How to Crochet a Scarf for Beginners

A crocheted scarf is a great first project to make! Are you new to crochet? Are you looking for a great first project? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Scroll on down to learn all about crocheting a scarf with our free tutorial!

Learn how to crochet a scarf with the free crochet pattern below! This simple scarf pattern is easy to get the hang of, it uses one of the beginner basic stitches and works up fast.

I am so excited for you to crochet this beginner-friendly pattern! Read on down to find the simple crochet scarf pattern and gain the confidence to make even more crochet designs in the future.

Happy Crocheting!

Beginner Crochet Scarf Pattern

How to Crochet a Scarf for Absolute Beginners

To learn how to crochet this beginner-friendly scarf pattern, you will need to be familiar with a couple of my beginner guides!

Learn more about each of the crochet basics I mentioned above in the crochet guides below, so you’ll be ready to crochet this scarf pattern!

One is a beginner guide which help explain basic crochet stitches, the next is a crochet abbreviation guide that explains common abbreviations you’ll see in crochet patterns and the last is a tutorial about how to read a crochet pattern.

The Crochet Stitch for This Scarf

This crocheted simple scarf is excellent for new crocheters because it uses a single stitch! The single crochet!

Single crochet stitches are simple to get the hang of and a great way for a crocheter to practice their new-found love of crocheting.

I’ve listed a few tutorials below to get you familiar with this easy pattern stitch.

Stitch Tutorials for Beginners

Once you master the single crochet, then you are ready to make your scarf! But first, let’s learn about the yarn that you’ll need to have handy to make this scarf.

Keep on scrolling, new crochet friends, to now learn about the yarn for this scarf design!

Beginner Scarf

The Yarn That You’ll Need for This Easy Scarf Crochet Pattern

For this easy, crochet scarf, I highly suggest using Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. It is made up of 80% wool and 20% acrylic, which means since it is a wool blend, it will be extra warm.

I used the colorway Fisherman, but this yarn is available in many colors that are just as stunning as the one I used for my example scarf design.

It is a super bulky weight six yarn or #6 weight yarn, which means that it will make a cozy scarf and makes any pattern such as this scarf work up superfast! Be sure to check out the super bulky six yarn links above if you are unsure of what that size yarn is.

You’ll soon find out when you crochet with chunky yarn like the WET&Q I used, it will work up a little faster, which is great for a crochet beginner. You will only need less than two skeins of yarn to make this entire pattern, and even have a little left over if you’d’ like to make a longer scarf than what is written below.

Check the yarn line out if you get a chance, so you can see what I mean. Explore Wool-Ease Thick & Quick.

Want to use a different yarn or require a substitute yarn? Try Lion Brand Hometown as a wool-free alternative.

Ready to Get Started on Your New Scarf?

If you have your hook, yarn and this pattern handy, then you are good to go! This simple crocheted scarf design is a great first crochet project and great crochet pattern for beginners! Promise!

Tip: Be sure to read over the notes’ section of the pattern, where you’ll find helpful tips to get you through the process of crocheting this scarf.

If you require any further assistance at all about this free scarf pattern, please feel free to ask me via email or connect with me on social media.

The Beginner Crochet Scarf Pattern

Skill Level: Basic



Single Crochet (sc):

  1. Insert hook from front to back in the second chain from the hook or designated stitch
  2. Bring the yarn over (YO) the hook and pull the yarn back through the chain (or stitch)  from back to front  (2 loops on hook).
  3. YO and pull through both loops on the hook.

Chain Stitch (ch):

A simple crochet stitch that often forms the foundation of what crochet stitches are worked into during projects.

  • Make a slip knot.
  • Insert hook into slip knot point first, bring yarn over the shaft of the hook from back to front and grab it with the throat of the hook.
  • Draw hooked yarn through slip knot and onto the hook. This movement will make one chain stitch
  • Repeat steps two and three until you have the desired number of stitches for a pattern. One loop will remain on hook.

Crochet Abbreviations

Browse through our crochet abbreviation list for more information.

  • ch = chain stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • st(s) = stitch(es)


  • Finished Size:  Approximately a 6.5” width X 65” length


  • Gauge: 7 sc’s x 4 rows = 4″ x 6″ inches
  • Gauge Pattern:
    • ch 8 and follow pattern as written for 4 rows


  • Written in standard US terms
  • Make a longer scarf by crocheting extra rows, or make a wider scarf by starting with a longer foundation chain, or use our scarf size chart.
  • You can use a bigger hook or a smaller hook to get the gauge if needed.
  • Join the two ends of the scarf together to make a crochet infinity scarf.
  • Learn how to join new yarn skeins in with our how to change colors in crochet tutorial.

The Beginner Scarf Pattern Steps

  1. Foundation Row: With super bulky yarn, ch 11.
  2. Row 1: To begin the next row ch 1, in the second ch from the hook sc, sc once in every ch across (10)
  3. Row 2: To start row 2 ch 1, turn your work, sc in the first st (not the ch 1), sc once in every st across. (10)
  4. To finish row 3-101: Repeat row 2. (10)
  5. Finishing up the scarf: After row 101 (last row) fasten off the yarn with scissors and weave in loose yarn ends throughout the scarf with a yarn needle.

Expert Tip: Make sure gauge is correct for a perfectly shaped piece.

You’ve finished your crocheted scarf! See, I told you that you could do it! If you’d like to make this scarf with more beginner stitches like the half double crochet (hdc) or double crochet stitch (dc) they would work perfectly as well.

Save this pattern for later in case you want to make it again, be sure to pin it to your Pinterest board with our beginner scarf images below.

Easy Scarf for Beginners
Quick + Easy Beginner Scarf

More Free Crochet Scarf Patterns

Do you want more easy crochet scarf patterns to make? Try the One-Hour Cowl or the Fab Fall Scarf too!

Explore the free scarf patterns below, which all range in skill level, color, and types of stitches used! Enjoy.

Do you want to crochet another simple pattern? Make this beginner pattern the crochet bathmat using just single crochets too!!

How to Crochet a Scarf for Beginners

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