Shaker Cocoon Shrug Pattern

Update 6/11/17:

Before you decided to make this or not make this…please read this update.  It’s been about two months since I made this and I’ve had time to wear it around the house.  The verdict?  I hate it!  It’s so heavy and it seems like it keeps stretching to the floor.  It won’t even stay on my shoulders anymore, not even sitting on the couch with it.  I debated deleting the post all together, but I worked pretty hard on it and still like the concept of it.

What could I do differently?  Use lighter weight yarn I think.  The heavy yarn just wants to hang heavy and fall off my shoulders.  Another option is to turn it 90 degrees and make it hang with the rows horizontal instead of vertical.  Make it smaller.  Who knows.  I’ll come up with something next winter.  Maybe knit something.  I just wanted to give an update on it after using it.  Not impressed!

Now onto the original blog post:

Ever since I first learned about cocoon shrugs, I’ve been fascinated by them.  The concept is so simple!  It’s just a rectangle folded in half with the side seams sewn up part way leaving gaps for the arm holes.  The design possibilities are endless.  I’ve made a few so far and I love them all.  I love this last one I made because it’s perfect for the crisp, spring weather we’re getting.  It’s also great for wearing around the house.  It’s like wrapping a blanket around you!  I like the longer length of this one because it goes over the bum and keeps a slim profile.  The weight of the yarn helps weigh it down too.

I’m kind of fascinated by Lion Brand’s Homespun yarn collection found HERE.  It’s classified as a category 5 yarn so it’s a little on the heavy side.  This is a challenging yarn to work with because of the squiggly texture of it.  It can be hard to see the stitches.  Once you get the hang of it, it’s actually easy.  The key is feeling the yarn as you crochet and knowing where to put your crochet hook.

The Homespun yarn collection has so many different colors to choose from.  I chose “Shaker” as my color.  It’s a blend of navy blue, light brown, and ivory.  It makes for a great, neutral cocoon shrug.

The pattern is pretty simple and is made up of all half double crochets.  It’s a rectangle folded in half, sewn on the sides (leaving holes for the arms), and then it’s finished with some half double crochet edging the goes all the way around the front edging.  I decided to use a N (10 mm) crochet hook to give the shrug a soft drape.

I love how it looks!  It’s great how something so simple can be so stylish.  The best part is you can make it yourself.


The length is determined by your initial chain length and the width is determined by the number of rows.  I actually struggled with the initial chain length and had to start over a billion times!  Before the front edging is crocheted onto the shrug,  the width of the shrug (end of one sleeve to the end of the other) is approximately 39 inches and the length is 34 to 35 inches.  The front edging added about 4 inches to the length, bringing it to 38 to 39 inches for the final length.  Just an FYI, the shrug will stretch lengthwise and widthwise as you wear it and shrug should fit a variety of sizes.  For reference, I’m a size small and 5’6″.  The measurements can be changed by adjusting the initial chain count as well as the number of rows.  As I’ve worn my shrug around, the length has stretched out a bit, but I don’t mind since I love to sit on the couch cuddled up with it.

Items you need:

US Size N (10 mm) crochet hook

4 skeins Lion Brand Homespun yarn in “Shaker”


Tapestry needle to weave in ends

2 stitch markers


ch:  chain

hdc(s):  half double crochet(s)

st:  stitch

RS:  right side

sl st:  slip stitch


Ch 69

Row 1:  Hdc in 3rd ch from hook (2 skipped ch counts as first hdc).  Hdc in each ch across.  (68 hdc)

Row 2:  Ch 2 (counts as first hdc), turn, hdc in each st across working last hdc in top of beginning ch 2.  (68 hdc)

Repeat Row 2 until piece measures about 39 inches.  I crocheted 68 rows.

tip:  I put a stitch marker in the 2nd ch of my ch 2.  It made it so much easier to put the last hdc in it instead of hunting for it.

When complete, your rectangle will look like this.


Determine your right side and wrong side of the fabric.  Fold the rectangle in half with the right sides facing so that it measures 17 inches long by 39 inches across.  The rows will be vertical as you look at it like this.  Place a stitch maker on each short edge 7 inches down from folded edge.  Sew the 10 inch section together with a whip stitch leaving the 7 inch section open for the arm holes.

Go ahead and try it on and see how it looks before you put the front edging on.  Technically you don’t have to crochet the front edging, but I think it gives it a more finished look and hides the edges where you sewed the sides together.

Front Edging:

You’ll start on the RS at the center of one long edge working hdcs across.  These will be worked in rounds, but you’ll be turning your work at the end of the round just like how you turn at the end of a row.  I found the best way to space the hdcs was to work one at the end of each row.  You’ll work one in each large space and then one in-between the large spaces.  I tried working more hdcs in, but the piece looked stretched.

Round 1: From RS, join yarn with a sl st in front edge center of one long edge, ch 2, *work 1 hdc in each large space and 1 hdc in-between the large spaces, repeat from * across so that the hdcs are spaced evenly across the front edge; join with a sl st top of beginning ch 2.

Rounds 2-4:  Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st around; join with a sl st in the top of beginning ch 2.

Weave in ends.

You’re finished!

Here’s another front view.  I love the soft drape of the cocoon shrug.

Here’s the back view.  I love how the stitching is lengthwise.  I think it creates a slimming look.

Another front view.  Can you tell I’m happy to be wearing this?  🙂

After I took this photos I wore it to the grocery store and it kept me nice and warm as I browsed through the dreaded refrigerated section.

It looks so cozy!

If you happen to make this and post it on Instagram I would love it if you would tag me @createdbypatti.  I can’t wait to see what you make!