Crochet for a Cause: Simple Scarf for a Homeless One

Crochet Along for a Homeless One


Homelessness is Trending

Homeless is trending, not because people are vying to be cold, lonely and hungry.  It’s trending because homelessness is a fear of our unsteady economic times.  For some, it’s already a reality.  For others, it has been for a long time.

While fear is nagging our culture, instead of ignoring it, let’s trump it with love.

“Perfect love casts out fear.” 1 John 4:18

Crochet for a Cause: Homelessness


  • Use a dark yarn that doesn’t easily show dirt.
  • Use a washable yarn, like acrylic worsted weight.
  • Create interest with pattern and texture rather than color changes.
  • Shoot for warmth without weight.  Don’t make the scarf too heavy, or too wispy.

Many thanks to Sandy at Bridge and Beyond for sharing her tips with us.

Simple Scarf Pattern: For a Man or a Woman

Here’s a simple scarf I designed this fall with the unique needs of the homeless in mind.  

In the days to come, I’ll be posting ideas on how to jazz it up using texture rather than color.

Gray Scarf Pattern

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CH 28.

Row 1: DC in 3rd ch from hook, and every CH across. Turn. (26 dc)

Initial Ribbing Rows (IRR)

Ribbing on Gray Scarf

Row 2: CH 2 (counts as first dc in this row and all rows after).  *BPDC around post of next dc.  DC in next DC.  Repeat from * to end of row.  Turn. (26 st)

Row 3: CH 2. Beginning with first BPDC, *around BPDC, make a FPDC.  DC in next DC.* Repeat **. (26 st)

Row 4: CH 2. Beginning with first FPDC, *around FPDC, make a BPDC. DC in next DC.*  Repeat **. (26 st)

Raised post stitches should be one side and you should notice lovely hills and valleys forming.


Hills and Valleys of Ribbing

Row 5: Repeat row 3. (26 st)

Row 6: Repeat row 4  Do not cut yarn, unless you want to change colors.(26 st)

Ribbing Stitches: Front and Back

Body of Scarf

As Many Rows as You Like:  CH 2.  DC in each stitch across. Turn. (26 st)

Repeat this row until the scarf is as long as you’d like it.

Length Clarification: (Many thanks to Noreen for pointing out the need for detail.  🙂 )

As far as the length goes, it really depends on how long one wants the scarf and how tight the stitches are crocheted.

Using a G hook, the average gauge seems to be 1 row of dc = 1/2 inch.

So, I would make about 90 rows of dc between the ribbing on both ends for both the Simple Scarf and the Bit Jazzier Scarf.

It really is a matter of personal preference and the weather in your area. Warm weather folks wouldn’t need a long, wide scarf, but those in the colder winter states might like being able to wrap around it a time or two.

The simplicity of this scarf makes a lovely car ride or TV-watching project.

Final Ribbing Notes

Make sure your ribbing will end up on the same side as your initial ribbing.

You will be working the hills onto the back of the fabric for the first row of the final ribbing.

The easiest way to figure out if you need to add another row of DCs before beginning the final ribbing is to lay the scarf out flat with the hills and valleys up and on the left side of the scarf.

Hills and Valleys of Ribbing


Look at the right side of the scarf.  Is your working end of the yarn at the top?  Then you are good to go on with the ribbing.

If the working yarn is at the bottom of the scarf, you’ll need to either add another row of DC, or take one out.

Final Ribbing Rows (FRR)

FRR 1 : CH 2 (counts as first dc in this row and all rows after).  *BPDC around post of next DC.  DC in next DC.  Repeat from * to end of row.  If you have an extra stitch at the end, make it a DC.  Turn. (26 st)

FRR 2: CH 2. *Around BPDC, make a FPDC.  DC in next DC.* Repeat **. (26 st) (update –> If you have an extra stitch at the end, make it a DC.)

FRR 3: CH 2.  *Around FPDC, make a BPDC. DC in next DC.*  Repeat **. (26 st) (update –> If you have an extra stitch at the end, make it a DC.)

At this point, you should notice all raised stitches of ribbing are on the same side on both ends of the scarf.

Ribbing on Same Side of Scarf

FRR 4: Repeat FRR 2.

FRR 5: Repeat FRR 3.

FRR 6: CH 2.  DC in each stitch across. (26 st)

Finish off.  Weave in ends.

Gray Scarf Pattern

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Who should I give the scarf to?

If you have a homeless shelter or ministry in your community, they will be happy to share your gift of love with someone in need.

If you’d rather give it directly to someone on the street, be sure to read:  Serving the Homeless: Staying Safe.


Coming Soon …

(edit: It’s here!)  How to Jazz Up the Simple Scarf and Keep It Manly


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This pattern may be used to make gifts and donations, but is not to be reproduced without permission.  Thank you for understanding!

Updated Jan 2015 for clarification.


  1. Many thanks for the link, love that you’re reaching out to help others. I stress the solids over stripes constantly; but….I think people think solid is boring and so despite my urging we still get more stripes then solids. I do keep trying. Love the pattern, basic always works, and very very cool idea to jazz it up with texture. I’m adding your link to my blog and will be encouraging folks to come visit you for pattern ideas. Got about half a dozen posts scheduled, so will post about your blog in about a week. Do check in.

    • Thank you for sharing the pattern ideas, Sandy, and for the encouragement that I’m on the right track with adding texture. A new pattern will go up next Monday for an even jazzier version with bobbles, but not too bobbly. I just signed up for your emails so I don’t miss your inspirations and ideas. I love that we can serve together via cyberspace!

  2. Found your pattern via Sandy’s B&B blog. Love the pattern! Planning to give it a shot this weekend.

    • Thank you, Raina! Have fun and let me know if you run into any snags in the pattern. Brrr! My hands are so cold typing, I think I need to bury my fingers in some yarn, myself!

  3. Thank you so very much for the rapid response. I can let people know where to find pattern and feel like people will have a very good idea of how long it should be… beginners or above should have enough information to get started. I hope church friends and co-workers will join me in this effort. ( I was working on the A Bit Jazzier scarf but had made a mistake causing one side to be lovely and straight and the other side to have indentations where the X row ends.. does that have a DC end to row?)

  4. Hi Noreen, I’m happy to help. 🙂

    I haven’t made the scarf in a year, so my memory is a bit fuzzy on the exact details.

    But I do see that in the FRR (Final Ribbing Row) 1, I have a note about the possibility of an extra stitch, and to end with an extra dc.

    I’ll add the same note to the other FRRs, in case my count ended up being off a stitch.

    Sorry for the trouble! Can you let me know if it works out to need that extra dc stitch?

    I’d love to see pics of the scarves you all make!