I teach crochet in random places. I don’t plan to but when crocheting in public I often wind up with a group gathered around asking to learn how to crochet. This crochet skinny scarf is one of my absolute favorite patterns because it only requires a chain stitch and is something brand new crocheters can do immediately as they are learning. For non-holiday scarves I generally use a big bulky yarn like Lion Brand Homespun made with a really large hook, but for Christmas I like the metallic eyelash yarns that look like tinsel but are infinitely softer. Since skinny scarves are staying popular, this easy chain crochet pattern gives learners something to make quickly and easily that they can actually use.
DIY Crochet Skinny Scarf Supplies
Learn to Chain Stitch
If you don’t already know how to crochet, start by watching this video on how to start and make a chain stitch.
Make the Chains
This skinny scarf is made out 9 chains, each 9 feet long. Make your first chain (either color is fine to start), measure, finish off, and set aside. Leave about 6 inches of loose yard at the end of your chain. This will become your scarf’s tassel. You’ll be measuring all of your other chains against this first chain. Now, make 8 more chains to match the length of the first. You’ll need either 6 red and 3 green or 6 green and 3 red (depending on if you want your scarf primarily red or green).
Tie the End
The first step to putting your scarf together is to tie one end. Line up the ends of your chains so they are even and then tie a simple knot about 1 foot from the end of the chain start (not the tassel start).
Secure the tied end of your scarf so you can work without it moving around. Close it in a door, stack heavy books on it on top of a table, whatever you need to do to hold that end steady. Gather your chains into 3 sets of 3. Primary colors on the outside and your secondary color as the center bundle. Now just braid. Remember to untangle your loose ends often to make the braiding easier.
If you aren’t familiar with braiding, this video will help.
Tie the Other End
About 1 foot from the end of your chains, tie the end again to match the first knot. Now trim your tassel (loose yarn) on both ends so that they are roughly even.
Enjoy Your Scarf
That’s it, your crochet skinny scarf is done! Enjoy wearing it!
- If you want a fatter scarf, just make more chains. Make chains in multiples of three for easy braiding. You can use as many bundles as you like.
- Different yarn. You can easily use this pattern with just about any yarn. If you use a bulkier thread, switch to a size P crochet hook.
- Different length. Adjust the length however you want for these scarves. You can make them super long for many wraps about the neck (15′ or more) or make them much shorter (6′ or so) if you prefer. Don’t be afraid to customize to your tastes.