Easy Shrug Knitting Patterns
These shrugs are knit in one or two pieces. Many of them are one knit as one rectangle and then seamed to create the armholes. No shaping, little seaming. These are great projects for beginners or any knitter looking for quick knitting gratification.
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Free Knitting Patterns
This easy shrug is knit in one piece and seamed. Designed by Erika Knight. Sizes 34-36, 38-40, 42-44. Pictured project by honeybeeknits. Excerpted from Glamour Knits
Super Chunky Slouchy Shrug
This easy shrug is a rectangle knit in super bulky yarn.
This easy shrug from Willow Yarn features a chevron stitch that is knit on a flat rectangle with ribbed edging and then folded and seamed to create the sweater front and sleeves.
This easy shrug is a quick knit in super bulky yarn. The back is knit in one piece in garter stitch and then stitches are picked up for the border.
Cable Cross Shrug
Knit in one piece that is seamed at the ends and across the back to form arm holes. Designed by Willow Yarns. Sizes: Small (Medium, Large)
Ribbed Lace Bolero
Easy shrug by Kelly Maher is a rectangle that is knit and then seamed to form the shrug shape.
Marni’s Simple Knit Shrug
Marni’s one piece shrug is knit in stockinette with double strands of aran weight yarn and seamed. Pattern includes video and photo instructions.
Easy shrug by DROPS Design features a diamond lace pattern. Worked flat in one piece. Size: S/M – L – XL /XXL – XXXL
Another folded rectangle shrug but this one from Lion Brand folds up with longer sleeves and more relaxed fit. Knit with ribbing at top and bottom and stockinette for the body. About 38 x 44 in. (96.5 x 112 cm), before folding and seaming
Shrug by Lion Brand is a quick project knitting 3 strands of bulky yarn together on giant size 50 needles. One size, about 27½ in. [70 cm] across. Shrug is very stretchy and will fit most sizes.
Shawl Collar Chevron Shrug
Amanda Berka’s design is another knit rectangle folded and sewn to form a shrug. Her design features a ribbed shawl collar and a chevron pattern in the back.
Something Lacy Shrug
The designer of this lovely shrug, Vera Sanon, says this is a great project for a first-time lace knitter. The candle flame lace is worked in a rectangle and seamed. The ribbing is added by picking up stitches and knitting. S, M, L, Xl, XXL
Melanie Leeb’s easy shrug / bolero features chevron lace and is knit in one piece and seamed. Available in English and German. Great for multi-color yarn!
Anthropologie Inspired Capelet
Julia Allen’s interpretation of Anthropologie’s “First Frost Capelet” from the Winter ’05 catalog is a quick knit with big needles and chunky yarn.
Hilary Carr designed this draped shrug for Be Sweet yarns. Seamless and reversible. XS/S, M/L
50s Ribbed Shrug
Super easy vintage pattern with only 5 steps and no gauge needed. (Don’t be confused by the cape directions at the bottom.)
Jackie O Shrug
The designer Purl Heroine says that this is easy enough to be a first sweater project because it’s a simple top down cardigan knit seamlessly with a textured slip stitch pattern.
This is another variation on the folded shrug from Lana Grossa. I like this one for the helpful diagram that shows how it should be worn. It is knit in stockinette with double strand lace yarn but you could substitute one strand of fingering weight yarn.
Folded Rectangle Shrug
Easiest shrug ever by Echtstudio! Although the original post is not in English, the photo tutorial is clear and you can, of course, translate the page through Google. The basic instructions are
- Knit an elongated rectangle. Use any stitch pattern you want.
- To determine the length of the shrug you measure from your neck to where you want the end of the shrug. Their example is 70 x 85cm.
- Fold the piece in half and sew the sides with a darning needle leaving at least one-third open for armholes. That’s it! There are also instructions for adding longer sleeves
Schachenmayr’s long sleeved shrug is knit in one piece with garter and stockinette stitch, then seamed and embellished with fringe. Great with multi-color yarn!
Patterns for Purchase
Hilary Smith Callis designed this shrug that is a knit quickly top down in seed stitch and super bulky yarn for Knitscene Winter 2012. 33 (36½, 40½, 44, 48, 52)” bust circumference. One warning — the photo on the pattern page is not really flattering. The photo above is the designer’s photo of her own pattern.
This super simple pattern for a shrug/cardigan with draped front by Karen Clements can easily be finished in a weekend in super bulky yarn.
Knit side to side in fisherman’s rib. Sizes Small (Medium, Large, XL, 2X, 3X)
Azure Thing Shrug/Cardigan
This easy lace shrug comes in two lengths – shrug and cardigan. XS (S, M/L, XL, 2XL/3XL)
Peterborough Shrug / Shawl
A shrug that converts to a shawl! I love this idea. Just button up the sleeves to wear as a shrug or unbutton to wrap around your shoulders. This easy shrug is knit in only two pieces. And no buttonholes — just button between the stitches.
Easy Weekender Shrug
This long-sleeved chunky shrug knits up in one weekend, according to the designer. Pattern sizes: small, medium, L and XL. Plus size pattern also available.
Arm Knit Bolero
Designed by Laura Strutt for Arm & Finger Knitting 35 No Needles Knits For The Home & To Wear.
Lace Cropped Shrug
Cropped sweater shrug with lace pattern.