Alternating Windowpanes Scarf

Nov 17, 2005
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by Donna


ByAlternating Windowpanes Scarf varying the total length and yarn type, you can crochet this scarf for any season. You can make a short, summer scarf with fun, novelty yarn, or a long, warm, winter scarf with chunky, thick yarn. Three versions are pictured below, to demonstrate how varied the same pattern can turn out just by using a different yarn. Each of the scarves pictured was crocheted to wrap around the neck once and fall below the waist (see lengths indicated below). Yours can be any length you want.

Materials List

Version 1
  • Two 1.75 oz/110 yds (50 g/102 m) skeins Berroco Zen Colors (55% cotton, 45% nylon railroad ribbon), Color 8117 Tsunami Blue
  • Two 25g/93 yds Skacel Gatto (100% nylon furry effect yarn), Color 39
  • Crochet hook, size N (10.0 mm)
  • Yarn needle to work in ends
Version 2
  • One 6 oz (170 g) skein Red Heart Plush, Color 9782 Wine.
  • Crochet hook, size L (8.0 mm).
  • Yarn needle to work in ends.
Version 3
  • Two 4.5 oz (127 g) skeins Red Heart Light & Lofty, Color 9617 Pheasant.
  • Crochet hook, size N (10.0 mm).
  • Yarn needle to work in ends.

Finished Size

Version 1: 76" (193 cm) long

Version 2: 78" (198 cm) long with 4" (10 cm) fringe

Version 3: 81" (203 cm) long


Version 1: Beginning Section = 4" wide x 5.5" long (10 cm x 14 cm)

Version 2: Beginning Section = 5" x 5" (13 cm x 13 cm).

Version 3: Beginning Section = 4" wide x 7" long (10 cm x 18 cm)


It is not necessary to work in your beginning and ending tails if you choose to apply fringe.
Just be sure to leave them long enough so they will be the same length as the fringe.

Note for beginners: When crocheting into a ch-1 sp, do not insert your hook into the chain stitch itself, but rather around the chain stitch (into the space beneath it).

Version 1 only:

  1. Work entire scarf with two strands held together, one of each type of yarn.
  2. It may not be possible to find these exact yarns in your area. Any ribbon yarn and sparsely furry yarn will achieve a similar effect.
  3. To conserve expensive novelty yarn, you could repeat Row 4 throughout the body of the scarf for a completely openwork look, instead of the alternating windowpanes.

The Pattern

Beginning Section

Ch 12 loosely (use a hook one size larger if necessary to ensure your chain is the same gauge as the rest of your work).

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, working in back ridge only: 11 sc.

Row 2 (RS): Ch 1, turn, sc in 1st sc and in each sc across: 11 sc. Note: Use a safety pin, split-ring marker, or short scrap of contrasting-color yarn to mark as right side (RS). Although there really is no right side to a scarf when you are wearing it, marking Row 2 as RS will help you keep track of your left and right window panes as you are working.

Row 3: Repeat row 2.

Row 4: Ch 2, turn, dc in 1st sc, (ch1, skip next sc, dc in next sc) across: 6 dc and 5 ch-1 sp.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in 1st dc, (sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in next dc) across: 11 sc.

Row 6: Ch 2, turn, dc in 1st sc and in next 4 sc, (ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc) 3 times: 8 dc and 3 ch-1 sp.

Row 7: Ch 1, turn, sc in 1st dc, (sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in next dc) 3 times, sc in next 4 dc: 11 sc.

Row 8-9: Repeat row 6 and 7.

Windowpanes-on-the-Right Section

Row 10: Ch 2, dc in first sc, (ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc) 3 times, dc in next 4 sc: 8 dc and 3 ch-1 sp.

Row 11: Ch 1, turn, sc in 1st dc and in next 4 dc, (sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in next dc) 3 times: 11 sc.

Row 12 - 15: Repeat rows 10 and 11 twice.

Windopanes-on-the-Left Section

Row 16 - 21: Repeat rows 6 and 7 three times.

Repeat Windowpanes-on-the-Right and Windowpanes-on-the-Left Sections until scarf is almost desired length.

Ending Section (If your last section was Windowpanes-on-the-Left)

Row A-D: Repeat rows 10 and 11 twice.
Row E-F: Repeat Row 4 and 5.
Row G: Repeat Row 2 twice.
Fasten off. Apply fringe if desired.

Ending Section (If your last section was Windowpanes-on-the-Right)

Row A-D: Repeat rows 6 and 7 twice.
Row E: Repeat Row 4.
Row F: Repeat Row 5.
Row G: Repeat Row 2 twice.
Fasten off. Apply fringe if desired.

Directions for Fringe

Cut 44 strands of yarn twice the length you want your fringe plus about 2" (5 cm). For example if you want 4" (10-cm) fringe, make each strand 10" (25 cm). Holding two strands together, fold them in half. Insert a crochet hook through the bottom loops of one of the sts at the edge of the scarf where you want to apply the fringe. Then, with the crochet hook, grab the strands at the fold and draw them through, which will make a loop. Pull the ends through the loop and tighten gently. Repeat this process in each of the 11 sts at each end of the scarf. Trim ends evenly to desired length.

Note: If your yarn frays easily, like Red Heart Plush, you may want to apply a tiny bit of Fray Check (available where sewing supplies are sold) to the very tips of each strand. Use extremely sparingly, because if you use too much, it will show when dry. It will be a bit stiff after drying, but will soften after washing. If you don't like the way the Fray Check turns out, you can always trim it off.


ch = chain
ch-1 sp = chain 1 space
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)

Pattern and photographs Copyright © Donna.

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Anonymous wrote
on May 29, 2006 2:06 AM

is there anyway you i could knit this? and if yes, how? because i dont know how to crochet :)


Jen wrote
on Jul 16, 2006 8:36 AM

I only see the first variation. Can you repost the second and third pictures? I really want to do this scarf, but I want to know how it looks in other yarn.

Faye wrote
on Aug 22, 2006 8:19 AM

Three scaves? The picture only shows one scarf. Is there a way for the other two that are referenced in the article t be shown?

Elizabeth wrote
on Oct 3, 2006 11:03 AM

Is there a way to see the other scarves shown in the instructions?

Thank you

on Mar 27, 2008 12:59 PM
I love this pattern. I made one for my Dad in natural charcoal alpaca. It was hard to part with it. I guess I'll have to make one for me!

mad for crochet!