How to Crochet a Shrug for Beginners

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Things You'll Need

  • 150g double-knitting yarn
  • Size I-9/5.5mm crochet hook
  • Measuring tape
  • 2 sewing pins
  • Tapestry needle

If you know the basics of how to crochet and are looking for an uncomplicated wearable project, try making a crochet shrug. A type of cropped cardigan with short sleeves, the shrug is a fashionable accessory that provides extra warmth on cool days and nights. Ideal for beginners, this shrug is made from one rectangle that is worked entirely in single crochet. These hand crocheted shrugs would make welcomed bridesmaid gifts from a crafty bride.

Make a slipknot approximately 6 inches from the free end of the yarn. Insert your crochet hook into the center of the slipknot loop and tighten the loop around your hook.

Draw the yarn over your hook, from back to front and pull the loop through your hook to make a chain stitch. Repeat this until you have made 95 chain stitches.

Insert your crochet hook into the second chain from the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook and draw the yarn through the chain. Repeat and draw the yarn through the two loops on your hook. This makes one single crochet. Continue working one single crochet into each chain across the row. Make one chain stitch and turn your piece of work.

Work one single crochet into each stitch across the row. Make one chain stitch and turn your work.

Continue working in rows of single crochet until your piece of work measures 14 inches long. Alternatively, crochet until the shrug reaches a comfortable length for your back.

Fasten off your work by drawing the yarn through the last stitch of the row and pulling the yarn tight.

Fold the shrug in half lengthways and place a sewing pin 6.5 inches along the fold from each outer edge. This is your sleeve marker.

Thread a new piece of yarn through the tapestry needle and sew along the line from the outer edge to the sleeve marker. Be sure to leave the main body of the shrug open. Repeat for the opposite side.


  • This shrug will fit a small/medium woman. For a medium/large shrug, chain 107 in step 1 and continue as instructed.