Ridge Walk Scarf | Free Crochet Pattern

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A perfect cold-weather accessory, the Ridge Walk Scarf is a free crochet scarf pattern that’s perfect for beginners! This scarf has a gorgeous, squishy texture to keep you warm and cosy, even in the coldest temperatures.

Ridge Walk Crochet Scarf

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Ridge Walk Crochet Scarf Closeup

A perfect unisex crochet scarf

The pattern uses only one stitch to create the ridged texture. The clean, simple lines make this a great unisex scarf. The free crochet scarf pattern is written for child, teen and adult sizes, so you can make one for everyone!

When it comes to holiday gifts, you generally can’t go wrong with a scarf. And especially when it comes to the men in our lives, a scarf is a thoughtful yet practical gift. It’s not always easy to find a crochet pattern for a men’s scarf but I think that this one really ticks all the boxes.

And if you are looking for another free crochet scarf pattern that works up even faster, then this chunky striped scarf is perfect!

Ridge Walk Crochet Scarf on girl

Beginner friendly

If you can make a single crochet, then you can make this scarf! The entire pattern uses single crochet, alternated with a long single crochet (lsc). This is a very simple modification that creates the “ridge” effect.

Even if you are a complete beginner, there is a full photo tutorial at the end of the pattern. This shows you exactly where to place your hook and how to make the modified long single crochet (lsc). You may need to concentrate for the first couple of rows, but once you have mastered row 3, it’s plain sailing 🙂

Ridge Walk Crochet Scarf on girl (full length)

A great couch project

As I mentioned above, once you reach row 3, the pattern is a simple one row repeat. So, it’s perfect for chilling on the couch with some Netflix, or listening to a podcast. (You can check out my favorite crochet and knitting podcasts here.)

What you’ll need for this crochet scarf

I used Lion Brand Wool Ease (#4/medium/worsted) for my scarf and kept things simple by using one color. You can easily add your own twist with stripes or a variegated yarn. If wool isn’t your thing, then any #4 acrylic yarn would work great.

The hook size you choose will depend a little bit on if you tend to be a loose or tight crocheter. If you crochet loosely, then you should be fine with a 6mm (J-10) hook. If your crochet is a little on the tight size, you might find it easier to go up to a 6.5mm (K-10.5) hook. Whichever hook size you choose, you’ll want to ensure to pull up the “long loop” of your long sc high enough. Hint: it will probably need to be a little higher than you think!

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Skill Level


  • This scarf is worked from the bottom up.
  • Please see Appendix: Photo Tutorials for detailed instructions on how to work each row.


  • Adjust scarf width by starting with any even number of chs.
  • Adjust scarf length by repeating Row 3 until you have reached your desired length.
  • Note: I have deliberately omitted smaller sizes for this scarf as long chunky scarves can pose a trip hazard for smaller children.

Other Notes

  • Ch 1 at the start of each row does not count as a st.
  • Instructions are given for the smallest size, with all larger sizes in brackets ( ).
  • Stitch counts are given in [ ] at the end of each row.

Special Stitch

Long Single Crochet (lsc)

  1. Insert hook into indicated st, yarn over and pull up a long loop (to the height of the previous st).
  2. Yarn over and complete sc.

Note: Take care to pull up the long loop high enough. If you are finding that your scarf is a bit stiff, or that the edges are rippling, it is probably that the lsc is too short.

Finished Measurements

Child (6-10 yrs):          5.75″ x 45″ / 14.5cm x 114.5cm

Teen:                           7″ x 55″ / 18cm x 139.5cm

Adult (S):                     9″ x 70″ / 23cm x 178cm

Adult (L):                     9″ x 80″ / 23cm x 203cm


12 sts x 14 rows = 4″ x 4″ / 10cm x 10cm measured over pattern.

Note: Gauge is not critical for this project.


Hook: 6.5mm (K-10.5)

Yarn: Any #4/Medium/Worsted yarn.

The amounts given here are for Lion Brand Wool Ease in Pumpkin (197 yds (180m) per 85 g skein; #4/Medium; 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool).

Child (6-10 yrs):          290 yds / 265m (125g) – 2 skeins

Teen:                           450 yds / 411m (195g) – 3 skeins      

Adult (S):                     740 yds / 677m (319g) – 4 skeins

Adult (L):                     845 yds / 773m (365g) – 5 skeins

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Written Pattern

Abbreviations (US Terms)

ch = chain                                                                  

st = stitch                                           

sk = skip

sc = single crochet

lsc = long single crochet        

Ch 18 (22, 28, 28).                 

Row 1: Working into back bump, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. [17 (21, 27, 27)]

Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st, here and throughout), sc in first st, *lsc in front loop of ch directly beneath next st, sk st behind lsc just made, sc in next st; repeat from * across, turn. [17 (21, 27, 27)]

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, *lsc in unworked st one row below, sk st behind lsc just made, sc in next st; repeat from * across, turn.

Repeat previous row until scarf measures 45″/115cm (55″/140cm, 70″/178cm, 80″/203cm).


Cut yarn and fasten off.         

Weave in ends.

Block scarf (to straighten edges and address any curling).

All done!

Appendix: Photo Tutorials

Row 1

Work one row of single crochet into the back bump of the foundation chain

crochet scarf row 1

Row 2

  1. Ch 1, 1 sc in first st.
  2. Insert hook into front loop of foundation chain, directly beneath the next st.
  3. Yarn over and pull up a long loop.
  4. Yarn over and complete long sc (lsc).
  5. Skip st behind st just made, sc in next st.
  6. Make another lsc, working into the front loop directly beneath the next st.

Repeat e) and f) across, ending with 1 sc in last st, turn.

crochet scarf row 2
crochet scarf row 2
crochet scarf row 2
crochet scarf row 2 completed

Row 3

  1. Ch 1, 1 sc in first st.
  2. Insert hook into next unworked st one row below.
  3. Yarn over and pull up a long loop.
  4. Yarn over and complete long sc (lsc).
  5. Skip st behind st just made, sc in next st.
  6. Make another lsc in next unworked st one row below.

Repeat e) and f) across, ending with 1 sc in last st, turn.

crochet scarf row 3
crochet scarf row 3
crochet scarf row 3
crochet scarf row 3 completed

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