Easy Colorful Crochet Scarf

Easy Colorful Scarf shown on a woman wearing a black top in front of trees - scarf has a variety of colors in stripes in it

Easy Colorful Scarf

The gorgeous colors in this easy colorful scarf are done automatically by the yarn! Can you believe it? I only had to weave a few ends! It’s fun when the yarn does all the color-work for you. The stitch I used for the entire scarf is a repeating basic stitch done in a unique way. The technique is often used for more advanced crocheters but since it repeats every stitch, I think even beginners would be successful and enjoy working on this project. (Plus, I’ve created a step-by-step video tutorial to help! Click here to watch)

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Colorful Yarn for the Easy Colorful Scarf

Even though I receive a good amount of yarn in the mail directly from the manufacturer or distributor, it doesn’t mean that I still don’t like to look at and buy yarn in my local yarn shops and craft stores! 😄

In fact, being able to see the colors in real life and being able to touch and feel the yarn is very valuable – so much more fun than looking at it on a screen! So, when I was in Michael’s last month I noticed the “Rainforest” colorway of Red Heart’s Unforgettable yarn.

Have you ever used this yarn? I love it! It comes in all sorts of beautiful color combinations and has a lot of yardage in each ball. It is warm and soft to wear (and crochet with) and makes great eye-catching projects. Click here to purchase this yarn!

It was so pretty on the shelf! I immediately bought 3 skeins and started to brainstorm about what I could make with it.

Stitches Used in this Easy Colorful Scarf

I decided to use this stitch (explained below) because it creates a pretty texture that compliments the sheen and bright colors of the yarn. It is a variation of the single crochet stitch which is one of the first crochet stitches a beginner learns! It is a very short stitch so this project takes several rows to complete. But I found that it was easy to get into a rhythm with the stitches. Since the yarn is so soft and glides on my hook smoothly and the colors are so pretty, it was quick and relaxing to continue the stitch pattern for many rows. I also discovered that this stitch also creates a fun look/texture on the wrong side!!

Close up view of both sides of the Easy Colorful Scarf showing stripes of braids and a dense knitted look

Yes! This Easy Colorful Scarf is reversible!

In the first photo of this post I am wearing the Easy Colorful Scarf with the “Knit-like” look facing out. I think the stitch has a very unique look from this side. But the other side looks like stripes of braids and works very well with the color-changing of the yarn. I love both sides and can’t pick a favorite yet. Which side do you like the best?

Video Tutorial Available Now!

Now you can watch a step-by-step video tutorial of how to work this unique stitch pattern and how to wear the scarf. You can click here to watch or scroll down to see it.

Skill Level: Easy

Measurements:

5” wide x 45-50” long

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Photo of super colorful yarn that is crocheted to make the Easy Colorful Scarf

Supplies for this Easy Colorful Scarf:

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3 skeins Unforgettable Yarn by Red Heart in colorway “Rainforest”

L/8 mm hook (This is one of my most favorite hooks!)

Yarn needle

Optional: Large decorative pin

Notes:

Scarf is worked in the round which makes a very long tube

A knit-like stitch is created on the Front Side and a ribbed-like stitch is created on the Back Side (or inside) – both looks are pretty and scarf can be turned “inside-out” to show either side

The stitch used in this project condenses the project quite a bit and creates stretch and give as the number of rounds increase – if you want a wider scarf, simply increase your chain count at the beginning

The easy colorful scarf rolled up and sitting outside on a wooden railing

Special Stitches and Abbreviations:

Back bar of the Chain = When looking at the right side of a chain, you see many “V’s” and the chain looks like a braid. Turn the chain over and you see a series of bumps – it is in these bumps that you will work across the chain to produce a row with even edges along both sides

Click here to watch a short video tutorial on this technique

Sc (single crochet) = Insert hook into stitch, YO, draw up a loop; YO, pull through 2 loops on hook

FPsc (Front Post Single Crochet): Insert hook into project to right of next single crochet; bring hook around back of this single crochet and back out to front; YO, draw up a loop; YO, pull through 2 loops on hook

YO (yarn over)

Hk (hook)

Lp (loop)

Ch (chain)

St (stitch)

Sp (space)

Watch How to do the Special Stitch!

Are you someone who does better with a demonstration? Then watch this video tutorial to see how to do the special stitch!

Instructions for the Easy Colorful Scarf:

Special stitches are written in bold and italicized text and defined above

Ch 51

**Note: This starting chain may seem way too long at first but trust me, the stitch will make it shrink so that it becomes more like a normal scarf width 🙂

Row 1:

Working in the back bar of the chain, sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across. Do not turn. (50 sc)

Keeping row just completed with Right Side facing being careful not to twist, begin working in rounds.

Round 1:

FPsc around 1st sc of Row 1; FPsc around each sc in row. Do not join with a sl st – just keep working stitch around (see next Round)

Round 2:

FPsc around each st in round being careful to not make stitches too tight.

Repeat Round 2 until project measures 45 to 50” long. Fasten off.

Woman wearing the Easy Colorful Scarf with the braid-like stripes showing - she is wearing a black top and standing in front of a frozen pond and winter scene

Finishing of the Easy Colorful Scarf:

With yarn needle and yarn tail sew up slight gap where ends of Row 1 meet

Join in any st in bottom edge of Row 1 with a sl st; Ch 1, FPsc in same st and in each st around; This will help the loose scarf end match the tighter last round. Fasten off.

How to wear:

Choose which side you would like to show – knit-like texture or stripes of braids – simply turn scarf inside out to get the look you want

Regular Scarf: Wrap scarf length around neck once and let ends hang down from shoulders

Infinity Scarf: Tuck one short end of scarf inside other end and pin in place with a decorative pin; Wrap twice around neck and position so pin in front

The Easy Colorful Scarf is worn around woman's neck while she also is wearing a black shirt in front of a tan house and winter tree

Your Easy Colorful Scarf is Complete!

So, did you enjoy making this Easy Colorful Scarf? I had never done a Front Post Single Crochet before and love how it looks row after row. Since the stitch works best worked in the round, I thought making this scarf as a tube would work well. With the Easy Colorful Scarf being a tube it is doubly-thick and so warm! You can find the yarn here. Did you decide which side you like best? Please send along a photo of your finished scarf to [email protected]. I love to see what you make!

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Thank you for stopping by – Happy crocheting!

Jennifer

Long image for pinterest showing previous photos of easy colorful scarf on a woman and rolled up

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2 thoughts on “Easy Colorful Crochet Scarf

  1. Hi, Thanks for this project idea…I just always have a problem with front /back post single crochet; is the connecting yarn from one stitch to the next considered a part of the Post? Do I go over it or under it to include it in my next stitch?
    -1<1-1<1-
    Or do I just go under the top chains of the stitches?

    1. Hi! Thank you for stopping by and trying out this project. There is a video tutorial that shows you exactly how to work this stitch which I think you may find helpful here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZQ3Kx-8aeI
      To answer your question: You sort of just ‘ignore’ the connecting yarn and focus just on the stem of each single crochet. You insert your hook around this stem and complete a single crochet as usual so you are working just below the top loops of each stitch. The more stitches and rounds you do, the easier it gets because the stems get taller and everything gets easier to see.
      Hope this helps you – it really is a fun stitch with neat texture once you get the hang of it. 🙂

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