This simple child’s crochet shrug pattern is a perfect choice for gifting. A delicate little part jacket and part shawl, the shrug is a great addition to your wardrobe in fall and spring when you just need a little something extra to stay warm. This child-sized shrug, soft aster, is a personal favorite and is sure to become one of yours as well!
Crochet Shrug Pattern
Crocheting for others is the best part of learning this skill. Part of that is gifting items to the kids in our lives. A shrug is a perfect idea for any little girl. While they are most often worn in springtime and fall as a lightweight option to cover the shoulders and upper back, they can be used year-round.
This pattern in particular is going to become one that you love making and will probably create in multiple colors to match your little girl’s wardrobe. If you want one for yourself, then check out the adult-sized Wild Cranberries Crochet Shrug Pattern.
What Yarn Should I Use For a Crochet Shrug?
A good cotton worsted weight yarn is preferred for this pattern. Since it is often an accessory to a dress, you may want to look for different options that include strands of silver or gold mixed into the yarn for a little extra sparkle. A few that I think would work great include, the Berraco Modern Cotton, Scheepjes Stone Wash, Berraco Brielle, or the always popular Caron Simply Soft.
How Many Skeins of Yarn do I Need for a Shrug?
Depending on the particular yarn used, this will use a little more than one skein of yarn. Of course, the amount of yarn used will depend on the size you choose to make as well as the particular yarn. When making something like this, I always plan for extra, so buying two skeins of yarn would be wise.
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How do I Crochet a Simple Shrug?
Below you will find a simple pattern for a child-sized shrug. With two size options available, it is easy to fit from toddler to age 8.
Pattern written for toddler size 2 – 4; changes for child sizes 6 – 8 in [ ].
Length before seaming: 18 in (45.7 cm) [21 in (53.3 cm)]
Width before seaming and decorative edging: 9 in (22.8 cm) [11 in (27.9 cm)]
- Approximately 380  yards worsted weight yarn total (two strands held together.) Organic cotton worsted weight is used in pictures, but any worsted weight yarn will work.
- Crochet hook: Size M/13 (9 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
- Tapestry needle
- Open ring stitch markers
GaugeOpen ring stitch markers
Six Altered Bean Stitches = 4 inches
Skill Level: Easy/Beginner
- The yarn used for these items contains natural fiber and requires special laundering. Please read yarn labels and follow directions to maintain the life of your crochet work.
- A chunky yarn effect is created by holding two strands of worsted weight yarn together.
- This pattern uses two strands of yarn held together to create thicker fabric.
Slip Stitch in Bottom Loop of Foundation Chain:
Turn your foundation chain over and crochet in the row of single “bumps” or loops created on the bottom when you made the chain.
Altered Bean Stitch:
Insert hook in stitch, yarn over and pull through, *yarn over, insert hook in same stitch, pull through, repeat from * 2 more times, yarn over, pull through 8 loops on hook, chain 1 (to lock stitch). Skip 1 stitch immediately following bean stitch. This will equal two stitches in pattern.
Directions for a Crochet Soft Aster Shrug
Holding two strands of yarn together, chain 26 , turn.
Slip stitch in bottom loop of the foundation chain (see special stitch instructions above) in the second chain from hook and continue to end of the row, turn.
*Chain 2, altered bean stitch (see special stitch instructions above) across row, until the last stitch in the row, 12  bean stitches total, half double crochet (hdc) in the last stitch, turn.
Rows 3 and 4:
Chain 1, slip stitch in each stitch, turn.
Rows 5 – 49 :
Repeat rows 2 through 4 for a total of 49  rows.
With right sides facing, whip stitch top and bottom edges together 2 in (5.08 cm) [2.5 in (6.3 cm)] on both sides to create seams. (Arm seam measurements may be used as guidelines. Adjust seam length to fit if necessary.)
Beginning at one sleeve seam on the interior of shrug, slip stitch (place stitch marker after first slip stitch) around the entire opening of shrug, do not slip stitch to join.
Single crochet (sc) (place stitch marker after first sc) around the entire opening, do not slip stitch to join.
Bean stitch around entire opening, slip stitch to join, 36  bean stitches.
Work in ends.
Block piece to shape.