Quick & easy shrug with ribbed cuffs

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Anyone with advanced beginner crochet skills can whip up this quick and easy cuffed shrug in any size you like.

A shrug is a very simple cardigan that covers just the arms, shoulders and back. It’s perfect for slipping on over a sleeveless top or dress when you need just a little extra warmth. Besides being useful in the winter, a pretty shrug can help you transition your summer wardrobe into the fall, and is even handy to have around in the summer in case of cool evenings or too much air conditioning.

The traditional way to make a shrug is to crochet a rectangle, fold it lengthwise, and sew up the sleeves, leaving an opening in the middle. My pattern adds features that take it up a notch, including ribbed cuffs.

You can use any pattern stitch you like for the arms and body – as long as it’s half double crochet, or the same height. (I’ll explain why below.) You can make the sleeves long or three-quarters. And I’ll walk you through how to take measurements so you can make a shrug in any size you like.  This is a fully-customizable pattern!

Here is a brief video showing the pattern basics:

You are free to gift, donate or sell for profit any items you make from this pattern. I ask only that if you sell items made from any of my patterns, as a courtesy you reference spoonsandhooks.com as the pattern’s source.

Free crochet pattern: Quick & easy shrug with ribbed cuffs



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10 responses to “Quick & easy shrug with ribbed cuffs”

  1. JJ Avatar

    I’ve been waiting for a pattern like yours! Thank you…I’m on it this afternoon. 😄


    1. Nina Avatar

      I’m so happy you like it. Would love to see photos when it’s done!


  2. Helen Noels Avatar
    Helen Noels

    Can you be more specific regarding the pattern stitch that you used please? Thanks, Helen


    1. Nina Avatar

      Helen, as I said in the pattern, “You can use any pattern stitch you like for the arms and body – as long as it’s half double crochet, or the same height.” For the shrug shown in the pictures I just used half double crochet – the color variations in the yarn added enough interest on their own. Hope this helps.


      1. Helen Avatar

        So what did you mean by “alternating hdc and ch-1 spaces”?


      2. Nina Avatar

        Helen – Like I said, you can use any pattern stitch you like as long as it used hdc, or is the same height as hdc. In the shrug shown, I alternated hdc with ch-1 spaces, but that doesn’t mean you have to do that. You could also do a V-stitch using hdc. FPdc and BPdc are also about the same height as hdc, although they will make a denser fabric. Hope this helps.


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  4. Sofia Avatar

    Hi Helen I like your shrug what I still learning crochet please if you make a video for a this pattern from starting how to make a cuffs and how to increase the stiches I try so many times what i can’t make it starting to until increasing the stiches


  5. Lilly Christenbury Avatar

    I love your pattern and the clear instructions. Being a tall woman (5’10”) I would like to make a longer shrug. Can you tell me how to figure this? I will really appreciate hearing from you. Many thanks😊


    1. Nina Avatar

      Lilly – This pattern is meant to cover just the shoulders and arms — the definition of a shrug — so height is irrelevant. If you want a longer sweater, check out my Granny Square Cocoon Cardigan at https://spoonsandhooks.com/2017/07/22/granny-cardi/.


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