Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Free Crochet Scarf Pattern


Here is a free pattern for you crocheters out there. It's for a 2 meter long ribbed scarf. It's a very simple design, but looks elegant and can be worn by both men and women. And the length is perfect, nice and long for wrapping around multiple times. The scarves in these photos are all made using the pattern below.

Yarn: I used about 2 skeins (220 meters, or 240 yards) of Paton's Wilderness, but any chunky yarn will work. 
Hook: 10mm

Row 1: Ch 150 LOOSELY, turn and hdc into third ch from hook, then hdc in each st to end, turn,
ch 2.
Row 2. hdc in Front Loop Only to end, turn, ch 2.
Row 3: hdc in Back Loop Only to end, turn, ch 2.

Continue alternating row 2 & 3 until your scarf is wide enough. If using Paton's Wilderness, you can get 10 rows from 2 balls of wool.

Ribbing variation: do back loop stitches for each row to get ribbing on both sides. 

You can make as many of these as you like. Have fun! Here is the finished product. Notice the ribbing:





All of my pattern are created for you to use and enjoy for free. However, if you would like to make a donation you can do so using the button below (all donations are gratefully received and will be used to fund the creation of future free patterns). Thanks, Mel.










53 comments:

  1. the pattern is really nice,but I didnt get what front loop and back loop are,

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  2. The top of a stitch has a front and back loop. Most rows are done underneath both; i.e., in the space between the stitches. "In the front loop" or "in the back loop" is a bit more difficult because you have to separate the loops with the hook in order to wrap the yarn around the front or back part.

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  3. So, I just finished making a scarf using this pattern; easy-peasy and looks awesome!

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  4. I'm glad your scarf turned out well, ildi! Thanks for your explanation of front loop and back loop - you explained it well! Here is a link to video showing you how to do it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG0zOuSLMGE

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  5. I love the look of this! I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but for some reason I can't figure out the pattern of the stitches. Chain, fine; first row hdc, fine; second row FLO, fine; third row BLO, fine; but then...I can't seem to figure out what next for the fourth row. Is it hdc through the whole stitch and then (fifth row) FLO, alternating that way? Or is the fourth row FLO also? Not sure why I can't figure it out on my own but my ribbing isn't coming out right. Thanks for the help!

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  6. Hi Renee,

    I see the problem, there was a mistake in my pattern, but I have edited it now. When you get to the 4th row, you have to repeat the 2nd row. So the 4th row you must hdc in flo, 5th row hdc in blo, and so on until your scarf is wide enough.

    In my pattern it originally said 'continue alternating row 1 & 2', but I've changed it now to read 'continue alternating row 2 & 3'.

    Did that fix your problem?

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  7. Hi Mel,
    Thanks for the pattern! My scarf is turning out great. However, how do you end the scarf? Is there a way to make the final edge look like the starting edge (the chain created a tapered look). Also if I wanted to weave the ends together to create a circle scarf, how do you do that?

    thanks!

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  8. Hi Faith,

    Good question, I find the easiest way to make the starting chain not so tapered, is to chain loosely. Using a hook 1-2 x larger for the foundation chain usually works.

    To make it a circle, the neatest edge would be created by carefully sewing the ends together using the same yarn and a tapestry needle, making sure the stitches are not too tight (otherwise the edges might pucker).

    I hope this helps :-)

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  9. wouldn't you need to always use the back loop only, on every row to make a ribbed pattern, instead of alternating back loop and front loop?

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  10. I have read all the comments but i still can't figure out the front loop and the back loop. Would it be like sticking the hook in from the right side for one chain and then switching to sticking it in the left side for the other chain?

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  11. Hi Becky,

    Yes, you will still get a ribbed pattern doing it that way. The ribbing would be visible on both sides. Alternating blo and flo gives ribbing on one side and plain on the other side.

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  12. Hi Anon,

    Here is a video showing how to do back loop only stitch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_6-YsCBH3M

    And front loop only stitch:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUMawrpRH4o

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  13. Wow, Thanks Mel.

    You're a lifesaver, those videos were perfect. And I just started crocheting 4 days ago :) Youtube is amazing.

    Thanks again!

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  14. I've been trying to find a scarf pattern that isn't scrawny looking and has a modern feel to it. I think this is perfect! I will be making it this week and already can't wait to wear it. Thanks!

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  15. How much yarn does this take so I'll know how much to buy?

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  16. Is there a name for this pattern? I love it but I'm just starting so can someone post a video of instructions on making it? It would really help!

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  17. ^ agreed! do you think you can post step by step? i've never done any crocheting before and this looks cool! it's so pretty! :)

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  18. Dudes, this pattern is super easy, if you can chain and half double crochet you can make this scarf. There are plenty of tutorials on youtube to show you how to half double crochet. Or just google it!

    The only slightly more advanced part is crocheting into the back loop only.
    Here is a video showing how to do back loop only stitch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_6-YsCBH3M

    Good luck - you can do it, just don't give up.

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  19. Hey Mel, how many yards of yarn does this take to make?

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    1. It takes about 240 yards of chunky yarn.

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  21. Thank you Mel! It was super easy and looks so modern. I have finished one in teal and plan to do several more in other colors.

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  22. I just made this scarf from some home spun and I am smitten with it, thank you!

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  23. I just found this pattern and I cannot wait to try it out. I have come chunky yarn sitting here that I have not used and would love to try this pattern out.

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  24. Can't wait to try this scarf! Thank you so much!

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  25. Those of you that have made the scarf - could you tell me which yarn you used and how many skeins it took? Someone long distance has requested this as a Christmas gift and I want to know how much yarn to purchase. Thanks!

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    1. It will likely depend on how tight you work the pattern and the type of yarn.

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  26. Can I used two strands of yarn on this pattern and it still turn out good?

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    1. Anonymous... You could always try with a test swatch first to see how it looks. Maybe do a chain of 20 and follow the remainder of the instructions through at least rows 2 and 3. That should give you a good idea of how it would look using two strands of worsted weight instead of chunky.

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  27. what does "hdc" mean??? i'm just learning to crochet and i'm not familiar with that term

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    1. It means half double crochet, but see my post below - it means a different stitch in UK and US terms.

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  28. Hi, love the scarf and am planning on doing it. But just to clarify - I presume you use UK rather than US terms (due to the website address) - is that correct?

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    1. Sorry, ignore me

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    2. Haha, I actually use US terms even though I am in Australia!

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  29. i made this scarf in a multicolored yarn , it was a perfect pattern thanks a lot, by the way i am a man and i do crocheting since i was young but discreetly

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    1. Great - this scarf is great for men or women. Glad you like it!

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  30. hi i wanted to know if you used first row then third row then repeat or did you do blo in each new row in your picture designs?? thanks

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    1. Hello,
      In the photos I alternated back loop only then front loop only. This way gives ribbing on one side of the scarf. All scarves in photos above were made this way.

      But to get ribbing on both sides, do back loop only for each row.

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  31. I just finished a scarf using this pattern and it was super easy and quick. Not to mention it looks great. Used two strands of different colored soft acrylic yarn (7 oz). I chose not to use the full skeins because the scarf is a gift for a teenage boy. Wasn't to sure if wider would look better. Thanks for a great pattern!!!

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  32. thank you... this pattern is so easy. gonna make it soon :)

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  33. Love the look and have just chained the first 150 stitches.
    The pattern says it is 2 m long and the 150 stitches only measures 1 m or less.
    What am I doing wrong?

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    1. You need to chain the 150 LOOSELY. One way is to use a larger hook for the chain row, then change back to the 10mm for the rest. If you don't chain loosely then the foundation row will be narrower than the other rows.

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  34. I just finished this scarf, and it was very easy, thank you! The question I have though is about the HDC -- most instructions I found said to start the HDC in row 1 from the 3rd chain from the hook, not the second -- I just want to confirm it is the second. I also have another question -- what chain from the hook do you start doing the HDC? I ask because my ends are angled instead of straight, I don't think I started from the right spot. I think I did 3rd chain from the hook by accident should it be two also for rows 2 and beyond?

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  35. Hello there. Thanks for the feedback. I have checked my trusty crochet bibles and you are correct about the half double crochet starting from the 3rd chain from hook. I will change the pattern to reflect this.

    For the other rows, chain 3 first then hdc into each stitch from the end. If your ends are angled check that you are not increasing the amount of stitches for each row. I hope that helps!

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  36. This is my first time making a scarf. I am on the second chain and it is starting to twirl. Is that normal for a scarf or does that mean that I made it too tight?

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  37. Hi Mel,
    I finished the scarf just right now, it was super easy for a beginner! This scarf will be my husband's Christmas present, but I have to make one for my sister and another for myself :)
    Thanks for the pattern! S.

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  38. Could you tell me how wide the scarf should be? Mine looks much smaller than the ones in your pictures.

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  39. Love it! I'm using Sirdar Faroe chunky in Origin shade and it looks great. I'll give it to my father for Christmas. He'll be thrilled. So quick - fastest ever crochet project. Thank you :-)

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  40. Thanks so much for this great pattern. I was looking for a crochet pattern that wasn't too lacy for my mom for Christmas (who needs a warm scarf for living in Wisconsin and doesn't wear things that are too feminine, and this is perfect. And I'm a beginner and can totally handle this. I did a test swatch with a size 10 but might try it a size or two down - would like it to look a little less open. It seems more loose than yours do.

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  41. I have a 220yd skein of cascade 220 Superwash wool and a size H crochet hook. Any idea if this will turn out a full length scarf for a teenager?

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    1. You can make it however wide you like by creating more rows. I'm sure adjusting the length of your foundation chain won't make any difference in pattern, but you may not be able to wrap it twice if that is what you want to do. I like to wrap my scarves (usually infinity) twice so it really depends on what you want to do.:) Have fun.

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  42. I have tried to skim through the comments to see if this question has been asked already...I want to turn this into an infinity scarf but I'm not sure the best way to secure the ends together. I used a 10mm hook for mine and used Lion Brand Jiffy yarn in Dark Grey Heather (3 oz skeins). It's pretty much worked up nicely using one skein only but I have another row or two I'd like to make before I finish so will start another skein but won't use much. I love how easy it is. Next one I make I will try altering colors or use an ombre type yarn. Thanks for the pattern and clarifications.

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