Free Pattern: Ribbed SleevoScarf

SleevoScarf worn as Sleeves

SleevoScarf worn as Scarf

I’ve been going out on the weekends a lot with a t-shirt and super fun oversized ribbed knit scarf with the most overindulgent fringe ever. MsNovak  sent me this amazing scarf during the summer’s Seasonal Scarf Swap. I think it’s my favorite scarf EVER. So some of these times when I’ve been going out in my t-shirt and scarf it’s been kind of cold. I kept playing with the scarf and wrapping it around my arms like a sleeve. I realized what I really needed was a multi-purpose scarf that could be used as sleeves when needed. I had seen pictures of some scarves turned shrug and browsed through some patterns, but they all seemed more like summer patterns, so I made one up.

Here’s the pattern for my Ribbed SleevoScarf:

Just over 2 skeins of Loops and Threads Charisma (around 230 yards of Bulky weight yarn).
Tapestry Needle
10mm Crochet Hook


5″ x 5″ = 8 rows x 9 stitches


CH: Chain

HDC: Half Double Crochet


Pattern has negative ease and is tight and stretches to fit a size Medium/Large for someone 5’6″-5’9″.

For a Small, do 1 or 2 less rows. For a larger size, add 1 or two rows (or more for even larger size or looser fit). For a SleevoScarf for someone shorter, for each inch, reduce by 2 stitches

Dimensions: 53.5 inches long and 8 inches wide at the unseamed center. The SleevoScarf does have a lot of stretch.


Chain 98

Row 1:  HDC in back bump of third chain and in each chain across [97]

Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as first stitch), turn, HDC through both loops in first stitch, HDC in back loop only across to last stitch, HDC through both loops for last stitch.

Row 3: Repeat row 2 until you have 13 rows.

Finish off leaving a long tail to sew the first arm. I used mattress stitch to sew the arms, but you may want to use a stitch with more stretch. Fold the top of the scarf to the bottom row of the scarf and sew 21″ for the first arm. Try on to make sure it fits, you may want to sew it a little more or take out some stitches. Sew the second arm. Weave in the ends.

Wear as a scarf until your arms get cold, then wear as sleeves.

Back view

I am currently working on two other versions, in Worsted weight and Bulky weight yarn, that you can wrap around your neck and wear as a scarf and sleeves at the same time. Be on the lookout for those patterns soon.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. aboutGoodness
    Dec 12, 2011 @ 02:42:58

    This sleevoscarf is a great idea! I love such kind of clothing that can serve in several ways- And the best about your wonderful creation is that it is very practical for those short sleeve outfits without making one to be too warm when wearing whole jacket. Wonderful work and idea! 🙂


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  3. Jean
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 11:28:59

    THis is what I have been looking for! I like my puffy vest, but sometimes I need a little heavier sleeve, but do not want to wear a bulky sweater underneath my vest. I am adding a cowl turtle neck to this somehow, right now have not figured it out…but I WILL! Thanks.


  4. kayleighramesar
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 23:44:47

    Reblogged this on Rantings from inside my head and commented:
    So after picking up crocheting like a child picks up germs, I’m really excited to do get this piece done. Crocheting is making a big comeback in the tropics, but the weather is quickly heating up. So following these instructions with worsted weight yarn, I’m getting a short sleeved convertible scarf. Which should be fine – this is the shrug style I’ve been trawling the internet for all day


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