Colossal Shrug Free Crochet Pattern
Pattern #: LW5056
Designed By: Tammy Hildebrand
Project Type: Apparel
Skill Level: Intermediate
This oversized shrug will keep you perfectly cozy wherever you go or even when relaxing at home. This textured stitch pattern shows off the beautiful ombré effect of this bulky weight yarn. Crochet it as a gift that will fit all sizes!
GAUGE: 4 shells = 5” (12.5 cm); 6 rows = 4” (10 cm) in pattern.
CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.
Shrug measures 44 x 36” (112 x 91.5 cm) before folding and seaming.
1. Shrug is made from a rectangle of crochet fabric that is folded and seamed to form armhole openings.
2. The shrug lengthens when worn.
Fsc (foundation single crochet – This technique creates a foundation chain and a row of single crochet stitches in one) =
First st: Ch 2, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook and draw up a loop, yarn over, draw through 1 loop on hook (the “chain”), yarn over and draw through both loops on hook (the “single crochet”).
Remaining sts: *Insert hook in “chain” of previous stitch and draw up a loop, yarn over, draw through 1 loop on hook (the
“chain”), yarn over and draw through both loops on hook; repeat from * for desired number of stitches.
Fptr (Front post treble crochet) = [Yarn over] twice, insert hook from front side of work to back and to front again around post of the indicated stitch; yarn over and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), [yarn over and draw through 2 loops] 3 times.
shell = Fptr around center dc of next 3-stitch group; working behind Fptr just made, 3 dc in top of same dc; working in
front of stitches just made, Fptr around same dc again.
Row 1 (right side): Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), turn, 3 dc in next st, *skip next 2 sts, 3 dc in next st; repeat from * to last st, dc in last st—104 dc (Thirty-four 3-dc groups and a dc at beg and end of row).
Row 2: Ch 3, turn, shell in center dc of each 3-dc group across, dc in top of turning ch—34 shells.
Row 3: Ch 3, turn, 3 dc in center dc of each shell across, dc in top of turning ch.
Rows 4–53: Repeat last 2 rows 25 more times.
Row 54: Repeat Row 2.
Row 55: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, skip next st, sc in next 3 sts, *skip next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts; repeat from * to last 2 sts, skip next st, sc in last st—104 sc.
With right side facing and working in ends of rows across one side edge, join yarn with sc in end of first row, 2 sc in end of each
row across to last row, sc in end of last row.
Fasten off. Repeat across other side edge.
Fold piece in half, bringing first and last rows together and matching up stitches of side edging. Beginning at corner, sew side edges together for about 9½” (24 cm), leaving about 8½” (21.5 cm) unsewn at top for armhole opening.
Weave in ends.
ch = chain;
dc = double crochet;
sc = single crochet;
st(s) = stitch (es);
[ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified;
* = repeat whatever follows the *as indicated.