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Free Crochet Shrug Pattern- Nova Shrug

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Woman wearing a cream colored crochet shrug over a blue dress. This shrug is called the Nova Shrug.

The Nova Shrug is a crochet shrug pattern that features a beautiful shell stitch combo and hand dyed yarn!

Pattern Inspiration

I always like to have something to wear as a cover up in the summer when I’m wearing tank tops and sleeveless dresses.

I decided I wanted to make myself a little shrug that would be a cute accessory to any outfit!

I went with a simple DK weight yarn to keep it lightweight but not too thin.

The shell stitch work is an easy combo of double crochet, single crochet, and chains.

Close up of woman wearing a crochet shrug called the Nova Shrug.

Pattern Details

This crochet shrug is worked in rows to create a rectangle and then sewn together to create the shrug.

It is made using DK (#3) weight yarn. I used WeCrochet City Tweed yarn for mine. City Tweed is a yarn made from 55% merino wool, 25% superfine alpaca, and 20% Donegal tweed. It is a really nice, luxury tweed yarn.

This Nova Shrug crochet pattern is rated Easy in pattern difficulty. You will need to know the basic crochet stitches, as well as how to sew sections together.

Back view of woman wearing a crochet shrug called the Nova Shrug.

Nova Shrug Crochet Pattern

You can purchase the ad-free, printable pdf version of the pattern on Ravelry or Etsy!

Materials

325-430 yards DK (#3) weight yarn

H (5.0 mm) crochet hook

Scissors

Measuring Tape

Yarn needle

Difficulty

Easy

Sizing

S 32-34″ bust, 325 yards

M 36-38″ bust, 347 yards

L 40-42” bust, 430 yards

Pattern Notes

Starting chain does not count as first stitch unless stated otherwise within the pattern.

To make larger or smaller, use multiples of 12 + 3 for you starting chain. Height of rectangle should be 2” taller than width.

Pattern is written in size Small with additional sizes in parentheses. Stitch count for all sizes in parentheses at the end of each row.

Stitches Needed & Abbreviations

ch(s)- chain(s)

st(s)- stitch(es)

sc- single crochet

dc- double crochet

RS- right side

**- repeat from

Gauge

Ch 27

Row 1 (RS): 2dc in 3rd ch from hook, * skip 2 chs, 1 sc in next ch, ch 5, skip 5 chs, 1 sc in next, skip 2, 5 dc in next ch*, repeat from * across to end, 3 dc in last, turn. (1 shell, 2 half shells)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in 1st st, *ch 5, sc in next ch-5 spaces, ch 5, 1 sc in 3rd dc of shell, repeat from * to end, 1 sc in top of starting ch, turn. (4 ch-5 spaces)

Row 3: *Ch 5, 1 sc in next ch-5 space, 5 dc in next sc, 1 sc in next ch-5 space*, repeat from * to last ch-5 space, ch 2, dc in last, turn. (2 shells)

Row 4: Ch 1, 1 sc in 1st dc, * ch 5, 1 sc in 3rd dc of shell, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch-5 space*, repeat across, turn. (4 ch-5 spaces)

Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 2 dc in 1st st, *1 sc in next ch-5 space, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch-5 space, 5 dc in next sc*, repeat to end, work 3 dc in last sc. (1 shell, 2 half shells)

Swatch should measure 5” x 2.5”.

Rectangle

Ch 99 (111, 123)

Row 1 (RS): 2dc in 3rd ch from hook, * skip 2 chs, 1 sc in next ch, ch 5, skip 5 chs, 1 sc in next, skip 2, 5 dc in next ch*, repeat from * across to end, 3 dc in last, turn. (7, 8, 9 full shells)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in 1st st, *ch 5, sc in next ch-5 space, ch 5, 1 sc in 3rd dc of shell, repeat from * to end, 1 sc in top of starting ch, turn. (16, 18, 20 ch-5 spaces)

Row 3: *Ch 5, 1 sc in next ch-5 space, 5 dc in next sc, 1 sc in next ch-5 space*, repeat from * to last ch-5 space, ch 2, dc in last, turn. (8, 9, 10 shells)

Row 4: Ch 1, 1 sc in 1st dc, * ch 5, 1 sc in 3rd dc of shell, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch-5 space*, repeat across, turn. (16, 18, 20 ch-5 spaces)

Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 2 dc in 1st st, *1 sc in next ch-5 space, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch-5 space, 5 dc in next sc*, repeat to end, work 3 dc in last sc, turn. (7, 8, 9 full shells)

Repeat rows 2-5 until rectangle is approximately 21 (22, 24”) long.

Trim

Round 1: Ch 1, sc evenly around working one sc in each stitch, and 3 sc in each ch space, join to 1st st.

Round 2: Ch 1, 1 sc in each st around, join to 1st st. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

If you need to block, do so at this point.

Assembling the Shrug

Lay your rectangle down vertically, with the wrong side facing you. Fold the top over the bottom.  Using a long piece of yarn and your tapestry needle, sew each side together 12-15 stitches, from the bottom up. Do the same on the other side. This creates your armholes. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Nova Shrug laid flat with instructions on how to fold and sew it.

Pattern is a copyright of Two Brothers Blankets. Please do not share, sell, or alter in any way. 

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Michelle. When your on 2nd row when you sc in ch 5 space is it in same sc just before ch 5 space or just after it??

    1. When you’re doing the sc in ch-5 space you’re basically just working that sc around the ch space. Not in any particular stitch.

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