Ribbed Crochet Scarf – Free Pattern

This free ribbed crochet scarf pattern features knit-like ridges and is very simple to make. Add faux fur pom pom to the ends for something ‘extra’.

Ribbed Crochet Scarf Pattern

Ribbed Crochet Scarf Pattern

When I originally designed this scarf and was trying to think of a name for it, I remembered this photo (below) I had taken of my scarf. My horse, Chip, was walking toward me as I was taking photos. This one stood out to me because he was perfectly positioned in the background and his gray/white coat just matched the scarf and the background so beautifully.

So I decided to name it The Appy Scarf. Chip is an Appaloosa horse – Appy – for short. And so The Appy Scarf it was!


Easy Crochet Scarf Pattern

I do love a good challenging crochet pattern! But most times I prefer to just sit and crochet mindlessly. My work days are long and at the end of the day, sometimes I just don’t have the mental strength to have to think about what I’m crocheting – know what I mean?

This ribbed crochet scarf is very simple. It’s just the same stitch back and forth. You’ll be working in the back loops to create the knit-like ridges that you see. It kinda gives the scarf a knit look too!

Now, you can keep the ends of your ribbed crochet flat as they are, or you can add fringe. Or you could even choose to add faux fur pom poms to the ends as I did. I’m a fairly simple person, but I do love a good bold pom pom! LOL

Ribbed Crochet Scarf Pattern

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How to make the Crochet Ribbed Scarf:

Materials needed:

  • I Love This Yarn or your favorite worsted weight acrylic yarn – 2 skeins
  • 5.5mm (I-9) crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle (for sewing in ends)
  • 2 faux fur pom poms

Skill level:


Pattern notes:

  • This pattern is written in standard US crochet terms.
  • The chain 1 at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch.
  • This pattern can easily be altered if you want more length or more width. Simply add more chains at the beginning for more length or more rows for more width!


not important for this pattern

Stitches used and abbreviations:

  • ch = chain
  • st/sts = stitch/stitches
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • yo = yarn over
  • HDC3rdLOOP = half double crochet THIRD loop only*
  • *HDC3rdLOOP: make a hdc in the 3rd loop of the hdc from the previous row.. Once you have turned your work, it appears as the front loop. See photos below.

Where to insert your hook for the Ribbed Crochet Scarf Pattern (1)
Where to insert your hook for the Ribbed Crochet Scarf Pattern (1)

Before you turn your work, the third loop is all the way on the other side. It’s the very last loop you see (photo #1).

However, once you turn your work and begin working on the other side, it now appears as the front loop (photo #2).

Written Instructions:

ch for 82″ (number of chains does not matter.)

Row 1: in second ch from hook, make a hdc and in each ch across, ch 1, turn

Row 2: hdc in first st, HDC3rdLOOP in next st and in each st across until the very last st. Work a regular hdc (under both loops) in last st, ch 1, turn.

Row 3 – 18: Repeat row 2. If you want a wider scarf, simply continue to add more rows. Fasten off but leave a tail long enough for sewing on your pom.

Prepare the ends of your crochet scarf for the poms:

Using a tapestry needle, start by weaving in and out across the bottom. Once you’ve reached the other end, pull on the yarn to cinch the bottom, run your needle through the other side and secure it with a knot.

How to attach the pom for the Ribbed Crochet Scarf Pattern
How to attach the pom for the Ribbed Crochet Scarf Pattern
How to attach the pom for the Ribbed Crochet Scarf Pattern
How to attach the pom for the Ribbed Crochet Scarf Pattern
  1. Use a tapestry needle to weave in and out of stitches across the edge.
  2. Pull the yarn through to cinch the bottom.
  3. Run your needle through the other side (where you started).
  4. Secure it with a knot.

To attach your poms:

My poms came with a little elastic loop on top so I just ran some yarn through and secured it to the ends of my scarf!

Weave in all ends.

Ribbed Crochet Scarf Pattern

Now your ribbed crochet scarf is all finished and ready to wear!

So what colors did YOU choose? Did you add pom poms as I did? Or fringe? I’d love to see your finished scarf!

If you love this pattern, please take a photo and tag me @spottedhorsedesignco on social media. I’d love to see what colors you used and what you thought of this pattern. Plus, I absolutely love seeing your makes 🙂


These photos are the property of Spotted Horse Design Co. This tutorial is for your personal use only. Please do not copy/paste, distribute, or alter and claim as your own.

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