The free Secret Garden neck warmer pattern is a quick, easy project to crochet as it typically works up in an evening or two. The detailed textures on this cowl change every round keeping the piece fresh and interesting to make. There are also notes in turning it into an infinity scarf! Find the free crochet pattern instructions below, or purchase a print-optimized, ad-free PDF by clicking here.
Winter chill is in the air but this flowery crochet neck warmer/infinity scarf pattern will having you dreaming of spring days. From the lacy stitches to the delicate petals on the ties, this is one accessory that fills the void between winter and spring fashions perfectly. You’ll want to be familiar with making shells, clusters, cross-stitches and working in the 3rd loop of a half-double crochet. Each stitch is explained in the pattern or pattern notes.
Since everyone’s style is slightly different I’ve included some notes for modifying the look of this design, and easily adjusting the length to turn it into an infinity scarf making it perfectly and uniquely yours. Find those tips in the “Additional Notes” section.
This crochet neck warmer pattern is part of the Make it For Me 2019 Event going on at Elk Studio during the month of January.
Every now and again we need to take the time out to make something just for ourselves. This event provides you with dozens of free creative crochet designs to make. I’m sure you’ll find several somethings you’ll love! Click on the link above if you want to visit the event page. Keep scrolling down to find the instructions to the free Secret Garden Neck Warmer.
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5mm (H) hook, or hook needed to obtain gauge
4mm (G) hook for ties
200-220 yards #4 worsted weight Lion Brand Wool-Ease in “Blush Heather” (please note this is not the same thing as “Thick ‘n Quick”).
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
2dc cluster = dc2tog in same stitch.
3dc cluster = dc3tog in same stitch.
Cross stitch = sk st, dc in next st, cross over st just made and dc in skipped st.
Working in the 3rd Loop of hdc – Instructions: 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.
14 sc sts in 4”
Each row 2-8 repeat measures approx. 2 3/4” tall
Bottom edging adds additional 1 1/4” of height
Height 7 1/2” tall
S/M = 22” around
L = 25” around
-ch 1 at beginning of round does not count as stitch.
-This pattern is worked in multiples of 12. Adjust size up or down as you wish.
-It is possible to make a 5 ft long infinity scarf by using a starting chain of 216, or a 6 ft long infinity scarf by using a starting chain of 252. You may wish to leave off rounds 14-17, and instead put another round of sc, and then a round of crab stitch along the top edge to finish it Use a 4mm hook for this step if you decide to do it..
-If ruffles aren’t your thing you may leave that section off or put a round of crab stitch (reverse single crochet) along the bottom instead. Use a 4mm hook for this step if you decide to do it.
Secret Garden Neck Warmer Pattern (US Terms):
Ch 84 (S/M), 96 (L), Join with sl st to first ch,
Round 1: ch 1, sc in each st around, join with sl st to first sc. (84, 96)
Round 2: ch 1, [3dc cluster, ch 1] in first st, sk st, *[3dc cluster, ch 1] in next st, sk st; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first 3 dc cluster. (84, 96)
Round 3: ch 1, *2 sc in ch-1 sp; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (84, 96)
Round 4: *sk st, 4 dc in next st, sk st, sl st in next st; repeat from * around, final sl st counts as join. (21, 24 shells)
Round 5: sl st up the next 2 dc sts, sl st between 2nd and 3rd dc of shell, *ch 4, sl st between 2nd and 3rd dc of next shell; repeat from * around, final sl st counts as join. (21 ch-4 sps, 24 ch-4 sps)
Round 6: ch 1, *4 sc in ch-4 sp; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (84, 96)
Round 7: ch 1, *cross stitch across next 2 sts; repeat from * around; join with sl st to first dc of first cross stitch. (84, 96)
Round 8: ch 1, sc in each st around, join with sl st to first sc. (84, 96)
Repeat rounds 2-8 one more time.
Round 15: ch 1, hdc in each st around, join with sl st to first hdc. (84, 96)
Round 16: ch 1, working in 3rd loop of hdc, sc in each st around join with sl st to first sc. (84, 96)
Rounds 17-18: Repeat rounds 15-16 one more time.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Attach yarn to bottom edge of scarf and continue work,
Round 1: *ch 3, sk 2 sts, sl st in next; repeat from * around, final sl st counts as join. (28 ch-3 sps, 32 ch-3 sps)
Round 2: sl st up 2 chains to top of first ch-3 sp, ch 1*working in next ch-3 sp, [2 dc cluster, ch 1] 4 times, sl st into next ch-3 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around, omitting last ch 1 in final repeat. (14, 16 shells)
Round 3: sl st into first ch-1 sp, *[3 hdc in 2 dc cluster, sl st in ch-1 sp] 4 times, sl st into next ch-1 sp; repeat from * around, final sl st counts as join.
Fasten off, and weave in ends.
Ties (4mm (G) hook):
You will begin by making a 3-petaled flower, then chaining a long chain, and finally finishing off the other end with another 3-petaled flower.
Ch 3, sl st into first ch forming ring, [ch 2, 2 dc in ring, ch 2, sl st in ring] 3 times, ch until your chain is long enough to reach around the neck warmer, plus long enough to tie in a bow (I would recommend about 20” more than the circumference of your neck warmer) then begin ending. Using a large-eyed yarn needle, thread the chain through the needle and weave it and the working yarn through round 17 (over, under, over under) skipping 3 stitches at a time, then finish working the other flower as follows:
Sl st into 3rd ch from hook creating a ring, [ch 2, 2 dc in ring, ch 2, sl st in ring] 3 times.
Fasten off, and weave in ends.
Sew a pearl in the center of the petals if you wish, for added decoration.
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