Posted by: The Editor | June 11, 2010

Circle Crochet Shrug

Circular Crocheted Shrug

You will require 2 or 3 skeins of sock wool for a light summer shrug, depending on your size and the coverage you want for your shrug; or the equivalent yardage in worsted or chunky for a winter shrug. I recommend making the summer shrug first so you can track your yardage as you go.

Measure the fullest point of the bust, add 2”, and divide in half (this give you X”).

With a 4.5 mm hook, chain 10 and join to make a ring.

Row 1: Chain 3, dc into base of ch, *dc in next ch, 2 dc into next ch*, repeat to end, and join.

Row 2: Chain 3, dc into base of ch, *dc in next 2 ch, 2 dc into next ch*, repeat to end, and join.

Row 3: Chain 3, dc into base of ch, *dc in next 3 ch, 2 dc into next ch*, repeat to end, and join.

Row 4: Chain 3, dc into base of ch, *dc in next 4 ch, 2 dc into next ch*, repeat to end, and join.

Row 5: Chain 3, dc into base of ch, *dc in next 5 ch, 2 dc into next ch*, repeat to end, and join.

Continue until diameter = X”

Measure your arm circumference at the shoulder, add 2”, and divide in half (Y”). Place markers at the beginning and end of Y” on each side (see photo).

Continue crocheting following your pattern (this will be very clear now, where the 2 dcs in one ch should be – they appear as little ‘v’ shapes), but chain between the markers, then resume pattern until you arrive at the next arm hole; chain between the markers, and again resume pattern until you complete the row.

On the next row, crochet the full row, resuming the pattern.

Continue pattern for10 rows, then try it on. Resume crocheting until you have the width of collar you desire. Some like a regular ‘shawl’ collar, but some like to have a very full shrug which can be buttoned or tied in the front at the bust.

This pattern can also be knitted.

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  1. Help, I am a newbie to crocheting and am ready to do the arm holes but, so far it is not laying flat. Have I done something wrong??!! PLEASE HELP, I love this pattern!

    • Crocheting in rounds is tricky…if it won’t lay flat and is bulky, you are adding too many stitches, but if it is tight, you are not crocheting enough. If you do exact additions, you will wind up with something that looks like a monster ruffled doily!

      • Are the directions “exact additions”?? I’m having trouble with it buckling as well. It’s almost looking like a floppy bucket-hat! :)

      • I made one of those, from a vintage 1914 pattern. It was actually pretty, but too floppy.

        I don’t know if they are exact additions. I wish there was some rule of thumb when crocheting circles and ovals, because the longer the stitch (like a treble), the quicker it will buckle.

      • So I ended up figuring it out, it had to do with the center (I did a “magic circle” – youtube it, it’s surprisingly easy) and then, like magic, it worked! I’m past the arm holes and on to the ruffle! The first 5 rows or so went by SO fast I was all excited…it’s taking longer and longer and longer to do now that I’m up into the 17th row. :)

    • Ovals and rounds may not lay flat, but that should not wreck this sweater, it will just be a design feature. Crocheting rounds and ovals will sometimes do this, and I think more accomplished people just know when to skip a stitch to keep it lying flat. I have given up on an oval rug I’ve been wanting to replace for years, and just keep hoping I will come across some standard rule of thumb for making round things lie flat!

  2. I needed to thank you for this good read!! I definitely loved
    every bit of it. I have got you book marked to look at new things
    you post…

  3. Dear Blogger,
    You mentioned that this could be knitted. Do you have or know of a knitted version of this pattern? Thanks!

    • Not really, but you might be able to find a pattern for a tam that tells you how to increase a circle so that it lies flat. I have yet to come across a formula for that!

  4. I am a little lost! My circle is 12″ and now I have to do the armholes. The measurement is 10″ but how do I place my y markers?

  5. Hello, my daughter bought one of these shrugs now I want to make one. I have been searching and found an interesting website if anyone is interested, they have these in knit and crochet

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