One of the best starting points for anyone learning crochet is to crochet a scarf, and we’re going to get you on the road with our favorite free crochet scarf patterns. Once you learn to make a simple crocheted scarf, you’ll be ready to take on all kinds of other beginner crochet ideas.
We’ve hand-selected these because they’re all simple and easy ways to make a scarf, and don’t rely on any unique crochet stitches that you’ll never use again. We’re not going to throw you in at the deep end with a double crochet scarf pattern or any crazy afghan stitch techniques (though if you want to learn those, we do have an article on intermediate crochet stitches), we’re starting you off on the road to a simple crocheted scarf. However, if this isn’t your first rodeo, we have included a few slightly more “beginner-advanced” scarves – but nothing too tricky.
And don’t worry, these are all free crochet patterns for beginners, so within these links you’ll have everything you need to learn how to make a scarf, step by step, slowly.
How to Crochet a Scarf for Beginners at The Spruce Crafts
We’re big fans of The Spruce Crafts, and this scarf pattern is a good example of why.
They walk you through their beginner level scarf pattern, how to check your gauge, tools, and materials, and giving you tips at every step of the way.
For this scarf, you’ll need a K(6.5mm) crochet hook (we like this Driftwood hook on Amazon), a yarn or tapestry needle (I have these ones on subscription), and of course scissors. You’ll also need about 250 yards of worsted weight yarn, the color and brand are up to you, but I love this alpaca tweed from Mary Maxim. You can also use colorful cotton yarn.
The scarf itself in this design takes approximately 3 hours. The final scarf as per the design is seven feet long, by four inches wide.
The stitches used in this scarf are the chain stitch and the single crochet stitch. If you’re not familiar with those, I would suggest this video from Fiber Flux for the chain stitch and this video from Crochet Guru for single crochet stitch.
This is an ideal start point for anyone who wants to learn how to crochet a scarf for beginners step by step slowly!
Crochet Scarf for Beginners from Easy Crochet
This bills itself as a first crochet project for beginners, and there’s one key reason for this. This scarf is made of only one stitch!
Once you have the single crochet stitch under finger, you’re ready to take on this beautiful pattern. They also have this Bath Mat pattern to follow up the scarf if you feel like you have the single crochet stitch down.
The scarf in this pattern comes out to about five feet by 6.5″ in width.
Krista even walks you through which bulky yarn you want to make this wonderful and cozy neck scarf come to life (it’s this Lion Brand Thick And Quick yarn).
The final result is an easy but beautiful scarf that you can keep for yourself, or feel confident giving away as a gift.
A 1 Skein, 30 Minute Scarf Perfect for Beginners from YarnHookNeedles
This is a super simple infinity scarf for beginners that uses one skein of bulky yarn.
The scarf takes only 30 minutes to crochet, and there’s even a video to go along with the pattern to make it as easy as possible to follow.
For this pattern you’ll want a Q crochet hook, a tapestry needle and scissors.
They also recommend this Lion Brand Thick And Quick yarn to make this scarf come to life.
If you’re looking for a 30 minute infinity scarf, this is your pattern!
How to Crochet a Scarf – no experience needed! at Sewrella
This scarf is a great way to just sit down and dig in, and work out if crochet is even for you!
As with many of the others, thee stitches for this scarf are the chain stitch and half double crochet stitch. If you need an introduction or just a refresher, I would suggest this video for chain and this video for half double crochet.
This scarf ends up about six feet long and eight inches wide – it’s a big, comfy beast of a scarf!
To make the scarf, you’ll need a K(6.5mm) crochet hook (my go to is this Driftwood hook on Amazon), a yarn or tapesty needle (I like this brand, personally), some measuring tape and of course scissors.
If you want to match the picture exactly, I would suggest getting this skein of Lion Brand Color Made Easy yarn.
This is one big pink delight of a scarf that will make any first time crochet fan proud!
Free Men’s Scarf Crochet Pattern at The Spruce Crafts
Back to The Spruce Crafts again, but this time it’s a slightly harder scarf, but with some very impressive results.
This crochet men’s scarf uses the chain stitch, the single crochet stitch and the slip stitch.
This might be a step up for you, or this might be reinforcing some of the things you’ve already learned.
Either way you’re going to come out of this with a stylish and functional scarf to be proud of.
Beginner Blanket Scarf at Creating In The Mitten
Another beautiful bulky yarn scarf, but this time you get to do something fun by adding in a fringe.
The original design is all white, but you could get your creative juices flowing and have a TON of fun by adding a few lines of color in there.
Easy Everyday Triangle Scarf Crochet Pattern at Simply Collectible Crochet
This 1 skein pattern is from my new favorite crochet site, Simply Collectible Crochet.
The scarf is very lightweight which makes it perfect for cool spring and summer nights, and the angular shape makes it a fun pattern for beginners.
Crochet Fringe Infinity Scarf from Traverse Bay Crochet
If you enjoyed creating fringes in our earlier scarf, you’re going to LOVE this one. This scarf is worked with 2 strands together, and the pattern is super easy to follow. You can make it with any weight yarn, Laura makes it with medium worsted weight yarn, but really you can make it your own.
Hopefully we haven’t overloaded you with new techniques! You can probably use a couple of them to make some fun animal crochet! Let us know which of these was the most helpful by leaving a comment!