Shrug and Bolero Knitting Patterns
Shrugs and boleros are great for topping off evening wear, a special occasion dress, or even a bridal gown. But they are also great for casual wear too, making them a versatile way to keep warm and still be in style.
To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.
These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.
All links on this site are for informational purposes, but please note that some links are to affiliate sellers that pay me a small commission on purchases.
Free Knitting Patterns
Lustrous Cabled Shrug
Edged with knit cables this style adapts to the personality of the outfit and its wearer. Designed by Amy Polcyn. Sizes 34 (38, 42, 46, 50)”
This ballet-inspired shrug is knit all in one piece so there is no seaming. Designed by Maggie Pace to showcase multi-color yarn though you can use a solid color too. Pattern and instructional video class available for free with a free trial at Creativebug.
Patons Cable Lace Bolero
Patons shrug features cables in worked in 4 stitches and with a 4 row repeat alternate with lace pattern also in a 4 stitch repeat. XS/S, M, XL, 2/3XL, 4/5XL
Knit in one piece with back edging sewn on.
Photos of many variations are on the pattern site
Atti Sanderlund provides detail instructions with a photo tutorial for this gorgeous lace pattern.
Kamellia Lace Bolero
Beautiful lace shrug in soft combed cotton.
Japanese Alternating Leaf Stems Shrug
Designed by Pamela Young.
Openwork Knit Shrug
Imagine yarn adds an elegant ruffle to collar and sleeves.
- Get knitting pattern for free with registration at Lion Brand yarn site
- Get the recommended yarn for the shrug body
- Get the Imagine yarn for the ruffles
Golden Honey Shrug
This lace bolero sparkles when the recommended yarn is used.
- Get the free knitting pattern for registration at the Lion Brand site
- Get the recommended yarn on Etsy
Designed by Cirilia Rose for Berroco, this versatile shrug has beads worked into the pattern stitch.
Snapped Convertible Shrug and Cowl
Wear this knit bolero as is or roll it up and wear it as a cowl.
- Get the free knitting pattern for registration at the Lion Brand Yarn site.
- Get the recommended yarn on Etsy
- See more Convertible Knitting Patterns
Vintage Knit Bolero
The Dancer’s Spirit Treeli Shrug
Designed by Jacqueline Perna, the pattern is knit in one pice without seams and comes with and without hood.
Patterns for Purchase
Summer Skies Shrug
This lightweight bolero shrug is knit sideways, using dropped stitches between the cable and eyelet stitches to create extra spacing in an intricate knit fabric. Sizes: S (M, L, XL, 2XL) . Recommended yarn available on pattern page.
This lacy shrug is knit in a single piece.
Lightweight shrug with drop stitch pattern. Uses just one skein of the recommended yarn for S, M, and L sizes. To fit: S (M, L, XL/2XL, 3XL/4XL)
THIS PATTERN IS NO LONGER FREE! However, the pattern book it was featured in, Parisian Nights, is still available at some sellers. Sparkle in this shrug knit with metallic yarn.
- Get Parisian Nights Pattern Book on Amazon (Prime available)
- Get Parisian Nights Pattern Book at Deramore’s
- Get the mohair yarn recommended by the designer
- Get the metallic yarn recommended by the designer
All-over lace shrug in sizes S (M, L, XL, 2XL)
Mesh Lace Knit Shrug
Perfect for summer!
Terry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, intheloopknitting.com. Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!