Rustic Lace Scarf – Free Crochet Pattern

There’s just something about a rustic lace scarf. Something simple, but beautiful. Rustic, yet refined. I am so excited to share this new scarf crochet pattern with you today!

Find the free crochet pattern instructions below, or purchase a print-friendly, ad-free PDF here.

Rustic Lace Scarf Free Crochet Pattern

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Rustic Lace Scarf Inspiration

This scarf was inspired by a cabin, rustic outdoorsy type feel. I wanted it to have a woodsy vibe. Something perfect for exploring (like hiking the Smoky Mountains and other national parks on a cool day!)

I think the yarn colors and stitch really helped with that, don’t you think? We have a soft light brown, a doe brown that reminds me of a deer, leading into a darker brown/black.

I honestly can’t wait to wear this scarf once the weather cools down! It is so soft and cozy, and the brown could go with a lot of different outfits!

Easy Crochet Rustic Lace Scarf

Easy Lace Scarf Pattern

This scarf pattern is pretty easy to make. There’s just a few stitches you will need to know in order to complete it—chains, single crochet, double crochet, and slip stitches.

These stitches are combined in different ways to get the pretty result you see in the photos. For example, the double crochets and chains will be combined to form shell stitches. And the chains and slip stitches will be combined to form picot stitches!

If that sounds complicated now, don’t worry. The written instructions are very clear, and I have included some photo tutorials to help you out as you make this easy scarf too.

Rustic Lace Scarf Free Crochet Pattern
Rustic Lace Scarf - Free Crochet Pattern

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The Yarn

I used We Crochet Arcadia DK Special Reserve yarn to make this scarf. Unfortunately, since this yarn was special reserve only, it doesn’t seem to be available on the We Crochet/Knit Picks website anymore.

Thankfully, you can use just about any DK weight yarn to make this scarf! However, I do recommend using one with some natural fibers. Arcadia DK is wool and alpaca, making it extra fuzzy and soft.

My top recommendation for a substitute would be We Crochet City Tweed Yarn! This yarn would still give your scarf a rustic feel (although it would not be striped unless you bought several different colors and made the stripes yourself).

If you find another alternative that works well, let me know!

Easy Crochet Rustic Lace Scarf

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Rustic Lace Scarf Free Crochet Pattern

Rustic Lace Scarf – Free Crochet Pattern

All right, let’s get onto the free scarf pattern!

Video Tutorial:

Explanation: Meet the Rustic Lace Scarf! This scarf features an openwork stitch pattern with unique shells and picot stitches. Made with a soft yarn in rustic colors, it will add the perfect air of elegance to an outfit!


  • We Crochet Arcadia DK Yarn: (60% Merino Wool, 25% Alpaca, 15% Manufactured Fibers) 137 yds / 125 m, 1.76 oz / 50 g) 3 balls Doeling Brown
  • Or approximately 350 yards of DK weight yarn. Suggested Substitute: We Crochet City Tweed DK yarn
  • G/4mm crochet hook (or size to obtain gauge)
  • Yarn needle
  • Blocking materials

Learn about what what types of yarns are best for scarves.

Finished Measurements:

6” wide by 72” long

Note: These measurements are taken AFTER blocking. Please do not skip the step of blocking your scarf! This will allow the lace to open up and look beautiful. You especially want to stretch the width when blocking (my scarf measured about 5” in width before blocking, but I blocked it to 6”). 

More info on scarf length & width here


  1. Ch 3 at beginning of rows counts as a dc.
  2. Scarf is worked in one long rectangle with a border added on at the end.
  3. This scarf is extremely easy to adjust in size. You can easily keep working in the stitch pattern until it reaches your desired length. For adjusting width, use the stitch multiple: 6+3. 

Abbreviations/Stitches Used:

Chain – ch

Slip Stitch – sl st

Single crochet – sc

Double crochet – dc

Repeat – rep

Skip – sk

Stitch(es) – st(s)

Space – sp

RS – right side

Special Stitches:

Shell (sh): (Dc, ch 2, dc, ch 2, dc) into indicated stitch.

Picot Stitch: Ch 3, sl st into the back bump of 3rd ch from hook. 

Rustic Lace Scarf Written Instructions

Rustic Lace Scarf - Free Crochet Pattern.


Ch 28.

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and each ch across. Turn. (27 sc)

Row 2 (RS): Ch 3, dc in next sc. Sk 2 sc, sh in next sc. (Sk 2 sc, dc in next sc, sk 2 sc, sh in next sc) 3 times. Sk 2 sc, dc in last 2 sc. Turn. (4 sh, 7 dc)

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in next dc. Sh in middle dc of next sh. (Dc in next dc, sh in middle dc of next sh) 3 times. Dc in last 2 dc. (4 sh, 7 dc)

Rows 4-6: Repeat row 3.

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in first 2 dc. Sc in all dc and all ch-sps across. Turn. (27 sc)

Row 8: Ch 1, sc across. Turn. (27 sc)

Row 9: Ch 3, dc in next sc. (Picot stitch, sk 2 sc, 2 dc in next sc) 7 times. Picot stitch, sk 2 sc, dc in last 2 sc. (8 picots, 18 dc)

Row 10: Ch 3, dc in next dc. Sh in between dcs of next 2-dc cluster. (Dc in between dcs of next 2-dc cluster, sh in between dcs of next 2-dc cluster) 3 times. Dc in last 2 dc. Turn. (4 sh, 7 dc)

Repeat rows 3-10 until your scarf is just under the length you want. Then, repeat rows 3-8 once more. You can adjust the length here as you wish!  I did a total of 160 rows for a length of 72” after blocking.

Last row: Repeat row 9 once more to make the picot border. Fasten off.

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Border (Other End of Scarf):

Go back to the other end of the scarf where you started. Join yarn with a sc on the opposite side of the chain. 

Row 1: Sc across, working on the opposite side of the chain. (27 sc)

Row 2: Repeat row 9. Fasten off.


  1. Wet block your scarf to the finished measurements listed. You will want to block it slightly larger than the size you want, because it will shrink back on itself ever so slightly after removing pins.
  2. After blocking, weave in your ends!

Rustic Scarf Crochet Photo Tutorial

If you need a little extra help with those written instructions, these photos will be just what you need! I am a visual learner myself, so I always like adding photos in with my patterns.

Below you can see the first few steps of making the scarf. In the top left you can see what your work should look like after making the first 2 rows. The shells will just be starting to form.

In the top right, you can see what your project will look like after doing a few more shell rows. Keep doing these shell rows until you have 6 rows total. Then you can move onto the single-crochet row. A close up of this is shown in the bottom left.

And finally, in the bottom right you can see the beginning of row 9, where you’ll make your first picot row.

Rustic lace scarf crochet photo tutorial

As you can see in both photos below, the picots on row 9 will be separated by 2-double crochet clusters. Make sure to skip 2 single crochet in between each of these clusters.

Rustic Lace Scarf photo tutorial

For row 10, we need to get back to our shell rows! You’ll need to insert your hook in a weird place for this row, but don’t worry, it’s easy to get used to!

Start row 10 with 2 double crochet like normal. Then, insert your hook BETWEEN the next 2 double crochet (top left and right photos).

Make a shell in that same space where the hook was pointing. Then, make a double crochet in between the next 2 double crochet. Simply repeat alternating shells and double crochet across this row!

Rustic Lace Scarf picture tutorial

After finishing row 10, you know everything you need to know to make this scarf! Simply repeat rows 3-10 for the stitch pattern.


There is really just something about a rustic lace scarf that you can wear over and over again. I hope you loved this scarf as much as I loved designing it! It really is not hard to make at all. If you have any questions, I’m here to help!

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