The Casey Scarf

The Casey Scarf is a free crochet scarf pattern that is delightfully textured with subtle ribbing that is fairly quick and easy to crochet. Perfect for both men and women, this winter accessory boasts a twist on the stitch used in this scarf to create interesting ribbing and texture without being too feminine or masculine.

With a total of 4 sizes ranging from Toddler to Adult Large, you can easily make a crochet scarf for yourself, your loved ones or even make matching crochet scarves for you and your kiddo. Too cute!

This image shows a sample of this free crochet pattern on a mannequin made of black fabric. The scarf is shown wrapped as one would wrap a scarf around the neck. The crochet scarf is made in an orange color.

The Casey crochet scarf pattern mainly uses the Suzette Stitch, which is a beautiful stitch that has a bit of a diagonal lean in each row. This lean changes direction in each row, so you end up with a delightful zig-zag.

It’s not just the Suzette Stitch, though, there’s a little twist on this beloved stitch which gives the crochet scarf pattern a little extra texture in the form of subtle ribbing.

And, of course, the ends of the scarf have a totally different ribbing to add a little extra interest and pizzazz.

While just the name “Suzette Stitch” can sound like it’s leaning more feminine, the texture made in this pattern becomes more of a ribbed, almost waffle-like texture that works well for any gender and any age.

The result is a wonderfully squishy, ribbed scarf that is easy to make. The finished crochet scarf is visually appealing and adds a little something to winter outfits.

This image is a close up of the crochet scarf pattern sample. The scarf is hanging on a wooden clothes hanger on a white wall. The scarf is wrapped as one would wrap a scarf around the neck. The image is cropped and close up to show detail.

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What yarn should I use to make this Crochet Scarf Pattern?

This free crochet scarf pattern uses a Medium (4) worsted weight 100% wool yarn.

You can use almost any fiber or blend of yarn that you like in Medium (4) worsted weight, really, though I wouldn’t recommend cotton.

Cotton is typically thinner than it’s wool or acrylic cousins, which means that your gauge will automatically be off and the crochet scarf will likely turn out too small.

Cotton also is quite absorbent whereas wool or wool blends aren’t. So if you’re trying to stay warm and dry, I’d stick with wool or a wool blended with acrylic.

A note on yarn used in this crochet scarf pattern…

I originally saw the gorgeous Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash in colorway Copper Heather in a LYS a bit of a distance from me and had to have it.

The skein label that came with my in store purchase called this a Medium (4) worsted weight yarn and that was totally fine with me. So it found it’s forever home in my studio and was turned into this beautifully textured free crochet scarf pattern.

However… I ran out of yarn. Not wanting to drive a significant distance for one ball of yarn, I started looking online.

This is when I discovered that not even Cascade Yarns knows what weight to call this yarn because in their product listing, they call it a “light worsted, DK weight” in text but slapped a Medium (4) CYC label under the specs. What?

Love Crafts (where I ultimately crossed my fingers, hoped for the best and hit order on an additional skein + several skeins to make a toddler size) calls it a DK (3) “Light Worsted”. Despite being a “DK” from Love Crafts, the yarn worked up exactly the same. The listing has the same knitting recommended needles and gauge as my original skein label, though the crochet hook recommended size is slightly different.

Interested in this discrepancy, I looked around online. Some places call it a “Medium (4) Worsted Weight” and some places call it a “DK (3) Light Worsted Weight”.

However, most of the technicalities of the yarn remained the same: 3.5 ounces/100 grams, 100% wool, 220 yards/200 meters and the knitting needle gauge was the same, though there was some minor discrepancy in crochet hooks for gauge.

For example: My skein original skein label has G – H (4.25 – 5.0mm) crochet hook sizes for a gauge of 13-16 sc’s = 4 inches. But the Love Crafts listing for the same exact yarn has F – G (4.00mm – 4.50mm), though no obvious gauge for just crochet hook sizes. The knitting needle size and gauge on Love Crafts is the same, though. It’s an mystery!

So, when it comes to choosing yarn, as long as you’re in the worsted or light worsted range of yarn and the amount of yarn is the same or close to the same (100 g/220 yards), you should be totally fine regardless of the brand.

Just keep in mind that no one knows what to call Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash. Not even Cascade, apparently. I’m going to go with Medium (4) Worsted, because that’s what I’ve seen the most and that’s what it feels like.

If you prefer a printable, inexpensive PDF version of this pattern which includes tutorial photos, you can grab one in my Etsy shop by clicking the button below.

This image is a close up of the texture in this scarf.

Is this free crochet scarf pattern easy?

Depending on your skill level: Yes.

If you’ve been crocheting for a while, know your basic stitches (single crochet and double crochet), know how to skip stitches and are familiar with at least working in the back loop only… Yes!

This means if your skill level is advanced beginner or higher, you should be able to breeze through this free crochet scarf pattern in no time.

However, if you’re still in the absolute beginner skill level and you’ve only just learned some of the basic stitches… no. This pattern won’t be super easy for you and may be something you want to put on the backburner until you’re more confident.

I do have a photo tutorial for the Suzette Stitch, which will give you nearly all of the skills you need for this pattern. You will also need to work in the Back Loop Only (BLO) of single crochet stitches and 3rd Loop Only (3LO) of half double crochet stitches.

The Casey PDF crochet scarf pattern comes with a step by step photo tutorial, so make sure to purchase the PDF and utilize the photo tutorial if needed.

This image is a close up of the crochet scarf pattern sample. The scarf is hanging on a wooden clothes hanger on a white wall. The scarf is draped on the hanger as one would drape a scarf on their shoulders. The image is cropped and close up to show detail.

Where to get this Crochet Scarf Pattern

The Casey Crochet Scarf Pattern is a free crochet pattern in this blog post. Scroll down to view the free version.

However, if you’d like a more robust pattern with photo tutorials, 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.

With the PDF pattern, you will receive photo tutorials for the special stitches and techniques as well as a detailed photo tutorial for each row which will set you up to work this crochet scarf pattern with confidence. The photos include details with arrows and dots to help identify all the stitches and their placement.

SKILL LEVEL

Confident Advanced Beginner – Crocheters looking to follow this pattern should know how to:

  • Read a crochet pattern – There is NOT a video tutorial for this crochet scarf pattern.
  • Work the basic stitches – Chain, slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet.
  • Understand how to skip chains and stitches.
  • Understand how to identify chains that have not been worked into or be willing to learn (important for the border).
  • Know how to place stitches in the 3rd Loop Only (3LO) and Back Loop Only (BLO) or be willing to learn.

This is NOT a beginner or absolute beginner pattern. This is a Confident Advanced Beginner pattern. Absolute beginners will find this pattern outside of their skill level.

If you are unfamiliar with any of these techniques or aren’t familiar with reading patterns, I highly recommend the PDF as it will walk you through everything step by step.

MATERIALS

Medium (4) worsted weight wool/wool blend yarn. Medium (4) worsted weight is on the thinner side of Medium, as opposed to Aran which is typically thicker.

You will need approximately:
Toddler – 2.8 oz / 80 g / 176 yds
Child/Tween – 4.5 oz / 130 g / 286 yds
Teen/Adult S – 6.25 oz / 175 g / 385 yds
Adult L – 7 oz / 200 g / 440 yds

Yarn Used

Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash in colorway Copper Heather – 297 (orange/copper)

Yarn Used Note

If you purchase Cascade’s 220 Superwash which was used in the sample for this free crochet scarf pattern, the listing may say DK Light Worsted OR Medium Worsted, which is confusing.

Some places call it DK, though according to Cascade’s website and the CYC label they’ve put on the listing, it’s Medium Worsted.

For example, in the link I included for the yarn, it states “DK | Light Worsted”. However, the technicalities of the yarn match my skein label, which states Medium.

The specs of this yarn are: 3.5 ounces/100 grams, 100% wool, 220 yards.

Keep in mind: It may be called DK or Medium, but it is the same yarn. I purchased this yarn in a LYS as Medium, but when I ran out and needed more, I saw some listings for “DK” Light Worsted. I’m sticking with calling it Medium Worsted, since it’s on the manufacturer website.  I don’t want you to be confused, so I’ve included this note.

Yarn Substitution Options

We Crochet’s Wool of the Andes Worsted and High Desert Worsted could be good substitution options. Their gauge is very similar, if not exact to Cascade Yarns 220, though the Wool of the Andes skein sizes are much smaller so you’d need to purchase more skeins to make up the total yarn usage.

TOOLS & NOTIONS

5 mm (H-8) Hook – Check out my favorite crochet hooks!
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Stitch markers (2 total – You can get through without stitch markers but they will help.)

GAUGE

16 sts x 10 rows = 4 inches x 4 inches.

Pattern for Gauge: Ch 18

Row 1 – In second ch from hook, place (1 sc, 1 dc), sk 1 ch. [ (1 sc, 1 dc) in next ch, sk following ch]. Repeat inside brackets until 1 chain remains. In last chain, place 1 sc. (17 sts)

Row 2 – Ch 1, turn. Place (1 sc, 1 dc) in first st, sk 1 st. [ (1 sc, 1 dc) in BLO of next st, sk 1 st]. Repeat inside brackets until 1 st remains. 1 sc in last st. (17 sts)

Repeat Row 2 through Row 10.  Swatch to match gauge will have 17 sts and measure approximately 4.25 inches wide.

Note: I am a tight crocheter, so my tension is usually tighter than others. Learn more about gauge and what this means here.

Size(s)

SizeLengthWidth
Toddler40 inches4 inches
Child/Tween50 inches5 inches
Teen/Adult S60 inches6 inches
Adult L70 inches6 inches

ABBREVIATIONS (US TERMS)

  • Ch – Chain
  • Sc – Single Crochet
  • Hdc – Half Double Crochet
  • Dc – Double Crochet
  • BLO – Back Loop Only
  • 3LO – 3rd Loop Only
  • Sk – Skip
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • Sl st – Slip Stitch
  • RS – Right Side
  • WS – Wrong Side
  • […] – Repeats are listed inside brackets
  • (…) – Indicates to work all stitches in the same stitch.
  • (…) – Stitch counts are listed at the end of the row in ( ) and bold italics.

NOTES

  • Chain 1 at start of row does not count as a stitch.
  • The pattern requires a multiple of 2 stitches + 1 stitch. 
  • Working in the Back Loop Only and 3rd Loop Only when instructed is important for creating both the subtle ribbing in the length of the scarf and in the ribbing at the ends. 
  • Using stitch markers when instructed will help with the edge ribbing and knowing when to stop repeating the repeat instructions.

Suzette Stitch – Tutorial

This free crochet scarf pattern uses mostly the Suzette Stitch throughout, which has a beautiful sort of scalloped zig-zag texture. There is a twist on the Suzette Stitch, though. We work all stitches into the Back Loop Only to create the interesting ribbed texture.

Before starting this pattern, you can check out my Suzette Stitch tutorial, which goes through how to work the stitch without modifications. This will help you understand the Suzette Stitch and therefore how it’s modified.

How to Read this Crochet Scarf Pattern

All 4 sizes for this pattern are on one set of instructions to keep this crochet scarf pattern short and clear.

The starting chains/ row repeats/ stitch counts/ measurements will all be listed in order of size from smallest to biggest. Instructions for sizes bigger than Toddler size are shown in parenthesis (…) and in order of size: Toddler (Child/Tween, Teen/Adult S, Adult L).

For example, with the starting chains: “Ch 144 (182, 220, 258)”. You will chain: 144 for Toddler (182 for Child/Tween, 220 for Teen/Adult S, 258 for Adult L).

Row 1 Stitch Count: (143 (181, 219, 257)). You will have (143 sts for Toddler (181 sts for Child/Tween, 219 sts for Teen/Adult S, 257 sts for Adult L)).

Special Technique – Third Loop Only (3LO) and Back Loop Only (BLO)

In this crochet scarf pattern, we use 3LO and BLO to manipulate the stitches so that they rest a certain way.

Throughout the pattern, we will be placing most stitches in the BLO to create interesting textured ribbing through the entirety of the scarf. We use 3LO with half double crochets for the ribbing on the edges of the scarf.

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

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.

This image shows the back loop of a single crochet highlighted yellow with an arrow going through it to indicate we will work in the back loop only.

In the image above, we see a single crochet from the top down. The back loop of the stitch is highlighted yellow with a black arrow going through this loop. This indicates that we will work in the “BLO” or back loop only.

The third loop of half double crochet’s 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.

In the image above, the front loop of the half double crochet is highlighted bright pink and the 3rd Loop is highlighted orange. We will work only into this orange loop when instructed to place a stitch in “3LO”.

The Casey Scarf – Free Crochet Scarf Pattern

Ch 144 (182, 220, 258)

Row 1 – In second ch from hook, place 1 hdc. 1 hdc in each of the next 5 (7, 9, 9) chs. Place st marker in 6th (8th, 10th, 10th) hdc to mark ribbing. (1 sc, 1 dc) in next ch. [ Sk 1 ch, (1 sc, 1 dc) in next ch ]. Repeat inside brackets until 8 (10, 12, 12) chs remain. Sk 1 ch, 1 sc in next ch. 1 hdc each of the remaining 6 (8, 10, 10) chs. Place st marker in first of 6 (8, 10, 10) hdc’s to mark ribbing. (143 (181, 219, 257))

Row 2 – Ch 1, turn. 1 hdc in 3LO first st, 1 hdc in 3LO each of the next 5 (7, 9, 9) sts. (1 sc, 1 dc) in BLO of next st,  [ sk 1 st, (1 sc, 1 dc) in BLO of next st ]. Repeat inside brackets until 2 sts remain prior to marked st (or until 8 (10, 12, 12) total sts remain prior to end of row). Sk 1 st, 1 sc in BLO of next st. 1 hdc in 3LO each of the remaining 6 (8, 10, 10) sts. (157 (197, 237, 277))

Rows 3 through 10 (14, 16, 16)OR until scarf measures approximately 4 (5, 6, 6) inches wide (or desired scarf width) – Repeat Row 2.

Do not cut yarn, continue with border.

Border

Round 1 – Ch 1. Do not turn but rotate to work along the short edge of the scarf (sides of the hdcs). [ 1 sc in side of hdc, 2 sc in side of next hdc ]. Repeat inside brackets across the short edge.

At end of short edge, ch 2 and rotate to work along the bottom of the chains. Place 1 sc in the bottom of each chain and in each skipped chain across.

TIP: Treat the skipped chain as a chain 1 space: Simply insert your hook under the chain. No need to find specific loops of the chain. Black arrows in the image below go through these skipped chains. Black dots indicate the bottom of chains worked into.

At the end, ch 2 and rotate to work along the short edge. [ 1 sc in side of hdc, 2 sc in side of next hdc ]. Repeat inside brackets across the short edge.

At the end, ch 2 and rotate to work along the final long side. Place 1 sc in each st across. At the end, ch 2 and sl st to first sc made in border to close. (316 (404, 486, 562))

Tie off, cut yarn and weave ends. You’re done!

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