Crochet Skinny Shell Scarf {free crochet pattern}

Just because the weather is warmer doesn’t mean we have to ditch our scarves! I love wearing scarves as they can instantly add pizazz to an otherwise boring ensemble. So, I love this crochet skinny scarf to wear in the spring and summer and liken it to a crocheted necklace of sorts.
My Merry Messy Life: Crochet Skinny Shell Scarf - Free Pattern!

I based this scarf off patterns from JoAnne’s and Creative Jewish Mom, but had to change the pattern quite a bit with the yarn I used and because I changed colors three times. You know me – I like bold, bright colors, so the colors in this scarf might be a be much for your mom. Just scale it down to what works for you. It’s such a cute and unique accessory!

Crochet Shell Scarf in Spring Colors using Cotton Yarn

Crochet Skinny Scalloped Scarf


  • Hook: J/10 6.00 mm
  • Yarn: Sugar’n Cream Cotton in Hot Pink (where to buy), Hot Blue (where to buy), and White (where to buy) for one scarf and Hot Green (where to buy) and Hot Purple (where to buy) for the other
  • Tapestry needle to sew in tails
  • Scissors to cut the tails


  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • DC = double crochet
  • HDC = half double crochet
  • SC = single crochet
  • CH = chain
  • ST = stitch
  • SL ST = slip stitch


If changing colors in the foundation rows, do this (like the above picture)
  • Ch 203 (or adjust it to whatever length you like – make it divisible by 4, then add 3 chains at the end!)
  • In the 3rd ch from the hook, work 1 DC. Work 1 DC all the way down (200 DC total)
  • Fasten off
  • Attach white w/ a SL ST and CH 2. Work a HDC in the next stitch and in each space all the way down (200 total)
  • Work 4 HDC on the end side
  • Then continue on the other side, working 1 HDC in each space.
  • Work 4 HDC on the end side and join with a SL ST to the beginning CH 2.
  • Fasten off (if continuing with the same color, then do not fasten off and continue at Scallop/Shell Edge)

If NOT changing colors in the foundation rows, do this (like the above picture)

  • Ch 203 (or adjust it to whatever length you like – make it divisible by 4, then add 3 chains at the end!)
  • In the 3rd ch from the hook, work 1 HDC. Work 1 HDC all the way down (200 HDC total)
  • CH 2, work a HDC in the next space. Work 1 HDC all the way down (200 HDC total)

Scallop/Shell Edge

  • (if using a new color – join with a SL ST) CH 1. SC in the first space. Skip the next space, then work a shell in the next space. SHELL 1 SC, 1 HDC, 2 DC, 1 HDC, 1
  • *Skip the next space. SC in the next space. Skip the next space. Work a shell in the next space*
  • Repeat from * all the way down, but you will not end with another shell, you will end with an empty skipped space. (I stopped here with the green and purple scarf)
  • Then, on the side, work a shell.
  • Turn your work, and start the pattern again from * all the way down, ending the same way as above.
  • Work 1 shell on the other end and join to the beginning CH 1 with a SL ST.
  • Fasten off and sew in the tails
Merry Crocheting!

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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. I love this pattern!! I want to make one of everything!!!

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  2. These are so cute!! I only wish I had the time to sit and learn to crochet!!
    Stopping by from Tip Junkie!!

    @a content housewife

  3. This is so nice and fresh and summery! 🙂

  4. Susan Gross says:

    I have question about 2 color scarf….after first row of hdc do u turn after the chain 2?

  5. Thank you so much for posting this pattern!
    I have been wandering around the internet looking for something cute to crochet for my Step-Mom’s birthday, and this is just perfect. I thought an Amigurumi would have been cute, but wasn’t quite sure what to make that wouldn’t just fade away onto a shelf.
    A blanket would have been nice, but seemed impractical for the warmer weather.
    There was thought of a scarf because she loves to wear shawls, but wasn’t sure how the bulky thing would be received during April, even though it’s still cold in this part of the Pacific Northwest until Mid-July (Summer is about a Month-long season here. Ha ha!).
    This skinny scarf is not only perfect for our climate, but I love your two different patterns. There aren’t many skinny scarves that aren’t just a drab rectangle, or full of intimidating/Lacey/intricate stitches/shapes. I love how this is an interesting scarf with a pattern offering far less hair-loss in the creative process.
    I’m looking forward to whipping one up over the next couple of days! Thank you again! 😀

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  7. Sara, You are so vibrant and I love the scarf/or necklace you made. Can you help me with a
    problem I’m having. I’m getting back into crocheting and the basics is where I’m at. when I add on the shell stitch, the scarf starts turning/twirling like I’ve increased stitches . I would like it to lay flat. I took the shells out and dropped back to a smaller hook, by 2 sizes. Any help, is appreciated.

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