Merino Crocheted Ruffle Scarf Pattern

Hi friends! A little something different here on the blog today – every so often we need to change things up, right?! I’ve been wanting to crochet something with a ruffle for quite some time but couldn’t get it to work out correctly until now.  Ruffles on clothing have been quite the trend, so why not put one on a scarf? The whole ruffle idea was a bit more challenging than I anticipated even though it sounds so easy.  At first, it kept turning out too frilly and tight and looked like it belonged on the back of a baby diaper cover, not on a flowing scarf. Lol! But after some trial and error, I got a nice, soft ruffle to happen and I’m really pleased.  This is going to be my go-to scarf for the winter and I’m planning to make some for Christmas gifts as well! It’s a super easy project as it’s all done with half double crochet and double crochet stitches.  AND it’s my fave – a nice neutral that goes with anything.  I know ruffles aren’t for everyone, but I think they can add a really nice touch when done right. While this ruffle scarf is wool, it’s super duper soft and it’s washable!  It’s one of the comfiest scarves I’ve ever worn so I hope you enjoy it! Have you crocheted ruffles on anything before?

I actually owned a scarf that looked a lot like this several years ago and loved it. I have no idea where that scarf is now and I’ve been missing it! It was a cream color (surprise – my fave color of all), but this color is a lot more practical as it won’t show dirt so easily.

Again, as long as you know how to half double crochet and make double crochet stitches you should be good to go.  OH! You also will increase in a couple of rows. If you’ve never increased in crochet it’s really simple.  Here, you will simply make two stitches in one stitch when indicated in the pattern.

So let me get to this super easy project for you.  🙂

As usual, you’ll find the free pattern below or you may choose to purchase the ad-free, printable pattern from my Etsy shop HERE! Thanks so much!

Merino Ruffle Scarf

A soft and beautiful scarf that features a feminine ruffle and airy stitches.

You will need:

US Size H 5.0 mm Crochet Hook

2 Skeins Lion Brand Yarn Superwash Merino Wool Light #3 Yarn in Hemp (100 grams/skein)  (Pattern uses approximately 120 grams)  Update! You can also find the full kit with various colors for sale at Lion Brand HERE


Approximately 68” long and 5 ¼ “ wide

Skill Level:



Not important for this pattern

Skills & Abbreviations:

ch- chain

st – stitch

hdc – half double crochet

dc – double crochet



This scarf is made by first crocheting the ruffle and then adding the flat scarf portion with double crochet stitches.  You will begin with a long chain and then work the pattern, creating the beautiful ruffle. Next, you will pick up yarn at the end of your original chain and double crochet to make the flat scarf portion.  You can crochet for more rows to make the scarf wider. You may also make your ruffle even larger by repeating the final ruffle row for as long as you’d like!  Lastly, the pattern for the ruffle is very forgiving. If you are slightly off on your stitch count, it’s no big deal!

Merino Ruffle Scarf Pattern

Ruffle Portion:

Chain 198

Row 1 Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and each st across the row (196)

Row 2 Ch 2 (doesn’t count as stitch), turn, 2 hdc in each st across the row (392)

Row 3 Ch 2 (doesn’t count as stitch), turn, 2hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of next 3 stitches, *2hdc in next stitch, 1hdc in each of next three stitches.  Repeat from * across the row (490)

Row 4 Ch 3 (counts as stitch), dc in each st across the row (490)

Row 5-6 Repeat row 4

Tie off and weave in ends. Next, you will make the flat portion of the scarf.

Flat Scarf Portion:

With ruffle placed horizontally and original chain along the top, attach yarn to the end of the original chain in order to crochet along opposite end of ruffle. 

Row 1 Ch 3 (counts as st), dc in each ch st across (196)

Row 2 Ch 3 (counts as st), turn, dc in each st across the row (196)

Row 3 – 4 Repeat row 2

Tie off and weave in all ends. That’s it!

This is such a feminine, fun little scarf and I hope that you enjoy it and make it your own!



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And as always, I’d love to know if you make one!


Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for providing the yarn for this project! All opinions are 100% my own. 🙂

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    1. Hey Jess!!
      You’re always so sweet! So glad it made it to your “make-it” list. 🙂 I’m honored! Happy Holidays!

  1. This is gorgeous! I can’t wait to make some up. Thank you for sharing your beautiful patterns with us- jess

  2. You make Projects look so easy and beautiful…I am a beginner and want to thank you for posting patterns that are pretty and easy!!!

    1. Hi Kelly!
      So glad you think this looks easy enough! You’re welcome! And thank YOU for taking the time to write me!

    2. I agree ,I too can’t wait to crochet this I may sneak a cheeky hour on boxing day to chill out and start it.
      Happy christmas.

  3. I’m a bit confused about the Ruffle pattern. The instructions say, “Row 3 Ch 2 (doesn’t count as stitch), turn, *2hdc, 1 hdc in each of next 3 stitches. Repeat from * across the row (490).” Do I put 3 hdc in the stitch or is it to be a combination of hdc and dc? Just trying to clarify before I start working on the scarf.

    1. Hi Jean,
      You will make 2hdc in the first stitch and then 1hdc in each of the next 3 – repeat this sequence across the row. The chain 2 doesn’t count as your first stitch. Does that help?

  4. So busy crocheting gifts for everyone else, but when I find time to make this beautiful scarf, it will be all mine…lol!! Thank you for the wonderful patterns and happy holidays!!

  5. Hi
    I don’t crochet much and I know I need to take time to learn. I saw something similar done with alpaca but it was knit. If I was smart I would figure this out but do you have a patter for knitting this. I have beautiful alpaca in 2 colours and it would be lovely!
    Thank you!

  6. It looks lovely Jessica, thank you. One I will be trying for sure.
    My ‘I don’t know enough about crochet’ side is just wondering if it can be started with the flat piece then do the hdc and hdc increase rows and carry on with the ruffle part so it’s made as one continuous piece please? Thanks

    1. Hi Sharon – you’re welcome!!

      You certainly can start on the flat portion. I actually tried a sample both ways and I like the chain at the edge of the ruffle to sort of hold it in place. Otherwise the base of the ruffle was a little stretchy. Nothing bad, but it was my personal preference.

  7. I almost feel silly asking this, but can you explain Row 3? I’ve read it a over and over and I’m not understanding what to do.

    1. Hi! You’ll see in the pattern that you pick up your yarn at the base of the ruffle and crochet the flat portion. Does that make sense?

    1. Hi Lili! I don’t have a download button, but you’re welcome to copy and paste the pattern into Word and print from there. Some people just read the free pattern from their IPads.

  8. Hi Jessica,

    Thanks for sharing your crochet patterns. I love them all! This scarf is so pretty and feminine. What do you think of Caron Cakes yarn? Instead of a solid color, I would like to make this scarf with a burst of color!! Thanks!

    Merry Christmas to you!

    1. Hi Angela! Thanks for your kind words! Caron cakes will work! It is a bit heavier and a turns out a little more ruffled but beautiful (a kind reader posted a picture of one on my Facebook page with Caron Cakes)

      Merry Christmas to you!

  9. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for giving out your patterns for free. I absolutely love them. This scarf is beautiful and I know exactly who I’d crochet this for if I had the time now. I will do it later, though. Thank you and Merry Christmas! Happiness and health and crochet inspiration for the year 2018 as well!

    1. Hi Helena! You’re welcome and thank YOU for taking the time to write to me! I hope you enjoy making the scarf and best wishes to you too in 2018!

  10. Love, love, love this pattern. Just finished FOR ME! Can’t wait to make for others. Worked up quickly and that’s saying a lot for this crochet newbie. Knitter for 12 years. I’ve also made the blanket cardigan but used the knitting pattern. I have more yarn and planning to look at the crochet version. I need to make it just a tad longer before sewing. Would like for it to come together more in front when worn. You have some great patterns. Excited!!! Love that I have moved on beyond crochet washcloths

  11. Hi,

    I can’t wait to try this pattern. I have been looking all over for the yarn only to find out it’s dIsconntinued. Can you tell me if there are other yarns that I can get from Michaels or Joann’s that will work with this pattern? Thanks so much can’t wait to make it.


    1. Hi Doreen! You can use any light #3 yarn that you like! There are plenty at both Michaels or JoAnns usually.

  12. Hi Jessica,
    I just finished the ruffle scarf in
    Caron simply soft plum wine.
    It is beautiful!
    Thank you so much for the inspiring pattern!
    Is there a way to post a photo?
    Many blessings for the New Year!

  13. I bought the pattern from your etsy shop and truly, THANK YOU!!! I am an amateur when it comes to crochet from a family of experts, this pattern is so amazingly simple and fun. I already have a second one started because to say I love this pattern and the results is an understatement!!! Oh my goodness, thank you so much!

    1. Hi Robin! Your comment means so much to me! I always try to make these patterns as easy as possible but I never know really how it will be for others. Thanks so much for your kind words and support. I’m thrilled this turned out nicely for you. Happy New Year!

  14. Hi Jessica!!

    I am a big fan of your blog– and this scarf!!!! I’m planning to make this next with some blue yarn my friend gave to me for my birthday a couple of months ago.

    keep making those awesome patterns and tutorials!!!

  15. Love this pattern. I started with foundation hdc, cause my chains are always to tight. Thanks for a free pattern!!!

  16. Thank you so much for this gorgeous pattern. I made this once but the yarn I used was too scratchy. Can you recommend a cotton yarn or super soft yarn that won’t itch my neck when I wear it?

    1. I really like the Hobby Lobby cotton or you could also try Lion Brand Cotton Jeans yarn (the jeans acrylic is terrific too and much cheaper)

  17. Beautiful scarf! I have made three. Two were gifts and one, of course is for me. Thank you for the pattern. It was easy to follow and a pleasure to create!

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