How to make an easy crochet shrug pattern – Lemon Peel Shrug

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Looking for an easy crochet shrug pattern?  The Lemon Peel Shrug is a beginner crochet pattern, featuring the lemon peel stitch.  Read on to find out about the pattern and how to make yours.

Easy crochet shrug, Lemon Peel Shrug inspiration

Do you ever find yourself needing something to cover up with but not wanting sleeves, and maybe something that you can just grab in a pinch?  Yes, then you are in the right place.  This easy crochet shrug pattern sprang into my mind on a breezy summer day when it suddenly started raining and I needed something! Easy to work up, the Lemon Peel Shrug features the lemon peel stitch giving it lots of texture and interest.

For alternative ideas using the lemon peel stitch, check out the Lemon Peel Cowl, or, for the more adventurous, the Houndstooth Bucket Bag

Lemon Peel Shrug yarn & materials 

To create my easy crochet shrug, I used Chroma Twist Worsted in Narwhal.  This was kindly given to me by WeCrochet, as part of the Winter Wonders Blog Hop hosted by Ned & Mimi, Itchin’ for Stitchin’ & HanJan Crochet.  This yarn is 70% Superwash Wool and 30% Nylon combo.  It comes in 100g, 198yd balls and priced at £11.51 per ball.  It’s fluffy, warm and easy to work with.  For alternatives readily available in the UK, check out Paintbox Simply Aran – for a solid colour version, or Lionbrand Landscapes – although this a roving yarn so confidence is required!

Easy crochet Shrug, pattern info & tips

The Lemon Peel Shrug is an easy beginner garment pattern written for sizes XS – 5X.  It is also easy to convert, if none of the sizes quite fits the way you need it too.  Made with a simple repeating pattern this shrug works up quickly and is a good introduction to garments if you haven’t made one previously.

Terms: written in US crochet terms.  

Sizes: XS – 5X

Yarn: 400- 1000yds (2-5 skeins) Chroma Twist Worsted in Narwhal, or 400 – 1000yds in any Aran/Worsted or 4 weight yarn

Hook: 6mm

Skill level: beginner, easy

Stitches used:

  • Single Crochet
  • Double Crochet

Easy Lemon Peel Shrug Pattern Collabs 

Winter is here and so is the Winter Wonders blog hop. Every day in November, and a few in December, a new crochet pattern will be available for FREE as a pdf download for 24hrs and today, 30th November, is my day to be featured.  To find out more about the Lemon Peel Shrug pattern, and to get your free code, hit the button below.

Then, head over to Ravelry and grab your FREE pdf pattern before Midday 1st December GMT via the button below.

Lemon Peel Shrug – FREE Pattern

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Terms:  US Terms

Materials used: 2 – 5 x Chroma Twist Worsted in Narwhal or 200 – 500g of any Worsted or Aran weight yarn

Hook: 6mm

Other items:  Scissors, darning needle, stitch marker

Gauge: 14 sts x 16 rows = 4ins

Size (s):

To fit bust (ins)
XS 28 – 30
S 32 – 34
M 36 – 38
L 40 – 42
XL 44 – 46
2X 48 – 50
3X 52 – 54
4X 56 – 58
5X 60 – 62

Notes: Ch1 does not count as a stitch
This pattern is worked flat first, then in the round.


  • Chain – ch
  • Single Crochet – sc
  • Double Crochet – dc



Ch 73/77/85/91/99/105/113/119/127

Row 1:

Sc in the second chain from the hook, (sk ch does not count as a st), dc in the next st, [sc in the next st, dc in the next st] repeat across.  Turn

Row 2:

Ch1, sc in the same st, dc in the next st, [sc in the next st, dc in the next st], repeat across.  Turn 

Rows 3 – end:

Repeat row 2 until your piece measures:

10 – 12 ins for sizes XS – M

12 – 16 ins for sizes L – 5X 

Tie off and secure your ends.


Fold your piece in half lengthways.  Place a marker 4 – 6 inches from the outer edge on each side.  You should now have a circular opening in the middle.  Join, using the mattress stitch, from the marked stitch to the outer edge on each side.


Join with a sl-st to the centre of either side of the centre circle, making sure to join in the top of a dc.

Row 1:

Ch1, sc in the same st, dc in the next st, [sc in the next st, dc in the next st] repeat round.  Join with a sl-st to the top of the beg sc.  Turn

Row 2:

Ch1, sc in the dc, dc in the next sc, [sc in the next st, dc in the next st] repeat round.  Join with a sl-st to the top of the beg sc.

Row 3 – end:

Repeat row 2 until your collar is 3 – 4 inches wide.  It should curl naturally at the next and on the bust but does not fully close.  To make your collar wider – continue the stitch pattern until you reach the required length.  You will need more yarn if you adjust the width of your collar. 

I hope you enjoyed the post and look forward to seeing your Lemon Peel Shrugs!

Pop into the Facebook Group and let me know what colour you plan to make your wrap in and share your progress.

Bye for now,

B x

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