Easy Crochet Scarf Free Pattern Using Moss Stitch

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This easy crochet scarf pattern uses the moss stitch, which is a very easy crochet stitch pattern worked using a combination of single crochet and chain stitches. The moss stitch, which is also known as granite stitch as well as linen stitch, is worked by making single crochet stitches into the spaces created by chain stitches. It takes only a few rows to really get this technique down so that it becomes a beautifully meditative pattern. This crochet scarf pattern offers a great opportunity to learn and practice this beautiful stitch while also creating a comfortable, functional item.

Crochet Skill Level: Beginner

This pattern is easy enough for beginners. It doesn't require any increasing or decreasing so as long as you know how to work single crochet and chain stitch, you'll be able to complete this scarf. That said, it is a perfect crochet pattern for anyone interested in a relaxing project so don't be afraid to bookmark it as an easy crochet scarf pattern even if you're a very advanced crocheter.

Required Materials

  • Worsted weight yarn: You can use any worsted weight yarn to crochet this scarf. Pick your favorite. (Of course, you can also use yarn of another weight, but this may significantly change the finished size of your crochet scarf.)
  • Crochet hook: Size K crochet hook. Note: you may adjust the hook to achieve gauge (shown below). However, the gauge isn't too important if you aren't picky about the finished size of your scarf.
  • Tapestry needle: You'll need this for weaving in ends when you are finished crocheting the scarf.
  • Stitch marker: You'll need a stitch marker for temporarily marking a stitch. This is done to facilitate the proper working of the first row. You don't need anything fancy for this; a small safety pin will work fine if you don't have your own set of stitch markers, yet.

 Crochet Abbreviations

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

Size and Gauge for Crochet Scarf

Finished Size

Following the gauge below will create a narrow crochet scarf that is about 4" wide. The length of your crochet scarf is easy to alter based on the number of rows that you crochet. Approximately 50" is a good length for this scarf. That will create a narrow scarf that is long enough to wrap around an adult. Make it shorter, with fewer rows, for an easy child's crochet scarf pattern.

Stitch Gauge

To check your stitch gauge, you need to crochet 10 to 12 rows of the pattern and then measure the width of the scarf. Compare that measurement against the measurement of 4 inches. If your scarf is turning out wider than this, then you might want to consider starting over with a smaller crochet hook. In contrast, if it is turning out narrower, you could use a larger crochet hook.

That's up to you. Crochet scarves are made in many different widths so it's fine to make it smaller or larger than the 4" average. If the scarf looks like it will be wearable in the width you have made it, there's no need to start over, assuming that you bought plenty of yarn. As long as you are satisfied with the width, running out of yarn is the most pressing problem you'd have to worry about if your scarf is turning out substantially wider than 4". 

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.

 Crochet Scarf Design Notes

  • The brackets [ ] denote a set of instructions to be repeated.
  • If you have a hard time finding your ch-1 spaces, try carefully poking your finger at the row of stitches from back to front, feeling your way into the work as you get the hang of seeing where those spaces are.
  • You will end up with a total of 7 sc sts in each row.

 Free Crochet Scarf Pattern

  1. Ch 15.
  2. Row 1: Place a stitch marker in the first ch from your hook. Sc in 3rd ch from hook. [Ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch.] Rep sequence in brackets [ ] 5 more times across the row. Ch 1, turn. This is where you should already have your first set of 7 sc sts across the row.
  3. Row 2: [Sc in the next ch-1 sp, ch 1.] Rep the sequence in brackets [ ] 5 more times across the row. At the end of the row, work a single crochet st into the st where you placed the marker; you can remove the marker before working the stitch. Ch 1, turn.
  4. Rows 3 and up: The rest of the rows are all exactly the same as row 2, with one minor difference: at the end of the row you'll work your last sc st into the turning chain of the previous row. This is how you crochet the moss stitch. Rep this row until the scarf is as long as you want it to be.

Finishing the Crochet Scarf

End off, leaving enough yarn for you to weave in your ends. Thread your tapestry needle using this end of yarn and weave it into the work so that it cannot be seen. Repeat with any other loose ends you may have hanging. That's it; wrap your crochet scarf around your neck and enjoy using it.