Let this collection of free crochet scarf patterns inspire your next beautiful, stylish accessory. Even if you're a beginner, you'll find easy patterns here to hone your scarf-making skills.
You'll also learn how to choose yarn, how to get the right scarf dimensions, and which stitches work best.
Free Crochet Scarf Patterns for Beginners
A basic scarf has a simple shape and a consistent, easy-to-remember row repeat. Scarves can be ideal crochet projects for beginners who are ready for a larger project.
But scarves aren't just easy to make – they're also practical, especially for people who live in colder places. A warm crochet scarf is a worthwhile addition to any winter wardrobe.
And because scarves come in all shapes and sizes, from triangle scarves to cowls, you can choose a pattern that suits your level of skill and experience.
Why You'll Love Crocheting Scarves
Crochet Scarf Size Guide
Scarves can vary in measurements and sizing. That's partly because there are many different types that all have their average specifications. A circle scarf will need different measurements from a triangle scarf, for example.
Basic Scarf Measurements
A crocheted scarf for an adult should be about 60-70 inches long and 6-8 inches wide. That’s long enough to wrap around your neck once or twice.
Chunky Scarf Measurements
When using chunkier yarn, a scarf will need fewer stitches and rows to reach ideal dimensions. Because you won’t need to wrap it around your neck more than once, it should measure roughly 50-60 inches in length. Chunky scarves are usually 8-10 inches wide.
While they can vary in sizing, here are some general guidelines for different scarf types.
|Standard||6-8" (15-20cm)||60-70" (152-178cm)|
|Infinity||6-8" (15-20cm)||60-70" (152-178cm)|
|Chunky||8-10" (20-25cm)||50-60" (127-152cm)|
|Skinny||4-6" (10-15cm)||70-80” (178-203cm)|
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Free Crochet Patterns for Scarves
This list of free, easy crochet scarf patterns is grouped into categories so that you can find the right pattern for your style and skill level.
Easy Scarves for Beginners
These easy crochet patterns are ideal for beginners. You'll find your perfect first scarf project here, from infinity scarves to rectangular wraps.
Basic Crochet Infinity Scarf
One-Skein Scarf Pattern
Color Block Scarf
Ridged Statement Scarf
Simple Hooded Scarf
Striped Tunisian Scarf
Chunky, Fast Scarves
With these free patterns, you'll learn to make chunky scarves with bulky yarn weights. Not only will these projects work up quickly – they're cozy enough to keep you warm all winter long.
Would you like to crochet an entire winter outfit? Find inspiration for your next crochet sweater or cardigan project in our comprehensive guide.
Chunky Bohemian Wrap
Cluster Stitch Super Scarf
Nordic C2C Crochet Scarf
Puff Stitch Scarf
Oversized Blanket Wrap
Modern Bias Scarf
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Unique + Pretty Scarf Patterns
Not all scarves are designed for winter. These elegant, pretty scarf crochet patterns may not be as warm as their chunky counterparts, but they're versatile enough to wear all year round. Pair them with a handmade crochet cardigan, or use them to add extra flair to any outfit.
Simple Lace Scarf
Scalloped Infinity Scarf Pattern
One-Skein Granny Scarf
Scarf with Ruffled Trim
Trendy Scarf Patterns
If you're ready to move on from crochet basics, why not try a bold pattern? These modern designs will show you how to develop your color work skills and create eye-catching designs.
Colorful Check Scarf
Tunisian Herringbone Wrap
Houndstooth Fringed Scarf
Stylish Chevron Scarf
Modern Triangle Scarves
Triangle scarves, like triangle shawls, can be more of a challenge than standard rectangle wraps. But if you’re willing to pay attention to your increase or decrease, you'll create a modern accessory in a versatile and wearable shape.
Puff and Lace Triangle Scarf
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Depending on your pattern, you may also need stitch markers to keep track of your progress.
Choosing the Best Yarn for Scarves
While you can crochet scarves with any yarn, some types will give you better results.
Chunky yarns work up quickly and create a warm, thick fabric. Just keep in mind that bulkier yarns can also lack drape. Worsted-weight yarns are usually ideal scarf options. They work up reasonably fast into a flowy, drapey final product.
You’ll also want to consider the best fiber for your crochet scarf. Here are some pros and cons of common types of scarf yarn.
|Type of Fiber||Pros||Cons|
|Wool yarn||Warm and cozy|
|Can be expensive|
Not always machine washable
Can be scratchy
Easy to care for
|Can be scratchy|
Easy to care for
May not be environmentally friendly
Read on for the answers to the most common questions about crochet scarf patterns.
On average, you'll need two-three skeins or balls of yarn for a standard-sized scarf project. This may vary depending on the type of scarf you're making and the yarn weight you're using. Always refer to your pattern for instructions on how much yarn you need.
I recommend that beginner crocheters start with a basic scarf in a standard rectangle shape. You won't need to worry about increasing or decreasing, as you would with a triangle scarf. Look for patterns with a simple one-row repeat, which will be easier to memorize than patterns with longer repeats.
The number of chains needed for a crochet scarf depends on the planned width and the number of stitches you crochet per inch (your gauge). Use enough chain stitches to create the width you need. If in doubt, consult your pattern for advice.
Adding fringe to a scarf is easy. Cut strips of yarn that are twice as long as you want your fringe (with some extra length for trimming). Wrapping yarn around a thick book can be an efficient way to cut fringe that’s all the same length.
Gather those strips into groups and fold them in half. Pull each group of fringe strips through the scarf edge using a crochet hook and knot them in place.
For more guidance on adding borders or trim to your crochet projects, check out our guide to crochet borders.
Not every crochet or knit scarf must be blocked, but you may find it useful if you're planning to gift or sell your scarf. Blocking gives your finished product its final shape and can tidy up crooked edges or misshapen stitches. It makes your work look neater and more professional.
Blocking crochet is easy. Pin your scarf into position on a blocking board and spray it with water. Leave it to dry overnight. It will hold its new shape when you unpin it in the morning.
Closed stitches will work well if you want your crocheted scarf to keep your neck warm. For example:
• Single crochet and double crochet stitches
• Moss stitch, also called linen stitch or granite stitch
• Waffle stitch
• Herringbone Double Crochet
• Suzette Stitch
• Griddle Stitch
• Wattle stitch
• Tunisian Diagonal Eyelet Stitch
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Learn a New Skill
When you're ready to master a new skill, check out our detailed guides that include everything you need to know to level up your crochet game.
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