The Lemonade Scarf: Free Crochet Scarf Pattern

by Shehla Ahmed

Two weeks ago, I posted a video on Instagram of me working a new stitch I learned. I got so many questions about it and the project I was working on so I’m really pleased to finally share. This is the Lemonade Scarf, a thick and squishy crochet scarf pattern for Fall. To make this, I really only used a combination of star stitches and half double crochets, and it works up quickly. I also added a few big buttons so you can either wear this so it hangs down in front of you or wrap it around like a cowl. Either way, it’s bright and happy and so soft!



Everything about this scarf makes me happy: the bright beautiful yellow reminds me of lemonade and summer. The star stitch makes me think of light filtering through the trees. And even though this crochet scarf pattern is a yarn eater, the satisfaction of pulling through 5 loops with the star stitch is amazing! I even love the big hook I used, the giant buttons, everything!


Also, as I made this, I had my cousin in mind and knowing that this would end up with her made me smile as I worked. This is a really simple pattern once you get the hang of the star stitch, so let’s get started!



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Pattern Notes:

  • Skill level – Beginner
  • Sizing – 8″ wide x 55″ long
  • Gauge – 1.5 stitches/inch x 1.5 rows/inch





Lemonade Crochet Scarf Pattern

Chain 15.

Row 1: HDC into the first space next to the hook.


For the first star stitch, insert your hook into the same space as the HDC and pull up a loop. Pull up a loop from each of the next 3 spaces. You should now have 5 loops on your hook. YO, and pull through all 5 loops at once. Chain 1 to close the star stitch and you’re done with the first one!



Now, for the next stitch and each one after, we’ll start by working into the previous star stitch. Insert your hook into the 5th “leg” of the star stitch and pull up a loop. Then, insert your hook into the same space on the chain as that 5th leg and pull up another loop. Pull up loops from each of the next 2 spaces. You should again have 5 loops on the hook. YO, and pull through all 5 at once, and chain 1 to close. Repeat down the row, until the last space. HDC into the last space.


Be sure to watch the video above to help you work the star stitch for this crochet scarf pattern!


Row 2: Chain1, turn.  Work 1 SC into the first space (where the last HDC is). Then, work 2 SC into the center, or eye, of each star stitch. You basically just insert your hook into the little hole in the middle of the star and work your SC into it even though it’s not a normal space. Do this until the last star stitch, then work 1 SC into the last space (top of the first HDC). This stitch tends to rotate, so just turn it the right way. Chain 1, and turn to work the next row.



Row 3: HDC into the chain 1 space. Insert your hook into the same space and pull up a loop. Pull up loops from the next 3 spaces, then YO and pull through all 5 loops. Chain 1 to close.

Insert your hook in the 5th leg of the star stitch you just made and pull up a loop. Insert your hook into the same space as the 5th leg, and pull up a loop. Pull up loops from each of the next two spaces for a total of 5 loops on the hook. YO and pull through all 5 loops. Chain 1 to close. Repeat down the row to the last space, and then HDC into the last space. then, chain 1 and turn to start the next row.

Row 4: Work the same way as row 2.



Row 5-X: For the rest of this crochet scarf pattern, repeat rows 3 and 4 until your scarf measure 52-55 inches, ending on row 4. You can always make it longer or shorter depending on how many time you want it to loop around you, but 55″ was a good length for me.



Now to make the border and finish it off! HDC all along the row. Then, chain 2 and turn the work on its side so that you can work down the length of the scarf. HDC into the same space as the last HDC to make a corner, then HDC into along the side of each row. At the corner, HDC, chain 2, and HDC into the same space. Turn and HDC across the row (into the back loops of the foundation chain). Work the corner the same way as the other 2, and turn to work into the last side. HDC along the side, HDC into the last, then chain 1.




Buttonholes (optional)

To make the buttonholes, SC into the next space (you should be back at the top of the scarf now), *chain 2, skip the next 2 spaces, and SC into the next 3*. Repeat everything from * to * twice more to make 3 buttonholes. Bind off and weave in any loose ends.




Lastly, attach the buttons however you like them. For my scarf, I added the buttons vertically on the opposite end of the scarf as the buttonholes. This way, when I wrapped it up and buttoned them, the buttons would be along the side and the scarf would form a V shape. If you want to, you could also sew the scarf into a loop (without buttonholes) and add the buttons on top as decorative pieces rather than functional. Either way, it’ll look great!



Related: Cookies & Cream Crochet Scarf Pattern



And you’re all done! This scarf is so big and chunky and squishy, it makes me happy. In fact, I was learning how to star stitch when I made this, so even if this stitch is new and daunting to you, I promise you can do it. Writing the stitch instructions out makes this crochet scarf pattern sound complicated but it’s all one stitch. I learned on the go and this is one of my favorite projects now: it took me about a day and a half to make, start to finish, and I couldn’t be more pleased with it.



I hope you enjoyed this free crochet scarf pattern! Be sure to check out the star stitch tutorial (with video) if you need help on it. I’m still working on making videos as best as I can, and I’m going to try and incorporate them into more patterns. You can see more of the videos I already have by visiting the Stitch Dictionary.


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LYNDEN CHIPPING September 2, 2020 - 6:49 pm

I don’t understand how you crossed the scarf over at the end. If the buttons are on the side of the scarf I can’t make it look like your finished picture. Can you please make that more clear for me?

Shehla Ahmed September 3, 2020 - 3:10 pm

The easiest way to do this is to lay it on the floor with the ends crossed over as you want them, then mark the positions the edges meet for the buttons. The buttons are on the long edge of the bottom piece and the holes on the short end of the top piece. I hope that makes sense

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