How to Crochet a Scarf: Free Crochet Scarf Patterns & Tutorial

Scarves make great gifts! They’re also great projects for beginner crocheters to learn how to crochet a scarf! By learning how to crochet a scarf, you’ll acquire a skill you can build on and use to make useful homemade gifts for both fun and profit. No matter what you choose to do with the finished product, our simple scarf tutorial and free crochet scarf patterns will help you get started.

The Chunky Trellis Scarf pattern is a great way for crochet beginners to learn how to crochet a scarf!

An easy crochet scarf pattern for beginners: Easy Chunky Trellis Scarf Crochet Pattern Download.

To start off our crochet scarf tutorial, we’re going to give you step-by-step instructions for a basic scarf. This scarf is a breeze to complete and is perfect for beginners who are just learning to crochet. After that, we’ll provide an introduction to our free crochet scarf pattern e-book. This e-book contains 10 free crochet patterns for all different kinds of stylish scarves for adults.

Basic Scarf

This scarf is an incredibly easy project that is perfect for any crochet beginner. Basic measurements for a scarf are about 8 inches wide by approximately however many inches you are tall. These measurements will give you a scarf that is long enough to wrap once. If you want a different-sized scarf, we’ll explain how you can easily adjust the pattern to make the scarf you desire.

How to Crochet a Scarf: Getting Started


  • Yarn: About 500 to 700 yd [457 to 640 m] worsted weight yarn in the desired color. Suggestions: Red Heart Soft, Red Heart With Love, Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, Premier Yarns Everyday Serenity Soft.
  • Hook: Size I/9 (5.5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
  • Notions: Yarn needle.
  • Gauge: 8 sts and 9 rows = 21/2″ Notes: What is gauge and why is it important? Gauge is the number of stitches and rows you should have in a given measurement. It is important because if you don’t meet this standard your project will not be the correct size and you may not have enough yarn.

Stitch Guide

Single crochet (sc): *Insert hook in chain (ch) or stitch (st), yarn over (yo) and pull up loop (lp) (Figure 1), yo, draw through both lps on hook (Figure 2); repeat (rep) from *.

Watch the video from beginning to 1:54 for the single crochet stitch guide portion:

Half double crochet (hdc): *Yo, insert hook in next st, yo, pull lp through (3 lps on hook), yo, draw through all lps on hook; rep from *.

Double crochet (dc): *Yo, insert hook in next st, yo, pull up lp (3 lps on hook, (yo, draw through 2 lps) 2 times; rep from *.

See more stitches in our crochet stitch glossary

Crochet Scarf Pattern

Scarf Chain (ch):
Watch the video from beginning to 1:02 for the since crochet stitch guide portion:

Row 1: Single crochet (sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining (rem) ch across, turn—26 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
Next rows: Repeat (rep) Row 2 until scarf reaches desired length OR continue to next steps.

Easy Next Steps

Note: If you’ve mastered the single crochet and would like to proceed with slightly more advanced stitches, you can continue as follows:

Next rows: Ch 2 (counts as first half double crochet), skip (sk) stitch (st) under ch 2, half double crochet (hdc) (see Stitch Guide) in each rem st across, turn.

Intermediate Next Steps

Note: If you’ve completed the half double crochet and would like to continue on with an even more advanced stitch, work as follows:
Next rows: Ch 3 (counts as first double crochet, sk st under ch 3, double crochet (dc) (see Stitch Guide) in each rem st across, turn.

Finishing: For All Scarves

After completing last row, ch 1, draw up long lp and pull tight. Cut yarn between chain and remainder of yarn. Draw remaining length through. *Using yarn needle, thread length and weave through stitches working away from you and back toward you, making stitches as unnoticeable as possible. Cut close to scarf and weave in rem end. * Rep between (bet) * with length from beginning (beg) of scarf.

Now that you’ve completed your first scarf, check out our How to Crochet Scarves e-book. This e-book is available at no cost to you and contains 10 free crochet scarf patterns in many different styles that will suit various styles and tastes. Just to whet your appetite, here are a few of the scarves included in the e-book:

Crochet Scarf Free Patterns:

Off the Grid Scarf
By Marilyn Murphy

Learn how to crochet a scarf with the Off the Grid scarf pattern: a free crochet scarf pattern!

This scarf may look complicated but it is an elegant and deceptively simple pattern. The grid is elongated when working it horizontally versus vertically.

Conch Scarf
By Jody Witt

The Conch scarf pattern is a perfect way to start getting into scarves!

Subtle ruffling and an eye-catching colorwork design create the perfect complement to any outfit. Made in a bulky yarn, this scarf is sure to fly off your hook!

Shades of Plaid
By Julie Armstrong Holetz

The Shades of Plaid scarf pattern is a perfect way to start getting into crocheted scarves!

Working up quickly in worsted weight yarn, it is exciting to watch the creation of the plaid develop with each step. Half double crochets and chains pair with alternating colors to create a scarf that’s perfect for challenging a beginner.

Get your FREE Crochet Scarves eBook filled with amazing and fun scarf patterns today!

Scarves are extremely versatile crochet projects. Whether you’re a beginning crocheter or you’ve been crocheting for years, learning how to crochet a scarf is very useful as you can never have enough of both in your closet or to give as gifts.

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