Easy, Basic Single Crochet Scarf Pattern for Beginners Project Photo:
If you want to crochet a looooooooooooooooooong scarf that’s suitable for wearing in the cold weather months, this is a fantastic scarf pattern to work from. It’s an exceptionally easy, beginner-friendly crochet project that only requires you to know how to work chain stitches and single crochet. This is a unisex design that’s suitable for wearing by both ladies and gentlemen.
Crochet Skill Level: Beginner
Supplies You’ll Need for Crocheting This Scarf:
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver or any comparable medium-weight yarn.
Red Heart Yarns makes Red Heart Super Saver available in 5 oz and 7 oz skeins. If you want a wide scarf, go for a 7 oz skein; otherwise a 5 oz skein is likely to be sufficient for crocheting one scarf.
Crochet Hook: Size K / 6.5 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain the correct gauge.
Additional Tools and Supplies: You’ll also need scissors and a yarn needle for finishing your scarf.
Dimensions of the Completed Scarf:
The sample scarf measures 84 inches (7 feet / a bit more than 2 metres) long by 4 inches (a bit more than 10 cm) wide.
Crochet Abbreviations Crash Course for Beginners
People use abbreviations to save space in crochet patterns. There are a couple of standard abbreviations you’ll want to know to read this pattern accurately:
- “Ch” stands for “chain stitch”.
- “ea” stands for “each”.
- “SC” stands for “single crochet”.
- “St” stands for “stitch”, and “sts” is the plural form (AKA stitches).
If gauge is a new concept to you, click here for complete instructions on how to check your gauge.
Stitch Gauge: 8 sc sts = 3 inches.
Matching my row gauge is not important for success with this project, as you can simply stop crocheting when the scarf reaches the width you want it to be.
How to Crochet the Scarf:
Leaving a 6″ tail of yarn free, make a slip knot to begin your project. Ch 224.
Row 1: SC in the 2nd ch from your crochet hook.
Continue working sc sts all the way across. You’ll work one sc into ea ch st, until you reach the end of the row. At the end, count your sc sts; you’ll end up with a total of 223 sts.
Next, work 1 ch st; the purpose of this ch is to help you achieve the height you need for turning the work around. This is known as a “turning chain”.
Next, flip your work in the horizontal direction, which will allow you to crochet back across the piece. When you flip the work, you’ll be looking at the side that used to be facing away from you.
Row 2: Work 1 sc st into ea st, all the way across the row. You’ll end up with a total of 223 sts in the row. Ch 1 and turn your work horizotally so you can work back across yet again.
Rows 3 and Above: Repeat row 2 until your scarf is as wide as you want it to be. The sample scarf you see in the picture is 13 rows.
ve finished crocheting the final row, there’s no need to make a turning chain afterwards; you’ll be finishing your project at this point rather than turning it over and continuing to work more stitches.
How to Finish Your Scarf:
Leave a long tail of yarn at the end that measures at least 6″; this is necessary for securely weaving in your ends. To end off, use your scissors to cut the yarn, being careful not to drop your active loop. Wrap the cut length of yarn around your hook, grab it with the hook, and pull it all the way through the active loop. Tug on it to be tighten it and ensure it will not come undone. Thread this cut end of yarn onto a yarn needle and then weave the end into the scarf. After you weave in both ends, the scarf is all ready for incorporating into your wardrobe (or giving as a gift).
More Easy Crochet Instructions for Total Beginners:
- Basic Granny Square Pattern and Tutorial — Usually, this is the pattern that I recommend to total beginners as a good first project. This was my first project when I was learning to crochet. I like it as a first project because it is easy to get it started, and it is easy yet fairly interesting to crochet.
- Easy Crochet Neck Warmer Pattern for Beginners — This project gives you something fun, pretty and useful to make while learning (or practicing) the double crochet stitch.
The stitches used in this scarf, chain stitch and single crochet, have history that goes back hundreds of years. I’ve found both stitches used often in various vintage crochet manuals, such as the following:
Fleisher’s Knitting and Crocheting Manual — I happen to have the 1918 edition, but every other edition of this publication I’ve seen also features these same stitches.
Royal Society Crochet Lessons No. 10, published by the H.E. Verran Company
The Princess Manual of Artistic Crochet
The Dictionary of Needlework, 1882, by Sophia Frances Anne Caulfield and Blanche C Saward.
These stitches are covered in The Harmony Guide to Crochet Stitches by Sylvia Cosh and James Walters. You’ll find instructions plus stitch diagrams for both the chain stitch and the single crochet in this stitch dictionary, along with general instructions.
This page was last updated on 1/3/2017.