The Brioche Bun Crochet Scarf is an elegant, quick working accessory. It is crocheted in short rows for an easily customized length, and comprised of three different stitches. This crochet pattern features the Puff Stitch and Paired Half Double Crochetkeep reading to learn about the inspiration behind this scarf.

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Inspiration

The Brioche Bun Scarf started with cinnamon rolls. This past Christmas I made homemade cinnamon rolls to enjoy on Christmas morning. With our canceled trip to visit family in Arizona, I set out to make Christmas as magical as possible this year. Since, homemade cinnamon rolls seemed like the equivalent of placing the star on top of the tree.

For buttery, sweet, pillowy cinnamon rolls, you need to make brioche dough. I read through the recipe, planned out the dough rising schedule, and set my timers. At the end of Christmas Eve, I tucked the cinnamon rolls into the fridge for one last slow rise.

In the morning, I woke my sweet and spicy babies up to discover their filling had leaked out during the quiet, dark hours of Santa delivering presents. Nothing else was on the menu Christmas morning, so into the oven they went. So, I crossed my fingers, and sipped my coffee, hoping they would still hold hints of cinnamon between their fluffy layers.

Design

Well, the brioche dough turned into light and airy brioche bread – a perfect balance of sweet and buttery. However, cinnamon rolls did not come out of the oven. The brioche rolls stood in puddles of cinnamon sugar like my kids standing in puddles of melting snow from the fresh powder. My cinnamon rolls failed, but the air pockets in the brioche bread inspired the squishy Puff Stitches in the Brioche Bun Scarf. It needed another stitch with close to equal bulk, so in stepped the Paired Half Double Crochet. It is closer knit together to lessen the prevalence of holes between stitches.

When I wear the Brioche Bun Scarf, it is the perfect mix between bulky, but not clunky. The Puff Stitches, and Paired Half Double Crochet Stitches give it a light and airy feel wrapped around the neck. It’s a perfect fashion piece to wear from early Fall to waning Winter.

Yarn + Substitutes

One of the best attributes of the Brioche Bun Scarf is the versatility. It works up beautifully in an acrylic yarn as it does in a wool.

Originally, the Brioche Bun Crochet Scarf used the Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice – an acrylic, worsted weight yarn. This yarn remains an great option for the Brioche Bun Scarf, but since it’s first release, my all-time favorite acrylic yarn is Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran. The softness is unmatched, and the color palette is amazing.

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BUT, for the remake, I wanted to use something a bit more special. So, I created a new colorway just for this scarf – Stick Season. Shop Stick Season on Etsy Here.

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Finished Size + Fit

  • This pattern comes in two (2) width sizes for a long scarf, and a cowl size.

Scarf (Regular)

  • Width – 7.5″
  • Length (with fringe) – 74″ (86″)
  • Approximate Yardage – 300yds

Scarf (Wide)

  • Width – 10”
  • Length (with fringe) – 74″ (86″)
  • Approximate Yardage – 400yds

Cowl

  • Width – 10″
  • Circumference – 24″
  • Approximate Yardage – 150yds
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PATTERN

  • Get the AD-free, printable PDF pattern from Etsy HERE
  • Save this pattern to your favorite board on Pinterest HERE
  • Add this pattern to your Ravelry que HERE

Description

The Brioche Bun Crochet Scarf is an easy crochet pattern suitable for advanced beginners. It is crocheted in short rows that allow for easy length adjustment. The Puff Stitches, my favorite part, give it a bit of squishy texture, while the Paired Half Double Crochet Stitches provide interest to the fabric without being overwhelming.

Materials

  • Yarn : Kaibab Worsted from High Desert Yarn
    • Worsted weight (category 4)
    • (220yds/100g), 100% Superwash Merino Wool
    • You will need approximately 150 – 400yds.
  • Crochet Hook : I/9 (5.50mm) or hook to obtain gauge
  • Notions : scissors, tapestry needle

Notes

  • Experience Level – Advanced Beginner
    • You will need to know how to Half Double Crochet, and Puff Stitch before starting this pattern.
  • You may substitute the starting chain for a foundation half double crochet (FHDC).
  • CH 2 (turning chain) at the end of a row DOES NOT count as a stitch.
  • This pattern is worked in short turning rows.
  • Hand dyed yarn tip : alternate skeins every two rows for even color placement. Do not cut yarn, but carry along the scarf’s edge.

Stitch Abbreviations

US crochet terms used throughout.

  • CH(S) – chain(s)
  • HDC – half double crochet
  • PHDC – paired half double crochet
  • PUFF – puff stitch
  • ST(S) – stitch(es)
  • YO – yarn over

Tutorials

Paired Half Double Crochet

Written Instructions
YO and insert hook into the previous ST, YO and pull up one loop. (3 loops on the hook.) YO and insert hook into next ST, YO and pull up one loop. (5 loops on the hook.) YO and pull through all loops on the hook.

If you need help with this stitch, please use the following resources.

Puff Stitch

Written Instructions
YO and insert hook into next ST. YO and pull up loop through ST. (Three loops on hook.) YO and insert hook into same ST. (Four loops on hook.) YO and pull up loop through ST. (Five loops on hook.) YO and insert hook into same ST. (Six loops on hook.) YO and pull up loop through ST. (Seven loops on hook.) YO and pull through all loops on hook.

If you need help with this stitch, please use the following resources.

Pattern Instructions

Update March 21, 2024 – In 2024, I decided to take ads off the HDY Blog. You can read through my thought process in this blog post here. As of today, this crochet pattern will no longer be available as a free written pattern. However, there is a new FULL video tutorial linked below.

If you’d rather read through a crochet pattern, you can purchase the premium PDF pattern on Etsy or Ravelry. This PDF is upated to include two (2) width sizes for the scarf, and a cowl size.

Thank you for understanding, and supporting independent crochet designers like me. 🧡

Free Pattern Video

How it started…

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What it turned into…

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9 Comments

  1. this is a beautiful pattern…had starting hiccups in the beginning butmnce u get the hang of it it turned out so well

  2. Thank you for this beautiful pattern. I’ve been crocheting for years, but I’ve never made anything like this. Usually I am doing amigurumi, or knitting. This pattern showed up in my newsfeed and I started it right away. I just love it. Thank you!

    1. Cindy, thank you for your gracious words! I’m grateful you stepped out of your comfort zone with one of my patterns. <3

      1. Such a beautiful scarf. When you say, to put a puff stitch in the skipped stitch, am I going backwards for the stitch? I sure wish there was a video tutorial for that part.

          1. Ooh I see. Ive never done that before.
            Thank you so much for explaining that and thanks so much for making yourself available to questions! You are awesome! ❤

          2. You’re welcome!! I am MORE than happy to help with any of my patterns. The Crossed stitches were a little tricky when I first learned them.

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