Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. Please visit my About page for disclosures, Privacy Policy and more information.

Free pattern for an adorable Toddler Crochet Cocoon Shrug. It’s as easy as making a large rectangle and cleverly sewing it together. Add some ribbing and you have a beautiful garment!

Keep reading for the full pattern instructions or you can purchase an inexpensive PDF version here.

girl outside wearing a crochet shrug and cute outfit

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 crochet cocoon shrug and ask her to pose and all sorts of shenanigans break lose.

girl showing back of toddler cocoon shrug crochet

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.

cocoon crochet shrug hanging

How to Crochet a Cocoon Shrug

Cocoon shrugs are so easy to make! You just crochet a rectangle, fold it in half and sew up the sides, leaving armholes. Add ribbing or another type of detailed edging and you have a beautiful and versatile shrug.

Yarn for the Crochet Shrug

One thing you cannot tell from the photos, is how amazing the finished shrug feels. Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton is perfect for this project. The yarn is so smooth and shiny and it drapes beautifully!

24/7 Cotton comes in a variety of 24 different colors so you have plenty of options to choose from to make this shrug really unique.

Did you also notice that Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton yarn can be machine washed and dried?  This makes it an even more ideal yarn for kid clothing!

Stitches to make a Crochet Shrug

The main body of the shrug is made with an open double crochet v-stitch. This stitch pattern works up super quickly and I think you’ll be surprised at how quickly you are finished with the main part of the shrug.

(Be sure to check out the v-stitch tutorial for step by step instructions and photos.)

To finish off the armholes, you will add two rounds of single crochets in a contrasting color.

The ribbing around the main body is worked last and is made by working short rows of single crochets worked in the back loop.

Save the Toddler Crochet Shrug on Pinterest

girl wearing pink rectangle crochet shrug

Sizing for the Toddler Shrug

The original shrug was made for my petite 2 year old. I measured from elbow to elbow to get the desired width and then from the base of her neck down past her rear to get the length.

The ad-free PDF includes a sizing suggestions chart which has recommended sizes for toddlers all the way up to 12 year olds. The chart includes starting chain count, row counts and estimated finished sizes.

Buy the PDF which include the sizing chart.

Crochet Toddler Cocoon Shrug

Skill Level:
Easy

Materials:
Please visit my Resources page to see why I recommend these tools and to see other recommendations.

Size 7 (4.5 mm) Crochet Hook

Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton (Category 4 worsted weight – 3.5 oz / 186 yds)

2 balls in Ecru (Main color)

1 ball Rose (Contrasting color)

Large Eye Tapestry Needle

.

Everything you need for this project can be order right on Amazon.
Save time and shop online!

Favorite Hooks -this set includes a 4.5mm hook!

Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Yarn

Large eye yarn needles -these are the best!

Th These.

Abbreviations:
ch(s): chain(s)
sc(s): single crochet(s)
dc(s): double crochet(s)
sl st: slip stitch
BLO: Back loop only 

Gauge:
4” x 4” = 9.5 rows by 5 v-stitches

Finished Size:
Completed rectangle, before folding and sewing, measures approximately 22″x 16”

Pattern Notes:

The main body of the shrug is made with an open v-stitch.  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.

The chain 3 and following double crochet at the beginning of each row count as the first v-stitch of the row. When working the end of the next row you will working into the space created by the ch 3 and double crochet.

Toddler Cocoon Shrug Crochet Pattern Instructions

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.

Row 3-38: repeat Row 2.

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

image with words and arrows showing where to sew a rectangle to make a shrug

Armholes:

Round 1: Join rose color with a slip stitch anywhere along the armhole, sc around the armhole putting 2 scs in each space. Join to first sl st with sl st.

adding detail stitches to crochet fabric

Round 2: ch 1, sc in each sc. Join with sl st. Bind off and sew in ends.  Repeat with 2nd arm hole.

Ribbing: 

Join rose color with a slip stitch anywhere along the outer edging of the body and ch 11.

chain to start adding pink crochet ribbing

Row 1: ch 1, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch. join with sl st to main body, turn

Row 2:  ch 1, sc BLO of each st, turn.

Row 3: ch 1, sc BLO each of st, sl st in the next st of the body, sl st in the next st 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.

in process of adding crochet ribbing

Sew the ribbing together to close, fasten off and weave in ends.

unfinished crochet ribbing

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

additional kids crochet patterns
Kensington Crochet Bolero | Adelaide Crochet Girl’s Dress | Starburst Toddler Poncho Crochet Pattern

Will you share pictures of your finished projects?

11 Comments on Toddler Crochet Cocoon Shrug

  1. i HAVE 3 NEW GRAND DAUGHTERS …ALL,BORN WITHIN 3 WEEKS OF EACH OTHER , LAST CHRISTMAS, SO I AM MAKING THEM ONE EACH, BUT IN 3 DIFFERENT COLOURS SO THEY’RE NOT MISKTAKEN FOR BEING TRIPLETS, WHEN THEIR MUMS [ WHO ARE SISTERS] HAVE THEM ALL OUT FOR A WALK IN THEIR PRAMS!!…… i can/’t wait to make them… it looks a dainty pattern for little girls to wear.
    Many thanks for sharing it with your readers.
    Jenny B xx

    • Hi Megan! I don’t have a PDF yet, but I can work on getting one put together! I agree that it is easier to have a print out with a toddler. Mine still manages to run away with my yarn and patterns so it is always a circus no matter what!

    • I’ve wanted to make one for myself too but I haven’t gotten to it yet! To measure for this I measured elbow to elbow on my daughter and base of the neck down past her rear. Since it is a rectangle I think it will be easy to adjust the size!

  2. Love this! But I have a “dorky” question. When you say “toddler” is that a 2T, 4T, etc? I don’t have kids so I’m not knowledgeable with kids sizes. (Just what size their mom tells me). Thanks

    • That’s a really good question and I was thinking about that very thing today! My daughter is just moving into size 3T and this will still fit her for awhile HOWEVER, I do wish I had made it a bit longer. It fits loosely anyway so it is really forgiving. If you are making it for 2 and under, I’d stick with the current size. 3 and older i’d lengthen it. Hope that helps!!!

  3. Thank you for this gorgeous and easy to make pattern. I was able to whip it up in a few hours as a gift for my friends daughter.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.