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Lace Shell Crochet Shrug

What is a crochet shrug? It’s kind of a cocoon sweater that you could wear year round. This lace shell shrug is perfect for beginners or advanced crocheters.

I love them on summer nights when the breeze might get a little too chilly for your summer top. You can just throw a shrug over you shoulders and keep the chill away. Not too much, not too little.

I’ve included the free pattern for all sizes along with the video tutorial. If you’d like to purchase the ad free/printable PDF version in size XS-XXXXL, it’s available on my Etsy and Ravelry shops. Enjoy! 🙂

If you’re looking for something for summer you might like these Crochet summer long vest or Happy hour crochet top,


Stitches used & code

  • ch = chain
  • st = stitch(es)
  • sk = skip
  • rep = repeat
  • sp = space
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • dc = double crochet
  • rs = right side
  • ws = wrong side
  • Lace shell = 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc into the same stitch


  • This pattern made as XS/S( M/L, XL/XXL, XXXL/XXXXL )
  • This pattern is in multiples of 6+4

Gauge unblocked: 2 lace shell st x 5 rows = 4″

Sizes and measurements (These are measured before blocking/washing. Keep in mind that your shrug will stretch out a few inches after you block/wash it)

  • XS/S = 40″ width x 28″ length ( 690 yards of yarn )
  • M/L = 44″ width x 29.6″ length ( 740 yards of yarn )
  • XL/XXL = 48″ width x 31.2″ length ( 790 yards of yarn )
  • XXXL/XXXXL = 52″ width x 32.8″ length ( 840 yard of yarn )

Lace Shell Crochet Shrug Pattern

Row 1 ( rs ): ch 124( 136, 148, 160 ), sk 3 ch ( count as 1 dc ), 2 dc into next ch st, * sk 5 ch st, 1 lace shell into next ch st * rep from *to* until you have 6 ch st left, sk 5 ch st, 3 dc into last ch st. Total of 19( 21, 23, 25 ) lace shell st

Row 2 ( ws ): Turn, ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), 2 dc into the first st, 1 lace shell into each 2 ch sp, 3 dc into last st( The last st is a third ch st ). Total of 19( 21, 23, 25 ) lace shell st

Row 3 – 35( 37, 39, 41 ) rep row 2 *The end of row 35( 37, 39, 41 ) cut the yarn leave 14 – 20 inches tail

Sew the side together

Fold your panel in half (first row to the last row) with correct side facing each other. Use the tail that we left earlier for sewing the first side. Start sewing on the wrong side at the bottom up, using method of choice. Sew 10( 10, 10, 10 ) rows on each side together and leave 15( 17, 19, 21 ) rows for the arm hole. Sew the other side exactly the same, except you need to cut and add a new piece of yarn (14-20 inches) to sew. ( check picture below )

Crochet around the body edge

Turn the work right side out and add the new yarn at the side seam. ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), 7 dc into the same st, 8 dc into next sp (the same space that we made our lace shell stitch ). Keep making 8 dc into each sp around. sl st into third ch st. Cut the yarn and weave the end. ( check picture below )

Crochet around the arm hole edge

Add new yarn where the side seam meets the arm hole. ch 1, 6 dc into next sp ( sp = the end of each row ), *1 sc into next sp, 6 dc into next sp* rep from *to* until the end, sl st into where we added the yarn. Crochet the other side exactly the same.*Make sure both sides have the same amount of stitches. ( check picture below )

Congratulations, on your new lace shell crochet shrug!

I’d love to see everyone’s work. if you want to share with me, just tag me on FB or IG. Happy crocheting!


Thursday 24th of August 2023

I loved ur pattern. Please tell me how many total chains shud i use for 3XL shrug. I tried to ask in comments of YouTube also.


Wednesday 30th of August 2023

Hi Seema, the written pattern includes all the sizes up to XXXXL. To make the 3XL, you just need to follow the last group of numbers in all the instructions, which would be 160 chains.


Monday 9th of May 2022

I did this pattern with rainbow color red heart . Beautiful


Tuesday 10th of May 2022

Sounds beautiful!


Sunday 27th of February 2022

Hi Wan…

Love how your patterns are easy to follow. I am new at crocheting and I have completed 2 projects using your patterns. Thank you so much!


Wednesday 2nd of March 2022

Hi Gloria, Welcome!I'm glad you found knitcroaddict , I designed most of the patterns for beginners so you're in the perfect spot. Thanks for the kind feedback and your support. You're welcome, happy to share with you!


Saturday 13th of November 2021

Hi Wan if l wanted to make this for my granddaughter who is 9 years old how many chains would you recommend


Tuesday 16th of November 2021

Hi Amanda, I'm not very well versed in kids sizes, so I can't guarantee anything lol. What I would do is try to make the XS/S using a smaller hook size or maybe a smaller yarn size. You'd have to play around with it. Hope that helps.


Sunday 17th of October 2021

I love your patterns. I can’t find the scheepjes sun kissed yarn to purchase. Is there a substitute? I’m in US. Thanks!


Friday 22nd of October 2021

Hi Sherry thank you do much! I always order it on Etsy, I'm in the US as well. No one carries it in store here that I can find. Of course you can substitute with any superfine #1 yarn as well. Hope that helps, good luck.