Crochet Swirly Scarf – Free Crochet Pattern

A free pattern for a swirly, girly fun scarf using the granny stitch. It works up fairly quickly in a couple of hours and can be sized for a girl or a lady.

Crochet Swirly Scarf Free Pattern

I love how this scarf naturally twists and turns and it’s so cheerful with Red Heart Yarn’s Gumdrop Grape yarn. This yarn is super soft and easy to work with – it just slides right over my fingers. This scarf can be worn wrapped around the neck for more warmth, or draped around the neck for warmer days as a cute accessory. To print the pattern, click the “Print Friendly” button at the bottom of this post.

Crochet Swirly Scarf

By Sara of My Merry Messy Life  © 2013


  • Hook: I
  • Yarn: Red Heart Gumdrop in Grape (where to buy) 1 skein (4 oz.) for a girls’ scarf, 2 skeins (8 oz.) for a lady’s scarf


  • CH = chain
  • DC = double crochet
  • SK = skip
  • SP = space

Crochet Swirly Scarf Free Pattern - 3 Rows

The Pattern

For a little girls’ scarf using this yarn, CH 90. Double it to make an adult scarf, so CH 180. There are 3 rows on each side of the center and we will be working in the round.

Make a chain in multiples of 3

Round/Row 1

  • In the 3rd CH from hook (not including the loop on the hook), work 2 DC in the same CH
  • *Skip 2 CHs
  • Work 3 DCs in the next CH
  • Skip 2 CHs*
  • Repeat all the way down
  • At the end of the row, you should have worked the 3 DCs in the last CH
  • CH 3
  • Working in the chain 2 SPs of the bottom of the row you just created, work 3 DCs in each space all the way down
  • SL ST into the top of the beginning CH 3

Round/Row 2

  • CH 3 (this will count as the last DC of this round)
  • *Work 3 DCs, CH 3, 3 DCs in the next SP (in between the first 2 granny stitches)
  • Repeat from * all the way down, working the same pattern into the corner CH 3, work all the way down the other side
  • At the end of the round, work 3 DCs, CH 3, 2 DC’s and attach by SL ST to the top of the previous CH 3 from the beginning of Round 2.

Round/Row 3

  • CH 3 (this will count as the last DC of this round)
  • *In the next space (which should be a CH 3), work 3 DCs, CH 3, 3 DCs
  • In the next SP (now not a CH 3), work 3 DCs*
  • Repeat from * all the way down
  • Join to beginning CH 3 with a SL ST and fasten off. Done!

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. Pamela Hannah says:

    Is there a way to print just the pattern and not all the other stuff?

  2. Your scarf is so pretty! I think this yarn was a great choice 🙂
    Wish you happy crocheting!

  3. Very pretty!

  4. This is a great scarf pattern! I am a new (really new) crocheter and this is the first pattern I am making. I have a question about row three: The instructions say, “*In the next space (which should be a CH3), work 3 DCs, CH 3, 3 DCs” then “In the next SP (now not a CH3), work 3 DCs.” My question is about the difference between the space that IS a CH3 and the space that is NOT a CH3. All spaces technically have a chain 3, is the space that IS a CH3 the smaller one between 2 sets of 3 DCs or the bigger one between the sets of 6 DCs? I hope my question makes sense.
    Like I said, I am REALLY new at this! Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Kathleen! Yup, you figured it out. The space that is Not a chain 3 is the small space in between the two sets of 3 DCs (also called granny stitches). Does that answer your question?

      • Thanks, Sara! Yes, that does answer my question. Thanks again for this lovely scarf pattern! I am almost done with my FIRST ever crochet project. Yay!

  5. Hello! My daughter and I are new to crocheting and we are stuck on turning and going to row 2. When you chain 3 , where do you put the next 3 dc? And are you going back with row 2 on top if what you did, like an afghan, or is it beneath? Any help would be much appreciated!!

    • Susan Miller says:

      I am confused about the same thing! Did you ever get it figured out?

      • Hi Susan and Rosie! (Rosie, I apologize. Somehow I overlooked your previous comment). You are correct – to start row 2, you go back onto row 1, like an afghan. I’m not sure what you mean by beneath. Does that make sense? So, then you’d work around row 1.

  6. I am unfamiliar with “make a chain in multiples of 3, even though I am a crocheter. Please explain

  7. My printer isn’t working , is there anyway to download these wonderful patterns….

    • Sure! You could click on the print button (it’s at the bottom of the post, where all the little icons are under “Share the Love.” Then, print to PDF instead of printing to your computer. Or, you can copy all the text you want, and paste it into a Word document. Let me know if you need any more help!

  8. H, I’m fairly new to crochet & love your scarf,but I’m having a little trouble understanding the end of row 1. ‘working in the chain 2 SP at the bottom of the row just created work 3 DC in each space. Does this mean the space created by the granny stitch where there ere 2 chains from the original set of multiple of 3 chains 180 in total. Hope this makes sence? Please help

  9. I am planning on making the adult version of this pattern, once I dig up my size I hook. I am unclear regarding row one. After you go through step 2-4, you indicate by asterisks * above:
    *Skip 2 CHs
    Work 3 DCs in the next CH
    Skip 2 CHs*

    As I read this, after the first 3 DCs in the next CH, you would ski 4 CH’s and then work the next set of 3 DCs to the end?

    Thank you,

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