Pattern for Crochet Shrug
Lacy Bolero Crochet Shrug
Is this a Shrug or Bolero? I use the two interchangeably when I describe this Free Pattern for a Crochet Shrug! I love how perfect this Lace Crochet Shrug Pattern is for the warmer months in the spring and summer season! For my fair asking this crochet long sleeve bolero pattern give the perfect amount of coverage! Wear this Lacy Cotton Bolero over a tank top, swimsuit or a fitted long sleeve shirt!
What is a Crochet Shrug?
A Crochet Shrug or Bolero is a cardigan-like garment that is created by seaming two ends of a rectangle together forming sleeves and leaving the middle open for the body. Depending on the size of the rectangle a shrug or bolero will be cropped or long.
How do you crochet a rectangle shrug?
Making a Crochet Shrug or Bolero is simple and the result is amazing! By crocheting a rectangle and using a creatively placed seam you will have a cute and cozy shrug in no time! This Crochet Bolero is worked in rows of shell stitch the length of your arm span and then seamed in from each outer edge to create a cropped body opening! That’s all it takes to make this simple crochet pattern!
How to choose yarn for your Crochet Bolero.
For warm weather projects I love to use cotton! It is light and soft and it is one of those materials that just gets better with time! I used Circulo Duna for my sample, which is a 100% DK Cotton. If you can’t get your hands on Circulo Yarn I would reccomend substituting with Lion Brand Cotton Jeans, another wonderful DK Cotton!
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- 4.50 mm crochet hook
- #3 DK Wt. Yarn – 1116 (1302, 1395, 1488) yards
- Sample made with:
- 6 (7, 8, 8) balls of Circulo Duna in #1114
- Ch 23 and follow pattern for Rows 1 to 6
- Pattern Swatch should measure
- 5” (stitch-wise) x 4” (row-wise)
Stitch Descriptions and Abbreviations
- Chain Stitch – ch
- Slip Stitch – sl st
- Stitch(es) – st(s)
- Skip – sk
- Stitch Marker – SM
- Double Crochet – dc
- Sizes: XS-M (M-XL, XL-3XL, 3XL-5XL)
- *see chart below for detailed measurements.
- Skill Level: Easy
- * Designates a repeat.
- Ch 1 does not count as a stitch.
- “sc 1” means to single crochet in the next stitch.
- “sc 2” means to single crochet in each of the next 2 stitches.
- “2 sc” means to single crochet twice in the next st to create an increase.
- Ch 3 counts as a dc.
- Ch 4 counts as (dc, ch 1)
- Sizing: pick your best fit based on the size range, you can easily adjust the sizing by adding rows and doing more or less sleeve seaming.
- Arm Span is Sleeve Length plus Back Width. If you feel your size will be too long, go down a size with the starting chain and still specified rows for your size.
Crochet Shrug Bolero Pattern Begins
Ch 240 (254, 268, 282)
Row 1 – (3 dc, ch 2, 3dc) in 6th chain from hook, *skip next 6 chains, (3 dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next ch, repeat from * to last 3-ch, skip 2-ch, dc in last ch, turn. [34 (36, 38, 40) total shells]
Row 2 – Ch 3, (5 dc, ch 2) in each ch-2 sp stopping with last ch-2 sp remaining, 5 dc in last ch-2 sp, dc in turning chain, turn. [34 (36, 38, 40) total shells]
Row 3 – Ch 4, 3 dc in first dc, (3 dc, ch 2, 3dc) in each ch-2 sp to end, (3 dc, ch 1, dc) in turning ch-3, turn. [34 (36, 38, 40) total shells]
Row 4 – Ch 3, 2 dc in first ch-1 sp, ch 2, (5 dc, ch 2) in each ch-2 sp to end, 3 dc in turning chain, turn. [34 (36, 38, 40) total shells]
Row 5 – Ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3dc) in each ch-2 sp to end, dc in turning chain, turn. [34 total shells]
Rows 6 to 41 (41, 44, 44)
Repeat Rows 2-5 ending on a repeat of Row 5 (5, 4, 4)
- Steam block before assembling. (Optional but HIGHLY recommended)
- Lay your Panel down with Right Sides facing you.
- Fold in your panel in half with your First Row meeting your Final Row, Right Sides now facing each other.
- Starting at matching right corners, seam towards the center 19 (20, 18, 17)” along first and final rows, this creates your first sleeve.
- Starting at matching left corners, seam towards the center 19 (20, 18, 17)” along first and final rows, this creates your second sleeves and completes your body opening.
- Weave in your ends.
- Steam Block a second time (or first) focusing on seams.
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