Bottom Up Granny Stitch Triangle Scarf Beginner Friendly Painted Desert Scarf free crochet pattern

Oct 31, 2019 | Beginner Crochet Patterns, Crochet patterns, One Cake Projects

The Painted Desert Scarf is a free crochet pattern for a beginner friendly bottom up Granny stitch triangle Scarf here at Nana’s Crafty Home!

Bottom Up Granny stitch Triangle Scarf free crochet pattern Painted Desert Scarf

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Holiday Stashdown CAL Painted Desert Triangle Scarf free crochet pattern

Do you love one skein projects made with self-striping yarn? This project will be right up your alley! An easy, beginner friendly pattern for a unique granny stitch scarf.

Lately I have been enjoying designing projects that are easy, beginner friendly and that work up quickly – perfect for gifts!

Bottom Up Granny stitch Triangle Scarf free crochet pattern Painted Desert Scarf

I wanted to use the granny stitch in a project as it is so nostalgic for me – growing up in the 70s this stitch was a staple of many a project in my youth. Very relaxing and soothing – a mindless crochet project in which I can memorize the stitch pattern easily and not think too closely about it. Great as a traveling project.

However, I didn’t want the scarf to look like every other granny stitch triangle scarf out there and this one worked for me! With the stripes going side to side it creates a really nice appearance. In fact, the horizontal stripes brought to mind our visit to the Painted Desert in Arizona several years ago. Such a beautiful place to visit!

I love working with Lion Brand Mandala yarn but I had not yet had a chance to work with the Wool-Ease yarn* in the self-striping cake and thought this would be the perfect project! However, his project would work well with any yarn you have on hand!

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You may also like the following free patterns at Nana’s Crafty Home:

  1. Candy Kisses Scarf
  2. Spring Me Forward Triangle Scarf
  3. Sassy Autumn Cowl
Bottom Up Granny stitch Triangle Scarf free crochet pattern Painted Desert Scarf

Painted Desert Scarf free crochet pattern

Pattern written in US crochet terminology


(1) Lion Brand Wool-Ease Zeus 5.3 oz / 590 yd

Size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook

Tapestry Needle

Approximate finished size: 48” wide wingspan (not including fringe) x 22” to tip of triangle

Gauge:  10 rows = 4” / 5 dc clusters + spaces = 4”


ch = chain
cluster = double crochet cluster (see special stitch section below)
st = stitch
dc = double crochet
sk = skip
sp = space

Notes about pattern:

  • Scarf is worked from the bottom – triangle point up.
  • Ch 3 at beginning of each row counts as stitch.
  • Each row will increase by a count of 1 cluster per row.

Special stitches:

dc cluster:  group of 3 double crochet stitches worked in same stitch/space

Row 1:  ch 4, sk 3 ch (skipped chs count as 1st st), 2 dc in 4th ch from hook.  Turn.

Row 2:  ch 3, 2 dc in same st as ch 3 (1st cluster made), sk next st, 3 dc in last st (2nd cluster made).  Turn (2 dc clusters + 1 sp between clusters). 

Row 3:  ch 3, 2 dc in same st, dc cluster in sp between dc clusters from previous row, dc cluster in last st.  Turn (3 dc clusters + 2 sp between dc clusters).

Row 4:  ch 3, 2 dc in same st, dc cluster in sp between each dc cluster to end, dc cluster in last st.  Turn. (4 dc clusters + 3 sp between dc clusters).

Row 5 – 56:  repeat row 4.

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

For fringe, cut 2 – 6” lengths of yarn for each and attach to both right and left sides of scarf over the ch 3 or last dc of each row, if desired.

Bottom Up Granny stitch Triangle Scarf free crochet pattern Painted Desert Scarf
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Hi! Thank you so much for being here! I am Tonya the designer behind Nana's Crafty Home. As a wife, mother, Nana of 9 & with 2 fur babies, my days are filled with love, laughter, hugs and yarn! Here you will find colorful and creative crochet designs for yourself or loved ones. My hope is that you will be inspired to learn and create along with me!