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

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Knitted scarves are beautiful and soft, but a crocheter wants to crochet! Crochet is faster than knitting, and is great for producing nice chunky stitches. But too often, crochet scarves turn out awkward and stiff, lacking the nice drape and softness of knit. Determined to make a warm, soft, beautiful crochet scarf, I set out on 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 would work up quickly.

What I finally settled on is this beautiful ribbed variation of a half double crochet stitch. I love the look and feel of scarves made using this stitch.

Here’s how it’s done:

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

The following rows will all be worked in the ribbed hdc variation. The only difference between a normal hdc and the ribbed variation is with where you insert your hook. Hdc stitches create an extra horizontal loop below the ‘V’ where you would normally insert your hook. To create hdc ribbing, you will insert the hook through that extra loop instead of through the V.

Some pictures to help:

The image below shows the hook inserted through the V, like a normal hdc. This is not how you will complete this stitch.

The next image shows the hook inserted in the horizontal loop. Continue hdc through these horizontal loops, and you will create the ribbing, it’s that easy!

You won’t really start to see the ribbing effect until after a few rows, and it tends to look strange on a short piece (like the swatch below). So don’t give up on it too soon! It really is a simple and beautiful stitch, especially for a scarf.


Making the Scarf 

Once you have the hang of the ribbed half double crochet stitch, making a scarf is a lot of fun. The scarf is worked up lengthwise, so the length of the starting chain determines the length of your scarf, and the number of rows determines the scarf’s width. I’ll walk you through how to figure out how long your starting chain should be.

**If you don’t want to calculate and don’t care about the exact length of your scarf, just make a chain wide enough that you can hold it in both hands and stretch your arms wide. Then, add 10-20 more stitches, and start crocheting your scarf!

Yarn
You can use any size yarn, but I recommend not using special fuzzy yarns because they will hide the ribbing – this stitch looks best with a standard yarn. I’ve used cotton, wool, acrylic, and more, and all have worked well, just not fuzzy yarns.

Hook
I recommend a hook that is a size smaller than you would typically use with your yarn – the ribbing turns out best when the stitches aren’t too loose.

First step: Crochet a swatch

The best way to calculate how many stitches you will need is to start by crocheting a swatch. To create a swatch, chain 15 stitches. Complete 5 rows of the half double crochet ribbed stitch.

Measure the 10 stitches in the middle of the swatch and write this measurement down. You will use it to calculate the number of stitches needed to complete the scarf.

The swatch I created measures about 2.75 in. for each 10 stitches.

Determine the length of the chain

Now we need to use our swatch measurement to determine how many chains to make to get the desired scarf length. Between 6-8 feet (183-244 cm) is usually a good length. I’ll shoot for 6 feet for this example. First, I’ll convert that to inches. There are 12 inches in a foot, so my 6 foot scarf will be 72 inches.

So how many 10-stitch segments does it take to reach 72 inches? Here’s a simple formula:

Scarf Length / Swatch Measurement = X

Plugging in my numbers I get:

72 in. / 2.75 in. = approx. 26

So I will need 26 10-stitch segments to complete the scarf. In other words, I will need 260 stitches.

The width

Just keep adding rows until you like the width of your scarf. Not sure what width a scarf should be? Between 5 – 7 inches (12-18 cm) is usually a good standard size.

And you’re done! No finishing off needed.

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 🙂


I heard you, readers. This post didn’t have enough instruction on how to actually make a scarf. After almost 7 years, I’ve finally improved the post. I hope you enjoy it! Please continue to leave your comments and questions.

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602 Comments on "Crochet Ribbed Scarf. It’s like knitting, only better!"

Mary

Have you ever made this ribbed scarf with the soft “chunky thread”? Just wondered how it would look?

dian

this appears like adding slip stitch in knitting 🙂
Beautiful. Thx anyway.

bee bee

Thnks for the pattern its so clean and lovely…u helped a great deal •

Isabel F.

how much yarn do you need to create this project?

Jenn

It depends how big you want the scarf to be, but 300 grams might be about right.

AWESOME!!! I’m always looking for knit-look as I don’t like to knit much anymore, and I LOVE that you shared it for free. You just made the crochet world more beautiful, so thank you sincerely!

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rebecca

hi! ive decided to make this and before i star just want to confirm if ‘8ply’ yarn is appropriate? and how many balls of yarn i would need to get. thanx!

Melinda

I found this pattern yesterday, and whipped up a scarf in no time. I was looking for a pattern to match the headband w/flower I made, but the cable stitch was too dense. This was the perfect pattern. I added a scalloped edging on the perimeter to add a little feminine flare. Thank-You!

Monica

thanks for this website. I stumbled upon it 4 days ago and just finished my scarf using you instructions! it is lovely and can’t wait to wear it 🙂

I tried this pattern, and not only is it quick and easy, it’s also gorgeous! I only had a few yards of scrap yarn, so still haven’t done a full a project with this stitch. I can’t wait!

Anonymous

I love this pattern! I made an infinity scarf and used a P (11.50mm) hook. The scarf came out super soft and loose, which is exactly how i wanted it. Thanks for the pattern 🙂

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grannyg

Hi Jenn,

I have been crocheting since I was a very small girl. Let me just say that has been a long time. I love to crochet mainly in the winter months and am always looking for new patterns. This one is very interesting. I have started my scarf today. Will let you know how it comes out. Thanks for the new ideas.

grannyg

Zoe

Made a scarf using this stitch. It turned out great, not only is it an easy and quick stitch, but it looks clean and neat. Thanks for the suggestion.

Johanna Smith

Hello again! When I first started out I chained 18
7; t hen hdc in the second ch them hdc in every ch. Chi one turn
Then hdc in the 1st stitch extra loop.

Debby

Do you do every row, other than the first, in the other stitch? Mine is not turning out like the picture. In your picture there appears to be a row between the ribbing. On mine there is ribbing but no rows in between.

Jenn

Every row uses the same stitch. For each row, the front will be the rib, and the back will be the non-rib. So by turning the piece after each row, you will automatically get the ribbed effect.

Amy

I fell in love with your double crochet to look like knit! Thank you for the very easy to follow tutorial and photos. I started immediately. Going to sew my two ends together to make it an infinity scarf.

I appreciated your help on this. I have been practicing for several days and for whatever the reason the ends have not been coming out. I crochet as if I were working the half double but in the area inwhich you pointed out on the blog and that part appears to be find. I am not sure why I am having such an issue, but I will keep trying. I have been practicing on a chain of 30 and from the chain I have been placing my first hdc in the 3rd chain. If I am not mistaken you do… Read more »
Jenn

There are no chains throughout, only one chain at the end of each row. For the first row, you hdc in the 2nd or 3rd chain from the hook, and in each chain across. Does that help?

Johanna Smith

Do you half double crochet in the 3rd ch from the hook. When. you start a new row do you crochet in the Second Chain?

Thank you

Jenn

I crochet in the 2nd chain from the hook.

When starting a new row, crochet in the first stitch, and each stitch across. Then chain one, turn, and repeat—crochet in every stitch across, don’t skip any, and don’t crochet in the end chains.

I have been trying to crochet the ribbed scarf and have been having some difficulty. I am not sure if after you make the initial chain if you do the first half double crochet in the 2s or not. Can you assist me here, please. Do you actually have a pattern to follow, as I seemed to do best with one.

Thank you

Jenn

Hi Johanna.

No, I don’t have a pattern. Just the stitch tutorial you see here. For the first row, you half double crochet across. It looks best if you crochet in the front loop of the chain, instead of the back loop as I think most people normally would do. Either way, you just half double crochet across–very simple, nothing special. Does that answer your question?

Louise L

Thank you so much for sharing this! I absoulutely love it! I had been trawling the internet for a decent crochet scarf pattern for ages and then hit upon this one. I have made one for a friend and am now making one for my dad for Christmas – it is such a neat and tidy stitch and grows quickly which is fab! Maybe I will get round to making one for myself before the British winter ends 😉

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faten

THANKS FOR YOUR ANSWER AND EFFORT

faten

I need more scarves’ pattern for men …can u send me a link for your
patterns

Hi Jenn,

I was looking for a crochet scarf pattern for a male friend, but could not find anything That I liked until I came across your pattern, it was just what I was looking for. It was very easy to make, it looked fab and I know he is going to love it. I will be using this pattern a lot. Thank you