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Free pattern for an adorable Crochet Toddler Cocoon Shrug. Its as easy as making a large rectangle and cleverly sewing it together. Add some ribbing and you have a beautiful garment! Keep scrolling for the full pattern instructions.

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Collage image of toddler cocoon shrug pattern Have you ever tried to photograph a toddler? I think people who are professional photographers, especially those working with kids, are some sort of magical!

My almost 3-year-old is generally very willing and eager to help, but put her in the toddler cocoon shrug and ask her to pose and all sorts of shenanigans break lose.

It doesn’t help that I think she is magical too. I kept having to remind myself that I was shooting the shrug and not the adorable little creature wearing it.

4 images of girl wearing toddler cocoon crochet shrug

One thing you cannot tell from the photos, is how amazing the finished shrug feels. I need to take a minute to rave about Lion Brand 24/7 cotton. The cotton is so smooth and shiny and it drapes beautifully! It was easy to work with and it looks professional – I don’t know another word for it.

I’m (obviously) all about handmade/homemade but it doesn’t LOOK handmade (in the unfortunate sense of that word which is fine for macaroni necklaces but not so great for clothing).

Maybe we need to come up with another word! 

Keep handmade associated with quality as well as being made with care and love, and then have another word for things like macaroni necklaces, which are also made with care and love but maybe not the most quality. (It should still be a nice word, because who doesn’t love preschool fashioned accessories?)

Moving on…. I hope you enjoy the pattern.  Please share it! Pinning to your boards is a super easy way to come back and find this pattern later.  You can also sign up for my email list and I’ll let you know when new patterns are released.

ivory and pink crochet shrug on hanger

Crochet Toddler Cocoon Shrug

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Size 7 (4.5 mm) Crochet Hook (I love Clover Amour hooks!)

1 ball Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton in Rose

2 balls Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton in Ecru

Large Eye Tapestry Needle

Measuring Tape


yo – yarn over
ch(s) – chain(s)
sc(s) – single crochet(s)
dc(s) – double crochet(s)
Sl st – slip stitch
BL – Back loop 

Pattern Notes:

The main body of the shrug is made with an open v-stitch.  It is super easy to get a nice rhythm going and the body works up quickly.  The armholes are lined with two rows of scs in a contrasting color.

Instead of crocheting the ribbing as a separate piece and then sewing on in the end, you join it to the body as you go, which leaves less room for error in trying sew a long strip to the body.

 Finished Size:

Completed rectangle, before folding and sewing, measures approximately 22’x16”

Main body:

Chain 88 (multiples of 3+1) turn.

Row 1: dc in 4 ch from hook (ch counts as dc), *skip 2 chs, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch; *Repeat across, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3, dc in ch 1 sp, *(dc, ch 1, dc) in each ch 1 sp; * Repeat across, turn.

Repeat Row 2 until rectangle measures approx. 22 x 16 inches

Fold rectangle lengthwise. Sew sides together leaving about a 4-inch opening.

 fold crochet fabric with instructions where to sew


Join rose color with a slip stitch anywhere along the armhole.

crochet hook and yarn showing start of a stitchSc around the armhole putting 2 scs in each space.

crochet hook and yarn showing pink stitchesJoin to first sl st with sl st. Ch 1, sc in each sc. Join with sl st. Bind off and sew in ends.  Repeat with 2nd arm hole.


Join rose color with a slip stitch anywhere along the outer edging of the body. Chain 10.  Turn

crochet fabric with a crochet chain in contrasting colorRow 1: ch 1, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch. Join with slst to main body.

yarn and crochet hook showing stitches.Slst up to the next space in the main body (functions as a ch 1). turn

yarn and crochet hook showing stitchesRow 2:  sc in the back loop of each sc. turn.

Row 3: ch 1, sc in BL each of sc. Join with sl st to main body. Sl st up to the next space in the main body (functions as a ch 1). Turn

Repeat rows 2 and 3 working in the back loops around the entire outer edge of the main body. Sew the seam together.

ready to close border of toddler cocoon shrugPurchase the ad-free PDF

Did you also notice that Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton yarn can be machine washed and dried?  Run and get some TODAY and make this Toddler Cocoon Shrug!

Do you love this toddler pattern?  Check out these other great patterns for toddlers:

Toddler Poncho

Crochet Toddler Dress

Toddler Headband

girl wearing toddler crochet shrug pin