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Crochet Shrug

Kia ora!

This crochet shrug has been a mission and a half. It has been many months in the making and has been through a bout of covid with me, and… I was thinking about it all the time while on holiday, wondering when I would be able to carry on with it. And, finally I managed to get the time to finish it now that we are back at home.

But the sheer difficulty of trying to finish something that was nothing like the pattern that I first started using was interesting to say the least.

You see I found a pattern that I liked but very quickly I realised that the yarn was not suitable for such a lacy project… it made up thick and tight. And I must have used a crochet hook that was far too small. So I created an amendment which consisted of alternating blocks of rows of double crochet (5 rows) followed by granny stitch (5 rows).

By this time I had completely lost the plot and did not remember how many stitches were in the foundation chain and to tell the truth I stopped counting stitches altogether! But the pattern progressed and soon I had a completed square. This square seemed too small so to retain the shape (and not keep on going to make a rectangle) I started to crochet around the outside of the square until it measured 100cm x 100cm.

The next step was to fold the square into a cocoon shrug, crochet up the sides and crochet a border all around the shrug and around the sleeves.

I think it looks okay but aren’t we our own worst critics? I guess that is the fun of creating… striving to be better next time.

Can’t wait to get onto the next project!

Shrug Pattern

  • See the first pattern here
  • See tutorial on how to fold a simple cocoon cardigan here


  • Patons Sierra
  • 8 ply
  • 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool
  • 150gm donut ball
  • Colour 1381 Rock Wall
  • This yarn is available from Ribbon Rose, see link here.
  • I used 2 donut balls balls

Crochet Hook

  • 4mm

I love to see your creations so if you make this please tag me @life.with.Janet so I don’t miss out.

Ngā mihi nui



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