This stylish plaid scarf is much easier to crochet than it looks! Free pattern and photo tutorial. This post contains affiliate links when possible and was first shared at Darice.
Plaid is back in a big way right now, and I’m getting in on the trend with a new crochet pattern for you all today. I’m not always a big fan of plaid. I don’t like small or busy plaid prints, but there is something about a large scale, graphic plaid that has always appealed to me.
My windowpane plaid crochet scarf has high contrast (hello, black and white, my faves!) and a nice open design, soooo I pretty much love it.
If you are worried that you are going to have to learn some crazy new stitches to pull off this intricate plaid design, you are worrying in vain because this, my friends, is one of the easiest scarfs ever. Seriously. If you can make a chain, a double crochet, and work a yarn needle, then you have this one in the bag.
Ready to give it a go? Let’s do this!
- Worsted weight yarn in two colors. I used Darice Silky Soft Yarn in Black (3 balls) and White (2 balls).
- Size I (5.50 mm) crochet hook
- Yarn Needle
This scarf is created using the same woven crochet technique I used in the Woven Tassel Pillow. It is a really simple technique that has a lot of potential for unique designs.
For this plaid design you begin by crocheting crochet a mesh base for your scarf, then you go back and weave in the spaces to create the plaid design.
Row 1: Starting with black yarn and your I (5.50 mm) hook, chain 52, skip 3 ch (counts as first dc and ch 1), dc, *ch 1, skip next ch, dc, repeat from * until you reach end of chain (26 dcs, 25 ch 1 spcs).
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc and ch 1), dc in next dc, *ch 1, dc in next dc, repeat from *until end of row (26 dcs, 25 ch 1 spcs).
Rows 3 on: Repeat Row 2 until you reach your desired length. I worked 102 rows for a scarf about four feet long. To create the windowpane pattern of the scarf, you need to change yarn colors following this pattern: *6 rows of black, 2 rows of white, 2 rows of black, 1 row of white, 6 rows of black, 1 row of white, 2 rows of black, 2 rows of white, repeat from * ending with 6 rows of black until scarf reaches desired length.
When you have reached the end of the scarf, use the yarn needle to weave in all those ends.
Now it’s time for the fun part – creating the plaid design! Start by cutting a length of yarn more than twice the length of your scarf. Fold that piece in half and thread the yarn needle onto the open end. Pull the looped end through one of the bottom corner mesh spaces of the scarf and then pull the other end through the loop using the needle to join the yarn onto the scarf (see photo below).
Then weave the doubled up piece of yarn through the mesh alternating over and under the mesh. Make sure not to pull the yarn too tight so you avoid any bunching in the scarf.
When you get to the other end, double knot the piece of yarn (again, don’t pull too tight!) and weave in the ends. Repeat this process for each mesh column following this color pattern: 3 columns of black, 2 columns of white, 2 columns of black, 1 column of white, 6 columns of black, 2 columns of white, 2 columns of black, 1 column of white, 6 columns of black.
Pretty soon you will have a beautiful plaid pattern.
If you like, your scarf can be all done at this point, but I decided to finish mine off with tassels (because who doesn’t love tassels?). I added one tassel to the bottom of each column and matched the color of the tassel to the yarn used in that column.
To add tassels, just take two lengths of yarn more than double your desired tassel length. Fold the two lengths in half and pull that folded loop through the end of the scarf. Pull the tail ends through the loop to attach the tassel to the scarf.
Finally, trim all your tassels to the same length.
And how cute is it on my little model in her adorable plaid dress. Plaid on plaid? I say yes!
This woven plaid technique could of course be done in whatever colors and patterns your little heart desires, and don’t limit yourself to scarves either! Baby blankets, pillows, afghans – the sky’s the limit!
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