Crocheting a scarf is a great first project for beginning crocheters. Here are 16 free crochet scarf patterns that work for total beginners, to more experienced crocheters.
Why is a scarf a fabulous first crochet project? Because it’s a rectangle, which is one of the easiest shapes to crochet!
Depending on the complexity of the pattern, a crochet scarf is a great way for newer crocheters to learn new stitches and techniques, since usually there’s little shaping.
What do you need to crochet a scarf?
Yarn, a variety of yarn weights and fibers work well for crocheting a scarf.
Crochet hook to match your chosen yarn.
#4 medium worsted weight yarn is a popular choice, and pairs well with a 5mm hook.
Your crochet pattern will have a section titled Materials, or Supplies that will tell you what yarn was used in the sample and with which hook.
What yarn should I use to crochet a scarf?
Acrylic yarn is affordable and comes in an array of colors.
However, if you’re looking to crochet a light and lacy summer scarf, then going with cotton yarn make be a great choice.
If you want to crochet a cozy, chunky scarf for fall or winter, then consider wool for warmth. Or possibly a wool blend which often melds the best of both worlds because it’s warm, but also washable (check your yarn label) to be sure on how to care for your handmade scarf.
For one skein summer scarf, I love Lion Brand’s 24/7 cotton. The cotton is mercerized, so it’s strong. It has a beautiful sheen and comes in some lovely colors.
To crochet a quick scarf use a #5-#7 weight yarn, like Scarfie Yarn. This chunky #5 yarn is made just for crocheting (or knitting) a scarf! These are great because you know you have just the right amount of yarn to make a scarf. I really love how the color changes work in these yarns. And bonus, it’s a wool blend so it’s very warm.
So really there are a wide variety of yarns that will work, it just depends on the type of scarf you want to crochet!
How much yarn do I need?
Again this depends on your pattern. You will need more #4 medium yarn than you will need of a #6 super bulky yarn.
You might need roughly 350-550 yards of a #4 medium worsted weight yarn to make a good size scarf. To make a similar size scarf in #6 super bulky yarn you may only need 250-400 yards.
There is no easy answer, it really depends on too many factors! Check your pattern instructions for the best information.
So how big should a scarf be?
Like crochet blankets, there’s really no set width and length for a scarf. The crochet scarf patterns in this list range from 4″ to 8″ wide. For light and lacy a skinny 4″ to 6″ scarf is perfect, for cozy and warm 6″ to 8″ works well.
The length of a scarf can vary also. At least 54″ to 60″ is a good minimum length. This allows most individuals to wrap it once around the neck and have some length on both sides.
There are plenty of longer scarf patterns of 70″ to 100″ long. Scarfs this long will allow the wearer more options for tying or looping the scarf. These may also include fringe in those lengths.
You crochet pattern will include sizing information, so check the details first.
What’s the best stitch to crochet a scarf?
Like the weight of your yarn, it depends on the look and drape you want in your scarf. For an open, lacy scarf you can use the v-stitch, large mesh (which is a double crochets and chains to form an open mesh like fabric), or filet crochet which is similar to the mesh. In crochet mesh, you work a double crochet into a double crochet. For filet crochet, you work double crochets into the chain spaces.
If you want to crochet a cozy super bulky scarf then you want to choose stitches that are closer together, to form a warmer fabric. These are great for the “regular” crochet stitches: single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet.
The Retta Crochet Infinity Cowl is long and lacy. This easy crochet pattern can be fashioned into a summer scarf or cowl.
Just one skein of yarn creates this lovely crochet cowl pattern. Step by step photo tutorial is included for any level crocheter.
The beginner friendly crochet mesh used in the Retta Cowl is a simple one row repeat. Which makes this crochet infinity cowl pattern a relaxing project, while also watching tv or even listening to a book.
The Berryessa Scarf is a light crochet lacy scarf, perfect as a stylish summer accessory. The easy, open stitch pattern of this skinny scarf is fun to work and creates a beautiful accessory for those warmer days.
Crocheted with simple stitches and just one ball of yarn, the Berryessa Scarf makes for a fast gift.
Crochet the Tuscan Scarf with just one skein of fingering weight yarn. Designed solely with single crochet stitches, this easy crochet scarf showcases the colors of that special hand dyed yarn.
The Tuscan Scarf is lightweight and simple to style. Use the long end secure the scarf in a loose knot to keep it in place on your neck. Or wrap it and tuck the tail in. This design is easy to crochet and easy to wear.
The Alza Scarf is an easy crochet scarf pattern that’s squishy, warm and gorgeous. Just one skein of Scarfie yarn is all you need to crochet this cozy scarf.
As the name implies, Scarfie yarn is excellent for crocheting the perfect length scarf. The subtle color changes make for an interest and easy colorful scarf that isn’t too busy. Scarfie is a #5 bulky weight yarn.
This beginner friendly crochet scarf pattern uses simple stitches. The two row repeat is easy to remember for a relaxing crochet project.
The Tuono Scarf is a cozy super scarf pattern. It works up super quick, as it’s crocheted with #7 jumbo yarn and a 15mm hook.
This Color Cloud yarn from Lion Brand was really fun to work with and it really does feel as soft as a cloud (I imagine). I love their color ways, as it has enough variation to add interest without weaving in extra ends.
Crochet the Veneto Scarf in super bulky yarn for a quick but cozy make! This crochet pattern works up beautifully in this print yarn.
The best part of my Veneto Fringed Scarf is that it keeps my neck warm! Just wearing a scarf seems to keep me the right temperature, without having to add all those extra layers-at least this time of year. A neutral accessory is the best and most loved in my wardrobe.