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Chameleon Scarf

Updated: Sep 15, 2022

Pattern also available as a downloadable pdf for purchase on Ravelry.


Gosh, it's been AGES since I've published a pattern! Shame on me. I love the design process and I don't even mind writing out the instructions, but I always get bogged down somewhere in the photo taking/editing and formatting the pattern itself part. I get distracted with a new idea or a new project and forget all about my last one! So I'm going to try to get better about that. And that starts here, with this fabulous litte one skein scarf!

The origin of this pattern is sort of accidental. I was sitting in one of my crochet classes and all my students were busy working away on their chosen projects, which was great, but my hands were itching to be busy, too! One of my students was working on a lovely shell stitch scarf with Unforgettable in Polo and I decided, you know what? I would totally wear a scarf in that colorway. I'm gonna make one! So off I went to buy myself a skein. The beautiful long variegations in the yarn got me thinking about playing with the striping in a different way, so I decided to see what it would look like worked longways and in the round. I brought the finished scarf back in for another class so they could see the difference between the two scarves and suddenly they were all clamoring for a pattern!

Chameleon Scarf; Free Crochet Pattern by Connie Lee

The beauty in this simple scarf comes entirely from the yarn! The long variegation results in some unusual striping that makes each scarf unique and often looks like two different scarves entirely on opposite ends. The linen stitch works up quickly, so have fun!


Gauge is flexible in this pattern – choose a hook that gives you a fabric you like the feel of! Following the chart below for a gauge swatch (begin by chaining 12), mine worked out to measure approx. 4” x 2” with a 1” x 1” gauge of 4 sts (sc, ch 1, sc, ch 1) and 4 rows. Final scarf measures about 64” long and 4.25” wide.

Suggested Materials:

  • Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable, 1 skein (100g/280 yds) in color of choice

  • 6.00mm/J Crochet Hook

  • Stitch Marker(s)

  • Scissors

  • Small Darning Needle


Pattern is worked in unjoined rounds with right side always facing and squared corners. Mark each corner, which are ch 2 sps, for greater ease in identifying each one.


Ch 236 (or any even number of stitches).

Rnd 1: Working in top/front and back loops, sc in 4th ch from hook (mark ch 3 sp for corners). (Ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch) across. Ch 3 (mark ch 3 sp for corners). Rotate 180° clockwise to work on opposite side of chain (don’t turn it over) and in what is now the top/front and back loops of unworked skipped chain stitches, sc in 1st unworked ch. (Ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch) across. [See Fig 1.] Ch 1, sc in 1st marked ch 3 sp on end of row (made when doing 1st sc in 4th ch from hook).

Rnd 2: (Ch 2, sc in same ch 3 sp again) twice (2 corners made). Working on 1st side again, (ch 1, sc in next ch 1 sp) across. Ch 1, sc in 2nd marked ch 3 sp from rnd 1, (ch 2, sc in same ch 3 sp again) twice (2 corners made). Working on opposite side, (ch 1, sc in next ch 1 sp) across. Ch 1, sc in next ch 2 sp.

Rnd 3: *Ch 2, sc in same ch 2 sp (corner made). Ch 1, sc in next ch 2 sp, ch 2, sc in same ch 2 sp (corner made). (Ch 1, sc in next ch 1 sp) across side. Ch 1, sc in next ch 2 sp, repeat from *. Ch 1, sc in next ch 2 sp.

Rnd 4: *Ch 2, sc in same ch 2 sp (corner made). (Ch 1, sc in next ch 1 sp) across. Ch 1, sc in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * 3 more times.

Rnds 5-10: Repeat rnd 4 until you reach the desired width or until you run out of yarn. A larger scarf can always be achieved with a second skein of yarn.

Finish off.

Figure 1: Stitch markers designate where the next two single crochets will be worked. The starting chain is orange and the green stitches are from the first side worked before the rotation to work on the opposite side, which are the brown stitches:

Chameleon Scarf, Working Side 2 of Rnd 1

Figure 2: End of Round 2:

Chameleon Scarf, End of Rnd 2

Figure 3: End of Round 3:

Chameleon Scarf, End of Rnd 3

Since this scarf is worked in the round with the right side always facing, the natural lean of the stitches tend to result in slightly swirling corners. If this bugs you, you can either block it out or work every fourth row or so on the wrong side by turning the scarf instead of rotating it. This should counteract most of the lean.

I hope you enjoyed this project and I’d love to see your creations, too, so if you feel like sharing, pop on over to my Facebook page or tag me @crochetcetera on Instagram or Twitter and show me what you come up with!

Many thanks to my pattern testers, including Amy Renee Neely – I couldn’t do this without them!!

Here are a few examples of different colorways: Polo, Tidal, And Sunrise. I kind of want to do one in each color that Unforgettable comes in now!

Chameleon Scarf in Polo, Tidal, and Sunrise

This pattern will always remain free here on my website and for your convenience, you may also download a pdf for this pattern, which includes a color coded chart as a bonus feature, for a small fee through Ravelry. Enjoy!

© 2015 Crochet Cetera by Connie Lee

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