The Best Stitches for Crocheting Ultra-Cozy Scarves

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When you crochet a scarf, some stitches are better than others — especially when you need both warmth and style. Play around with these options and find the one that fits your neckwear needs best.

1. Single Crochet

Single crochet is the simplest stitch in all of crochet, but that doesn't mean it can't hold its own in a scarf. It's great for relaxing stitching, and because it makes a somewhat dense fabric, you can go up a hook size or two to give your scarf some drape.

Now, start building on your chains with the single crochet stitch. Salena shows you how to work into the chain, turn your row and examine the fabric to help you gain an understanding of the swatch you're working.

2. Cluster Stitch

Though this stitch is open and a little lacy, it's simply a combo of basic stitches that creates a more complex-looking pattern. You can even get the kit for a cluster scarf and stitch along to the tutorial.

Start your fourth and final project, a cluster scarf, as you learn to work a complex specialty stitch, the cluster stitch. Afterwards, Salena shows you how to make color changes in rows and read more complex patterns, including a crochet diagram, to complete your scarf.

3. Back Loop Only Crochet

Crocheting through the back loop only (blo) keeps stitches aligned in Fair Isle crochet and joins pieces on amigurumi projects . But when it comes to scarves, the blo adds a gorgeous decorative touch.

If you've ever stumbled on a crochet pattern that asks you to work in the back loop, you may have wondered why. Crocheting through the back loop only (blo) is used in patterns for a variety of reasons — to help keep your stitches aligned in Fair Isle crochet, to join pieces on amigurumi projects, even to add a purely decorative touch.

4. Granite Stitch

Alternate single crochets and chain stitches to create a dense, warm fabric — perfect for making scarves that need a little extra oomph in chilly weather.

The granite stitch is a technique of many names. Also known as moss stitch and seed stitch, it's a simple crochet stitch that gives an eye-catching texture. Here's how to implement it into your next project.

5. Wattle Stitch

The wattle stitch works single and double crochet in the same stitch to create a more detailed pattern that's a little less common, yet beautifully warm and textured.

The crochet wattle stitch is a variation on the shell stitch. But in this technique, the shell is created by working 1 sc, ch 1, 1 dc all into the same stitch, and each shell is crocheted into the ch-1 spaces in the row below. The result? A gorgeous, textured pattern you can easily turn into a baby bib. Consider it the perfect project for first-time wattlers.

6. Post Stitches

Crochet post stitches make a very dense, squishy fabric that's excellent for creating a cozy scarf. Try alternating front post stitches and back post stitches across the row for an extra-thick fabric.

If you're looking for stitches that make your crochet pop, post stitches should be your go-to. They're the secret trick found in crochet cables, ribbing, basketweave stitching and so much more.

7. Basketweave Stitch

Created with post stitches, this textured stitch is another way to stitch up a thick, warm scarf worth bundling up in.

The crochet basketweave stitch consists of sets of front and back post double crochet stitches, creating a fabric with a gorgeous woven texture. It's a wonderful stitch to use for crocheting patterns like scarves, blankets and washcloths — make sure you know how to do it in time for your next project.

8. Shell Stitches

Shells are a good choice when you want to make a warm scarf that has an organic, feminine flow to the design. There are many ways to work crochet shell stitches, so you can select the pattern that works best for denser, winter-appropriate stitches.

The crochet shell stitch is beautiful, and it also happens to be one of the simplest decorative techniques to master. It's done using stitches that create arch-like shells, which become even more eye-catching when stacked. Pair rows with colorwork and it only gets more gorgeous and bold.

9. V-Stitch

If you're looking for something a little lighter and lacier, the open V-stitch is for you. It's a simple pattern (you only need to use chains and double crochet stitches) that gives gorgeous results.

Whether you're looking to create an interesting texture or eye-catching color pattern, the crochet V-stitch may be just what you need to pull off your perfect project. The technique is super easy to learn, and the repeating Vs create an openwork pattern that's very visually appealing.

10. Spike Stitch

Spike stitch is eye-catching when worked in stripes. Since it's primarily made with single crochet stitches, go up a hook size to make it less dense. Or, you could use spike stitches at either end of the scarf and work a drapier stitch, such as double crochet, for the rest of the body.

The spike stitch gives you a lot of bang for your buck: It looks complicated and advanced, but is actually simple. Gotta love that! A spike happens when you form a single crochet same stitch, but work it two, three, or four rows below. Different lengths of the stitch can then be combined in a variety of ways to make fun, geometric designs.

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