Meet the Aurora Scarf, a chunky crochet scarf pattern made with a gorgeous yarn! This quick crochet scarf works up in under 2 hours and it is both warm and stylish at the same time. I am so excited to share the free pattern with you today.
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Women’s Chunky Crochet Scarf Pattern
There are many advantages to making a chunky crochet scarf. First of all, using a chunky yarn gives you an extra thick crochet scarf.
Extra thickness = extra warmth and extra coziness! This scarf is so squishy and almost cushiony due to the yarn and stitch. I’m going to be wearing it all winter long—the wide variety of colors in the yarn pair with a lot of my tops, which is great.
And as you can see, I was wearing it outside in the snow. The truth is it was keeping me pretty warm for the photoshoot even though I wasn’t wearing a heavy coat!
Choosing a Bulky Yarn for a chunky crochet scarf
The yarn I used for this scarf is We Crochet’s new Alla Prima yarn. This is my new favorite bulky yarn for scarves. It is super thick and soft, and the colors are absolutely gorgeous!
This chunky crochet scarf is perfect for beginners because it uses such an easy stitch pattern. But the thing is, it doesn’t look simple—and that’s because the colors in the yarn do a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to the finished look.
While you can use other super chunky yarn to make this yarn, I definitely recommend Alla Prima. It is a single-ply yarn, which means it doesn’t have any twist to it. This makes it fluffier and softer than a lot of other bulky yarns.
What is the best stitch for a chunky crochet scarf?
That’s a great question! For oversized crochet scarves, it is usually best to stick with a simpler stitch.
The stitch we’ll be using for this scarf is the Moss Stitch, which is pretty well known and pretty simple to recreate. (But don’t worry, if you’re new to it there will be lots of photos and video to help you out!)
Of course, other stitches will work for chunky scarves too—here are 10 of my favorite stitches for scarves.
aurora Super Chunky Crochet Scarf Pattern
Without further ado, let’s get straight to the scarf pattern!
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Explanation: Meet the Aurora Scarf, a chunky crochet scarf made from a gorgeous yarn! This colorful scarf has both warmth and style put together into one design. Best of all, it is made from an easy stitch and it can be finished in just a few hours!
- We Crochet Alla Prima (100% Merino Wool, 52 yds 47 m, 4 oz / 120 g) 4 hanks
- Or approximately 200 yards super bulky yarn (single ply will resemble photos best)
- L/8mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- Sharp scissors
- Starting ch 1 at the beginning of rows does not count as a stitch.
- Scarf is worked width-wise, back and forth in rows, with fringe attached at the end.
5” wide, 80” long including fringe – but easily adjustable
Note: Most of the time I don’t make my scarves this long, but if you want to wear the scarf like I styled it in the photos, it helps to have an extra long scarf. Adjust length depending on the style you like best.
Abbreviations/Stitches Used (U.S.)
Chain – ch
Single crochet – sc
Repeat – rep
Stitch(es) – st(s)
Space(s) – sp(s)
Skip – sk
Bulky Yarn crochet Scarf Instructions:
Ch 12. (To adjust width, start with any multiple of 2 chs).
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook. (Ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch) 5x. Turn. (6 sc, 5 ch)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc. Sc in ch-sp. (Ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-sp) 4x. Sc in last sc. Turn. (7 sc, 4 ch)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in first sc. (Ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-sp) 4x. Ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc. Turn. (6 sc, 5 ch)
Rep rows 2-3 until you have a total of 125 rows (or to desired length—you can end on a row 2 or 3, it doesn’t matter).
Last Row: Ch 1, sc in each sc and each ch-sp across. (11 sc)
- Fasten off and weave in ends.
- Attach fringe: I used only 1 piece of 14” yarn per fringe, folded in half and attached (see tutorial on next page). Attach one fringe per stitch, for a total of 11. Trim to an even length.
Below you can see what Row 1 will look like when done, and also what it means to insert your hook in the chain space.
On the top, see what it looks like making the last single crochet of a row (for odd numbered rows). Then, what it looks like once 3 rows are done.
To make the fringe, follow the 5 steps below. Make sure to start with the right side of the work facing you. Fold the yarn strand in half, then pull it through a stitch on the end of the scarf (step 2). Then yarn over and pull both ends of the fringe through the working loop (steps 3-4). Note that I find it helpful to hold the 2 ends of the fringe in my left hand as if I’m actually crocheting—but this is not required. Do what is most comfortable to you.
And that’s all there is to it! I hope this tutorial was helpful.
How much yarn do you need for a chunky scarf?
Usually you will need more skeins than you expect to crochet a chunky scarf. Because chunky yarn is so thick, balls or skeins typically come with less yardage than other yarn weights. I used 3 full hanks of Alla Prima, plus part of a 4th hank, in this particular pattern.
Why is a chunky scarf so much faster to make?
Though you may need to spend more, a bulky weight scarf is a dream to crochet because of how fast it goes! Because the yarn is so much bigger, your stitches are also bigger—which equals less stitches overall compared to working with smaller yarns.
What is the difference between chunky and super chunky?
There are three categories that are considered “chunky” types of yarns, so definitely look out for this when choosing yarn for your scarf. #5 Bulky weight is the “thinnest” chunky yarn. #6 weight is considered super bulky (which is the weight of the yarn I used here). Then there is also #7 weight, which is considered jumbo yarn.
Obviously you’ll get very different results with a chunky scarf depending on if you use #5, #6, or #7 weight. Make sure you pay careful attention to the details in any pattern you choose so you get the right weight.
The Aurora scarf is reminiscent of the northern lights, and its thick and chunky fabric is sure to keep you warm! You’ll stay cozy and stylish in the cold seasong when you make this oversized scarf. So what are you waiting for? Grab your yarn and hook and get started today!