Winter Neck Kerchief aka Winter Neckerchief Free Pattern
- Yarn: Red Heart Midnight (Medium Weight Yarn) Color: Moonlight
- Hook: 6.0 mm (J)
- Scissors, Yarn Needle, small buttons (optional), Stitch Marker (optional)
22.5 inches wide at the neck (before adding your buttons)
8.5 inches tall at the midpoint
approximately 3 sts per inch; 1 row per 0.75 inch
US Terminology used
beg – beginning
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
R – row/round
RS – right side (aka as the ‘pretty side’ of your work)
rem – remaining
rep – repeat
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
st/sts – stitch/stitches
* – Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain of multiple instructions.
() – Repeat the instructions between the parentheses the number of times indicated.
 – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches
Fdc – Foundationless Double Crochet (or Chainless Foundation Double Crochet)
Winter Neck Kerchief
aka Winter Neckerchief
R1: 63 Fdc, turn 
R2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each st across 
R3-R4: Rep R2
R5: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts, ch 1, sk 1 st, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sts. *Ch 1, sk 1 st, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sts**. Rep from * to ** across. Turn. [48 dc, 15 ch1sp]
R6: 1 sl st in each of the next 3 sts and once in the ch1sp. Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in the same ch1sp. *Ch 1, sk 3 dc, 3 dc in the next ch1sp**. Rep from * to ** across to the last 3 dc. Sk the last 3 dc. Turn. [45 dc, 14 ch1sp]
R7: Rep R6 [42 dc, 13 ch1sp]
R8: Rep R6 [39 dc, 12 ch1sp]
R9: (1 sl st in each of the next 3 sts, 1 sl st in the ch1sp) rep 2 times. Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in the same ch1sp. *Ch 1, sk 3 sts, 3 dc in the next ch1sp**. Rep from * to ** across to the last 7 sts (note: the 7 sts are 6 dc and 1 ch1sp). Turn. [30 dc, 9 ch1sp]
R10: Rep R6 [27 dc, 8 ch1sp]
R11: Rep R6 [24 dc, 7 ch1sp]
R12: Rep R9 [15 dc, 4 ch1sp]
R13: Rep R6 [13 dc, 3 ch1sp]
R14: Rep R6 [9 dc, 2 ch1sp]
R15: Rep R6 [6 dc, 1 ch1sp]
R16: 1 sl st in each of the next 3 sts and once in the ch1sp. Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in the same ch1sp. Sk the last 3 dc. [3 dc]
Finish off and weave in any loose ends.
For ‘assembly’ you have 3 options.
Option one: sew (or slip stitch) the seam at the back of the neck to make it permanently closed (this means you have to slide it over your head to wear it)
Option two: use small buttons to make it easy to put it on without sliding it over your head (so you won’t mess up your hair!). This will also make it adjustable to fit more comfortably for different neck sizes.
Option three: Add a tie in the same color of yarn to tie it in place and then tuck those tie ends beneath the neckline, where they will remain hidden under your coat.
Hi Kathy, the stitch repeat is a multiple of 3. If you are doing foundation double crochet you need to do 63 Fdc. I updated the instructions to note this – I seem to have made a typo and had 64 there! Hope this helps 🙂 You would need to decrease in sets of 3 stitches until you reach the desired width and then proceed with the instructions (knowing that the row end counts will be different). Turning chains and such would not be changing. All the best, Rhondda
Rhondda, thank you for this free pattern! I need to decrease the foundation row as my neck is small (12″) and the 64 initial stitches measure 16″. So could you please list the multiples for decrease and increases plus the add on chains for turning? I don’t see them on the pattern. Thx much!
Hello, Rhondda, your Winter Neck Kerchief is really pretty. I wish I could make it. You provide the details and I will give someone else to make it for me. By the by, thanks for your pattern instructions.
Thank you ladies!
I love this neckerchief pattern, it is cute
Hi Karen – I seamed up the back on this one but I plan on making another one with buttons 🙂
Did you use buttons on this sample?