Thursday, 17 April 2014

Primavera - Ruffle Shrug for Babies

Primavera (i.e., "Spring" in Portuguese). That elusive time of year when your nose is constantly running, you kind of itch all over and you begin to live. You start spending more time outdoors, you relish the sun and babies begin to show those wonderful baby rolls. But that doesn't mean that you no longer need some warmth. This is where this cute shrug comes into play. Designed to be crocheted in cotton, it is simple but cute, adding just that extra-layer (much needed during Spring or even during Summer/Autumn). So, grab your hook and yarn and go!

Primavera - Ruffle Shrug for Babies


6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2 years
(shown here in 6 month size) 


  • 100/125/150/200 mt of worsted cotton yarn (shown in Rowan Classic Cotton Jeans);
  • 5.5 mm/I hook;
  • 5/6 buttons.


Instructions are for the smaller size, with changes for the larger size noted in parentheses as necessary.
  • Foundation Row: Chain 43 (47, 49, 53). 
  • Row 1: Dc in 3rd chain from hook and next 2 (2, 3, 3) ch, 3 dc in next chain (increase corner made), dc in next 6 ch, 3 dc in next chain (increase corner made), dc in next 12 (14, 14, 16) ch, 3 dc in next chain (increase corner made), dc in next 6 ch, 3 dc in next chain (increase corner made), dc in next 10 (12, 12, 14). Chain 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), turn.
  • Row 2: *work dc until you reach the middle st of previous corner, 3 dc* - repeat 3 more times.
  • Repeat row 2 until you reach row 6 (7, 8, 8).
  • Divide-for-Sleeves Row (or Row 7, 8, 8, 9) - dc until the first st of the corner from the previous row, 2dctog, joining the middle st of the 1st corner with the middle st of the 2nd corner, dc until the first st of the 3rd corner from the previous row, 2dctog, joining the middle st of the 3rd corner with the middle st of the 4th corner, dc to end, chain 3, turn.
  • Next Row: Dc in each st across, Ch3, turn. Repeat this row 0 (1, 2, 3) more times.
  • For the ruffle: 
    • Ch 1, sc across. Chain 3 turn.
    • Chain 4, 1 dc in first sc, chain 1, *1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1* in each sc across. Break off yarn. 
  • For the sleeves:
    • Attach yarn to the middle stitch of armpit at the back. Chain 3, dc across, picking up 2 stitches for each horizontal dc at underarm, for a total of 24 (26, 28, 30) st.
    • Dc in each st across. Join with sl st to begin of round. Repeat this row 0 (1, 2, 2) more times.
    • Chain 1, sc in same st, *ch 1, sk 1, 1 sc* until the end. Join with slip st to beginning of row. Sl st to first chain space. Repeat row 2 more times.
  • Sow button on 1st row and on every other row.
  • Weave in ends. Grab pretty baby. Put on shrug. Tear up due to cuteness overload.

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  1. So sweet!! Very pretty :-).
    Happy Easter!

  2. Thanks! Glad you liked it! Awesome blog, by the way!

  3. I love this, it's so cute. Thank-you.

  4. Cuteness overload?? You're the cute one (-:
    Making a few of these just because!!

  5. It's really cute...I definitely want to try it...I'm confused whether to use acrylic or cotton yarn

  6. Thank you so much for the lovely design. It was really simple and quick...and undoubtedly really cute.

    1. Thank you, Swheta! I think acrylic will also work just fine. I only crocheted it in cotton because it was meant to be used during the Summer months. Head on over to my Facebook page and share your results! I would love to see them!

  7. Very pretty sweet shrug, such easy to understand instructions.

  8. I have 3 granddaughters, a 6 month old & 2 6 year olds (not twins) & would love to make them matching shrugs like this, how would I change it to fit a 6 year old?

    1. Hi, there! To upsize the pattern to a 6-year old, you should increase the number of beginning chains. 61 will probably be enough. Distribute this 8 extra stitches accordingly: Dc in 3rd chain from hook and next 5 ch, 3 dc in next chain (increase corner made), dc in next 7 ch, 3 dc in next chain dc in next 18 ch, 3 dc in next chain, dc in next 7 ch, 3 dc in next chain (increase corner made), dc in next 16. Continue on until you have 10/11 rows of raglan increases and then slip for sleeves. Add 4/5 rows before ruffle. I hope this helps! :)

  9. Hi!

    I'm almost a beginner when it comes to crochet (so far I've only crocheted berets, headbands and things like that. :-) )

    Now I thought I'd make my first apparel - something easy for my cousin's daughter who's to be born in July. Is there any way of altering the size to fit a 0-3 months-old baby by changing to a smaller hook and/or thinner yarn or something?? I'm from Sweden b t w, so I don't understand your yarn desciptions. :-) )

    Thanks in advance! :-)

    All the best!
    / Louise

  10. If I chain only 39 this will be small enough for 3m old...I see you only increased by 4 so I just went down a size from your smallest,ch of 43.

  11. I just finished the 18mo size in worsted & it worked up so quickly. Thank you for sharing this adorableness with us :D