The Jesse Scarf

When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing better than a big squishy and cozy scarf to help keep you warm. This season, the Jesse Scarf can help you stay warm, cozy and stylish! This crochet ribbed scarf pattern will help you create a wonderfully classic scarf that is warm and cozy for yourself and any loved one you’d prefer to gift one to.

This image shows the crochet ribbed scarf pattern sample. It is laid flat on a fluffy white background, posed as if it were worn wrapped around the neck and then taken off. The picture is decorated with pinecones and a bit of pine tree.

Matching the Jesse Beanie, the Jesse Scarf is a gender neutral crochet ribbed scarf pattern that is a great accessory for anyone regardless of their style preference. It has a simple and classic faux-knit style that makes it wonderfully squishy and warm.

This crochet ribbed scarf pattern mimics a knitted ribbing while being crocheted. The edges of the scarf have 1 x 1 “knit 1, purl 1” ribbing that give it a clean, even finish. The main portion of the scarf has a 2 x 2 ribbing, creating deeper and more dramatic folds that are perfect for bundling up against the cold.

If you’ve always wanted a classic knit scarf but don’t know how to knit (like me!), this crochet ribbed scarf pattern is for you!

Crochet Ribbed Scarf Pattern Inspiration

When I was invited to join the Fall into Autumn Blog Hop hosted by Itchin’ for Some Stitchin’ and Ned and Mimi, I knew I wanted to make a matching piece to the Jesse Beanie. I absolutely loved the faux-knit ribbing and thought it deserved a matching crochet ribbed scarf pattern!

Just like the Jesse Beanie, I wanted this crochet scarf pattern to look amazing and appropriate when worn by either myself or my husband. I also wanted you to be able to make this scarf for any (or all!) of your family members.

Myself and knitting have never been more than acquaintances (and sometimes we have been foes) but I’ve always loved the simple yet gorgeous ribbing that knit can offer. When I was a kid, my grandmother used to knit us ribbed beanies and scarves like no body’s business. I thought back to my grandmother’s knitting and thought, “That’s perfect!”.

So, I took the style of knit ribbing and made it into the Jesse Scarf. Perfectly ribbed and 100% crochet.

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Let’s Talk about Yarn

For this crochet ribbed scarf pattern, I used We Crochet’s Swish Bulky which is 100% Fine Superwash Merino Wool. A big thank you to We Crochet for providing yarn support for this project!

When I was given the chance to choose the yarn from We Crochet, I didn’t spend any time searching. I knew that I wanted to use their Swish Bulky yarn. It is so incredibly soft, absolutely lovely to work with and comes in amazing colors!

The first time I used this yarn was for my Eunoia Cowl. I fell in love with it immediately and knew that I would choose it again and again for projects that needed to be soft, warm and cozy.

Despite being a bulky weight yarn, this yarn does not feel “bulky” in the sense of it being difficult to work with or too thick to have any drape. It is also incredibly soft for 100% wool yarn and I absolutely recommend it.

You can, of course, substitute this yarn for any other yarn that you prefer. This crochet ribbed scarf pattern will work up well with any fiber and nearly any yarn weight, though you will have to do some work to customize the size, of course!

This image is a work in progress photo of the crochet ribbed scarf pattern. It shows a row worked about halfway with the yarn still on the hook. It is laid flat on a white fluffy background.

Where to Get this Crochet Ribbed Scarf Pattern

The Jesse Scarf is free in this blog post. Scroll down to view the free version!

However, if you’d like a more robust pattern with a photo tutorial for the special stitches, the steps for the photo tutorial written out in full sentences and a printer friendly version of the PDF, I recommend you purchase the PDF pattern.


Advanced Beginner/Light Intermediate – This crochet ribbed scarf pattern uses stitches and techniques that most advanced beginner crocheters should be comfortable with. You should know and be comfortable creating chains, single crochets and half double crochets.

There are a couple more intermediate stitches and techniques that are used in this pattern. These techniques are the Yarn Over Slip Stitch (yoslst, also commonly known as a half double slip stitch), working in the back loop only (BLO) and working in the 3rd Loop Only (3LO).

Each of these stitches are explained in the special stitches portion of this crochet ribbed scarf pattern and the PDF pattern comes with photo tutorials for them.


You will need a bulky (5) weight yarn of your choice.

You will need approximately: 11.5 ounces / 320 grams / 440 yards.

Yarn Used
We Crochet’s Swish Bulky in colorway Rainforest Heather. It is a beautiful deep emerald color with flecks of red and blue. Absolutely gorgeous!


6.5 mm (K-10.5) Hook – I used my favorite Furls Streamline Wood!
Tapestry needle
Stitch markers (You may want to have 2 handy)


14 stitches by 20 rows = Approximately 4 inches by 4 inches working pattern as written.

Note: I am a tight crocheter, so my tension is usually tighter than others. Learn more about gauge and what this means here. As long as you’re in the approximate range of gauge, you should be fine.


Approximately 72 inches long by 6 inches wide.

If you prefer to change the size of this crochet ribbed scarf pattern, you absolutely can! Please see the “How to Change Size” section.


  • Ch – Chain 
  • Sc – Single Crochet
  • Yoslst – Yarn over slip stitch (see special stitches)
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • BLO – Back loop only (work indicated stitches in the back loop only)
  • 3LO – Third loop only (work indicated stitches in the 3rd loop only)
  • (…) – Stitch counts are listed at the end of row in ( ) and bold italics.


  • This pattern uses the “yarn over slip stitch” or yoslst through the majority of the work. This stitch gives you 3 working loops as a half double crochet does. It’s important to be familiar with all 3 loops and their locations, as we will be using them throughout this pattern (see special stitches).
  • This pattern has a 4 row repeat.
  • Chain 1 to begin a row never counts as a stitch. Always place your first stitch in the first stitch of the row.
  • You can alter the width of the scarf by continuing the repeat rows until you reach the width you prefer.
  • You can alter the length of the scarf by adding or removing 14 chains to the stitch count to add or remove 4 inches of length. These stitches will reflect in the MIDDLE Of the row instructions, not at the beginning or end (larger number of stitches in the middle).

How to Change the Size of this Scarf

If you prefer to change the size of this crochet ribbed scarf pattern, you can do so fairly easily!

Changing the width is the easiest. You can make the scarf thinner or wider by omitting a repeat or adding repeats of Rows 2 through 5.

To change the length, add or remove chains to your starting chains. You can add as many or as few chains as you prefer. Adding 14 chains will add approximately 4 inches to the length.

When increasing or decreasing the length, please know that these added or removed stitches will reflect in the MIDDLE of the row instructions.

For example:

Row 3 –
Ch 1, turn. 1 sc first st, 1 yoslst in 3LO next 18 sts, 1 yoslst in BLO next 182 sts, 1 yoslst in 3LO next 18 sts, 1 sc last st. (220)

If you were to remove 14 stitches, you would work: 1 yoslst in BLO next 168 stitches. In this example, the bolded section of the row instructions is where you will add or remove the number of stitches. 

Special Stitch – Yarn Over Slip Stitch (yoslst)

This crochet ribbed scarf pattern uses the yarn over slip stitch or yoslst. You may have also heard this stitch called a half double slip stitch.

This stitch creates 3 working loops exactly like a half double crochet does, but takes away the height of a half double crochet.

To create a yarn over slip stitch (yoslst), you will: Yarn over, insert your hook into the indicated stitch (or loop), yarn over and pull a loop through. You will now have 3 loops on your hook. Do not yarn over. Pull the first loop (closest to the tip of your hook) through the two other loops.

This stitch works just like a regular slip stitch does, you just have one additional loop to pull through!

Special Stitch – 3rd Loop Only (3LO) and Back Loop Only (BLO)

In order to create a faux-knit 2×2 ribbing for the body and a 1×1 ribbing for the edges of this scarf, we use 3LO and BLO to manipulate the stitches so they rest a certain way.

It is very important to understand where both the back loops and the third loops of the stitches are to ensure your beanie turns out correctly.

The back loop will always be the furthest loop away from you, toward the back of the stitch. When instructed to work in “BLO”, work only in this loop.

The third loop will always be the closest loop to you and sits directly below the front loop of the stitch somewhat diagonally. When instructed to work in “3LO”, work only in this loop.

This image shows the 3rd loop only.

Jesse – A Crochet Ribbed Scarf Pattern

Ch 221

Row 1 – Place 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 yoslst in each of the next 218 chs, 1 sc last ch. (220)

Row 2 – Ch 1, turn. 1 sc first st, 1 yoslst in 3LO next 218 sts, 1 sc last st. (220)

Row 3 – Ch 1, turn. 1 sc first st, 1 yoslst in 3LO next 18 sts, 1 yoslst in BLO next 182 sts, 1 yoslst in 3LO next 18 sts, 1 sc last st. (220)

* Place stitch markers in the 19th stitch from the start and the 19th stitch from the end. This will help identify where the edge ribbing starts and ends.

Row 4 – Ch 1, turn. 1 sc 1st st, 1 yoslst in 3LO next 18 sts, 1 yoslst in BLO next 182 sts, 1 yoslst in 3LO next 18 sts, 1 sc last st. (220)

Row 5 – Ch 1, turn. 1 sc 1st st, 1 yoslst in 3LO next 218 sts, 1 sc last st. (220)

Rows 6 through 26 – Repeat Rows 2 through 5 in sequence. For example, Row 6 will be a repeat of Row 2 and Row 7 will be a repeat of Row 3. Row 26 will be a repeat of Row 2.


Round 1 – Ch 1, turn. 1 sc 1st st, 1 sc 3LO next 18 sts, 1 sc in BLO next 182 sts, 1 sc 3LO next 18 sts, 1 sc last st, ch 2 and rotate to work along short raw edge.

Place 1 sc in the side of each sc along the short edge. Ch 2 and rotate to work along the starting chains.

Place 1 sc in each st across. Ch 2 and rotate to work along the short raw edge.

Place 1 sc in the side of each sc along the short edge. Ch 2, sl st to first st of round to close.

Round 2 – Ch 1, turn. Place 2 sl st in each ch 2 spc and 1 sl st in each st around.

Finish off, weave ends. You’re done!

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That’s it for this crochet ribbed scarf pattern! Isn’t it so comfy and cozy? Now that you’re familiar with this technique, you may want to try out the pattern for the Jesse Beanie!

This image shows a woman wearing the Jesse Beanie, which is a part of the set. You can click this image to be taken to the blog post about the beanie pattern.

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With more than a decade of crochet experience, Shannon knows that understanding why we do something matters just as much as how we do it. She teaches new techniques and crochet stitches in depth so you can crochet with confidence.

If you loved this modern crochet ribbed scarf pattern, why not check out some of my other crochet scarves and cowls?

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The Eunoia Cowl uses the same yarn as this pattern!
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The Snowbank Pocket Scarf features easy diagonal ribbing and it has pockets!


  1. The scarf has a refined and regel look and texture so it will coordinate with my inner and outerwear. I love it!

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