remake! ginkgo shrug


This shrug uses the same lace pat­tern as the gink­go top (and almost the same stitch count!), but with much heav­ier yarn and larg­er hooks. Basi­cal­ly, a blown up ver­sion of the gink­go lace pat­tern. And no neck shap­ing! Isn’t that nice? :D Such is the beau­ty of shrugs.

I thought it would make a nice piece for late sum­mer nights eas­ing into fall.


The shrug mea­sures 38.5″ from cuff to cuff, and 20″ from neck­line to bot­tom edge. It’s a very quick make, took me 2 evenings to fin­ish while watch­ing TV :)



What I used:

Worsted weight yarn, approx. 700 yards

6mm and 5.5mm hooks

Tapes­try nee­dle for sewing.


Note for size mod­i­fi­ca­tions: to increase the length from cuff to cuff, i.e. longer sleeves, add mul­ti­ples of 6 ch to foun­da­tion chain. 6 stitch­es = 1.75″

With larg­er hook, ch 136.

Begin with row 2 of the gink­go lace pat­tern (but slight­ly mod­i­fied, because we’re skip­ping the first row of dc’s in the orig­i­nal pat­tern) as follows:

Row 2: 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, skip 2 ch, dc in next ch, [skip 2 ch, 5 dc in next ch, skip 2 ch, dc in next ch] across, skip 2 ch, 3 dc in last ch. Turn.

The rest is just the same as the gink­go lace pat­tern. To make things eas­i­er I’ve past­ed it below.

Note: shell = 5 dc in a stitch, or 3 dc in a stitch

Row 3: (WS) ch 5, skip shell in the begin­ning of row, dc in next dc, [ch 2, dc in 3rd dc of shell, ch 2, skip rest of shell, dc in next dc] across, ch 2, dc in top of turn­ing ch. Turn.

Row 4: (RS) ch 3, 5 dc in next dc, [dc in dc, 5 dc in next dc across], dc in 3rd ch of turn­ing ch. Turn.

Row 5: ch 5, dc in 3rd dc of shell, [skip rest of shell, ch 2, dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in 3rd dc of shell] across, ch 2, dc in top of turn­ing ch. Turn.

Row 6: ch 3, 2 dc in same st, dc in next dc, [5 dc in next dc, dc in next dc] across, 3 dc in 3rd st of turn­ing ch.

Repeat rows 3–6 until piece mea­sures approx. 18″ from begin­ning, or desired length. End­ing with row 4 or 6. Fas­ten off.


Fold piece in half length­wise with wrong side fac­ing out. Sew seam togeth­er, start­ing from the cuff edge, along the long side of the piece, sew 5.5″ towards the cen­tre of the piece (about 3 and a half shells). Repeat on the oth­er side. Turn piece right side out.


Neckline/front/back: With larg­er hook and right side fac­ing, attach yarn to any stitch along the last row cro­cheted, ch 3, dc in each dc except the 3rd dc of each shell. When cro­chet­ing along the bot­tom side of the shrug (i.e. along the foun­da­tion ch), work 2 dc in each 2 ch space, and 1 dc in the base of each shell, but skip the ch at the base of a dc. Cro­chet around until end of round, sl st in top of begin­ning ch, ch 3. Do not turn, dc in each dc around, sl st in top of begin­ning ch, fas­ten off.

Cuffs: With small­er hook and right side fac­ing, attach yarn to any space on cuff edge. The stitch­es will be cro­cheted into the side ends of the rows, or “row-ends”. ch 3, 2 dc tog in each row-end around, sl st in top of begin­ning ch, ch 3. Do not turn, dc in each dc around, fas­ten off. Repeat on the oth­er cuff.

Weave in ends.


Hap­py cro­chet­ing! :D


17 thoughts on “remake! ginkgo shrug

  1. Thank you for shar­ing! I just love this shrug!!! <3 I´m going to try to make it, thank you very very much!!

    Love your page btw! :)

  2. Hi Trish,
    Your shrug design is just so cute. I think I made a mis­take some how though, I hope you can help. Are all the edges sup­posed to be straight? My arm edges were on an angle; not straight. I ripped out and am going to start over but don’t want to make the same mis­take. I added 10 inch­es but stayed in the guide­lines you gave of mul­ti­ples of 6. Maybe I skipped a stitch? Do you have any oth­er pho­tos, maybe from before you closed the arms? Hope you can help. Thank you for pro­vid­ing a free pat­tern and for offer­ing help. 

    Thank you,

  3. Hi Des­ti­nee, thank you for giv­ing the pat­tern a try! Try count­ing how many shells you have in the first row, then as you go along count to see if you still have the same num­ber of shells every oth­er row, if there are more or few­er shells, that means you’ve added or skipped stitch­es along the way, usu­al­ly in the begin­ning or the end of row. Anoth­er rea­son can be ten­sion, if you start­ed off cro­chet­ing more tight­ly in the begin­ning and then became more loose towards the end, or vice ver­sa. I don’t have oth­er pho­tos of the shrug, but it should just be a rec­tan­gle before sewing the sleeves togeth­er, with all straight edges. Hope this helps!

  4. Hi!I real­ly like this shrug. I’d like to do it with a mul­ti­col­or yarn and the one i like is for a 3 1/2 or 4mm hook. I guess i will need to increase the lengh, isn’t it? Thanks

  5. Hi Alex­ia, so sor­ry about the delay in reply! If you’re using a lighter yarn, the gauge will be dif­fer­ent, so yes increase the num­ber of foun­da­tion ch in mul­ti­ples of 6 until you get the length you need. Hope this helps! Hap­py crocheting :)

  6. Thank you so much for shar­ing your pat­tern. I’m so excit­ed to make this. Thank­ful­ly I already had my yarn. I grew up wish­ing I had some­thing like this. My grand­moth­er & great grand­moth­er were born and raised in Tokyo Japan and they both wore shrugs like this but they were knit­ted. I love cro­chet and can­not wait to cro­chet my own and many oth­ers. I’m always freez­ing and now I’ll always have this to keep me warm. Again thank you so much for shar­ing your pattern

  7. I am a lit­tle con­fused about sewing for the sleeved .if yoy could email me exact­ly how the shrug is sewn.Ilove the lacy shell pattern.

  8. Thank you for shar­ing the pat­tern. I am excit­ed to make this. I am a con­fused about how to sew it togeth­er. Could you please explain in more detail exact­ly how to sew it togeth­er. Thank you

  9. Thank you for vis­it­ing my blog. The sewing instruc­tion is under “fin­ish­ing” in the post. Basi­cal­ly you would fold the piece length-wise with wrong side fac­ing out. Then sew along the long edges for 5.5″ from the cuff/short edge toward the cen­tre, on both ends. Hope this helps, hap­py crocheting!

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