I was looking for a crocheted scarf pattern that would be suitable for men. After several failed attempts with patterns that were too thick and chunky-looking, I came across the solution: use a larger hook and a looser stitch. I was inspired by Crochet in Color’s Ireland’s Scarf, but instead of working the scarf lengthwise, I went width-wise and added ch-1 spaces.
I have seen the “sc1, ch1, repeat” pattern called a granite stitch, but what is it called when the single crochet is replaced with an extended single crochet? I think it still looks pretty “granite-y”, but does anyone know what it’s proper name is?
This scarf would probably work well in women’s colours too, I just find it discouraging how few patterns there are for men’s crocheted items. In my experience, the colours you choose really determine the ‘gender’, and I’ve noticed that masculine scarves tend to be wider and have a stronger boarder.
** Note: I’ve made a step-by-step guide for this stitch and pattern, find it on my blog here **
Granite Scarf Pattern:
1 ball worsted weight yarn (make sure it’s soft against your skin. I used Bernat Satin in Forest Mist Heather)
Size J (6mm) hook
5″ x 66″ (I made mine 161 rows long)
Esc (Extended Single Crochet):
- Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through stitch (2 loops on hook)
- Yarn over, pull through first loop only (2 loops on hook)
- Yarn over, pull through both loops
Foundation: Ch 26 (or any even number)
Row 1: 1 Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (25 sc). Ch 1 and turn.
Row 2: 1 Esc in first st. *Ch 1. Miss next st. 1 Esc in next st. Repeat from * to end (13 Esc & 12 ch). Ch 1 and turn.
Row 3: 1 Esc in first st. 1 Esc in next ch-1 sp. *Ch 1. Miss next st. 1 Esc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from * to last st. 1 Esc in last sc. (14 Esc & 11 ch). Ch 1 and turn.
Row 4: 1 Esc in first st. *Ch 1. Miss next st. 1 Esc in next ch-1 sp. Repeat from * to last 2 st. Ch 1. Miss next st. 1 Esc in last st. (13 Esc & 12 ch). Ch 1 and turn.
Repeat last 2 rows until scarf is desired length. To finish, crochet 1 row of sc in each st and ch-1 sp across (25 sc). Ch 1 & turn. Sl st in each st across and finish off (25 sl st).
Cute pattern, but very manly. Wonder what it would look like with variegated yarn.
I’m not sure, but I will definitely post a photo if I make a variegated scarf. 🙂
I have a 14 year old boy that wants a scarf made out of Red Heart Camo Super Saver. I might just try it with your pattern!
If you do, I would love it if you sent me a picture!
This is exactly what I’ve been looking for! A manly scarf to make for the men in my life this Christmas. I’ve just started to crochet, can anyone help me understand the instructions? I know how to single crochet, double crochet, etc., but I’m having trouble understanding the instructions such as those in row 2 and on. Any help would be appreciated!
When I was first learning how to crochet, I always found the first couple of rows to be the most difficult.
I tried explaining how to do the extended single crochet in my post, just above the second picture, but if that’s not clear try finding a youtube video on how to do it. Once you get the hang of it it’s really not difficult.
After that it’s just a matter of alternating between extended single crochet and chain stitches, making sure you always start and end your row with an extended single crochet. Then in subsequent rows, make your extended single crochet into each chain space.
I’ve added a chart to my post, so hopefully the pattern will make more sense. I think this pattern would also work well using single crochet stitches in place of extended single crochet stitches too.
Good luck, let me know how it works out!
Thanks so much for the chart! It is very helpful!
The chart is a god send, I did not get the instructions for row 3…the part specifically where is said 1 Esc in next Ch-1 sp. The Chain-1 Sp threw me, but once I saw the diagram I had a ah ha moment!
Oh good! I’m really glad that helped clear things up. I’ve written patterns for my own use before but I don’t think I’ve ever created a pattern for someone else to make. I’ve also added a new post about how to do the extended single crochet and my granite stitch pattern. Thanks for the feedback!
I’m new to crochet and I really appreciate your detailed instructions and especially the diagram. I’m hoping to make this for a Christmas gift. I’ll let you know if it turns out! Thank you for sharing this great project!
Yes, please let me know how it turns out, I’d love to see your finished project!
Finally, a pattern I can use for my boys. I’m going to try this one, starting tonight. Won’t take long to finish, as I usually sit for over 2 hours at my kids’ swim practices, crocheting. I’ll send you a pic when done. Thanks much for sharing.
Thanks, it’s definitely tough to find patterns for men! I’d love to see it when you’re done 🙂 You can post your pictures on ravelry too if you have an account: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mens-granite-stitch-scarf
Nice stitch! I might like that as much as I like the “cross-stitch” stitch. I need more ideas for men’s scarves… Christmas is coming!
(BTW, for those who don’t know, the “cross-stitch” double crochet is where you skip one stitch and double crochet into the next stitch then double crochet back into the stitch that you just skipped. It is a very nice pattern whether you use solid or varied color yarn.)
Thank you very much for the pattern! I made a scarf for a man, the stitch is great for a project like that.
This looks great! Finding something that’d work for a 10 year old boy was a lot more difficult than I anticipated but looks like I’ll be off to the yarn store today 🙂 Thanks!
I love your scarf pattern. Could I make this scarf with chunky yarn?
Yes, I imagine it would work with chunky yarn too.
I came across your blog doing a google search for mens crochet scarf! This looks like a great pattern and I am about to start it. I too have recently picked up crocheting (self-taught) and I am hooked as well 🙂
YouTube has been my amazing helper though.
Thanks for the pattern! I was looking for a men’s scarf worked horizontally and found this… it’s perfect 🙂
I am fairly new to crocheting…I just finished my first Granny Square Blanket. I am still confused by the instructions above though:
Row 2: 1 Esc in first st. *Ch 1. Miss next st. (DOES THIS MEAN I SKIP ONE STITCH ENTIRELY?) 1 Esc in next st. Repeat from * to end (13 Esc & 12 ch). Ch 1 and turn.
SO IN OTHER WORDS, ITS CHAIN 1, ESC 1, AND SO ON.
Row 3: 1 Esc in first st. 1 Esc in next ch-1 sp. (NOT SURE WHAT ch1 sp MEANS) *Ch 1. Miss next st. 1 Esc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from * to last st. 1 Esc in last sc. (14 Esc & 11 ch). Ch 1 and turn.
I’M WONDERING IF I’M READING TOO MUCH INTO THIS?
Thank you for all your patience!!!!
So in row 2, you do an extended single crochet in every other stitch, so yes, you skip one stitch entirely.
ch1 sp = ‘chain one space’, that’s the space created in the previous row when you chained one between each extended single crochet. If you stretch your crochet out a little bit you can see that there’s a space there and you put your hook right under that chain-1 (from the previous row) for your stitch.
Take a look at the photo tutorial I made in this post too, there are two pictures in there showing which stitches to skip and where the chain-1 spaces are: https://capedcrocheter.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/extended-single-crochet/
I hope this helps 🙂
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I worked up this scarf for a gift. You can see photos here:http://crochetdabbler.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/granite-stitch/. Thank you for this pattern; I love it!
SO excited to do this pattern. Trying to find a pattern for a picky 19 year old son and I think this is it! I have chunky camo yarn and was worried the stitch would get lost in the variegated yarn, but after looking at Equestrian’s post – it looks wonderful! Will try to post back a pic – so happy! Thank you for sharing your pattern.
Here’s my version of your scarf:
Thank you for the pattern 🙂
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing
I’ve seen this stitch in a British stitch dictionary and they call it Pike stitch. Nice scarf!
Is there any chance of finding a video for this pattern I really want to make this but find written instructions a lot harder than a video
Thank you for sharing this pattern. I make a lot of the same scarf for guys (ribbed vertically) and it’s nice to find something different.
WOW PERFECT!!! I’m going to attempt 3 of these for guy gifts. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Yes, please let me know how it goes, you can post pictures of your finished scarves on Ravelry. 🙂
I just finished your pattern for my sister-in-law’s police officer boyfriend. It looks manly and beautiful. Thank you so much for this pattern. I will make more for any man in my life willing to wear a scarf, which unfortunately is not very many but I think I might change a few minds after they see this one!