This week at the shop we have been crocheting summer shrugs. These are so simple and need no pattern at all. To create a light flowing feel simply use a larger hook than the yarn recommends. For 4 ply I use a 5mm and for Dk a 6mm creates a nice effect.
The base chain needs to be as long as you want the shrug to be. I measure mine from elbow to elbow but you can do longer or shorter depending on the style you want. When I have my base chain then all I do is a simple V stitch up and down until it resembles a very short and fat scarf. You then fold it in half along the length and use DC to join from the end up to where the shrug would meet your arm pit, fasten off with a slip stitch, cut the yarn and do exactly the same with the other arm (it is best to try it on several times so that it fits you perfectly). Then all you have to do is sew in the ends and turn it inside out.
This method is so easy and so adaptable. I also use the same method for making a warm shrug for the winter by just using chunky yarn and using the correct hook size to reduce the size of the holes.
The best thing about this is that it generally uses only one ball of yarn if you are using DK or 4 ply.
Happy Hooking x