Crochet Scarf for Beginners a Step by Step Tutorial

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Learn how to crochet a scarf for beginners. This total beginner pattern is an easy first project for new crocheters.

To crochet this scarf there’s a step by step with picutres and written instructions, plus a a video for total beginners!

I love using simple techniques to crochet beautiful things. This easy scarf features the basic single crochet stitch.

The single crochet stitch makes a great scarf. It’s nice and tight so the scarf will be warm.

Close up of scarf stripes on man.
The Pietra is a total beginner crochet scarf pattern!

You can really see the stitch definition and colors here. I think they compliment each other quite well.

Plus the single crochet works great for men’s accessories. Since I’m using a print yarn that changes colors, using a simple stitch like this or half double crochet works best.

The scarf is totally beginner friendly. You only need to know how to chain, single crochet and finish off.

You can also customize this scarf easily. Since it’s single crochet you can make it as wide or narrow as you like.


For this tutorial I use a #5 bulky/chunky weight yarn. For a beginner, using a chunky or super bulky yarn makes “seeing” the stitches so much easier. Plus I love this Quarry Print in Lion Brand’s Woolspun.

Since it’s a print, the yardage is slightly less than a solid color in the same yarn.

You might wonder if you need to use the exact yarn I did. The short answer is no.

You can substitute another yarn, I recommend a similar #5 weight yarn to get a similar result to the scarf in the picture. Check out my post on how to choose the best yarn for a scarf.

Lion Brand has another #5 yarn I like, Color Made Easy. I use this yarn in my Ava Blanket. The colors are gorgeous.

More Patterns in Woolspun Yarn

The Briones Sweater is a chunky weight sweater crocheted in a Woolspun color Orchid.

If you also knit, then you might like the Giana Knit Pocket Shawl pattern with Woolspun in Honey.

The crocheters also have a pocket shawl in Woolspun, the Ana Pocket Shawl in the color Plum.

For a limited time this yarn is back in stock! Get Woolspun from Lion Brand* while you can. It’s a squishy favorite.

Crochet scarf for beginners in neutral colors, crossed on man in red.
The neutral colors of this beginner scarf make is easy to wear with anything.


This simple scarf uses the single crochet stitch. It’s a total beginner scarf.

I love the color changing print yarn for basic stitches. The yarn can do it’s thing and the stitch doesn’t take away from it.

More Easy Crochet Scarf Patterns To Try

Another simple single crochet scarf is the Tuscan Scarf, this one is a triangle scarf.

The Alza Scarf crochets up in an easy, two row repeat. I love how it works up in Scarfie (another great #5 yarn).

The Verso Scarf features stripes and texture. This crochet scarf is perfect for gifting.

More Free Crochet Patterns

Another great beginner crochet pattern to try is this Simple Fringed Mug Rug from You Should Craft.

The beginner double crochet beanie pattern in all sizes is quick and easy project.

Black and grey beginner crochet scarf with turquoise hook.
Combining simple stitches with print and variegated yarns creates a simple beauty!


  • 4 balls of Lion Brand’s Woolspun* (100g/3.5oz ea) in Quarry Print, or 432yds/395m of a comparable #5 chunky weight yarn. *I used 3 balls and my scarf is 54″ which feels just a tad short, that’s why I recommend 4 balls.
  • 6.5mm US K-10.5 crochet hook, I’m using my turquoise Odyssey*
  • Large eye yarn needle for weaving in ends.
  • Scissors


  1. Ch 1 at the beginning of a row does not count as a stitch.

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)



sc-single crochet 



4″/10cm x 4″/10cm = 11 sc x 12 rows of sc

This means that when I measure 4″ across my scarf there are 11 single crochet stitches.

If I measure vertically on my scarf, there are 12 rows of sc.

Checking gauge is how crocheters match the designer’s tension in the pattern, so you get the same size.

Matching gauge for this scarf is not super important. It’s ok if yours is a little wider/narrow or longer/shorter.

Checking gauge is super important on fitted items like hats and garments though.




To crochet a scarf of a different width you can adjust the number of chains you start with, noting that one will be a turning chain.

I use 20 chains, which gives me 19 single crochet stitches. This yields about a 7″ wide scarf with my yarn/hook/gauge.

This scarf, with 3 balls of Woolspun (108yds ea) is 54″ long. To crochet a longer scarf, just add more yarn. Follow the repeat for as long as you need, or until you run out of yarn.

Anywhere between 54″-76″ are common lengths for this type of scarf. Some will calculate length based on height or “wingspan” of the arms.

If you want to form this into an infinity scarf then you can sew together the ends, creating loop like the Retta infinity cowl pattern.

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Thick crochet scarf for beginners in black and grey stripe scarf.

You can purchase the ad-free, well formatted, printable PDF for this pattern in one of my shops. Scroll down for the free pattern.

Scroll down for the Crochet Scarf For Beginners Tutorial with Pictures!

For this tutorial I use a white yarn so it’s easier to see the stitches.

Black and grey striped scarf.

Easy Crochet Scarf For Beginners

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 4 hours
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $15

Learn how to crochet a simple scarf for beginners. This single crochet scarf is an easy first crochet project for beginners.


  • 4 balls of Lion Brand's Woolspun (100g/3.5oz ea) in Quarry Print, or 432yds/395m of a comparable #5 chunky weight yarn.


  • 6.5mm US K-10.5 crochet hook
  • Large eye yarn needle for weaving in ends.


  1. Chain 20, you can ch any number for a wider or narrower scarf, just note that the first ch will be a turning ch.picture of chain for sc tutorial
  2. Skip the first ch and sc in the 2nd ch from your hook.picture of first single crochet complete
  3. Sc in the next ch and in each ch across the row. First complete row single crochet.
  4. When you get to the end of the row, turn your work.picture of blue yarn needle in first stitch of second row
  5. Ch 1, this counts as the turning ch and not a stitch.
  6. Starting in the first st sc in each st across, turn. picture of two single crochet rows complete
  7. Keep repeating this row for the length of your scarf. 3 balls gave me a 54" long scarf. Black, grey and beige striped scarf with hook.
  8. Add on a new ball of yarn when you need to.
  9. Crochet over the yarn tails as you work.
  10. To finish, cut the yarn and weave in the tail.Man wearing black, grey, beige striped crochet scarf for beginners.

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