Christmas Holly Leaf Scarf

Christmas Holly Leaf Scarf shown on a mannequin over a light green sweater outdoors - scarf is decorative made of many holly leaves and berries strung end to end

Christmas Holly Leaf Scarf

The Christmas Holly Leaf Scarf is a quick and easy Christmas gift that is one size fits all! I created this design several years ago and wear it every Christmas season – I always get many compliments on it and it looks great in photos. It is purely a decorative scarf that looks good over a light green, black or white top. There are 2 versions of this scarf – one that includes 2 to 3 lengths of the holly leaves and berries (as shown above) and then one that is of just one strand of the leaves but is crocheted with a double-strand of yarn to create thicker holly leaves (see photo below).

This pattern is available in my Esty shop here

Close up of Christmas Holly Leaf scarf around the neck - leaves are lime green and berries are bright red with metallic threads running through all

The Holly Leaf – a Classic Symbol of Christmas

The Holly Leaf is one of my favorite Christmas symbols.  If you do some research, you will find that the holly leaf and its berries have been used in all sorts of ways in a variety of cultures and religions.  I like the connection of the prickly points to Christ’s crown of thorns and the red berries to the ultimate sacrifice he made for us – reminding us of the purpose and reason for Christmas.

But I probably like the holly so much because I have fond memories of watching my mom and my grandmother adding them to every Christmas card (and envelope) with a swift and graceful flourish of their colored (or gold) markers – a tradition that continues to this day! 🙂

Single strand of the Christmas Holly Leaf Scarf shown around neck on a mannequin standing outdoors

Yarn Used to Crochet this Christmas Holly Leaf Scarf

I crocheted with Red Heart’s Shimmer yarn in the colors Lime Green and Red which unfortunately are no longer available. But Red Heart now makes their Super Saver in some beautiful metallics. I love when the metallic thread matches the yarn color.  Any medium weight yarn would work well for this project. I think the slight shimmer to the yarn is appropriate for Christmas time but you could make this in yarn without any sparkle and it would still be a very eye-catching and unique accessory.

Skill Level: Easy

Stitches Used in this Project:

All of the stitches used in this scarf project are basic crochet stitches with a few simple variations. If you are a confident beginner, you should have no trouble making this scarf especially since the stitches repeat for all of the leaves and then the berries. But if you have any questions, please leave a comment below or message me through my pattern shop and I will be happy to help you.

Christmas Holly Leaf Scarf Available in my Etsy Shop

You can purchase this Christmas Holly Leaf Scarf in my Etsy Shop here. Right after you purchase this pattern you will be able to instantly download a PDF file of the pattern and print it out at home. The instructions are in large-print text with color photos and detailed stitch explanations.

I hope you enjoy making and wearing (or gifting) this crochet project!

Merry Christmas and Happy Crocheting!


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