Do you like to wear shrugs? I sure do! They are such an easy way to dress up an outfit. They also provide more modesty if you don’t feel comfortable wearing tank tops or strapless dresses. Plus, there are so many different styles to choose from! Some free crochet shrug patterns are more solid and some are more lacey. They can be short sleeve or long sleeve. Some shrugs are designed to be fitted and some are more generous with their construction.
I curated this list of my top 15 free crochet shrug patterns to give you a good sampling of what all is out there. Check it out and see which ones you fancy!
1.Snuggle Up In Sherbet
Designer: Divine Debris
You can have twice as much fun with this adorable and oversized two-color shrug! I love the vertical lines in this design because they’re so slimming. The contrast between the lace columns and the solid columns is also really striking. Overall, it’s just a really great pattern!
2. Cardigan Shrug
Designer: Maria’s Blue Crayon
So, is it a cardigan or a shrug? It’s the best of both worlds! You get the beautiful swingy silhouette of a shrug with cozy full-length sleeves ala a cardigan. This cardigan shrug is super unique and it would make an amazing layering piece!
3. Toddler Cocoon Shrug
Designer: Stitching Together
Are you intimated by garments? Start small and super easy with this darling toddler cocoon shrug. It’s seriously just a rectangle that’s seamed together. The contrasting ribbing is added on afterward. Such an easy and cute design!
4. Bette Winter Blanket Shrug
Designer: Winding Road Crochet
A nice thick shrug is just the thing to ward off winter chills. It’s like a little blanket with sleeves (but 100 times classier than a snuggie). You could wear this beautiful blanket shrug in the house or wear it out on the town, it’s a win-win!
5. Enlaced Underbrush Shrug
Designer: Sweet Potato Crochet
I love the message behind this design. It’s part of the “make it for me” campaign. Crocheters are so generous to give away all their makes, but sometimes you just need to make something to keep. This dainty feminine shrug is just the thing!
6. The Regina Shrug
Designer: Casale Crafts
It’s not too early to start thinking about spring projects! Load up on lace and charm with the fabulous Regina Shrug. This piece would look absolutely lovely over a dress or tank top. It’s so very sophisticated, don’t you think?
7. Lightweight + Easy Shrug
Designer: Make and Do Crew
I’m an absolute sucker for dolman sleeves (think classic batwing) and this design has got me drooling! The oversized fit is so flattering and the stitchwork on this lightweight and easy shrug gives it excellent drape and form. This one’s definitely going on my “to-make” list.
8. Bobble Cocoon Shrug
Designer: Christa Co Design
Here’s another easy peasy design that starts out as a simple rectangle. Gotta love geometry! The bobble cocoon shrug is a great simple and stylish design for the little ones in your life. The “optional” button front is an absolute must for active kiddos!
9. Continuous Granny Square Shrug
Designer: The Snugglery
You can make a beautiful crochet shrug from a granny square?? Color me intrigued! I’ve always been a massive fan of granny squares and this adorable Granny Square Shrug is no exception. This pattern is available as a video tutorial on Youtube.
10. Modern Granny Shrug
Designer: The Crochet Crowd
Amp up the volume with this dramatic oversized granny shrug. It looks so cozy and warm! The pattern is super easy too because it’s just a granny square with some seams. You’re going to look so cute wearing this Modern Granny Shrug that all your friends will want one too!
11. Shine Your Light Shrug
Designer: Bodhi Life Crochet
What would we do without self-striping yarn? This fun and colorful shrug is so simple and easy thanks to 1 or 2 skeins of Ice Cream Big Scoop yarn. To me, this stitchwork looks like rows of yummy cupcakes, but maybe that’s the yarn talking.
12. Nova Shrug
Designer: Two Brothers Blankets
Little shoulder shrugs like this pretty Nova Shrug are the perfect quick weekend crochet project. The lovely lace design is made with shell stitches. It’s a really nice and dressy shrug that will instantly upgrade a dress or tanktop.
13. Timber Shrug
Designer: Hooked on Tilly Life
Wrap up with this cozy blanket shrug while you curl up on the couch. Cold weather is a great excuse to stay inside and snuggle! This clever design is worked flat and then seamed. The chevron design gives this shrug a lovely decorative edging.
14. Blissful Boho Shrug
Designer: I Need It Crochet
Hello, adorable! The Blissful Boho Shrug is a cross between a shrug and a wrap. It’s made with a triangle and then seamed together to form the armholes. Don’t forget the fringe and then you’ve got yourself the ultimate boho layering piece!
15. Meadow Lace Shrug
Designer: My Crochetory
Wrap yourself in pretty crochet flowers with this darling lacy shrug. I still can’t believe you can get this beautiful rounded shrug silhouette from a rectangle. The ribbed edging helps give this piece extra definition and weight. It’s absolutely perfect!
Are you convinced that you absolutely must make a shrug now? Seriously, they’re some of the prettiest and most versatile pieces I have in my wardrobe! Which of these fabulous designs caught your eye? Did we miss any that you have made and loved? Let us know in the comments below!
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