A chunky crochet scarf with fringe is laid out on carpet. The scarf was made from the snowdrift free crochet pattern

The Snowdrift Scarf – Chunky Crochet Scarf Free Pattern

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If you’re looking for a quick make that looks detailed and textured – here it is! The Snowdrift Scarf is beautifully textured and can be made in just a few hours, depending on your skill level. Use up your bulky yarn stash and make yourself (or a friend!) this super cozy, chunky crochet scarf.

And – there’s a matching beanie! You can find the Snowdrift Beanie pattern here, perfect for making matching sets for gifts.

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The Yarn

I’ll be honest- I’ll make any excuse to get to use Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn. I buy several colors whenever it goes on sale and have a whole section of my yarn stash dedicated to it. So OF COURSE I had to create some Thick and Quick patterns! This yarn is a super bulky (Weight 6) wool blend: 20% wool and 80% acrylic and is machine washable and dryable.

If you’re looking for a wool alternative, the pattern testers for this scarf chose some great yarns including Hometown by lion Brand (Weight 6 Acrylic) and Lush Alpaca by Loops & Threads (Weight 6 Acrylic & Alpaca blend). I also had a tester use worsted weight yarn – use a single ply and add extra rows to make your scarf wide enough, or double up your strands and work the pattern as noted!

If you like working with bulky yarn, check out these patterns below!

  • The Patton Throw – a super fast throw made with Wool-Ease Quick & Thick
  • The Hailey Headband – a super fast twisted headband/ear warmer made with Lion Brand & Two of Wand’s collaboration Hue + Me (Weight 5).

Skills Needed

While none of the stitches in the pattern are complicated, there is a lot of switching back and forth between working in the back loop only (BLO) and working in a stitch as normal. This pattern also switches from regular half double crochets (hdc) to half double crochet slip stitches (HdcSS) to slip stitches (Sl St). In short, I recommend checking your work after every row to avoid a frogging heartache down the road. That said, the pattern is a 4 row repeat, and you quickly get the hang of it after a couple of repeats. Personally, I like the switch-ups and think they make for a fun pattern!

If you are brand new to crochet or need a refresher, check out my how to crochet post here. If you need a little help with certain stitches/techniques, see below.

Half Double Crochet Slip Stitch (HdcSS)

I have also seen this called a “Yarn over slip stitch.” For this stitch, Yarn over, insert hook into the next stitch, pull up a loop. You will have three loops on your hook. Pull the first loop through the next two loops on hook. Stitch complete. (It is similar to a regular slip stitch, but with an extra loop to pull through)

Working in the Back Loop Only (BLO)

When looking down at your stitches, each stitch is made up of two loops that make a V shape. The loop nearest you is the “front loop,” and the loop furthest away is the “back loop” (See image below). Normally, to make a new stitch you would insert your hook through both loops. Some stitches in this pattern are followed by BLO, so you would insert your hook only through the back loop to make your new stitch.

Materials Needed

  • About 300 yards (3 to 4 skeins) of Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn or similar Super Bulky Weight 6 yarn (Color shown is Cranberry)
  • Size 8mm crochet hook (My favorites are the ergonomic hooks from this crochet hook set)
  • A yarn or tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape

Guage & Size

Guage: (Measured Unblocked)

5″ = 12 HdcSS stitches

5″ = 12 rows of the 4 row repeat pattern (Rows 2 – 5)


Approximately 76″ long by 6″ wide

Abbreviations (U.S. Terminology)

Ch = Chain

St = Stitch

Yo = Yarn Over

BLO = Back Loop Only (see Skills Needed section)

Sl St = Slip Stitch (Insert hook into next stitch, Yo, pull through stitch and loop on hook)

Hdc = Half Double Crochet (Yo, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, Yo and pull through all three loops on hook)

HdcSS = Half Double Crochet Slip Stitch (see Skils Needed section)

The Snowdrift Scarf Pattern


  • This scarf is made by crocheting in rows the long way and has a 4 row repeat.
  • The turning chain at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch.
  • The texture of this pattern is partly due to some rows being worked in the back loop, while other rows are worked into the stitch as normal. Rows to be worked in the back loop only are noted at the beginning of the row.
  • See Finishing Section below pattern for how to attach optional fringe.

Chain 160

Row 1: Working in the back bump of each chain, HdcSS in 2nd chain from hook, HdcSS in each chain across  159 St 

Row 2: Ch 1 and turn work. Working in Back Loops Only (BLO), HdcSS in first stitch and each stitch across  159 St 

Row 3: Ch 1 and turn work. Working in Back Loops Only (BLO), Sl St in first stitch, *Hdc, Sl St, repeat from * to end of row ending with a Sl St. 159 St 

Row 4: Ch 1 and turn work. Sl St in first stitch, *Hdc, Sl St, repeat from * to end of row ending with a Sl St. 159 St 

Row 5: Ch 1 and turn work. HdcSS in first stitch and each stitch across  159 St 

Row 6: Ch 1 and turn work. Working in Back Loops Only (BLO), HdcSS in first stitch and each stitch across  159 St 

Rows 7 thru 14: Repeat Rows 3 – 6, ending on a Row 6 repeat.

Finishing: Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Optional Fringe:

Cut 3 strands of yarn so that they are each about 12″ long, and group them together. A quick way to do this is to grab a book or similar flat object, wrap yarn around three times, and cut all strands at one end so that you have three strands of equal length. Do this 14 times total (7 groups of fringe each side).

Fringe will be attached evenly to end of scarf between rows. Plan out where your 7 groups of fringe will be attached.

To attach a group of fringe, use a hook big enough to hold 3 strands of yarn at once. Fold a yarn group in half and hold it by the middle so that you have a loop. Insert hook between rows and pull yarn bundle about halfway through by the loop. Then grab the ends of the yarn group and pull through the loop. Pull tight, trying to keep the ends of the strands even as you do so. Repeat with the remaining bundles of yarn evenly across the end of your scarf.

Once all bundles have been attached, finger comb the fringe flat and trim.

Looking for more quick crochet patterns? Try the Delilah Velvet Headband here.

The top image is a close up of a chunky crochet scarf made out of bulky red yarn. The bottom two images are side by side: the left is of the full scarf laid out on carpet, and the right image is of a woman wearing the scarf. Text in the middle says "chunky scarf free crochet pattern" and text at the bottom says "tinycouchcrochet.com"

If you make a Snow Drift Beanie, I’d love to see it! Use the hashtags #snowdriftscarf and #tinycouchcrochet and tag me in social media posts so that I can share! I am @Tinycouchcrochet on both Instagram and Tiktok. Can’t wait to see your makes!