Crochet Ribbed Scarf. It’s like knitting, only better!

December 1, 2010 by Jenn

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Knitted scarves are beautiful and soft, but they take FOREVER to make (to a crocheter anyway). Crochet scarves are often kinda awkward and stiff; crochet is more dense than knitting, and doesn’t have the same softness and drape. So started my quest to find the perfect way to crochet a scarf.

I experimented with a lot of stitches to find one that would look nice (on both sides of the piece, because who wants a one-sided scarf?), would feel nice (not too dense, and with soft and smooth stitches), and that wouldn’t take too long to make.

There were a few stitches that fit one or two of those categories; there is a single crochet ribbing technique that has a nice look and feel, but single crocheting an entire scarf can take awhile. Tunisian stitches are very soft and beautiful on one side, but they are also very dense and stiff, and the backside is very messy.

What I finally settled on is this beautiful variation of a half double crochet stitch. I love the look and feel of scarves made using this stitch. And the stitch is super fun and easy! What this half double crochet variation does is allow the top of the crochet stitch , which looks like a line of knitting, to appear as ribs of the scarf:

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Here’s how it’s done:

1. Start with a row of half double crochet (hdc).

2. The following rows will all be worked in the hdc variation. The only difference between a normal hdc and this variation is in where you insert your hook. Hdc stitches create an extra horizontal bar below the ‘V’ where you would normally insert your hook. For this hdc variation, you will insert the hook around that horizontal bar instead of through the V. See below for pictures and more explanation.

Some pictures to help:

Here’s where the hook is typically inserted into your work (but this is NOT how you will do this scarf).

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And here is where you put your scarf for this hdc variation. Insert the hook through the horizontal bar below the V where you would normally push your hook through. I’ve highlighted the horizontal bars in purple:

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Aside from inserting the hook in a different spot, the stitch is exactly like a regular half double crochet. That’s all there is to it!  Just half double crochet the entire piece, but keep inserting the hook into the horizontal bar below the V where you would normally insert the hook.

**You won’t really see the ribbing effect until after a few rows. So don’t give up on it too soon!

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What pretty crochet ribbing :) I love using this stitch for scarves, but it’s also beautiful for blankets. I’m sure there are other applications as well, play around with it and let me know what you come up with! Also, if anything is unclear, feel free to ask for some help or clarification. Thanks for reading :)

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541 thoughts on “Crochet Ribbed Scarf. It’s like knitting, only better!

  1. connie says:

    Is very beautiful but I’m going to say one thing I could never do anything like that is very lovely I will be proud to say I would love to be doing something like that it’s just too difficult for me

  2. Millye says:

    Hi! I’m done with the scarf i really love it!! Vut im not sure how to finish… I mean the last row if i do just HDC like the very first for it to be equal, it wont look the same because if the chain on the firts row… I want it to be as perfectly reflected as possible top or bottom! So how can i do the last row to finish this?
    Thanks 😊😊

  3. Diana says:

    I’d like you to know that I could not figure this out until I was lucky enough to find your video. Thank you ever so much.

  4. Cookieee says:

    Made this to go with a hat for my 26 year old grandson’s birthday. Black and grey stripes. My ends didn’t come out as smooth as yours so I hid them with a cross border. Thanks, always fun to learn new stitches.

    • Bernabybee says:

      Same here Cookieee. I’ve followed instructions here and on YouTube, including how to do the ends, but the ends just don’t look right. May I ask what kind of border you did to hide them?

  5. mary says:

    i must be stupid but i still don’t get it….I cannot figure out where to pick up the thread

  6. Anonymous says:

    Would i be able to adapt this in the round for a mans hat? This is great!

  7. Shelly says:

    Thanks for posting this, love how it looks. Using it for Christmas gifts 2016!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I looked at a similar scarf and with thicker yarn (wool blend) I started mine with a chain of 200, hdc with a 1 chain turn on the ends. Hope this helps.

  9. Joyce says:

    How many chains do I make, what size hook and what kind of yarn was used?

    • Lola says:

      I used a I hook and chained 60 inches to start but you can make your chain how ever long you want. I make a regular hdc in the last stitch of each row to finish it. I watch a youtube video and liked the way it looked. Hope I helped.

  10. Becky says:

    I can’t seem to get the turns right