This 3 Color Crochet Scarf is beautifully textured with a unique look on each side. Pick your 3 favorite colors and learn to make stripes without cutting off each color change.
The puffy texture gives the scarf extra warmth because of the post stitches. Suitable for everyone.
“Diagonal Drifts” 3-Color Scarf free crochet pattern by Kim Guzman, © Oct. 2022 All rights reserved.
Technique: Regular Crochet.
Skill Level: Intermediate.
Crochet Pattern At A Glance
3 Color Crochet Scarf | Diagonal DriftsDesigner: Kim Guzman © 2022-23. All rights reserved.
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- 3 skeins Stylecraft Special DK size 3, 1 skein of each of Cream, Mocha and Parchment, 696 yards used total
- Crochet Hook Size H-8 (5mm) or hook needed to meet gauge
- Crochet Hook Size G-7 (4.5mm) for ribbing
- Yarn Needle for weaving ends
- Work 32 rows of back loop single crochet ribbing.
- Work a 2-row foundation.
- Work a 2-row repeat 100 times then 1 final row.
- Work 32 rows of back loop single crochet ribbing.
This is a free crochet pattern and the written instructions are below. If you prefer a printable download, a PDF is also available for purchase.
Pattern updated on July 7, 2023 with new colors.
My Crochet Pattern Notes
All of the stitches used are easy to make but making them in unusual spots will need some practice. It’s not that it’s difficult (because it’s not!). It will just require a little more concentration.
3 Color Stripe Method
One of my favorite techniques is using three colors without cutting off the ends after each color change. At the end of each row, you simply drop the old color, changing to the new color. When you get to the end of the next row, the next color is waiting for you. Working like this throughout, I only had 6 ends to weave in at the end of the project.
Ribbing in Join As You Go Method
Another favorite technique is working the Single Crochet Ribbing directly onto a project in a “join as you go” method. It’s well-known how to make a single crochet ribbing then start the project on the sides of the rows but what do you do when you want the same ribbing along the top as well?
I first introduced this technique in 2012 in my book “Tunisian Cables to Crochet”. I developed the technique because I needed a ribbing along a hat worked vertically. I could have used the more widely-know front/back post ribbing. But, that would have been too thick for a more delicate project.
Over the years, I’ve used this method many times and it’s fun to now see other designers using it in their work too.
A Note for Left Handers
Due to the nature of the diagonal post stitches, they lean to the left when worked with a right hand. They lean to the right when worked with a left hand.
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6 1/2″ wide, 60″ long. Ribbing is about 3″ high.
Stylecraft “Special DK”, 100% acrylic, 322 yds/295m per 3.5 oz/100g per skein: 1 skein of each of Cream, Mocha and Parchment, 696 yards used total.
“Special Double Knit” is classified as a DK weight (size 3) yarn and is currently available in 100 shades.
Available at LoveCrafts (aff link). If you’re in the US, look up at the top right to switch to US Dollars. I’ve purchased from them for years and love the selection.
I’ve used DK weight yarn (size 3) because I love this size. There’s a lot of yardage on a 100g skein of Stylecraft Special DK. You could use any yarn you like, using the hook size you prefer. You may need to make changes to the number of stitches and the amount of yarn required.
If you are unable to use Stylecraft Special DK, any acrylic or acrylic blend in size 3 lightweight yarn will be close enough.
Stitch Pattern Closeups
One of the most difficult parts of making this scarf is choosing between the front and the back. The back is actually my favorite!
Suggested Crochet Hook Size H-8 (5mm) or hook needed to meet gauge.
Suggested Crochet Hook Size G-7 (4.5mm) for ribbing.
Yarn Needle for weaving ends.
The main body of the scarf is worked at a tension of 20 stitches for 15 rows to measure a 4″ square.
Working at a different tension may require additional materials.
Back Loop Single Crochet (BLsc): With the back of the stitch facing you, work into the top loop furthest away from you. Working in an allover repeat of BLsc will produce ridges.
Extended Front Post Double Crochet (Ext-FPdc): This stitch is worked in the row below around the first double crochet of the 3-stitch group of crossed doubles. (The 3-stitch group consists of the 2 crossed doubles with the chain space in between.) It is a Front Post Double Crochet but it’s also an “Extended” stitch, which means that there is an extra little chain worked at the bottom to lift it just a smidge higher than a regular double crochet.
Yarn over, insert hook from the side, around the back and out the other side of the indicated stitch, yarn over, pull loop through (3 loops now on hook), yarn over, pull through 1 loop (making it Extended), [yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook] twice (to complete the double crochet).
The stitch repeat is made with crossed doubles. Skip 2 stitches then work a double crochet in the next stitch and chain 1 (first photo). Skip one row and work an Extended Front Post Double Crochet (Ext-FPdc) around the first double crochet of the crossed doubles below (second photo).
This 3 Color Crochet Scarf pattern is written in US crochet terminology.
ch=chain; dc=double crochet; lp(s)=loop(s); rep=repeat; sc=single crochet; sk=skip; sp(s)=space(s); st(s)-stitch(es); yo=yarn over.
All numbers after the colon at the end of an instruction are stitch counts. Use the stitch count to check your work.
Free Crochet Pattern Instructions
If you would like to make a wider scarf, start off with any multliple of 3 rows of Ribbing then add 2 more rows of Ribbing. (Mult of 3, plus 2).
When you finish using a color, drop it but don’t cut it. When you get to the end of the next row, your next color will be there.
When changing colors at the end of the row, switch the color on the final yarn-over-pull-through of the last stitch.
Row 1: With smaller hook (see Materials) and Cream, ch 16, sk first ch, sc in each remaining ch, turn: 15 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, BLsc (see Special Stitches) in 14 sc then sc in both lps for last sc (for stability), turn: 15 sc.
Rows 3-32: Rep row 2. Change to Mocha on final st of final row.
Begin working along sides of rows of long side of ribbing. Main Scarf worked solely in larger hook.
Row 1 (RS): With larger hook and Mocha, ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), sk first row, *sk 2 rows, dc in next row, ch 1, dc in first skipped row of 3-row group, rep from * to last row, dc in last row, turn, changing to Parchment on final st, drop Mocha (do not cut).
Row 2: With Parchment, ch 1, sc in each st and ch-1 sp across, turn, changing to Cream on final st, drop Parchment (do not cut): 32 sc.
Note: Yes, you are technically skipping 3 stitches in the first repeat of row 3. But, the first skipped stitch actually counts as the first double crochet.
Row 3: With Cream, ch 3, sk first st, *sk 2 sc, dc in next sc, ch 1, Ext-FPdc (see Special Stitches above) in indicated st, rep from * to last st, dc in last st, turn, changing to Mocha on final st, drop Cream (do not cut).
Rows 4-203: Rep rows 2-3 with established 3-color repeat, changing to Cream on final row, fasten off other 2 colors.
Opposite Ribbing is worked vertically, joining after ever other row to the Main Scarf in join-as-you-go method. When turning, don’t try to turn the entire scarf after each row of the Ribbing. It’s easier to simply flip over the Ribbing to work on the opposite side.
Remember to count a ch-1 sp as a stitch when counting the stitches while applying the Ribbing.
Row 1: With smaller hook and Cream, ch 16, sc in second ch from hook and in next 14 ch, on Main Scarf, sk 1 st from row 203, sl st in next st, turn ribbing.
Row 2: BLsc in 14 sc then sc in both lps for last sc, turn: 15 sc.
Row 3: Ch 1, BLsc in 15 sc, on Main Scarf, sk 1 st from row 203, sl st in next st, turn ribbing.
Rows 4-32: Rep rows 2-3. Fasten off all colors.
Weave in all ends securely.
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