Here is a simple, yet elegant, crochet cocoon shrug pattern to keep you warm in the cooler weather. It’s the perfect top for the cold winter days as you snuggle by the fireplace. Or, use it as a substitute for a spring or fall jacket.
The shrug sort of has a collar that folds over at the neck, which makes it even more fashionable. I like to wear mine open, but if you like, you can add a button at the bust area to keep it closed.
My favorite thing about the crochet shrug is that it is a mindless pattern. It is a two-row repeat, making it the perfect pattern to work on at the end of the day after the mind shuts down.
The Stitch Pattern
The stitches used are simply the single crochet and the double crochet cross stitch alternated over two rows. I worked my stitches in the front loops only, but you can choose to go into both loops if you like.
The main body is worked in a rectangle that is folded over and joined to create armholes once you reach the finished dimensions. You simply fold the piece of fabric in half so the wrong sides are facing out and the first and last rows line up along one side.
Then sew the armholes along the sides to the size that you want them at. (I’ve add a schematic that clarifies that step.) The best stitch for sewing the seam is the locking mattress stitch. It is nearly invisible when done correctly.
Lastly, I added a simple edge of single crochet stitches along the armholes to even it out. I only did one row, but you could easily add a few rounds of the cross stitch pattern for some short, but cool sleeves if you like.
The free crochet pattern includes multiple sizes for adults from XS to XL. The width is designed to fit from elbow to elbow, but can be adjusted as needed. To adjust the width, increase or decrease your starting chains.
The length also can be increased or decreased to any size you want, simply by doing more or less repeats of the pattern rows.
Thus, it’s a great pattern to crochet for toddlers and up. Simply take your measurements, do a gauge swatch and use that to calculate the number of stitches you need to have per row.
The sample shown is the XS modeled on a 31″ bust mannequin.
I used Cason Simply Soft, a medium #4 worsted weight yarn. I love this yarn, not only because it drapes well, but also because it is strong and durable! Plus, it washes well!
You can substitute with basically any worsted weight yarn that gives you the gauge. Or, if you want to do a custom size, feel free to use any yarn and hook size that give you a nice drape.
Other Patterns to Enjoy
- Bead & Lace Cocoon Shrug
- Bonanza Brick Shrug
- Bead & Lace Circular Vest
- Simple Summer Poncho
- ESC Cowl Poncho
Criss Cross Crochet Cocoon Shrug
- Yarn: Caron Simply Soft (Worsted Weight, #4; 100% acrylic; 6 oz/170.1g; 315yds/288m) – 3, (3, 3, 4, 4) 6oz/170.1 g balls.
- Crochet Hook: H/8-5.00mm
- Other: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle.
- Gauge: 4" over 16 sts and 4.5" 10 pattern rows.
- Finished Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
Special Stitch Instructions
- This sleeves of this shrug are designed to fall at the elbows. For longer/shorter sleeves, increase/decrease the foundation chains. With arms stretched out at the sides, measure the distance from one arm to the next between the points of where you want the sleeves. For elbow length, measure from elbow to elbow to elbow. For wrist length, measure from wrist to wrist.
- To increase the length and the coverage at the front, simply do more repeats of the pattern rows 2 & 3.
- Size is given for XS. S, M, L & XL are given in parenthesis.
- Loosely Ch, 125, (129, 133, 137, 141), or any multiple of 2 + 1 to reach from one elbow to the next with arms stretched out.
- Row 1 (WS): Working into back bumps, sc in 2nd ch from hk and into each ch across. [124, (128, 132, 136, 140) sts] Turn.
- Row 2 (RS): Ch 3 (counts as first dc), *sk next st, fldc in next st, fldc in skipped st; rep from * across; fldc in last st. [124, (128, 132, 136, 140) sts; Or, 2 dc and 61, (63, 65, 67, 69) crossed sts]. Turn.
- Row 3: Ch 1, flsc in first st and into each st across. [124, (128, 132, 136, 140) sts]. Turn.
- Rows 4-69, (71, 71, 73, 73): Rep rows 2 & 3. FO at last row. For a longer shrug and more coverage at the front, do more rows.
- Fold the rectangle in half with the wrong side facing out. Sew the seam along each side leaving a 6, (6.5, 7, 7.5, 8)" opening for each arm.
Edging for arm openings:
- Rnd 1: With RS facing, Join yarn along seam area. Ch 1, sc evenly round; join with sl st in first sc. FO.