Rosebud Shrug

Mar 13, 2006
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by Vashti Braha


Rosebud Shrug

Shrugs don't get any easier than this: it's a simple rectangle and there's NO seamin', NO sizin', NO shapin'. It's also probably the only 1-skein shrug out there, but if you want to use 2 skeins, you can add an edging or make the sleeves longer or make it plus-sized. It works because the yarn is so stretchy, so it does the shaping and sizing for you. There's no seaming because you lace up the sleeves with ribbon. Remove the ribbon and it becomes a scarf/neckwarmer. As an added bonus, the stitch pattern is eye-catching, so this handy shrug will even turn heads. Now, if it would only balance your checkbook...

Materials List

  • Patons Katrina yarn (163yds/150m per 100g/3.5oz.), "Dusk," 1 (2) skeins
    • Pattern instructions will include tips for using alternate yarns. (Ed. note: I'm told by Patons that Katrina will be discontinued, but should still be available for purchase at press time.)
    • Some stretchy substitutes to experiment with, of roughly similar weight, are:
      • Sock it to Me Collection's Esprit, 2+ balls (seems similar to Cascade's Fixation; available at
      • Schoeller Stahl's Merino Stretch, 1 ball (44% Merino)
      • Schachenmayr Only Stretch, 2 balls (40% superwash wool)
  • Size US8-H / 5.0mm crochet hook
  • 2 lengths of 1.5-inch-wide ribbon, each 1.5 yds long
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Finished Size

shrug, frontSmall (Large)

5" X 33", unstretched (6.5" x 43", approximately)

The goal is to end up with a rectangle that measures 5" X 33" unstretched (for small size) because that's what I got out of 1 skein of Katrina. The width (# of stitches across) could be up to 5.5" and still fit average upper arms the same; or 6" to 6.5" for plus-sized upper arms. The length (total # of rows) could go as low as about 30" for comfortably short sleeves, up to maybe 60" for long sleeves, depending on how long your arms are.


Gauge is not a big deal. Here's the gauge I got: 4 pattern repeats, plus the stitches that begin and end each row = 5". Four rows = 3.5".

Just follow the pattern, because the shrug is like one long gauge swatch anyway. If you are experimenting with one of the cotton yarns listed above, you'll probably need to go down a hook size and and do 5 pattern repeats instead of 4.


Ch(s) – chain
Sc – single crochet
Sl st – slip stitch

Picot - ch 4 then sl st in the 4th ch from hook

The Pattern

shrug, sideInstant Perfect-fit Shrug

Foundation: Ch 25. (Chain 29 if you're going to do 5 pattern repeats instead of 4 -- see Gauge.)

Row 1: Sl st in 4th ch from hook (1 picot made), ch 4, sl st in 4th ch from hook, ch 4, sl st in 4th ch from hook, skip next two foundation chs, sc in each of next 3 chs, *ch 4, sl st in 4th ch from hook, ch 4, sl st in 4th ch from hook, ch 4, sl st in 4th ch from hook, skip next foundation ch, sc in each of next 3 chs*, rep from * to * across; at end of row, ch 4, sl st in 4th ch from hook, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3, picot, *ch 3, picot, ch 2, sc in middle picot of 3-picot group on the previous row, ch 2. Get the sc just made out of your way by pushing it down toward you, sl st into 1st ch, of the last 4 chain stitches just made, to form picot, make picot, repeat from * across to end; turn.

Row 3: Make 2 picots. Pushing the picots on either side of the three chains from the previous row toward the back of work, sc in top 2 loops of each of the 3 chs. Work *3 picots, sc in top loops of next 3 chs, rep from * across, end with 1 picot, turn.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 for pattern until you run out yarn, or until you achieve your preferred sleeve length. Fasten off and weave in ends.

To wear as a shrug, lace ribbon through last 12 rows (or best fit) at each end of long rectangle, as if you're lacing up sneakers. Tie ends into a bow at cuff edge.

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hookiemama wrote
on Mar 15, 2006 4:08 PM

Just started to make shrug and found that there is something missing from ROW 1....3rd line down: in 3rd chain of skip next two foundation chains........? Is there are word or phrase missing 3rd chain of..........?

I have just seen pattern and was eager to do it to post on the forum I am a moderator of.

Thanks in anticipation of your help with this

hookiemama wrote
on Mar 15, 2006 4:24 PM
Sorry, but don't understand the whole of the 1st Row? If you have started with 25 chs and you say slip st. in 4th chain that leaves 21sts so how can you sc in next 23 foundation chs?

Please check and report back as I am dying to do this pattern!

on Mar 16, 2006 2:06 PM

Sorry about that, hookiemama! I messed up entering the pattern, and have now corrected it (corrections in orange). Enjoy!


Kim, Ed.

~drew emborsky~ wrote
on Jul 18, 2006 7:39 AM

I saw Vashti model this shrug at the CGOA fashion show last Saturday in Valley Forge. It looks even more amazing in person. Such a clever design and would look great on anyone!!

Vashti wrote
on Jul 27, 2006 2:13 PM

The yarn I used, Patons Katrina, is now discontinued, as Kim noted in the pattern, BUT I just found out that you'll be able to buy Katrina at in about 3 weeks! Also, there's a beautiful newer yarn out now that would also work great: "Candy" by Artful Yarns.

Thanks for the compliment, Drew! I didn't expect it to get the attention that it did mainly because I didn't think the yarn color would show up enough against my bare arms in a dimly-lit room. I also didn't expect so many people to be unfamiliar with _Crochet me_ when I told them where the pattern is available. For Free. 24 hours a day.

By the way, this is a fun shrug to wear if you go out dancing, which some of us did after the fashion show!

Mackenzie4 wrote
on Oct 8, 2007 7:03 PM

I wonder if you could sew it, instead of using ribbon. Other than that, I love it!


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roxmarie wrote
on Apr 17, 2009 10:20 PM

Thank you! I just started to crochet, and now I have something really cute to do with the single crochet rectangle I made. It is really nice -)

writebk wrote
on Feb 8, 2010 3:23 PM

I've tried this pattern god know how many times.  It never makes sense,  It is, without a doubt, the most poorly written pattern I've ever seen.  First, if you've defined "picot" as ch4 then sl st in 4th ch from hook, then why not just say picot 3 times of something similar instead of writing it out?  And then in the beginning of the second row you start saying "picot".  Should it be the same picot?  If so, then this pattern makes absolutely no sense.

ashley7189 wrote
on Jun 14, 2010 8:21 PM

where can I find the corrected pattern.

ashley7189 wrote
on Nov 3, 2010 5:29 PM

2nd request, where can I find the corrected pattern, I would love to make this. 

Thank you.

ashley7189 wrote
on Nov 3, 2010 5:31 PM

Does anyone have the correct pattern.

VashtiB wrote
on Mar 3, 2011 10:01 PM

TEST (this is my 3rd attempt to respond to comments)

VashtiB wrote
on Mar 3, 2011 10:03 PM

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I see from recent comments over at Crochetme that people are having trouble with the pattern! Here is my response:

Hi there, I have not checked this page for awhile and I see that:

  • some photos are not showing up
  • edits in a second color are not showing
  • people have recently been trying to make this and having serious problems with the pattern!

First of all, I’m sorry that this design has been a frustrating experience for some folks. Some, maybe all, of the errors and other unnecessary difficulties are beyond my control. As you can see from an early comment (below), errors were introduced into the pattern during the uploading process, after it left my hands. Back in 2006, these errors were quickly fixed.

However, a few years later this pattern got transferred to its current home at this Interweave site. I can’t tell if the fixed version is the one that got transferred. (I will have to check back later, when I have time, to be able to see if this is the corrected version of the pattern, or not. After all, my name is associated with this pattern, whether or not it contains my errors.)

OK, that said, from my 2011 point of view, this is one of the more confusing stitch patterns in crochet when written as text--even if the pattern is written with no errors. It’s one of those things in crochet that is easier to learn from someone in person, or from a visual aid: video, a step-by-step photo tutorial, or at least a stitch diagram.

I’ve been planning on writing a new edition of this Rosebud Shrug, now that I have my own crochet pattern site here and in Ravelry (username vashtirama). I announce all new patterns in my newsletter, so you might want to subscribe(it’s free). I’ll be mentioning the Rosebud Shrug today in issue #13 of my Crochet Inspirations Newsletter.