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The Sugar Maple Shrug by Lisa Rollins

Updated April 27, 2023

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Today I would like to welcome guest designer Lisa Rollins to the blog.  Lisa has been busy putting together this beautiful Sugar Maple Shrug for you. It has been designed to be easily customisable to any body size or type and easy to crochet too!

Materials and Tools needed

Yarn: Lion Brand Hometown USA, 4 oz/113 g, Northfolk Merlot, 64 yds/59 m (4-6 skeins)

Hook: 9mm – body


Crochet Terms and Abbreviations

Pattern written in UK terms

Chain Space(ch-sp)

Skip Stitch (sk): Skip stitch

Slip Stitch (ss): Insert hook into space, yarn over and pull through stitch and loop on hook

Chain (ch): Yarn over, pull through one loop on hook.

Treble crochet (tr): Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have three loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.

Half Treble Crochet (htr): Yarn over, insert into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have three loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining three loops.

Double Crochet(s): dc(s): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have two loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops. 

Unsure of the differences between UK and US terms? Need a refresher on how to do your stitches? In my ‘How to crochet: A handy reference guide’ EBook I help you with all of these terms and you can always have them to hand! You will also get exclusive access to free video instructions. You can find my EBook HERE.

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Notes & Details

The pattern is worked in two parts: the body rectangle that is seamed to create the arm holes and top part of the sleeves and then cuffs for each sleeve are worked in the round to give us a long sleeve option.

Gauge:  4 tr/ch1 pairs x 4 rows (when blocked)

Finished measurements/sizing: 

For the body section only:

XS/SM – 41” wide x 12” tall 

M/L – 43” wide x 14” tall 

XL/2XL – 45” wide x 16” tall 

3XL/4XL – 47” wide x 18” tall 

Pattern Skill Level:


Customizing The Pattern
  • To customize the pattern, measure from below the elbow across back to below the other elbow with your arms at your sides. This is the body width, chain until you reach that width just being sure to end with an odd number of stitches. Your work will stretch, so after chaining, be sure to test the length of the chain on your body.
  • Measure around the upper arm and add 2 inches to the measurement. This will be the height of your shrug and determine the number of rows to crochet.
  • Your cuffs will match the number of rows you crocheted for your custom size. (So, if you crochet 16 rows, then your cuffs will have 16 stitches).


Chain 85 (89, 93, 97).

Row 1: 1 tr in 5th ch from hook, *ch 1, skip 1 ch, 1 tr in next ch; repeat from * to end of row, turn.

Row 2: Ch 4, skip first tr, *1 tr in next ch space, ch 1, skip 1 tr; repeat from * to end of row, work 1 tr under 4th of ch 4 from foundation row, turn. 

Row 3 – 14 (16, 18, 20): repeat Row 2. 

Block rectangle. 

Seaming body section

Fold rectangle in half longways with right sides together. Using clips, clip along the bottom two sides for approximately 10 inches from the end towards the middle. Repeat on the opposite side. 

Try on the shrug to test fit. Adjust for fit and and then slip stitch the sides together according to the fit. 

If you are unable to try on, measure 10 inches on each side and seam. 

Adding Cuffs

Move down one hook size. 

Start with one arm hole and attach yarn at the seam.  This section can be lengthened or shortened as needed by adding or reducing rows.

Row 1: ch 1, 1 dc in each row around working into the tr space between rows, sl st to join. (one for each body row – 14, 16, 18, 20)

Row 2 – 18: Ch2, 1 htr in 1st st and each st around, sl st to join. (14, 16, 18, 20 htrs)

Row 19: Ch 1, sl st in first st and each stitch around, sl st to join. 

Finish and weave in ends.

Repeat on other sleeve. 

“I wanted to create something that would add a little more warmth to the standard shrug, so I went with a long sleeve option for this one.  I love bulky yarns and I love throwing on a shrug in the fall to give me just a little bit of warmth without having to wrap myself up. This shrug gives you the chance to show off your crochet work and your style.”

You can find more from Lisa over on her blog or her Instagram Page.  You can read my interview with Lisa over on my Instagram now.


Sugar Maple Shrug by Lisa Rollins

Sugar Maple Shrug by Lisa Rollins

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