Mindless Scarf

Nov 18, 2009
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Ok, so here's the deal, this pattern is extremely easy. There's no rocket science to it. Why did I decide to post it ? Well, many times I've tried to read instructions from other patterns and for some reason I sometimes can't get it right and I know there are others out there that feel the same way. Well, this one pattern is for anybody that wants to do an easy scarf with no science behind it. That's why this scarf is called the Mindless Scarf.

Materials List

1. I used a hook size J/10-6.00mm of the Boye brand
2. Yarn color is Denim Mist medium size 4 from Vanna's Choice collection and it's 100% Acrylic.

3. A measuring tape would be good to measure how long the scarf would be on a child by putting the measuring tape around the neck and letting it drop. It wouldn't matter on an adult.

***Here's another tip, the color will never matter ! Just make sure that if you are doing this for a friend as a gift, ask them what is their favorite color and just surprise them !***

Finished Size

The finished size of this scarf with this pattern was 49" long and 4" wide by the time I was done. Remember, a project can lose length as you crochet.


Regarding the gauge, I noticed that for this project 10 DC = 4"(10cm).


Ch = chain
YO = yarn over
DC = double crochet

TN = tapestry needle

The Pattern

Start by chaining as long as you need to. Some patterns will tell you to chain an X amount of chains, but have in mind that the length of the scarf is determined by the length of the person's torso. A scarf that is too short won't look proper on a person.

Once you have reached the desired lenght in the starting chain, do a DC on the 4th ch loop from the hook. After the DC is done, skip one ch and do a DC on the next ch. Follow this pattern till you reach the end. It should look like a ladder.

***If you reach the end and there is an odd chain left, do a DC on it***

Then ch 4, turn your project, and do a DC around the Ch, not on the loop of the Ch but around the Ch, so in other words you are YO, going under the Ch, YO again and complete the steps of finishing the DC.

Now, follow suit of a DC on every chain, don't skip any chains. Once you reach the end (and remember not to leave any chains left) ch 4 and turn project. Repeat entire process until you reach the width of the scarf that you want to reach. Remember, we are working on the width, not the lenth, that was determined at the begining.

When your desired length is reached, use a TN to weave in the string from the begining chain and the one left at the end after you make your closing knot.

***You can also add fringes at the end if desired***

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azbelle wrote
on Nov 21, 2009 7:31 AM

I love the look of this scarf, but am confused about doing a DC around the Chain. Is there any way you can post a picture, or explain it a little better to help this new crocheter understand it a little better? Thanks!

MaryM@16 wrote
on Nov 24, 2009 4:06 PM

I love this pattern! Good job!

MaryM@16 wrote
on Nov 24, 2009 4:20 PM

I think what he means is that you will crochet into the "space" created by the chain - Imagine what you do when the pattern calls for crocheting in the "back loop only" or front loop only" of the stitch. Then the pattern says to crochet in the next stitch. In all these examples, you are poking your hook "in between" the loops. But when you crochet into the "space", you are poking your hook underneath the loops. I am not very good at explaining things, but hope this helps you versus confusing you more.

Juan Carlos1 wrote
on Nov 24, 2009 8:01 PM

She is completely right, you go in between the space created when you DC. I am going to take a pic and load it up and point at the part just so you see it. And I am soooooooooo sorry for not replying quickly, I was in PR for the past 5 days without a computer but glad I was able to get back to you.

Calchick wrote
on Nov 28, 2009 1:10 PM
Great scarf for those who hate having to follow a pattern!

One thing I noticed in the photo, it appears that your scarf is tending to curve inward toward your beginning chain? or is it just the photo? When I first started crocheting, EVERYTHING I made was doing this! My instructor said that I tended to make my beginning chain too tight. What she suggested is: start your beginning chain with a hook one size larger than the actual project calls for. Make your chain, then switch back to the regular size hook called for to do the rest of your pattern. Hope this helps to make your scarves hang straight. Happy Holidays everybody!

Juan Carlos1 wrote
on Nov 29, 2009 9:41 AM

No you are actually right, for some reason some of my projects tend to curve or twist inwards. What I'm gonna do is what you suggested, do a bigger hook for the chain and then switch to the desired hook that I wanna use.

ferb630 wrote
on Jan 21, 2010 2:13 PM
pmhenry wrote
on Jan 25, 2010 7:00 AM

My granddaughter wanted a green scarf done in the basketweave pattern.  So I had a brainwave and decided to make scarves and hats for each member of my family (20 each),  I did the above granddaughters in green with a green cap.  And decided it was just too time consuming for me.

So I did your mindless scarf slightly wider and longer on a larger hook for her husband out of black with some rows of green in between.  I did each family in a different color combination.  And they came out great.  I would never have finished in time if I hadn't switched to the mindless scarf pattern.

It is a good calming pattern when under the gun so to speak.  Excellent idea.

on Mar 25, 2010 12:02 PM

I made this scarf using 2 strands of yarn.  One was varigated and the other was a solid color.  It turned out great and everyone LOVES my scarf.  I put fringe on the ends and it finished off the project nicely!  Thank you for the nice and "oh-so-simple" pattern!  I'll post a pic tonight!

on Apr 10, 2010 11:02 AM

Well so much for posting the pic that night!  lol  Here's the pic now.

BinduDesigns wrote
on Oct 7, 2010 9:56 AM

Hi Juan,

I made a Mindless Scarf in Orange for the fall season. It is slightly curvy. I used a size 6.00 mm hook to do the basic chains and continued with a size 5. Still it is slightly curved. I guess, I need to loosen up while doing the chains.

Thanks for the pattern.

Ambereaves wrote
on Feb 12, 2014 3:15 PM

So you only go through the hole in one stitch? Sorry I'm new. I understand what you're saying to do, it's just that how many times do you stitch that way? Just the one spot or the whole scarf Gojng through te spaces? My dh needs a scarf and wants me to make him one and I remember the stitches and all, it's been 20 years since I have crocheted! I'm just a bit confused. Also, it says skip stitches on I think second row..  Working length wise.. So would you do that only on the one line and then the rest of the scarf you don't skip.. ? So on the outer edge you'd get to would you repeat this?? Sorry.. Confused by a couple of things about this. Any help would be appreciated! I'm ready to roll! Just don't want to mess it up and have to pull it apart and start over becuse I'm maybe confusing myself. If you only go through the hole on one or two  Stitches and the rest through the stitches themselves.. Why would one do that? 

Ambereaves wrote
on Feb 14, 2014 6:00 PM

Am I just confusing myself? 


Am it to go through the spaces instead of the stitch the whole way through?


and then skip one stitch skip four all the way through as well?

but then later in instructions it says to complete by stitching in every chain. So I'm very confused. :/ 

becauee if it were to say to do any of these things and then do again (such as go through the loop not the stitch, skip four the. Skip one.. Then somewhere else do it all again it would make sense) in my mind I see strong one way.. Through all the loops.. Then suddenly crocheting in the stitches but skipping on then four then one.. Then suddenly stitching in ever stitch to finish. But the ones pictured look like the same stitch (without holes between the stitches) ??? Sigh maybe I should just YouTube an easy beginner scarf. If anyone knows of one plmk! I'd deeply appreciate it. I never learned how to read a pattern. I learned to crochet when I was 11 and leaned but someone showing me. But only to make afghans and the simple stitches.. Wonder if a double crochet only after the foundation chain would be an ok scarf. That I could manage. Sorry. So thoroughly confused but love that so many were able to do this and without a pattern! I think perhaps I'm complicating it, but am a bit confused by the instructions *blush*

SerenaLC wrote
on Nov 19, 2014 5:14 PM

I guess I am missing something. So you DC then Skip a chain. on the second row you DC in the chain that you skipped? I can't figure out how to do a stick AROUND the original chain. How do you contiune on the second when there are no more chains? I am really confused. 

Are we suppose to do a chain inbetween the DCs?

on Jan 12, 2015 4:45 PM

Juan Carlos 1,

I like the pattern very much and wonder why I couldn't start with the numbeer of chains I want for the width , say 22 or 27, and then crochet these chains until I reach the length I want the scarf to be. What do you think?  I also want to comment on how great all your tips and suggetions are. I loved reading them and thinking what wonderful ideas you had. Thank you.

Lazy Hooker

geedart wrote
on Feb 5, 2015 9:52 AM

I am thinking you need to chain one stitch between the double crochet stitches...that's the only way it will look like a ladder after the first row. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Or do you simply double crochet BETWEEN the double crochet stitches of the previous row?