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Waterfall Crochet Chain Scarf with Fringe

Difficulty level: ** Easy

Free Crochet Scarf Pattern

This scarf started out as something of an experiment making a crochet item consisting mostly of simple crochet chains. However, I liked the finished results so much that I decided to write it up. I called it "Waterfall" because the lengthwise stripes give it the appearance of flowing water.

The scarf is super easy to crochet, despite its unusual appearance. It is worked sideways and the main body is made up only of chains and single crochets. At the end of each row, I added a chain with a bobble, creating a fringe. This means that the entire scarf, fringe included, is crocheted as a single continuous piece.

I used a self-striping fingering weight yarn, which creates the "waterfall" look that I liked so much. However, any color and weight of yarn will work, as long as you use the appropriate hook size. The length and width of the scarf are also easy to adjust. Have fun experimenting!

This should be an easy project, even for a complete beginner. If you prefer to work from a diagram rather than written instructions (as some crocheters do), I have prepared one, just scroll down the page.

Finished Measurements: Length: 78" (198 cm). Width: 9" *(23 cm)

Materials: Sensations Soles & More self-striping fingering weight sock yarn, color 1811 - 262 yds (240 m) / 60 gr - 2 skeins


Gauge: 1 sc, ch 8 = 1.25" (3.2 cm)

Abbreviations (USA):
Dc - double crochet
Sc ā€“ single crochet
Ch ā€“ chain
Chs - chains
st - stitch
sts - stitches
sl st - slip stitch

Special stitches:
Bobble stitch: 1. Work 3 dc into indicated stitch, leaving the last loop of each dc on the hook. 2. Yarn over and draw through all the loops on the hook.


The scarf is worked lengthwise with each fringe piece crocheted at the end of each row on short sides of the scarf.

Chain 515.

Row 1: ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, ch 8, skip 8 chs, *1 sc in the next ch, ch 8, skip 8 chs* repeat 56 times more, sc in each of the last 2 chs, fringe: ch 30, bobble in the 5th st from the hook, ch 4, sl st to the same st, ch 25, turn.

Row 2: 1 sc into each of the 2 sc, ch 8, skip ch-8-space, *sc into sc, ch 8, skip ch-8-space* repeat to the end of the row, 1 sc into each of the last 2 sc, fringe: ch 30, bobble in the 5th st from the hook, ch 4, sl st to the same st, ch 25, turn.

Rows 3-45: repeat row 2. Tie off.

To change the length, simply increase or decrease the number of repeats (of 1 sc and ch 8). To change the width, increase or decrease the amount of rows worked.


Pattern was updated on September 25, 2018.

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There are 15 total comments on this article.

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Poster: Martess Dowling
June 12, 2019

I am usung this pattern for ... making this as part if a duster skirt it will look amazing!
Poster: Elaine Phillips
May 8, 2012

To crochet the scarf shorter you need to change the number of repeats. You should chain less sts.
Poster: RileyRay
September 19, 2012

You chain 515 just as a starting chain. You will only do it once. The pattern looks like many different stings of 515 chains because of the *chain 8, skip 8 of the previous row, 1 single crochet on the previous row* pattern. It creates a space without changing the number of stitches per row.
Poster: Elaine Phillips
October 18, 2012

Yes, you can use medium weight yarn. You just need to use bigger hook and work the base chain shorter.
Poster: Elaine Phillips
January 8, 2013

It was a typo. Thank you for writing about it.
Poster: Elaine Phillips
February 13, 2013

I updated the pattern for clarity.
Poster: Sue
May 23, 2018

Thank you so much for sharing! Iā€™m excited about making this scarf.
Poster: Stephanie
November 19, 2015

I can easily see this being made in some of the thinner novelty yarns, and mixture of yarns in both winter and summer fibers. Stunning. Thanks for sharing!
Poster: Frances
April 29, 2013

I so love this scarf, so much I am making me many to wear to church and dressy wear, in differet colors. Thank you so much for creating a simple pattern and letting me make me some to wear. So beautiful,just so very beautiful!
Poster: Georgia Beckman
February 5, 2013

I'm confused. I chained 515, then did the repeat to the end of the row. If I do that to the end of the row, where then am I putting the 2 sc that you mention before the chain 30? Then Row 2 starts with 2 dc. WHERE? In the 2nd chain from the hook (of the ch 25 I just made?) Then it says ch 8 *sc, ch 8* repeat to the end of the row. After that ch 8, am I skipping any chains or am I really chaining 8 & sc in the next chain?
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