Knitting Lace Shrug Sleeves

Typically worn as the outermost layer, shrugs offer a ton of variety with their cropped length and bunched up sleeves. A shrug differs from a cowl or other sweater in that it’s open in the front, and has sleeves. This easy to knit lace shrug sleeve pattern will be your new go-to sweater for those easy spring days. Pair it with your favorite yarn, (we like Knitcrate‘s premium yarns and accessories) and you’ll have this one done in a weekend.

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Why we love this pattern: The simple to knit lace stitch pattern makes this project a breeze, and the outcome is a versatile garment that can be casual or dressed up!

Other Shrug Patterns

Are you’re looking for something with a bit more warmth or structure? We have another great shrug tutorial for you! The knitted border shrug takes a diagonal approach and plays with geometrical lines. This would look beautiful with a dyed yarn that naturally transitions to a new color, instead of having to use multiple colors of yarn and switching every row, choose a yarn that is already dyed to change colors as you knit.

Basket Weave Shrug

How sweet is this knit?! The worst part about the weather getting chilly is lugging out all the old winter coats again. Fall is just around the corner, and a new cowl or shrug is a quick way to get warm without messing around with buttons or zippers. In one swift motion you’ve got your cowl on and you’re out the door!

A basket weave look makes for a homey and soft cowl or shrug. The contrasting knit and purl squares is visually appealing and combined with a favorite color is a sure to be your new favorite go-to sweater.

Don’t forget about the men in your life! We’ve got some great tutorials and patterns geared specifically for them. Check them out here!

Want to try out this lace shrug sleeves pattern, but need a refresher on casting on or binding off? We’ve got you covered with our this handy tutorial.

Grab yourself some pretty pink yarn for this project to match your new phone case from our Teespring store!

Instructions for Knitting Lace Shrug Sleeves


#4 yarn
Size 10.5 needles for main piece
Size #8 for ribbing


Stitch is a multiple of 3
Add one more for sewing and edging
Repeat from * to *
Lace Stitch: Multiple of 3


Cast on 97 (96 + 1) stitches
Repeat from * to *
Row 1 – *Knit 1, yarn over, knit 2 stitches together*
End with k1
Row 2- Knit 1, *knit 1, yarn over, knit 2 stitches together*
Repeat these 2 rows until you have about 56 inches long
Bind off in pattern
Pick up 33 stitches for sleeve ribbing
Row 1: (ws) *p2, k2* end with p1
Row 2: (rs) k1, *p2, k2*
Make 12 rows in total
Bind off loosely
Sew about 12 inches from beginning of ribbing to the center, on each side
Weave in ends

Enjoy your work!

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