Crochet Ribbed Scarf. It’s like knitting, only better!

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Knitted scarves are beautiful and soft, but they take FOREVER to make (to a crocheter anyway). Crochet scarves are often kinda awkward and stiff; crochet is more dense than knitting, and doesn’t have the same softness and drape. So started my quest to find the perfect way to crochet a scarf.

I experimented with a lot of stitches to find one that would look nice (on both sides of the piece, because who wants a one-sided scarf?), would feel nice (not too dense, and with soft and smooth stitches), and that wouldn’t take too long to make.

There were a few stitches that fit one or two of those categories; there is a single crochet ribbing technique that has a nice look and feel, but single crocheting an entire scarf can take awhile. Tunisian stitches are very soft and beautiful on one side, but they are also very dense and stiff, and the backside is very messy.

What I finally settled on is this beautiful variation of a half double crochet stitch. I love the look and feel of scarves made using this stitch. And the stitch is super fun and easy! What this half double crochet variation does is allow the top of the crochet stitch , which looks like a line of knitting, to appear as ribs of the scarf:

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Here’s how it’s done:

1. Start with a row of half double crochet (hdc).

2. The following rows will all be worked in the hdc variation. The only difference between a normal hdc and this variation is in where you insert your hook. Hdc stitches create an extra horizontal bar below the ‘V’ where you would normally insert your hook. For this hdc variation, you will insert the hook around that horizontal bar instead of through the V. See below for pictures and more explanation.

Some pictures to help:

Here’s where the hook is typically inserted into your work (but this is NOT how you will do this scarf).

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And here is where you put your scarf for this hdc variation. Insert the hook through the horizontal bar below the V where you would normally push your hook through. I’ve highlighted the horizontal bars in purple:

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Aside from inserting the hook in a different spot, the stitch is exactly like a regular half double crochet. That’s all there is to it!  Just half double crochet the entire piece, but keep inserting the hook into the horizontal bar below the V where you would normally insert the hook.

**You won’t really see the ribbing effect until after a few rows. So don’t give up on it too soon!

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What pretty crochet ribbing 🙂 I love using this stitch for scarves, but it’s also beautiful for blankets. I’m sure there are other applications as well, play around with it and let me know what you come up with! Also, if anything is unclear, feel free to ask for some help or clarification. Thanks for reading 🙂

587 thoughts on “Crochet Ribbed Scarf. It’s like knitting, only better!

  1. Hi, need to clarify something. So we do hdc into horizontal bar below the V at each rows? do we turn when we move from one row to another?

  2. I would love to have the pattern to crochet the ribbed scarf. What a lovely item & I’m anxious to start it. Thank you so much for your generosity & sharing with us.

  3. Trying to find the pattern for this scarf, learning to crochet for the 2nd time in my life and would like to make this scarf for my daughter to go with her Irish knit sweater she bought in Ireland. She pick out yarn that goes well with her sweater and I felt this scarf pattern would be perfect. How do I get this pattern? Thank you

  4. Hi Jennifer
    Roughly how stitches did start off with…i’m thinking of crocheting a scarf for a girl.
    Looks very nice! Martha

    1. My daughter wanted a shorter scarf that fits mainly ‘under’ her jacket so I crocheted a 40″ chain [110 chains] using bulky yarn and a 6.0 mm hook. Row 1 [foundation]…work regular hdc’s all the way across. Ch 2 turn. All following rows, work special hdc’s in the ‘diagonal’ stitch [shown in purple] all the way across. Ch 2 turn. Continue till scarf is desired width.

  5. on that first picture, I cannot tell where it is going in. The hook is too big, it needs a smaller hook and to go further in… just feedback

  6. Hi! I would love to try this pattern. Can you help with the actual, yarn, hook size and directions for this pretty scarf on line. Where do I find them? Thanks.

  7. How many skeins would I need to crochet a nice sized throw blanket? I will be using Plymouth yarn CHUNKY with a size J hook. 123 yards per skein.
    Thank you so much!! Robyn

  8. Hi! I love this pattern and photos. However, I cannot find the actual, yarn, hook size and directions for this pretty scarf on line. Where do I find them? Thanks.

  9. Great technique…i love the results. I dont know how many chains to start off.. can you send instructions… i am self taught… but definitely need patterns.. Love love love your scarf.

  10. Thank you so much!!! I to have been searching for a stitch like this. I really appreciate people who are willing to put out free patterns. Happy new year!

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