This free ladies shell stitch scarf pattern is simple and easy to crochet, the texture is subtle, but gorgeous, and the special crab stitched edging, and fringe really bring this design to the next level! Find the free crochet pattern instructions below, or purchase a print-optimized, ad-free PDF by clicking here.
Anyone from beginner to experienced crocheter will be able to make this beautiful ladies scarf, and if pink is not your thing, it will look just as fetching in neutrals as it will in bright, eye-catching colors. I’ve also included the multiple count so you can adjust this pattern to be shorter or longer based on your needs.
There’s even a spot that tells you how to make this into a wrap (because if you’ve figured out anything about me in the last year, hopefully its that I love beauty, options, and inspiring you to greater creative expression)!
Today is also a special day, and not only because I’m celebrating Thanksgiving with family (though they are at the top of my list!). Why is that you ask?
It’s because a year ago today, I released the ski hat pattern that launched me into being a designer! *throws confetti* You can find the matching La Vie en Rose earflap hat and the story behind it, over here. It was a happy coincidence, and I feel so blessed to have been able to provide you with beautiful crochet patterns throughout the last year. Your sweet comments and stories have touched and inspired me, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Alright, enough of the mushy stuff, let’s get started!
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5.5mm (I) hook, or hook needed to obtain gauge
3.75mm hook for crab stitch edging
550 yards of #4 worsted weight Red Heart Comfort in “Petal Pink”
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
-Crab Stitch (also known as the reverse single crochet). This stitch is formed as you would make a normal single crochet, but at the end, you go backward, working your next crab stitch into the previous stitch, and not the “next stitch” (ahead).
-hdc in the 3rd loop: Look at the top of the stitch, and locate the sideways “V”, bend the stitch to look at the back, and you should see another “V”. You’ll be working into the back loop of that “V”, this is called the 3rd loop. When you are working in rows, this 3rd loop may be facing you after you turn!
shell = 5 dc in same st
st/sts = stitch/stitches
sp/sps = space/spaces
prev = previous
13 stitches in 4”
Approximately 7 ft. long, including fringe, by 6 in. tall
-Ch 1 at the beginning of a row is not counted as a stitch, ch 2 is counted as a stitch
-The crab stitch edging is optional, but will give the scarf a more finished, professional look.
-Some people may find their edge is more even when they go down a hook size or two for this step.
-Not a fan of doing the crab stitch? You may do a row of sc on the top and bottom edge of the scarf instead, if you wish.
-If you want to adjust the length, this pattern is worked in multiples of 6+1, (plus 1 for the first row’s turning chain)
La Vie en Rose Ladies Scarf Pattern With Fringe (US Terms):
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook, sc in each st across, ch 1, turn. (253)
Row 2: sc in each st across, ch 2 (counts as first hdc of next row), turn. (253)
Row 3: hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn. (253)
Row 4: working in the 3rd loop of hdc, sc in each st across, placing final sc of row in top of ch-2 from prev row, ch 1, turn. (253)
Row 5: sc in first st, sk 2 sts, *shell in next st, sk 2 sts, sl st in next st, *sk 2 sts; repeat from * across, sc in final st of row, ch 1, turn. (42 shells, 2 sc)
Row 6: 3 dc in first sc, sk 2 sts, sl st in next st, sk 2 sts, *shell in next st, sk 2 sts, sl st in next st, sk 2 sts; repeat from * across, 3 dc in final sc, ch 1, turn. (41 shells, 2 half-shells)
Row 7: sc in first st, sk 2 sts, *shell in next st, sk 2 sts, sl st in next st sk 2 sts; repeat from * across, sc in final st of row, ch 1, turn. (42 shells, 2 sc)
Repeat rows 6 and 7 two more times.
Note: If you want to turn this into a wrap, repeat rows 6 and 7 until your piece is as wide as you’d like, then continue with the rest.
Row 12: ch 1, hdc in first 2 sts, sc in each of the next 3 sts, *hdc in each of the next 3 sts, sc in next 3 sts; repeat from * across, hdc in each of the last 2 sts of row, ch 2 (counts as first hdc of next row), turn. (253)
Row 13: hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn. (253)
Row 14: working in the 3rd loop of hdc, sc in each st across, ch 1, turn. (253)
Rows 15-16: sc in each st across, ch 1, turn. (253)
Fasten off, and weave in ends.
How to add fringe to the ends of your scarf:
Attach yarn to one end of scarf,
Row 1: work 21 sc across end, ch 1, turn. (21)
Row 2: sc in first st, ch 2, sk st, *sc in next 2 sts, ch 2, sk st; repeat from * across, sc in final st, ch 1, turn. (7 ch-2 sps, 14 sc)
Row 3: sc in first st, 3 sc in ch-2 sp, sl st in next st, sk st *3 sc in ch-2 sp, sl st in next st, sk st; Repeat from * across, sc in final st of row.
Fasten off, and weave in ends.
Loop nine 12” pieces of fringe through each hole on the ends. Wrap a piece of yarn around the fringe several times to create a tassel. Tie off securely.
Repeat this section at the other end of the scarf.
Crab Stitch Edging (Optional):
Note: If you do not wish to put the crab stitch edging on, you may do a single crochet edge instead.
with 3.75mm hook,
Working along long edge of scarf with front side facing you, attach yarn to top edge of scarf, crab stitch along the edge.
Fasten off when you get to the end.
Attach yarn to bottom edge of scarf, crab stitch along that edge.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
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