Striped Crochet Scarf Pattern – Free and Easy

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 Are you ready to make your new favorite scarf? Then you are in the right place! This Striped Crochet Scarf is soft, gorgeous, and perfect for the cold winter months. With light, soft yarn, and cozy stitches, this scarf is sure to keep you warm all winter long. 

crochet scarf with stripes wrapped around the neck of a headless mannequin

Keep reading for the free crochet pattern or you can purchase the ad-free PDF version here. 

How do you crochet a striped scarf

There are many different ways to crochet a striped scarf and the easiest way is to just pick a basic crochet stitch and alternate colors of yarn.

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This cozy scarf, however, uses a fun stitch combined with one of the basic crochet stitches plus 12 different colors of yarn.

The stitch pattern is an easy 4 row repeat that changes colors every 16 rows, until you’ve worked through all 12 colors. Then you’ll work stripes of 8 rows each. So you’ll have a scarf that has color stripes and pattern stripes. It’s really lovely. 

long, crochet striped scarf wrapped on the neck of a mannequin

Striped Scarf Crochet Yarn

Normally I reach for a chunky or medium weight yarn when I’m working on a new scarf design, but sometimes a lighter weight yarn paired with squishy stitches can be the perfect yarn combo for a simple scarf.

I found this new yarn on Amazon and I couldn’t be happier with it. I am usually hesitant to order yarn that I can’t see and touch in person, but it was just so pretty that I couldn’t resist! 

The yarn itself is a DK weight cotton acrylic blend with the slightest halo of fuzz. The yarn is soft and has amazing drape. It didn’t split at all and was super easy to work with. As far as I can tell, Cotton to the Core Yarn from KnitPal can only be ordered on Amazon. 

It looks like there are more than 35 different colors to choose from, but I made it easy and just ordered the Neutral Pack which has 12 different colors. I used all 12 for the scarf and pretty much loved them all and I love how they look together.

12 yarn skeins laying next to each other

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The only small complaint that I have is that the yarn bands didn’t have the colorway names on them. I don’t know that I will be able to figure out which is which especially for the ivory colors and the light blues/grays if I want to order a specific color. 

three slightly differently colored yarn being held

At the time of writing this, there are four different color packs available including the Neutral Pack, all of which have great color combinations. You do not have to use 12 colors if you aren’t using the Knit Pal pack or if 12 colors seems a little ambitious. The stitches and striping pattern are interesting enough that you could just use 2 colors and it would still look great. You could also use self-striping yarn and let the colors change wherever they do in the yarn.  

Stitches Used in the Crochet Striped Scarf

Do I have ANOTHER favorite stitch pattern? Maybe. I admit to nothing. How many favorites can a person have?

But really, I did fall in love with the mini bean stitch while working on this scarf. I enjoy working the full bean stitch, but I loved working on this easy stitch just as much as the regular version. 

Instead of making the entire scarf out of the mini bean stitch, I added a row of half double crochet stitches every 4th row just to break it up a bit. I love the combination of the hdc stitches with the mini bean stitch. It gives the scarf so much beautiful texture and visual interest and it kept me engaged the entire time. 

close up of textured crochet stitches

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If you are someone who prefers an infinity scarf, you can easily whip stitch the ends of the scarf together to form a large circle. 

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Free Striped Scarf Crochet Pattern

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials:                              

 US size G/6, 4.0 mm crochet hook

Cotton to the Core by Knit Pal (Category 3, Lightweight Yarn, 142 yds/1.75oz 78% cotton, 22% Acrylic yarn) 

  • The sample used approximately 108 (1.1 oz) in each of the 12 colors in the Neutral Pack

Large Eye Yarn Needle

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Size G/6, 4.0 mm hook

Cotton to the Core Yarn

Tapestry needle

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Abbreviations: 

ch(s): chain(s)
mbs: mini bean stitch
hdc(s): half double crochet(s)
st(s): stitch(es)

Gauge: 4” x 4” = 10 mbs by 14 rows (taken in stitch pattern)

Finished Size: 11” wide by 82.5” long

Notes: 

To match the sample scarf striping pattern, you’ll want 12 different colors. Change colors every 16 rows once, then repeat the striping pattern changing colors every 8 rows. 

Mini Bean Stitch (mbs)

Insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, insert hook into the same stitch and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through all four loops on the hook, ch 1 to close the stitch. When working into the mbs, do not work into the ch 1, but work into the mbs itself which is almost on the side of the stitch. 

Adjusting the size

You can easily adjust the width of the scarf by changing the starting chain, you’ll want to keep the starting chain a multiple of 2+1. 

To adjust the length of the scarf, you can adjust the number of rows by adding or subtracting rows. The sample scarf used 12 different colors. The first section is 16 rows for each color and the second section is 8 rows for each color. 

Striped Scarf Pattern Instructions:

Ch 53 

Row 1: mbs in the 3rd ch from hook, *skip ch, mbs in the next ch, repeat from * to the end of the row, turn (26 mbs)

Row 2-3: (do not chain to start the row), mbs in each st across, turn (26 mbs)

Row 4: ch 1, hdc in the first mbs, 2 hdcs in each mbs until one stitch remains, 3 hdcs in the last mbs, turn (52 hdcs)

Row 5: (do not chain to start the row), *skip hdc, mbs in the next hdc, repeat from * to the end of the row, turn (26 mbs)

Repeat Rows 2-5, ending with a Row 4 repeat until you reach a total of 288 rows, or the scarf reaches the desired length.  Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Color Changes:

Rows 1-16Color 1
Rows 17-32Color 2
Rows 33-48Color 3
Rows 49-64Color 4
Rows 65-80Color 5
Rows 81-96Color 6
Rows 97-112Color 7
Rows 113-128Color 8
Rows 129-144Color 9
Rows 145-160Color 10
Rows 161-176Color 11
Rows 177-192Color 12
Rows 193-200Color 1
Rows 201-208Color 2
Rows 209-216Color 3
Rows 217-224Color 4
Rows 225-232Color 5
Rows 233-240Color 6
Rows 241-248Color 7
Rows 249-256Color 8
Rows 257-264Color 9
Rows 265-272Color 10
Rows 273-280Color 11
Rows 281-288Color 12
long, colorful striped crochet scarf on a mannequin

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