Hand Crochet Tutorial: The Chain Scarf

Doing a chain in crochet is pretty easy with a hook, but how would you like to learn to do it without a hook? I’m going to show you how to hand crochet a simple chain scarf. It can be luxurious, fun, or sophisticated. It all depends on the tightness of the hand crocheting and the materials you use, and there are many items to choose from, like different types of yarns (chunky, fur, eyelash, etc), ribbons, ribbon yarn, fabric strips, old t-shirts, etc. The variations of color, texture, and style really are endless, so let’s talk about some of the samples below, and then get started on yours.

For the Love of Scarves!

In the photo below, you can see just a sampling of how hand crochet can be used to create the same stitch, but with different results. Variations can be made in the materials you use, how tight or loose the chain stitch is, and the colors you choose. You can see that in the black and white chain scarf (bottom of photo), the stitches are a little more difficult to see due to the luxurious yarns used, and it gives the scarf a very rich feel. The middle scarf is done with one type of wool yarn, with tighter chains than the other two, so the stitches are much more dense and visible. The top scarf is my favorite because of the bright color and soft feel. It also has more of a “hippie” feel to me when worn with the right outfit. :)

Hand crocheting a scarf.

To Hand Crochet a Chain Scarf:

  1. Collect your materials. Gather several long (about 10-11 yds) strands of yarn (or other materials: ribbons, etc) together to desired thickness. The thicker your grouping of materials, the thicker your scarf will be.
  2. Make your slip knot. Regular crochet and hand crochet start the same way…with a slip knot. So, about a foot from your end (depending on how long you want your fringe to be), make your slip knot.
  3. Hand crochet a chain. You will be using your fingers to pull your working yarns through your loop. Chain stitch until you get about a foot from the other end, then pull your yarns all the way through to finish off.
  4. Trim your fringe. Match up the ends, where your fringe is and trim to desired length.

That’s it! You just hand crocheted your first scarf. Pretty easy, right? Now that you know how to do it, you can whip them out in any number of styles. Get creative and have fun with it. And, if you’d like to see me hand crochet the black and white chain scarf (pictured at the top of this post), just watch my latest video tutorial:

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4 Responses to Hand Crochet Tutorial: The Chain Scarf

  1. Nicole Montgrain September 4, 2013 at 8:11 AM #

    Very nice! You really can get creative with this stuff!!

    • Rachel September 4, 2013 at 8:17 AM #

      It’s amazing what you can do with a little yarn, lol. And, I don’t even know all the tricks. :)

  2. Becky June 2, 2013 at 12:33 PM #

    Thank you for this tutorial. Not having experience with crocheting, can you give me an idea of the yarns you used in the bottom scarf so I get the appropriate fullness in the scarf?

    • Rachel June 2, 2013 at 1:08 PM #

      I used a combination of my fancier yarns for this scarf…fuzzy, chunky, eyelash, ribbon yarn (you could use actual ribbon, too). I’m not sure how many yarns I used, but I started with 4-5 strands of each type/style (keep in mind that if you incorporate wool or silk fibers, you won’t be able to throw it in the wash). I gathered my choices together and did a quick, single chain stitch to give me an idea of thickness. So, if the scarf doesn’t look like it will be thick enough, just pull out the stitch and add more strands of yarn, and start again.

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