Rio Scarf


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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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Question: The scarf in the picture looks wider at the top than it is at the ends. How is that accomplished?

hi dgmatlock--Thanks for your comment. It's actually an optical illusion! The scarf is the same width the entire length...it just looks shorter because of the way the picture was taken and, chances are, the ends of the scarf curled in a bit when the photo was snapped. Hope that helps!--FaveCrafts Editors

Made it as a gift for a friend- added fringes in gold to give it a flowing look. Came out fantastic. Tried Mikey's crocodile stitch beach bag too. Love it :)

(runs screaming into the night) It's cool, it's lovely.... I recently spent six weeks crocheting about 30oz of RedHeart Supersaver Charcoal into a triangle shawl, of crocodile stitch. 37 motifs at the widest (gaining one every row from the single at the bottom point) then a split and three decreasing rows on each side staggered so the points didn't curl on the last long row and it came around the shoulders better and met at the front, then faked an edging along the 'top' and fringed it with about 5" fringe tufts. It came out absolutely gorgeous and trust me, 775 motifs. And Heavy. I called it a 'yarn hug'. I learned the crocodile stitch then went into this project winging it most of the way. So seeing all those little scales, made me want to hide. You can hide a LOT of sins on the backside when doing the foundation; but the front has to be PERFECT... This is very lovely, I like the way the colors change, and I'd totally agree you would have to be very very careful to make sure not to have any shadings changes happen halfways through a motif. Someday someday someday, I might make this. Thanks to the others for the subs for the yarn that will work with this. :)

Love the Scarf but shouldn't row 6 say repeat rows 3-5?

This is a lovely pattern but how about a revised pattern for a narrow scarf. This one is turning out to be quite wide and bulky feeling.

I just made this for my daughter and it came out great. I used the Red Heart Boutique Treasure in Mosaic and love the way the colors look. She's only about 5 feet tall and very petite so I shortened the overall length and narrowed it down to 3 scales on the long rows and 2 scales on the short rows. Mikey's video was a huge help http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_458582&feature=iv&src_vid=lhdOHQpxWzw&v=RUNtrp_Vj4o I just wish he had explained the best way to join the two sides together. I'm a beginner and tried many different things before I was happy with the way the joint looked. I like the scarf enough that I'm already starting on another one using Lion Brand Amazing in Wildflowers for my friend.


there is a you tube video that shows how to do this... I saw it this weekend

I am having a difficult time following the pattern. Where could I find a video?

They have several videos on Youtube for this. It's called the Crocodile Stitch.

hphmama - Michael Sellick YouTube video below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUNtrp_Vj4o&feature=relmfu

THANK YOU SO MUCH, 'didough' - appreciate it, this video is WONDERFUL & answered all of my questions! Thanks again!!!

This was a neat pattern; but unable to figure it out after making first two rows. Need better instructions on how to 'repeat' and what it should look like from the back. A video would help greatly. Just ripped it out and finally gave up. Looks like a neat pattern to learn; but as before, VIDEO WOULD BE OF GREAT BENEFIT!!! What a neat look it had, though - at least the first two rows. Thx.

I just clicked on the highlighted name of the designer, above the picture, which took me to a page all about Mickael Sellick, with links ... http://www.favecrafts.com/Craft-Designers/Michael-Sellick

Look forward to trying the pattern. njr Thanks for your input regarding the rows 3 through 5. I was trying to figure out how it was going to work. It is a great pattern for those of us in Fl. Have fun everyone.

Thank goodness I found the video, as the pattern would never work out. Under instructions, row 6 it says to repeat 4-6 for two yarn balls. This incorrect -it should read repeat 3-5 for two yarn balls. check with Michael to see if this is not correct.

where did you find the video of this project (Rio Scarf)?? Would LOVE trying it again; but unable to continue after first two rows! Thx. for advising.

where is the video. I asked for search but no answer

I watched Michael video and it is great, it made it easy to understand the stitch/pattern. I had to make my trial piece and loved learning this pattern. I can't wait to go out and purchase either the Amazing yarn or the Mosaic yarn. One of the best stitches I've learned since learning how to knit Entrelac (have also learned to crochet Entrelac by video). Thanks for this site, love it.


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