How to Crochet an Easy Cowl and Infinity Scarf that Looks Knitted
Updated: May 22
Hi guys! This week's blog post is all about learning to crochet a cowl and infinity scarf that looks knit. I have tried and failed (many times) to learn to knit, but I still love the tight stitching that only knitting can create. So if I can crochet an accessory that looks knit, I will do it. In this tutorial, we will be using the half double crochet stitch. This is a basic stitch that creates beautiful texture, depending on which loop its worked in. For most of the pattern, we will be working our half double crochet stitches in the 3rd loop only; but to create definition, we will be breaking up these rows with a row of half double crochet worked normally (in the front and back loops). Let's get started!
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My inspiration for these scarves came from my yarn choice. A few weeks ago, I found 3 skeins of Brights - I Love this Yarn at the bottom of my yarn stash. Not only is this yarn beautiful, it's also really colorful! This is a type of marled yarn that spins 4 colored strands together to create a candy cane effect. As you crochet, you will see different shades of pink, blue, purple, green, yellow, orange - basically any color of the rainbow is tucked inside this yarn. I chose to use simple stitches - half double crochet worked normally AND in the 3rd loop only - to highlight the beautiful color work in this yarn. Is it me, or does this yarn have a bohemian feel to it?
While I love both scarves, I prefer the cowl because it slips over my head easily, and I don't have to do any additional looping to style it. Since it's a smaller version of the infinity scarf, it weighs a bit less, so it's easier to wear around the house when I get cold. This is just a personal preference though, so I can't wait to see which version you pick!
About this Scarf:
This scarf can be made into a cowl (a tight fitting circular piece) or an infinity scarf (a loose fitting circular piece that can be looped around your neck 2 - 3 times) by changing the number of chains worked at the beginning of the project. Instructions are provided for both types of scarves.
This scarf uses a technique called the half double crochet in the 3rd loop only to create a knit-like stitch. This technique is best demonstrated in a video, so if you are unfamiliar with this stitch, here is a great tutorial to help you!
These scarves are worked in the round by connecting your beginning chain to your last chain with a slip stitch; this forms a circle.
*6.0mm crochet hook
*Cowl: 1 skein of I Love This Yarn Gradient Weight 4 Medium (100% acrylic, 196 yd/ 179m, 4 oz/ 113 g) - Brights
*Infinity Scarf: 2 skeins of I Love This Yarn Gradient Weight 4 Medium (100% acrylic, 196 yd/ 179m, 4 oz/ 113 g) - Brights
Ch - chain
St(s) - stitch(es)
Sl St - slip stitch
Sc - single crochet
Hdc - half double crochet
Approximately 16 st(s) x 13 rows in a 4" x 4" Swatch
Pattern Measurements: Fits an adult with 22" head circumference
The cowl is designed to fit loosely around the neck, while the infinity scarf can be looped twice with ease, or three times for a tighter fit.
Cowl: Width - 6"; Length across while laying flat - 12.75"
Infinity Scarf: Width - 6"; Length across while laying flat - 28"
Making Adjustments to your Scarf:
Length: Your initial chain determines the length of your scarf. The pattern calls for chaining 92 (cowl) and 210 (infinity scarf), but if you'd like to customize the length of your scarf (i.e. make it longer/shorter), chain any number until you are satisfied with the length.
Width: If you want your scarf to be less wide, skip Round 11 - 15, and go straight to Round 16. If you want your scarf to be wider, repeat Round 11 - 15, before moving onto Round 16.
The beginning chain 1 does not count as a stitch.
Instructions are written for the cowl first and the infinity scarf second. I.e. (92, 210) means that the cowl has 92 stitches, while the infinity scarf has 210.
Round 5 is a round of normal half double crochet stitches worked in both the front and back loops.
Round 19 is the only round of single crochet.
Photos are done on a small swatch.
Do not turn at the end of each round.
Ch 92 (210); making sure that the chain is not twisted, join the last ch to the 1st ch with a slip stitch (sl st) to make a circle.
Round 1: Ch 1, hdc in 1st ch, and in each ch across. Join the last hdc to the 1st hdc with a sl st (92, 210 hdc).
Round 2: Ch 1, hdc in 3rd loop only in each st across. Join with a sl st. (92, 210 hdc)
Round 3 - 4: Repeat Round 2.
Round 5: Ch 1, hdc in each st across. Join with a sl st. (92, 210 hdc)
Round 6 - 9: Repeat Round 2.
Round 10: Repeat Round 5.
Round 11 - 14: Repeat Round 2.
Round 15: Repeat Round 5.
Round 16 - 18: Repeat Round 2.
Round 19: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Join with a sl st. (92, 210 sc)
Fasten off and weave in ends!
And You're Done!
Congratulations! I hope you enjoyed making these scarves as much as I did. Now you can wrap yourself up in this beauty to keep you toasty warm on those cold days.
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Disclaimer: You are welcome to sell items that you've made from this pattern; however, you are not allowed to use my pictures or sell my pattern as your own (Copyright @ ThisPixieCreates).
If you have any trouble throughout the pattern and need some clarification - or find a mistake, please feel free to comment below, or send me a message through the "Contact" section of this website. I would be more than happy to help!
Looking for a New Project?
If you loved this project and are dying to make a new scarf with lots of color work, you might like the Vintage Jean Tube Scarf. This scarf is also worked in the round to give you a double layer of protection on those cold days.
Thank you guys so much for following along. I can't wait to see what you create!