new yarn.

      I like this but if there was a way to make it longer and a little more coverage in the front.

      Thanks so much for sharing your pattern with all. It is extremely kind of you to share your knowlege.

  5. Rachel says:

    Good point Dottie! I forgot to write that you can sc around the opening to make the back longer and the front more closed. But I am working on another shrug, and this one will cover more back 🙂

    I like the suggestion about the dog sweater Betty! I didn’t even thing about that. It’s a great idea 🙂

  6. Robin says:

    Thank you so much for this pattern idea. I was making one for myself and I knew you could make a rectangle and fold it in a way to make the shrug, but your intstructions just help a little more. I have four weeks to make the shurg to go with a halter dress that I bought for a wedding. Do you think I could use this same pattern with linen yarn?

    • Rachel says:

      Hey Robin!

      Sure you can use the same pattern. It doesn’t really matter what kind of yarn you use. Just make sure that you measure so you know how big or small to make your rectangle 🙂

      Have fun at the wedding!

  7. Hi, Rachel…thanks for sharing this pattern..I’ll try to make it for my girl, Fda…she love this shrug..hugs…:-)

  8. Mich says:

    I love this shrug 😀
    I’m working on it right now in black 🙂

  9. lisa says:

    Very cute pattern. I’m thinking it would be fun to tinker around with it and make it in little girl sizes.

  10. Nichole says:

    Hello Rachel

    I am new to crocheting :-p
    I was looking for a shrug pattern and I ran across this one. I love this pattern very easy to follow, fast and cute!!! I want to thank you for sharing your patterns. “2 THUMBS UP”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would like to know how can I adjust this shrug so it can be longer in the back and more in the front?

    Nichole ~Respect~

  11. Laura says:

    Love your patterns. I want to make this for my daughter’s American Girl Doll. Any tips?


    • Rachel says:

      Hi Laura, you can adjust the shrug using the instructions within the pattern to fit any size, including a doll. The initial chain should fit around the largest part of the arm, since it will be the size of the sleeve. Then repeat row 2, until you have the length from elbow to elbow (or as long as want it).

  12. Henrietta says:

    Love it! I made one for my daughter and myself, we don’t have cold shoulders anymore 🙂 Thanks for sharing

  13. Linda says:

    This is awesome! I can’t wait to get started on it!!

  14. stacey says:

    if i were to do this, how would i tweak it to make the shrug come down and make it more like a cardigan rather than a shrug?

  15. Mia says:

    Thank you once again for another great pattern.
    I’m about to make it for my baby girl to match a pair of capris I crocheted her.

  16. Jess says:

    Note to self, when following a pattern, always make sure you have established whether the pattern is in English or American crochet…my two year old daughter has a lovely new shrug! Guess mine will take a little longer 😮

  17. Angela says:

    I just finished this shrug for my 16-yr old dauther. She frequently goes to the local YMCA and likes to stay covered unitl her work-outs begin. This shrug works perfectly with her exercise tops which are often open on the shoulders. Thanks for such a simple, yet attractive project! I made the one for my daughter using Hobby Lobby’s “I Love this Yarn” in Peacock……quite beautiful.

  18. barb in tennessee says:

    The pattern for the Sassy Shrug came at a good time !!
    Have G’daughter graduating from high school. They must wear dresses,shoulders must be covered. Unfortunately, all the cute little spring dresses have spaghetti straps, or are sleeveless.

    Your cute little shrug has saved the day for her/me !! Made 1st one from sage green bamboo yarn to wear over a black spaghetti strap dress for awards day. Now I am working on a soft yellow one to wear over a cute plaid dress……with spaghetti straps, of course.

    The beautiful thing about your shrug pattern…… does not cost $24.99 like the ones for sale @
    target, or even $19.99 @ Old Navy. Didn’t even price them anywhere else.

    Don’t ‘cha love it ??? Crocheted with love and in the right colors too.

  19. Tina says:

    I think this is the perfect size for a “shrug”. If more of the back was covered (like someone mentioned earlier) I don’t think it would be considered a shrug. Great job!!

  20. kristin says:

    this looks really fun, fast and easy…much easier than trying to design my own!!!! thank you for saving me rachel!

  21. Mary Ruth Sumner says:

    Rachel, I like the shrug but I chained 50 chains after measuring around one arm. Should I have measured around both arms and chained the total? Do you increase the rows as you go up or stay with say 50 dcs in each row? I also would like it to come more toward the front. I guess I need a longer triangle for my size of a large shirt.

  22. Mary Ruth Sumner says:

    I crocheted a chain of 50 because I measured my left arm . I believed that I should have chained about 100. Should you measure both arms and chain the total of that. I believe I need a bigger rectangular to meet more toward the middle. Do you increase each row or stay with the first measurement?

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Mary, measure around the largest part of your arm as you’ll use this measurement to determine how round the sleeve is. You can make it looser if you don’t want it so tight. If you would like to make it cover more of the front part of the body, you can crochet around the front opening the shrug after you make it. Let me know if you need more help!

  23. Artio6 says:

    Hello! I love this pattern and the fact that its so easy to do and alter. I’m just now really getting started good on it and just wanted to share my idea with you. I’m doing it long sleeved and two toned, so I’m doing the cuffs light blue with row 1 dc and row 2 tc and row 3 dc so that I can run a 1/2 in thick black ribbon though row 2. 🙂 I will try to let you know how it turns out. I like the idea of a shrug but in the end might crochet around the front and back to make a top to keep all of me warm lol

  24. Miriam says:

    Hi Rachel, my friend and I are attempting to make this beautiful shrug.
    She did hers and chained 42 rows. Now we’re reading the pattern which says to fold in half?
    We are not good at reading patterns! LOl.

    How do we round the arms when the material is now rectangular? How do the shoulders round

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Miriam, the piece you are crocheting should be a long rectangle since you are crochet each row with the same number of stitches. You’ll need to fold the finished rectangle in half and sew the ends to make the sleeves. You don’t have to worry about shaping the shoulder area. Once the sleeves are in place, try it on and it’ll end up curving around your shoulders naturally.

  25. Audra says:

    Hello. I am actually making this one for my wedding. I’m altering the colors with black and brown stripes going through back loops only and I’m making it longer in the front and back..possibly crocheting some lace to put on it. Thank you so much for making an easy pattern to follow 🙂

  26. Angie S says:

    I’m making this now, can’t wait to finish it. It’s going to be so cute!

  27. Heather says:

    Hello 🙂 currently working on your shrug now! I was wondering if I wanted to make the sleeves full length do I have to make any adjustments to the number of chains to start or anything like that? 🙂 thanks hun!

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