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How to Crochet a Scarf

Updated on February 5, 2013

How to Crochet a Scarf for Beginners

Scarves are extremely fashionable these days and an excellent way to help keep you warm during the cold winter months. Surprisingly, it's super easy to learn how to crochet a scarf. I know because I just taught myself to crochet last month by using a great crochet for beginners book and by watching several YouTube crochet videos, and I've already crocheted five great looking winter scarves! It's fun to make scarves and being able to crochet my own allows me to have as many different colored ones in my closet as I want.

On this page I've gathered together all of the information that helped me teach myself how to crochet a scarf as a beginner. I also feature the great crochet hooks and super soft yarn that is easy to crochet with that I used myself when learning how to crochet. Below you will find everything you need to learn how to crochet a scarf for beginners.

Image: Warm crochet scarf on Flickr.

How to Crochet a Scarf - A crochet scarf tutorial for beginners

Learn the basics about crocheting scarves.

Easy crochet scarf
Easy crochet scarf

How to Crochet a Scarf for Beginners

You really can learn how to crochet a scarf

Scarves are super fashionable right now. I decided that I wanted a few and set out to shop for some pretty ones. I'm not much of the fancy type (I'm a t-shirt and jeans kind of gal), so I didn't want dressy scarves. Instead I wanted knit scarves that are warm and cozy and would be a fun way to accessorize my casual wardrobe. It was hard to find this style of scarf in colors that would compliment my closet, so remembering one of my Squidoo friends, lisaauch who is an avid crocheter, I thought to myself "hmmm, I bet I can crochet my own scarves." I emailed Lisa and asked her for some beginner crochet advice. She told me to check out YouTube crochet tutorials. I did as she suggested and I also read a helpful book of crochet for beginners. To my amazement in less than a week I went from not knowing how to crochet a foundation chain to crocheting scarves for the whole family!

After watching the above crochet tutorial, I made a foundation chain as long as I wanted the scarf to be, then I crocheted a single stitch all along the foundation chain, followed by three rows of double crochet, then a row of single crochet. This would be enough to have a basic scarf very similar to the one pictured here (which is created by crocheting long rows rather than crocheting short rows the width of the scarf), but you can dress it up by cleaning up the edging (the easiest was is to just run a single stitch around the entire perimeter) and then add some simple fringe to either end. Voila! You just crocheted your first scarf.

You can experiment with a variety of stitches to create different patterns and textures. I learned that you can fill out a scarf quickly with a treble crochet stitch. I also discovered that I like the way the rows look if I put an extended single stitch in between the longer stitch rows. I'm having a lot of fun trying out a combination of different crochet stitches to create unique scarves.

Learn More About Crocheting Scarves

This book contains twenty-one crochet scarf patterns. You can use different types of yarns in a variety of colors to create an infinite number of unique and trendy scarves.

Crochet Scarves: Fabulous Fashions - Various Techniques
Crochet Scarves: Fabulous Fashions - Various Techniques

"This is a very user friendly book as there are good photos throughout which show the actual crochet steps of the 21 scarves. My favorite of them is Marabou using woven yarn. I have seen this done in knitting but not in crochet."

~ M. Poller, Amazon customer.


Best Crochet Hooks for Beginners - I recommend these crochet hooks

I highly recommend these crochet hooks for any beginner crocheter. All of the other popular crochet hooks are very rounded at the end, making it easy for the yarn to frequently slip off the end causing you to lose your stitch. I like these Susan Bates hooks because they have a slightly squared off end that holds the yarn better.

Susan Bates Silvalume Crochet Hook Set in Pouch Sizes F, G, H, I, J, K
Susan Bates Silvalume Crochet Hook Set in Pouch Sizes F, G, H, I, J, K

This is the set of hooks I've used to crochet all of my scarves.


Great Yarns for Beginning Crocheters - My favorite beginner yarns

I've experimented with several different yarns now. These ultra soft yarns by Caron are by far my favorite. They are the standard size yarns. Depending on how tight you crochet, you can use a size 5.5 crochet hook with them. They are acrylic, machine washable and dryable, and available in a variety of colors. They are so soft that they feel like angora.

How to Crochet a Scarf - Scarf crochet instructions

These video tutorials show you how to crochet a scarf.

The Trick to Crocheting Easy Scarves

How to make crocheting a scarf easy

When I first began to crochet I just made a rectangle of single stitches to practice. I took a look at it and realized if I had just made it longer and more narrow that it would be a scarf. So I started to crochet a scarf the way most crochet patterns teach, which is to go row by row to make the width of the scarf until it's as long as you want. But, I what I found is that my turns aren't very smooth right now as a beginner crocheter. This was creating a very wonky (for lack of a better word) looking scarf. Then I learned on YouTube that you can crochet a scarf by going the length instead of the width. The very first scarf I did this way turned out great. I've been a crocheting machine every since.

This photo to the right shows my very first row I crocheted. I used a treble stitch to crochet this row. I finished the scarf by doing a total of three treble stitched rows and then I edged the entire thing with a crab stitch.

The Finished Scarf

The Finished Scarf
The Finished Scarf
Granny square crochet scarf on Flickr
Granny square crochet scarf on Flickr

Granny Square Crochet Scarf for Beginners

A granny square crochet scarf is easy for beginners

Another great idea for a crochet scarf that even beginner crocheters can do is a granny square scarf. Most crocheters learn how to crochet by creating granny squares. They are small crochet squares of various patterns. A granny square can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. A granny square can be used alone as a dishrag, but they are frequently stitched together to form blankets and afghans. Here you see that granny squares can be stitched together side to side to create a unique scarf. This is a fun idea that can be accomplished even by someone new to crochet. By simply varying the color and type of yarn you use and your granny square patterns, you can make a never ending supply of unique crochet scarves to wear yourself or give as gifts.

How to Crochet Granny Squares - Learn how to crochet beautiful granny squares

Crochet granny squares can be beautiful, unique, fun, and whimsical. They can be stitched together to craft scarves, blankets, and much more. This book features tons of patterns for a variety of granny squares that you can use to create tons of fun and unique items.

How to Make a Ruffled Scarf

Fabulous and fashionable ruffled scarves are super easy to crochet...and fast! I made my first one yesterday and it took me just over an hour to crochet it. I learned from this crochet tutorial video. This video teaches you to crochet it lengthwise instead of making rows back and forth. It creates an attractive scarf that you can make fast enough to have one of every color in your closet as well as make them to give to friends and family. This video uses Starbella yarn, but I used Sashay yarn that I bought at Walmart.

Specialty Yarn for Crocheting Ruffled Scarves - Ribbon yarn for making ruffled scarf

These specialty yarns are all you need to easily crochet the fabulous ruffled scarf in the above tutorial video. It only takes one of these small skeins to make a ruffled scarf.

Which Crochet Scarves Will You Make?

Which scarves do you plan to crochet?

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I've had so much fun crocheting scarves this past month and I'm an absolute newbie to the world of crochet. If you use my crochet tutorials to make a scarf, come back to tell me about it. If you post a photo to Pinterest or Flickr then be sure to share a link to your crochet scarf picture. =)

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      Wendy Leanne 4 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: Thank you for visiting. I just checked all of the videos and they're all playing fine. I think you had the first video still running when you started one of the bottom videos. If you start the video at the top of the page, you simply need to pause it before moving on to one of the other videos.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This video was awful - there were 2 people talking at once or voiceovers or something. I barely understood how to do this. One of the worst "how to" videos I've ever encountered.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      thanks for the information about How to Crochet a Scarf

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      Wendy Leanne 5 years ago from Texas

      @Deadicated LM: I tried crochet years ago but just couldn't figure out how to work a stitch into the foundation chain. YouTube has made it possible for me to really hit the ground running with crocheting. The crochet book I have it great, but I need to the video tutorials too in order to really understand how to work the new stitches in. I'm really getting obsessed with my new hobby. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens, I always wanted to try crochet (like I need another hobby, lol). I had to share this one, good job.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Thanks for the directions on how to Crochet a Scarf. Nicely done.