25 Free Chunky Scarf Crochet Patterns

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If you love a quick and satisfying crochet project, then this list of free chunky scarf crochet patterns is sure to have something for you!

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced crocheter, these scarf patterns are perfect for anyone looking for a quick win ☺

Each of the crochet patterns in the list below uses either bulky or super bulky yarn so they work up so, so quickly and they’re perfect for keeping warm and cozy in cooler months. 

A chunky crochet scarf also makes a great handmade gift, especially if you have more than a few people to crochet for!

What you’ll need to make a chunky crochet scarf

Yarn

For maximum coziness, choose a bulky or super bulky weight yarn for your scarf. Each of the patterns below list a recommended yarn and brand; you can use this as a starting point but feel free to make substitutions to suit your own personal preferences. 

In general when substituting yarn, it’s a good idea to stick as closely as possible to the same yarn weight and fiber content as the yarn listed in the pattern. This gives you the best chance for your scarf to turn out like the one in the picture!

Handy tip: if you can’t get your hands on bulky weight yarn, you can always make your own by holding two strands of worsted weight yarn together.

The exact yarn that you choose will depend a lot of personal preference and whether you need to take allergies into account. Acrylic yarn is often a great choice for chunky scarfs for several reasons:

  • it are very cost-effective (very important if you have lots of gifts to make!)
  • acrylic yarn is very easily dyed so it is often available in huge array of colors
  • it is easy to wash and care for

If wool allergies are not a concern, then you can’t beat wool or merino yarn for warmth. And often you may find a wool/acrylic blend is a great option for balancing the coziness of wool with the cost and washability of acrylic.

Some of my favorite yarns for chunky crochet scarves include:

How much yarn will I need for a chunky crochet scarf?

The amount of yarn you will need will depend on the size of your scarf, the stitch pattern you choose, and the weight of your yarn. In general (and this is just a very rough number!), an average adult sized scarf made with a bulky weight yarn will require approximately 200-400 yards of yarn.

All of the patterns below list the required yardage for the pattern, so even if you don’t end up using the exact same yarn as the one listed in the pattern, you will still be able to purchase the correct amount.

When working with bulky weight yarns especially, it is no harm to purchase an extra skein just in case. And if you do happen to have a little bit of yarn left over after making your scarf, you can always use it to make a matching hat or a headband so it doesn’t go to waste ☺.

Hook

For chunky crochet scarves, you are probably going to require a larger hook than you may be used to! In general, you will need a crochet hook size of 9mm to 12mm, depending on the yarn used in the pattern, and the gauge listed by the designer.

All of the designs below list a recommended hook size to use for that particular scarf pattern, but you are free to adjust your hook based on your own gauge and style of crocheting. 

Other Supplies

You’ll also need a scissors and a yarn needle (for weaving in those ends!). When making a scarf, it’s also really helpful to have a long measuring tape to keep track of the scarf width and length as you work.


Crochet Scarf Sizes

One of the best thing about crochet scarves is that they can almost any size that you wish! Once you have decided on your stitch pattern, you have so much flexibility in terms of how width and long you want your scarf to be.

How wide should a chunky scarf be?

In general, an adult size scarf will be about 8”/20cm wide. But for a “skinny” scarf, you can go all the way down to 4”/10cm or for an extra wide “super scarf”, you can take the width up to 10”/25cm (or even a bit more!)

When using a bulky or super bulky weight yarn, your scarf is going to be quite thick and heavy naturally, so bear in mind that if you make it too wide it may be difficult to wrap around!

How long should a chunky scarf be?

Again, you have a lot of leeway here, and one of the great things about crocheting a scarf is that you can literally keep going until your scarf is long enough!

A regular length adult scarf will be approx. 60”/152cm long but feel free to adjust this measurement based on the size and height of the person who will be wearing it.

A note on scarfs for children: Long scarfs can be a tripping or choking hazard for children so it is important to be very cautious when making a scarf for a child. A simple cowl or snood might be a better option, especially for a very young child.

And now, on to the list!

25 Free Chunky Crochet Scarf Patterns

Here are some of my favorite free chunky crochet scarf patterns. Each of the patterns below creates a warm and cozy winter accessory, and works up quickly for a satisfying project for crocheters of all levels.


I hope you have taken some inspiration from these projects, happy crocheting!

Sarah