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.
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Diamond Bolero Shrug
This cropped cardigan is knit with an 8 row repeat diamond brocade pattern with ribbed edging. Sizes XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X). Designed by Joan Horton for Cascade Yarns. DKy weight yarn.
Nob Hill Shrug
This cropped cardigan may be worn open or closed, over a simple tank or lightweight sweater, and will carry you through many months of the year. To minimize seaming, this garment is worked in one piece. Sizes XS/S [M/L, 1X/2X, 3X/4X]. Designed by Ashley Adams Moncrief for Knitty. Super Bulky weight yarn.
Cable Trimmed Bolero
Shrug cardigan knit flat in stockinette. Cable trim is knit separately and sewn on. Sizes 34” (36, 38, 40, 42)”. Quick knit in bulky yarn. Designed by Susie Bonell for Cascade Yarns
Get Cabled Shrug
This cropped cardigan features cables that curve from neckline around back and up to other side. Versatile enough to go from casual to evening and always look great. Sizes S-XXL. Worsted weight. Designed by Alice Tang for Red Heart
Cropped cardigan with short sleeves and ribbed trim. Sizes to fit bust 28-30, 32-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46 inches. DK weight. Designed by Jenny Watson
Bolero with Leaf Ties
Cropped cardigan with elbow length sleeves, scoop neck, and picot edge. Sizes 32 (34 ½, 37 ½, 40, 4 2½, 45). Worsted weight. Designed by Stefanie Japel for Knitty. Pictured project by Shalena
- Get the free knitting pattern
- Also available in Fitted Knits: 25 Designs for the Fashionable Knitter
- See the Ravelry page
- Get the recommended Cascade Yarns® Indulgence yarn on Etsy
Waves and Waterfalls Lace Shrug
Beautiful shrug with two lace patterns and three-quarter length sleeves. Worsted weight yarn. Sizes Small, Medium, Large. Designed by Amanda Woeger
Xtreme Slip Stitches Shrug
This shrug is knit in garter stitch with a graphic design created with short rows and slip stitches in contrasting colors. Designed by Sybil R.
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)”
More Free Patterns
Shrug is worked in one piece from cuff to cuff. Designed by Bernat. Sizes To fit bust measurement Extra-Small/Small/Medium 28-38” [71- 96.5 cm], Large/Extra Large 40-46” [ 101.5-117cm], 2/3 X-Large/4/5 X-Large 48-62” [122-157.5 cm]
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
Cable and lace shrug is perfect for dressing up any outfit including a bridal gown. Designed by Alexandra Davidoff. Sizes XS/S, M/L, XL
Atti Sanderlund provides detail instructions with a photo tutorial for this gorgeous lace pattern.
Golden Honey Shrug
This lace bolero sparkles when the recommended yarn is used.
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.
Japanese Alternating Leaf Stems Shrug
Designed by Pamela Young.
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.
Knit in one piece with back edging sewn on.
Kamellia Lace Bolero
Beautiful lace shrug in soft combed cotton.
Patterns for Purchase
Bontle Cardigan Shrug
This bolero features cables along the front and sleeves with cables and a textured panel on the back, all fastened with a wide ribbon. 9 Sizes XS to 5XL. Designed by Noma Ndlovu.
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)
All-over lace shrug in sizes S (M, L, XL, 2XL)
Mesh Lace Knit Shrug
Perfect for summer!
Merlot Evening Shrug
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 the mohair yarn recommended by the designer
- Get the metallic yarn recommended by the designer
Hilary Smith Callis designed this shrug that is a knit top down in seed stitch and worsted weight yarn. Sizes Finished bust: 30.75 (34.5, 38.25, 42.5, 47.25, 49.75, 54.25, 58.5)” / 78 (87.5, 97, 108, 120, 126.5, 138, 148.5) cm.