Hand Puppet Scarf


Crochet a colorful scarf that also entertains with fun hand puppets at each end. This scarf crochet pattern is a great crochet pattern for kids.

Crochet Hand Puppet Scarf


  • Yarn: RED HEART® “Super Saver®”: 1 Skein each 929 Bikini A, 722 Pretty n’ Pink B, 256 Carrot C. RED HEART® “Sport”: 1 Skein each 1 White and 12 Black for eyes
  • Crochet Hooks: 5.5mm [US I-9] and 3.75mm [US F-5].
  • stitch marker
  • yarn needle

Size: 4¾” x 62” including puppets

Gauge: Scarf: 14 sts = 4”; 9 rows = 4” in hdc with larger hook. Puppets: 4 sts = 1”; 5 rows = 1” in sc with larger hook.


NOTE: Scarf has tapered ends designed to fit inside of the puppet neck.

With larger hook and A, ch 9.
Row 1 (Right Side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; turn – 8 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in each sc to last sc; 2 sc in last sc; turn – 10 sc.
Rows 4 and 5: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 – 12 sc.
Row 6: Ch 2, 2 hdc in first sc, hdc in each sc to last sc; 2 hdc in last sc; turn – 14 hdc.
Row 7: Ch 2, hdc in each hdc across; turn.
Repeat Row 7 until 46” from beginning.
Next Row: Ch 2, skip first hdc, hdc in next 11 hdc; [yo and draw up a loop in next hdc] twice, yo and draw through all 5 loops on hook – hdc2tog made; turn – 12 hdc.
Next Row: Ch 1, skip first hdc, sc in next 9 hdc; [draw up a loop in next hdc] twice, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook – sc2tog made; turn – 10 sc.
Next Row: Ch 1, sc in each sc across.
Next Row: Ch 1, skip first sc, sc in each sc to last 2 sc; sc2tog – 8 sc. Fasten off.
Edging Rnd: With right side facing and larger hook, join C in any st; ch 1, work sc evenly around entire scarf. Fasten off.

** Neck and Upper Head/Jaw: With larger hook and B, ch 24; join with a slip st in first ch to form a ring, being careful that ch is not twisted.
Rnd 1: Ch 2 (counts as first hdc), hdc in next 23 ch; join with a slip st in top of ch-2 – 24 sts.
Rnds 2-6: Ch 2, hdc in each hdc around; join.

Head Shaping-Rnd 7: Turn to work on the wrong side; ch 1, sc in first 12 hdc, ch 12, skip next 12 hdc; join with a slip st in first sc to form ring on which to crochet upper head/jaw. Now work in continuous rnds without joining, marking first st as beginning of rnd and moving marker up on each rnd.
Rnd 8: 2 Sc in first sc, sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc, [2 sc in next ch, sc in next 5 ch] twice – 28 sc.
Rnd 9: [2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc] 4 times – 32 sc.
Rnd 10: [2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc] 4 times – 36 sc.
Rnds 11-14: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 15: * [Sc2tog] twice, sc in next 14 sc; repeat from * once more – 32 sc.
Rnd 16: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 17: * [Sc2tog] twice, sc in next 12 sts; repeat from * once more – 28 sc.
Rnd 18: * [Sc2tog] twice, sc in next 10 sc; repeat from * once more – 24 sc.
Rnd 19: [Sc2tog, sc in next 10 sc] twice – 22 sc.
Rnd 20: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 21: [Sc2tog, sc in next 9 sc] twice – 20 sc.
Rnds 22-24: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 25: [Sc2tog, sc in next 8 sc] twice – 18 sc.
Rnd 26: * [Sc2tog] twice, sc in next 5 sc; repeat from * once more –14 sc.

Shape Nose-Rnd 27: * [Sc2tog] twice, sc in next 3 sc; repeat from * once more changing to C in last sc – 10 sc.
Rnd 28: With C, [sc2tog, sc in next 3 sc] twice – 8 sc.
Rnd 29: [2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc] twice – 10 sc.
Rnd 30: [Sc2tog, sc in next 3 sc] twice – 8 sc. Cut yarn leaving a long tail. Weave yarn through remaining sts to close nose end. Bring needle through nose to point where nose rnds begin and wrap the yarn tightly around the base of the nose several times, fasten securely. Weave in end. This gives the nose definition and prevents the need for stuffing.

NOTE: When working the lower jaw, the “mouth corner” can be found by laying puppet with slit opening facing upwards. Attach yarn to the rightmost stitch and proceed working in continuous rnds as directed.

Lower Jaw-Rnd 31: With wrong side facing and larger hook, join B in first ch of mouth corner to work in 12 remaining ch-loops of Rnd 7 and 12 remaining hdc of Rnd 6, place marker; sc in each st around – 24 sc.
Rnds 32 and 33: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 34: [Sc2tog, sc in next 10 sc] twice – 22 sc.
Rnds 35-37: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 38: [Sc2tog, sc in next 9 sc] twice – 20 sc.
Rnd 39: [Sc2tog, sc in next 8 sc] twice – 18 sc.
Rnd 40: [Sc2tog, sc in next 7 sc] twice – 16 sc.
Rnds 41-42: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 43: [Sc2tog, sc in next 6 sc] twice – 14 sc.
Rnd 44: [Sc2tog, sc in next 5 sc] twice – 12 sc.
Rnd 45: [Sc2tog, sc in next 4 sc] twice – 10 sc.
Rnd 46: [Sc2tog] 5 times – 5 sc. Fasten off. Weave yarn through remaining sts; draw up firmly; fasten securely.
Ears (Make 2)-Rnd 1: With larger hook and B, ch 2; working over beginning yarn end work 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook; pull yarn end to close any gap at center.
Rnd 2: [2 Sc in next sc] 5 times – 10 sc.
Rnd 3: [2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc] twice – 12 sc.
Rnd 4: [2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc] twice – 14 sc.
Rnd 5: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 6: [Sc2tog, sc in next 5 sc] twice – 12 sc.
Rnd 7: [Sc2tog, sc in next 4 sc] twice – 10 sc. Fasten off leaving a 10” tail. Sew ears in place. **
Repeat from ** to ** with C for second puppet, using B for nose.

Eyes (Make 4)-Rnd 1: With smaller hook and white yarn, ch 2; working over beginning yarn end work 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook; pull yarn end to close any gap at center.
Rnd 2: [2 sc in next sc] 4 times – 8 sc.
Rnd 3: [2 Sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc] twice – 10 sc.
Rnd 4: Sc in each sc around – 10 sc.
Rnd 5: [Sc2tog, sc in next 3 sc] twice; slip st in next sc – 8 sc. Fasten off leaving a 10” tail.
Embroider a French knot pupil with black yarn. Sew eyes in place.

Puppet Edging-Rnd 1: With right side facing and larger hook, join A in any st at cuff opening; ch 1, sc in each st around; join with a slip st in first sc – 24 sc.
Rnd 2: [Ch 3, slip st in next sc] 23 times, ch 3, slip st in first slip st. Fasten off.

Finishing: Lay the scarf flat; place a puppet at either end of the scarf with the opening towards the tapered scarf end and the nose facing away. Insert tapered end of scarf into the puppet opening about 2”; pin scarf to the upper part of the puppet only, (in the “wrist” area if this were a mitten). Sew the top layer of puppet securely with matching yarn to the tapered scarf ends, being careful not to sew the opening closed.


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My granddaughter has a very vivid imagination and she just loves playing with her younger brother. As she is in Germany right now this scarf would be perfect for her to play around with and in! I love how colorful it is plus the fact that the puppets are attached so she cannot loose them!

Love,love,love it ,my hand scarf puppets turned out perfect what a wonderful christmas gift for my lil friend!!

Are both ends of the scarf tapered exactly the same? I keep getting stuck because when I come to the end of my scarf my tapered ends are different. The first tapered end is a lot more tapered than the end on the other one :(. Please help.. thank you.

I like the patternbut would loke it to be clear specially on hiw to make the ears. On the instruction it did not ask you to turn after you make the 5 sc or any other rn. Could you please email me the exact direction. Do you have to turn or close into ring and continue.

This scarf would have to be made exactly to fit a certain child because if you make it too small chances are they will stretch their neck thin when they stretch out their arms. And you know how kids won't stay still, you need to have expansion room. Other than that, I love it! I just wish I knew how to measure it for different size children? Any suggestions? email- iprincessirene@aol.com

This would be OK for a little boy if I use Browns and blues wouldn't it? If so, up to what age? I'd hate to go to all of that work then someone teases him and he would never use again. :) Thanks for your time. Noxvilnana

Makes me wish i could crochet as much as i knit. Thought at first it was a knitted one, Any chance of a knitted one for us knitters?

the scarf W/ puppet hands are so cute my gr.daughter would love them

This is the cutest pattern I have seen in a long time. I have saved it to make when I have a little one around again.

Hi I have made so many that I have lost count, these are fun for the young and old. Get started for holiday gifts. Holycow

Good for a small child. You could even change the hand puppet.

I have actually purchased my niece's favorite colors to use in this scarf. I also plan to embroider the eyes for safety, but I like the practicality of the "mittens" effect in a scarf that she can also play with. She loves handpuppets.

I think this is cute. My granddaughter wants one.

I think this is adorable! My granddaughter would love it. It keeps her warm and provides "friends" wherever she goes!

I think this is a really cute idea. I will be making it for my 2 year old grandson and he probably will always have warm hands now in a cold Wisconsin winter!

I adore it...my 6 year old son will be getting one for Christmas...(=

I made this last year for my 4 grandchildren. They all loved it - adjusted the sizes for the younger ones. I don't know why that person thought it was a choking hazzard- it is all yarn - including the eyes.

CHOKING HAZARD: I gasped when I saw this hand puppet scarf -- it would be really easy for a child to choke themselves with it. And an accident could easily happen when playing with the puppets with other kids -- a young child could pull on one of the puppets tightening the scarf around the neck. Or am I missing something?

Yes, I would make it. I think kids would love it.

This is an awesome pattern!! What a cool way to get kids to wear mittens in the cold.

I already made this, for MYSELF in colors I love! Adults need to have some fun too :) great to see looks of other drivers when I'm wearing this scarf and my 'puppets' are doing the driving.

I think it is so cute. Children will love it. Good way to make them wear their gloves. I would use different colors. I plan to make it and pass the pattern on to my crochet friends.

I think this is really cute and if I had anyone to make it for, I would using different colors though for the scarf. I think this a functional item, it's a scarf for the cold that is on its way and what better way to help the kids keep their scarves on. Great pattern.

What a GREAT idea! This is a great creativity enhancer ... and, it will definitely keep little hands & necks warm on cold days. My grandchildren will love this Hand Puppet Scarf!

I made 2 of these. They're very cute. The puppets fit perfectly for little hands. These make great gifts, and can be adjusted to fit older kids.

I think it is cute and I hope to make it for my son, who has been wanting something made by me.

I love it!, might have to make one for my 2 year old granddaughter for Christmas.

I will probably get lots of hate comments for not really liking it as a functional piece of a child's wardrobe Even though it is a cute pattern I see too many problems with a child having it at school It may be too distracting in the classroom as well as out on the playground where children may want to pull on it to see the puppets which might cause the wearer to be choked or fall and hurt themselves Next I think the puppet gloves mittens are cute but not as functional as other patterns I have seen and made - these seem to be bulky and I am not sure how well they would stay on little hands Other than that I do like the concept and think if reworked this could really be a money maker for the creator if they wanted to sell the pattern or finishedRead More product

Dude! I'm going to re-size that and make it for myself! That's the coolest scarf ever!

i like this pattern and will make it for my grandchildrens this weekend its a cute pattern

At first glance I couldn't wait to get started for my granddaughter, but then I thought of how they play outside in the playground at her preschool and worried about the "gloves" being permanently connected to the scarf. Last season two of her friends each pulled her in different directions by her hands and I shudder to think what may have happened if she'd been wearing this scarf...I will, however make them detached from the scarf.

It is cute but I would NEVER make it for either child or adult. The reason is the choke factor. I can see broken and injured necks from this pattern. It is far too long to be safe for children and just seems to be a stupid idea.

To avlis and crafter who are confused by the puppet section You start at the wrist or body of the puppet and work your way to the tip of the nose You need to split the puppet for the mouth section and create an upper and lower mouth section This process starts at round your crochet into the stiches then chain and join to first hdc This forms the ring you will be working in chain sts and hdc this will be the upper part of the mouth You will gradually decrease the number of stitches until it tapers off to a point Once you finish the upper mouth you will fasten off and start on the lower mouth You will now be working in the skipped hdc's and the remaining loops of the chain stitches Again you will gradually decrease stitches tapering to a point and fastening off Hope thisRead More helps

If it looks to long, or is turning out to long just adjust for the length you need... its not hard to do, just leave out some rows in the scarf.. Take measurements on the child, and go from there. Plus, if it is a lil long, it will last them a while, right? Crochet with no worries and things come out better.

To all my friends here, I admire every one of you. You all seem to have had no problem with this and I am so confused. Admittedly, I am a beginner but have made a few things for my granddaughters, basics, hats, mittens, etc. However, this has me confused when I get to the Puppet part and chain 12, skip next 12 hdc...I hit a wall. How do I continue? Is it hdc on the same rows as when I stopped at rnd 6 or do I crochet up the chain 12....I wish I could be more clear on this and I know it sounds all over the place but I hope you know what I am talking about. Just need some direction. Thank you.

I am a beginner and I am working on the hand puppet scarf...I am totally confused at rnd 7, I understand to crochet then chain 12, skip next 12 hdc then sl st in first sc....I end up with something that looks like a basket...Where do I go from there. When I start again do I continue with the same stitches as rnd 6, do I crochet up the chain....sorry if this sounds stupid but i am really confused.....Thank you.

I just found this site and the first thing I saw was this great idea for the grandkids. I can't wait to get started. Thanks!

Hi,can't wait to start the scarf for my grand-daughter but I am worried about how to do the colour pattern.There is no mention of when to join in a different colour. Help!

Just started making this for a 3 yr old. Thinking that 46 in. may be too long...? What ages has anyone else made these for? Thanks!

this looks fun! I think I'll try this for my grandson & maybe for my daughters daycare kids!

Crafter 5736478 - scarf starts with 8 stitches, then increases to 14 - then after the 46" length is reached, there are 3 lots of decreasing rows back to 8 stitches again

How is are both end tapered? When you do not begin with a tapered end.

This scarf is adorable!!!! I made 4 of them for my nieces and nephews. Extremely easy to make -- it was the first time I ever made anything from a pattern. Highly recommend. And I have had several requests to make more for friends.

very good indeed , grandaugter will love this


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