Crochet Pattern: Timeless Scarf

By Erin Burger – 26 Comments

Making scarfs is a fun and relaxing crocheting experience. You can add a punch of color to your wardrobe and warmth to your outer wear in one knock out punch. Modeled after the ‘chevron stitch’ that was very popular in the 70’s and 80’s ,this scarf is both classic and fashionable. Finished size and instructions below are for a DK weight scarf made with a J hook, but gauge is not important for this pattern. Keep in mind the bulkier the yarn, the thicker, wider and longer your scarf will be. Experiment with colors, yarn weights and the length of the scarf to make yours unique!

Skill Level: Easy crochet skill level easy

Finished Size: 8″ (20.32 cm) wide, 30″ (76.2 cm) long

DK weight yarn
approx. 340 yards (7 oz.)
Crochet Hook J (6.00 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

Gauge: not important for this pattern.

Need help understanding the abbreviations and symbols? Check out the crochet abbreviation chart!

Crochet Pattern: Classic Scarf
Row 1: ch 26, turn, 2 hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in next 2 ch, (skip next 2 ch, hdc in next 2 ch, 2 hdc in next 2 ch, hdc in next 2 ch) 2 times, skip 2 ch, hdc in next 2 ch, 2 hdc in last ch: 24 hdc
Row 2: working in back loops only, ch 2, turn, 2 sc in first hdc, sc in next 2 hdc, (skip next 2 hdc, sc in next 2 hdc, 2 sc in next 2 hdc, sc in next 2 hdc) 2 times, skip 2 hdc, sc in next 2 hdc, 2 sc in last hdc: 24 sc
Row 3: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first sc, hdc in next 2 sc, (skip 2 sc, hdc in next 2 sc, 2 hdc in next 2 sc, hdc in next 2 sc) 2 times, skip next 2 sc, hdc in next 2 sc, 2 hdc in last sc: 24 hdc

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until desired length is reached. Pictured scarf was finished at Row 61.

Finish off, weave in all ends. Make it pretty!

Have any questions or comments about this scarf? Fire away here in the comment section!

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  1. Mehvish says:

    Wow.. this is superb and looks easy.. I’m definitely gonna make it soon for my sister <3

    Thanks for sharing this pattern.

  2. Jackie says:

    Pretty scarf pattern….I am gonna try and make this too..I like te color in the picture..Thanks again for the pattern…It would make a nice christmas gift for someone..

  3. Jacey says:

    If I want to make this scarf smaller than 8 inches can I leave out some chains at the beginning? Are they in sets of 2 or 4 chains?

  4. Mehvish says:

    The count is 24 HDC in 1st row.. I’ve tried it thrice but it’s still the same.. I wonder why

  5. Marcia says:

    Erin, under materials, what does DK weight yarn mean?

  6. Cassie Rice says:

    I hate to contradict anyone who gives away a free pattern such as this one, but I think there is some confusion about the yarn… The instructions say DK weight, but show the symbol for # 4, medium worsted yarn. DK weight yarn is light worsted weight and should have the symbol for #3. DK weight yarn also is sometimes called sport weight. For more information on yarn standards you can visit the Craft Yarn Council at, and/or The Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) at From the illustration for this scarf, I would guess that it is indeed crocheted with #4, medium worsted yarn, but if you wanted to experiment with hook sizes, it probably would look and feel great with #3 light worsted weight yarn also.

  7. dj says:

    thank you for sharing your wonderful talent ! Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a wonderful bright New Year

  8. Erin says:

    Hi Mehvish,

    You’re right about the stitch count! I changed it to 24 for each Row. While writing the pattern for myself I had the number of stitches used throughout each row without counting the 2 hdc and the skipped stitches, thank you for bringing it to my attention!


  9. Trish says:

    Could you please clarify the instructions for me? I’m kinda still new to this and I get confused.

    Row 1: When it says “3dc in 3rd chain from hook”, does that mean that I stich 3 double crochets..all in the same chain stitch? Also, do I chain 24 (see comment above) as opposed to the chain 26 that the pattern states?


  10. Mehvish says:

    Thank you so much, Erin, for sharing this beautiful and quick pattern. I just finished it, made this gorgeous scarf for my sister. Thanks once again, sharing the picture with you. Hope you’d like it 🙂 Here’s the picture

  11. I love your website. I want to crochetwell andhave been tryingcrocheting forthree years. I am such a perfectionist. I don’t like the looks of somoe of the yarn – like red heart. What should I try to make that is useful but easy? Should I try another type of yarn????? I don’t want to give up but I make work out of everything and too hard of paaaatterns???????

    • Susan says:

      I agree, I do not like Red Heart yarn. Once I tried “I love this yarn” and ” I love this cotton”, and “Baby Bee” yarns, all made by Hobby Lobby, I was hooked on them. Stitches appear to be more even, easier to work with, softer and not harsh like Red Heart. Now, I rarely use yarn not made by Hobby Lobby OR Vanna.

  12. kit says:

    Some yarns that say #4 are thicker thank other yarns that say 4…vannas choice is thicker than some other yarns…..thanks

  13. […] Experimenting with different types of yarn: DK and Worsted weights acrylic yarns are great, but branching out into using more unique fibers brings a totally different ‘flavor’ to your everyday crocheting. Find a cotton/satin or cotton/silk mix (these types are often found in fingering weight) and use it to make The Timeless Scarf. […]

  14. Brooke says:

    What a lovely scarf! Can’t wait to get started on it. My question is, are both rows 2 and 3 worked in the back loops only or just row 2? Thanks!

  15. Erin says:

    Hi Brooke,

    You work row 2 in the back loops and then any repeat of row 2.



  16. Tokah says:

    I tried it working in the back loops on only on both rows, and it turned out ridged on both sides – very pretty.

    Thanks for the pattern!

  17. Chloe says:

    If I want to increase the width of the scarf, how many extra chains should I do in the base row?

  18. Wendycisme says:

    I would love to make a baby blanket in this chevron pattern. I just need to ask for some direction from you and maybe share with others who may be struggling like me.Wishing that the patterns were written out in plain English or with a few pictures showing a how too…just a stitch or two would make it so easy!
    It is funny to me that there are an unbelievable amount of sites on the internet that can translate one language to another and back yet in another language but this crochet language cannot be translated anywhere..leaving me feeling like an illiterate crocheting fool.;)

    Okay, maybe that is a little much but it is frustrating.
    I learned to crochet by watching my right handed grandmother who would show me the pattern and say “follow the pattern Wendy!” She thought I was reading the pattern but I was really copying her stitches…backwards even as I am a lefty.
    I am getting a bit frustrated looking for the “how to in pictures” and I haven’t found anything on this stitch other than untranslated.
    I have tried for over 40 years here and there; on skein wrappers, from magazines etc. I can decipher complicated stitches IF they are in front of me and that is why failing at reading patterns is so frustrating!
    Does anyone know where I can find patters that are written out or a place where I can SEE a few pictures that will get me through a stitch or two?

    I would love to make a baby blanket in this chevron pattern .Please let me know if you can point me somewhere. Please?
    Thanks for listening..
    Signed~ complex crocheting for toddlers. =D

    • Gail says:

      Ah, so you’ve learned via visual and mirrored at that! You deserve a big pat on the back!!
      If you’re inclined, feel free to hop on over to Google+. There are quite a few “experienced hookers” who I regularly interact with, we’re always happy to talk yarn or help answer queations!

      There’s a link to my profile on my blog (:

      Happy hooking!

      ~ Gail Grimm

  19. Wendycisme says:

    Oh my, sorry for the chapter above. 😉

  20. kat says:

    All the #4 yarns are different in weight. Vannas choice is so much thicker than other #4 yarns so you just have to check them out.

  21. Gail says:

    Thanks much for the inspiration!

    I’ve recently relocated from the US to NL and had the misfortune of leaving behind literally thousands of heirloom patterns and stitch diagrams which had been passed down several generations (as well as almost all of my knitting gear).
    Though I scoured the interwebz for a suitible stitch pattern for a scarf for my husband, I didn’t find anything to my liking, but figured a chevron with a bit of openness would work well- indeed it did! I modified the pattern a bit and wound up using 200g LANA GROSSA D-85080 (is a 50/50 wool/acrylic blend and quite lofty) in a couple of coulours, with an 8mm hook. At present, I am about to don my boots and trudge through the season’s first snow in Rotterdam and pick up some black for a bit of contrast and stability on the edging.

    If I can make a suggestion regarding flex, stability and longevity of wear- the last stitch of R2 should be worked straight SC, rather than in the back loop. This results in a more even appearance between L & R, as well as giving it even stretch so it will not lean. Moreover, it protects the last stitch, which would otherwise be a single thread.

    Thank you so much for sharing, lovie is going to very much enjoy his scarf when he’s stuck outside at a match.

  22. Susan says:

    Plural of SCARF is scarves, not scarfs. The word “scarfs” means ‘to gobble up’. I.e. “My dog scarfs up his food.

    Also, I have tried your version of the basket weave stitch does not come out like your photo. I had someone else try your directions and it still did not look like
    Yours. What are we doing wrong? Help!!! : ( 🙁

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