It’s another day & another opportunity to share a FREE crochet pattern, the Crochet Rectangle Shrug.
This crochet pattern is the lightest & most summer friendly crochet shrug pattern. The crochet stitch details makes it both decorative & airy for spring & summer.
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So it’s not your typical bum hugging shrug, but rather a quite short one. An idea & shape, which I found that I fell in love with more & more as I made it. It makes so much sense when you just want to cover your shoulders & arms during summer, but not get weighed down with lots & lots of fabric.
When designing the crochet rectangle shrug, I did decide to use my favorite yarn. The yarn is from Wool & the Gang & it’s their Shiny Happy Cotton. You just have to love it!
The yarn is super soft & works really good for spring & summer crochet garments.
I wrote a full review of this yarn & you can read it here.
If you really like this yarn, you also have to see my Habena top that uses this yarn too.
Resource: Habena Top Crochet Pattern.
Resource: The Shiny Happy Cotton Yarn Review
THE PERFECT SPRING & SUMMER CROCHET PROJECT
This crochet rectangle shrug is truly the perfect spring & summer crochet project. It’s light & breezy & will fit perfectly in anyone’s summer wardrobe. My sister said, “This would be great together with any dress on a Summer wedding”, I agree!
What’s so great is that it’s such a easy constructed crochet piece & it will work well as a light garment to grab & bring with you at any time.
For this pattern I used two colors, but there’s no harm in getting creative, one color? 5 colors? Surprise me!
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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CROCHET THAT?
How long it takes to crochet something varies depending on your skill & how fast you crochet. But that isn’t a helpful answer is it?
Well, I’ve developed a yarn calculator to help you get the answer to this question.
It will help you calculate exactly how much time you’ll spend crocheting a project.
All you need to know is how much yarn you will use on the project in either meters, yards or skeins. Then crochet your test square & time it.
CROCHET RECTANGLE SHRUG – THE FREE CROCHET PATTERN
About the pattern:
The Crochet Rectangle Shrug is essentially just a crocheted rectangle. To make it into a garment, you have to assemble it to make the armholes. The shape of this crochet garment, is not your typical bum hugging crochet shrug, as it is shorter. But, it is a unique crocheted piece for your wardrobe.
I’m tempted to also call it a shawl, because it would function in the same way as a summer shawl.
Easy – Intermediate
- Crochet hook size 9 mm / US: M – 12 / UK: 0
- Hook I used: Lykke Crochet Hook
- Cotton Yarn – 4 Medium Yarn:
- Yarn I used: Shiny Happy Cotton from Wool And the Gang
- Amount needed:
- Color 1: 2 skeins / approx: 120 g / 170 m / 186 yards
- Color 2: 1 skeins / approx: 100 g / 142 m / 155 yards
- Find one here (if you don’t already have one)!
Measured in the combination of the pattern (chains & double treble crochet stitches).
0.5 stitches and 0.3 rows per cm // 5 stitches & 3 rows per 10 cm.
1.3 stitches and 0.8 rows per inch // 5 stitches & 3 rows per 4 inch.
Size & Measurements:
One – size.
Width: 129 cm / 51 inches
Height: 43 cm / 17 inches
- You can adjust size by adding/reducing the number of starting stitches to adjust width.
- You can adjust the length by adding/reducing the number of rows you crochet.
Ch = chain (s) (tutorial)
Prev = previous
St = stitch (es)
- This crochet pattern is written in US terms (more details).
- All measurements given are unblocked, final size might get bigger when blocked.
- Note that measurements are given as exact as possible. But crochet tension & technique might give variations in the result, that changes from person to person.
- Make a swatch that measure at least 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4 inches using the stitch the gauge is given for. If your swatch matches the gauge, you’re good to go. If the gauge is wrong, you might need to change your hook. Go up in crochet hook size if your stitches are smaller & go down in crochet hook size if your stitches are bigger (more details).
- At the end of each row, the stitch count is given in parenthesis. It includes starting chain(s).
- Color 1 is the white color pictured & color 2 is pink.
- The double treble crochet stitch cluster tutorial (DTCS).
- On row 1 you’ll do the double treble crochet stitches across 2 stitches instead of 1. This means:
- In the first stitch: 2x yarn over, draw up a loop, yarn over, work through 2 loops, yarn over, work through 2 loops.
- In the second stitch: 2x yarn over, draw up a loop from same stitch, yarn over, work through 2 loops, yarn over, work through 2 loops, yarn over work through 3 loops.
- Start stitch: Ch 2, tr 1, are made in 1st st & counts as 1st DTCS.
Make 138 stitches using the foundation single crochet technique.
Row 1 (color 1): 1 start stitch, DTCS 1 in all FSC stitches from prev row, turn (= 69 st).
Row 2 (color 1): 1 start stitch, *ch 2 st & sk 1 st (creating 1 ch loop), DTCS 1 in next st*, repeat from *to* until you finish the row, turn (=103 st).
Row 3 (color 1): 1 start stitch, *DTCS 1 in next ch loop, ch 2 & sk 1 st (creating 1 ch loop)*, repeat from *to* until you have 1 ch loop & 1 st left, DTCS 1 in the last ch loop, DTCS 1 in last st, turn (=102 st).
Row 4 (color 1): Repeat row 2.
Row 5 (color 1): Repeat row 3.
Row 6 (color 1): Repeat row 2.
Row 7 – 12 (color 2): Repeat row 3 & 2 for every other row.
Row 13 (color 1): 1 start stitch, DTCS in all stitches from prev row, turn (=69 st).
Row 14 (color 1): Ch 1 (counts as 1st st), sc 1 in 1st st, sc 2 in all st until you finish the row, turn (=138 st).
Fasten off & cut yarn.
Fold the rectangle double, with the long edges lining up against each other. Then fold the short sides to make holes for the arms.
Seam with the yarn used, with either slip stitches & a hook or stitching with a needle, across 5 stitches on each end of long edge.
Fasten threads & weave in ends.
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I really hope you liked the Crochet Rectangle Shrug!
However, if you really like it, make sure to share the FREE pattern & share pictures of your Crochet Rectangle Shrug that you’ve made with me.
- Tag me on Instagram: Take a picture of your project, use #joyofmotioncrochet & tag me!
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