How to Crochet a Basic Scarf

How to Crochet a Simple Scarf
Mollie Johanson

Crochet patterns don't get any easier than this one! This is just about the most basic crochet scarf pattern you could ask for, which makes it the perfect crochet accessory pattern for beginners. Not only is this pattern an easy way to make a scarf, but it's also written for people who don't have extensive experience reading crochet patterns. There aren't abbreviations and there are a lot of tips to help you along the way.

Crochet Stitches

There are only two crochet stitches you'll need to know: the chain stitch and the single crochet stitch. If you haven't learned how to do these stitches yet, make sure that you practice those first and then come back to this pattern.

Materials You Will Need to Crochet This Scarf

  • Yarn: You will need at least 5 ounces/150 grams of worsted weight yarn to crochet this beginner's scarf. Figure out what fiber type of yarn you'd like to use for this project—wool, cotton, acrylic, etc. If you want to make a wide scarf, go for at least 7 ounces/200 grams of the yarn. The yarn label lists the ounces/grams. The sample uses four skeins of KnitPicks Swish Worsted in Conch.
  • Crochet Hook: A size K crochet hook is a good starting point for this crochet scarf. However, you can change to a smaller or larger crochet hook or other yarn to achieve different creative effects. 
  • Tapestry needle: for weaving in ends.
Materials for a Simple Crochet Scarf
Mollie Johanson

Finished Scarf Size

This scarf measures 84 inches (seven feet) long by four inches wide. Scarves can vary in size without altering function so don't worry if yours isn't quite the same. You will learn as you go.

Gauge

Eight single crochet stitches = three inches.

While it's tempting to jump right in and start making the scarf, it's good to get into the habit of checking your gauge. To do this, crochet a gauge swatch measuring at least four inches square (bigger is better). Make the swatch in single crochet stitch using the exact same yarn and crochet hook you'll use to crochet your scarf. Measure the center three inches of the swatch to see how many stitches per inch you are working with that particular combination of hook and yarn.

If you have more than eight stitches per three inches, it means that your stitches are smaller than planned and your scarf will be smaller than the example. Try making a new swatch with a larger crochet hook.

Likewise, if you find that you have fewer than eight stitches per three inches, it means your stitches are larger than planned. In that case, your scarf is likely to turn out much longer than intended; you also risk running out of yarn since larger stitches will use up more yarn and create a larger scarf. Try making a new swatch with a smaller crochet hook.

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Crochet Scarf Instructions

Pull out a length of yarn measuring at least six inches or longer; leave this length unworked and make a slip knot after that point. Then, working with the end attached to the ball of yarn, crochet a long starting chain of 224 chain stitches. 

Tip

Use stitch markers every 10 or 20 stitches as you work, to keep better track and make it easier to count at the end. 

Row One: Work a single crochet stitch in the second chain from your hook.

After crocheting your chain, you'll have an active loop still on your hook. Don't count your active loop. Start counting with the first chain after the active loop.

Continue working single crochet stitches all the way across your starting chain. Work one single crochet stitch into each chain stitch until you reach the end. When you get to the end, count the single crochet stitches to make sure you have a total of 223. Again, stitch markers are useful here. 

Tip

If your count is off, you may have added or subtracted a stitch, which often happens at the beginning and end of rows. Get the count right from Row One on or your scarf won't have even edges.

Next, crochet one chain stitch at the end of the row to use as a turning chain. Then, flip your work horizontally so that you can work back across the piece.

Row Two: When you look at the top of the row of single crochet stitches you made, you'll see that each stitch has two loops at the top. When you work your single crochet stitches from this point on, be careful to work through both of these loops together.

Working through both loops, work a single crochet stitch into the last single crochet stitch you made in row one. Continue working one single crochet stitch into each single crochet stitch, all the way across the row.

Be sure to count your stitches and make sure you have 223 stitches in the row. (Remember to use stitch markers to help keep your count correct—keeping count is so important for a successful project!) Work one chain stitch at the end of the row and turn the work over so you can work back across again.

Rows Three and Up: Repeat Row Two until your scarf is the desired width. When you crochet the last row, do not work a turning chain afterward because now it's time to finish your work instead of turning it over and continuing.

Work Rows of Single Crochet
Mollie Johanson

How to End Off

Leave a length of yarn at the end measuring at least six inches. Cut the yarn, taking care not to drop your active loop. Wrap the cut length of yarn around your hook, grab it with the hook, and pull it all the way through the active loop. Give it a gentle tug to ensure that it is tight and will not come undone. Thread the cut end of this yarn onto a tapestry needle and use it to weave in your ends. After you weave in both ends, you can wear your scarf or give it as a gift!

Finish the Easy Crochet Scarf
Mollie Johanson