20 Free and Easy Crochet Scarf Patterns for Beginners

If you want to crochet a scarf but aren’t sure which one to pick from the many free scarf patterns online, this post can help!

Crochet scarves are a great project to make because they are a quick and small project that can usually be finished in a day or less. If you are looking for a free and easy pattern for a scarf, then you are in the right place.

Easy Crochet Scarf Patterns for Beginners to Make!

Below I highlighted some of the best scarf patterns you can crochet, from easy to crochet scarves to ones that are a bit more advanced! I am certain that you will find an easy crochet scarf pattern to make with this list.


Crochet Scarves for Beginners & More

This list of free crochet patterns will be a mixture of beginner patterns, intermediate and then finally advanced scarf pattern designs.

When I mention advanced scarves, I just mean ones that use more than one crochet stitch in combination, and not necessarily that they are difficult to crochet. I hope you enjoy this crochet scarf pattern collection!

Best Yarn for a Crochet Scarf

When you are picking out yarn for your scarf pattern, you will want to keep a few things in mind, such as what weight the yarn is and what crochet stitches will be used.

I’ll go over what to look for with scarves including the yarn weight below, and the crochet stitches in the next section after that.

Yarn Weight

  • Lightweight (3) Yarn: This weight of yarn is great for spring and summer scarves, lightweight cowls and warmer climates. Lion Brand Truboo is a perfect example of a nice, lighter yarn that you can use for scarves.

Weight 3 – Light

Weight 3 - Light Yarn Weight

This yarn weight is also known as DK (double knitting) or Light Worsted. The best hook sizes to use with this weight of yarn are 4.5 mm (7), 5 mm (H-8) & 5.5 mm (I-9).

Patterns Using This Yarn Weight →
  • Worsted / Medium (4) Yarn: A favorite of crocheters, this yarn weight is good for all weathers, easy to find and the most common yarn weight for scarves. Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice is a favorite worsted weight yarn for scarves.

Weight 4 – Medium

Weight 4 - Medium Yarn Weight

This yarn weight is also known as Worsted, Afghan, Aran, UK 10-ply and 12-ply. The best hook sizes to use with this weight of yarn are 5.5 mm (I-9) & 6.5 mm (K-10.5).

Patterns Using This Yarn Weight →
  • Bulky (5) & Super Bulky (6) Yarn: This weight of yarn makes for a quick project and perfect weight fibers for areas that have cold winters. Think warm and cozy, Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (6) and red Heart Soft Essentials (5) are both examples of these weights of yarn.

Weight 5 – Bulky

Weight 5 - Bulky Yarn Weight

This yarn weight is also known as Chunky, Craft or Rug. The best hook sizes to use with this weight of yarn are 6.5 mm (K-10.5), 8 mm (L-11) & 9 mm (M/N-13).

Patterns Using This Yarn Weight →

The yarn weight you pick for your scarf will also affect what crochet hook size you will use, too. So, it is a significant decision to make.

You can learn more about yarn weight in our more detailed post that I linked up.

Crochet Stitches in Scarves

Crochet scarves are a great beginner crochet project to start with when you are first learning how to crochet. They are typically worked in rows and are typically small, which means they are a quick make.

  • 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.

Single Crochet

Single Crochet Crochet Stitch

Abbreviation: sc
Difficulty Level: Easy
Learn this stitch →

Patterns Using This Stitch →
  • Half Double Crochet(hdc)
    • Yo (yarn over) insert hook from front to back of the designated stitch, yo the hook and pick up a loop. 
    • Yo the hook and pull back through all three loops on the hook.

Half Double Crochet

Half Double Crochet Crochet Stitch

Abbreviation: hdc
Difficulty Level: Easy
Learn this stitch →

Patterns Using This Stitch →
  • Double Crochet (dc)
    • Wrap the yarn over (yo) the hook, insert the hook into the specified st.
    • Yo the hook again, draw the yarn through the st, so there are 3 loops on the hook
    • Yo the hook again draw it through 2 loops, so there are 2 loops on the hook
    • Yo the hook, draw it through the final 2 loops

Double Crochet

Double Crochet Crochet Stitch

Abbreviation: dc
Difficulty Level: Easy
Learn this stitch →

Patterns Using This Stitch →

Best Crochet Stitches for Scarves

Some of the most simple scarves will always include crochet stitches like the single crochet stitches(sc), half double crochet stitches (hdc) and double crochet stitches (dc).

I also have a post that goes over in more details some other fun crochet stitches for scarves you may enjoy too.

Luckily, each of the scarf patterns below will have the stitches you’ll need to know within the pattern. Just be certain to look over the pattern, you pick thoroughly at the stitches before you get started.

I promise all the crochet scarf patterns below are super easy to make and use the stitches mentioned above in some way.

Sizing a Crochet Scarf

To crochet a scarf, you’ll need to decided on the appropriate size to make. Below you’ll find the regular scarf sizes that will work for a child, preteen and adult.

You can also have a look at our expanded scarf size chart for more sizes to make a scarf in if you’d like to make your scarf longer or smaller than what is shown below.

Age GroupSizeWidth (in)Length (in)
Average Scarf Sizes in Crochet

Once you take a look at the scarf sizes shown above in the chart, you’ll be able to figure how wide you want your scarf to be and how long you would like it as well.

Common Questions about Crochet Scarves

What Do I Need to Crochet a Scarf?

To crochet a basic scarf design, you’ll only need a few items to get started. A scarf pattern, yarn, yarn needle and crochet hook plus, basic knowledge of crochet stitches.

  • Scarf Pattern: As a newer crocheter, you’ll want to start with a simple scarf pattern that is aimed towards beginners. Browse through this collection of free scarf patterns to find one you’ll like, making sure to filter by skill level.
  • Yarn: Once you find the pattern you want to crochet, the next step is to purchase yarn. All the EasyCrochet.com patterns have the yarn listed or the yarn weight that you’ll need to use listed in the pattern.
  • Crochet Hook: The scarf you pick to crochet will also have the crochet hook size listed with it in the pattern instructions.
  • Yarn Needle or Tapestry Needle: These help to weave in the yarn ends that are cut in the middle or end of projects.
  • Crochet Stitch Knowledge: Learn all about basic crochet stitches and crochet stitch abbreviations with our free beginner stitch guide.

How Wide Should a Crochet Scarf Be?

While there are no set guidelines on how wide a scarf should be, the most basic scarf designs will make them between 6 and 12 inches (15-30 cm) wide. You can use our scarf size chart to help with your scarf sizing needs.

If you prefer a slimmer scarf crochet less foundation chain stitches and if you prefer a wider scarf crochet more chain stitches to achieve the width wanted. Scarf width is usually determined by the starting stitches or foundation chain in most designs.

How Many Chains Do You Need to Crochet a Scarf?

The chain length in scarves will depend on how wide you want your scarf to be and the type of yarn you want to use. Use our scarf calculator to figure out the average sizes of scarves to give you a better understanding of how many chains you’ll need to crochet a scarf.

For example, a chunky five yarn will require less chain stitches compared to a scarf that uses three weight yarn. The general rule of thumb is to make most crochet scarf between 6 and 12 inches (15-30 cm) wide.

How Do I Crochet an Infinity Scarf?

An infinity scarf is a scarf design that is connected or crocheted in one piece to create a loop. These types of scarves are made long, so they can be wrapped around the neck easily. Shorter looped scarf designs are called cowls. Browse through some infinity scarf patterns here on Easy Crochet to add more to your crochet pattern collection.

Free Modern & Easy to Crochet Scarf Patterns

While I have designed quite a few scarf crochet patterns over the years, I wanted to include some other designs as well in this list!

Below, you’ll find some of my scarf designs that will include wraps and shawls as well, since you can wear them as a scarf. Plus you’ll be able to find some beautiful scarf patterns from other designers too.

The crochet skill levels of these free crochet scarf patterns will vary, but shouldn’t be anything too hard to tackle when crocheting. I am confident there is a crochet scarf in this collection that is perfect for you to try.

I hope you enjoy this list of the best crochet scarf patterns!

Luna Chevron Crochet Scarf Pattern

Chevrons are fun to crochet and even better in small projects like this chevron scarf!

Learn how to make the Luna scarf pattern today to create a beautiful ripple design scarf! Great for beginner crocheters who’d like to make a scarf to challenge their skills.

Griddle Stitch Scarf

With just two basic crochet stitches, you can crochet a beautiful scarf fairly quickly. If you can single crochet and chain, you’ll be able to make this lightweight scarf.

If you are a new crocheter, this scarf is perfect for you, and you will be able to finish this easily. You’ll need a 4 mm hook and Coboo yarn from Lion Brand to complete this scarf.

Waffle Stitch Scarf

Learn how to crochet a waffle stitch scarf with this free pattern. It uses basic stitches and an easy to learn technique to create a crochet scarf that has texture.

You’ll need a 6 mm hook and Crème Cotton yarn from loops and thread to make this Easy Crochet scarf pattern.

Crochet Infinity Scarf Cowl Pattern

Crochet Infinity Scarf

This simple one stitch infinity scarf (or cowl) is to crochet and creates a cozy, warm scarf you can wear all winter long!

Knowing how to crochet, the double crochet stitch, is all that’s needed for this free crochet scarf pattern! Once you’ve mastered these double crochet stitches, then grab your crochet hook to get started today.

Easy Crochet Scarf for Beginners

Take this basic crochet scarf pattern and make it as long, short or as wide as you’d like, since gauge isn’t essential for the fit of this design. To adjust the width, just crochet any number of chain stitches.

This is a great how to crochet a scarf pattern to practice your crochet skills on, since it has simple instructions. The best part is that it only uses the single crochet stitch, and a super bulky yarn, which means it’s a great chunky crochet scarf for beginners! Basically, it’s the perfect beginner crochet project!

fringe fall free scarf

Fringe Crochet Scarf Pattern

With this free crochet scarf pattern design, you can create an amazingly textured scarf with fringe fairly quickly. It uses simple stitches worked back and forth with slip stitches to create a beautiful scarf design.

While this is considered intermediate, an advanced beginner crocheter should be able to make this scarf. It uses Vanna’s Choice Yarn by Lion Brand (a worsted weight yarn) in Kelly Green, which is a great color for Fall!

Triangle Scarf Wrap

Learn how to crochet an easy triangle scarf pattern with this design that requires no color changing! Wear it as a wrap or a scarf, depending on your mood.

It uses Mandala yarn from Lion Brand for fun pops of color that require minimal weaving in of ends! Variegated yarn can also be used to get a similar outcome.

Extra Long Scarf

This extra long crochet scarf pattern is the perfect project to crochet if you are looking for a transition to Fall scarf! It is designed with Lion Brand Yarn Vanna’s Choice which is a four weight yarn.

It uses a simple stitch repeat to create waves, which add a pretty flowy design. Need extra help? Take a look at the scarf video tutorial, too!

Striped Scarf Pattern

If you don’t mind color changes, then this striped infinity scarf crochet pattern is for you.

Directions for this scarf give an example of using different yarn, such as Red Heart yarn mixed with Lion Brand, which means it’s a great scrap buster project.

Bulky Yarn Scarf

With bulky or chunky yarn, you can crochet a scarf fast that is great to add to you winter scarves’ collection.

Plus, this free pattern uses only one stitch, which means with the bulky yarn you can crochet a couple of these scarves in a day’s time! Let’s not forget, this one skein project is great for beginners to try, too.

Other Free Scarf Patterns

Textured Long Crochet Scarf

If you love simple crochet scarf projects, then you are in for a treat! Extra long scarves are the fade these days and this super scarf doesn’t disappoint with amazing texture and length.

And since it uses chunky yarn, it works up surprisingly fast and makes for a quick gift.

Free Pattern: The Unraveled Mitten

Surface Crochet Scarf

Take a basic scarf and add some, a special twist with slip stitches! This technique creates a beautiful scarf that is sure to wow!

This design is great for new crocheters to try since it uses basic stitches, plus this colorful scarf is sure to look great with any outfit it’s paired with.

Free Pattern: Wilmade

Oversized Chunky Scarf

If you love extreme crochet patterns, then you will LOVE this super scarf design!

It uses a crossed double crochet stitch, which she explains in detail, so you can make this scarf pretty quickly.

Free Pattern: Dream a Little Bigger

Chunky Tasseled Scarf

Use this step-step pattern to create a ribbed tassel scarf by crocheting in the back loops of the stitch. Since it uses chunk yarn, you’ll stay cozy warm during all the winter months.

You can make this with or without the tassels, but I’d suggest with since it adds flare!

Free Pattern: Persia Lou

Lacy Crochet Scarf

This rustic lace scarf uses a combination of basic crochet stitches such as the double crochet, half double crochet and single crochet to create a wonderful lacy texture. Plus, the soft yarn used in this scarf design gives it amazing drape.

Want to make it longer or shorter? It’s easy with this design to customize the stitch count to any length you’d prefer.

Free Pattern: Highland Hickory Designs

Mesh Crocheted Scarf

Two beginner stitches, the double crochet and chain, are what is need to make this mesh scarf.

If you are nervous to try this one, as a bonus, she has a step-by-step tutorial to help you along with this beginner-friendly scarf design.

Free Pattern: Delia Creates

lightweight crochet scarf pattern

Lightweight Crochet Scarf

If you are looking for a simple to crochet lightweight scarf, this one is the one. It uses variegated yarn and an easy stitch pattern.

You will only need to know how to double crochet to make this Summer scarf. Find the simple scarf crochet pattern below!

Free Pattern: Hooked on Homemade Happiness

Men’s Crochet Scarf

This easy scarf is made using Lion Brand’s Heartland Yarn in the colorway Kings Canyon.

There are even alternative directions to turn this scarf an infinity scarf instead! So many choices to make to add to your winter wardrobe.

Free Pattern: Kristen Holloway Designs

Flower Crochet Scarf

The details of the spring flower embellishments on this scarf are beautiful and give it a carefree look. This is the perfect accessory for any Spring or Summer outfit.

Add fringe to this scarf and attach the dainty flowers! You’ll love this easy pattern!

Free Pattern: Hello Happy

Color Blocked Scarf

Modern is the word to describe this color blocked scarf design. You can make this in an infinite amount of color combinations for a unique scarf.

It works up fast with an easy stitch repeat and has added fringe for extra detail.

Free Pattern: Annie Design Crochet

I hope you enjoyed all these free scarf patterns and found one that perfect one that you intend to make! If you do make one of these scarves, please share it with the Easy Crochet community!

More Free Scarf Patterns To Crochet

Explore the list below of even more free crochet scarves that you can create. All of these easy crochet patterns were free at the time of this post!

Print the Scarf Patterns

If you have enjoyed these free crochet scarf patterns, then you may like our PDF patterns as well. Some of my designs are available to print for a low cost. If you decide to purchase, you will receive the PDF in your email, and you then can make it on the go or wherever you’d like. Thank you for supporting Easy Crochet.

Easy Crochet Scarf Patterns

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