A hooded scarf is a fun, fashionable accessory for autumn and winter. You can crochet this practical project as long as you have a skein of yarn, some basic crocheting knowledge, and a few spare hours. Note that this article has been written using American crochet terminology.
Part One: Make the Scarf
Create a foundation chain. Attach the yarn to your crochet hook with a slip knot, then work up a foundation chain of 200 chain stitches. If you don’t know how to make a slip knot or chain stitch, see the “Tips” section for instructions.
This scarf is worked lengthwise, so the length of your chain will be the length of your finished scarf. You can make the chain longer or shorter depending on your desired length, but the number of chain stitches you choose should be a multiple of two.
Single crochet in each stitch. For the first official row, work one single crochet into the second chain from the hook, then in each of the remaining stitches across the row. When you reach the end of the row, turn the work over.
If you do not know how to single crochet, check the “Tips” section for more help.
For this row, the “right” side of the scarf should face you.
Work a series of single crochets and chains for the next row. Chain one, then single crochet once into the first stitch of the previous row. For the remainder of the row, chain one, skip a stitch, then single crochet once into the stitch after that. Repeat that pattern until you reach the end of the row, then turn the work over.
For this row, the “wrong” side of the scarf should face you. From now on, each row you crochet should alternate back and forth between the “right” and “wrong” sides.
Work a similar series of single crochets and chains. For the third row, chain once, then single crochet into the first stitch of the first chain-one space of the previous row. For the remainder of the row, repeat the following pattern: chain one, skip the next stitch, then single crochet into the next chain-one space.
Single crochet in the last stitch and turn the work over when you reach the end of the row.
Single crochet and chain stitch across the fourth row. Work one chain stitch, then make one single crochet in the first stitch of the previous row. For the remainder of the row, chain one, skip a stitch, then single crochet into the next chain-one space of the previous row. Repeat until you reach the last to stitches.
For the last two stitches, chain one, skip a stitch, and single crochet into the last stitch.
Turn at the end of the row.
Repeat the previous two rows. To complete rows five and six, repeat the same steps you used to complete rows three and four.
For row five, chain one, then single crochet once into the first stitch. Chain one, skip a stitch, and single crochet into the stitch after that; follow this pattern until you reach the end of the row.
For row six, chain one, then single crochet into the first stitch. After that, chain one, skip a stitch, then single crochet into the next chain-one space; repeat this pattern until you reach the end of the row.
Single crochet across the seventh row. Chain once, then single crochet once into each stitch and each chain-one space. Continue until you reach the end of the row.
Turn the work again at the end of each row.
Repeat as needed. Follow the steps used to complete rows two through seven as often as needed until you reach your desired scarf width.
A good width for your scarf is 5.5 inches (14 cm), but you can make it skinnier or fatter according to your own sense of style.
Fasten off the scarf. Cut the yarn, leaving a tail measuring about 3 inches (7.6 cm). Pull this tail through the loop on your hook to knot the scarf and fasten it off.
Hide the rest of the tail by weaving it into the underside of the scarf.
Part Two: Make the Hood
Create a foundation chain. Reattach the yarn to the hook using a slip knot. Work a foundation chain of 60 stitches.
The foundation chain will need to be long enough to extend from one shoulder, over the top of your head, and down to the other shoulder. If this chain is not long enough, add more chain stitches. Make sure that the amount of stitches in your foundation chain equals an even number.
Half double crochet into each stitch. Work one half double crochet into the front of the second chain from the hook. For the rest of the row, half double crochet into the back of the next stitch, then into the front of the stitch after that.
Chain one when you reach the end of the row, then turn the work over.
If you do not know how to make a half double crochet, check the “Tips” section for additional help.
Work another series of half double crochets for the remaining rows. For the second row, work one half double crochet into the front of the first stitch. Half double crochet into the back of the next stitch, then into the front of the stitch after that; repeat this pattern across the rest of the row. Chain once, then turn.
Repeat this pattern until you have a total of 18 rows.
Cut the yarn. Leave a tail measuring roughly 1.5 feet (45.7 cm) long. You will need to use this tail to stitch the hood together, so it needs to be close to the same length as your hood rectangle.
Sew the hood seam. Fold the hood in half crosswise. Use a threaded yarn needle to whip stitch along one side of the hood, from the open mouth up to the fold.
If you do not know how to whip stitch using yarn, check the “Tips” section for further instruction.
Flatten out the top. When you get to the top of the hood, gently poke the top corner inward, creating a flat triangle. Stitch across the outside of this triangle with your threaded yarn needle.
This step is not strictly necessary, but it does allow the hood to sit flat on top of your head. If you skip this step, the hood will come to a rigid point behind your head, instead.
Part Three: Join the Pieces
Fold the scarf in half crosswise. The wrong sides should face out, and the right side should face in.
Line up the scarf and hood. Flip the hood so that the right side is turned in. Flatten it along its seam, then line it up with your folded scarf so that the center of the hood lines up with the center of the folded scarf. Pin the scarf and hood together to secure them in place.
Stitch the two pieces together. Use a threaded yarn needle to whip stitch the edge of the hood to the scarf along the shared border.
You will need at least 1.5 feet (45.7 cm) of yarn to attach the hood to the scarf.
Make sure that you only stitch one side of the hood to one side of the scarf. Work carefully and do not stitch two sides of the hood together or two sides of the scarf together.
When done, weave any remaining yarn into the back side of your hood to hide it.
Flatten the seam. Turn the hood and the scarf right side out again. Place the hood between two damp towels and let it remain there until the towels and scarf are all dry.
The towels only need to be damp, not soaked. If the towels are too wet, the scarf may take an excessive amount of time to dry.
You do not need to cover the entire scarf. Only the seams need to be covered.
This part of the process is not strictly necessary, either, but doing it can make the seams less visible.
Try it on. Your hooded scarf should be complete and ready to wear.
To make a slip knot:
Cross the attached end of the yarn over the loose end, creating a loop.
Push the attached side of the yarn into this loop, drawing it through from back to front and creating a second loop. Tug on the first loop to tighten it around the second loop.
Insert the crochet hook into the second loop and tighten it in place.
To work a chain stitch:
Wrap the attached side of the yarn onto the hook above the loop already on it.
Pull this yarn through the loop on your hook to complete the stitch.
To single crochet:
Insert the hook into the indicated stitch.
Catch the yarn with your hook from the back and pull it through to the front of the stitch. There should be two loops on your hook now.
Wrap the yarn over the hook
Pull the yarn-over through both loops on your hook to complete the stitch.
To work a half double crochet:
Yarn over the hook, then insert the hook through the indicated stitch.
Wrap the yarn over the hook again and pull that yarn-over through to the front of the stitch.
Yarn over the hook once more, then pull this yarn-over through all three loops on your hook to finish the stitch.
To make a whip stitch:
Knot the yarn onto one of the two edges to be joined. Thread the opposite end of the yarn through the yarn needle.
Insert the threaded yarn needle through the front and back loops of the edge not attached to the tail.
Draw the needle through the next set of front and back loops on the edge of your attached end, then immediately draw it through the next set of front and back loops on the edge of your unattached end. This completes one whip stitch.
Repeat as needed, then knot the yarn at the end.
Things You’ll Need
Crochet hook, size J or K
Worsted weight yarn, one skein
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