Lacy Shell Stitch Treble Crochet Scarf Free Pattern

Free Crochet Pattern: Lacy Shell Stitch Treble Crochet Scarf

Crochet Shell Scarf

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This free crochet scarf pattern is designed to teach you a few basic things. First, you will learn how to crochet a tall lacy crochet shell using treble crochet stitches. Next, you will learn how to work a scarf in three different colors for a bold design. The instructions are written out in great detail so that this can be used as a beginner crochet pattern.

Crochet Scarf: Supplies

Yarn: You’ll need three different colors of worsted weight yarn. This crochet scarf can be worked in any fiber. Try wool, silk, bamboo, or cotton for more luxurious scarves. For a basic scarf, try a yarn such as Caron Simply Soft.

Yarn Colors: Use any three colors of yarn that you think look great together. You can make so many different versions of this crochet scarf just be changing the colors. One autumnal combination to try (in the Caron Simply Soft) is:

  • Color A: Strawberry, which is a bright pink colored yarn
  • Color B: Autumn Maize, which is a golden tan colored yarn
  • Color C: Chocolate, which is a rich dark brown yarn

To keep the same general look using different colors, you’d want to go with one bright color, one light color, and one dark color. Here's another example:

  • Color A: Autumn Maize
  • Color B: Bone
  • Color C: Antique White

You can also crochet this stitch pattern in one color if you like, or you can vary the number of colors used. Once you have crocheted the scarf a single time, try working it in new colors.

Crochet Hook: Size I / 9 - 5.5 mm

Other: Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

Crochet Abbreviations Used on This Page:

When reading the crochet scarf pattern below, it is helpful to know the following crochet abbreviations:

How to Crochet Lacy Treble Shell Stitch

The crochet shell stitch that is used in this pattern is a tall openwork version of a crochet shell. To make it, work the following sequence into the same chain stitch or half double crochet stitch​, as directed in the pattern below: tr, ch 1, tr, ch 1, tr, ch 1, tr.

In other words, you will crochet four treble crochet stitches with ch-1 spaces between them, all worked into the same stitch. It fans out naturally to create the shell space.

Additional Design Notes

This scarf features an interesting mirror-image design. To create this effect, the beginning of your scarf eventually becomes the center of the design. You start crocheting in the spot that will turn out to be the middle of the piece. Then you work in rows until the scarf reaches half the overall width, at which point you flip the work over and start again in the center. From there, you work more rows to complete the other half of the scarf.

Center of a Lacy Shell: When you are directed to work into the center of a lacy shell, work into the center ch-1 space in the shell—the second of the three ch-1 spaces you crocheted when working the lacy shell in the previous row.

Changing Colors: If you want to work with several colors, you should have an understanding of ​switching colors in crochet. Before you complete the last step of the last stitch in each row, change to the next color you want to work with.

Loose Ends: If this pattern has a downside, it is that you generate bunches of loose ends from all your color changes. It helps if you weave them in as you go.

Lacy Shell Stitch Treble Crochet Scarf Free Pattern

Using color A, Ch 203.

Row 1: Using color A, work a hdc st in the third ch from your hook. [Skip 3 ch sts. In the next ch, work a lacy shell. Skip next 3 ch sts. Hdc in next ch st.] Rep the sequence in brackets all the way across the row. At the end of the row, change to color B.

Row 2: Ch 4, turn. Your turning chain counts as the first tr in the row. Work another tr into the same st, ch 1, then work another tr into the same st. [Work a hdc in the center of the next lacy shell, then work a lacy shell into the next hdc st.] Rep the sequence in brackets all the way across the row. At the end of the row, work a hdc st into the center of the last shell, then work a tr into the last hdc, ch 1, then work 2 more tr into the same st. Before completing the last step of the last st, change to color C.

Row 3: Using color C, ch 2, turn. Hdc in first st. [Work a lacy shell in next hdc st, work a hdc st in the center of the next lacy shell.] Rep the sequence in brackets all the way across the row. End the row by working a lacy shell into the next hdc st, then working a hdc st into the turning chain. Before working the last step of the last st, change to color A.

Row 4: Using color A, ch 4, turn. Your turning chain counts as the first tr in the row. Work another tr into the same st, ch 1, then work another tr into the same st. [Work a hdc in the center of the next lacy shell, then work a lacy shell into the next hdc st.] Rep the sequence in brackets all the way across the row. At the end of the row, work a hdc st into the center of the last shell, then work a tr into the last hdc, ch 1, then work 2 more tr into the same st. Before completing the last step of the last st, change to color B.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn. Using color B, work sc st across the entire row as follows: Put 1 sc st in ea tr, hdc, or ch-1 space.

After you've completed row 5, flip your work so that what used to be the bottom is now the top, and what used to be the top is now the bottom of the piece. Attach color A; if you're right-handed, attach it in the upper right-hand corner. If you're left-handed, you'll most likely want to attach your yarn in the upper left-hand corner.

Row 6: To crochet this row, you're going to be working back across your starting chain. The ch sts will all have sts already worked in them (from when you worked row 1 at the beginning) but don't let that bother you! You can still work more sts into these chains. This is great practice for working projects that are designed to use both sides of the starting chain.

Using color A, ch 2, then work a hdc in first st in the row. [Skip 3 ch sts. In the next ch, work a lacy shell. Skip next 3 ch sts. Hdc in next ch st.] Rep the sequence in brackets all the way across the row. At the end of the row, change colors to color B.

Rows 7-10: Repeat rows 2-5 to create a mirror-image of the first half of the scarf.

End off and weave in any remaining loose ends.