Accidental Stitch Scarf Pattern

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When I write up a simple pattern, I often have trouble coming up with a name for it. I was working on a scarf with a stitch that I use frequently and decided to change it just a bit to see what would happen when I used the back loop only (BLO). Most crochet stitches already have a name and it’s just a matter of figuring out how many – and the sequence of – stitches to make up a particular project, but I haven’t been able to locate this stitch in my book of crochet stitches. Since I came up with it by accident while trying something else, I’ve dubbed it the Accidental Stitch.

This scarf works up very quickly and can be completed by even a beginner to crochet. It’s a mindless pattern that can be worked on while watching TV or commuting (not if you’re driving, of course!). I think it looks better in one color, and solid rather than variegated. If using a variegated yarn, I don’t think you’d be able to see the pattern stitch clearly.

Quick enough to stitch a few in a weekend, it’s a super pattern to use for charity and craft fairs, and still pretty enough for gift-giving.


Ch = chain
SC = single crochet
Sk = skip
BLO – back loop only

Starting ch of 25 with size H crochet hook will yield a scarf approximately 6″ wide. Increase or decrease in increments of two to make your scarf wider or narrower. I completed a scarf approximately 62″ in length using only 5 oz of yarn, so even if you like your scarves to be much longer, a full 7 oz skein should be plenty.

Accidental Stitch Scarf Pattern

With size H crochet hook, ch 25.

Row 1: SC third ch from hook, *ch 1, sk 1, SC next ch. Repeat from * across, ending with SC in last stitch. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: SC in BLO of first ch 1 sp, ch 1, sk 1, SC in BLO of ch 1 sp. Repeat from * across, ending with regular SC in last stitch. Ch 1, turn.

Repeat row 2 until scarf is desired length. Weave in ends.

That’s it! Crocheting in the back loop of the chain space gives a little depth to the piece with a very small ridge, without making it bulky. The ‘holes’ created by the chain 1 space are very small – just enough to give it some interest without sacrificing warmth. Using a larger crochet hook would result in larger ‘holes’, creating a more lacy look.

You may link to this pattern in an article or blog post, giving me proper credit, but please don’t post the pattern itself. You may print one copy of this pattern for personal use, but if sharing the pattern with friends, please send them the link to the pattern instead of making printed copies. You may sell items made from this pattern, but please don’t sell the pattern. If you are a member of Ravelry, feel free to post your projects made with this pattern.

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