Beginner’s Free Crochet Mesh Scarf Pattern Worked Vertically

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Beginner's Free Crochet Mesh Scarf Pattern Worked Vertically
Beginner’s Free Crochet Mesh Scarf Pattern Worked Vertically

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This mesh scarf is luxuriously soft, and it has marvelous drape. The crochet stitch pattern is easy and meditative to work on. The project is simple enough that even a total beginner to crochet could enjoy success with it; but it’s a fantastic project for anyone — even more advanced crocheters — to work on.


The vertical orientation of the crochet work makes it relatively quick and easy for beginning crocheters to get the project started. When you crochet the first couple of rows, it can be a challenge for new crocheters to hold onto the work; so it can be much easier for a beginner to work on a scarf with shorter rows, like this one. It’s also easier for a beginner (or anyone!) to adjust the length on this scarf; you can simply stop crocheting when the scarf reaches the length you want it to be.

Crochet Skill Level: Beginner

This Crochet Scarf Is a Beginner Level Crochet Project

Materials List:

Yarn: Worsted weight / Medium Weight / size 4 on the Craft Yarn Council’s standard yarn weight system.


The Symbol for a Medium Weight Yarn on the Craft Yarn Council's Standardized System of Yarn Weights
The Symbol for a Medium Weight Yarn on the Craft Yarn Council’s Standardized System of Yarn Weights

I used Caron Simply Soft in the “Autumn Red” color to crochet my sample scarf. The sample required approximately 4.5 oz / 128 g of Simply Soft. I encourage yarn substitutions; there are many other yarns that would work well for crocheting this scarf design.

Crochet Hook: Size I, or whichever size you need to get the right gauge.

Size of the Finished Scarf: 3″ x 46″. (a bit less than 8 cm x 117 cm)

To Check Your Gauge: Crochet the first 6 inches of the scarf and then measure the width. If it’s 3″ or a bit less than 8 cm wide, you’ve matched my gauge exactly. If it’s wider, you may wish to switch to a smaller crochet hook and start over. If it’s narrower, you may wish to start over with a larger crochet hook. That’s entirely up to you; if you like the width your scarf is turning out, there’s no need to start over. However, if your scarf ends up being wider / heavier than mine, you will use more yarn than the amount specified in the pattern.

Crochet Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

Design Notes: The brackets, [], denote a set of instructions within the pattern that needs to be repeated.

Throughout this project, think of the turning chains in the previous row as you would a dc stitch. When you work your last stitch in each row, you will crochet into the top of the turning chain.

Project Instructions:

ch 18.


Row 1: dc in 6th ch from hook. The skipped ch sts count as follows: the first skipped ch counts as a ch st. The next 3 skipped ch sts count as 1 dc st. The next skipped ch counts as a ch st. Next, [ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next ch after the skipped ch.] Rep instructions in brackets 5 more times. You’ll end up with a total of 8 dc sts in the row. Be sure to to count the chs at the beg as one of your dc sts.


Row 2: ch 4, turn. The first 3 ch sts count as 1 dc st; the 4th ch counts as a ch st. skip the 1st ch. dc in next dc [ch 1, dc in next dc.] Rep the instructions in brackets 5 more times across the row. You’ll end up with a total of 8 dc sts in the row.


Rows 3 and Up: Rep row 2.

Finishing the Scarf:

Weave in your loose ends. Block scarf if desired; however, please note that I do not recommend steam blocking acrylic or synthetic yarns because it is likely that heating them could cause them to outgas and emit toxic vapors.

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This page was last updated on 1/8/2018.

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