Knit Cropped Shrug Sweater

A knitted cropped shrug that’s not too short or too long, but just right where it meets the top of your jeans!

Wanna feel cozy & warm but still look cute?! This blanket shrug pattern is for you. 😘 Shrugs are a cute addition to any outfit. Style it with your favorite pajamas or jeans & a t-shirt and you’re all set!

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About the Pattern

Available Sizes: Six
Pattern Format: Written Pattern, No Chart
Pattern Language: English
Skill Level: Beginner Friendly
PDF Format: Printer Friendly
Pattern Name: Wanderlust

This cropped shrug pattern is super chunky & cozy! Don’t tell anyone, but this quick & easy shrug is knit in a rectangle, like a blanket. Just sew 2 seams for the sleeves and you have a cozy shrug. Yeah, you got this! 😉


Here are some helpful knitting skills you need to know before getting started:

Knit Flat (Back & Forth)
Knit & Purl Stitches
Sew Seam

Yarn & Substitutions

Yarn Weight: Super Bulky
Yardage: 300 – 530 yards (280 – 485 meters)
Suggested Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick

I like using LBT&Q because it’s affordable, squishy & durable. Plus, using super bulky yarn makes for a quick knitting project. Which is great for my short attention span! ;) Also, it’s a wool & acrylic fiber blend, which I think is what makes it warmer and more durable than other options.

Alternative Yarn Substitute:
Lion Brand Re-Spun Thick & Quick which is 100% recycled polyester.

Lion Brand HomeTown Yarn which is a 100% acrylic yarn. I’ve used this yarn before and it works interchangeably with LB Thick & Quick.

If you’re looking for other substitutes, I recommend checking out for other yarn options. They’re an excellent resource!

Needles & Notions

Needle Size: US 15 (10mm) Circular Needles with a 32” (80cm) Cable, or longer

Note: This shrug is knit flat, back & forth on circular needles, which are used to accommodate the large number of CO stitches, do not join in the round.


8 STS & 13.5 rows per 4” (10cm) square, knit in the stockinette stitch

knitted swatch with a wood gauge

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Photo Measurements

Model height: 5’ 9″ (175cm)
Model weight: 130lbs (59kg)
Model bust: 35″ (88cm)
Model waist: 25″ (63cm)
# of CO stitches: 96
Measurements: 47″ wide x 21″ (119cm x 53cm)
Weight: 1lb 2.7oz (530g)


Not reversible.
Knit top down.
Knit using the garter stitch & stockinette stitch.
Knit flat, back & forth on circular needles, which are used to accommodate the large number of CO stitches, do not join in the round.


Using a cloth tape measure, or cotton yarn, measure your arm length to determine the number of CO STS you’re going to need. With your arms at your side, measure from mid-forearm to mid-forearm going up and over your shoulders. Measure it from wherever you’d like it to fall when you wear it. 

I’m 5’9” tall and made mine 45”, measuring from mid-forearm to mid-forearm. I made mine a couple of inches shorter, because of the weight of the super bulky yarn it’ll stretch a little bit over time. 

What I did was tape one end of the yarn to where I wanted the shrug to fall about mid-forearm, taking the yarn up and over my shoulders and then taped the other end on my other arm. I took the yarn off my arms, leaving the tape on the yarn, so I could measure the length between the pieces of tape. 

I found that whether my arms were at my side or straight out the measurement was about the same.

Go ahead and take your measurement so you can get started! :)


Size S: 39” (99cm) wide, CO 84 STS, 3 skeins
Size M: 41” (104cm) wide, CO 88 STS, 3 skeins
Size L: 43” (109cm) wide, CO 92 STS, 4 skeins
Size XL: 45” (114cm) wide, CO 96 STS, 4 skeins
Size XXL: 47” (119cm) wide, CO 100 STS, 4 skeins
Size XXXL: 49” (125cm) wide, CO 104 STS, 5 skeins

Knitting Abbreviations

*– * – repeat between * to end of round
BO – bind-off in pattern
CO – cast-on (long-tail cast-on method)
K – knit stitches (K1 means to knit 1 stitch)
P – purl stitches (P2 means to purl 2 stitches)
RS – right side
STS – stitches
WS – wrong side

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Pattern Instructions

CO the number of STS from the chart above

Garter Stitch Collar Ribbing, about 2 1/2” (6cm):

Rows 1 – 7: *K*

Stockinette Stitch Body:

Row 8 (RS): *K*

Row 9 (WS): K6, *P* last 6 sts: K6

Repeat rows 8-9 for, 21″ (53cm), or desired length.

Garter Stitch Bottom Ribbing, about 2 1/2” (6cm):

Rows 1 – 6: *K*

Row 7 (RS): BO in all knit STS

Steam-block lightly to even out the stitches, if desired.

Create the Sleeves:

Lay it flat, with the right side up. 

On one side, bring the CO and BO corners together, with the edge stitch together. Sew about 6” (15cm) from the corner up to the side edge to create the sleeves.

Repeat on the other side.

Weave in all your ends.

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