Rapunzel Inspired Braided Scarf Crochet Pattern

Hailey's favourite princess is Rapunzel. Actually, it's more like she has a crush on Flynn. She used to pretend her bear lovey was Flynn and make it kiss her mini plush Rapunzel. She would also often point at her own hair gesturing that she also has long hair like Rapunzel.

Over time, Princess Rapunzel has grown to be my second favourite princess after Ariel. C'mon, Ariel's a mermaid. Who doesn't love a mermaid? But anyway, back to Rapunzel. I think most people would agree with me that the most romantic Disney movie scene of all times is when Rapunzel and Flynn are watching the floating lanterns on a boat in the waters.

I also love the part where Rapunzel goes into the village for the first time and gets her hair braided and decorated with flowers. My obsession with Rapunzel's hair was what inspired me to make this scarf. But let's face it, I'd go broke from buying shampoo to wash my hair. Not to mention it would look pretty ridiculous in real life.

I did a quick Google search for "braided scarves" for inspiration and came across this one from Spud and Chloe (here). However, this is a knitting pattern, and I don't know how to knit. So I thought maybe I'll try to replicate it using crochet.

The knitted version was worked widthwise, so you just braid as normal for the braided sections. However, for this crocheted version, I wanted to maintain a somewhat knitted or ribbed look. And to do that, the scarf had to be worked lengthwise. But then, how do we braid this?

Then, I remembered the "magic braid" technique I had come across one time on Pinterest. Traditionally, braids have a closed-end and an open-end with separate strands that are used to weave into a braid. Magic braids consist of two closed-ends, and is braided with magic! Just like Rapunzel's hair!

I wanted to use chunky/bulky yarn for this project, but I couldn't find the yellow I wanted to mimic Rapunzel's golden locks at my local craft store. So instead, I resorted to crocheting with two strands of worsted weight yarn together as an alternative to using chunky yarn. I ended up using Loops & Threads' Soft & Shiny in yellow.

This is my first time coming up with an original pattern, and I am just so proud of it! I couldn't wait to share it with you all. If you're interested in making your own Rapunzel Inspired Braided Scarf, keep reading.


Crochet Stitches

Finished Measurements

  • 4.5 inches (~12 cm) wide for the ribbed sections
  • 2.25 inches (~6 cm ) wide for the braided sections
  • 76 inches (~193) in length


There are going to be 13 sections in total: 6 braided, and 7 ribbed (non-braided sections). Each section consists of 20 stitches. Which means that we will be starting with a chain of 260 stitches plus 1 for turning.

Please note that most of the half double crochets (hdc) are worked in BACK LOOPS ONLY, but I will state where to use it in the pattern.

Working with 2 strands of yarn at the same time, Ch 261
Row 1: hdc in the second chain from the hook, hdc in the next 259 sts (260 sts)
From here on, all hdc are worked in back loops only.
Row 2: ch1, turn, hdcblo in the next 260 sts
Row 3-4: Repeat row 2

Row 5: Ch1, turn, [hdcblo in the next 20 sts, fhdc in the next 20 sts] x 6, hdcblo in the next 20 sts (260 sts)
Row 6-8: Repeat row 2

Row 9: Repeat row 5
Row 10-12: Repeat row 2

In the end, you should end up with six sections that look like the photo on the top left of the following picture. I attempted to take pictures of the step by step of the braiding process, but as you can see, I didn't get very far.

It's a bit complicated to describe how to do the magic braiding technique, so here is a picture tutorial to help clarify the process (source: unknown):

And there you have it!

Did you make your own Rapunzel Inspired Braided Scarf? I'd love to see it! Please tag me on Instagram or use the #onceuponacheerio hashtag.

This is an original pattern written by Juli Anne of Once Upon a Cheerio. Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but please DO NOT sell the pattern or distribute it. 

You may sell products made from this pattern, but please clearly credit the design to me, Juli Anne of Once Upon a Cheerio and provide a link to my blog www.OnceUponaCheerio.com. Permission is NOT granted for mass production or factory manufacturing of any kind. Thank you for understanding!