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Joya Scarf: Free Modern Crochet Scarf Pattern

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The Joya Scarf is a modern crochet scarf pattern with a simple but gorgeous texture, and a unique construction too!

Start at the centre with a diamond shape and then work your way out until you reach your desired length. The tassels at each point add the perfect finishing touch.

This pattern is written for one size, but it is very easy to customize the width and length – you’ll find all the details in the pattern below.


What you’ll need to crochet this modern scarf

Yarn

For this scarf, you will need any #4/Worsted/Medium weight yarn. I used WeCrochet Provincial Tweed in the colorway Frozen Pond. I love how the tweed flecks combined with the superwash wool add another layer of texture to the stitch pattern.

I used approx. 500 yds / 457m or 2 skeins of this yarn but depending on the yarn that you choose, as well as your gauge, you may use slightly more or less. 

Some great alternative yarns include:

Hook

For my scarf, I used a 5mm (H-8) hook. While gauge is not critical for this project, it is still a good idea to take a quick gauge measurement after working the first 4 rounds, just to make sure you are on the right track!

Other Supplies

You will also need a yarn needle to weave in those ends, and 4 stitch markers to mark each “corner” of the diamond.

How to crochet this modern scarf

One of my favorite things about this scarf is it’s really unique construction. Rather than working lengthways as we would typically do for a scarf, with this one we start in the center and work our way outwards. 

First, we work the center diamond in turned rounds. Next we switch to working in rows to extend the length of the scarf on the left hand side. And finally, we repeat the same rows to extend the width the right hand side!

I would really encourage you to use stitch markers to mark each of the 4 diamond “corners” – it really makes things so much easier and means less stitch counting which in my book is always a plus!

I decided to add some simple tassels to my scarf as I think it adds a fabulous finishing touch, but this step is optional of course ☺

Scarf Customization

This scarf is so easy to customize! For example, instead of making a scarf, you could also use this pattern to make a gorgeous wrap. 

Simply work a few extra rounds in the “Center Diamond” section (an extra 4 rounds should do the trick) and follow the rest of the pattern from there! You could also make the scarf longer by simply working more rows on both the right and left hand sides of the diamond.

Special Stitches used in this pattern

While simple stitches (hdc and dc) form the basis of this scarf pattern, there are a few extra, more involved stitches that you will need to know:

  • Decrease stitches: when we start working the rows to extend the length on each side, we want to maintain the same scarf width. We do this by working decreases at the start and end of each row:
    • hdc3tog (half double crochet 3 together) at the start and end of each hdc row.
    • dc3tog (double crochet 3 together) at the start and end of each dc row.
  • Third Loop: working into the “third loop” is what gives us the lovely raised “knit-look” texture on the hdc rows. As we are working in rows, the “third loop” will be at the front of our work.

The print-friendly pattern PDF includes stitch charts for the diamond and left/right sections – I love these charts to help me to visualize stitch placement!

Joya Crochet Scarf Video

You can find a full video tutorial for this pattern here:

[VIDEO LINK HERE]


Joya Diamond Scarf

Free Crochet Scarf Pattern


Finished Measurements

One size
Width: 9.75″ / 25cm
Length: 66.5″ / 169cm


Pattern Notes

Skill Level

Please read through the entire pattern before beginning.

Construction

  • This scarf is worked from the center outwards as follows:
    • Center Diamond: First work the center diamond in turned rounds.
    • Left Side: Extend the width of the diamond on the left hand side.
    • Right Side: Extend the width of the diamond on the right hand side.
  • The print-friendly PDF also features detailed Stitch Charts for each section.

General Pattern Notes

  • The stitch count for each row/round is given in brackets [ ] at the end of the row/round. If no stitch count is given, then the count is the same as the previous row/round.
  • Ch 1 at the start of a row/round does not count as a stitch.
  • Ch 2 at the start of a row/round does not count as a stitch.
  • Ch 3 at the start of a row/round counts as 1 dc.
  • Ch 4 at the start of a row/round counts as 1 tr.
  • Use stitch markers to mark each corner of the diamond, move the markers up on each round.
  • For the rounds where you will work in the “third loop” (see Special Stitches below), you may find it helpful to place a stitch marker in this loop on the first hdc of the previous round.

Adjustments

Width: To make the scarf wider/narrower simply work more/less rounds in the Center Diamond section, ensuring that you end on a “dc” round.

Length: To make the scarf longer/shorter simply work more/less rows on both the Left and Right sections, ensuring that you work an equal number of rows on each side.


Gauge

For this pattern, it is easier to measure gauge on the center diamond rather than in stitches and rows.

After 4 rounds, the center diamond will measure approx:

  • 6″ / 15 cm from corner to corner on the long diagonal
  • 4″ / 10cm from corner to corner on the shorter diagonal

Materials

Yarn

Any #4/Worsted/Medium weight yarn.

The amount given here is for WeCrochet Provincial Tweed (250yds/229m per 100g skein; Weight: #4/Worsted/Medium; 80% Fine Superwash Highland Wool, 20% Donegal Tweed).

Yarn required (incl. tassels): 500 yds / 457m

Hook

5mm (H-8) (or hook required to meet gauge)

Other Items

  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch markers x 4

Abbreviations (US)

  • ch = chain
  • st = stitch
  • sk = skip
  • tch = turning chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • tr = treble crochet 
  • sc3tog = single crochet three together (see Special Stitches)
  • hdc3tog = half double crochet three together (see Special Stitches)
  • dc3tog = double crochet three together (see Special Stitches)
  • third loop (see Special Stitches)
  • rem = remaining
  • patt = pattern
  • beg = beginning

Special Stitches

Single Crochet 3 Together (sc3tog)

Step 1: Insert hook into indicated st, yarn over and pull up a loop. [2 loops on hook]

Step 2: Insert hook into next st, yarn over and pull up a loop. [3 loops on hook]

Step 3: Insert hook into next st, yarn over and pull up a loop. [4 loops on hook]

Step 4: Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops.

Half Double Crochet 3 Together (hdc3tog)

Note: this is a modified hdc3tog in that the second and third legs do not have a “yarn over” as you normally would for a hdc st. This is done to make the stitch a little less bulky.

Step 1: Yarn over, insert hook into indicated st, yarn over and pull up a loop. [3 loops on hook]

Step 2: [Insert hook into next st, yarn over and pull up a loop] twice. [5 loops on hook]

Step 3: Yarn over and pull through all 5 loops.

Double Crochet 3 Together (dc3tog)

Step 1: Yarn over, insert hook into indicated st, yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops. [2 loops on hook]

Step 2: [Yarn over, insert hook into next st, yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops] twice. [4 loops on hook]

Step 3: Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops.

Third Loop

When working a stitch in the “third loop”, you will work the stitch as normal but instead of working into the front and back loops, you will work into the extra or “third” loop of the hdc. When working in rows, as in this pattern, the “third loop” will always be at the front of your work.


Written Pattern

  1. Center Diamond

Round 1: Begin with a magic circle, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 hdc, dc, tr (pm to marker corner), dc, 2 hdc, dc (pm to mark corner), 2 hdc, dc, tr (pm to mark corner), dc, 2 hdc, sl st to join to top of beg ch-3, turn. [16]

Round 2: Ch 4 (counts as 1 tr, here and throughout), dc in top of tch-3, dc in each st to next corner st, (2 dc, tr, 2 dc) in corner st, dc in each st to next corner st, (dc, tr, dc) in corner st, dc in each st to next corner st, (2 dc, tr, 2 dc) in corner st, dc in each of next 3 sts, dc in same tch-3 as first dc, sl st to top of beg ch-4, turn. [28]

Round 3: Ch 1 (does not count as a st, here and throughout), 2 hdc in top of tch-4, hdc in each st to next corner st, 5 hdc in corner st, hdc in each st to next corner st, 3 hdc in corner st, hdc in each st to next corner st, 5 hdc in corner st, hdc in each rem st, hdc in top of turn tch-4, sl st to top of first hdc, turn. [40]

Round 4: Ch 4, dc (third loop) in join st, dc (third loop) in each st to next corner st, (2 dc, tr, 2 dc) (all in third loop) in corner st, dc (third loop) in each st to next corner st, (dc, tr, dc) (all in third loop) in corner st, dc (third loop) in each st to next corner st, (2 dc, tr, 2 dc) (all in third loop) in corner st, dc (third loop) in each of next 3 sts, dc (third loop) in join st, sl st to top of beg ch-4, turn. [52]

Rounds 5-10: Repeat previous 2 rounds.

Each round will increase the stitch count by 12. [Stitch count at end of Round 10: 124]

Do not fasten off. Leave all stitch markers in place, including the one marking the tch-4 at the beg of Round 10.

  1. Left Side

Row 1: Ch 2 (does not count as a st, here and throughout), hdc3tog (working first leg in top of tch-4, and second and third legs in next 2 sts), hdc in each st to next corner st, 5 hdc in corner st, hdc in each st until 2 sts rem before next corner st, hdc3tog in next 3 sts, turn. [63]

Row 2: Ch 2, dc3tog (third loop) in first 3 sts, dc (third loop) in each st to next corner st, (2 dc, tr, 2 dc) (all in third loop) in corner st, dc (third loop) in each st until 3 sts rem, dc3tog (third loop) in last 3 sts, turn.

Row 3: Ch 2, hdc3tog in first 3 sts, hdc in each st to next corner st, 5 hdc in corner st, hdc in each st until 3 sts rem, hdc3tog in last 3 sts, turn.

Rows 4-35: Repeat previous 2 rows.

Row 36: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc3tog in first 3 sts, sc in each st across until 3 sts rem, sc3tog in last st. [59]

Fasten off.

  1. Right Side

With RS facing, join yarn to marked dc at the bottom of your work i.e. the marked st on the opposite side to the tch-4 from Round 10.

Row 1: Ch 2, hdc3tog (working first leg in join st, and second and third legs in next 2 sts), hdc in each st to next corner st, 5 hdc in corner st, hdc in each st until 2 sts rem before marked tch-4, hdc3tog in next 3 sts (working last leg in top of tch-4), turn. [63]

Rows 2-36: Work as per Left Side.


Finishing

Block scarf to measurements. Weave in ends. Attach a tassel to each point if desired.

All done!


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I hope you have enjoyed this pattern, if you have questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me. And be sure to tag your finished project on Instagram or Facebook using @nedandmimi or #nedandmimi!

Happy crocheting!

Sarah