Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Like the many thousands of people who have been affected by breast cancer in one way or another, I too, have been affected. My best friend’s mother, Doris, whom I have known for almost 30 years, has been fighting her breast cancer for almost half as long as I’ve known her.

My mom passed away from lung cancer in 2006. After that, I unofficially adopted Doris as my second mom. She has seen me through my gawky teenage years, as well as marriage and kids, and was my source for information, but mostly comfort, when discussing chemotherapy and radiation for my mom.

I have a countless number of t-shirts earned from the many breast cancer events I have attended, even when Doris herself couldn’t make it because her body was just too weak and ravaged by her treatments.

Since Doris had gone through another round of treatments this year, it occurred to me with the cooler weather and the fact that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, that Doris needed a big, fluffy pink scarf with the bright pink ribbon that symbolizes breast cancer awareness attached somewhere on it. I could envision the scarf so clearly and started working on finding the perfect stitch pattern for it right away.

IMG_20140930_101309-BreastCancerScarfI am all about a quick and easy stitch pattern, but I love the look of lacy patterns too. I discovered a great combination of shells and chains which worked perfectly with the chunky yarn I found, but would probably work great with a lighter weight yarn too. I added some fun fringe and a dark pink crocheted breast cancer ribbon, and voila! The Doris Scarf was born!

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, make this free pattern to show your support for those affected by this terrible disease. Crochet this soft scarf as a thoughtful gift for a survivor in your life, or make it for yourself to raise awareness and encourage others to do the same.

The Doris Scarf

Skill level: Easy

Yarn weight: 6

Yarn used: Cozy Wool by Loops & Thread


  • 2 skeins Cozy Wool by Loops & Thread, 50% wool, 50% acrylic (90 yds/127g) in color Petal Pink
  • Small amount worsted weight scrap yarn in darker pink
  • U.S. size M-13 (9mm) crochet hook
  • U.S. size G-6 (4.25mm) crochet hook or size required for ribbon
  • Yarn needle

Special abbreviation

Shell: [(1 dc, ch 1) twice, 1 dc] in same st.

Stitch pattern

Shells and Chains

See also chart.

Row 1: Ch 1, sc 1 in first dc, skip ch-1 and dc 1, shell in sc, skip 1 dc and ch-1, sc 1 in dc (center st of shell), skip ch-1 and 1 dc, shell in sc, skip ch-1, sc in 3rd ch of t-ch, turn.

Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc 1 and ch-1), 1 dc in same st, skip 1 dc and ch-1, sc in dc (center st of shell), skip ch-1 and 1 dc, shell in sc, skip 1 dc and ch-1, sc in dc (center st of shell), skip ch-1 and 1 dc, [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc] in last st, turn.

Rep rows 1 and 2 for patt.



Chain 14.

Row 1: Sc 1 in 2nd ch from hook, skip 2 ch, shell in next ch, skip 2 ch, sc 1 in next ch, skip 2 ch, shell in next ch, skip 2 ch, sc in last ch, turn.

Row 2: Work row 2 of Shells and Chains patt.

Row 3: Work row 1 of Shells and Chains patt.

Rows 4–73: Rep rows 2 and 1 of Shells and Chains patt.

Fasten off.



Cut 28 strands of yarn 14” for fringe. *Using crochet hook, fold yarn in half and pull through corner at end of scarf to make a loop, pull ends through and tighten. Rep from * evenly spacing 14 pieces of fringe along end. Trim as needed. Repeat fringe along opposite end.


Ch 32.

Row 1:  Sc 1 in 2nd  ch from hook, sc 1 in next 13 ch, 2 sc in next ch, 3 sc in next ch, 2 sc in next ch, sc 1 in rem 14 ch, turn. (31 sc)

Turn to work along opposite side of foundation chain.

Row 2: Sc 31.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew ribbon to bottom right corner of scarf and weave in ends.


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