Easy Crochet Scarf – Ribbed Stair Pattern {Free Crochet Pattern}

This is an easy ribbed scarf pattern that even a crochet beginner can make. Great to make to give away as well as keep because it works up really quickly!
Free Crochet Pattern - Stair Pattern worked with Double Crochet and Back Loops Only

My new favorite yarn is Sugar’n Cream in variegated colors. This stair-patterned, ribbed scarf is a very easy project, even for a beginner crocheter, and it’s worked in length, not width, which gives it a knitted look. I love the stair pattern because it’s so easy that I can do it while watching TV, but it looks much more interesting than a simple double crochet – it adds texture.

You can use any worsted weight, medium 4 yarn, but this particular yarn happens to be [amazon_link id=”B004W8OY3K” target=”_blank” ]Sugar’n Cream in Ombres Batik[/amazon_link]. You’ll need 4 oz. of yarn for this pattern. Literally everything I’ve made since I learned to crochet has been for other people, and this scarf I made just for ME! I love it and wear it on a daily basis. I made it a few weeks ago, with the intention that it wouldn’t be a really warm scarf since winter is on it’s way out (and it’s been a very mild one here in the Northeast this year).

So, here’s the pattern!

Ribbed Stair Pattern Scarf – Free Pattern

Level: Beginner
Yarn: Worsted weight, Medium 4
Hook: I used a J hook, but you can really use H or bigger, depending on how big you like the weave
Stitches Used: Double Crochet

Chain 135-150, depending on how long you want your scarf. An average length for an adult scarf is about 5 feet, and that fits me very well and I’m 5’3″. Make it longer than 5 feet if you’re taller, shorter if you’re shorter!

In the 3rd chain from the hook, DC (double crochet) and continue in each chain across until the end.
Chain 2, then *DC in BLO (back loop only) in each chain across until the end. Chain 2.*
Continue from * until you have the desired width of your scarf. Mine is 13 rows wide. This will depend on your gauge, hook and yarn!

Merry Crocheting!

Crochet Stair Pattern Scarf with Back Loops Only
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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. Hi Merry,

    I am a beginner. I have only begun working on a scarf for the first time a few weeks ago. I want to make another and your pattern is beautiful however your directions are a little confusing for me.

    Would you be able to explain them more clearly?



  2. Hello Merry!

    Not to complain or anything, but your instructions seem a little vague and this scarf is just to awesome to pass up!

    When you say the 135-150 chain is it a single crochet then in the next row you double crochet in the single crochet chain?

    If you could make this a little clearer that would be amazing!!

    Thank you,

    • Hi again Ally! Nope, you just make a regular chain of 135-150, then as it is written, in the 3rd chain from the hook, work a double crochet. Then work 1 double crochet in each chain all the way down. The entire thing is double crochets, but worked in the back loop only.

  3. Charlotte Cooksey says:

    Would this work for a hat, too? I know for a hat you wouldn’t turn your work, but just do dc through back loop on one round, dc through front loop on another?

  4. I am just about finished with this gorgeous scarf and would really like to add a simple border. It is for my sister in law who prefers a wider scarf. Any suggestions?

  5. Thank you so much for this pattern. I am a school teacher and I run an after school academic program. I am planning on teaching a small group of students a beginning crochet class and I believe this would be a wonderful ending project. 🙂

  6. Would like to know how to change this into a cowl. Would I just leave it at 135 to 150 chain or not tThnaks

    • To make it into a cowl, Lisa, all you’d have to do is whip stitch the two ends together. Another way to do it is to make that starting chain and slip stitch it the end of it to the beginning so you have one large ring. Then crochet in the round.

  7. I love love my scarf. I am a beginner an was able take 3 of them as gifts ….. Thank you for something easy to start off with. Sometimes instructors say oh this is for beginners an I am totalling lost after the first row. They need to understand some of us are older then 65 an we are beginners that is why we are here to learn… Thank you for instructions I could understand…. Cathy

  8. Hi. I saw your pattern and wanted to try it for myself. Just got one question though… Do i need to turn the project when working into a new line / layer? I’m new to doing crochets so I did got a little confuse. Thanks

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  10. Ruth Henry says:

    Hi, is this aran weight yarn?

  11. I’ve love crocheting scarves with this pattern! It makes a great scarf for the ladies & the guys? I love to crochet while watching TV…&, this is a great pattern ….. You don’t have to be counting different stitches as you go along🤗.
    Thanks for the pattern!…..
    Joanie in Texas

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