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Crochet Shrug Pattern : Countess of Diamonds

Featuring a stunning granny square motif on the back, my versatile crochet shrug pattern is an easy project with no shaping, increasing or decreasing.  Get the free pattern below or purchase the ad-free printable PDF from my Etsy or Ravelry store.

a crocheted shrug is laid out to show the granny square back and granny stitch rows

The construction of this granny square shrug is similar to my chunky cocoon cardigan pattern.  I love the drape and fit of the chunky cardigan and wanted to design a new shrug that could be worn throughout the year.  I used the same technique I used on my Queen of Diamonds poncho and Princess of Diamonds lap blanket… which is why I’ve named this crochet pattern ‘Countess of Diamonds!’

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I love how the technique worked out for this shrug with the position of the granny square at the back and the rows on the front.  It gives the garment a boho vibe, perfect for adding flair to your everyday outfit or even as festival wear. 

Montage of 5 photos showing the front, back, side worn by a woman, a photo showing the front view styled on a mannequin and the crochet shrug laid out flat

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How the pattern is worked

The cocoon cardigan begins with working a granny square and then the corners are worked to create the diamond shape.  

To construct a rectangle from the square and to fit the different sizes, rows of granny stitch are added to extend the width on each side.

Once assembled, the ribbing around the edging and cuffs is crocheted and you’re done!

Crochet cocoon shrug before folding and seaming

The magic happens in the assembly 🙂 Assembly is easy! With the right side of the shrug facing inwards, the fabric is folded in half.  Measurements are made on each side from the top (where the fold is) and stitch markers are placed to show where to start sewing the seam.  The seam is sewn from the stitch marker to where the folded fabric is open at the bottom (see image below).

How to assemble the crocheted fabric to make the shrug.  Top image shows the fabric folded over.  Bottom image shows where the armhole is

The crocheted fabric is turned so the right side is facing outwards before working the ribbing.  To work the ribbed edging, yarn is rejoined at the bottom front edge and continues to work around the back of the neck, returning to the bottom front edge on the opposite side (see image below).

The top image shows what the cocoon cardigan looks like when it's turned right side out.  The bottom image shows where the ribbed cuffs will be crocheted and where the edging will be crocheted

The ribbing is worked by crocheting a number of chains, working back loop only stitches, slip stitching along the edge of the cardigan before working the next row.  This repeats around until you reach the opposite side.

Finally, the sleeve cuffs are worked in the same stitches and the same technique as the ribbed edging.  The cuffs are seamed together by slip stitching the beginning and end of the rows.

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Montage of 3 images showing a shrug laid out flat, a woman wearing the shrug with a front view and a back view.  Text reads 'quick shrug free crochet patterns sizes S to 5X UK and US Crochet Terms'

Yarn Choice

Lately I’ve been enjoying working with yarns that are a mix of fibres (15% wool and 85% acrylic gave this cardigan a lovely drape – even though it’s only 15% wool you can really notice the different texture).

When I saw Wool Warehouse had a deal on their Yarnsmiths Daydream Aran, even though I didn’t have a project in mind at the time, I couldn’t resist buying some to try it out.  It worked up so well for this shrug!  I will definitely use it again.

Blending 20% cotton and 80% acrylic gives the Daydream Aran some breathability and gives it a squishiness I love.  Garments using 100% cotton can be quite heavy, but blended with acrylic this yarn worked up lightweight, perfect for a cardigan.

I used shade IC005 Ariadne in this free pattern.  There are a total of 10 shades available in this variegated yarn with colours suitable for all different times of the year.

Here’s more information about the yarn and the care instructions:

Yarn WeightAran
Ball Weight100g
Length225 metres  /  242 yards
Needle Size5mm
Blend80% Acrylic
20% Cotton
Care Instructions
Washing 30 degrees
Do Not Bleach
Iron – Low / 110
PCE Dry Clean – Gentle
Tumble Dry – Low / 60
Two photos showing the granny square motif on the back of a cardigan.  One is styled on a woman and one on a mannequin

Shrug Pattern Notes

  • Instructions are written for sizes S – 5X in UK and US Crochet Terms.
  • Sizing is shown as thus: S, (M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X).
  • Chain 3 counts as a UK treble/ US double.
  • Chain 4 counts as a UK treble chain 1 / US double chain 1.
  • Granny square is worked in rounds.
  • Rounds are joined with a slip stitch to the top of the turning chain then slip stitching to the corner space.
  • Corners are worked in decreasing rows.
  • Extension for individual size widths is worked in rows.
  • Choose which sides you want to extend with the granny stitch rows – the rows will be the front of your shrug.
  • If you substitute the yarn you might find the side extension ruffles after row 1. Simply reduce the number of stitches worked into the chain 4 spaces.
  • You might find it helpful to place a stitch marker in the stitch at the bottom of the shrug where the yarn is rejoined to begin working the edging.
  • Weave in ends as you go.
  • If you substitute the yarn, use the yardage and not the grams as not all weights hold the same lengths.  If it is a different fibre/fibre blend, you may need more or less than stated in this pattern.

Level

Easy

A woman is standing sideways wearing a granny square coccon cardi and the same cardi is styled on a mannequin

Supplies and Materials

  • 5mm / H/8 Crochet Hook
  • Yarnsmiths Daydream Aran 1029, (1105, 1179, 1254, 1329, 1403, 1478, 1571) yds
  • Stitch Markers
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle

Stitches and Abbreviations

UK Crochet TermsUS Crochet Terms
Double Crochet (dc)Single Crochet (sc)
Treble Crochet (tr)Double Crochet (dc)
Double Treble Crochet (dtr)Treble Crochet (tr)
  • Back Loop Only (blo): working in the back loop of the stitch
  • Chain (ch)
  • Slip Stitch (sl st)
  • Space/s (sp/s)
  • Repeat (rep)
  • Skip (sk)
  • Yarn Round Hook (yrh)
  • Right Side (RS)
  • Wrong Side (WS)
  • Left Hand (lh)
  • Right Hand (rh)
  • Opposite (opp)
The same granny square shrug is worn by a woman and styled on a mannequin showing the front

Crochet Shrug Gauge

7 rounds = 10 cm X 10cm

Measurements

Measurements for this crochet shrug follow the Craft Yarn Council guidelines.

SizeTo Fit Chest (inches)Width of rectangle (inches)Width including Ribbed Edging (inches)Amount of Yarn (yards)
S32 – 3438461029
M36 – 3842501105
L40 – 4246541179
XL44 – 4650581254
2X48 – 5054621329
3X52 – 5458661403
4X56 – 5862701478
5X60 – 6267751571
Length of this cardigan for all sizes is 28 inches.

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Process photos for crocheting a shrug.  Image 1 shows a diagram with the fold of the crocheted fabric at the top and seams from midway to the bottom.  Diagram 2 shows once the shrug is seamed, where to crochet the cuffs and edging.  Photo 3 shows the finished crochet shrug laid flat.  Text reads 'Easy Crochet Shrug Tutorial'

Crochet Shrug Pattern Instructions UK Crochet Terms

Ch4, join with a sl st to 1st ch to form a ring

Round 1: ch3, 2tr, ch2, * 3tr, ch2, * rep 2 more times, sl st to top of ch3, sl st to corner sp, ch3

Round 2: [2tr, ch2, 3tr] in corner sp, *ch1, [3tr, ch2, 3tr] in corner sp, * rep around, ch1, sl st to top of ch3, sl st to corner sp, ch3

Round 3: [2tr, ch2, 3tr] in corner sp, *ch1, 3tr in ch1-sp, ch1, [3tr, ch2, 3tr] in corner sp, * rep to last corner sp, ch1, 3tr in ch1-sp, ch1, sl st to top of ch3, sl st to corner sp, ch3

Round 4: [2tr, ch2, 3tr] in corner sp, *ch1, 3tr in ch1-sp, ch1, 3tr in ch1-sp, ch1, [3tr, ch3, 3tr] in corner sp, * rep to last corner sp, ch1, 3tr in ch1-sp, sl st to top of ch3, sl st to corner sp, ch3

Round 5: rep round 4 working [3tr, ch2, 3tr] in corner sps, ch1 before and after corner sps, 3tr in ea ch1-sp, ch1 before and after each 3tr

Round 6 – 16: rep round 4

Round 17: rep round 4, ch4, turn

Do not fasten off

Decreasing Rows (to transform the square into a diamond)

Working on the WS, work the first side of the square

Row 1: sk 3 tr of corner sp, [3tr, ch1] in ea ch1-sp to final ch1-sp, 3tr in final ch1-sp, dtr in ch2-sp of corner, ch4, turn

Row 2: sk 3 tr, [3tr, ch1] in ea ch1-sp to final ch1-sp, 3tr in final ch1-sp, dtr in final st, ch4, turn

Rows 3 – 15 : rep row 2

Row 16: yrh, insert hook in ch1-sp, yrh, pull up a loop, yrh, pull through 2 loops, yrh twice, insert hook in final dtr, yrh, pull up a loop, yrh, pull through 2 loops twice, yrh, pull through all loops on hook

Fasten off

Rep for the remaining 3 sides, rejoining yarn with WS facing in any ch2-sp

Extending sides with granny stitch working in rows

Choose which two opposite sides you want to extend

Row 1: ch3, tr in 1st sp, tr across to last sp (3tr in ea ch4-sp and 2 tr between corner sps between previous round), 2 tr in last sp, tr in top of ch, ch4, turn

Row 2: *sk 2 sts, 3tr in next st, ch1, * rep to last 4 sts, ch1, sk 3 sts, tr in last st, ch3, turn

Row 3: 2tr in 1st ch1-sp, *ch1, sk 3 sts, 3tr in ch1-sp, *rep to last ch-sp, 2tr in last ch-sp, tr in top of ch, ch4, turn

Rep rows 2 and 3 for a total of 11, (16, 19, 22, 26, 29, 33, 37)

Adjusting width:  If you would like a wider shrug, add extra rows here (or you could go up a size).

Rep on opposite side

Fasten off

Assembly

Fold rectangle in half with RS facing in so that the first round and the final round of the rectangle are touching

With the fold at the top, measure 13, (13, 13, 13, 15, 15, 17, 17) cm on each side and place a st marker.  Sew the seam from the st marker down to where the first and last round meet (see image in ‘How the pattern is worked’)

Ribbed Edging and Collar

Turn your shrug right side out and lay it flat as shown in the image in the section ‘how the pattern is worked.’

Rejoin yarn on the edge of the right side at the bottom of the cocoon as shown in the image in the section ‘how the pattern is worked.’

Set up row : ch1, 3 dc in ea ch4-sp, dc in ea ch2-sp, dc in ea st across.  Fasten off.

Rejoin yarn at start of set up row

Ch15

Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc blo to the last ch, dc in last ch, sl st in the next 2 sts on the edge, turn

Row 2: dc in 1st st, dc blo to last st, dc in last st, ch1, turn

Row 3: dc in 1st st, dc blo to last st, dc in last st, sl st in the next 2 sts on the edge, turn

Rep rows 2 and 3 up the rh side, along the collar and back down the lh side

Fasten off

Sew in ends

Ribbed Sleeve Cuffs

With RS facing outwards, rejoin yarn at underarm of sleeve.

Ch 23

Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc blo to the last ch, dc in last ch, sl st in the next 3 sts on the edge, turn

Row 2: dc in 1st st, dc blo to last st, dc in last st, ch1, turn

Row 3: dc in 1st st, dc blo to last st, dc in last st, sl st in the next 3 sts on the edge, turn

Rep rows 2 and 3 until you reach the last st

To create the seam, sl st through both loops of the beginning and end

Fasten off

Weave in ends

A shrug is styled on a mannequin showing the front, side and back view

Crochet Shrug Pattern Instructions US Crochet Terms

Ch4, join with a sl st to 1st ch to form a ring

Round 1: ch3, 2dc, ch2, * 3dc, ch2, * rep 2 more times, sl st to top of ch3, sl st to corner sp, ch3

Round 2: [2dc, ch2, 3dc] in corner sp, *ch1, [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in corner sp, * rep around, ch1, sl st to top of ch3, sl st to corner sp, ch3

Round 3: [2dc, ch2, 3dc] in corner sp, *ch1, 3dc in ch1-sp, ch1, [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in corner sp, * rep to last corner sp, ch1, 3dc in ch1-sp, ch1, sl st to top of ch3, sl st to corner sp, ch3

Round 4: [2dc, ch2, 3dc] in corner sp, *ch1, 3dc in ch1-sp, ch1, 3dc in ch1-sp, ch1, [3dc, ch3, 3dc] in corner sp, * rep to last corner sp, ch1, 3dc in ch1-sp, sl st to top of ch3, sl st to corner sp, ch3

Round 5: rep round 4 working [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in corner sps, ch1 before and after corner sps, 3dc in ea ch1-sp, ch1 before and after each 3dc

Round 6 – 16: rep round 4

Round 17: rep round 4, ch4, turn

Do not fasten off

Decreasing Rows (to transform the square into a diamond)

Working on the WS, work the first side of the square

Row 1: sk 3 tr of corner sp, [3dc, ch1] in ea ch1-sp to final ch1-sp, 3dc in final ch1-sp, tr in ch2-sp of corner, ch4, turn

Row 2: sk 3 dc, [3dc, ch1] in ea ch1-sp to final ch1-sp, 3dc in final ch1-sp, tr in final st, ch4, turn

Rows 3 – 15 : rep row 2

Row 16: yrh, insert hook in ch1-sp, yrh, pull up a loop, yrh, pull through 2 loops, yrh twice, insert hook in final dtr, yrh, pull up a loop, yrh, pull through 2 loops twice, yrh, pull through all loops on hook

Fasten off

Rep for the remaining 3 sides, rejoining yarn with WS facing in any ch2-sp

Extending sides with granny stitch working in rows

Choose which two opposite sides you want to extend

Row 1: ch3, dc in 1st sp, dc across to last sp (3dc in ea ch4-sp and 2 dc between corner sps between previous round), 2 dc in last sp, dc in top of ch, ch4, turn

Row 2: *sk 2 sts, 3dc in next st, ch1, * rep to last 4 sts, ch1, sk 3 sts, dc in last st, ch3, turn

Row 3: 2dc in 1st ch1-sp, *ch1, sk 3 sts, 3dc in ch1-sp, *rep to last ch-sp, 2dc in last ch-sp, dc in top of ch, ch4, turn

Rep rows 2 and 3 for a total of 11, (16, 19, 22, 26, 29, 33, 37)

Adjusting width:  If you would like a wider shrug, add extra rows here (or you could go up a size).

Rep on opposite side

Fasten off

Assembly

Fold rectangle in half with RS facing in so that the first round and the final round of the rectangle are touching

With the fold at the top, measure 13, (13, 13, 13, 15, 15, 17, 17) cm on each side and place a st marker.  Sew the seam from the st marker down to where the first and last round meet (see image in ‘How the pattern is worked’)

Ribbed Edging and Collar

Turn your shrug right side out and lay it flat as shown in the image in the section ‘how the pattern is worked.’

Rejoin yarn on the edge of the right side at the bottom of the cocoon as shown in the image in the section ‘how the pattern is worked.’

Set up row : ch1, 3 sc in ea ch4-sp, sc in ea ch2-sp, sc in ea st across.  Fasten off.

Rejoin yarn at start of set up row

Ch15

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc blo to the last ch, sc in last ch, sl st in the next 2 sts on the edge, turn

Row 2: sc in 1st st, sc blo to last st, sc in last st, ch1, turn

Row 3: sc in 1st st, sc blo to last st, sc in last st, sl st in the next 2 sts on the edge, turn

Rep rows 2 and 3 up the rh side, along the collar and back down the lh side

Fasten off

Sew in ends

Ribbed Sleeve Cuffs

With RS facing outwards, rejoin yarn at underarm of sleeve.

Ch 23

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc blo to the last ch, sc in last ch, sl st in the next 3 sts on the edge, turn

Row 2: sc in 1st st, sc blo to last st, sc in last st, ch1, turn

Row 3: sc in 1st st, sc blo to last st, sc in last st, sl st in the next 3 sts on the edge, turn

Rep rows 2 and 3 until you reach the last st

To create the seam, sl st through both loops of the beginning and end

Fasten off

Weave in ends

Happy Crocheting!

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