When you're first learning crochet, chances are that one of your early projects will be a scarf. If you're feeling ready to branch out and master new stitches and techniques, free patterns can be a valuable resource. Save your money to put towards beautiful yarn instead! Try this original, easy pattern for a crocheted Honeycomb Scarf, which will keep you warm and cozy.
Honeycomb Scarf Pattern
This scarf is easier to make than it might look; the only stitches you need to know are chain, double crochet, and the occasional single crochet.
- To begin, chain 23 stitches. Then work through each of the following as directed:
- Foundation row: Sc in the second chain from your hook. Work 1 sc in each chain until the end of the row. Chain 3 and turn.
- Row 1: Skip 1 sc. Work 1 dc in the next sc, then chain 2 and work another dc in the same stitch. This is known as a V stitch. Continue V-stitching until the last 2 sc, then skip 1 sc and do 1 dc in the last sc. Chain 3 and turn.
- Row 2: Skip 1 sc. V-stitch under the chain-2 from the previous row; in other words, work the V-stitch through the opening in the "V" stitch directly below it. The arrows in the image below indicate where you should work the stitches (there are 7 Vs in each row). Work 1 dc in the turning chain from the previous row (see next image below). Chain 3 and turn.
- Repeat Row 2 until the scarf is as long as you like. At the end of the last row, chain 1 and turn.
- Ending row: Sc in the first dc. (Work 2 sc underneath the chain-2 from the first V stitch, then work 1 sc in the next dc.) Repeat everything within () until you read the end of the row. Work 1 sc in the final dc.
- Finishing: Clip the yarn and draw the tail end through the last loop on the hook. Use a yarn needle or your crochet hook to weave the tail ends of the yarn into the scarf.
More Free Scarf Patterns
Scarves can quickly become tedious if you're using the same pattern all the time. Try a few different patterns with a variety of crochet stitches and techniques.
- Lion Brand Yarn offers thousands of free patterns for crochet, making it one of the best resources for patterns. The site's crochet scarf pattern section offers hundreds of patterns, all of them free.
- AllCrafts boasts more than 500 free scarf patterns.
- Free-Crochet has dozens of crochet scarf patterns, each sporting a different, distinct style.
- Crochet Me is a wonderful, fun online magazine devoted to all things crochet, including scarf patterns.
- Yarn company Caron offers several fun patterns.
- Red Heart is another manufacturer's site with loads of patterns for crocheters.
Other Scarf Possibilities
Hand-crocheted scarves do make great gifts, but they're really just the start of many creative possibilities. Once you've got a little experience under your belt you can start modifying scarf patterns into something completely different. For example, you can slip-stitch several long scarves together to make a lap throw, widen your favorite scarf pattern to make it into a rectangular shawl, or adapt a narrow scarf pattern into a headband or hair wrap. The patterns you see here are just the start of what you can achieve once you put your creativity to work.