A crocheted scarf is a great first project to make if you are just beginning to crochet, and it is quick to work up too!
You can learn how to crochet a scarf with my free crochet pattern below! This simple scarf pattern is easy to get started, it uses one of the easiest beginner stitches and works up really fast.
I am so excited for you to crochet this beginner-friendly pattern, and happy crocheting!
How to Crochet a Scarf for Absolute Beginners
Before we start my beginner-friendly scarf pattern, you’ll need to be familiar with a couple of my beginner guides, first. If you are completely new to crocheting, then check out these resources before going any further.
- The first guide provides an introduction to the world of crochet. I explain what crochet is, the tools you’ll need, and some basic stitches and techniques.
- The next two guides walk you through how to read a crochet pattern (which is below), and how to decipher the abbreviations we use in it.
- We also have a resource guide on the basic crochet stitches. In that guide, we elaborate on the basic stitches that you’ll find in just about every crochet pattern.
With the guides above, you should be able to get what you need to confidently make the scarf pattern below.
The Crochet Stitch for This Scarf
This crocheted simple scarf is excellent for new crocheters because it uses only 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 what will quickly become their favorite new hobby.
Once you master the single crochet stitch, then you are almost ready to crochet a scarf pattern! You’ll need one final supply… the yarn!
The Yarn That You’ll Need for This Easy Scarf Crochet Pattern
Wool-Ease Thick and Quick
For this easy crochet scarf, I highly suggest using Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn. It is an 80% wool and 20% acrylic blend, which means it will be extra warm due to the wool, and easy to take care of because of the added acrylic fibers.
I used the colorway Fisherman, but this particular yarn is available in so many colors. You can choose whatever color you want, but it might be best to keep the color light. Dark colors are hard to crochet with, even for experienced crochets.
Wool Ease Thick & Quick is a super bulky weight #6 yarn, which means it will work up superfast! The larger the yarn, the quicker the project finishes because you’ll need fewer overall stitches to create it.
Crocheting with chunky yarn like the one I recommended, you’ll quickly realize that it works up really quick, which is great for a beginner. You will need less than two skeins of yarn to make this entire pattern. Of course, instead of leaving some unused yarn at the end, you could always just make the scarf a little bigger to use it all.
With this weight of yarn, I recommend using a 9mm crochet hook.
If you can’t find Wool Ease Thick & Quick, or want to try a wool-free alternative, Lion Brand Hometown USA is your best option.
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.
The Beginner Crochet Scarf Pattern
Skill Level: Basic
- Less than 196 yards (179 m) or fewer than 2 skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick or any other super bulky 6 yarn.
- Crochet hook 9 mm (or whatever hook size is needed to obtain gauge)
- Measuring tape
- Yarn needle (or tapestry needle)
Here are the two stitches you’ll need to know before making this scarf. As with most crochet patterns, a chain is used to create a foundation row and for turning.
Single Crochet (sc):
- Insert hook from front to back in the second chain from the hook or designated stitch
- 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).
- YO and pull through both loops on the hook.
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 the hook.
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 the pattern as written for 4 rows
- This pattern is 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. Use our scarf size chart to help with that.
- You can use a bigger hook or a smaller hook to help you get to the correct gauge that is needed.
- Learn how to join new yarn skeins in with our how to change colors in crochet tutorial.
- Make sure the gauge is correct for a perfectly shaped piece.
The Beginner Scarf Pattern Steps
Foundation Row: With super bulky yarn, ch 11.
Row 1: To begin the next row, sc in the second ch from the hook sc once in every ch across (10)
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)
To finish row 3-101: Repeat row 2. (10)
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.
Optional: Join the two ends of the scarf together to make a crochet infinity scarf.
You’ve finished your crocheted scarf! (I told you that you could do it!)
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.
More Free Crochet Scarf Patterns
Explore the free scarf patterns below, which all range in skill level, color, and types of stitches used! Enjoy.
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Do you want to crochet another simple pattern? Make this beginner pattern the crochet bathmat using just single crochets too!!