I love crocheting for the guys in my family, but I think you’ll agree that it’s much easier to crochet for the gals. Crocheted beanies seam to be the most popular when it comes to crocheting for men. While I love to crochet hats, my husband and boys have plenty of them so I decided to venture out and make them a knit-look scarf and sweaters.
I love crochet and all of the gorgeous stitch patterns that can be created, but I also love a good challenge and the look of knitted garments. So I thought to myself, “What better challenge than to design knit-look crochet garments & accessories?” Other than working the basic slip stitch, I believe this stitch is the closest crochet stitch that resembles knit and it works up much more quickly than rows of slip stitches.
Scarves are great projects to crochet while relaxing and watching your favorite television show, especially a simple scarf like this one that only uses one stitch pattern. And I love how you can really change the look of a scarf simply by changing colors.
Scarves can be great stash buster projects. For the mens scarf crochet pattern shown in this post, I chose 3 coordinating worsted weight yarns. You can choose to use a lighter or heavier yarn, but don’t forget to adjust for your hook size and foundation chain accordingly.
Men’s Knit-Look Ribbed Scarf – FREE CROCHET SCARF PATTERN
The free pattern is below, but if you love to work offline, I’ve got a couple other great options for you.
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The Men’s Knit-Look Ribbed Scarf is a great staple accessory for those tough to make for guys in your life, but truthfully, it’s a great unisex scarf and great for guys and gals of all ages. Easily adjust the look of your scarf by playing around with color changes. Crochet yours in a solid color, 3 equal width stripes like mine, or play around with adding a thinner stripe offset to one side or the other. Check out the projects on Ravelry (click here) for inspiration.
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- Yarn: Worsted Weight / 4 / 100% acrylic was used for the scarf in the photos
- Approximately 280 yards total
- Crochet Hook: J/10/6.00mm, or size needed to obtain gauge (My favorite crochet hooks are the Clover Amour Hooks, I’ve never had an ache in my hand since switching)
- Yarn Needle
- Locking Stitch Markers (4 or more)
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Abbreviations (US Terms)
- ch(s): chain(s)
- sl st(s): slip stitch(es)
- st(s): stitch(es)
- sc: single crochet
- BLO: back loop only
- yo: yarn over
- Mslst2tog: Modified Slip Stitch 2 Together (click HERE for photo & video tutorial)
- One Size: 7.75″ W x 60″ L
See gauge swatch below.
- Beginning ch(s) are not included in st count unless noted otherwise.
- The first stitch of every row is worked into the same stitch as the turning chain, unless stated otherwise.
- You can use any worsted weight yarn. Gauge isn’t overly important for your knit-look scarf and you can easily add or subtract stitches and rows as needed to reach your desired length and width.
(Modified) Slip Stitch 2 Together (Mslst2tog): Insert hook into same st as last st worked, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into next st, yo, pull up loop and pull thru both loops on hook. **This st is modified because you begin each one in the last stitch worked, therefore, your stitch count will not decrease. **Note: It will seem as though you’re working these stitches along the back side of the previous row of hdc. (click HERE for photo & video tutorial)
Gauge Swatch Instructions
- Gauge: In stitch pattern: 11 sts = 3″; 8 rows = 2-1/2″
- Tip: The stitch pattern for this scarf uses a slip stitch technique. As with all slip stitch crochet it is very easy to tighten up your gauge as you work. When I’m working these stitches I am constantly reminding myself to keep an even tension. If I do not, my work ends up too small. Making a mental note helps.
- Checking your gauge before you begin is very important and can save you the heartache and frustration of having to frog your entire project (or keep you from throwing it across the room) because it’s too big or too small. Work the following to check your gauge using a 6.00mm crochet hook, adjust your hook size as needed to match gauge:
Row 1: Ch 12, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch. (11sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, Turn, sl st in same st as ch 1, beginning in same st as sl st work 10 Mslst2tog. (11 sts) (10 Mslst2tog + 1 sl st)
Row 3: Ch 1, Turn, BLO sc in each st across. (11 sts)
Row 4: Ch 1, Turn, skip 1st st, sl st in next st, beginning in same st as sl st work 9 Mslst2tog, sl st in last st. (11sts) (9 Mslst2tog + 2 slsts)
Row 5: Ch 1, Turn, BLO sc in each st across. (11 sts)
Rows 6 – 8: Repeat Rows 2 – 4. (11 sts)
Finished Dimensions: 3″ W X 2-1/2″ H
Men’s Knit-Look Ribbed Scarf Instructions
Note: You can easily adjust the length of your scarf by increasing or decreasing your foundation chain. Likewise, you can adjust width by increasing the number of rows worked (make sure to end with a Row 3 or 5 repeat).
Row 1: Ch 221, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across. (220 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, Turn, sl st in same st as ch 1, beginning in same st as sl st work 219 Mslst2tog. (220 sts) (219 Mslst2tog + 1 sl st)
Row 3: Ch 1, Turn, BLO sc in each st across. (220 sts)
Row 4: Ch 1, Turn, skip 1st st, sl st in next st, beginning in same st as sl st work 218 Mslst2tog, sl st in last st. (220 sts) (218 Mslst2tog + 2 sl sts)
Row 5: Ch 1, Turn, BLO sc in each st across. (220 sts)
Rows 6 – 25: Repeat Rows 2 – 5. (220 sts)
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
More Free Crochet Patterns from A Crocheted Simplicity
If you enjoy making this mens scarf crochet pattern, you may enjoy these other projects as well. And if you just want to browse, you can find all of our free crochet patterns HERE.
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