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Home : Patterns : Simple Crochet Shrug

Free Crochet Pattern
Simple Crochet Shrug

Lion BrandŽ Homespun®
Pattern #: 90689B

SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: One Size

About 42 x 38 (106.5 x 96.5), before folding and seaming.

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*Homespun® (Article \#790). 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; package size: 6.00oz/170.00 gr. (185yds/169m) pull skeins

You can also buy materials separately
•  790-425 Homespun Yarn: Spice balls $ 29.96  
Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size N-13 (9 mm) $ 2.95  
Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers $ 2.49  
Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6) $ 3.59  


8 sts = about 4 in. (10 cm).

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


Large hook is used to create an open fabric that will easily stretch to fit a range of sizes.

Ch 85.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across – 84 sts.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, working in back loops only, sc in each st across.
Repeat Row 2 until piece measures about 38 in. (96.5 cm) from beginning.

Fold piece in half to measure 21 x 38 in. (53.5 x 96.5 cm).
Place markers on each of the 21 in. (53.5 cm) sides, 7 in. (18 cm) below fold for armholes. Seam sides from markers down to lower edge.
Weave in ends.


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ch(s) = chain(s) sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)  

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Pattern Average Rating: **** (based on 83 reviews)
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Simple Crochet Shrug Reviewed by Rebecca Lowmaster on 2015-04-08 *****
I generally stick to worsted weight type yarns for my projects and do not use what I call the "specialty" yarns (i.e., Homespun or boucle yarns). However, I wanted a shawl pattern that would stay on the shoulders and this looked simple and easy. So, I purchased Homespun and tried it out. To date, I have made three. The two I have given away were ecstatically received and (from what I've been told) constantly used; I kept one for myself to use at work when I get chilled from the A/C but plan on making myself at least one more in black to use for formal occasions. For those who are having difficulty with the stitches, perhaps you are crocheting too tightly as I had no difficulty crocheting through the back loops. Also, this is one project that you really don't have to adhere closely to the gauge. I've seen this pattern offered as both crocheting and knitting using different yarns, needles, and patterns. Basically, you just have to end up with a 42x38 rectangle, fold, and seam. I experimented with different starting chains (and needle sizes) and they all turned out just fine. This is one of my favorite patterns! Easy and quick to work up for a gift.
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