Check out this collection of my favorite free and easy crochet scarf patterns. This list of crochet scarves has something for everyone, so you’re sure to find your new favorite pattern!
Easy Crochet Patterns for Beginners
When beginners ask me what they should make for their first crochet project, I often recommend making a simple scarf. Since most scarves are shaped like long rectangles, they’re a great way to practice the basic crochet stitches without worrying about advanced shaping techniques.
In the list below, I’ve collected my favorite free, easy crochet scarf patterns, all chosen with the beginner in mind. Each of these patterns has detailed instructions and plenty of photos to guide you through each step, from start to finish.
These patterns aren’t just for newbies, though! Intermediate and experienced crocheters will love these patterns to make quick gifts and charity projects.
How to Crochet a Scarf
A scarf is the perfect beginner project to practice your new crochet skills. Here are the basic steps to making a crochet scarf :
Gather supplies, including yarn and a crochet hook.
Make a slip knot and the first foundation row of chain stitches.
Make the first row, following the pattern.
Continue makes rows of stitches until the scarf is as long as you like.
Finish the scarf by cutting the yarn, pulling it through the last loop, and weaving in the ends.
Best Yarn for Scarves
You can use all sorts of yarn to make crochet scarves – it’s really up to you! Here are some options:
Wool yarn can be gorgeous, if a little more expensive. I like this superwash merino yarn because it’s super soft and machine washable.
If you are a beginner, I recommend a worsted weight or thicker yarn with a smooth texture. Choose a light color so it’s easier to see your stitches.
And remember, crochet scarves made with fingering weight yarn will take longer to complete than scarves made with bulky or suer-bulky weight yarn.
How many skeins of yarn do you need to crochet a scarf?
The amount of yarn you need to crochet a scarf will vary based on the pattern and the yarn itself. In most cases, you’ll need about two balls or skeins of yarn to make a scarf. Be sure to read your particular pattern or yarn label for more information.
Best Crochet Stitches for Scarves
Some crochet stitches are better suited to scarves than others. Dense stitches will keep your neck warmer than lacy, open stitches.
Single crochet or double crochet are basic crochet stitches that make a close dense fabric.
Moss stitch, also called granite or linen stitch, creates a closed fabric with a beautiful drape.
V-stitch creates a fabric that’s a little lighter and open, so it’s great for warmer-weather scarves.
Waffle stitch makes a textured fabric that stitches up into a thick, warm scarf.
Crochet Scarf Sizes
There’s no hard-and-fast rule of how long or wide a crochet scarf should be. It’s up to you and the pattern designer to create a scarf that expresses your unique personal style.
How wide should a scarf be?
Skinny scarves measure 4″ wide, traditional scarves measure 8″ wide, and super-wide blanket scarves measure up to 12″ wide. You can even make blanket scarves, which range between 15-30″ wide.
How many chains do you need for a scarf?
The number of chains you need for a scarf depends on how wide you want the scarf to be and your gauge (ie, stitches per inch). For example, if you are crocheting with super-bulky yarn, you may have a gauge of 6 stitches per 4″. If you want your scarf to be 8″ wide, you’ll want to start with a chain of 12 stitches, plus your turning chain/s.
How long should a scarf be?
On average, scarves range from 60″ to 72″ long. That said, you can make a scarf longer if you want to wrap them around the neck more than once.
How long should fringe be on a scarf?
The length of fringe varies according to your preference. In general, scarf fringe ranges from 4″ to 6″ long.
Crochet Scarf Patterns
I hope you enjoy this collection of my favorite free and easy crochet scarf patterns. I'm sure you'll find your new favorite pattern!
Here's an easy and quick pattern for a beautiful, striped infinity scarf. It works up in rows of double crochet, so it's great for beginners. Plus, with its unique double-layer construction, you won't have to weave in any yarn ends!
Granny clusters take on a modern flair when worked in colorful stripes of bulky-weight yarn. The pattern is easy and repetitive, so it's perfect for crocheting in front of the TV. Plus, it works up quickly thanks to the bulky weight yarn.
This cozy infinity scarf will keep you warm on even the chilliest days. The pattern is worked in rows of single crochet and half-double crochet - nothing too complicated. Wear it long, or doubled up like a cowl neck scarf.
If you've been wanted to try your hand at making granny squares, now's your chance to learn. This cute scarf pattern will show you how to make two types of granny squares in any color combination your choose.
Download the free pattern, or build your own project kit.
Check out this gorgeous statement scarf with bonus built-in pockets! This pattern is beginner-friendly because it uses basic stitches, super bulky yarn, and a large crochet hook. If you've been wanting to learn how to crochet, give this design a try!
This crochet scarf pattern is perfect for beginners because it works flat in basic stitches. It uses bulky-weight yarn and a larger crochet hook, so it works up nice and fast, too. Add fringe for the perfect finishing touch.
If you're looking for a chunky crochet scarf that's perfect for gift-giving and selling at craft fairs, look no further. You'll love this super chunky scarf that works up quickly in gorgeous bulky yarn.
Made with luxe bulky weight roving, this beginner-friendly scarf project works up fast. This pattern will walk you through the process with a step-by-step tutorial. Even if you're brand new to crochet, you'll be able to complete this project.
This v-stitch crochet pattern is an easy, beginner-friendly project that works up quickly. It's perfect for beginners who want to practice double crochet stitches and working in chain spaces. Whether you make this scarf for yourself, for a gift, or to sell at craft fairs, you're going to love this pattern.
If infinity scarves are more your style, you'll love this unique braided version. You'll start by crocheting one long strip of fabric. Then, you'll fold the strip up to mimick the look of a three-strand braid. The pattern includes lots of step-by-step photos and a video to guide you.
Sophisticated triangle scarf made with fine fingering weight yarn. This scarf is made with a simple stitch pattern that is suitable for beginners. The pattern also includes instructions to make a larger shawl version.
You'll love the sweet ripples in this classic crochet scarf. It's a perfect beginner project, too. You only need to know one stitch, increases and decreases to create an awesome ripple effect. You can use solid yarn or self-striping yarn to get a lovely gradient effect.
This crochet scarf pattern uses a combination of easy stitches to create a unisex scarf full of cozy texture. It's a good choice for an advanced beginner who is familiar with post stitches. I hope you'll give this popular scarf pattern a try!
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