Little shrugs are one of my favorite things and quite an interesting invention. There are so many cute dresses and shirts without sleeves. Shrugs are a great addition so these can be worn on cooler days or when sleeves are more appropriate for an occasion.
My cute little niece needed a little jacket for her beautiful baptism dress so I offered to make her a shrug. It worked perfectly and was so easy to make.
I think this would be a cute and simple way to add a burst of color to outfits too. I made a colorful version out of Red Heart Super Saver Stripes yarn (Candy Stripe) for a friend’s daughter. Isn’t she adorable?
- Skill Level: Basic crochet skills are needed and must be able to read a crochet pattern.
- Completion Time (how long it takes the designer to make one): 2 hours
Materials and Details
- 200-260 yards worsted weight yarn for child size. Sample: Red Heart Super Saver Stripes in Candy Stripe
- Crochet Hook: H
- Yarn needle for seaming and weaving in ends.
I have written out the instructions for child size 2-5 years.
Since these are so simple to whip up, I’ve also added the recipe for creating any size. It’s super easy to do.
1. Measure from elbow to elbow, with arms out straight to the sides. Add 2″ to this measurement and write down this number.
2. Measure around upper arm. Write down this measurement.
3. The beginning chain needs to be divisible by 6 plus 4. With an H hook and worsted weight yarn, create a chain the length of the number from step 1. Adjust number of stitches so it is divisible by 6 and then add 4.
4. Sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across.
5. Ch 2, turn, dc in same st, dc, ch 3, sk 5, *4dc in next st, ch 3, sk 5*, repeat until 2 sts remain, dc in next st, 2dc in last st. The number of clusters will remain the same from this point on.
6. Repeat step 5 until piece is desired length. It needs to be at least the number from step 2 (upper arm) plus 2″.
7. Ch 1, turn, dc 2, *2dc around ch, dc 4 (in each dc of the cluster)*, repeat until last ch space. 2dc around ch, dc in last 2 sts. Finish off, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing a seam.
8. Fold piece in half, matching up the long edges. With a yarn needle and yarn tail, sew the two layers together for at least 4″ from outer edge. Finish off and weave in end. Attach yarn to opposite end and repeat.
9. Turn shrug right side out.
Child Small (2-5 years)
This fit a 4 year old girl to her elbows. Her measurements: from elbow to elbow with arms out straight to side is 18″.
Finished Piece Measurement: 20″ long x 8.5″ wide (at middle); 11″ opening (chest); 4.75″ opening (arm)
1. With an H hook and worsted weight yarn, ch 82, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (81sts)
2. Ch 2, turn, dc in same st, dc, ch 3, sk 5, *4dc in next st, ch 3, sk 5*, repeat until 2 sts remain, dc in next st, 2dc in last st. (12 clusters)
3. Ch 2, turn, dc 2, *ch 3, 4dc in middle of cluster (between the 2nd and 3rd dc)*, repeat until 2 sts remain, ch 3, dc, 2dc in last st.
4. Repeat until there are 15 cluster rows.
5. Ch 1, turn, dc 2, *2dc around ch, dc 4 (in each dc of the cluster)*, repeat until last ch space. 2dc around ch, dc in last 2 sts.
6. Fold piece in half, matching up the long edges. With a yarn needle and yarn tail, sew the two layers together for 4-4.5″ from outer edge. Finish off and weave in end. Attach yarn to opposite end and repeat.
7. Turn shrug right side out.
Sleeve Ruffle (optional- shown in white sample)
1. Attach yarn to edge of sleeve opening. Ch 1, sc evenly around opening, sl st to join.
2. Ch 5, *(dc, ch 2, dc) in next st*, repeat to end of round, sl st in ch 5 space to join.
3. *Ch 3, sl st in next ch 2 space*, repeat to end of round. Finish off and weave in ends.
Repeat for other arm opening.
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Thanks for crocheting with me!