How to Crochet a Scarf Using Double Crochet

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A yarn needle comes in handy for weaving in loose ends.
A yarn needle comes in handy for weaving in loose ends. (Image: DimaSobko/iStock/Getty Images)

Once you’ve mastered the chain stitch, single crochet and double crochet, you have all the tools you need to create an attractive scarf. Working the bulk of the scarf in double crochet ensures that the project will work up quickly, and it will have a pleasant drape that makes it easy and cozy to wrap up in. You can use any type of yarn you want, as long as you use the crochet hook size specified on the yarn wrapper.

Foundation Stitches

Even though the scarf will be worked primarily in double crochet, you still need to know the chain and single crochet stitches to start off the project.

  • **Chain stitch:** Tie a slipknot and poke the crochet hook through the loop of the knot. Yarn over and draw a loop of yarn back through the slipknot. Repeat the chain stitch -- yarning over and drawing a loop through -- until you can create a chain with consistent tension.

  • **Single crochet:** Poke your crochet hook into the first stitch of the previous row. Yarn over; draw this loop back through the stitch; then yarn over again and draw that loop through both loops already on your hook.

Mastering Double Crochet

The double crochet stitch is created using the same basic movements as the single crochet: yarning over and drawing that loop through the previous loops. To work a double crochet, yarn over before you insert your hook in the first stitch of the previous row. Yarn over and draw that loop back through the stitch you’re working into, leaving you with three loops on the hook. Yarn over and draw that yarn back through two of the loops on your hook; yarn over again and draw that yarn back through the remaining two loops on your hook.

Basic Scarf Pattern

Make a basic scarf using these stitches in this order:

  • Chain 25 stitches.
  • Work one single crochet into the second chain from the hook and in every chain across.
  • Chain three and turn your work. Work one double crochet into each stitch of the previous row.
  • Repeat the last step until the scarf is of the desired length.
  • Chain one and turn your work. Work one single crochet into each stitch of the previous row.
  • Clip the yarn and draw the loose tail through the final stitch. Use your crochet hook or a yarn needle to weave it into the work.

Adding Fringe

Fringe is one of the most common embellishments you’ll find on crocheted or knitted scarves; it adds length, movement and interest to your work. For a thick fringe, cut 96 8-inch strands of yarn and group them in bundles of two. Fold each bundle in half and poke the loop that you just created through one of the stitches at the end of the scarf. Draw the ends of each fringe bundle back through its own loop, tugging on the ends to tighten the loop around itself. Repeat this step for each of the stitches at each end of the scarf.

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