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30+ Free Crochet Scarf Patterns for Every Season

Crochet scarves are more than just accessories, they are expressions of who you are and showcase your unique taste. From classic designs to contemporary, I’ve chosen these crochet scarf patterns to suit a variety of tastes and skill levels. Included are free patterns for all ages and sizes so there’s a good chance you’ll find just what you’re looking for.

Montage of four photos showing different crochet scarves

If you’re a beginner, scarves make fabulous first crochet projects.

Tension isn’t critical and there is no increasing or decreasing.

Scarves are perfect for trying out new crochet stitches.  If there’s a stitch that you’ve wanted to try, give it a go! 

If you’ve been crocheting for a while, these free crochet patterns make great last-minute gifts.

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You probably have the yarn needed to crochet a scarf in your stash, keeping your costs down.

Or you could treat yourself!  The crochet scarf patterns in this collection use one or two skeins of yarn, giving you the opportunity to support independent dyers and work with luxurious hand-dyed yarns.

How To Crochet A Scarf

If you want to have a go at crocheting a scarf without a pattern, follow my easy, step-by-step instructions:

  1. Gather your tools and materials;  you’ll need a crochet hook, yarn, tape measure, scissors and yarn needle
  2. Make a slip knot leaving a long tail and start to chain your stitches 
  3. Measure your chains using the size guidance in the FAQ section and stop when you get to the length or width you want. 
  4. Crochet into the stitches of your foundation chain and continue in rows with the stitch you’ve chosen until you reach your desired size

Optional – add a fringe to give that finishing touch

To help you choose which crochet stitch to use for your scarf, browse the best stiches section.

Not sure what length or width you would like for your scarf? You’ll find helpful information in the scarf sizes section.

Struggling to come up with the best yarn for your scarf? Check out the choosing the best yarn section for inspiration.

Crochet tips for crocheting your scarf:

Remember to add a turning chain at the start of each row:

  • chain 1 for UK double crochet / US single crochet stitch
  • chain 2 for UK half treble crochet /US half double crochet
  • chain 3 for UK treble crochet  /  US double crochet)

Use stitch markers at the end of each row to make sure you don’t miss the last stitch of a row. This will keep your edges straight.

Browse my crochet tips for beginners for more recommendations.

Crochet Scarf Patterns

Click on the numbered pattern name to be taken directly to the free scarf crochet pattern.

Most of these patterns are written in US crochet terms.

For my UK crocheters, the table below is a conversion of basic crochet stitches from US to UK.

US Crochet TermsUK Crochet Terms
single crochet (sc)double crochet (dc)
half double crochet (hdc)half treble crochet (htr)
double crochet (dc)treble crochet (tr)
treble (tr)double treble (dtr)
double treble (dtr)triple treble (trtr)

Supplies needed:

  • Crochet Hook – 3mm, 3.25mm, 3.5mm, 4mm, 4.25mm, 5mm, 5.5mm, 6mm, 6.5mm, 10mm
  • Yarn: 3-ply, 4-ply/fingering weight, DK, Worsted/Aran, Chunky, Bulky
  • Stitch Marker
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry Needle (for weaving in ends)
  • Googly eyes
  • Fabric glue

Looking for scarves to keep you snug and warm through the winter? The following free and easy crochet scarf patterns could be just what you’re looking for.

1. Celtic Weave Scarf

A scarf crocheted in the Celtic Weave stitch is styled in different ways
Jera’s Jamboree

The two-row repeat of the Celtic Weave crochet stitch allows you to tailor my scarf pattern to any length and depending on your yarn colour choices, complement both male and female styles. 

Add the optional fringe for more ways to personalise.

  • Yarn weight: DK
  • Recommended yarn: James C Brett Marble DK
  • Measurements: 19 cm (W) X 164 cm (L) excluding fringe / Fringe 7cm after trimming / Total length 171 cm (including fringe)

If you prefer to work from a PDF, this pattern is available to purchase on Etsy.

2. Bobble Stitch Scarf

Crochet Bobble Stitch Scarf in 6 colours styled on a manekin worn over the shoulder
Jera’s Jamboree

You’ll need to count stitches for the alternate bobble stitch rows and change colour but my pattern is a project that you’ll get into the rhythm easily.

If you haven’t changed colour before, using one colour will be just as effective.

I don’t really like tassels or fringes on the scarves I wear however, if you would like to add one, you might find inspiration in these free crochet borders and edgings pattern roundup.

  • Yarn weight: DK
  • Recommended yarn: Stylecraft Special DK
  • Measurements: 160 cm/63″ (L) by 18 cm/7″ (W)

3. Easy Crochet Scarf

crochet scarf with a zig zag pattern styled on a mannequin
Jera’s Jamboree

My easy scarf crochet pattern uses a 2 row repeat and 2 colours.

No increases or decreases. If you can chain and treble crochet (US double crochet) you will be able to work this pattern.

I’ve used the long treble crochet (US long double crochet) worked in the row below, nestled between a treble crochet (US double crochet) either side.

  • Yarn weight: DK (200g)
  • Recommended yarn: Emu Classic DK
  • Measurements: 16cm / 6.5” (W) X 115cm  /  45.5” (L)

4. Modern Granny Square Scarf

Geometric pattern crochet scarf made from granny squares and triangles
Jera’s Jamboree

I love wearing my scarf! My easy crochet scarf pattern consists of granny squares and granny triangles that form geometric shapes and give an eye-catching design. 

I’ve mixed up solid granny squares with solid and classic triangles to give this retro technique a modern spin.

Adding in a pop of colour gives even more interest.

  • Yarn weight: DK (from your stash)
  • Measurements: 23cm/9” (W) X 104cm/41” (L)

5. Easy Crocheted Scarf

lacy crocheted scarf in a lacy pattern
A Spoonful of Sugar Designs

This free crochet scarf pattern is very easy and repetitive. 

Once you’ve crocheted the foundation row there’s a one row pattern repeat.

It might be a simple pattern but it is very effective!

  • Yarn weight: 3-ply (one skein)
  • Recommended yarn: BC Garn Baby Alpaca
  • Measurements: 15cm wide (6 inches) x 160 cm  (63 inches)  in length. 

6. The Willow Scarf

a woman is standing in a snowy landscape wearing a coat and crocheted scarf
All About Ami

This double crochet scarf works up quickly in bulky yarn.

The simple stitch of single crochet (UK double crochet) worked in the front loop only gives a beautiful ribbed effect.

You have the option to add pockets and a fringe.  Great for keeping your hands warm and cosy!

  • Yarn weight: super chunky (4 skeins)
  • Recommended Yarn: Wool Ease Thick and Quick
  • Measurements: 9″/23 cm wide, 88″/224 cm long (without fringe)

If you prefer a PDF, this pattern is available to purchase on Etsy.

7. Diagonal Ripple Scarf

blue crocheted scarf hanging on a ladder
A Crocheted Simplicity

If you enjoy working the corner-to-corner technique you’ll love working on this C2C scarf. And you’ll only need 1 skein of yarn too!

If you’re a confident beginner looking for a challenge, there are several photos to guide you.  Give it a go!

This pattern is also available to purchase as a PDF on Etsy.

8. Crochet Colour-Block Scarf

Colourful crocheted scarf in green, pink, orange and cream hanging on a coat hanger
Annie Design Crochet

This free pattern for a cosy crochet scarf is suitable for a beginner and is perfect for cooler weather.

The easy repeat pattern of shell stitches makes this project a fast make. You could rustle up a modern scarf for yourself or as a gift in no time!

Instructions are written in both UK and US crochet terms.

  • Yarn weight: Worsted/Aran
  • Recommended yarn: Stylecraft Special Aran
  • Measurements: 76” / [193 cm] x 9.5” / [30 cm]

9. Luxurious Winter Scarf Crochet Pattern

crocheted scarf in white on a coat hanger
Kirsten Holloway Designs

Snowberries is an elegant textured crochet winter scarf pattern suitable for intermediate level. 

Puff stitches add the majority of the bulk and texture with chains adding geometric interest to the scarf.

Scallops, picots, and tassels finish this scarf perfectly.

This is a fabulous crochet project if you’re ready to move on from beginner level.  You’ll gain experience of puff, fan and shell stitches.  

A video taking you through how to work the stitches is also available.

The pattern works up in 6 row repeats.

Written in UK crochet terms.

10. Modern Pocket Crochet Scarf

Crocheted scarf in shades of purple with pockets and tassels
Left in Knots

This easy to crochet scarf has a lovely texture and is perfect for keeping cosy in winter.

On a budget? You’ll only need one skein of Lion Brand Scarfie yarn.

This cosy pocket scarf also has the option of adding a fringe.

Measurements: Length 73” before folding pockets Width 6.25”

11. Hooded Pocket Scarf

This video tutorial will show you how to crochet a scarf with a hood and pockets.

Worked in super bulky weight yarn using half double crochet and a 10mm crochet hook, this scarf will work up in 2 – 3 hours!

3 different views of a woman wearing a hooded scarf with her hands in the pockets

12. Buttered Popcorn Scarf 

Learn how to crochet a popcorn scarf with this video tutorial.

Thumbnail image for YouTube video tutorial showing two images of a crochet popcorn scarf

The video shows you how to crochet scarf tassels too.  You’ll be able to take what you learn and apply it to other projects 🙂

If you prefer to follow a written pattern, the Buttered Popcorn Scarf is also available to purchase as a PDF.

13. Sunnyside Scarf

Flat lay of a child's coat with a purple crochet scarf with white pompoms on the ends
Hello Moon Crochet

Instructions in this pattern are for a child’s size scarf but you can adapt the pattern easily for an adult size scarf by adding in extra rows.

This easy scarf looks great in the fluffy textured Snowflake Chunky from the Sirdar Snuggly range. 

An alternative yarn that would work well is the Paintbox Yarns simply chunky in Raspberry.

This free pattern would work well with any yarn you like, just adjust the hook size to suit.

If you don’t have a pom pom maker, download my free pom pom template.

The following free scarf patterns crochet are lacy and lightweight – perfect for spring or summer.

14. Lacy Crochet Summer Scarf

Close up of the lacy pattern on a crochet summer scarf
Jera’s Jamboree

My lacy crochet scarf pattern is the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. 

Suitable for beginners and more experienced crocheters alike, you’ll be accessorising for summer in no time. 

  • Yarn weight: fingering/4-ply
  • Recommended Yarn: Lion Brand Summer Nights
  • Measurements: 15cm / 6inches (Width)  X  108cm  /  42.5inches (Length)

15. Easy Triangle Scarf/Shawl

lacy crochet shawl in pink draped on the back of a chair
Jera’s Jamboree / small shawl or triangle scarf

If you feel confident crocheting blankets and scarves, you’ll be able to follow this triangle pattern while gaining experience of increasing. 

If you’ve been crocheting for a while, you’ll love the simplicity. 

  • Yarn weight: 4-ply (100g)
  • Recommended yarn: James C Brett Baby 4 ply
  • Measurements: Wingspan 116 cm  /  45.75 inches – Top to tip 58 cm  /  23 inches

16. Summer Leaves Triangle Scarf Crochet Pattern

crocheted triangle scarf in yellow
CAAB Crochet

You can wear this triangle scarf over your shoulders on a chilly summer evening, or wrapped around your hips as a swim cover up. 

During the colder months, you can wrap it around your neck for autumn and winter!

There is a special stitch you’ll need to master which is easy and with photos to guide you, you’ll have no problems.

The scarf tassels give this scarf a lovely finish.

This crochet scarf free pattern is a one skein project.

Treat yourself to hand dyed yarn!

Measurements: 48“ wide x 25” tall

This pattern is also available to purchase from Etsy in PDF format.

17. Shell Scarf

lacy scarf in beige
Anastacia Knit Designs

Worked in single crochet stitches (UK double crochet) and double crochet (UK treble crochet) this easy pattern is suitable for beginners.

With its lacy design from the shell stitch, using a cotton mix yarn would make this scarf suitable for spring or summer.

  • Yarn weight: Worsted/Aran (200 – 400 yards)
  • Measurements: 6.5” (7.5”) width. Finished length is up to you.

18. Easy Crochet Ruffle Scarf

crochet ruffle scarf is styled on a mannequin
Simply Hooked by Janet

Treat yourself to one skein of hand dyed yarn to make this easy ruffle scarf.

The shape is created by adding multiple stitches or increases in each stitch of the foundation row. Adding these extra stitches begins to shape the spiral or ruffle of the scarf.

The second row of this scarf also contains some increases.

The last 3 rows are the same repeat.

The main stitch used throughout is V stitch – 2 double crochets (UK 2 treble crochets) that are separated by a chain.

This lightweight scarf would make an awesome gift.

Yarn weight: fingering (400 – 415 yards)

19. Lacy Crochet Scarf Pattern

Two crochet lacy scarves, one in deep pink and one in purple
Crochet Dreamz

Lightweight and lacy, this scarf is crocheted with half treble crochet (US half double crochet), triple treble (US triple crochet), slip stitch and chains.

You’ll only need one skein, making this another project to treat yourself to luxurious yarn.

  • Yarn weight: DK
  • Recommended yarn: Cotton
  • Measurement: 58 inches long and 6 ½ inches wide

20. Summer Scarf Free Crochet Pattern

A lacy crochet scarf in blue and light purple is on a flat surface with a spray of white flowers and the yarn used
Rebeckah Haas

I love the way the stitches come together in this gorgeous lightweight crochet scarf.

The body is simple, worked in double crochet (UK treble crochet) and chain stitches.

The lace edging is a little more challenging. If you’re an advanced beginner, the pattern is written out clearly and simply to help you through some stitches that might be new (picot stitch).

Worked in one skein of Lion Brand Shawl in a Bawl, this lightweight cotton yarn makes this the perfect material for a summer lace wrap or scarf.

21. Crochet Summer Scarf

a lacy scarf in light blue and pink is styled on a mannequin
Stitches n Scraps

With lacy diamonds worked in one skein of King Cole Summer 4 ply (a lovely lightweight yarn), this crochet summer scarf is the perfect accessory for warmer weather.

The height and width are easily adjustable, so you can make it in a size that’s just right for you.

This project is rated as intermediate.  The cluster stitches are easy (and there’s a photo tutorial to guide you) but the pattern requires some concentration and careful counting.

Wear it as a scarf, headband, belt, or tie it around a hat or bag handle for a decorative accent!

Measurements: 6 x 60 inches

22. Crochet Puff Stitch Scarf

puff stitch scarf crocheted in pastel colours
Hooked by Robin

This pretty crochet scarf is crocheted in puff stitch.  It looks much more complicated than it is!

Soft and squishy yet delicate and lacy, this is a fab accessory, whatever the season.

If you prefer to follow along step-by-step with a video tutorial, this pattern has you covered too.

Infinity scarf patterns make great transitional pieces between seasons as well as keeping you warm during the colder months.

23. Ombre Crochet Infinity Scarf Pattern (Neopolitan)

ombre crochet infinity scarf styled on a mannequin
Jera’s Jamboree

This free crochet infinity scarf pattern uses front post, back post and treble crochet stitches to create a fabulous texture.

The repetitive stitches make this project suitable for beginners.

I’ve used four shades to give an ombre effect which adds interest.  However, you could also use complimentary, compound or square colours. 

  • Yarn weight/Amount: You’ll need 200g Aran/Worsted (which you might have in your stash) making this a low cost project.
  • Measurements: 52” / 132cm (L) X 5” / 12.5cm (W) before joining ends to form loop

24. Easy Mosaic Crochet Infinity Scarf

crochet infinity scarf using mosaic technique in yellow and grey looped round the neck once
Jera’s Jamboree

Crochet an infinity scarf with this easy but striking pattern which uses the mosaic technique.

Suitable for beginners, if you can double crochet (US single crochet) and treble crochet (US double crochet) you’ll be able to crochet the mosaic technique. 

If you’re an experienced crocheter, this scarf will only take 2 – 3 hours, perfect to make as quick and easy gift or to donate to charity.

The yarn for this pattern will cost you less than £4!

25. Easy Crochet Infinity Scarf  Free Pattern

a crocheted infinity scarf in pink, blue and green is on a flat surface
Craft Mart

The lacy texture of this easy scarf makes this accessory perfect for warmer weather.

Suitable for beginners, the pattern uses 3 basic crochet stitches, treble crochet (US double crochet), double treble crochet (US treble crochet) and chains. 

You’ll only need one skein of yarn and best of all, you can finish your scarf in one evening! 

26. Crochet Infinity Scarf

A cream scarf is styled on a mannequin
The Snugglery

This braided crochet infinity scarf pattern is so simple to crochet using half double crochet (UK half treble crochet) stitches.

You will learn how to mimic a 3-strand braid with one strand and how to use that technique to create this scarf. 

Following the diagram in the pattern is really easy. 

Using any weight yarn with the corresponding hook will give you the same effect as the one pictured which has used bulky yarn and a 6.5mm crochet hook.

Once you have mastered this simple technique, you’ll be able to use crochet braids on other crochet projects too!

Novelty scarves are fun to crochet. You’ll find unique crochet scarf patterns below to get you started.

27. Bobble Pom Pom Scarf

novelty crocheted scarf multicoloured with pompoms crocheted into the scarf
Melu Crochet

This is a very quick and easy paid pattern.

The pom pom edging is worked as you go along so it is a great pattern for using self striping yarn because the pompoms will match the colour of your stripes.

I’m always a bit unsure about pom poms sewn on (especially for children who as we know, love to put things in their mouths to explore!) but because these are worked into the border and are an integral part of the scarf, they won’t come off!

An easy to read crochet diagram chart is included in this paid pattern.

Worked side to side, this is a lightweight scarf measuring 188cm/74inch x 28cm/11inch (including bobbles).

28. Woodland Animal Scarf

novelty crocheted scarf in the shape of a fox head and tail
The Little Fox Store

I think these animal scarves are fun to wear for adults as well as children!

This paid crochet pattern is easy to follow.

Pattern instructions are available for a Fox, Wolf, Bunny, Deer and Bear.

The design of this scarf is a keyhole, where the tail passes through the head/ face to secure the scarf around the neck.

The pattern is written using US Crochet terms. It includes some photo’s but is mostly a written tutorial.

This pattern is for a child size aged 12 Months + but you can add additional rows to adjust the pattern to fit adults.

Measurements: 90cm in Length and 16cm in Width.

29. Paw Prints Crochet Scarf

3 crocheted scarves in grey, blue and beige with paw prints made with picot stitches
Amy’s a Stitch at a Time

This beginner scarf is perfect if you’re a dog or cat lover!  It would make a lovely gift too.

With a free PDF pattern download and video tutorial to guide you, you’ll have no problem with this project.

  • Yarn weight: Aran/Worsted (315 yards)
  • Measurements: 6 inches wide, each repeat of meandering paw prints is 14” long. Make 5 repeats for an adult scarf and 3 for a child’s scarf.

30. Puppy Dog Crochet Scarf

puppy dog crochet motifs are joined together to make a unique scarf

How cute is this puppy dog scarf!

You’ll crochet 14 puppy dog motifs and glue them together to create a 60” novelty scarf.

You could also sew the motifs together if you don’t have fabric glue.

Does your child have a favourite animal? Or maybe you’re in need of a birthday gift and know the perfect motif.

You might find this free pattern inspires you to use the same technique for other motifs! 

I think this technique would work really well for circular motifs too.

Raid your yarn stash to keep your costs down.

If you’re looking to crochet a scarf for your man, these patterns could be perfect for you.

32. Hudson Crochet Scarf

chunky crochet scarf for men in grey
Two of Wands

This free crochet pattern is worked up in only 8 rows of half double crochet stitches (UK half treble crochet) making this crochet scarf for men a quick project at a reasonable cost.

33. Crochet Scarf for Men

Perfect for the man in your life, this crochet scarf for men is worked up with 7 inches of chains for the width and a length of 70 inches.

The video tutorial also shows your how to add tassels to your scarf.

A folded crochet scarf with tassels

Learn how to crochet a neckerchief with this easy pattern.

34. How to crochet a neckerchief

crocheted neckerchief in ombre yarn (grey and white)
Mama in a Stitch

Using only treble crochet (US double crochet) stitches and a two row repeat, this very simple neckerchief pattern will be hooked up within a couple of hours.

This would look great worked up in ombre yarn!

Yarn weight: Aran/Worsted

Recommended yarn: Lio Brand Mandala

Measurments: 3.5” X 32”

Related Crochet Scarf Patterns:

Looking for more one skein projects? You might also like to browse these patterns.

Whether you’re looking to master a new stitch, create a heartfelt gift, or simply add the finishing touch to your outfit, I hope you’ve felt inspired by the crochet scarves in this collection.

Crochet Scarves : your Questions Answered

If you have questions about crocheting a scarf, you might find the answer here.  If there is something you would like to know that isn’t covered, please let me know.

The Best Crochet Stitches for Scarves

There are several types of scarves that can be worn at different times of the year. Each design of scarf  often uses different stitches.

Below you’ll find a list of the types of scarves with the best crochet stitches to use.

  • Summer Scarf

Summer scarves are designed to be worn during the warmer months and are typically smaller than an average size scarf.

A summer scarf is between 100 and 150 cm in length and between 10 – 15cm in width.

Crochet stitches used in summer scarves tend to be lacy and use lighter weight yarn.

  • Full Length/Winter Scarf

Winter scarves are functional and designed to keep you warm … but also look good with an outfit!

On average, a winter scarf starts at 150cm in length and 15cm in width. 

Keep in mind that it should be as long as you are tall.

Winter scarves are often crocheted in wool or a wool blend with denser and heavier crochet stitches such as double crochet (US single crochet).

  • Infinity Scarf

Looping around the neck hides intricate crochet stitches so infinity scarves are usually designed with simple repeating stitch patterns based on basic crochet stitches.

  • Triangle Scarf

Triangle scarves and shawls are great for draping over your shoulders to keep you warm during chilly evenings or to accessorize an outfit at any time of the year.

They can be as wide as your arm span or as narrow as 70cm.

Bold colours, design and sizes can be a statement piece.

Many triangle scarves feature a fringe as a design element.

Versatile, you can combine different stitches within the same triangle scarf to create various textures and visual interest.

  • Novelty Scarf

A novelty scarf is anything that is shaped differently.

Using different design elements gives a unique crochet scarf every time.

A scarf with an animal head at one end and a tail at the other end is a novelty scarf.

Novelty scarves can also be created by joining motifs.

Single crochet/double crochet stitches are popular with these scarves.

  • Neckerchief

Neckerchiefs make great fashion accessories to wear in the spring and summer.

They’re basically a skinny rectangle with increases and decreases on either end to make the shape.

Basic crochet stitches such as double crochet (US single crochet) and treble crochet (US double crochet) look great.

Scarf Sizes : Width and Length

For the length of your scarf, stretch your arms out to either side and measure from the tips of one hand to the tips of the other.

An alternative way is to measure from the crown of your head to the base of your feet.  You’ll need to do this standing straight so get someone else to help you! 

For the width of your scarf, measure from the tip of your little finger to the tip of your thumb across your palm.

The information below is a general guide to how long and wide a scarf should be:

  • for a child aged between 4 – 5 years
  • for a child aged between 6 – 10 years
  • an adult

The table below is a guide.   I would recommend using your own measurements as detailed above.

CHILD (4 – 5 years)Small  3 – 3.5 “/7.5 – 9 cm  36”/91.5 cm  
CHILD (4 – 5 years)Regular4 – 4.5”/10 – 11.5 cm40”/101.5 cm
CHILD (6 – 10 years)Small  4 – 4.5”/10 – 11.5 cm  50”/127 cm  
CHILD (6 – 10 years)Regular  5 – 6”/13 cm – 15 cm  55”/140 cm  
CHILD (6 – 10 years)Long5 – 5.5″/13 – 14 cm60”/152.5 cm
ADULTSmall6 – 8”/15 – 20 cm  40”/101.5 cm
ADULTRegular  6 – 8”/15 – 20 cm  60”/152.5 cm  
ADULTLong  6 – 8”/15 – 20 cm  70”/178 cm
ADULTSuper Long  6 – 8”/15 – 20 cm  120”/305 cm
ADULTExtra Wide10 – 12”/25.5 cm120”/305 cm
chart showing the measurements of scarves for adults and children

Download for free your scarf size chart for children and adults.

Print it out and keep it handy/add it to your crochet journal.

If you are using a repeating pattern or motifs, you can work out how long and wide your scarf should be by crocheting a swatch first.

Your swatch should be at least 12.5 cm/5” square.

Using your swatch, you’ll be able to work out how many pattern repeats or stitches you need.

Working out the width and length of your scarf

Divide your desired scarf width by 10cm then multiply the number of stitches your swatch has for 10cm by this number.

Example:  A tension of 20 stitches per 10cm and a desired width of 16cm would equal 32 stitches:

16 (cm) divided by 10 (cm) x 20 (stitches) = 32 stitches

If you’re going to be working with motifs or granny squares for your scarf you will need to work it out a little differently.

For example, a scarf width of 16cm and your motif is 4cm wide you will need 4 motifs:

16 (cm) divided by 4 (cm) = 4 motifs

Work out the length of your scarf the same way.

Scarf Fringe Lengths

The length of a fringe on a scarf varies. Some patterns use the length of 2 rows for a fringe, others 4 inches.  

The length of fringe is a personal choice so go with what feels right for you.

For a variety of fringes and tassels browse here for inspiration.

Choosing the Perfect Yarn

You’ll want to choose a yarn for your scarf that will be soft and comfortable against your skin. 

There’s nothing worse than your skin feeling irritated when you’re out and about!

Avoid novelty yarns as they can be difficult to crochet with!

Here are some yarn options for you to choose from:

  • Acrylic

If you’re just starting out crocheting, acrylic is the least expensive of fibres and it’s easy to care for. 

You’ll find a fabulous range of colours to choose from as well.

A popular acrylic yarn is Caron Simply Soft.  It’s an Aran/Worsted weight yarn that is wonderfully soft and has a fabulous drape.

You could also try these acrylic yarns:

  • Acrylic/wool blends

For wonderful stitch definition, Wool-Ease Thick & Quick is fabulous for scarves.  

It’s more affordable than 100% wool yarn but still has that snuggly wool feel.

This is a super bulky yarn so your pattern will work up really quickly. 

There are 29 shades to choose from in solids and 7 shades in print.  You’re sure to find a suitable colour!

  • Natural fibres

Even though natural fibres are more expensive, crocheting a scarf is one of the smaller projects so you could treat yourself. 

Natural fibres breathe better than acrylic, making them ideal for any wearable patterns. Natural fibres are the softest yarn for scarves.

I’ve used yarn from my Knitcrate subscription to crochet scarves as well as supporting independent hand dyers on Etsy.

yarn subscription box is another way to try out more expensive fibres.

  • Cotton

Cotton is a good choice for spring and summer scarves, but there are a few things to watch out for:

  • Cotton isn’t stretchy so it can be challenging to keep your tension consistent and this may affect the drape of your scarf.
  • Cotton also tends to split easily and is more slippery than other yarns.

Having said that, cotton is an inexpensive and breathable yarn.  Using a cotton blend is an excellent option.

  • Wool

Wool is a resilient fibre and is forgiving of mistakes. If you do make a mistake, most wool yarns are easy to unravel and re-use!

Keep in mind that wool is more expensive and difficult to wash.

Wool dries quickly making it great for keeping you warm and dry! But because it is expensive and difficult to wash, an acrylic yarn or blend may be a better fit if you are new to crocheting.  

Some people have sensitive skin/allergies to wool so be careful of choosing this fibre if you are gifting or donating a crocheted scarf.

Yarn Amounts for Scarves

The amount of yarn needed to crochet a scarf will be different depending on the pattern of the scarf and weight of the yarn. 

Here are some guidelines to help you work out how much yarn you’ll need.

Example: if you are crocheting a scarf in Aran/Worsted weight yarn you will need approximately 350 – 450 metres

Yarn Amounts for Scarves
Yarn WeightAmount in metres
0 – Lace650 – 750
1 – Superfine650 – 750
2 – Sport500 – 600
3 – DK400 – 600
4 – Aran/Worsted350 – 450
5 – Bulky/Chunky200 – 300

Troubleshooting Common Crochet Scarf Issues

In this section I’m giving tips and advice on common problems.

Why is my crochet scarf getting smaller?

The most common reason for your scarf getting smaller is because you’re not working into the last stitch of a row. 

Use stitch markers at the end of a row to see where you need to work the last stitch.  This will solve the problem.

If your scarf is still getting smaller it could be that you’re skipping stitches in a row.  Counting each stitch as you work into it should help.

Why is my crochet scarf curling?

The most common reason your crochet scarf is curling is because your stitches are too tight.  The tension is making your scarf curl.

To solve the problem of your scarf curling, going up a hook size should help.

How can I Block a Crochet Scarf?

To block a crochet scarf, follow these easy instructions:

  • Dampen a tea towel (or other piece of cotton fabric) and place it over your scarf on an ironing board. 
  • Using a hot iron, press lightly. 
  • This will iron out the lumps and bumps and give your scarf a fabulous finish.

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