Minimalist Crochet Scarf | Free Pattern

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Do you ever have trouble just starting a project because you can’t pick a color palette? Whenever this happens to me, I know I need to just go back to basics. And it doesn’t get more basic than black and white 🙂 I love the clean lines and woven look of this minimalist crochet scarf; I just think it looks so stylish but in an effortless sort of way.

Crochet Scarf, black and white, collage

This scarf is easy-as-pie to crochet – there is just a one row repeat of the moss stitch for the entire scarf. I especially love how alternating colors in this stitch pattern gives the appearance of vertical stripes, but without the awkward color changes!

Crochet Scarf, black and white, worn wrapped

I decided to make my scarf pretty long so it could be easily wrapped around once, or even twice to make it extra cosy.

Crochet scarf, black and white, on rug

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This crochet scarf uses about 550yds/600m of worsted/medium/#4 yarn. I used Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran which is available in over 50 shades so you are sure to find something that you like. Or if you have analysis paralysis with your color choices, just go for black and white!

Crochet scarf, black and white, on rug


Skill Level


  • The scarf is worked from the short edge until the required length is reached. Tassels are added at the end.
  • To make the scarf longer/shorter, the easiest place to add/subtract rows is in the middle color block section.
  • To make the scarf wider/narrower simply add/subtract any multiple of 2 to/from your starting chain.

Color Changes

  • When you change color, you will carry the unworked yarn along the top of your stitches so that you are ready to pick this yarn up again for the next row.
  • A photo tutorial is included below if you would like more detail on the color changes.

Additional Notes

  • Ch 1 at the start of each row does count as a stitch
  • Stitch counts are given in [ ] at the end of each row.
Crochet Scarf, black and white, worn wrapped
Crochet Scarf, black and white, worn wrapped

Finished Measurements

Width: 8.5” / 21.5cm

Length (excl. tassels): 70” / 178cm


18 stitches x 16 rows = 4” x 4”/10cm x 10cm over moss st pattern


Hook: 5mm/H-8

Yarn: Any Aran/Worsted/#4 weight yarn

The amounts given here are for Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran (184m/201yds per 100g skein; Weight 4/Aran; 100% Acrylic)

  • Contrast Color (CC): Pure Black – 240m/260yds – 130g – 2 skeins
  • Main Color (MC): Champagne White – 315m/340yds – 170g – 2 skeins

Misc: Yarn Needle

Abbreviations (US Terms)

ch = chain

st = stitch

sp = space

sc = single crochet

beg = beginning

MC = Main Color

CC = Contrast Color

Written Pattern

Foundation Chain: Using CC, chain 40.

ROW 1: Sc in third ch from hook, *ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next st; repeat from *, turn [39]

ROW 2: Ch 2 (counts as one sc and one ch-1), sk first st, sc in next ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sk next st, sc in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * ending with 1 sc in beg ch-3 sp, turn. [39]

ROW 3: Ch 2 (counts as one sc and one ch-1), sk first st, sc in next ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sk next st, sc in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * ending with 1 sc in  beg ch-2 sp, turn. [39]

ROWS 4 – 278:

Repeat ROW 3 using the following color scheme:

Note: please see Color Change Tutorial below for details on how to change color, and how to carry the non-working yarn in between rows.

CC 36
Alternate MC/CC (End on CC. Cut CC.) 24
MC 11
Alternate CC/MC (End on CC. Cut CC.) 11
MC 114
Alternate CC/MC (End on CC. Cut CC.) 11
MC 11
Alternate CC/MC (End on MC. Cut MC.) 24
CC 36

Color Change Tutorial

1. Join new color in as follows:

Color change - step 1

2. Carry non-working yarn along the top of previous row, and work over this yarn to the end of the row.

Color change - step 2

3. At end of row, yarn over carried yarn to change back

Color change - step 3



For each end of the scarf, you will need 20 tassels (2 at each corner and 1 in each sc of the row).

Adding tassels to crochet scarf

I used 4 strands of yarn per tassel at approx. 10”/25cm in length => 80 strands for each end.

Once you  have added all the tassels, trim the ends evenly.

Weave any remaining ends.

All done!

If you wish, you can purchase an inexpensive, ad-free PDF version of this pattern through Ravelry, Etsy or LoveCrafts.

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!


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