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How to Crochet a Chunky Scarf for Beginners – Free Pattern

Learn how to crochet a beginner chunky scarf with this step-by-step crochet scarf tutorial. All you need is a bulky weight yarn and a crochet hook, no experience is needed to make this easy crochet scarf.

Continue to read through some of the inspiration, yarn choice, and common questions when first learning how to crochet a scarf. Scroll down to the bottom for the free pattern.

a girl wearing a long sleeve white shirt with a chunky bulky weight scarf with tassels

Beginner Crochet Scarf

One of my very first crochet projects when I first learned how to crochet was a scarf. I remember my mom giving me some chunky yarn and showing me how to crochet a basic scarf.

The stitch that we used to make my scarf was half double crochet because it was fast + quick. She told me it was best to use this stitch because as a beginner you want to make something that won’t take you forever.

At the time I didn’t really understand what she meant by that statement, but I totally understand now that I’ve been crocheting for a long time.

As a crochet beginner, you want to use chunky yarn and basic crochet stitches because it’s fast and easy. If you choose thin yarn and a complicated pattern, you’ll never finish!

I don’t say that to be discouraging, but more of a lesson that I learned the hard way.

a girl with a long white shirt standing outside wearing a chunky bulky weight scarf.

The Perfect Chunky Yarn for a Scarf

The yarn I choose for this beginner crochet scarf project is Hobby Lobby’s Yarn Bee Turin in the color Antique Rose.

I choose this yarn because of the thickness and the dreamy variegated colors in each skein. One skein of Yarn Bee Turin is all you need to make a crochet scarf.

The best part is that this yarn is offered in a couple of different colors which makes it perfect if you plan on giving these scarfs as gifts. It also is the perfect chunky yarn for crochet beginners!

If you don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you or simply want to use a different yarn for this pattern, make sure to choose a bulky weight number 6 yarn.

You can also use Lion Brand Thick & Quick yarn for this crochet scarf pattern.

Common Questions to Crocheting a Scarf

How long does it take to crochet a scarf for beginners?

This depends on the speed of the person crocheting the scarf. It also depends on the style and stitches used for the scarf. Typically a basic crochet scarf pattern that uses chunky yarn and simple stitches may take 1 to 2 hours.

How long should a crochet scarf be?

The length for a crochet scarf for women is between 55 to 65 inches and for men is a total of 70 inches.

How do you adjust the length (chain) of a crochet scarf?

The length of a basic crochet scarf can be easily adjusted by increasing the amount of foundation chains. Make sure to check the pattern to see if it has a multiple that has to be followed before increasing.

a person wearing a chunky bulky weight crochet scarf with different colors

Now that we’ve covered everything you need to know to crochet a scarf, let’s get started!

Down below you’ll find a list of all the material items + stitches you need to know to crochet a chunky scarf.

What You’ll Need to Make a Beginner Crochet Scarf

  • Bulky Weight Yarn (6) – I used Hobby Lobby’s Yarn bee in TURIN Antique Rose
  • Crochet Hook – 10.0 mm (N) hook
  • Darning Needle
  • Small to Medium Book
  • Scissors

Pattern Notes:

  • Chain 1 at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch.
  • Make sure your tension is even because the scarf will start rounding at the sides if your tension is to tight.
  • The tassels on this crochet scarf are optional. You can omit the tassels if you don’t want to add them to your scarf.

Gauge:

8 stitches x 4 rows = 4 inches

Size of Crochet Scarf:

Scarf is 62 inches long (not counting the tassels).

Tassels are 6 1/2 inches long.

Abbreviations:

ch – Chain: Yarn over, pull through loop on hook.

sc – Single Crochet: Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through, yarn over and pull through last two loops on hook.

hdc – Half Double Crochet: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through stitch. Yarn over one more time and pull through last three loops on hook.

hdc blo – Half Double Crochet Back Loop Only: Yarn over, insert hook into back loop of stitch, yarn over and pull through stitch. Yarn over one more time and pull through last three loops on hook.

Chunky Crochet Scarf Pattern

ch 108

Row 1: hdc in second chain from hook and across (107)

Row 2: ch 1, turn, hdcblo across row

Row 3 – 11: repeat row 2

Row 12: ch 1, turn, sc across row

Finish off and weave in ends.

How to Make Tassels for Your Scarf

You will need to make a total of 18 tassels, 9 tassels per side. Follow this step-by-step tutorial or follow this guided video tutorial on how to make tassels for your crochet scarf.

Step 1: With your small to medium size book in hand, wrap your yarn 3 times around the book.

Alternative: Cut a 6 1/2 inch piece of cardboard and wrap your yarn around the cardboard 3 times.

Step 2: Cut your yarn at the bottom and take it off the book.

Step 3: Insert your crochet hook at the bottom of your scarf. Grab the yarn and insert it through the bottom loop with the crochet hook.

Step 4: Use your fingers to insert the end of the string into the loop and pull through.

Step 5: Finally, cut the yarn ends off evenly.

Repeat this process for the remainder of the scarf.

I hope you enjoyed this beginner crochet scarf tutorial!

Other Crochet Patterns You Might Like

3 free crochet patterns that include a crochet shrug, crochet chunky scarf, and a triangle crochet scarf
  1. The Blanket Shrug – An easy beginner-friendly crochet shrug pattern that’s made out of a rectangle. A step-by-step guided video tutorial is included with this free crochet pattern.
  2. The Chunky Crochet Scarf – Learn how to crochet this easy scarf with chunky tassels for the ultimate winter look!
  3. Triangle Crochet Scarf – Single crochet is all you need to know to make this basic crochet scarf. Pair it with jeans or cute dress for a cute boho-look!