The Layer Cake scarf pattern is an ultra-feminine crochet design that is packed full of texture, and lacy details. This super scarf is easily customizable and can be made with or without the ruffle. You won’t get bored crocheting this unique winter scarf since the stitch design changes every row! Find the free crochet pattern instructions below, or purchase a print-optimized, ad-free PDF by clicking here.
If you love shabby chic style this is the scarf pattern for you! It has a lot going on giving it that romantic, ultra-feminine look that typically is only found at pricy boutique stores. Since you’ll be crocheting it yourself though, you can make this fall statement piece for a fraction of the cost!
Those layers of lace seriously make my heart skip a beat! You’ll be able to wear this scarf for any special occasion, but it’s also perfectly fine to wear it if you need a little pick-me-up while running to the store for groceries. 💕
Look at all those gorgeous textures, from the various crochet stitches to the rich, lace ruffle on the bottom! You will need to be familiar with how to crochet post stitches, clusters and picots, as well as be able to do a little bit of hand sewing to attach the ruffle along the bottom. Most of these stitches are ones you already know, but I have included instructions for a few of the more obscure terms.
Of course you don’t have to attach the ruffle to your scarf if you don’t want to. This cozy winter scarf still has plenty of charm without it. This short, 5 ft version of the scarf looks like a dollop of whipped cream, wouldn’t you agree?
I used Bernat Baby Sport to crochet this women’s scarf with because the lighter weight yarn gives the scarf more drape than a thicker yarn would. It is readily available at many craft stores, and since it is acrylic, it’s easy to care for.
Alright! Go grab your supplies and let’s get making! Here’s what you’ll need to know before you begin:
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650, [780, 910] yards of #3 Bernat Baby Sport in “Taupe”, “Baby White”, or color of your choice
4.5mm hook, or hook needed to obtain gauge
Additional Materials for ruffle (Optional):
2-3 yards 4″ White Ruffled Eyelet Trim
Heavy-duty Nylon Sewing thread
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
3dc cluster = dc3tog in same st
FPsc = front post single crochet
FPhdc = front post half double crochet
st/sts = stitch/stitches
sp/sps = space/spaces
Picot: using tight tension, ch 2, sl st back into first st
Back bar of sc – Instructions: Look at the back of the stitch and locate the short bar that runs horizontal. Work all stitches for the designated section into this bar.
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” made by the “yarn over”. You’ll be working into the back loop of that “V”. This is called the 3rd loop.
14 hdc in 4”
7″, 9″, or 11″ tall (before optional lace ruffle is added) by,
5′ = 210 ch
6′ = 254 ch
7′ = 290 ch
-ch 1 at beginning of row does not count as a stitch.
-Starting chain is worked in multiples of 4 + 2. Try chaining 338 for a 8′ long scarf–if you dare to sport that many ruffles!
“Layer Cake” Textured Lace Scarf Pattern (US Terms):
Ch (210, [254, 290]),
Row 1 (RS): hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in each remaining st of row, ch 1, turn. (209 [253, 289])
Row 2 (WS): working in 3rd loop of hdc, sc in each st across, ch 1, turn. (209 [253, 289])
Row 3 (RS): sl st in first st, *sk st, 4 dc in next st, sk st, sl st in next st; repeat from * across, ch 1, turn. (52 [63, 72]) shells)
Row 4 (WS): dc in sl st, [work the following sts across each shell: FPhdc around first st, FPsc around next 2 sts, FPhdc around next st, move to next shell] 52 (63, 72) times, dc in final st of row, ch 1, turn. (210 [254, 290])
Row 5 (RS): sc in each st across, when you get to final 2 sts of row sc2tog. (209 [253, 289])
Cut yarn, and fasten off.
With right side facing,
Row 6 (RS): dc in first sc, sk st, *3dc cluster in next st, ch 1, sk st; repeat from * across, dc in final st of row. (103 [125, 143] clusters, 104 [126, 144] ch-1 sps, 2 dc)
Cut yarn, and fasten off.
With right side facing, attach yarn in top of first dc from prev row,
Row 7 (RS): ch 1, 2 hdc in each ch-1 sp, sl st in dc at and of row, ch 1, turn. (208 [252, 288])
You’ll be adding an increase halfway down this next row. You can eyeball the increase and do not need to count 103 (126, 143) stitches over, but you can if you want to. Place a stitch marker in the center of the row and increase there.
Row 8 (WS): working in 3rd loop of hdc, sc in next 103 (126, 143) sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 104 (127, 144) sts, ch 1, turn. (209 [253, 289])
Repeat rows 3-8 2 times for an 7” wide scarf, 3 times for a 9” wide scarf, or 4 times for a 11” wide scarf (measurements are before lace ruffle is added). Then begin edging.
Rows 1-2: Repeat rows 3-4
This next part is worked as a round because you will be working along the edges of your scarf. You will begin the first part just like you would a row 5 repeat, you will then continue along the raw edge, and move on to working picots across what will be the top of the scarf. Finally, you will come up the other raw edge and then fasten off. Ch-1 to turn the corners but then continue around the next side. Don’t turn and go back the way you came from or things will start to look really strange. 😅
Round 3 (RS): sc in each st across, when you get to final 2 sts of row sc2tog (your stitch count will be 209 (253, 289) for this part), ch 1, turn corner, sc evenly along raw edge, ch 1, turn corner (this will put you at the top edge of the scarf) sc in next 2 sts, picot, *sc in next 4 sts, picot* repeat from * to * across top edge, sc in final 2 sts of row, ch 1, turn corner, sc evenly along raw edge, ch 1, join with sl st to first sc of round.
Fasten off, weave in ends.
This next row is shaped like a bracket or a 3-sided box. Single crochet in the back bar of the stitch will be worked along each side, and Large shells will be worked across what is going to be the bottom edge.
With right side facing, attach yarn in ch-1 sp at corner where picot section ended,
Round 4 (RS): working in back bar of sc, sc to end of side, ch 1, sc in first st of bottom edge, *sk st, 6 dc in next st, sk st, sl st in next* repeat from * to * across bottom edge, on final repeat omit sl st working sc in final st instead (52 [63, 72] large shells made), ch 1, turn corner, working in back bar of sc, sc to end of side, join with sl st to beginning of picot section.
Fasten off, weave in ends.
Block if desired.
Adding the Lace Ruffle:
- Measure length of ruffle 3″ longer than your scarf. This will give you 1 1/2″ of seam allowance for the ends.
- Fold ends over to hide raw edge.
- Pin in place on “wrong side” of scarf and sew to bottom of scarf at round 3 just above row of large shells.
- I used a slightly modified version of the whip stitch to do this, however, I am no seamstress so you can do whatever stitch you prefer.
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