Creating a lacy crochet shrug is a wonderful project for beginners looking to make a stylish and versatile garment. This pattern offers a simple yet elegant design that’s perfect for warmer seasons or layering over your favorite outfits. Here’s a description of the steps to crochet a lacy easy shrug for beginners:
- Worsted weight yarn in your desired color (approximately 500-600 yards)
- Crochet hook (size H/5mm or size needed to achieve gauge)
- Yarn needle
Gauge: Approximately 16 stitches and 8 rows = 4 inches in double crochet (dc)
Note: This shrug is worked as a rectangle that is then folded and seamed to create armholes.
Step 1: Foundation Chain Chain 120 stitches (or any multiple of 3, plus 6).
Step 2: First Row (Right Side)
- In the 4th chain from the hook, work 3 double crochet stitches (3dc cluster).
- Skip the next 2 chains, then in the next chain, work a 3dc cluster.
- Repeat step 2 across the row until you have 3 chains left.
- Skip 2 chains and work 1 double crochet in each of the last 3 chains.
- Turn your work.
Step 3: Second Row (Wrong Side)
- Chain 3 (this counts as the first double crochet), then work 2 more double crochet stitches in the same stitch (forming a 3dc cluster).
- Skip the next 2 stitches, then in the space between the 3dc clusters of the previous row, work a 3dc cluster.
- Repeat step 2 across the row until you have 1 chain left.
- In the last stitch, work 1 double crochet.
- Turn your work.
Step 4: Repeat Rows Continue repeating Step 2 (Right Side) and Step 3 (Wrong Side) until your piece measures your desired length (usually around 30-36 inches, but you can customize it).
Step 5: Edging Work a simple single crochet border around all edges of the rectangle to give it a neater finish.
Step 6: Finishing Fold your rectangle in half widthwise, aligning the short edges. Use a yarn needle to seam the sides together, leaving approximately 8-10 inches open for armholes.
Step 7: Optional Ties or Buttons To add extra style and closure, you can attach ties or buttons to the front corners of the shrug.
Step 8: Blocking Lay your finished shrug flat on a clean surface and lightly block it to even out the stitches and open up the lace pattern. Allow it to dry completely before wearing.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully crocheted a lacy easy shrug for beginners. This lovely and versatile piece can be draped over your shoulders to add a touch of elegance to your outfits. Enjoy your new creation and the confidence that comes with mastering a beautiful crochet project!