This crochet buffalo plaid scarf is a classic look for fall, winter or the holidays! Perfect for both men and women, this simple scarf uses The Plaid Technique for changing colors and achieves the look of buffalo plaid. Enjoy making this fun and timeless scarf with this free crochet pattern. 
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free crochet pattern buffalo plaid scarf

Yes more plaid.
I hope you aren’t tiring of plaid!  This crochet plaid buffalo scarf was another highly requested pattern, but I was already doing my beautiful sheepskin plaid cowl for Plaid Week this year and I wanted to keep things fresh and unique. This scarf is intended for a very special recipient and I am excited to send it off to its new home. ❤️

This scarf is so classic, so I am hoping it will be one of your easy go-to projects. I think because buffalo plaid is so timeless, this pattern will be great for men, women, teens… everyone.

And because it’s not an infinity (you can find my plaid infinity scarf here) it will be a more versatile finished item for your gift list or crochet shop.  It’s also a super easy pattern to modify; if you don’t want to use bulky yarn, you can make this scarf with worsted yarn simply and easily. Be sure to check the pattern notes for guidance on how to do this.

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9 mm hook
– Brava Bulky:  1 skein each of  White, Black, Cobblestone Heather and Dove Heather
Darning Needle

Abbreviations: US Terms
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Sl st – Slip Stitch
St – stitch

Gauge: not important 

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Sizing – You can adjust the sizing of this scarf by work more or fewer stitches on the foundation. (This is especially helpful if you decide to use different yarn or different size hook) The count will be in multiples of 4 or 8, as this scarf is worked in a 4×2 plaid stitch (each color block will be 4 dc wide and 2 rows tall).

If you decide to change the count, please note if you work your foundation in a multiple of 4 (instead of a multiple of 8), you may end row 2 on a different color, so disregard the color instructions and work the color you need for your own plaid color work.

This scarf is also worked in a 4-color plaid, but if you prefer three colors, simply use the same mid color for both rows instead of alternating between 2 different mid colors. 

This scarf is worked lengthwise. 


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Crochet Buffalo Plaid Scarf Pattern:

1. With black, work a foundation sc of 176 sts. (Should be approx. 60″-65″). Turn.  (see notes for different sizes)
2. (Begin Plaid Technique). Continuing with black, ch 2. Dc in same st. Dc in next 3 sts. Change to Cobblestone Heather (Dark Mid color) Work a dc in next 4 sts. Switch back to Black. Alternate between Black and Cobblestone Heather every 4 sts, until the end of the row. Turn. (you will end on Cobblestone Heather). (176 sts)
3. Continuing with Cobblestone Heather, Ch 2. Dc in same st. Dc in next 3 sts. Change to black. Alternate between Black and Cobblestone Heather every 4 sts (your colors should line up with pervious row)until the end of the row. Turn. (176 sts) Don’t cut yarn.
4. Join Dove Heather.
Ch 2. Dc in same st. Dc in next 3 sts. Change to White. Alternate between Dove Heather and White every 4 sts,  until the end of the row. Turn.
5. Continuing with White, Ch 2. Dc in same st. Dc in next 3 sts. Change to Dove Heather. Alternate between White and Dove Heather every 4 sts (your colors should line up with previous row) until the end of the row. Turn.
6. – 9. Repeat rows 2 – 5 respectively. When you need the colors, simply pull them up from where you left them. You can cover these yarns with fringe, tassels or a row of sc later.
10. Pull up black. Ch 1. Sc in each st across the top.
Tie off. Cut all ends and weave in (you might be able to use your ends to make your fringe or tassels)

crochet stitches for black and white plaid free crochet pattern
crochet plaid scarf free crochet pattern black and white buffalo plaid

Finishing your crochet buffalo plaid scarf: 

You can either work a round of sc all around the scarf, or just across the ends (if you are using Brava Bulky, you will not have enough black to do an additional round all the way around, so use Dove Heather or White).
For a classic look, you can also hide the raw ends with fringe or tassels. I did three lengths of yarn for each fringe to make it look more full.

free crochet scarf pattern buffalo plaid black and white
crochet buffalo plaid long scarf free crochet pattern

I’m sure you can think of a few people who would love rocking this scarf!



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  1. Hi Bethany, love this, bought the pattern’s pdf file recently, but since I’ve zero experience in crocheting or anything that involves yarn, I have no clue what the instructions mean and how to start.
    If there’s a video showing how to start this pattern, it’d be great, I could easily follow along, and I think I could figure the rest on my own.

    1. Hi Dylan! I don’t have a video for this pattern, but I am more than happy to help you. If you are starting from zero, you will want to learn how to chain, you can see how here:

      Next, here is the chainless foundation I used:

      Next, you will want to learn the DC:

      And finally, learning how to change colors and work the plaid technique:

  2. Hi Bethany! Quick question… the end of every row, for every colour you say chain 2. Except for when you use the white and its chain 1. Will this not make the white squares smaller? I’m pretty new to crochet and cant figure out why the white colour is chain 1 and not 2. Any help would be great, thanks!

    1. Yes! If you are doing the 4 x 2 DC plaid color work, then work it in multiples of 8 or 4 (you can do multiples 4 because you will not be working on joined rounds, so you won’t run the risk of working two blocks of the same color right next to each other. )

  3. Thank you so much Bethany! I love your patterns I really need to try your plaid patterns out! They are all very neat and unique! Thanks again! Amanda

  4. Wow Bethany! I ran across your article in a blog I receive in my email
    How exciting to realize it is someone who used to be my neighbor!

  5. I am enjoying your emails, blog and Facebook page so much! I love this scarf and I am going to try to make it for my son for Christmas. So many projects, so little time!!

  6. As the pattern is written, what size will it be? I am assuming you can make it as wide as you want, but how long would it be? Thanks! Like it a lot!

      1. Thanks for your reply. Sounds perfect. I particularly like the 6″ wide. I have a short neck and cannot wear those super wide scarves.

  7. We will NOT tire of plaid, and we will never tire of your plaid patterns. Another winner. As I like scarves a bit wider, I will add one more black and grey “row” (column?) to widen it a bit, and thanks to your teaching skills, I’ll have no trouble doing that. :) Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much Judy! I thought about doing another row as well, but this is a gift for someone and I wasn’t sure how wide to make it for a man. I am a bit weird, haha!