I am so excited to introduce you to my very first men’s crochet pattern: the Alpine Stitch Scarf! Using brooding, foresty colors and a detailed textured stitch, this is a scarf the man in your life will be proud to wear over and over again.
Scroll down farther in this post for the free written instructions, or purchase a print-optimized PDF pattern here.
Have you ever made a Men’s Crochet Scarf?
It can be intimidating to crochet for men. You have to get just the right stitch—it can’t be too feminine, but also not boring.
Last Christmas, my boyfriend had hinted at wanting a crocheted scarf. So, I decided it was time to tackle the project and find the perfect stitch for a men’s scarf.
I chose to make an Alpine Stitch Scarf!
When I decided to make the scarf, I started searching for the perfect stitch. It proved harder than I thought to find the perfect one…but I finally settled on the Alpine Stitch!
In case you’re wondering, the Alpine Stitch is a rich textured stitch that uses front post double crochet and single crochet. It’s really not hard to learn! With the right color, it makes a great masculine stitch pattern.
Men’s Scarf Crochet Pattern With Lion Brand Yarn
While you can use any worsted weight yarn to make this scarf, I used one of my favorite Lion Brand yarns…
It’s a Lion Brand Heartland Pattern!
Heartland is one of my all time favorite yarns for scarves. The two colors I used for this scarf are Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Because the colors have a marled effect, it makes the scarf look extra rugged and manly! Heartland is the perfect yarn for this pattern, but you can use similar medium weight yarns as well.
If you’re looking for more crochet patterns for men, check out this warm mens beanie pattern!
Alpine Scarf PDF Pattern
The pattern includes a full photo tutorial for the scarf, PLUS photos that show you exactly how to change colors.
How long should a men’s crochet scarf be?
The first thing I looked into when I started designing my first men’s scarf is length. How in the world do you know how long the scarf should be? Especially if you don’t want to try it on them as you go? (I didn’t want to because it was a Christmas gift)
I researched it a bit and found a few guidelines that were helpful:
- You can make the scarf as long as they are tall
- OR, you can make the scarf the same length as their arm-span when stretched out
Overall, I ended up writing this pattern in 3 lengths:
- Regular – 60″
- Long – 73″
- Extra Long – 87″
My boyfriend is about 5′ 11″ tall, and I made the long version for him, which is just a few inches longer than his height. And, it fits him great!
Oh, and in case you were wondering, it holds up great even while throwing snowballs 😉
How wide should a men’s crochet scarf be?
While we’re on the topic of men’s crochet scarf dimensions, you might also be wondering how wide a scarf like this should be. A good width for a men’s scarf can easily range from 5-7″.
This scarf in particular measures 5.5″ across. However, this is very easy to adjust using the stitch multiple!
Let’s talk about the Stripes!
I chose to make this into a striped crochet scarf pattern…and let me tell you, I was not disappointed. The large sections of dark brown, and small sections of woodland green work perfectly together!
If you have any trouble changing colors, make sure to check out the video tutorial or purchase the ad-free printable pattern. These both include important details that should help you figure it out.
Alpine Stitch Scarf Crochet Pattern for Men
All right, let’s get on to the scarf crochet pattern!
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- Lion Brand Heartland Weight 4 Medium (94% acrylic, 6% Rayon, 251 yds/230 m, 5 oz/ 142 g) color A – Sequoia 2 skeins, color B – Kings Canyon 1 skein
- Or, approximately 570 yards of worsted weight yarn
- I/5.5mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
Learn about what what types of yarns are best for scarves.
- Scarf is worked width-wise in one long rectangle.
- Ch 1 at beginning of rows does NOT count as a stitch.
- You can easily adjust the width of this scarf by using any odd number of stitches to achieve desired width.. If you are starting with a fsc (as the pattern is written) you can adjust it to any ODD number of fsc. If you would like to start with a traditional chain, you can adjust it to be any EVEN number.
- Regular: 60”
- Long: 73”
- Extra Long: 87”
Sample shown is 73”
Note: Pattern is written in one size, but with instructions to get to the 3 lengths listed above.
17 stitches and 13 rows in stitch pattern = 4”
This gauge is provided if you would like to get your scarf to look as much like the picture as possible. Because scarves are not fitted in any way, you can feel free skip gauge if you so desire, and simply follow the adjusting instructions to get the right size.
Intermediate – this scarf is not too hard to make, but you will need to know how to make front post double crochet stitches. For a full list of stitches used, see below.
Abbreviations/Stitches Used (U.S.)
Chain – ch
Single crochet – sc
Double crochet – dc
Front post double crochet – fpdc
Repeat – rep
Skip – sk
Space(s) – sp(s)
Stitch(es) – st(s)
Beginning – beg
Crochet Mens Scarf Written Instructions & Tutorial:
Fsc 23 (or any ODD number, if you’d like to adjust the width of your scarf). If you’re unfamiliar with fsc, see this video.
Row 1: Ch 1, dc in first fsc. Dc in each fsc across, turn. (23 dc)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first dc. Sc in each dc across, turn. (23 sc)
Row 3: Ch 1, dc in first sc. Fpdc around second dc from 2 rows below. Dc in next sc. *Skip one dc from 2 rows below, fpdc around next dc from 2 rows below. Dc in next sc. Rep from * across, turn. (11 fpdc, 12 dc)
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in each stitch across, turn. (23 sc)
Row 5: Ch 1, dc in first two sc. *Fpdc around next dc from 2 rows below, dc in next sc. (note that all fpdc from here on out will be worked in regular dc sts from 2 rows below). Rep from * until 1 sc is left. Dc in last sc, turn. (10 fpdc, 13 dc)
Row 6: Ch 1, sc in each stitch across, turn. (23 sc)
Row 7: Ch 1, dc in first sc. *Fpdc around next dc from 2 rows below, dc in next sc. Rep from * across, turn. (11 fpdc, 12 dc)
Row 8-17: Rep rows 4-7 twice, then repeat rows 4-5 once.
Row 8: Rep row 4.
Row 9: Rep row 5.
Row 10: Rep row 6.
Row 11: Rep row 7.
Row 12: Rep row 4.
Row 13: Rep row 5.
Row 14: Rep row 6.
Row 15: Rep row 7.
Row 16: Rep row 4.
Row 17: Rep row 5.
Row 18: Ch 1, sc in each stitch across. On last sc, complete last YO with CC to prepare for stripe.
Rows 19-22: Rep rows 5-8, but use CC.
This is what your work should look like as you start row 19 in the new color:
Rows 23-40: Continue to work in the established stitch pattern with MC, changing colors in the same way as before.
Note: if all the “row repeats” confuse you, just think of it this way: you’re basically doing 4 rows in the CC, and then 18 rows in the MC, over and over again using the established stitch pattern the whole time.
ANOTHER NOTE: if you would like to minimize the amount of ends you have to weave in, carry the MC up the side of the scarf at the end of every single crochet row so that it will be ready to work with again after Row 22 is finished. This may look noticeable as you work it, but from a distance you can’t tell at all. See below/video tutorial for more information.
Continue to work in the established stitch pattern, doing 18 rows of MC and 4 rows of CC, for the following amount of rows:
Regular: Work to row 194
Long: Work to row 238
Extra Long: Work to row 282
If you are not following gauge at all, you can simply keep going in the stitch pattern until the scarf reaches your desired length.
That’s all there is to making this alpine stitch scarf for men! I hope you have enjoyed this crochet pattern. I certainly enjoyed designing it.
If you’re looking for more men’s crochet patterns, check out this ultimate list of crochet gifts for men.