The Dakota Shrug - Free Crochet Pattern

*** The AD FREE Printable PDF for this pattern can be found HERE.***

Today I have a simple crochet shrug pattern for you all.

A few years back I crochet a sample stitch piece that I never used for any projects, but for some reason it went VIRAL. I received so many messages from people asking me for the pattern to this stitch, where they could find it, and so on. The problem was I never could find the perfect pattern to use this stitch in.

Well, here we are. Years have passed and I am FINALLY using the famous “Yarnspirations shared this stitch” stitch and am so excited to be sharing it with you all.

I have the oversized Dakota shrug for you all today!


  • Shrug is worked as a rectangle, sleeves seamed. Ribbing is worked last.

  • Chain two does not count as a stitch.

  • One size fits most.


In Half Double Crochet Using 5.50mm Crochet Hook

12 Sts = 4”

12 Rows = 4”


Finished Measurements:

Lying Flat

38” Wide

32” Long


Ch - Chain

SL ST - Slip Stitch

HDC - Half Double Crochet

DC - Double Crochet

Sts - Stitches

Sk - Skip


Note - The AD FREE printable PDF for this pattern can be found HERE.



R1 - Turn, HDC into the 2nd Ch from the hook and across the row (119)

R2-R3 - Ch1, Turn, HDC across (119)

R4 - Ch2, Turn, *DC, Ch1, Sk1, DC, Repeat from * across (119)

R5 - Ch1, Turn, *HDC, HDC around chain space, HDC, Repeat from * across (119)

R6-R7 - Ch1, Turn, HDC across (119)

Repeat R4-R7 for a total of 51 rows.

Fasten Off.


Fold corners in. Seam edges together leaving 4-4.5” open for the sleeve opening.



R1 - HDC into 2nd Ch from hook and across, Sl St into next 2 Sts (28)

R2 - Turn, HDC BLO into half double crochet stitches (28)

R3 - Ch1, Turn, HDC BLO across, Sl St into next 2 Sts (28)

Repeat rows 2 & 3 all the way around the inner opening of the shrug. Slip Stitch last row to the first row.

Fasten off, weave in ends.