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Zig Zag Crochet Scarf Pattern

Crocheting a cozy scarf is a wonderful way to get ready for the colder seasons while exploring your creative side.

This easy-to-follow crochet scarf pattern, uses a simple 2-row repeat and two colours which give a striking zig zag effect.

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montage of four images showing a scarf crocheted in a zig zag pattern in two colours styled different ways

With no increases or decreases, this project is perfect for crocheters of all levels, from beginners looking to learn a new stitch to seasoned crafters seeking a relaxing and enjoyable project.

crochet scarf with a zig zag pattern styled on a mannequin

This easy crochet scarf pattern uses a technique that is similar to the inset mosaic technique, great for building your confidence if you’ve felt draw to mosaic crochet but not feeling you’re quite there yet. The stitch pattern gives a lovely dense fabric, perfect for wrapping up through the colder months.

Design Inspiration

I wanted to crochet a winter scarf as a gift for my mother-in-law. Inspiration struck when I was going through my stash … these are her favourite colours and they complement each other so well.

I knew a zig zag pattern would look great but I didn’t want to use a ripple stitch but maybe something similar that would give a rise and fall. After experimenting with stitches, the long treble crochet (US long double crochet) gave me the stitch pattern I wanted to achieve.

A crochet scarf is laid out flat showing the length

How the crochet scarf pattern is worked

As already mentioned, this scarf uses the long treble crochet stitch (US long double crochet) which is worked in the row below. This stitch nestles (I love that word!) between a treble crochet (US double crochet) either side.

The trebles are worked into the chain space made in the previous row and the long treble is worked below the chain space of the previous row.  It sounds much more difficult than it is!

The cluster of stitches give a lovely texture for this beginner friendly scarf. 

4 rows are worked in the main colour and 2 rows in the contrasting colour. The yarn isn’t fastened off but carried up the side of the piece – minimal sewing required!

A border is worked in the main colour to hide the floating yarn and give a professional finish.

A crocheted scarf is partially rolled up to show the definition of the stitches

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Yarn

I used Emu Classic DK in Thistle and Lilac. 

Emu is a wonderfully soft and smooth premium acrylic yarn. It’s easy to care for too being machine washable at 40 degrees. You can even tumble dry your finished project! I’ve found it gives the best stitch definition while remaining soft and beautifully workable.

Emu Classic DK Yarn in the Heron bundle
BrandEmu
Yarn WeightDK
Fibre Blend100% Acrylic
Care InstructionsCan Tumble Dry, Do Not Bleach, Do Not Iron, Dry Clean – A, Machine Wash – Wool Wash – 40°C
Fibre(s)Acrylic
FormatBall
Length (m)2820
Crochet Hook Size4mm
Ball Weight100g

Pattern Notes

  • Crochet Terms – written in UK and US terminology
  • Colour change – to change yarn colours, work the new colour on the final pull through of the treble of the row you are working on before turning your work.
  • Beginning chain – chain 3 at beginning of row counts as a treble (US double) crochet. Chain 4 at beginning of row counts as a treble (US double)crochet, chain 1.
  • Colours – Main colour is written as = MC = Lilac / Contrasting Colour is written as = CC = Thistle
  • Do not fasten off but carry the unworked yarn up the side of the scarf ensuring the ‘floating’ yarn isn’t pulled too tightly.  You don’t want your rows to bunch up.
  • Adapting scarf length – you can easily adapt this crochet scarf pattern by adding row repeats to extend the length or if you want to make it shorter for a child, reduce the number of repeats.

Scarf Sizes

If you need help with scarf sizes, this scarf size chart will help you.

chart showing the measurements of scarves for adults and children
scarf size chart

Download and print the scarf size chart

Level

Easy

scarf crocheted in purple and lilac is crossed over on a mannequin

Materials

Stitches and Abbreviations

UK Double Crochet (dc) / US Single Crochet (sc)

UK Treble Crochet (tr) / US Double Crochet (dc)

UK Long Treble Crochet (LTR)  /  US Long Double Crochet (LDC): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over and draw up loop to the height of working row, yarn over and complete the treble (UK) / double (US) as usual.

  • MC – main colour
  • CC – contrasting colour
  • ch/s – chain/s
  • t-ch – turning chain
  • sk – skip
  • sp – space
  • beg – beginning
  • sl st – slip stitch

Measurements

Approximately 16cm / 6.5” (W) X 115cm  /  45.5” (L)

two images showing a crochet scarf styled in different ways

Zig Zag Crochet Scarf Pattern

Instructions UK Crochet Terms

With MC ch 24 + 3 (t-ch)

Row 1:  tr in 4th ch from hook and in next 2 chs, [ch1, sk next ch, tr in next 3 chs] across to last 5 chs, ch1, sk next ch, tr in last 4 chs, ch4, turn

Row 2:  sk next 3 tr, [tr in next ch1-sp, LTR in sk ch, tr in ch1-sp, ch1] across to last 4 tr, sk next 3 tr, tr in top of beg ch-3, ch3, turn

Row 3:  [tr in ch1-sp, LTR in centre tr below ch-sp, tr in ch1-sp, ch1] across to last ch1-sp, tr in ch1-sp, LTR in centre tr below, tr in ch1-sp, tr in 3rd ch of beg ch-4, ch4, turn

Row 4:  sk next 3 tr, [tr in next ch1-sp, LTR in LTR below ch-sp, tr in ch1-sp, ch1] across to last 4 tr, sk next 3 tr, tr in top of beg ch-3, turn

Rows 3 and 4 form the pattern

Continue to your desired length ending on a row 3 in MC remembering to change colours (4 rows lilac, 2 rows thistle)

For the length 115cm  /  45.5”  I crocheted 56 repeats.

Last row: ch2, [tr in next 3 sts, LTR in middle of row below] rep across to last 4 sts, tr in each st

Do not fasten off.

BORDER

Change to 3.5mm hook

Turn to work long edge, 5 dc in corner st, 2 x dc in each tr along long edge, 5 dc in corner st, dc in each tr of short edge, 5 dc in corner st, 2 x dc in each tr along long edge, 5 dc in corner st, dc in each tr of short edge. 

Join with a sl st.

Fasten off.

Sew in ends.

a zig zag scarf is styled on a mannequin

Instructions US Crochet Terms

With MC ch 24 + 3 (t-ch)

Row 1:  dc in 4th ch from hook and in next 2 chs, [ch1, sk next ch, dc in next 3 chs] across to last 5 chs, ch1, sk next ch, dc in last 4 chs, ch4, turn

Row 2:  sk next 3 dc, [dc in next ch1-sp, LDC in sk ch, dc in ch1-sp, ch1] across to last 4 dc, sk next 3 dc, dc in top of beg ch-3, ch3, turn

Row 3:  [dc in ch1-sp, LDC in centre dc below ch-sp, dc in ch1-sp, ch1] across to last ch1-sp, dc in ch1-sp, LDC in centre dc below, dc in ch1-sp, dc in 3rd ch of beg ch-4, ch4, turn

Row 4:  sk next 3 dc, [dc in next ch1-sp, LDC in LDC below ch-sp, dc in ch1-sp, ch1] across to last 4 dc, sk next 3 dc, dc in top of beg ch-3, ch3, turn

Rows 3 and 4 form the pattern

Continue to your desired length ending on a row 3 in MC remembering to change colours (4 rows lilac, 2 rows thistle)

For the length 115cm  /  45.5”  I crocheted 56 repeats.

Last row: ch2, [dc in next 3 sts, LDC in middle of row below] rep across to last 4 sts, dc in each st

Do not fasten off.

BORDER

Change to 3.5mm hook

Turn to work long edge, 5 sc in corner st, 2 x sc in each dc along long edge, 5 sc in corner st, sc in each dc of short edge, 5 sc in corner st, 2 x sc in each dc along long edge, 5 sc in corner st, sc in each dc of short edge. 

Join with a sl st.

Fasten off.

Sew in ends.

Happy Crocheting!

Copyright Notice

The pattern and photographs of this design are the property of Sharon Goodwin at Jera’s Jamboree.  This pattern and design are subject to copyright and are for personal, non-commercial use only.  You may not share, resell, alter or redistribute this pattern in part or in whole. You may, however, sell any finished items you make.  If you would like to include this pattern in a roundup, you may take one photo and link back to this pattern.

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