Crochet Pattern: Hourglass Scarf

By Candace – 14 Comments
The weather is only just starting to get cooler, so you have time to stay two steps ahead of the falling temperatures. This skinny scarf is just open enough to balance out the warmth of your yarn. The tall stitches work up quickly, so you can work on it in the afternoon and drape it around your neck the same evening.

Skill Level:

Finished Size: 37″ (94 cm) long, 3″ (7.5 cm) wide

Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 80 yards)
Crochet Hook J (6.0 mm)

8 dtr = 3″ (7.5 cm)
3 rows = 4 1/2″ (11.5 cm)

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Crochet Pattern: Hourglass Scarf
Row 1: ch 6, dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn: 3 dc
Row 2: ch 3, dc in first dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in last dc, turn: 4 dc
Row 3: ch 3, 2 dc in first dc, dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in last dc, turn: 6 dc
Row 4: ch 3, dc in first 2 dc, 2 dc in each of next 2 dc, dc in last 2 dc, turn: 8 dc
Rows 5-7: ch 5, dtr in each st across, turn: 8 dtr
Row 8: ch 5, dtr in first dtr, ch 2, dtr3tog 2 times, ch 2, dtr in last dtr, turn: 8 dtr
Row 9: ch 5, dtr in first dtr, sk 2 sts, 3 dtr in next 3 dtr, sk 2 sts, dtr in last dtr, turn: 8 dtr
Rows 10-24: repeat rows 5-9, 3 times.
Row 25: ch 3, dc in first 2 dc, dc2tog 2 times, dc in last 2 dc, turn: 6 dc
Row 26: ch 3, dc2tog, dc in next 2 dc, dc2tog, turn: 4 dc
Row 27: ch 3, dc in first dc, dc2tog, dc in last dc, turn: 3dc
Finish off.

Need help while crocheting? Feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll help you out!

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  1. Janet says:

    Help please! Very first instruction: ch 6, dc in 3rd ch and ea ch across. How does that figure?

  2. Janet says:

    I should say. How does that Mae only 3 sts?

  3. Quinny says:

    Janet, you start by making 6 chains. Then you turn and make a double crochet stitch into the third chain from the hook. Then you double crochet into the next stitch and again double crochet into the stitch after that. You wil end with 3 DC stitches and then you can continue with the next row.

    I hope that helps 🙂

    PS Rachel has very clear instructions about the double crochet and chain on her website.

  4. Irene says:

    I am confused!

    Row 8 begins with a ch5 and a dtr in the first dtr; then a ch2 ….

    I am perplexed as to what to do next. The pattern reads: dtr3tog 2 times

    Am I supposed to work three dtrs in each of the next two dtrs?



  5. Ashley says:

    How are you decreasing when you dtr3tog if you are adding 3 dtrs in one stitch? Can someone write out what to do for a dtr3tog because I googled it and can’t find anything that explains what to do.

    • Candace says:

      Any stitch ending in tog(ether) in a decrease. In this case you are combining the next three stitches into one dtr (the same way a dc2 tog turns the next 2 stitches into 1 dc) To decrease any stitch, work the stitch until the second to last step (before you draw through all loops) then move on to the next stitch and repeat for however many stitches you are decreasing then draw through all loops.

  6. Irene says:

    Ashley …… I finally gave up trying to figure it out. Being in a hurry to complete the scarf, I opted to simply forget about the hoursglass patterns and work the entire thing in dtr stitches from beginning to end. I’m happy with the finished product but I hated giving up on the pattern as written.


  7. Ashley says:

    Irene, did you connect it at the end so it’s a neck scarf, or is it free hanging?

    • Irene says:


      It’s free hanging though I’m pondering adding a large button or toggle to the end so it can be “buttoned.”

  8. Cynthia says:

    The picture does not match the instructions. There are 7 dc in the pic, not 8. Could this be the problem?

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