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Rio Scarf


You'll be ready for a night out on the town with this colorful and festive Rio Scarf from Michael Sellick.  This crocheted scarf is made with the crocodile stitch and is perfect for those who love a little challenge.  You can change colors on your own or use a multicolored yarn.

rio scarf


  • Size J or 6.0 MM Crochet Hook
  • 4 Balls 3.5 oz or 100 g Bernat Mosaic Yarn Vivid
  • Substitute Option:  If you don't have access to Bernat Mosaic Yarn and don't wish to purchase it online, check your favorite store for Red Heart Unforgettable Yarn. It transitions in color just the same.  You will need 4 balls of Unforgettable if you are going to substitute.

Scarf measures 80" long x 7.5" wide.


  • You will be making this scarf in two different sections and then sewing them together. You will do this so that the Crocodile Stitch is going down on both sides of your body. The seam for the two coming together is at the back of your neck.
  • Each section will get 2 yarn balls. Crochet with those until they are finished up. When finishing, ensure your law row is a scale stitch and not the back supporting section.
  • If your ball has a knot and tie due to manufacturing, simply cut out the knot and crochet as normal. IF the knot has two different yarn colours tied together, ensure you crochet this on the back supporting section and not the scale. This way you can guarantee the entire scale going across is looking consistent in colour and not suddenly changing colour that is visibly noticeable on the scales.



  1. CH 21
  2. DC 3rd stitch from the hook. *CH 2 and skip 2 stitches on the chain. DC twice into the next stitch. Repeat * for entire chain. Turn (This causes the stitches to be in groups of two and is the foundation behind the scales for the entire project.
  3. CH 3, DC 4 times down post of the first DC of previous row. CH 1, DC 5 times up the next post, *CH 1, Skip next two DC posts, DC 5 times down the next DC Post, CH 1, DC 5 times up the next DC Post. Repeat * for the remainder.Turn (You will have 4 scales).
  4. CH 1 and SL ST into the gap space between the 2 DC Posts below (this prevents the scale from being forced to collapse on itself). Ch 3, 1 DC into the space between the two DC Posts below. *CH 2, 2 DC into the next space between the two DC posts below. Repeat * all the way across. Turn.
  5. These scales will fall directly between the scales seen on the row below. CH 1, SK first 2 DC posts andimmediately DC 5 times down next DC Post, CH 1, *DC 5 times up the next DC Post. CH 1, SKIP next two DC Posts and immediately DC 5 Times Down the next DC Post. CH1 Repeat * to the end. Last stitch you will do a single crochet into the gap space between the final two DC Posts. (You will have only 3 scales across).
  6. Repeat Step 4 - 6 for two yarn balls. Fasten off when both balls are used.
  7. Side 2 will be identical to what you have done above. Complete an identical section. When finished, sew the two together by sewing them on the underside of the scales. My example ended the scales with three scales on both sides, yours may vary depending on yarn length. You may want to ensure both sides of the scarves have the same scale counts to look consistent.

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