Crochet scarves are always a popular project for both beginner and more experienced crocheters alike. They're a great opportunity to get into that relaxing crochet zone, and can often be hooked up with just a single skein or a couple of balls of yarn.


Crochet scarf patterns come in a huge variety of shapes and styles, but in this post we're focussing on straight rectangular scarves and cowls that make warm winter accessories. However, if you're after a triangular shawl or a crochet wrap pattern that you can wear all year round, then you can also check out our pick of the Top crochet shawl patterns.

We've included a range of paid and free crochet scarf patterns, and tried to make sure there are patterns to suit all crochet abilities, so whether you're learning how to crochet a scarf for the first time ever, or are a seasoned pro looking for some pattern inspiration, we hope you'll find the perfect crochet scarf pattern for you!

Top scarf crochet patterns

Free scarf crochet pattern

If you've just noticed that the weather has suddenly got chilly and need a quick scarf that you can hook up super-fast, then this free scarf pattern is a great project for crocheters of all abilities. Hooked up in chunky yarn and with a fun chevron zigzag stitch pattern, it's also a relatively wide scarf meaning you can wrap yourself up in it and keep that cold wind at bay. Plus, it's finished off with some pompoms, and in our opinion everything is better with pompoms!

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Stained glass snowflake scarf crochet pattern

We do love a colourful crochet project, so of course this beautiful stained glass snowflake design instantly caught our attention. It uses tapestry crochet to create the fabulous rainbow coloured design, and this crochet scarf pattern comes with step-by-step photos, charts and instruction on how to adjust the length of the scarf - but perhaps one of our favourite things is that there's no ends to weave in as they're turned into the fringing - genius!

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stained glass crochet scarf pattern

Free crochet infinity scarf pattern

Crochet cowls and infinity scarves are a popular choice for people who don't like long scarfs, as the simple loop style means it's easy to just throw on if you're rushing out the house. This free crochet infinity scarf pattern by Anniken Allis features a fab geometric stitch pattern that isn't half as complicated as it looks, if you're familiar with the crochet basics we definitely think you should give it a try!

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Kruška cowl crochet pattern

Lena Fedotova has quite a few impressive crochet cowl patterns available, but we've fell head over heels for her gorgeous Kruška cowl! It's such a clever design, from the herringbone stitch which gives it a soft and squishy texture, to the pear-shape construction (the cowl is narrower at the top and gets wider towards the bottom - Kruška is the Croatian word for pear ) which gives it a fantastic drape and effortless style.

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Kruska cowl crochet scarf pattern

Ice cream cone scarf crochet pattern

We thought we should probably include something fun in our pick of crochet scarf patterns, so of course we headed straight to the fun-filled designs of Twinkie Chan! Her Ice Cream Cone scarf crochet pattern is a must-make for those of you with a sweet tooth, and is a design that will always put a smile on your face - it's so perfect, it's literally got the cherry on top!

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Ice cream scarf crochet pattern

Free mens crochet scarf pattern

This free cowl pattern is perfect for both men and women who like stylish monochrome stripes, although you could add in your favourite colours instead! It's worked in rows and then the fabric is joined into a loop at the end, so you can easily customise it to how you like it to wear it - make it longer if you want to wrap it multiple times.

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Boston Harbour giant scarf crochet kit

If you want to hook up a crochet scarf that really is as cosy as you could possibly get, then why not try making one with super-size yarn with this Boston Harbour giant scarf crochet kit from Wool Couture. It uses their Cheeky Chunky yarn which is a super chunky weight yarn, which is hooked up with a 16mm hook, and the design uses some fab coconut buttons to keep it wrapped securely around your neck - perfect for braving even the coldest of winter walks!

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Boston Harbour scarf crochet kit
If you're enjoying this pick of the best crochet scarf patterns, then we've got plenty more crochet pattern inspiration for you! Why not take a look at the Top 20 Autumn and Winter crochet top patterns
Pink lemonade cardigan crochet pattern

Slanted scarf crochet pattern

We love a stylish two-tone design, and this Slanted scarf crochet pattern from Yarn and Colors combines two fab col0urs with two fab stitch patterns. The slanted design helps to give it a relaxed appearance, and we think you could get some really interesting and different results depending on the colours you choose!

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Slanted scarf crochet pattern

Fall into winter scarf crochet pattern

Fantastic colourful yarn comes together with cool chevron stripes in this pretty Fall into Winter scarf crochet pattern by TheHatandI. The crochet scarf pattern comes with instructions for three sizes - toddler, child and adult, so the whole family can look fabulous this winter!

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Fall into winter crochet scarf patern

Hearts and stripes crochet scarf pattern

If you fancy a fun crochet project that includes a few different techniques and produces a super-colourful and interesting scarf, then you've got to try this Hearts and Stripes crochet scarf pattern by Marianne Rawlins. It's made in 4 sections featuring colourwork, cables, stripes and post stitches, which are all joined together at the end to create a stunner of a scarf... perfectly completed with a few pompoms!

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Hearts and Stripes crochet scarf pattern

Free winter wind scarf crochet pattern

This free scarf crochet pattern from Hobbii is a fabulous scarf pattern that uses half treble crochet stitches to create an interesting shape, but we also like their suggestions of yarn choice. Rather than just hooking this up with a single sock/4ply yarn, Hobbii actually recommend combining it with a mohair yarn in complimentary colours to give you an extra level of softness - we think it's a brilliant idea!

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free winter wind scarf crochet pattern
Find a the perfect crochet hat to match your scarf with our pick of the Top 25 crochet hat patterns.

Free casual rib scarf crochet pattern

If you're looking for crochet scarf patterns to hook up as a gift (but don't want to try anything to risky), then here's a free pattern that is perfect for everyone, from trendy teens to grumpy grandpa's! This unisex scarf pattern uses 2 strands of yarn at the same time as well as a ribbed stitch pattern to produce a warm and chunky scarf that is perfect for the cold winter weather.

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casual rib free scarf crochet pattern

Cosy mint cable crochet scarf pattern

When it comes to crochet scarf patterns for ourselves that provide a bit of a challenge, then our go-to technique is always something with crochet cables - like this cosy mint cable crochet scarf pattern by Hannah Cross. Plus this design also uses one of our favourite finishing touches - some fabulous fluffy pompoms!

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Mint cable scarf crochet pattern

Wolf scarf crochet pattern

Our final scarf crochet pattern is a bit of a wild card...if you'll excuse the pun! There's just something about this wolf scarf crochet pattern that just makes us smile, from his funny amigurumi style face to his little paws dangling over your shoulder. A brilliant design that will go down well with both kids and adults!

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wolf crochet scarf pattern

Make more crochet accessories to match your scarf

Now that you've found your favourite crochet scarf pattern you're ready to get stuck into your next project. You could hook up a matching pair of wrist warmers or a funky bobble hat if you've got any left-over yarn from your scarf. Alternatively, you could start on a big project to make during the cold winter evenings.


Hook a crochet jumper

From multi-coloured pullovers to comfy cosy hoodies, you can find loads of inspiring projects in Gathered's pick of the best online crochet sweater patterns.


Matt SpiersDigital Assistant, Gathered

Matt Spiers is a crochet artist and designer who has been overseeing Gathered's crochet articles for over 2 years. He previously worked as Digital Assistant for Simply Crochet magazine and is our in house video editing pro. What started as a hobby a decade ago led to Matt developing a passion (and then a career) with crochet. As well as still regularly writing and designing for Simply Crochet magazine, Matt is a crochet artist in his own right, having displayed and created crochet installations at festivals and fibre events across the UK. You can keep up to date with Matt at @onemancrochet on Instagram.

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