The Heart Lines shrug is a practical cocoon cardi which is fun and easy to make using simple stitches and a little colour work (but not so much that the ends will drive you nuts!). You can read all about the design process involved in the Heart Lines Shrug in this blog post, or scroll down for the free pattern
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This is a great pattern for beginner crocheters as it uses only simple stitches. There is some colour work but it is a straightforward stitch repeat and easy construction, so it’s a perfect project for stitchflixing!
- This pattern uses US crochet terms, see below for abbreviations.
- Stitch counts are given in (brackets) at the end of the row.
- Ch3 is the equivalent of hdc and ch1, unless specified otherwise.
- Ch2 is the equivalent of sc and ch1, unless specified otherwise .
- Instructions written between *asterisks* should be repeated as indicated.
- Unless otherwise indicated stitches should be worked in consecutive stitches.
- This shrug is worked as a rectangle top down, then folded and seamed to create arm holes. Short sleeves are added to finish.
- Picture guides for construction are given at the end of the pattern.
- This pattern uses chain stitches (ch), single crochet (sc) and half double crochet (hdc)(US terms)
- The pattern repeat for the rectangle is worked over a multiple of 3 plus 2 st
Stitches & Abbreviations (US terms)
yds = yards
In = inches
g = grams
st = stitch / stitches
ch = chain
ss = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
fsc = foundation single crochet (see special stitches)
sk = skip
yo = yarn over
rep = repeat
RS = right side
WS = wrong side
Foundation Single Crochet – click here for instructions on foundation single crochet, including written instructions and a video tutorial.
If you struggle with this technique it can be replaced with making a chain of the number of stitches needed plus 1, then sc in the 2nd chain from the hook and across to the end.
Hook: 4.5mmm or as needed to meet gauge. I am using half size up from hook recommended for yarn to create extra drape.
Yarn: Approximately 1500 yards (500g) acrylic double knit yarn (900yds in colour A and <300 yds in colours B and C for stripes)
The item pictured used Stylecraft Special DK (aff)(aff) in Sherbert (< 3balls, 900yds, 300g), Lipstick (< 1 ball, 300yds, 100g) and Candyfloss (< 1 ball, 300yds, 100g)
Other: Yarn needle & scissors
Sizing & Gauge
Gauge for pattern repeat: 2in(5cm) x 2in(5cm) = 9 st x 8 rows
The pattern is written in one size but you can increase or decrease the size by changing the size of the rectangle. The number of stitches across represents the width of the shrug across the back and the number of rows represents the length of the cardigan. Be sure to bear in mind the pattern repeats (multiple of 3 plus 2) if changing the width, and of the row repeats if changing the length (number of rows) of the shrug,
Based on this pattern and gauge the rectangle, before construction will measure
Length: 38In / 95cm
It is assumed you will fasten off at the end of each colour change.
In the pattern, colour changes are instructed at the start of the row as “In colour A/B/C“
Colour A = Sherbert (turquoise)
Colour B = Lipstick (red)
Colour C = Candyfloss (pink)
To make the rectangle:
Row 1 In colour A : 190 fsc (190)
Row 2: ch3 (equivalent to hdc, ch1), turn, *sk 1 st, hdc in next st*, rep * to end (ch3, 94 hdc, 94 ch1 sp)
Row 3: ch2 (equivalent to sc, ch1), turn, sc in first ch1 sp *ch1, sc in next ch1 sp*, rep * to end (ch2, 94 sc, 94 ch1 sp)
Row 4-12: rep rows 2 and 3, finishing on a row 2 rep
Row 13 In colour B: ch1 (does not count as st), turn, sc into each st to end, making sure to work into (not over) the ch st from the previous row (190)
Row 14 In colour C: ch3, turn, *sk 1 st, hdc in next 3 st, ch1, sk 1 st, hdc in next st, ch1, sk 1 st*, rep * 31 times, hdc in last 2 st (190)
Row 15 In colour B: rep row 13
Row 16 In colour C: ch2 (does not count as st), turn, hdc in next 2 st, ch1, sk 1 st, hdc, *ch1, sk 1 st, hdc in next 3 st, ch1, sk 1 st, hdc*, rep * 31 times to end (190)
Row 17 In colour B: rep row 13
Row 18 In colour C: rep row 14
Row 19 In colour B: rep row 13
Row 20-42 In colour A: rep rows 2 and 3 finishing on a row 2 rep
Row 43-132: rep rows 13-42 three times (30 rows x3)
Row 133-139: rep rows 13-19
Row 140-150 in colour A: rep rows 2 and 3 finishing on a row 2 rep
Row 151: sc into each st across (190)
Fasten off and sew in ends
Lay your rectangle out on the floor. You can block it if you like but the wobbly edges won’t be seen once it’s finished!
Fold the square in half with RS facing inwards (below left).
Matching the edges row for row, sew up the sides from the open edge up to the start of the second set of stripes (63 rows), leaving openings for the arms between here and the centre fold.
Open out into a diamond shape and you will see the arm holes (below).
Working on the WS, make 3 rows of sc around the opening of the shrug (this would be the bottom edges of the fold, the first and last row of the rectangle).
Join with a ss at the end of each row, ch1and turn to start the next row.
Fasten off and sew in ends to form the lapel.
Repeat for each arm hole.
With WS still facing, join colour A to the seam at the bottom of the arm hole (where you sewed up the sides)
Round 1 In colour A: sc in seam, ch1, skip a hdc row *sc in next sc row, ch1, sk hdc row*, rep * around arm hole, ss into top of first sc (35 sc, 35 ch 1 sp)
Round 2: ch2, turn, *hdc in next ch1 sp, ch1*, rep * to end, join with ss to top of hdc (35 hdc, 35 ch1 sp)
Round 3: ch1, turn, *sc in next ch1 sp, ch1*, rep * to end, join with ss to top of sc (35 sc, 35 ch1 sp)
Round 4-11: rep rounds 2 and 3, finishing with a round 3 rep
Round 12 In colour B: ch1 (counts as st), turn, sc in each ch1 sp around, ss into top of ch1 (36)
Round 13 In colour C: ch2 (does not count as st), turn *hdc in next 3 st, sk 1 st, hdc, ch1, sk 1 st*, rep* to end, join with ss to top of first hdc (36)
Round 14 In colour B: ch1 (does not count as st), turn, sc in each st around, ss into top of first sc (36)
Round 15 In colour C: ch2 (does not count as st), turn *hdc in next st, sk 1 st, hdc in next 3 st, ch1 sk 1 st*, rep* to end, join with ss to top of first hdc (36)
Round 16: rep round 14
Round 17: rep round 13
Round 18: rep round 14
Fasten off and sew in ends
Turn you shrug the right side out and enjoy!
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Until next time.
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