Materials Needed:

  • Chunky weight yarn (color of your choice)
  • Crochet hook suitable for your yarn (usually a size K/10.5 or L/11 hook)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle


  • CH: Chain
  • SC: Single Crochet
  • DC: Double Crochet


Step 1: Foundation Chain

  1. Start by making a foundation chain. The length of your chain will determine the width of the shrug, so measure it against your upper arms and back to ensure a comfortable fit. It’s usually around 40-50 chains.

Step 2: First Row

  1. In the 3rd chain from your hook, work a DC. This will act as your first stitch.
  2. Work a DC in each chain across the row. You should have the same number of DCs as your initial chain. Turn your work.

Step 3: Repeat Rows

  1. Chain 2 (this counts as your first DC), then work a DC in each stitch across the row. Turn your work.
  2. Repeat this row until your piece measures the desired length from your wrist to your upper arms. This will be the length of your sleeves.

Step 4: Back Panel

  1. Once you’ve reached the desired sleeve length, stop increasing and work even (no more increases).
  2. Continue working rows of DC until the back panel of the shrug reaches your desired back width. Measure it against your upper back.

Step 5: Second Sleeve

  1. Now, start creating the second sleeve by working a chain that matches the length of your first sleeve. Join the chain to the other end of your back panel using slip stitches.
  2. Work DCs across the chain, then continue working DCs across the back panel. This will create the second sleeve.

Step 6: Finish

  1. Once your second sleeve is the same length as the first, fasten off your yarn and weave in any loose ends using a yarn needle.

Step 7: Optional Edging

  1. To add a finishing touch, you can work a round of single crochet around the entire shrug, including the sleeves. This will create a neat border.

And there you have itβ€”a chunky and easy crochet shrug! This pattern is customizable, so feel free to adjust the length, width, and even experiment with different stitches or colors to make it uniquely yours. Remember to check your gauge and measurements as you go to ensure the best fit. Happy crocheting!