This one has been in the “I’ll get to it eventually” category for quite some time now! 🙂 I figured I better get it done, posted, and off my plate so I can get to some Fall decorating and refinishing all the hutches I’ve collected as of late.
I love half sleeve tops of any sort because I have ape arms and full sleeves always seem to run short on me. I didn’t have any half sleeve shrugs before this, so I was really excited to get it done so I can finally have one to wear!
This is, as always, a free pattern. It is a size large in misses. I’ve included some ideas on how to make the shrug smaller or larger at the end of the pattern. I’ve also added the step-by-step pictures to try to convey some of the more abstract concepts of the 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.
PLEASE NOTE these measurements will vary depending on your gauge and if you use a different yarn.
Half Sleeve No Seam Shrug Free Crochet Pattern
Crochet Hook size N/15 10mm
3 Skeins Vanna’s Choice Yarn in Dusty Purple where to buy
Red Heart Soft Yarn will also work nicely for this pattern where to buy
Both yarns suggested above are worsted weight.
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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.
Gauge: 8 double crochet = 4 inches and 6 rows of double crochet = 4 inches. Use whatever size crochet hook needed to achieve this gauge. For best results, please check your gauge before beginning this pattern.
Chain 24 stitches; join ends with slip stitch forming a loop (24 stitches total).
Round 1-5: ch 1, single crochet around round, join with slip stitch (24 stitches total).
Rounds 6-25: ch 3, double crochet around round to last stitch, increase 1 double crochet (44 stitches at the end of row 25).
Rows 1-15: chain 3, turn, double crochet 21 stitches (22 stitches total). When you start the back, you will begin working off the sleeve you just finished in rows and turning your work instead of working in rounds and not turning your work. Make sure you start the first row on the bottom of the back (armpit) and end the last row at the top of the back.
Chain 22 off the top of the back. Join chain to the bottom of the back with a slip stitch to form the round for the sleeve. Turn and work across chain for round 1.
Rounds 1-20: ch 3, double crochet around round to last stitch, decrease 1 double crochet (44 stitches total at start of row 1; 24 stitches total at the end of row 20).
Rounds 21-26: ch 1, single crochet around round (24 stitches total at the end of row 26).
Cut yarn, tie off and weave in ends.
Finish Sleeve 1:
Tie on to cuff, single crochet once around.
Cut yarn, tie off, and weave in ends.
Join yarn on bottom of back; single crochet 8 rows around. You will work from the bottom of the back up one sleeve, across the top of the back (neck), down the other sleeve, and back across to where you started.
Cut yarn, tie off and weave in ends.
Ideas to make this shrug smaller (S-M):
Follow the pattern as written, but use a smaller hook. The weave will be a little tighter if you do it this way.
Use the same hook size but start the pattern with 2-4 stitches less, then follow the pattern as it’s written as far as increasing/decreasing, but it will be 2-4 stitches less than shown all around (stitch counts at the end should be 2-4 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 (XL-XXL):
Follow the pattern as written, but use a larger hook. The weave will be a little looser if you do it this way.
Add 2-4 rows to the back, 2-4 more rounds to the front, and 2-4 more stitches to the sleeve rounds.
Here’s the step-by-step breakdown. The pictures show the pattern being worked from left to right because I am left handed. This pattern is symmetrical, so it can be worked either left to right or right to left and achieve the same results.
Once the second sleeve is finished, work the front as shown above. Tie on the yarn at the bottom of the back and work a single crochet across 1/2 the back, up one sleeve, across the top, down the other sleeve, and across the other 1/2 the back for 8 rounds.
That’s all there is to it! 🙂 Please let me know what you think or if you have any questions in the comments section below!
Don’t forget to check out my other free crochet patterns!