Back when I lived in California, I taught a free workshop at my LYS on how to make an easy shrug. This was the pattern I used. I hope you enjoy it as much as my class and I did. It's great to wear over a tank or dress.
3,4 or 5 hanks of Tahki “Cotton Classic II” (100% mercerized cotton, worsted weight, 1.75 oz (50 g) 74 yds (68 m)per hank). Size H 5.0 mm hook.
S (12in arm circ/ 38in length), M (14in arm circ/ 40in length), L (18in arm circ/ 42 in length)
2 open fans & 9 rows= 6'(15.24 cm)
Fan: 1 tr, [ch 2, 1tr]4 times.
Row 1: 1sc into 2nd ch from hook, *Ch 1, sk 4ch, into next ch work a Fan of 1 tr, [ch 2, 1tr] 4 times, then ch 1, sk 4ch, 1 sc into next ch; rep from * to last 5 ch, 1 ch, sk 4ch, work [1tr, ch2] twice and 1tr into last ch. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, 1sc into first st, *Ch3, sk next 2ch sp, 1dc into next sp**, Ch2, sk next tr, sc & tr then work 1dc into first ch2 sp of next Fan, ch3, work 1sc into center tr of next Fan; rep from * ending last rep at **, Ch1, 1tr into last sc, sk tch. Turn.
Row 3: Ch7 ( counts as 1tr and ch2), sk first tr, work [ 1tr, ch2, 1tr] into the next ch1 sp, ch1 sk ch3 sp, 1sc into next sc, *ch1, sk next ch3 sp, work Fan into next ch2 sp, ch1, sk next ch3 sp, 1sc into next sc; rep from * to end, sk tch. Turn.
Row 4: Ch6 (counts as 1tr, ch1), sk first tr, work 1dc into next ch2 sp, ch3, 1sc into center tr of Fan, *ch3, sk next ch2 sp, 1dc into next ch2 sp, ch2, sk next tr, sc &tr, work 1dc into next ch2 sp, ch3, 1sc into center tr of Fan; rep from * ending last rep in 5th ch(counting from bottom-up) of tch. Turn.
Row 5: Ch1, *1sc into sc, ch1, sk next ch3 sp, Fan into next ch2 sp, ch1, sk next ch3 sp; rep from * to last sc, 1sc into sc, 1ch, sk next ch3 sp, work [1tr, ch2] twice & tr all into 5ch of tch. Turn.
Repeat rows 2-5 until piece measures 38"( 40", 42"). End with either a Row 2 or 4 so that both sides will be flat. Fasten off. Seam arms in desired fashion( I used single crochet to bind both sides together then continued with the edging). Work edging of sc around all edges.