Crocheted Granny Square Scarf

crochet scarf

I really have absolutely zero business writing out any kind of crochet tutorial, but this is such a simple project for anyone with a little experience, why not? If you can do some simple crochet stitches, hopefully, you will be able to understand. (I’m actually letting other, more experienced crocheters do the explaining.)
I am still working on what will one day be my granny square blanket (all those granny squares are bordered with cream), I was feeling like I wanted to try out a different set of colors, and that’s when the idea for this came about. I played around with my usual blues (I’m so predictable that way, I know), and bordered them all with a deep charcoal gray yarn I have quite a bit of. The centers of all the granny squares were mixed configurations of a yellow and an ochre yarn, they each take turns being the center of the circle. I decided I really wanted to create a scarf of some kind for myself.
The scarf I made is just pairs of the granny squares, lined up beside each other and sewn together, but I left the space between one of the pairs unsewn, like below.
That way, I could slip the other side of the scarf inside the space to cozy it up around my neck.
crocheted scarf
I tried about 50 different shots of me wearing this scarf and none really showed it well, so you will have to settle for it on the table instead. Here’s how I made it, in case anyone would like to try it.
Yarn in several colors. I used 5 colors of Cascade 220– an incredible color assortment and I love crocheting and knitting with it. (I used 2 blues, a yellow, an ochre shade, and a dark charcoal.)
Crochet hook (for my yarn I used H/5.0mm)
Yarn needle or tapestry needle for weaving in the yarn ends
*An updated netflix movie queue (optional, but recommended)
An audiobook you’ve been dying to listen to
To Make:
*Start up your first Netflix movie.
I wrote up a tutorial to create the granny squares which you can find here. There are a thousand different ways to make a granny square, this is only one. You will need approximately 20 granny squares, but gauge the length as you’re going along, you may want yours longer or shorter.
*Start up your next movie.
*To attach the squares together, I was taught to sew the squares together with a tapestry needle, but I wasn’t happy with how my stitches were looking (sloppy), so I did some searching around online and found this tutorial from Lucy, which really clicked for me. Do whatever works for you. I attached all of my squares together using this Lucy’s method, attaching the pairs together first, then attaching the pairs to each other (keep track of the pair you would want to keep open to feed the scarf through and don’t connect those together). The pair I kept open was the second pair on the left side of the scarf (right side facing you).
*I worked in my yarn ends at this point, they were becoming a distraction.
*I would suggest switching to an audiobook at this point, prior to the next step.
*To create a nice border around the entire scarf, I did a scalloped or shell edging, following this tutorial.
*I blocked my scarf when it was completed.  You can choose to block or not to block. I block when I want the stitches to look fuller and more even. Plus it creates a more defined shape to the piece.
And that’s really it. Are you confused enough? Should I have added wine to the materials list?
Oh dear.

  • betz

    October 26, 2010 at 6:05 am

    Love it! You are rockin’ the granny squares, Blair!

  • Leila

    October 26, 2010 at 6:28 am

    Very cool — thanks for sharing! I love the colors you chose. Cascade is the best yarn for the million colors.

  • bright and blithe

    October 26, 2010 at 7:10 am

    I’ll definitely be coming back to this. I tried my hand at crocheting for a short time, got completely frustrated and gave up. Funny, I’m feeling inspired to give it another go.

  • badlands quilts

    October 26, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Love this!

  • Sarah Jackson

    October 26, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Dang it Blair. I don’t have time to learn to crochet right now and you keep taunting me those cute granny squares and tutorials that *almost* make sense to me. We are ignoring my plethora of Cascade 220 scraps in many colors. I’m running away from that darling scarf with my eyes closed and fingers in ears. lalalalalala. I don’t have time. lalalala!

  • tara

    October 26, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Beautiful scarf. great idea to leave a seam open between a pair of the squares.

  • Molly

    October 26, 2010 at 8:24 am

    SQUEEEEEE!!! That is GORGEOUS!!! Love the colors!
    “start your next movie”… mine would be “drive the kids to their next destination” I take mine over the road to work on while I wait for kids.

  • Carrie Anne

    October 26, 2010 at 8:56 am

    I super love this. Awesome.

  • meg

    October 26, 2010 at 9:57 am

    I love the little opening detail! and the colors are spot on. Martha had a granny scarf pattern a long while back where the granny squares were tiny and they were all done in a fuzzy blue mohair.

  • meg

    October 26, 2010 at 10:01 am
  • Erin | house on hill road

    October 26, 2010 at 10:43 am

    1. Thank you a hundred times over for the joining tutorial – I might finish my afghan yet.
    2. I love that you consider a movie a required supply.
    3. It is a beautiful scarf with great colors.
    4. I’m thinking pillow….

  • beki

    October 26, 2010 at 11:53 am

    fabulous!! i love your color combo here.

  • Tammy

    October 26, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Super Cute!

  • amelia studio

    October 26, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I love this. And the wine doesn’t need to be in the materials list — it is a given!

  • Genevieve

    October 26, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    The colours are amazing together! I would love to try crocheting but I can’t seem to put the knitting needles down long enough to try anything else.

  • Rachel at Stitched in Color

    October 26, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you! I have been looking for something to do with granny squares besides create a blanket – which I don’t need. I think this is the project for me!!! If I was to buy the Cascade 220, would I need more than one ball of any color – even for the borders?

  • Luisa

    October 26, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    That is too cute. I never thought of making a granny square scarf.

  • blair/wisecraft

    October 26, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Thanks B!

  • blair/wisecraft

    October 26, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    I totally agree Leila, I seem to be unable to resist just about any color in Cascade 220.

  • blair/wisecraft

    October 26, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    You should try it again, maybe this time it will feel more like an old friend, less frustrating?

  • blair/wisecraft

    October 26, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I know, I’m sorry!

  • blair/wisecraft

    October 26, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Thank you Tara! I’ve worn it a few times now and its that little opening works just great!

  • blair/wisecraft

    October 26, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I hear you Molly, I’ve got a few of those projects too. We moms must be prepared.

  • blair/wisecraft

    October 26, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I hope you’re working on with your grannies with some wine and a movie right now!

  • blair/wisecraft

    October 26, 2010 at 5:34 pm


  • blair/wisecraft

    October 26, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Thanks Rachel! You don’t need more than one ball of any color in this scarf, one ball is probably enough for 2 scarves (okay, maybe 2 balls for the outer color/border). Enjoy!

  • Rachel at Stitched in Color

    October 26, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Thanks! I have no decent yarn in my stash and have been wanting to take the plunge. Is there an awesome online shope for Cascade? My local options are extremely limited.

  • blair/wisecraft

    October 27, 2010 at 6:23 am

    It looks like Purl Soho has a great color selection, their link is included. I’ve never purchased yarn online, but the good thing is that dye lots aren’t as important in a project like this if you buy more than one ball of a color. Enjoy!

  • mom

    October 27, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Blair – the scarf is beautiful! I just knew you would learn to crochet.

  • pamela

    October 27, 2010 at 11:38 am

    This is so beautiful. It looks so snuggly and stylish too. Great colour choices and I love the easy-to-follow ‘how-to’ thanks! I’ll be back again and have mentioned you on my new blog if you’d care to sneak a peak!

  • Brooke Ann Dove

    October 27, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I love that you tell me to start my Netflix movie before I begin…that’s how I start all my crochet projects!

  • hayley l.

    October 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Blair- this is lovely and a great way to showcase those squares! Every time I try to crochet, I inevitably drop stitches and end up with triangles. Maybe adding wine to the process will help…
    BTW- I am making my first pilgrimage to Fabric Crush since I’ve moved up here from Portland. A friend of mine is taking me and I heard her say something about Trophy Cupcakes as well..? (At any rate, I’m excited!)

  • Orjana

    October 28, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Love this idea! Have not come across it before and will have to try it out. I am new to crochet as well, but I think I can handle this, thanks!

  • Kerrie

    October 28, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Wow, this is beautiful! I just finished a granny square baby blanket, I think this will be my next project. It’s such a great classic, old-fashioned look. Thanks for sharing!

  • bambinosteps

    October 28, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    This is going on my list. Thanks Blair!

  • Jessica

    October 29, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    The more I think about this scarf, the more I am convinced that I need one in my life. As though the craft queue weren’t long enough already!
    Received your package in the mail … thank you!!! The fabrics are really beautiful and fun and my mom has already laid claim to the voile to make a scarf. Plenty of scheming going on over here — thanks!!!

  • pamela

    October 30, 2010 at 12:22 am

    I love this scarf and the colour combo is so perfect. I’m inspired to make a few for gifts, if I can bear to give them away. In fact it so bowled me over I had to mention it over on my new Blog!

  • renee ~ heirloom seasons

    November 5, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    That’s so great! I was visiting to see how your granny square making was coming along. I just finished a small sampler project, made a bunch of autumn colored squares and then hung them as a garland. It was fun. Still haven’t actually started our granny square blanket though, which is going to be out cascade 220 also.
    Happy crocheting to you!

  • bidudotca

    November 10, 2010 at 9:30 am

    I started making a granny square scarf already. Just now I stumbled on your project. A nice idea. When I finish mine, i will post on my website

  • Ani

    November 12, 2010 at 6:13 am

    So pretty! Maybe this is the kick I need to get me learning to crochet…
    And I love your tutorial.

  • Penny

    November 15, 2010 at 8:08 am

    LOVE this. My grandma totally has a blanket with that pattern on it — except it’s awesome 70s colors — brown, orange, yellow — haha! I really like this as a scarf; thanks for the idea!

  • Scarves

    November 23, 2010 at 1:58 am

    I am awestruck by this beautiful Printing… how honored I am that a little photo I took could inspire such a gorgeous piece of art.

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