Materials Needed:

  • Worsted weight yarn of your choice
  • Crochet hook appropriate for your yarn (size H/8 or I/9 is a common choice)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Abbreviations Used:

  • Ch: Chain
  • Sc: Single crochet
  • Dc: Double crochet
  • Sl st: Slip stitch

Pattern Steps:

  1. Back Panel: Start by chaining a length that matches the width you want for the back of the shrug. This will typically be the measurement from one wrist, across the back, to the other wrist.
  2. Foundation Row: Work a row of single crochet stitches in the second chain from the hook and in each chain across. Turn your work.
  3. Body of the Shrug: Continue working rows of single crochet until the piece is long enough to reach from the base of your neck to your desired armhole depth. This will be the length of the shrug’s back panel.
  4. Armhole Creation: Once the back panel is the desired length, fold it in half lengthwise. Slip stitch or sew the sides together, leaving an opening for each armhole. This folded piece will form the back of the shrug.
  5. Sleeves: Attach your yarn at the opening of one armhole. Chain a few stitches (this will count as your first double crochet), then work double crochet stitches around the armhole opening until you have a half-circle shape. Repeat this for the other armhole.
  6. Edging: To create a neat edge, work a round of single crochet stitches around all edges of the shrug, including the front opening, sleeve edges, and bottom edge.
  7. Finishing: Weave in all loose ends using a yarn needle. Block your shrug if desired by lightly wetting it and laying it flat to shape. Allow it to dry completely before wearing.

Remember, crochet patterns often come with variations in stitches, stitch counts, and sizing. You can customize the pattern by adjusting the stitch counts, lengths, or using different stitches for texture. Always refer to the specific pattern you’re using for accurate instructions and details.