How to Crochet a Scarf
Once you've mastered the chain and a stitch or two, it's time to test out your crochet prowess with a real project that gives you something to show off or give as a gift when you're done. A basic crochet scarf fits the bill. Be creative and make it any color you want. The yarn weight, fiber and hook size you choose can make a big difference in your end result as well, even with a simple single-crochet project..
Things You'll Need
- Desired yarn
- Hook appropriate for yarn
Single crochet a chain the width desired for your scarf. You can make it wide or thin.
Crochet, for example, 21 chains for your width, do another row of single crochet into the chain, which will be 20 chains. Make it any width you prefer, but be sure to count your chains and stitche as you work so you can make sure you haven't skipped any as you build your rows.
Turn and chain one before stitching another row. Keep doing this until you have reached your desired length. You scarf can be as long or as short as you want it to be.
Find a good stopping point and pull the end of the yarn through your final loop to secure it if you run out of yarn and need to start a new skein. Thread the yarn through the stitches with a plastic needle to hide and protect it from unraveling. Do this at the very end of your project as well when the final length is achieved.
Add fringe to the ends of your scarf, if you like. First, decide how long you want the fringe to be. For example, if you want it to be three inches, cut the yarn into 6-inch lengths and fold in half. With a folded strand, use the crochet hook to slip through a single crochet stitch at an end of your scarf. Then knot the thread by inserting the two ends of the strand into the loop you have made. Pull and you have two threads for fringe in the single crochet stitch. Repeat until you've fringed each stitch across, though you can skip and equal number of stitches between fringe bundles, depending on the look you're going for.
- Make the stitches the same tightness all the way through or you will end up with a scarf that is thicker on one end than the other.
- If you're unsure what size hook to use for the yarn you're using, look at the label on the yarn skein. It will have a hook symbol and a letter or number to let you know the hooks size that gives the most consistent results.
- If making a long scarf, you may need multiple skeins of yarn. It's a good idea when using more than one skein to look at the labels and match dye-lot numbers to avoid slight variations in color.