Cozy Knit Shrug

A classy and elegant coverup.

Skill Level | Beginner
Available Sizes | XS-M, L-XL, 3XL-5XL

Perfect for a special occasion or any time you need just a little extra warmth. It’s simple enough for a beginner and quick enough for a great weekend project.

If you’re looking for an easy, beginner knitting project that’s more interesting than a scarf, you’re in the right place. Our cozy knit shrug is worked in basic stitches and textured yarn to create a lofty and stretchy fit.

With this project you’ll learn how to use basic stitches to create a simple shape and then later turn that shape into something functional and wearable. This project is perfect for beginner’s who have already worked a project or two and are looking to improve their skills even more. The yarn has a slightly lower stitch definition that a plied yarn but it’s still workable for new knitters.

Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We have a list of recommended supplies and abbreviations here on this page as well as written instructions and a tutorial to walk you through our cozy knit shrug step-by-step.

  • Approx 290(520, 640) yds; Bernat Freesia Yarn (Colorway shown: Frosted Pine) – Not Currently Available on Amazon
  • US 11 Circular Knitting Needles, 24″ or longer
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

  • CO Cast On
  • K Knit
  • P Purl
  • Rep Repeat
Finished Size

XS-M: 16.5″ wide; 37″ long
L-2XL: 19.5″ wide; 56″ long
3XL-5XL: 22.5″ wide; 60″ long


13 sts x 23 rows = 4″
worked in
garter stitch

Need to Print this Pattern?

You’ll find the full pattern for free here on this page. However, if you’d like a PDF version of this pattern to print or save for offline use, you can purchase it from our PDF shop.

CO 53(56, 59) sts

Row 1: K all sts

Repeat: Rep last row until work measures approx 37(56, 60)” from cast on edge.

Bind Off: Work a standard knitting bind off.


Step 1: lay work flat. Fold top right corner downward (this now becomes lower right corner).

Step 2: Bring both top and bottom corners together. Seam the two ends together with a yarn needle.

Step 3: Weave in ends.

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