Beginner Crochet Project – Simple Shrug
Learn to crochet while creating this simple but cute shrug:
Here is a sample of the shrug I will teach you to crochet in my beginner tutorial.
1. 2 Skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky Yarn
2. 1 Size K Crochet Hook
4. A Yarn Needle
Instructions are as follows:
Pattern: Simple Shrug
1. Chain a length of yarn that wraps loosely around the fullest part of your upper arm/shoulder. NOTE: Number of chain stitches must equal a multiple of 7 plus 1. For example, my upper arm required a chain of 35 stitches — 35 + 1 = 36 chain stitches needed to begin pattern. Be sure to periodically count your stitches to make sure you are maintaining your chosen number of stitches (e.g. I maintained 35 stitches in every row)
2. Single Crochet (SC) in 2nd chain from hook (do not count loop on hook). SC across row. Turn work.
3. Chain (CH) 4 stitches (counts as 1st Treble Crochet in the row), *CH 1 more, skip next stitch, Treble Crochet (TR) in next stitch* – repeat between *s to end of row. Turn work.
4. CH 3 (counts as 1st Double Crochet in the row), DC 2, *CH 1, skip next stitch, DC 3* – repeat between *s to end of row. Turn work.
5. CH 3 (counts as 1st DC in the row), CH 1, skip next stitch, *DC 3, CH 1, skip next stitch* – repeat between *s to last stitch in the row, DC last stitch. Turn work.
6. Chain (CH) 4 stitches (counts as 1st TR in the row), *CH 1 more, skip next stitch, Treble Crochet (TR) in next stitch* – repeat between *s to end of row. Turn work.
7. CH 1 (does NOT count as 1st SC in the row), SC across row. Turn work.
Repeat rows 3-7 until desired width is achieved (reaching from one shoulder across your back to the other shoulder), ending on row 7 (omitting the “Turn work” part).
Finish off and weave in ends with a yarn needle to hide the yarn tail.
8. Fold in half and stitch corners together to form arm holes (see photo).
Optional Tie* – CH as many stitches as desired for tie — SC in 2nd CH from hook and across row — Turn work — CH 1, SC across — Finish off and weave in any ends — Center and seam Tie to Shrug.
*For more advanced crocheters, you may create an i-chord instead.