This is a free pattern for a beautiful, comfy shrug that is relatively easy to make and has no seams! I used Lion Brand Homespun Yarn in Windsor, a great color choice for spring- reminds of the beach side! But of course can be worked up in the many other colors Homespun Yarn has to offer for any time of year.
I love making and wearing shrugs, but a lot of patterns I find for them require making the pieces separately and then sewing them together. Personally, I hate seams and I will do anything in my power to avoid them, so I came up with this seamless pattern that uses chain stitches to start the second arm and “adds on” to the front of the shrug instead of making it separately.
I made this shrug on commission a couple of months ago before I started blogging, so I don’t have step-by-step pics for this particular shrug. But since then, I have made a similar shrug that goes together the same way as this one, and I have included those step-by-step pics for that shrug at the end of this pattern. Please note if the direction I’m working in the pictures seems jacked up, it’s because I crochet left-handed. Don’t pay so much attention to the direction as to the concept of what the picture shows.
This pattern is roughly a size large, but it’s not form-fitting so it should work well for anyone in the M-XL range. I’ve added some ideas to make the shrug bigger or smaller at the end of the pattern.
If you decide to try it out and have problems working it up, just leave a comment and I will be more than happy to guide you!
No Seam Shrug Free Crochet Pattern
Yarn: 4 Skeins Lion Brand Homespun (185 yd/169 m per skein) in Windsor where to buy
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Crochet Hook size Q / 15.75mm
Large Button (optional)
Crochet Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:
ch = chain
r(s) = round(s)
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
dc = double crochet
inc = increase
dec = decrease
Please note: The notation in parentheses at the end of each line of directions is simply a count of how many stitches you should have at the end of working that particular line of directions to help you keep track of your stitch count. For example, in the direction line “Round 1: ch 2; dc 1 r (16 sts)”, the (16sts) is the stitch count.
Gauge: 8 dc = 6 inches and 4 rows of dc = 4 inches. Use whatever size crochet hook needed to achieve this gauge. For best results, please check your gauge before beginning this pattern.
Entire shrug is worked up holding 2 strands of yarn together.
Ch 17, join r with sl st (16 sts)
Round 1: ch 2; dc 1 r; join r with sl st (16 sts)
Rounds 2-15: inc 1 dc; dc r (30 sts at r 15)
Rounds 16-20: inc 2 dc; dc r (40 sts at r 20)
Row 1-10: ch 2; 19 dc, turn (20 sts)
In more detail: you chain two, work 19 dc in the next 19 spaces on the sleeve, then turn. Do this 9 more times. In other words, instead of working in the round like you were when you formed the arm, you are now turning your work to form the backside of the shrug, like you are making an afghan.
Loosely Chain 21; join r with sl st (40 sts)
In more detail: Once you have the back finished, you do this chain off one corner of the back, then attach the chain on the other corner of the back. This forms a round to start working the second sleeve off of.
Rounds 1-5: dec 2 dc; dc r (30 sts at r 5)
Rounds 6-20: dec 1 dc; dc r (16 sts at r 20)
sl st 1 r (to match cuff on sleeve 1)
Tie off and weave in ends.
Join yarn on bottom of back; dc 5 rs.
In more detail: Tie onto the bottom of the back. Work dcs up the first sleeve, across the top/neck, down the second sleeve, and back to where you started at the bottom of the back. That’s one round. Do this 4 more times.
Tie off and weave in ends.
Run 1 foot of yarn through button holes; tie onto the middle-left of the front 1 inch from seam.
Weave in ends.
Ideas to make this shrug smaller (XS-M):
Follow the pattern as written, but use a smaller hook and only one strand of yarn instead of two so the shrug isn’t super-bulky. Keep in mind that this might make the weave a little bit tighter.
Use the same hook size and 2 strands of yarn, but start the pattern with 2 stitches less, then follow the pattern as it’s written as far as increasing/decreasing, but it will be 2 stitches less than shown all around (stitch counts at the end should be 2 stitches less than shown). Also, remove the last 2-4 rows on the first sleeve and the first 2-4 rows on the second sleeve, and 2 rows across the back.
Ideas to make this shrug larger (1X-3X):
Follow the pattern as written, but use a larger hook. Yes, there are larger hooks than Q… I’ve never seen them in brick-and-mortar stores, but they do have them online. Keep in mind that it will make the weave a bit looser.
Add 2-4 rows to the back, 2-4 more rounds to the front, and 2-4 more stitches to the sleeve rounds.
Here are the step-by-step pics. Again, these pics are not from the same shrug you see above, but a shrug that I’ve made since that goes together the same way. The pictures show the pattern being worked from left to right because I am left handed. It can be worked either left to right or right to left and achieve the same results.
Starting the back off of sleeve 1: work in rows instead of rounds. In other words, once you finish the first sleeve, start the back by working back and forth and turning your work instead of working in the round and not turning your work as you did for the sleeve.
…and attach that chain to the other edge of the back to form a loop. This forms the round for sleeve 2. Sleeve 2 is worked in the opposite direction of sleeve 1, which is what makes this shrug no seam.
Once again, if you have any problems please contact me and I will be more than happy to help!
Enjoy and thanks for stopping by! 🙂
Don’t forget to check out my other free crochet patterns!