Posted by: Sylvia | 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.


  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. :)

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    • 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!


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  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. Knitters, does this help?


    • Actually this is even better! the magic circle can be done in knit; it’s also called the Circular Cast On: I have seen it done with a crochet hook and transfered to circular or DPNs, or begun on the needles.


  5. Thank you so much for sharing this. :o)


  6. 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?


  7. My question, too, how do you determine the placement of armholes?


    • What I did was fold it in half, and put the first markers there, then measure up towards the neck the ‘length’ I needed for my arm holes, and placed my second two markers. When you get to the first one, you chaining the number of stitches you are skipping, then when you get around to the second marker, you link back up and resume crocheting (or knitting). Then to the second arm hole.

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  8. 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


  9. Could you use the standard increases for hat bases, e.g., beginning magic circle 12 st, 2nd row, 12 inc for 24 st, 3rd, row inc + 1 st around, 4th row, inc
    + 2 st around, 5th row, inc + 3 st around, 6th row, inc + 4 st around, 7th row, inc + 5 st around, etc., etc.? Just asking. I’m probably an advanced beginner to intermediate and been working on a lot of hats lately.

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  10. Reblogged this on Rantings from inside my head and commented:
    My newest crochet project – probably the hardest so far, since I’ll be doing it using thread. Also it’s rainbow coloured so….. Anyway should be down by next week if I work at it constantly.


  11. I discovered that by doing a magic circle crocheting 10 single crochet and doing 2 double crochets in each stitch in round 2. then row 3 do one double crochet then 2 in the next stitch(repeat in round) in round4 and doing one single crochet in each space. Doing the increase can be done back to back as long as there is at least one round of 1 dc in each space at least every 3 rounds. It worked pretty good for me… Sorry if it doesn’t make since.


  12. “This pattern can also be knitted.”

    How? Do you have a pattern written out for this?


    • No, I don’t but knitters experienced in free-form knitting will know how to created the circle, measure the width, and place the start and stop for the arm holes.


  13. Hi, love this pattern and want to give it a go. If I was to make this in 4ply wool, how much yardage would you suggest I needed? Not sure how big a skein is. Thanks!


    • This is a free-form project that I made from my yarn stash, so a lot depends on weight of the yarn/yardage. Acrylic will probably weigh less than wool if it’s worsted. Then there is how big you are…


  14. What kind of yarn am I suppose to use for this pattern?


    • You can use a knitting worsted for a warmer shrug, or a sports weight for a spring shrug. You might even get away with fingering for a summer shrug.


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