Free Crochet Shrug Pattern – Cozy Cabled

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Free Crochet Shrug Pattern – Cozy Cabled

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I’m thrilled to be sharing this shrug design with you at long last! The design has been living in my head for years, waiting for the perfect opportunity to pour out of my brain and onto my hook. 

This piece is the perfect combination of comfort and style. Elegant and cozy, the center back design features two twisted rope cables bordering a dramatic, eye-catching braided cable. The edging is finished with a lovely, textured rib stitch. Pop it on over any outfit and take a walk through town. Or curl up with it on the couch and open your favourite book. 

If you’ve never worked with cables before, this is a great pattern to learn with! I have added plenty of pictures to help you along the way.

How To Crochet The Free Crochet Shrug Pattern – Cozy Cabled

Finished Sizes:

Instructions given to fit size X-small/small; changes for medium/large, X-large/2X-large, 3X-large/4X-large, and 5X-large/6X-large are in () 

XS/S (M/L, XL/2XL, 3XL/4XL, 5XL/6XL)

To fit Bust: 33”-37” (37”-42”, 42”-50”, 50”-58”, 58”-66”) 

Shoulder Width: 14”-15” (15 ½”-17”, 17 ½”-18”, 18”-18 ½”, 18 ½”-19”)

Finished Length: Customizable. Length on model shown is 32”.

Gauge:

See gauge swatch instructions below. Be sure to always check your gauge. It will save you much time and heartache.

Materials:

I used Caron Cotton Funnel Cakes, which is a 100% Cotton,  #4 Worsted weight yarn. 

Any yarn of similar weight would work. 

Approximately 1200 (1300, 1400, 1500, 1600) yds. 

5mm Hook

6mm Hook

Stitch Markers

Yarn Needle

Scissors

Measuring Tape

Abbreviations:

Sk = Skip

St = Stitch

Ss = Slip Stitch

Ch = Chain

Sc = Single Crochet

Dc = Double Crochet

Tr = Treble Crochet

Fpdc = Front Post Double Crochet

Bpdc = Back Post Double Crochet

Fptr = Front Post Treble Crochet

Notes:

Ch1 and ch2 at the beginning of a row/round is never considered a stitch. 

Ch3 at the beginning of a row is considered a dc.

The model above (that’s me) has a 38” bust and is wearing a size M/L. 

Choose your size according to your bust and shoulder measurements. For a look like mine, choose the size closest to your measurements. For a cozy, oversized look, choose the next size up.

Free Crochet Shrug Pattern – Cozy Cabled

Gauge Swatch

The instructions below will create a gauge swatch that is 4 ¼” (8 ½”) wide by 4 ½” (9 ”) high. If you are making a larger size and/or you sometimes find your tension is off, I recommend making the larger swatch. But, of course, that is completely up to you. Also, the width of your swatch is much more important than the overall height. So if your width is on point, but your height is off, I recommend using the hook that gives you the correct width. 

With 5mm hook

  1. Ch 15 (29). Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. Turn.   – 14 (28) st
  2. Ch1. Hdc in 1st st and each st across. Turn.   – 14 (28) st

Repeat row 2 until you have a total of 12 (24) rows. Your swatch should measure 4 ¼” (8 ½”) W by 4 ½” (9 ”) H. 

Instructions

This shrug may look complicated, but the construction is simple. We will begin by making a large rectangle, which we will fold in half to sew the armholes. Then, we will join the yarn on the outer edge and work in the round to create the ribbing. The sleeves are finished off with a simple sc. 

Body

Begin with a yarn tail about 16” long.

With 5mm hook (or the hook used to obtain gauge)

  1. (Right Side) Ch 119 (135, 159, 183, 209). Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. Turn.   – 118 (134, 158, 182, 208) st
  2. (Wrong Side) Ch1. Hdc in 1st 45 (53, 65, 77, 90) sts. Bpdc in next 4 sts. Hdc in next 4 sts. Bpdc in next 12 sts. Hdc in next 4 sts. Bpdc in next 4 sts (see Figure 1). Hdc in each st to end. Turn.   – 118 (134, 158, 182, 208) st
Free Crochet Shrug Pattern - Cozy Cabled

Figure 1

  1. Ch1. Hdc in 1st 45 (53, 65, 77, 90) sts. *Sk 2 sts, fptr in next 2 sts (see Figure 2). Working in front of 2 sts just made (see Figure 3), fptr in the 2 sts previously skipped (see Figure 4).** Hdc in next 4 sts. [Sk 3 sts, fptr in next 3 sts (see Figure 5). Working in front of 3 sts just made, fptr in 3 sts previously skipped (see Figure 6).] Repeat from [ to ] (see Figure 7). Hdc in next 4 sts. Repeat from * to ** (see Figure 8). Hdc in each st to end.   – 118 (134, 158, 182, 208) st
Free Crochet Shrug Pattern - Cozy Cabled

Figure 2

Free Crochet Shrug Pattern - Cozy Cabled

Figure 3

Free Crochet Shrug Pattern - Cozy Cabled

Figure 4

Free Crochet Shrug Pattern - Cozy Cabled

Figure 5

Free Crochet Shrug Pattern - Cozy Cabled

Figure 6

Free Crochet Shrug Pattern - Cozy Cabled

Figure 7

Free Crochet Shrug Pattern - Cozy Cabled

Figure 8

  1. Repeat row 2 (see Figure 9). Figure 10 shows what your project will look like after you turn.   – 118 (134, 158, 182, 208) st
Free Crochet Shrug Pattern - Cozy Cabled

Figure 9

Free Crochet Shrug Pattern - Cozy Cabled

Figure 10

  1. Ch1. Hdc in 1st 45 (53, 65, 77, 90) sts. *Sk 2 sts, fptr in next 2 sts. Working in front of 2 sts just made, fptr in the 2 sts previously skipped.** Hdc in next 4 sts. Fpdc in next 3 sts (see Figure 11). Sk 3 sts, fptr in next 3 sts (see Figure 12). Working behind 3 sts just made (see Figures 13 & 14), tr in 3 sts previously skipped (See Figure 15). Fpdc in next 3 sts (See Figure 16). Hdc in next 4 sts. Repeat from * to ** (see Figure 17).  Hdc in each st to end.   – 118 (134, 158, 182, 208) st
Free Crochet Shrug Pattern - Cozy Cabled

Figure 11

Free Crochet Shrug Pattern - Cozy Cabled

Figure 12

Free Crochet Shrug Pattern - Cozy Cabled

Figure 13

Free Crochet Shrug Pattern - Cozy Cabled

Figure 14

Free Crochet Shrug Pattern - Cozy Cabled

Figure 15

Free Crochet Shrug Pattern - Cozy Cabled

Figure 16

Free Crochet Shrug Pattern - Cozy Cabled

Figure 17

Gauge Check: Your project should be approximately 34” (39”, 46”, 53”, 61”) wide. If your project is an inch or two wider than expected, it shouldn’t change the look too much. If it is narrower than expected, or more than 2” wider, I would try again with a different sized hook. 

Repeat rows 2 – 5 until your rectangle is 26” H, or until you have reached your desired length, minus about 6″. Be sure to end with a repeat of rows 2 or 4. Bind off, leaving your yarn tail about 16” long. 

Note: The height of your rectangle will change the look. For the shrug shown on the model, I worked until the rectangle was 26″ high. Once the ribbed edging was added, the finished shrug sat at about 32” below the shoulders. If you would like your shrug to be longer or shorter than the one pictured, simply add or subtract rows. Be sure to always end with a repeat of rows 2 or 4. Your project should look similar to Figure 18. 

Free Crochet Shrug Pattern - Cozy Cabled

Figure 18

Free Crochet Shrug Pattern – Cozy Cabled

Sewing The Sleeves

  • Lay your rectangle out so that the right side is facing up and the top row is farthest from you. 
  • Fold the rectangle in half, bringing the top down to the bottom. (See figure 19)
  • Decide how large you would like your sleeves to be. I wanted my arm holes to be 10” around, so I placed my stitch marker 5” down from the fold. Use a locking stitch marker to pin the two layers together. (See figure 20)
  • Place another locking stitch marker at the corner, again pinning the two layers together. (See figure 20)
  • Repeat for the other side. 
  • Use your long yarn tails to whip stitch the two layers together from the corners, up to the arm holes. You should now have something resembling figure 21. 
Free Crochet Shrug Pattern - Cozy Cabled

Figure 19

Free Crochet Shrug Pattern - Cozy Cabled

Figure 20

Free Crochet Shrug Pattern - Cozy Cabled

Figure 21

Finishing The Arm Holes

Turn your shrug right side out. Join your yarn anywhere on the edge of a sleeve with the right side facing you and sc evenly around the edge. I find that my edges come out even if I sc in the following manner: 1 sc in the end of the 1st row, 2 sc in the end of the next row. Repeat that pattern until all rows have been worked. Once you have made it all the way around the sleeve edge, ss to the 1st sc and bind off. Repeat for the other sleeve. 

Free Crochet Shrug Pattern – Cozy Cabled

Outer Edging

For the edging we will be working in the round, joining at the end of each round, and turning. Begin by joining your yarn anywhere on the outer edge with the right side facing you. 

Important Note: When working the outer edging, I increased my hook size by 1 mm (going from a 5mm to a 6mm). This is because the ribbing stitch tends to pull in a bit tighter than the hdc rows we worked in the body. If you use the same size hook as you did for the body of the shrug, your ribbing will be tighter, causing the edging to pull in and the body to poof out. Therefore, I recommend you increase your hook size for the ribbing as I have done. 

Using 6mm hook (or 1mm larger than hook used to obtain gauge)

  1. (Right Side) Ch1. Sc in 1st st and each st around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 236 (268, 316, 364, 416) st
  2. (Wrong Side) Ch3. Dc in next st and each st around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 236 (268, 316, 364, 416) st
  3. Ch2. Fpdc in 1st st. Bpdc in next st. *Fpdc in next st. Bpdc in next st.** Repeat from * to ** around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 236 (268, 316, 364, 416) st
  4. Ch2. Bpdc in 1st st. Fpdc in next st. *Bpdc in next st. Fpdc in next st.** Repeat from * to ** around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 236 (268, 316, 364, 416) st

Repeat rounds 3 and 4 until you have a total of 9 rounds (counting from round 1). 

  1. Ch1. Sc in 1st st and each st around. Ss to join to 1st st. Bind off. 

Weave in your ends, and you’re done! 

I hope you love your new crochet shrug, and I look forward to seeing all of your beautiful pictures on Ravelry!  

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