A free pattern for a knitted scarf.

The Easiest Ombre Crochet Scarf – Free Pattern

Today I want to show you my easy beginner crochet scarf! This crazy year is coming to an end, so it’s time to focus on yourself and just relax. If you are looking for a no-fuss quick project, this crochet scarf will be perfect, because it works up fast and looks cute.


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This beginner-friendly pattern is so easy, that you will make it in no time, so don’t waste another minute to think about it! The trick is to choose ombre yarn, because simple stitches are the perfect background for color changes. One cake of yarn is enough, so that you will have a new accessory ready to wear!

 collage of scarf photos

Psst… This project is fun, too. I promise!

If you like this project, be sure to try out my other patterns, because they are great for beginners, too! For example, Seven Wonders Scarf can be another great accessory pattern for you, and it’s available for free!

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Get to work!

Although this crochet scarf uses one cake of ombre yarn, you may want to make it from scraps of yarns you already have in your stash! If so, be sure to change the colors seamlessly and weave in ends as you go, because it saves a ton of time.

You may want to know how to change colors, too – check out my article on How to Change Colors in Crochet for more info!

Let’s start!


LEVEL – beginner

TERMS – standard US



  • yarn: 1 cake of YarnArt Flowers 45% acrylic, 55% cotton (250 g, 1000 m) – col. 260
  • crochet hook 3 mm
  • accessories: scissors, stitch marker (optional), tapestry needle for weaving in ends (optional)


  • 39 cm x 160 cm (15,4″ x 63″)
  • gauge for half double crochet stitches: 10 cm x 10 cm (4″ x 4″) = 20 stitches x 12 rows

before you start

Before you start, a couple of important things:

  • turning chains of 1 or 2 chains at the beginning of the row do not count as stitches.
  • count your stitches as you work – you should keep the overall number of 79 stitches in each row throughout the whole piece.

Let’s begin!

The Easiest Ombre Crochet Scarf


make a foundation chain of 79


chain 1, 1 sc in each stitch

ROWS 2-4 

chain 2, 1 hdc in each stitch

ROW 5 

chain 2, 3 hdc, *1 ch, skip one, 3hdc* x 19


chain 2, 2 hdc, *2 hdc into the chain space, 2 hdc* x 19, 1 hdc

ROWS 7-8

chain 2, 1 hdc in each stitch

ROWS 9-10

repeat rows 5-6

ROWS 11-12

chain 2, 1 hdc in each stitch

ROWS 13-14

repeat rows 5-6

ROWS 15-194

chain 2, 1 hdc in each stitch

ROWS 195-196

repeat rows 5-6

ROWS 197-198

chain 2, 1 hdc in each stitch

ROWS 199-200

repeat rows 5-6

ROWS 201-202

chain 2, 1 hdc in each stitch

ROWS 203-204

repeat rows 5-6

ROWS 205-207

chain 2, 1 hdc in each stitch

ROW 208

chain 1, 1 sc in each stitch

Fasten off and weave in ends, because you’ve finished!

red and black crochet scarf draped on a mannequin

The yarn I chose has quite graphic color changes, so that when one color transitions into another, threads create a kind of stripes. If you want to achieve a more delicate color flow, look for yarns that doesn’t have as many stark contrasts, because the changes will be much less visible there.


While I work hard to make sure the projects I publish are the highest quality, this pattern is untested and may contain errors. If you notice one, please let me know – I’m going to revise it and correct as soon as possible.

crochet scarf folded on a white background

crochet scarf in red and black, draped

you are done!

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  1. I’m struggling with Row 6. No matter how I do it, I’m adding a stitch to my row every set.

    I’m new to crocheting so I’m sure I’m reading something wrong. Any help would be much appreciated.

    1. Hi Jenn! Do I understand correctly that your work is widening instead of keeping straight edges? If so, you probably are not counting the stitches right. You can use a stitch marker to better distinguish what is and what isn’t a stitch. You can also look for “how to count stitches” videos and articles. I mentioned in the pattern notes that I don’t count turning chains (the first 1 or 2 chains of the row) to the overall stitch count. If you count it as a stitch, you’ll end up with 80. In row 6 we have: chain 2 (turning chain), 2 hdc (one in each of the two next stitches), *2 hdc into the chain space, 2 hdc (one in each of the two next stitches)* x 19, 1 hdc (in the last stitch). Hope it helps a little!

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