Tunisian Ripple Scarf Free Pattern

I’ve developed an impulse for Tunisian crochet – two of my most recent paid patterns have been in this style and I’ve recently started exploring different types of Tunisian stitching. One of those little experiments grew up to be a successful project, which I’m excited to share with you here for free!


EDIT 8/2020:Β  I now have a growing playlist of Tunisian Crochet tutorial videos on my YouTube Channel – check them out here!

And speaking of videos, this free pattern comes with a little video demo I put together for this scarf. I’m still at the beginning of the learning curve for making instructional videos, so this video is more of a test run.Β  So without further waffling, here’s the pattern.

Tunisian Ripple Scarf


6.5 mm Tunisian crochet hook
Any worsted weight yarn (I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek in Light Gray)
Tapestry needle & scissors for weaving in ends


Ch. 39.

Row 1: In Tunisian Simple Stitch. Pick up a loop from each of the next 38 chain stitches.Work all sts back off the hook.

Row 2: In Tunisian Knit Stitch. Sk first stitch. Pick up a lp from the next 3 stitches. *Pick up a lp from the next space between stitches. Pick up a lp from the next st. Pick up a loop from the next space between stitches. Pick up a lp from the next 5 sts. Insert hook through the next 3 stitches at once and draw up one loop. Pick up a loop from the next 5 sts.* Rpt from * once more. Pick up a lp from the next space between sts, pick up a lp from the next st, pick up a lp from the next space between sts. Pick up a lp from ea of the next 3 sts. Sk next st. Pick up a lp from the final st. Work all sts back off the hook (the same way you would for Tunisian Simple Stitch!) – 39 sts

Rows 3+ : Repeat Row 2.

Repeat Row 2 until your scarf is the length you want it! I made a 75″ scarf, which used about 2 and a half skeins of my yarn (about 645 yards).


What I ended up loving about this design is that…
a.) It has a very pretty texture on both the right side AND the wrong side
b.) It’s SO thick and cushy, and since I made this one about 2 yards long, there’s plenty of scarf there to wrap around your neck to keep the icy winds out.

If you want more pattern goodness, you should check out my Ravelry page!


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  1. Oh my goodness!! I just LOVE this scarf!! It has such a wonderful look to it that’s a bit more knitted. Well that’s it – I am going to have to learn Tunisian Crochet in 2017, something else to add to my ever growing list : )

    1. You definitely should! I actually really like the motions of working Tunisian, to me it’s nice because I use my hands differently and it’s a bit of a break for my wrists from regular crochet. I highly recommend the My Tunisian Crochet website I linked to in this post for learning πŸ˜€

  2. Beautiful project and fantastic video instructions! Thank you so much. I have the hardest time understanding tunisian instructions even though I’ve crocheted forever. Maybe it’s because I don’t know how to knit.

    1. Thank you! You’re right, I often find myself wanting to use knitting terminology when I think about Tunisian instructions! It can definitely be confusing especially because it’s so different than regular crochet.

  3. The scarf is just beautiful. I’m with AJ–I’ve been crocheting forever, but the Tunisian instructions baffle me sometimes. But with the help of your videos, I’m definitely going to give this one a try. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern and helping us all with the terrific videos.

  4. interesting looking pattern-may just have to give Tunisian a whirl- Did it back in the day when it was still Afghan stitch.

  5. Hello, beautiful scarf. I don’t know where I’ going wrong 😩 Have tried doing the second row twice but end up not having enough stitches on the hook to complete the row. Will try starting over again…have counted and do have the 39 stitches I started with 😒

    1. Hi Janet! I worked the first 2 rows just now to double check them but didn’t have any problems with stitch count myself – how many stitches were you ending up with on Row 2?

      1. Thanks for replying. I get up to the part after the second round where it says to pick up a stitch in the next 3 and then skip one and work the last stitch – I cannot as I end up with two stitches left plus the last one. So I cannot work the next three and skip the last as I don’t have enough left lol πŸ˜‚ This is my first try at Tunisian – had to try when I saw the beautiful scarf. I’ve watched the videos so many times can’t figure it out. Will start all over again!

      2. Hi…. update, after doing it over six times, I think I got it! Now to master doing the third row. Thank you 😊

  6. Hello Regina, well finally got the hang of the pattern, but the left side of the scarf is not as neat looking or tight as the right , would you be able to take a guess as to what I may be doing wrong at the end of the row? Wish I could include a picture here. Any suggestion is appreciated. Thank you

    1. Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever made a Tunisian crochet piece where the left side edge was not messier than the right edge. It seems to just be a little quirk of this type of crochet, as far as I can tell. Usually I end up with a few pretty wonky looking loops along the edges, and other than adjust my tension as best as I can, I haven’t really found a solution for this. The only other thing I could say would be to try and block those messy bits out! Although it seems after a few wears, the messy edge did shake out a bit on my scarf.

      1. Thank you for replying. I’ve made the last stitch a little tighter and looks better. Not going to start over again that’s for sure hahaha my next try will be perfect like yours. Thanks again for sharing your pattern.

  7. I absolutely love this scarf! Its gorgeous! I will have to make it. I just got a set of tunisican hooks and I can’t wait to try them out with this pattern! Love it!

  8. Thanks for A well demonstrated ripple stitch. I bought a book at Joannes fabric and it did a lousy job of explanation. This is the best video I found to explain it.

  9. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern – I love the look of this scarf and can’t wait to try it (just in time for winter here in Australia). I’ve made quite a few washcloths, back scrubbers etc using Tunisian crochet, and they work up beautifully with cotton, but have yet to try the stitch with wool.
    I have some gorgeous soft alpaca wool I bought in Peru and have been waiting for just the right pattern… would you recommend using alpaca wool?
    Thanks again,

    1. I think this would look just lovely in alpaca! The yarn used here is an acrylic, so yours will probably appear a bit more drapey and less bulky/thick than the one I did – which is great because this scarf is pretty wide the way I made it and slimming it down a touch couldn’t hurt πŸ˜‰

  10. Thank you for share ! I love that model ! Actually I’m trying to do this scarf but it is very difficult to understan your description for me πŸ˜• also your video is very fast I think ….
    I m a beginner …
    And I m a foreign to your language to understan your description …
    I hope you can help me to make this scarf
    Can you write a more clearly description or can you tell me ?
    Can you take a video ver slowly and clearly ?
    Thank you 😊

    1. Hi Yasemin, you are right the video is pretty fast, I am brand new to making tutorial videos so this one was sort of a test. I am currently working on a written photo tutorial on my blog for this very stitch that will be more helpful to you I think , it should be out within the next few days!

  11. Wonderful pattern! How do I follow your blog? When I click β€œfollow” it wants me to set up a blog, which I don’t want to do. Love your work!

    1. Hi, that’s a great question! I’m not sure why it would require a blog to follow, but I’ll look into that – I think there’s a way to follow by e-mail but now that you mention it I don’t see the option on the sidebar. Hopefully I can get that fixed soon! πŸ™‚

  12. I’m on the third foot of this pattern, and like some of the others had trouble in the beginning.Now I find myself counting six (for the first 3 and the increase), 5 (loops) 1 (Decrease), 5,3,5,decrease 5,3,3 and final chain. It seems to let me know if I’ve missed anything on the decrease or decreases. It’s great to do with golf or the news on.

    1. Thanks for the feedback! I think the math in this pattern does need going over, but I haven’t found the time to do it yet πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Glad it’s relaxing for you though, it’s definitely a fun and easy project πŸ™‚

  13. I just started this project and it is looking pretty already. Thanks for the instructions and video. About that loose left edge . . . Try picking up both loops on the last stitch and you will have a lovely looking finished edge on the work. Pick up the last vertical of the row and the vertical loop behind it. To make it easier when you first try it, when you pull up the chain 1 at the beginning of the return pass, put a stitch marker through both loops of the stitch right under the chain on your hook so you can see where to put the hook through on the next forward pass. This will mark your last stitch on the forward pass before you begin the return. Hope this helps. The pattern is beautiful and simple.

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