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! Wear this Lacy Cotton Bolero over a tank top, swimsuit or over a fitted long sleeve shirt!

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Pattern for Crochet Shrug

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 created the 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!

Circulo Duna Yarn

Materials

Gauge

  • 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

Pattern Notes

  • 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.

Size Chart

Crochet bolero pattern

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)

Stitch Diagram for Crochet Shells

Assembly

  1. Steam block before assembling. (Optional but HIGHLY recommended)
  2. Lay your Panel down with Right Sides facing you.
  3. Fold in your panel in half with your First Row meeting your Final Row, Right Sides now facing each other.
  4. Starting at matching right corners, seam towards the center 19 (20, 18, 17)” along first and final rows, this creates your first sleeve.
  5. 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. 
  6. Weave in your ends. 
  7. Steam Block a second time (or first) focusing on seams. 

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