Easy Grid Lace Crochet Scarf Pattern

Beginner's Crochet Pattern for a Lacy Scarf

Grid Lace Scarf
Grid lace scarf. Michael Solovay

This grid lace scarf combines several basic stitches to create a lacy grid pattern that's pretty but simple to crochet. It's easy enough for beginners who have mastered the chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet.

Be aware that the stitches on this scarf lean slightly to one side. That's just the nature of this stitch pattern. If you'd like less lean, try the non-leaning grid lace scarf pattern. It's a bit heavier and slightly less lacy. There is also a two-color version if you'd like to crochet it in holiday, school, or team colors.

Crochet Skill Level: Beginner

Materials:

  • Medium Weight Yarn: I crocheted the sample scarf using about 3 ounces (86 grams) of Caron's Simply Soft yarn in the "Autumn Maize" color. Feel free to substitute any similar yarn if you like.
  • Crochet Hook: I crocheted my sample scarf using a size I crochet hook. You can use this size hook if it enables you to comfortably achieve the correct gauge; otherwise, you'll want to change hooks and use whichever hook works better for you.
  • Tapestry Needle: You'll need a tapestry needle for weaving in ends when you are finished crocheting the scarf.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

  • ch = chain
  • ch-1 sp = chain-1 space, the space formed when you crocheted a chain stitch in the previous row
  • dc = double crochet
  • ea = each
  • rep = repeat
  • sc = single crochet
  • st = stitch

Finished Size: The scarf measures about 4.5 inches wide, and you can make yours as long as you want it to be. The sample scarf measures about 48 inches.

Gauge:

Stitch Gauge: To check your stitch gauge, crochet 10 to 12 rows of the pattern and then measure the width of the scarf. Compare that measurement against the sample scarf measurement of 4.5 inches. If your scarf is turning out the same width as mine, you've achieved the correct gauge and you can keep crocheting. If not, or if the scarf is turning out to be a width that isn't wearable (too skinny or too wide), you will need to decide whether to adjust your crochet hook size and start over.

Bear in mind that if your scarf looks like it's going to be significantly wider than mine then you will need more yarn than what I used in my sample; you could run out of yarn if you only purchased the amount specified in the pattern.

Row Gauge: For this particular pattern, row gauge is not important, because the length of the scarf is determined by the number of rows you crochet. You can crochet as many rows as you like to achieve your desired scarf length; you do not need to match my row gauge.

How to Crochet the Scarf:

Ch 18.

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea st across the row.

Row 2: Ch 3, turn. Skip the first st because your ch 3 will count as the first dc in this row and throughout the rest of the pattern. dc in next sc [ch 1, skip next sc, work 1 dc in ea of the next 2 sc]. Rep the sequence in brackets across the row.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn. Work this entire row in sc as follows: sc in 1st dc, sc in next dc, [sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in ea of the next 2 dc.] Rep sequence in brackets across the row.

Row 4: Rep row 2.

Row 5: Rep row 3.

Continue repeating these two rows, alternating them, until your scarf is the length you want it to be.

If you're not sure how long to make it, you may wish to take a peek at our readers' insights about the best size to make a scarf.

Finishing the Scarf

End off, leaving enough yarn to weave in your ends. Thread your tapestry needle with this end of yarn and weave it into the scarf. Do the same for the other loose end(s). If you crocheted your scarf using wool or any fiber that responds well to blocking, you'll want to block it to accentuate the beauty of the lace pattern. Not all yarns respond well to blocking.