The Simplicity Scarf

It’s November! Can you believe it? I can and I am excited it is because that means I can finally post the Simplicity Scarf, a crochet hooded scarf pattern that is both easy for beginners and fun for experienced crocheters. This crochet scarf with a hood is gorgeous in it’s simplicity (get it?) but easy to jazz up with fun colors, if you prefer.

Crochet hooded scarf Pinterest pin

Crochet Hooded Scarf

Where I’m from, it gets super cold in the winter and I always find myself struggling with a sweater hood, a jacket, a scarf and on and on. Enter the crochet hooded scarf to fix the problem! I love the Simplicity Scarf because it’s just that: Simple. It looks great in any color and matches any style. Even my husband is eyeballing mine to wear now.

And the best thing? There’s both an adult and a child size, too!

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And when I mean it looks great in any color… I mean it. I posted a picture to my personal Facebook page in a “look what I made!” post and received many, many orders that I did not expect. I typically do not do commissions for finished items, but I did this time for my friends and wow! I thought my hands were going to fall off, I made so many crochet hooded scarves in the span of a week. I made them in green, grey, black, white, blue… you name it, I made it.

The crochet hooded scarf pattern written here for free is for two “one size fits most” sizes: Adult and child. In the PDF pattern, you can find instructions on how to create your “perfect size”. A big, cozy scarf with a big hood is great, so you should find that the sizes here are comfortable and big enough for most.

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You should know how to single crochet and half double crochet. This hooded scarf pattern also requires that you work between the posts of the half double crochets or “in all three loops”. This will be explained under special stitches.

You will also need to know how to surface crochet (with slip stitch) for the stripes. Look What I Made has a fantastic photo tutorial of how to surface slip stitch.


This pattern is written to a medium (4) Aran weight yarn.

Yards used will depend on size created, a large hooded scarf (6ft in length) used approximately 9-10 oz, or 453 to 500 yards.

I used:

I Love This Yarn in Dark Grey Stone Wash (adult) Approximately 9-10 oz, or 453 to 500 yards.
I Love This Yarn in White (child) Approximately 5-6 oz or 255 to 300 yards.
Scraps of other colors for stripes, up to 1 oz.

Some acceptable yarn substitutions could be: Caron Simply Soft, Bernat Premium, Lion Brand Basic Stitch, Big Twist, Paintbox Simply Aran.

You aren’t limited to these substitutions, of course. Just some ideas for you!  

You will also need:

5 mm hook, scissors, tapestry needle and stitch markers.

You may also need a tape measure, if you prefer to measure before creating.


11 hdc stitches x 13 rows = Approximately 4 inches x 4 inches


Child Size: Approximately 39 inches long (scarf) and 9 inches high (hood).
Adult Size: Approximately 70 inches long (scarf) and 11 inches high (hood).


This pattern is written in standard US terms.

  • ch – Chain
  • sl st – Slip stitch
  • hdc – Half double crochet
  • (#) – Number inside indicates stitch count


  • The chain 1 or chain 2 at the beginning of the row never counts as a stitch and will not be referenced throughout the pattern.
  • This means you should always place your first stitch of the row in the same stitch you chained out of.
  • This hooded scarf is worked length wise, so you will make a long chain and work 12 rows for the length of the scarf, instead of working to build length with shorter rows.
  • The hood of this scarf is worked directly onto the length by joining in an indicated stitch. We will work several rows (depending on size) and then seam as directed via pictures.
  • Throughout this pattern, we will be working our half double crochets into “all 3 loops” which means to work between the stitch posts. Make sure you don’t work into the top of the stitch, unless otherwise indicated.
  • The stripes of this scarf along the length and opening of the hood are created by using surface slip stitch.
  • Hood sizes are written to adult and child averages and should fit correctly, if not a little large.


Both the adult and the child size are written in one set of instructions, but have different stitch counts. Each time a set of instructions includes a stitch count, you can find what you need in parentheses. Example: “Make starting chain (Child -110 chains; Adult – 194 chains)”.



To work a hdc “in all 3 loops”, you will work your hdc stitch in between the posts of the stitch, not into the top. This fully captures all three loops of the hdc, and doesn’t leave the lines that are usually seen when working hdc in rows.

So, you will: yarn over, insert your hook between the posts of your next stitch, yarn over and pull through. Finish your hdc as normal (yarn over, pull through all 3 loops).

When you come to the end of your row, you will work between the post of the last stitch and the chain that created height from the previous row.


To surface slip stitch, you will also work between the posts.

To begin, tie a slip knot onto your hook and start at the beginning of your row. Hold your working yarn behind your work, insert your hook between the posts of the stitches, yarn over and pull through the loop on your hook to complete your slip stitch.

Next, insert your hook between the posts of the next two stitches. Your working yarn should still be behind your work. Yarn over, pull up a loop and pull through the loop on your hook to complete your slip stitch.

Adult wearing crochet hooded scarf, forest background.

How to Make this Crochet Hooded Scarf


Make starting chain (Child – 110 chains; Adult – 194 chains)

R1 – hdc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch across. (Child – 108 stitches, Adult – 192 stitches)

R2 – ch 2, turn. Place 1 hdc in each stitch between the posts across to the end.

*Your last hdc should be between the post of the last stitch of the row and the 2 turning chs from the previous row.

(Child) R3 through 10 – Repeat R2. Finish off yarn, weave ends.

(Adult) R3 through 12 – Repeat R2. Finish off yarn, weave ends.


We will now plan out our hood and join the yarn in indicated stitches. For the child size hood we need 50 stitches and for the adult size hood we need 60 stitches.

Lay your scarf flat (there is no right or wrong side) with Row 10 at the top. Starting in the left corner of R10 and moving right, count (Child – 29 stitches; Adult – 66 stitches) and place your stitch marker. Now, starting in the right corner of R10 and moving left, count (Child – 29 stitches; Adult – 66 stitches) and place your stitch marker. This outlines the start of our hood.

Work in progress of crochet scarf, shows scarf with stitch markers in indicated stitches.
Ignore the kitty paw 🙂

Join your yarn between the posts of the stitch your first stitch marker is in with a chain 2. (If you’re right handed, this stitch maker is on the right side. If you’re left handed, it’s on the left side).

R1 – Working between the posts of R10, place 1 hdc in the same stitch as your ch 2 and in each across the row to your other stitch marker (Child – 50 stitches; Adult – 60 stitches).

R2 – ch 2, turn. Place 1 hdc in each stitch between the posts across to the end. *Your last hdc should be between the post of the last stitch of the row and the 2 turning chs from the previous row.

(Child) R3 through R30 – Repeat R2.

(Adult) R3 through R34 – Repeat R2.

Finish off yarn, leaving a long tail for seaming.

To seam the hood, we will fold the two top corners of the square we have created down toward the center to form a triangle.

With your long tail and a tapestry needle, seam the stitches together to complete the hood. Once complete, turn the hood right side out.


To clean up our edges and make this scarf seem even more seamless, we want to add a border. With your hood now right side out, choose a stitch to start in for the border. This can be any stitch you like, but I would recommend starting at one of the short ends of the scarf. This way, when you tie off your yarn, we can hide the close easier with fringe.

Join your yarn between the posts with a chain 2 and hdc in the same stitch. Place 1 hdc in each stitch around the entire project, making sure to work between the posts when you are working along established rows (not the raw edge).

When you reach the hood section, you will continue placing 1 hdc in each row by working along the raw edge. When you’ve reached the end of this “round”, slip stitch to your first hdc to close and finish off your yarn.


You will use surface slip stitch to create these stripes (as shown with white stripes in the image below) by working along the border in two stripes with a contrasting color of your choice. These stripes will be worked with your accent color (or colors, if you prefer two different stripes).

By now, you should be comfortable working between the posts of your stitches so working the surface slip stitch should come more naturally. For the “first” stripe, you will work along the straight, long edge of the scarf. Because we have placed a border on the hooded scarf, we can now place the surface slip stitches much easier.

Crochet scarf on mannequin

To make the surface slip stitch easier, work along the row as you normally would starting a new row (if you’re right handed, start from the right hand side. If you’re left handed, start from the left hand side).

You will want to place these stripes on the scarf with the right side facing up.

Tie a slip knot onto your hook and, while holding your working yarn behind your work, insert your hook in between the post of the first two stitches. Yarn over, pull a loop through and pull it through the loop on your hook as you normally would work a slip stitch.

Now, insert your hook in between the posts of the next two stitches, yarn over, pull up a loop and finish your slip stitch as normal. Continue working in this method across the row.

When you reach the other end, trim your yarn and tie it off securely. You can use this tail end as a part of the fringe later.

Complete the same steps on the other side of the scarf (along the long edge and the hood). You will need to turn to work up along the opening of the hood, and the border around the edge makes working the surface slip stitch along this opening much easier.

If you want to add a second stripe on either side of the scarf, you can do this using the same method we previously used. Count two rows down from the previous stripe and surface slip stitch throughout that row. This can get a bit trickier when you do the hood, as you’ll be working into the rows but just try to keep it as straight as you can.


For my fringe, I placed two strands of yarn per stitch. You can add as many strands as you like. If you prefer a fuller fringe, add more.

I also placed fringe in each stitch of the short ends but if you prefer not to, that’s fine, too!

To add fringe exactly as I have, cut two strands of yarn twice as long as your desired fringe length per stitch with your main color. You will also need two strands of yarn of your accent color (or colors) per stitch.

Attach your yarn strands to your stitches. Fold the strands in half and pull the loop through the stitches with your hook. Then, pull the tails through the loop you’ve created and pull tight. You can tie them off, if you prefer.

If you’d like to see with pictures how to add fringe to a project, you can check out this picture tutorial by Caabcrochet.

You’re done!

And there you have it! Your very own Simplicity Scarf. Seriously though, how cute is the child version? This little lady is my best friends daughter and she has such a bright personality, we couldn’t not make her crochet hooded scarf as bright as she is.

My sibling is wearing the adult version, and you can see how classic and lovely the hooded scarf looks on them.

Once the weather cools down a bit, I’m basically going to live in mine! What colors will you make yours? I’m so excited to see the color combinations you come up with.

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