Free Unisex Scarf Pattern – Pomander Scarf

Free Unisex Scarf Pattern – Pomander Scarf
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The Pomander Men’s scarf (unisex) crochet pattern

The Pomander Men’s scarf (unisex) crochet pattern is a seasonal essential. The cooler autumn weather is just around the corner and we are saying goodbye to the summer in the northern hemisphere. For crocheters that means it is definitely time to start thinking about our project lists and getting them in order. Most of us want to keep ourselves and our loved ones warm once the weather changes.

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Then there is that C word as we start to think seriously about what gifts we are planning on making whom for Christmas! Some are prepared and start thinking about this sort of thing in January.  To be honest, until this year I was one of those people! I was super organised, had my patterns and gifts thought out. I even had lists of the yarn I needed to get for each project.

Trying to plan ahead…

Last year I decided to all of the men in my family hat and scarf sets. So my search for a pattern began. I wanted a little bit of texture but not so much that it looked more feminine than masculine. I searched and searched for what I wanted. Without success. In the end I made them all those fairly plain ones where you do hdc BLO until you are soooo bored that you have to make yourself do them. I think I had about 6 sets to make so you can understand why I felt like this! Don’t get me wrong, they look great and are super warm. In fact my husband complained last year (whilst at the ice rink with my daughter in the middle of winter) that he was too warm in his set and took it off!

unisex Pomander scarf

And then it came to me ….

This year, I refuse to feel like that about crocheting again. So the Pomander scarf was born. Actually, I think its more of a unisex scarf but I wanted to make something for the men in my life.

Yes, I know the model here is most definitely female! But I couldn’t get any men to model for me at the time. I am busy making another one so that I can get some male model shots lol.

I think you can safely say that this scarf is definitely ‘mission accomplished’. There is a little bit of texture which isn’t too much for the manly man, it warm and cosy and looks great on anybody. Icing on the cake – it doesn’t bore me rigid making loads of these!

This particular scarf was gifted to my father in law and wears it all of the time when the weather starts to become chillier.

Construction of the design

As with most scarves this one is worked flat in short rows. The added texture in this one really makes this pattern fun to work up and great looking when finished.

The pattern itself is a three row repeat. I used a 5mm hook and 420 yards of #4 worsted weight yarn to make mine 62’’ long and 6.5’’ wide. (It seems that everyone in my family except myself and my nana are tall!).

The stitches used are pretty basic with X stitch and extended hdc (there is an explanation of how to do them on the pattern).

The Yarn

For my scarf I used James C Brett Aztec Aran in colour copper. It is 90% Acrylic 10% Alpaca which makes it so soft and adds a little touch of luxury to your projects. I do love working with alpaca yarn and alpaca blends. It also provides a bit of extra warmth to your projects having the alpaca in there.

Did you know that alpaca is supposed to be hypo-allergenic?

The rich and opulent colours in the Aztec Aran are perfect for unisex projects too that I don’t think you truly appreciate until you see the yarn in person.

Get the PDF pattern!

You can find the ad-free PDF Pattern for this one in all of my shops:

The pattern specifics:


  • 420 yards of #4 worsted weight yarn of your choosing. I used James C Brett’s Aztec Aran
  • 5mm crochet hook
  • stitch markers (optional)
  • scissors
  • Tapestry needle


Not important for this project as you make it as long as necessary


My scarf was was 62” long and 6.5” wide

Abbreviations used:

dc–double crochet
Fhdc – foundation half dc
X St – cross stitch
Xhdc – extended half double crochet
ss–slip stitch
*to* – repeat Instructions between the two *
FO – fasten off.


Other Notes:

  • Written in US terms
  • I used an alt dc instead of a ch3 to start each row as I think it looks better (see special stitches below)

Special Stitches:

Alt dc:

SC in the first st, yo and pull through so you effectively work a sc and ch1.

X Stitch:

This is worked across 2 stitches – sk the first st, dc into the next st, working into missed st and behind the DC you have just made, dc in the missed st*

Extended hdc (xhdc):

YO, insert hook into next st, YO and pull through,  YO but pull through the first loop on hook, YO and pull through 3 loops on hook.

The Pattern:

Row 1  Either fhdc 26     OR    Ch28, hdc in third ch from hook, hdc in each ch across, turn (26)  
Row 2 Alt dc in the first st, X st in the next 24 stitches, dc in last st, turn   
Row 3 Alt dc in first st, xhdc in each st across   
Row 4 Repeat row 3   
Rows 5-159 Repeat rows 2, 3 and 4 until scarf is the desired length, ENDING with a row 2 (for me that was 159 rows)
 Row 160   Ch2 (counts as a st), hdc in each st across  FO and weave in ends

I hope that you like this pattern as much as I do and don’t forget to share your makes with me on my FaceBook, Ravelry, and Instagram pages if you have them. I love seeing your take on my patterns!

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