Free Crochet Pattern: Ruffle Scarf

By Rachel Choi – 140 Comments
This ruffle scarf is very simple and easy to crochet. All you need to do is make a nice long chain that is approximately the length of the scarf and keep doubling the number of crochet stitches on each row of the scarf. You can even alternate colors or add a small edging for the last row to make a nifty style. Make a bold fashion statement with this fun and vibrant crocheted scarf.

Skill Level: beginner crochet skill level

Finished Size: 58” (137 cm) long, 5 ½” (14 cm) wide

Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 300 yards of main color, small amount of contrasting color)
Crochet Hook H (5.00 mm)
Yarn Needle
crochet yarn size 4
crochet ruffle-scarf

Gauge: not really important

Need help understanding the abbreviations? Check out the crochet abbreviation chart.

Crochet Pattern: Ruffle Scarf
Row 1: with main color, ch 203, tr in third ch from hook and in each ch across
Row 2 – 4: ch 3, turn, 2 tr in each tr across
Row 5: change to contrasting color, ch 1, turn, sc in each tr across, finish off.

For a thinner scarf, simply make fewer rows that indicated in the pattern. For a shorter scarf, make less chains to start row 1.

If you need help with this pattern, just leave a comment!

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  1. Katie says:

    Amazing… I just wish I had the courage to crochet it. Seems like it would take a long, long, time.


  2. Evie says:

    Hi Rachel, I am not sure if I am blind but I looked and look for a topic showing you how to Treble crochet that is listed as needing to be done for this scarf and can not find one. Have you done one ? 🙂

    • Rachel says:

      Hey haven’t done one yet 🙂
      But here is how you do it:
      Yarn over your hook 2 times
      insert your hook into the indicated stitch
      yarn over
      pull the strand of yarn through 1 loop on your hook (you should now have 4 loops on your hook)
      yarn over
      pull the strand of yarn through 2 loops on your hook (you should now have 3 loops on your hook)
      yarn over
      pull the strand of yarn through 2 loops on your hook (you should now have 2 loops on your hook)
      yarn over
      pull the strand of yarn through last 2 loops on your hook (you should now have 1 loop on your hook)

      I hope that helps, but I well post the picture tutorial soon 🙂

  3. Evie says:

    That helps heaps! Thankyou 🙂

  4. roberta hanlon says:

    What stitch did you use for the edging. My grandaughter will love this.
    also, do you have any fourth of july pin patterns?

  5. Rachel says:

    The edging is done on row 5 with single crochet.
    I almost forgot about 4th of july!!! Oh no! I need to whip something up for it! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  6. Candace says:

    I LOVE THIS PATTERN! I did mine with multi-colored yarn for a little girl. It turned out beautifully! 🙂 Thanks so much! I’m going to be making a few of them for Christmas this year to give as gifts. I will suggest buying three skeins of yarn! 🙂 I used about 2 1/4 skeins of yarn! 🙂 Thanks again! This was an extremely simple pattern too!

  7. Candace says:

    that was meant to be It turned out beautiful*! 🙂 hehe

  8. veriance says:

    I love this scarf and I’m making several for holiday gifts!

  9. Sherri says:

    I haven’t crocheted in a long time, but want to do some scarves as gifts and this scarf looks perfect. Due to time being an issue, does anyone know approximately how long this scarf would take? I also have had issues with scarves in the past curling and not laying flat… I assume that won’t happen with the way this one is designed? Is it just a long chain and then treble stitches in each chain? Thank you!!

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Sherri, it all depends on how fast you crochet. I made this scarf a while ago, but I’m going to guess it took me about 2 hours. And yes, you shouldn’t have to worry about curling, since it is suppose to curl. It is a long chain, with treble crochets in it. The number of trebles will increase for each row in the pattern.

  10. Sherri says:

    So I haven’t crocheted in forever and I am trying to remember how to read patterns. Is it as I understand it that I make one long chain then go back, skip 3 chains in the beginning and then do a treble stitch in each individual chain or do I skip 3 chains in between each treble stitch? And then the 2-4 rows are 2 treble stitches through each individual chain? Is row 5 single chains across the treble stitches and I could do the different colored trim here?

  11. Ann says:

    Hi Rachel,
    This is a darling pattern. I can’t wait to crochet it. Thanks for the helps page. I want to try to crochet a scarf for the special olympicsscarf collection. That site had a link to your site.

  12. Trish says:

    I am sooo new to this, but think I get the “jist” of it, but, I am confused at the simplest of things. In this ruffled scarf, it says to “turn” it…turn it how? See…told you. Also, the yarn is pink and black and is “one” yarn as opposed to two separate colors?

    Thanks sooo much. I am learning a ton from you and your website!

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Trish! “turn” means to turn your work so that you can make the next row. Once you finish a row, you are at the end of the row, so you’ll have to turn it 180 degrees so that you can make your new row on top of your previous row. The Scarf in the photo is make with black yarn and the last row in the pattern is made with pink. You can use any color you want and change colors anytime you want to get the look you prefer.

  13. Monica says:

    hey rachel
    i am new to this but i really like the pattern! When you say “2tr in each tr across” what does that mean? in each hole? So on each row there would be double the number of tr? And is it in the space between the trs on the previous row or IN the trs from the previous row?
    sorry if this dosent make sense. thanks so much!

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Monica, it means to make 2 tr into each of the tr on the previous row. Not in the spaces between the tr, but into the actual stitch. You will double the number of tr on this row compared to the previous row. When you insert your hook place it under the front and back loops in the stitch. Here’s a picture if you’re not sure what I’m referring to for front and back loops: Crochet in Front, Back or Both Loops

  14. Monica says:

    ok thank you, so then on the 3rd row will there be twice as many as on the 2nd row or do the same on all of them after that?

  15. Monica says:

    thanks so much!

  16. Lucy says:

    This scarf looks awesome! I’m going to try it after I finish my current project (another scarf….I’m just starting out) but was wondering approximately how many yards of yarn it will take?

  17. Papples says:

    Hey, just wondering how long this scarf ends up when it’s finished. 🙂

  18. Lucy says:

    Any idea on how many yards this scarf requires? Thanks.

  19. Nahmfon says:

    Oh I like it, thanks.

  20. Brooke says:

    I just learned to crochet at the beginning of October and saw this pattern and loved it! I love super long scarves, so I started mine with 315 chains and it ended up being 74 inches long. I used about 730 yards. Thanks for the pattern! It is super cute!!

  21. jenny says:

    hi! i really want to make a ruffly scarf but i was wondering if theres any way to make it less curly and just slightly ruffled?

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Jenny, row 2 – 4 is what makes it super ruffly, because it doubles the number of stitches on each row. So to make it less ruffly, working row 2 as the instructions state, then for rows 3 and 4, do a tr in each tr across. This will stop you from adding more and more treble stitches, because the more you increase the number of stitches, the more ruffly it will be.

  22. Jenny says:

    Thank you!!

  23. Sarah says:

    Hello! Thank you for the great pattern! I just wanted to clarify, with the 2 tr…is it correct that you complete the tr and do an entire new tr in the same stitch? So it is different than a 2 dc because you complete each stitch instead of combining them right? Thanks, sorry for the simple question but I’m new and learning!

  24. Sarah says:

    Thank you! I can’t wait for this scarf to be done, it will be my first real scarf!

  25. Lisa says:

    I LOVE this scarf! My grandmother taught me how to crochet a bit when I was a young girl. I haven’t touched any in years but I have just had a hysterectomy and need something to do besides watch TV or surf the web. I searched for a simple pattern and this is one of the first ones that came up. It’s super girly (which I love) and with all of your direction and advice, I think I can do it! I am sooo excited to get started! My hook is on the way! I’ll let you know how it turns out. You give great instructions, by the way. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it written out in a way that was so easy to understand!

  26. Lisa says:

    One question, what is the yarn needle for? I don’t see any instructions for using it.

    • Rachel says:

      Whoops, don’t know how that got in there. Thanks for pointing that out Lisa. You don’t really need a yarn needle, but it is often used to weave the ends of the yarn into your work after you are done.

  27. Jennifer says:

    I have been crocheting off and on for about 15 years. I was working on a ripple pattern at work, when we had a huge snow storm that came about really quickly (nobody was expecting it). I had left over baby yarn that I needed to use, so made this. It took me about 4 hours (counting stopping to wait on customers) it kept me occupied since we have to stay open. Turned out beautiful. I will be making more in the future, just started on my second one of the day for one of my employees. Pics will be posted on my FB page (Jennifer Keenan), my photos are not private, so check them out and add me if you want. Have a great Christmas everyone!

  28. April says:

    Okay….I am very very new at this. Can you please write out the directions for the rows for dummies…lol!!! I am going to a class on the 16th but I want to have this scarf started by then. I have been watching a lot of youtube also!!! You should think about doing videos…;)

    • Rachel says:

      Hi April, I’m not sure which part you actually need help with, so just let me know so that I can help you better. Also, here is a post on how to read crochet patterns, that may be helpful: How to Read Crochet Patterns. This is one of the simpler patterns, so you can basically replace all the abbreviations with the true word and it should read like English. Here’s a full list of abbreviations if you need it: Crochet Abbreviations

  29. April says:

    I guess I’m still confused about rows 2-4. So do I do a tr through each loop 2 times? I know I’m suppose to take my needle through both the front and the back loops….so then I do a tr and then take my needle back through those same loops and do a tr again? or does 2tr just mean that we are taking the needle through the front and back loops? Make sense? I am just getting confused because you say you double on each row for 2-4….soooo confused. But I’m coming along. I am ready to start row 2…it’s taken me 2 days to get to that point but….I’m there!!! LOL!

    • Rachel says:

      Yes April, 2 tr means you will make 2 treble crochet stitches into the stitch. Since you will make 2 tr in each tr across the row, then you will have 2 times as make tr on this row than on the previous row. I hope that makes sense!

  30. April says:

    Thanks so much for your help….I am now turning to do row 3. I just read that you did this in about 2 hours….I’m now on DAY 3…LOL!!! Thanks so much for this great pattern and for helping a newbie!!

  31. Barbara says:

    I just finished this scarf using a more bulky yarn and a larger crochet hook, I started with 120 chains (I think) and used varigated color grey yarn It came out very beautiful and warm. Please advise on how many chains I should start with to make this scarf for a 5 year old child using worsted weight yarn. Thanks very much.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Barbara, you can probably do 150 chains for a child, which is 3/4 the size of the adult scarf or you can also make a chain approximately the length of the scarf you desire.

  32. Michelle says:

    I just finished the scarf and it is great!! My cousin is going to love it. I think I crocheted it to loose. It is long! I used 1 1/2 6oz skeins. I am making another now but shorting it up for my Aunt.

  33. Linda says:

    Im a brand new Crocheter. As in only have done one project so far. But so far looks simple. But do you do 2 tr’s in one stitch rows 2-4? sorry, still learning to read patterns. 🙂

  34. Linda says:

    oh sorry. guess someone asked that already. will have to look up how to do that. Thanks!

  35. Dawn says:

    Thanks sharing your pattern! I made 4 of these scarves for Christmas presents and everyone loved them!

  36. Linda says:

    I’m on row 2 now and it is looking so nice! I’m so thankful for a pattern even I could read!

  37. Jenni says:

    I was so surprised to find out how easy this was once I started. It is turning out beautifully. Mine is a fuzzy light pink with the last row as black. Thanks so much. It’s perfect for holiday gifts. I don’t crochet extremely fast, but it still isn’t taking very long. I only have one and a half rows left and maybe put in about 2 hours. I love it! Thanks again

  38. Sheree says:

    I saw this pattern and ran right out to get the yarn the same day. I finished it in a few days and love it! I chose to do a purple trim. I may try a lighter yarn to wear this scarf as an accessory rather than to keep me warm. I’m making one for a friend now.


  39. Pia says:

    I am so glad I found this site. I was about to spend 50 dollars at a chain fabric store to brush up on my crocheting. I have larned so much from this site and have used the money to buy new yarn. I will start on this scarf for my daughter.

  40. Tameka says:

    This scarf is beautiful. What brand of yarn did you use? I would like to make one for me and my daughters. Thank you.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Tameka, I think I used Caron yarn for this scarf, but it was such a long time ago I can’t be 100% sure. Either way, you can use any medium weight yarn that you like. It doesn’t have to be what I used. Have fun crocheting your scarf!

  41. Kimberly says:

    I made this and it is super cute but was way too long so I ended up cutting part of it off and sewed the ends closed and was able to make one for my daughter with the remaining half I cut off

  42. Jennifer says:

    Hi, I noticed this scarf a while back ago and am just now getting around to making it. I’m worried though… only 5 rows? Is that enough? I’ve only gotten half way through the first row of tr’s so far and find myself looking at it going, “hmmm.” I really hope this works out cuz it is such a cute scarf! 🙂

  43. Jackie says:

    I’m not clear with the pattern. Are you saying for Row 1 to put 1 tr in EACH of the 203 ch? And, for Rows 2 -4 put 2 tr in each tr? I’m clear on Row 5 – 1 sc in each tr.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Jackie, for row 1, you will start with the third ch from your hook and place 1 tr in each of the chains across the row. Then on row 2 – 4 you are making 2 tr in each of the tr across the row.

  44. Debbie says:

    I too am just learning, the question I have is when I start the second row, do I start the tr stitch in the first chain after I chain my 3? I guess I should know this, but I am not sure.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Debbie, on the second row, you’re going to make your first tr into the first tr on the row, not the chain stitch. Let me know if you need more help.

  45. Debbie says:

    thanks for the help!! I finished in a matter of hours..I shortened a bit, but turned out great! I did a brighter pink for the edge and “petal pink” inside as I am making a bunch for my daughters fundraiser for the Y- Me Race ( for Breast Cancer ) in Chicago on May 8th. Of all the patterns I am learning to do this truly was the easiest!!!

  46. Debbie says:

    thanks for the help!! I finished in a matter of hours..I shortened a bit, but turned out great! I did a brighter pink for the edge and “petal pink” inside as I am making a bunch for my daughters fundraiser for the Y- Me Race ( for Breast Cancer ) in Chicago on May 8th. Of all the patterns I am learning to do this truly was the easiest!

  47. Jenna says:

    Hi! This is my first attempt at a crocheted scarf and it’s turning out really well! My question is, will I need an extra skein of yarn? I’d like to do the full pattern, but I don’t want to have to buy another skein of this same yarn (especially if I’m not going to use it all). Just curious if I should cut down the rows to stick with the one skein that I have.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Jenna, depending on how big your skein is you may need another skein of yarn. I can’t tell you for certain, but I used approximately 300 yards of yarn to make this scarf. It’s always good to have extra than to not have enough. Plus, if you have extra there are a bunch of small patterns here on Crochet Spot that you can try using your leftovers!

  48. denise smith says:

    Hi, I’ve made 4 of three scarfs since March. I would light to make it in a finer weight yarn,
    something for eveing wear. What adjustments to the pattern would I have to make. Great pattern.

  49. Summer says:

    I saw a color I REALLY loved and decided to make this scarf. It only came in 120 yard skeins though. I’m on my 3rd one and my mom says it looks like I’ll need another. Above you said you only used 300 yards so I want to make sure I’m doing it right. Rows 2-3-4 all need to do is put 2 triple/treble stitches in each one right? it is looking rufflish, but not really like the above pic.

  50. Shay says:

    Hi, my daughter’s just love this scarf and so do I! I am attempting to create it and finished row 1 now I am ready to go to row 2. Please keep in mind I am an absolute beginner with crochet with that being said, I am not sure how to tr in the tr. Would I start at the bottom of the chain or am I starting under that which I am thinking is the bottom of the tr?

    Thank you.

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