Chain Maille Scarf – Free Crocheting Pattern

Chain Maille Scarf

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I once talked to a guy about crocheting, and he told me he “knew how to crochet”. When I scratched that surface, I found out that all he could do was chain stitch…

This thought never left me, and I decided I’d create a pattern made exclusively of chain stitches and slip stitches (a slip stitch is nothing but a chain stitch worked through a previously formed loop).

But I didn’t just want a simple mesh – boring! So after some trial and error, I came up with this – and it produced a lovely scarf!

Light and airy, drapy, and yet it scrunches up to form a lovely warm neck-wear and is an eye-catcher at the same time.

As I only had one skein of this particular yarn, I worked the scarf lengthwise to have more control over the length, but it also worked up to a nice width.

You can download the pattern here to print it out for a hard copy, or read it online hereafter! (the download link is a rapidshare link, so if you are not a subscriber with them, you can use the free user button – this will take a while so be patient, thanks!

The downloadable pattern also includes a little tutorial at the end.

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Here’s what you need:

– one 100 gr skein of sock yarn (I used Lana Grossa Meilenweit Merino)

– a 3.5 mm (size E) crocheting hook

– a darning needle / tapestry needle to sew in ends.

Here’s how to do it:

Stitches used (US English):

– chain stitch

– slip stitch

Row 1 – base row

  • chain 7

  • slip stitch into 7th chain from hook to form a loop.

  • *chain 11 (4+7)

  • slip stitch into 7th chain from hook* – second loop formed

  • repeat from * to * until your base row has desired length (I made 95 loops to get a length of about 2 meters)

  • turn work

Row 2

  • chain 10 (3+7)

  • slip stitch into 7th chain from hook to form next loop

  • chain 2

  • slip stitch into top of last loop of previous row

  • *chain 9 (2+7)

  • slip stitch into 7th chain from hook

  • chain 2

  • slip stitch into top of next free loop of previous row*

  • repeat from * to * until you reach the end of the row

  • turn work

  • repeat row 2 until scarf has desired width or you almost run out of yarn – remember there is a last row! (I made 13 repeats)

Last Row

Since the top of our row is made of loops, we need a finishing row.

For this, after turning the work

  • chain 4

  • slip stitch into top of last loop of previous row

  • *chain 4

  • slip stitch into top of next free loop of previous row*

  • repeat from * to * to the end of the row.

  • Fasten off, weave in ends.


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19 Responses

  1. This is a really cool concept and I like the end result. Thanks for sharing it! :))

  2. I made this scarf in about 3 nights, very easy. I just wasn’t used to working with such a small crochet hook. Thanks for the patter.

  3. i really am glad someone made a simple scarf pattern
    thanks!!:D but one question
    When you do the 1st round after you chain 7 and slip stich are you supposed to chain 11 more or just chain 4?

    • Thanks for your comment and question, surayyah!

      I am not quite sure I understand the question though, the scarf is worked in rows, not rounds – unless you mean the first loop.

      After the first loop, you just chain 11:

      4 of those are for the space between the loops, and the other 7 are for the next loop.

      In the ***first row***, that’s what you do: after each loop, 11 chains, 4 for the space, and 7 for the following loop.

      Does this help?
      (the next rows are going to be different, follow the instructions)

  4. I just wanted to tell you that I love this pattern and it is super easy to make and lots of fun! I made colorful shorter scarves for the kids and longer solid colored scarves for the ladies. I donated a bunch of these to our local women’s shelter and every once in a while I will see one of my handmade scarves on a child. Again thank you for sharing this pattern! It was so easy to work and the look of it can change just by changing the type of yarn. Keep up the great work!

  5. Just finished this scarf for a Christmas gift! Turned out beautiful and thank you for the pattern excellent instructions!

  6. I made this scarf for a friend using a super chunky yarn it turned out absolutely beautiful I liked it so much I made another one for my mom. I also made one with a sport weight yarn for my niece. And I am working on one in the sock yarn. The ones that are made with the super chunky yarn only take about two hours to make so they make really good gifts. I made them 35 loops long I didn’t measure so I’m not sure how long it actually is but they are really long because that is what my friend wanted. Thank you so much for the great pattern this is one I will use again and again

  7. Thank you. was looking for something fun & simple to do for my daughter’s b-day…she is far off at college and I miss her dearly, this was a perfect idea! since I am a novice at crochet you saved me!thank you

  8. Thank you so much for the pattern! I tried it with a bunch of different colors and it looks fabuloso! And not to mention I’ve been crocheting for only two weeks now, and it took less than a day to make! Thank you!

  9. Are we alowed to sell on etsy?

    • Hi there,

      thanks for asking if you’re allowed to sell on Etsy.

      Unfortunately, I can’t give you that permission since I have my own Etsy store where I’d like to eventually sell them.

      Best of luck with your store

  10. I love the pattern, as all i know is how to chain stitch as well (though i am slowly learning others!), i was just wondering though, when i get to the end of the first row you say to “turn work” how does one do that exactly?

    • Thanks for your comment and good on you for wanting to learn 🙂

      Re: turning the work: usually, if you’re right-handed, you work from right to left. When you get to the end of the row, you turn it around, so your hook is on the right again and you can start the next row also from right to left. (invert that if you’re left-handed). Does this help?

  11. this would be great to use as a summer afghan also.

  12. I like it a lot!

  13. Hi, I was looking for an easy pattern for a light spring scarf for my friend for Easter. Just finished the first row in about half an hour, and am loving the pattern so far. Thanks for sharing!

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