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Time Traveler Scarf Free Crochet Pattern

The Time Traveler Scarf free crochet pattern is designed to showcase the beautiful color changes of the self-striping yarn Safari from King Cole while incorporating the technique of short rows. The result is a unique and eye-catching accessory that is both stylish and fun to make. If you need a little help I’ve also included a video tutorial.

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I highly recommend using a yarn this self-striping. The pattern will work best with a yarn that has long color repeats, as this will create the most striking effect. You will also need a crochet hook that is appropriate for the weight of your yarn.

This scarf is made using the short row technique to create the unique pattern. To do this, you will work across a certain number of stitches, then turn the work and work back across a smaller number of stitches. This will create a curve that gradually widens and then narrows again.

As you work the short rows, the colors of the self-striping yarn will gradually shift and blend together, creating a beautiful effect.

This pattern is easily adjusted. Continue working short rows back and forth until the scarf reaches your desired length. Finally, add a fringe if desired, and weave in any loose ends.

This crochet scarf pattern is a great way to experiment with the short row technique and make the most of a self-striping yarn. It’s also a fun and relaxing project that is perfect for both beginner and experienced crocheters alike

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Time Traveler Scarf Free Crochet Pattern

Below you’ll find the free pattern. I also filmed a video tutorial. 

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Time Traveler Scarf Free Crochet Pattern ©2023 KT and the SquidAll rights reserved. You may not sell, trade, share or redistribute this pattern in any way. You may sell finished items made from this pattern.


This scarf can be adjusted to be any size

Sample is 80” long (not including the fringe) by 12” wide.


3 balls of King Cole Safari Chunky in the colorway Wilderness (100% Premium Acrylic; 150g/311 yds; Chunky/bulky weight)


J/6mm hook was used for the sample


This pattern is created by working short rows.


Gauge is not critical for this project. 

Sample is 13 sc by 14 rows = 4”

What’s gauge? Watch this video!


Ch = chain

St(s) = stitch(es)

Sc = single crochet

hdc2tog = half double crochet 2 together

hdc = half double crochet

Time Traveler Scarf Free Crochet Pattern Instructions

Ch 40 *or any multiple of 4.

*This will be the width of your scarf. 

Row 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. (39)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st until 4 sc remain. (35)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. (35)

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have 19 rows or until 3 sts remain.

The next row will be worked into the unworked sts left behind by the short rows

Row 20: Ch 1, turn, sc in the 1st 3, *hdc in the next, sc in the next 3; repeat from * across. (39)

Row 21: Ch 1, turn, *hdc2tog over the next 2 sts, ch 1; repeat from *until 1 st remains, hdc in the last. (39)

Row 22: Ch 1, turn sc in each st across. (39)

Repeat rows 2-22 until you have 19 short row sections (triangles) or to desired length.

Repeat rows 2-20 one more time.

Add fringe if desired.

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