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So I was looking back through all of my patterns the other day and realizing that, for whatever reason, I’ve never designed a regular, classic scarf. I’ve always done infinity scarves! It’s probably because I love to wear them; they are just so easy.

When I got the idea for this scarf, I originally intended it to be an infinity scarf, too. I was going to seam it up at the end, add some buttons, and maybe even add some fringe all the way around. But the longer I worked on it, the more I started to think, this should be a classic scarf. It has this amazing texture, and when I would double-wrap it around my neck, all that gorgeous texture just sort of got lost in the folds. But when I draped it once around my neck and let it hang, it just looked right.

So, here is yet another instance this season when I’m branching out of my “norm” and doing something different than what I’ve always done. I hope you love the finished product as much as I do! This scarf has so many ways it can be worn, and here are a few (click the image to see it larger):

On Using A Different Yarn Weight

Every time I design a pattern with #3 light yarn, someone inevitably asks how to adapt the pattern for #4 worsted. I totally get it; I crocheted for at least a year or two before I ventured into anything less than #4. While I think the lighter yarn really contributes to the texture of this pattern (and, shoutout to the newbies: #3 yarn is not as scary as you think it is), it really wouldn’t be that difficult to adapt it for #4 yarn, or even bulky or super bulky yarn. You just need to make the body of the scarf about 65″ long and repeat the rows until it is 7″ wide. Then, when you add your ribbing, chain enough to add a 2.5″ ribbing section to each end. I can’t give you exact stitch / row counts, nor can I tell you how much the yardage would be, but feel free to adapt it as you see fit. (That’s my nice way of saying that if you deviate from the pattern, you’re on your own.)  🙂

Elena Scarf Crochet Pattern | Free classic winter scarf crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

And since I loved the finished look of this scarf so much, I knew it needed to be a set. Click here to view the pattern for the matching slouch!

Elena Scarf Crochet Pattern | Free classic winter scarf crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

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Elena Scarf

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Difficulty: Easy

Finished Size: 70" long (not including the fringe) x 7" wide. It's not "super-scarf" dimensions, but it's big enough to give you lots of stylish, wearable options.

Hook: H (5.00mm)

Yarn: Approximately 725 yards (this does include the fringe) of Cascade Yarns' Longwood Sport. Longwood Sport is a #3 light yarn, and the color shown on the sample is "Oatmeal." 

Gauge: 9 rows of 5 (SC+HDC) combos = 2" square

You'll also need: Yarn needle

Abbreviations Used:
   ST/STS 
(stitch/stitches)
   SL ST
 (slip stitch)
   SK
 (skip)
   CH
 (chain)
   SC 
(single crochet)
   HDC 
(half double crochet)
   SC+HDC 
(this just means to put 1 SC and 1 HDC in the same ST)
   BLO
 (back loop only)

Notes:
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
(2) Pattern is worked in rows, and the ribbing sections on the ends are worked after the main part of the scarf is finished.

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The Pattern

To begin: CH 309.

Row 1: In 3rd CH from hook, SC+HDC. (SK next ST, SC+HDC in next ST) across. (308)

Row 2: CH1, turn. SK 1st ST, SC+HDC in next ST. (SK next ST, SC+HDC in next ST) across. (308)

Rows 3-32: Repeat Row 2. (308)

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Ribbing
Next we'll crochet the small ribbing sections to each end of the scarf. We will crochet one row of SC along the short edge to provide a base for our ribbing, and then we will be working the ribbing in vertical rows, attaching it to the base row with SL STS as we go. 

Ribbing Base Row: Attach yarn to one of the corners of the scarf. SC evenly down the short edge, putting 1SC in each row, for a total of 32SC. CH13.

ribbing-base-row

Ribbing Row 1: Turn your work and SC in 2nd CH from hook, and in each remaining CH. SL ST in the first SC of the Base Row, then SL ST in the next SC of the base row. (12, plus the 2 SL STS on the base row)

Ribbing Row 2: CH1, turn. Skipping over the 2 SL STS, SC in BLO of each of the first 11 STS of the ribbing. SC in both loops of the last ST. (12)

Ribbing Row 3: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in BLO of each of the next 11 STS. SL ST in next 2 STS of the Base Row. (12, plus the 2 SL STS on the base row)

Ribbing Row 4: CH1, turn. Skipping over the 2 SL STS, SC in BLO of each of the first 11 STS of the ribbing. SC in both loops of the last ST. (12)

Repeat Rows 3-4 all the way down the Base Row (for 32 rows). Fasten off and weave in ends.

Repeat "Ribbing" instructions for the opposite end of the scarf.

Tassels
Last, we'll attach tassels to both ends of the scarf.

Cut at least 80 (a few more to be safe) 18" strands of yarn. In groups of 8 strands, attach yarn to first edge of scarf; 5 groups total, spaced evenly across the edge of the ribbing. Repeat on opposite end of scarf.

tassel-placement

 

Pattern Permissions

This is a FREE pattern, and by using it, you’re agreeing to the following legally-protected conditions.

You’re welcome to sell what you make with it; for online listings, please link back to my blog using something like this:

Pattern by
Little Monkeys Crochet
littlemonkeyscrochet.com

Here are the “do nots”:

  • Do not resell the pattern, altered or in its original form.
  • Do not copy and paste the pattern onto your own blog, in a Facebook group, or anywhere else. Simply link to this page instead. Anything beyond this is copyright theft. You are welcome to copy/paste it into a document for printing, for personal use only.
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  • Gina November 26, 2016, 9:57 am

    Love the hat and scarf set, thank you for the pattern.

  • Claire November 26, 2016, 10:04 am

    Wow! just stunning I so must make some.

  • Tracy Serra November 26, 2016, 10:10 am

    This is very pretty and I love all the patterns and appreciate how easy they are to follow

  • Rachel Goff November 26, 2016, 10:11 am

    Love this scarf! I am inspired to make one! Thank you for the pattern.

  • Rachel Dudley November 26, 2016, 10:24 am

    This looks beautiful! Can’t wait to give this a go! X

  • Crystal Broad November 26, 2016, 10:34 am

    I can’t wait to get started on this!!!!

  • Jenny Ferris November 26, 2016, 10:53 am

    LOVE this pattern!!!! So. so pretty!!!

  • Anne November 26, 2016, 10:54 am

    Thank you for yet another great set of patterns! I’ve already bought a bunch of yarn and need to get it in gear and get to crocheting! 🙂

  • BJM November 26, 2016, 11:18 am

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful designs!

  • Jane Bratton November 26, 2016, 11:46 am

    Love your elegant looking hat & scarf patterns, perfect for Christmas gifts.

  • Math November 26, 2016, 11:53 am

    Love this! Definitely on my to-do list!

  • SMay November 26, 2016, 11:55 am

    This is the scarf pattern I have been looking for!! I have been searching everywhere for a classic, timeless, yet versatile scarf pattern, but I have yet to find “the one”. Thank you for creating this pattern!

  • Darla Shepherd November 26, 2016, 12:29 pm

    A cute scarf. Love you showing us the pictorials on how to add the ribbing. It makes it easy to use.

  • Cleary Kipe November 26, 2016, 4:26 pm

    Love the matching scarf. Thank you for the new patterns

  • Melissa November 26, 2016, 6:06 pm

    I love this long scarf and its matching slouch. I will be busy over the next few weeks!! Thanks for such a beautiful pattern.

  • Olivia B November 26, 2016, 7:02 pm

    So cute! I can’t wait to try this!

  • Jeannette November 26, 2016, 11:11 pm

    Love this look – thanks for the offers!!

  • Tracey Doyle November 27, 2016, 2:14 pm

    Very beautiful

  • Marilyn November 27, 2016, 2:36 pm

    Can’t wait to try this pattern, looks great! Thank you 💟

  • Becky T November 28, 2016, 10:39 pm

    Love the pattern. I am at the ch 13 and just can’t figure out how to turn without crocheting on the wrong side. The scarf is beautiful without the ribbing and fringe.

    • Rebecca November 30, 2016, 8:17 pm

      Since you’re doing the ribbing, you will be alternating from the right side to the wrong side of the scarf. 🙂

  • Vickie November 29, 2016, 3:30 am

    I like this scarf. I added to my Ravelry queue.

  • Jacqueline November 29, 2016, 9:54 am

    Love this set – scarf and hat! Your patterns are beautiful!! Thank you for sharing them!

  • Connie White November 29, 2016, 10:16 pm

    Thanks so much!!

  • Michelle Gill November 30, 2016, 7:08 pm

    This is beautiful.

  • kara December 4, 2016, 11:05 pm

    Am I skipping a stitch between each SC+HDC?

    • Rebecca December 5, 2016, 11:56 am

      Yes, you repeat the entire sequence in the parentheses.

  • Sharon August 24, 2017, 6:59 pm

    if there’s 32 rows of ribbing and 32 rows for the body and it’s all worked lengthwise why not just add 26 (13 on either side) and make it all in one piece…? love your patterns:i’ve made several carlyle hats that are just amazing.

  • Rebecca Sunderman August 30, 2017, 2:22 pm

    Finally! A beautiful, timeless, traditional scarf (and a matching hat to boot!!!) that even the most conservative women will reach for over and over. Thank you so much! These will be my next projects!