How to Crochet a Scarf for a Beginner

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If you get tired of making potholder squares as you learn the basic crochet stitches, you’re ready to tackle a scarf. Begin with the simplest single-crochet stitch and move up to the V-stitch. After that practice, you’ll be ready for more challenging projects.

Easy One-Skein Warmer

If you can make a chain stitch and a double crochet, you’re ready for this project. Once you’ve mastered it, spice it up by changing colors to make stripes or use specialty yarns, such as ladder or eyelash, to give it some pizzazz.

Things You'll Need

  • 200 yards of worsted weight yarn
  • I hook
  • Tapestry or crewel needle (optional)

Step 1

Chain 16 or to the width you want for your scarf. Make a fashion statement with a skinny scarf of 10 or 12 stitches or spread it out with a 20-stitch chain.

Step 2

Double-crochet into the fifth chain from the hook.

Step 3

Double-crochet across the chain to make a total of 13 stitches, counting the skipped chains as the first.

Step 4

Chain 3 and turn your work.

Step 5

Double-crochet across.

Step 6

Chain 3, turn your work and repeat the second row until your scarf reaches the desired length -- usually about 60 inches.

Step 7

Cut the yarn, leaving a 2-inch tail. Use your hook to pull the end through the last stitch.

Step 8

Use the hook or the needle to weave the ends into the work to hide them.

Tip

  • To turn your piece into an infinity scarf, leave a longer tail and use it to stitch the ends together with a whip stitch.

Braid It Up Scarf

This scarf will fool people into thinking you’ve created something complicated; you don’t have to tell them that it’s all single-crochet. You’ll need to make three long strips to braid together.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 skein worsted weight yarn
  • G or H hook
  • Tapestry or crewel needle

Step 1

Chain 100.

Step 2

Single-crochet in the second chain from the hook.

Step 3

Single-crochet across. Chain 1 and turn your work.

Step 4

Repeat the second row until you have five rows total. Finish off. Make two more strips in the same way.

Step 5

Braid the three strips loosely.

Step 6

Use the needle to stitch the strips together at each end to hold the braid together. Stitch the ends to each other for an infinity version.

V-Stitch Scarf

Step up your pattern with this simple variety. For a lighter scarf, switch to baby weight yarn and a smaller hook.

Things You'll Need

  • 5 ounces light worsted weight yarn
  • I hook

V-Stitch Steps

To make the V-stitch, you will make 1 double-crochet, chain 1 and make another double-crochet in the same stitch.

Make the Scarf

Step 1

Chain 28.

Step 2

Make a V-stitch in the third chain from the hook.

Step 3

Skip 2 chains, make 3 double-crochet stitches in the next chain, skip 2 chains, and make a V-stitch in the next. Repeat this sequence across to the end of the foundation chain.

Step 4

Make a V-stitch under the chain in the first V-stitch of the first row and then make 3 double-crochets in the center double-crochet of the group of three in the first row. Repeat this sequence across. Chain 2 and turn.

Step 5

Repeat the last row until you have a total of 85 rows or until the scarf reaches your desired length. Finish off.

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