Crochet Stitch Tutorial: Fan Column with Free Scarf Pattern

Many people loved this stitch pattern when I posted this photo on Crochetville’s Facebook page the other day:

Fan Column Stitch

I had one skein of Red Heart’s Unforgettable yarn in color Sunrise, which I need to use to make something to wear in our vendor booth at the Knit and Crochet Show coming up at the end of July. I ran across this stitch in another pattern that required more yarn than I had, so I decided to use the stitch to make a simple scarf.

The stitch pattern uses two basic stitch groups: two double crochets side-by-side (which reminds me of an architectural column) and a 5-dc fan. I don’t know if this stitch pattern has an actual name, but I’m calling it the Fan Column. Yes, sometimes I stink at coming up with creative names for things. If you come up with a better name, please leave a comment with your suggestion!

Materials Needed

Yarn of your choice and an appropriate size hook.

Sample shown uses 1 ball of Red Heart Unforgettable in color Sunrise, 3.5 oz / 100 g, 280 yds / 256 m, and a size H-8 / 5.00 mm hook.

Once my scarf is finished, I’ll post measurements and gauge information. I’ll also make a PDF of the pattern available as well. Since so many Facebook fans were anxious to have some pattern instructions, I thought this blog post might suffice until I’m able to create an actual pattern PDF document.

Scarf Instructions

Stitch pattern: 7 chains for each stitch pattern repeat plus 7 additional chains.


Beginning ch-3 of each row serves as a dc throughout.

Beginning in row 2 and onward, you will only work into the spaces between stitches:  one dc on either side of the middle dc in each fan and a 5-dc fan in the space between the 2 dc stitches that are not part of a fan.

Ch 35.

Row 1: Dc in 5th ch from hook, dc in next ch, *skip next 2 ch, 5 dc in next ch, skip next 2 ch, dc in each of next 2 ch, repeat from * 3 more times, dc in last ch. Turn. (4 fans, 5 columns)

Row 2: Ch 3, *5 dc in space between next 2 dc, dc in the spaces before and after the middle dc of the next 5-dc fan, repeat from * 3 more times, 5 dc in space between next 2 dc, dc in last dc. Turn. (5 fans, 4 columns)

Row 3: Ch 3, *dc in the spaces before and after the middle dc of the next 5-dc fan, 5 dc in space between next 2 dc, repeat from * 3 more times, dc in the spaces before and after the middle dc of the last 5-dc fan, dc in last dc. Turn. (5 columns, 4 fans)

Rows 4-??: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until scarf is the length you want.
Optional: Add an edging around the scarf if you like.


Stitch Chart for Right-Handers


Stitch Chart for Left-Handers


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