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Simple Christmas Gifts: Scarves

I’m getting into Christmas gift mode. I feel like I’ve been crocheting constantly for the last week or so. Most people on my list will be getting handmade simple scarves. Don’t tell on me but I’m pretty lazy about the whole thing. I thought I’d share my old stand-by plan for super easy scarves.
two colorful scarves against a white washed wooden background

It all started a few  years ago when I was in college. I made an amazingly fluffy blue scarf, it got lots of compliments and  I had people asking me to please make them one. I think practical and thoughtful homemade gift are always a safe bet so I ended up making piles of homemade scarves.

Before we start you should know that I can’t handle complicated patterns. That’s also why I don’t knit (and because my left hand doesn’t cooperate and remembering the difference between a knit and a purl is so far beyond me it’s not funny).

This is literally the easiest ‘pattern’ you’ll ever see so buckle up buttercup and prepare to be amazed.

Picking Yarn for a Crocheted ScarfSimple Scarves - Easy #Crochet Gifts

This is without a doubt the hardest part. My preferences are: on sale, pretty and chunky. Look for variegated or multicolored yarns, they make the simple scarf pattern look a little fancier with no extra effort from you.

On the side of the yarn wrapper you’ll see a box with a number. Look for a 5 which means Chunky.

It’s a thick yarn, which means you can use a bigger hook and the whole thing will go more quickly. Because not only am I incapable of remembering a pattern, I’m also impatient.

You’ll find another box in the same location with the recommended hook size. It’s a guideline but it will give you a place to start.

I’m a very loose crocheter so I usually move one hook size down. Ok, really I use whatever I have handy. I’m setting a terrible example here.

Experiment with different hooks and yarn. One of the great things about crocheting is if you don’t like the look of something you can just rip it out and start over

And don’t forget, done is better than perfect. I had some trouble with the orange and pink scarf but my kid doesn’t know or care. She’s just happy to have a bright, happy scarf with fluffy tassels.

grumpy little blonde girl in puffy pink winter coat with hand crocheted pink and orange scarf

You’d never know it from the pictures. Terrible two’s hit hard earlier this week.

This ‘pattern’ assumes you know basic crochet stitches, all you need here is a chain and a double crochet. This page explains a double crochet much better than I could.

Simple Double Crochet Scarf Pattern:

1. Chain 13 for a kids scarf (10 + 3 for turning) or 19 for an Adult (16 + 3 for turning)
2. Double crochet (dch) in the 4rd chain from the hook, dch across the row
3. Chain 3, dch in the second stitch, making sure to catch both loops
4. Continue until you run out of yarn or are happy with the length of the scarf
5. Finish the ends with tassels, pompoms or flowers
So.. That’s the pattern. Do you feel cheated? You shouldn’t, you didn’t pay for it.

Double Crochet Scarf Yarn Recommendations:

4 year old girl in silver coat wearing a rainbow colored hand crocheted scarf made with charisma yarn

Charisma by Loops and Threads

This is the yarn I used for my daughters scarves shown here. I have mixed feelings because while I loved both colors they were not consistent.

The rainbow yarn is the color Passion and it’s perfect for this project. I used a whole ball for Mary’s scarf, used the second to make her tassels and a matching doll scarf.

two balls of charisma yarn in the colors Bright Pop and Passion

Then we get to Bright Pop, the variegated orange and pink. I went right along with my regular pattern, 10 double crochet stitches per row. Then I compared the two and noticed Kat’s scarf was much longer and I still had yarn left.

Looking closer I realized the Bright Pop yarn was much thinner than than the Passion yarn. Had I noticed before I would have moved down a hook size and it probably would have made a nice scarf. It’s too late for me, but not for you.

If you pick up a few balls of Charisma yarn from Michael’s (and you should, it’s constantly on sale for $2.50) check out how thick it is. The label recommends an L or 8mm hook, I used a J (6mm) and still could have gone smaller for the orange and pink scarf.

Homespun by Lion

This is the yarn that started it all. My super fluffy blue scarf of is made from Homespun (Montana Sky). I used Mixed Berries and Pearls for the Christmas Scarves.  One skein makes a decent scarf. I used half-double crochet for the white one, the scarf ended up being quite a bit shorter.

The downside is the colors are pretty limited and the yarn is on the expensive side for me. I found it cheapest at Michael’s on sale for $4. Regular price at Joann’s was around $7 dollars.

It also sheds like a Golden Retriever in the spring. If you’re making tassels with this be prepared to tie a knot at the end to keep them from unraveling or keep a lint roller handy!

Country Loom by Loops and Threads

I’ve only made some scarf from this, it crocheted really easily, sometimes with nubby yarn you get the hook stuck in the yarn, didn’t happen with this one. I used the Hollyhock color, a really pretty true red with golds in it.

I wasn’t crazy about it before I crocheted it but the color really came out once it was in scarf form. There are lots of pretty colors, I’m thinking I might need one from Solarium color. This made a thicker scarf than the homespun which was nice for the frigid winters here in good old CNY. Only available at Michael’s, it’s been on sale the last few times I’ve been in.

Keep in mind one ball isn’t enough for a scarf, not even close. I’d cut what fringe/tassels/flowers/decorations you want first and then use up the rest of the second ball on the scarf. Cuts down on the extra mini-yarn balls left rolling around the craft room

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Jacqueline Coutch

Sunday 2nd of June 2019

I am left handed as well...Hard to deal with sometimes. Enjoyed reading.


Wednesday 8th of January 2014

What size crochet hook did you use? Can you do this on a loom as well?


Thursday 9th of January 2014

I never mastered using a loom for anything by hats, so I'm not sure on that one. I probably used a K, if not something right around that size range. For something like this where size doesn't really matter I grab whatever hook I can find in the general size that I want.


Wednesday 8th of January 2014

How did you finish with the balls and tassels at the end?


Saturday 23rd of November 2013

I love these! How do you make tassels?


Saturday 23rd of November 2013

I find a book about the size I want the tassels to be, wrap the yarn around and around and around until I like how fluffy it it. Then tie of the top tightly and cut through the bottom ends. IT should look sort of like this ==>l<== with the tie in the middle. Don't cut off the ends or you won't have anything to attach your tassel with. Fold the ends together and wrap yarn around the bundle about 1-2 inches below the center tie and tie it off, where and how much you wrap depends on the size/shape of the tassel you want. If you use a yarn like homespun and you don't want it to shed everywhere tie a knot in each strand about 2 inches above where it's cut off. I have a blue scarf and a dark gray jacket so that was necessary for me. It took a while but I did it on the couch watching TV so it was wasted time anyway :-) If this is too confusing I'm sure you can find a tutorial on the web or even youtube. I know my rambling thought process can confuse things :-)

annette harris

Wednesday 6th of November 2013

Hey, thanks for posting your lovely scarves. I have friends who are beginner crocheters. They need to see how cute simple can be. Especially love the fat tassles!


Wednesday 6th of November 2013

Thanks! I'm usually doing too many things at once to focus on anything that requires in depth counting. I love looking at fancier stuff but I'm alright sticking with simple (besides, it's much warmer without lots of lacy holes!)


Tuesday 29th of November 2011

I didn't even think about tassles and stuff. What a fun addition!!