I am absolutely in love with this gorgeous crochet shrug pattern! I named it wild cranberries because of the bright red color of the yarn, but whatever you call it, I know you will love this pattern. A shrug is an excellent choice for a first time clothing crochet pattern to create. Below you’ll find a simple to follow pattern that will make this delightful shrug.
Wild Cranberries Crochet Shrug
This is one of those patterns that will make you fill like a super star when you complete it. A light and delicate yarn really makes this feel soft and comfortable no matter what you wear it with. I like the idea of adding this shrug over a light summer dress, or over a blouse in fall when the weather just begins to cool off.
What’s the Difference Between a Shrug and Cardigan
A cardigan is a sweater or jacket that buttons or zips up the front and covers the entire torso and has full long sleeves. Shrugs are a shorter sweater that covers just the upper chest and arms, most often with short or capped sleeves. Typically shrugs have open arms and are less structured and more of a loose fitting piece of clothing meant to just cover the upper back and partially cover the chest.
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Free Crochet Shrug Pattern
Below you’ll find everything needed to recreate this gorgeous shrug. While I used a specific yarn, you may want to use something different following this same overall pattern.
Instructions below are for a loose fitting size small/medium. Changes for creating a large/extra large are given in .
Panel before assembly: 61 in (155 cm) x 14 in (36 cm) [73 in (185 cm) x 16 in (41 cm)]
- 1475 yards sport weight yarn. I used Timi Quipa Baby Alpaca
- Crochet hook: Size L/9 (5.5 mm)
- Open ring stitch markers
- Tapestry needle
In half double crochet woven stitch, 14 stitches and 14 rows = 4 inches (10 cm)
Skill Level: Beginner/Easy
- 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.
- Pattern is worked in a flat panel and then assembled with seams to create shrug.
Half Double Crochet Woven Stitch: Working from front of piece, yarn over, insert hook in row below (between stitches of previous row) and pull up a loop from back, yarn over (3 loops on hook) and pull through all loops on hook. One altered half double crochet woven stitch completed.
Altered Drooping Picot Stitch: Chain 4, drop loop on hook, hook into first stitch of chain 4, pick up last chain with the hook and pull through stitch, slip stitch into next stitch. One stitch complete.
Chain 48 
Half double crochet in second chain from hook and each chain in row, turn.
Row 2-220 [2-262]
*Chain 2, half double crochet woven stitch (see Special Stitch instructions above) in each stitch of row, repeat from * for directed number of rows or until piece measures 61 in (155 cm) [73 in (185 cm)]. Place stitch marker at row 110  and continue with remaining rows.
Working on long side of panel, 2 single crochet (sc) in space at beginning of first row, sc in each stitch along side to end of row, 2 sc in last space. Fasten off. Repeat for other long side.
Fold piece in half to bring short ends together with right side facing in (do not twist piece), whip stitch short edges together to create a seam, to form a circle.
Back seam to create arm holes:
With wrong side facing, match center seam to row 110 , place stitch markers 20  stitches on both sides of center seam and stitch 110  marker on opposite side, whip stitch between stitch markers (40  stitches total).
Alternative direction notes for back seam to create arm holes:
With wrong side facing, match center seam to row 110 , from the center, whip stitch 20  stitches right, bind off. Starting at center again stitch 20  stitches to the left, bind off.
With right side facing out, edge arm holes and front opening of shrug with altered drooping picot stitch (see Special Stitch instructions above.)
Weave in ends.
Block piece to shape.