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Braided Scarf

White braided scarf against white wood backdrop, next to coral flowers.

This braided scarf crochet pattern uses the Jacob’s Ladder technique to create the look of “braids” or cables running vertically along the length of the scarf. It is a simple technique that creates lots of design interest.

The front loop single crochet stitch between the chains creates a nice contrasting line to the braids. All of this detail looks especially nice with a solid color yarn that can really make the texture stand out.

The Origin of This Pattern

I created this braided scarf crochet pattern specifically to match the Braided Beanie pattern that I recently published. I love a good matching set and thought this stitch pattern would look just as great on a scarf as it did in the hat!

The Yarn For This Pattern

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I chose to use Lion Brand Feels Like Butta yarn for both of these patterns for two reasons. One, it creates really nice stitch definition. I knew that I wanted the vertical lines in the design between the braids to really stand out. And two, despite having good definition, it’s still super soft! It’s almost like a toned down, thinner velvet yarn. Soft and sleek!

White braided crochet scarf, laid in folds against white wood background.

I’m really happy with the choice, as it shows off the lines, just like I’d hoped!

The Pattern

If  you would like to purchase an inexpensive, ad-free printable pdf version of this braided scarf crochet pattern, you can find it here at my Etsy shop.

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Materials:

Gauge:

4” x 4” square of front loop single crochet = 16 rows x 17 stitches

Sizing:

7” wide x 60” long

Stitches Used:

(ch) chain
(sl st) slip stitch
(fsc) foundation single crochet
(sc) single crochet
(FLsc) front loop single crochet

Pattern Notes:

Beginning chain of each row does not count as a stitch.

I tend to crochet tightly. Some people find they even need to go down two hook sizes to meet my gauge. For this pattern the gauge is not particularly important, since it is not a fitted item. However, if you find the drape of your fabric feels too dense or too loose, you may want to change hook sizes.

Video Tutorial:

Written Instructions:

Row 1: Fsc 27.

Note: If you prefer to not use a foundation stitch, you can use a starting chain of 28 and sc in the 2nd chain from the hook and in each chain across.

Row 2: Ch 1. Turn. Sc in the same stitch. Sl st into the next stitch. Ch 8. Sl st into the same stitch. *FLsc in each of the next 7 stitches. Sl st into the next stitch. Ch 8. Sl st into the same stitch.* Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Sc in the last stitch of the row. (27).

Note: Try not to make your chain 8s too tight. These will be used later to interlock with each other. If they are too tight, they might cinch tightly on the scarf when connected together. If you find it too difficult to loosen your chains, you could also increase the # of chains for each repeat instead.

Row 3: Ch 1. Turn. Sc in the same stitch. Skip the ch 8. While pushing the ch 8 towards the back of your work, FLsc into the first sl st of the ch 8 (so the stitch at the bottom of the ch 8 that is on the left side of the ch 8, SEE PHOTOS BELOW). *FLsc in each of the next 7 stitches. Skip the ch 8. While pushing the ch 8 towards the back of your work, FLsc in the first sl st of the ch 8.* Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Sc in the last stitch of the row. (27)

Rows 4 – 240: Repeat rows 2 and 3, until your work is the length you prefer (240 rows will be approximately 5 feet). End after a repeat of row 3. You will now braid the chain 8s before completing the final finishing row.

Braiding the Chain 8’s:

For each row of chain 8s, start with the first chain 8 of the row. Using your fingers, or a crochet hook, pull the next chain 8 (the one to the left), through the loop of the first chain 8. With the second ch 8 still on your hook, pull the next ch 8 through. Continue for each row of the scarf. The last ch 8 of each row will remain loose and be secured by the final row (next step).

Final Row: Ch 1. Sc in the same stitch and in each stitch across. Each time you reach a repeat of the stitch that is above the ch 8, before inserting the hook for the sc, first insert the hook through the last ch 8 (see photo below). Complete the sc around the ch 8 to secure the braids.

Finish off and weave in your ends.

Add fringe if desired.

Note: Feel free to sell finished products made with this pattern. If finished products are posted online, please include a reference/credit to this pattern, including a link. Do not distribute or claim the pattern as your own, or alter and use my photos to market your finished


More Free Crochet Patterns I Think You’ll Enjoy:

The Mossy Cobblestone Beanie

The Daphne Cowl

The Sand Drift Scarf


13 Comments

  1. Hi

    Just to say thank you so much for your beautiful patterns. That you so kindly make them available free of charge is so very much appreciated( especially for those of us on a budget). Thank you for sharing your time and expertise.

  2. I must chime in here and also say thank you for freely sharing your patterns! I appreciate it because we (my hubby and I) do not have a credit card nor do we do pay pal or anything else
    like that.

  3. Very nice and different pattern. I would like to make it more narrow, what is the multiple I should use? Thank you for another lovely project:)

    1. Hi Margaret. The multiple is 8. If you remove one multiple, that would remove one of the braids, leaving you with braids on either side and one in the center. Another alternative would be to just lessen the number of stitches between each braid (chain 8), which is currently 7. That would keep the number of braids, but lessen the space between each. Depends on your preference. Hope that helps.

  4. This pattern kept me going. I get bored with repetition, but the braid made it fun! I made it with black lite colors, “Bright Stripe”, from Red Heart. I love it and it will be perfect for IL weather!!!!!!

  5. I tested this pattern for Esther. It was fun to do and easy to understand. You will enjoy it .. and will create
    A lovely scarf!
    Happy Stitching

    HAPPY.

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