This chunky crochet cowl with an infinity loop is perfect for winter and as an added bonus, it crochets up fast. It’d be the perfect last minute gift or a sweet winter treat for yourself. Crochet cowl can be worn loose and long or wrapped around your neck twice to keep the winter breeze out. If you’re looking for a smaller crochet cowl, check out this other free chunky cowl crochet pattern here: Heath & Heather.
- Size P crochet hook (11.5mm)
- 100 – 110 yards of Super Bulky Yarn. I used 1 skein of Lionbrand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Barley.
FCH – Foundation Chain (or single crochet): Chain 2. Insert hook in the first of two chains. Yarn over, draw through loop (chain stitch just created). Yarn over, pull through two loops on hook. (Single crochet created). You now have two fch completed. *Insert hook in upper loop of stitch just created. Yarn over, draw through loop. Yarn over, pull through two loops on hook.* Three fch completed. Repeat from * to *across for desired number of chain stitches.
HHDC – Herringbone Half Double Crochet. Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch. Yarn over, pull through two loops on hook. (This will be a little awkward, but it’s correct. You might have to use your left thumb and forefinger to really hold the stitches so you can pull through both of them.) Yarn over, pull through two loops on hook.
FCH 77. Do not join. [If the foundation chain scares you, just do a regular chain – it won’t make that much difference in your cowl!]
Round 1: Chain 2 (counts as first HHDC now and throughout). HHDC in each stitch across. (77 HHDC)
Round 2: Chain 2, turn. HHDC in the BACK LOOP ONLY of each stitch across. (77 HHDC) Working in the back loops only creates a slight ribbed effect.
Repeat Round 2 seven more times.
Fasten off, leaving a 12 inch tail. Lay piece flat in a long rectangle. Grabbing either end, bring short sides together. Add a twist by flipping the right side once. Match up sides and whip stitch together. Weave in ends.
To create the infinity loop, Instead of sewing the sides of your cowl together like this:
Right Side Left Side
You should sew them together like this:
Right Side Left Side
That’s it – your crochet cowl is finished! Show off your new crochet cowl in JJCrochet’s Customer Gallery or post your project on Ravelry.
ChristineDecember 28, 2010
Love this!!! Really nice pattern and it looks like it works up pretty quickly. Just one question — about how much T&Q did you use?
EmDecember 28, 2010
What’s the yardage for this? Or how many skeins??
JJCrochetDecember 29, 2010
Glad you like the patterns. It’s so easy and I’ve been making a bunch of them for late Christmas gifts. This pattern requires 1 skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick or 100 – 110 yards of any bulky yarn. I’ll update the patter with that info – thanks and happy crocheting!
Carrie at In the Hammock BlogDecember 31, 2010
This is soooo pretty! Thanks so much for the pattern!
KellyFebruary 1, 2011
I just finished making this according to your directions and the exact materials… and I should say that in general.. I think I crochet tight. But while my width is 5 inches.. my length is only 44 inches… and it’s not quite long enough to wrap around my head twice… unless I stretch it… any suggestions?? Should I redo it w/ a bigger hook or should I use more yarn? I only used 1 ball. I just love the look of yours… but it’s not quite long enough for me to comfortably put around my neck twice… what would you suggest? Thanks for any help you can give me!
JJCrochetFebruary 2, 2011
I’m glad to hear you’re trying out this cowl. I’d say you can do either of the options you suggested – it’s more of a personal preference. It sounds like you are crocheting a bit tightly so if you want to get a looser gauge, bump up your needle size. OR if you’re happy with the tighter stitches, I’d say to chain 100 instead of 77 to begin with so you have a cowl that fits.
Hope that helps – let me know what you decide to do!
SarahAugust 10, 2011
I’ve just made a similar one that I found on Ravelry and the beauty of that one was the “intrinsic twist” rather than sewn. So quick to make up. One of the users posted a tutorial to do the twist (I made a bracelet to practice) and its super easy. Essentially your pattern works from the middle out to the top/bottom and you do double loops before you get back to the beginning. Have a go.
JJCrochetAugust 10, 2011
Oh, very interesting. Starting with an “intrinsic twist” would certainly make crocheting the cowl easier to finish. I’ll certainly have to look for that pattern on Ravelry and try it out – thanks for the suggestion!
StacieOctober 21, 2011
Just starting to make this and am a little confused, I’m a very basic crocheter! It says not to join the chain 77, then it says round one. How do I work in the round if I haven’t joined it? Wouldn’t that be a row? Probably very obvious! Thanks so much for your help and sharing the pattren, it’s a very pretty scarf!
JJCrochetOctober 31, 2011
Yes – You’re correct. Technically it would be a row, not a round, because you never join it. Good catch!
MeganNovember 5, 2011
Thanks for the awesome pattern! Just made my first and Love love LOVE it. I will definitely be making more for Christmas gifts 🙂
KristyNovember 6, 2011
I loved this pattern so I decided to make it from yarn I had sitting around that didn’t get up from my last scarf project. I used 4 different colors of Caron Simply Soft yarn because I didn’t have anything thick and chunky, and I absolutely had to crochet NOW (I’m sure you understand that urge!). It looks beautiful with four different colors all worked at the same time! I get so many compliments on it and it only took me about 1.5 hours to make the entire thing while watching tv! Quick, easy and beautiful!! Keep the free crochet patterns coming 🙂
JJCrochetNovember 6, 2011
Ha, Kristy – I’ve certainly had the “have to crochet that NOW” urge. I know exactly what you mean! I’m glad your cowl turned out great – I’d love to see a picture if you get the chance. https://www.jjcrochet.com/customer-gallery/flaunt-it/ Keep on crocheting!
KristyNovember 7, 2011
Ok I did that so you can see! I was also looking at your etsy shop and I really like your little red ridinghood hat that has the little butterfly detailing on it! I was wondering if you are selling that pattern because I love making unique hats! Plus they crochet so fast!
MeredithDecember 30, 2011
Can you use hometown yarn for this scarf? would it still be 1 skein? I am a total novice….thanks!!!
JJCrochetDecember 30, 2011
Hi Meredith! You can certainly substitute Lionbrand’s Hometown USA yarn for this pattern, but you might use a bit more over one skein. The yarn is bulky enough, though, and would be a perfect substitute to use for this cowl. Let me know how it turns out!
AndreaJanuary 2, 2012
I’m confused by the HHDC, that sounds like a regular double crochet to me. Am I missing something?
JJCrochetJanuary 2, 2012
The HHDC is a mix between a double crochet and a half double crochet. You yarn over, insert your hook through a stitch. Yarn over, pull through two loops (as opposed to one loop for a regular dc), yarn over, pull through two loops. It’s a little funky since it’s a different stitch, but it gives a great texture. Hope that helps clarify things!
KrisztinaJanuary 2, 2012
Thank yot for this lovely pattern!
My question is, how long this cowl is?
I may use an other yarn 🙂
JulianneJanuary 3, 2012
Hi! Love the pattern, made one for a gift. I’m getting ready to stitch together, but am confused about the very last line, stitching A to B instead of A to A, etc. Could you please elaborate?
JJCrochetJanuary 3, 2012
Hi Krisztina – The finished cowl measures 48 inches long by 5 inches wide. You can certainly substitute any chunky yarn and I think you’d still be able to crochet a beautiful cowl.
Julianne, the last part that gives stitching instructions is how you get the “half-twist” into your scarf. You can sew the cowl together “A to A” like you normally would, and you’d end up with a basic tube. But by twisting the cowl once and THEN sewing it together, it’ll allow the cowl to lie flat and be nicer for the wearer.
The “A to B instead of A” part is the best way I knew to spell that out. Just think of it as purposefully sewing a “twist” into your cowl – maybe that will help? Good luck – let me know if you figure it out!
GloriaOctober 23, 2012
The cowl is just gorgeous. I am trying to teach a friend proper stitches and techniques but I’m still confused on the HHDC … I did the stitch per your instructions and it is just a basic double crochet stitch. Isn’t a half double: yarn over, insert into stitch pull up a loop, yarn over pull through all loops on the hook? HELP ….
JJCrochetOctober 28, 2012
Since I’ve received lots of questions about how to make the HHDC, I went ahead and made a video so you can see exactly how the stitch is made. The video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbHZRDfkVMI
Let me know if that helps! Have fun!
DanielleOctober 29, 2012
Sarah, which cowl with the“intrinsic twist” is it on Ravelry, I can’t seem to find it. Interested in learning this method. Thank you
DanielleOctober 29, 2012
Thank you Jayna for this wonderful pattern. Was wondering if you have seen it made with a little thinner yarn and would it look as good.
JJCrochetNovember 2, 2012
Hi Danielle – I haven’t tried making the cowl with a thinner yarn, but I would think the same texture of stitches would be there, just less pronounced. If using thinner yarn, just make sure to chain more when you’re starting out so your scarf so it’s big enough to fit. If you end up experimenting, please let me know how it turns out – I’d love to see pics!
CamilleNovember 9, 2012
I learned how to crochet for the first time in one weekend and made two of these scarves! Well… Sort of. One I didn’t do the back loop in but it still looks fine. The other is ribbed and is really narrow, but I’ve run out of yarn. Oh well.
I’ve been trying to figure out how to join them together with a whip stitch, but since they’re not straight edges, I’m worried if I try then it will look super messy. Are there any other combining stitches you could recommend?
taraNovember 10, 2012
thank you so much for offering this pattern! i chained 100 instead of 77 because i wanted mine just slightly longer and it turned out great. it worked up super quick and was so fun to do for my first bulky yarn project!
KellyDecember 13, 2012
Amazing pattern! Thanks so much! (:
JanisDecember 24, 2012
I started crocheting a month ago and for my 2nd project, I wanted to try out your pattern. I’m using a different yarn, 2 skeins combined but still thinner than a super-bulky. i’m also using a smaller hook, a 10mm.
now my problem is the length… i’m about to start on my 2nd balls of yarn and i’m not sure if it will be long enough to wrap around. i tried pinning the ends temporarily so i can try to wrap it around my neck, and i think i’m kind of stretching it. although it fits snugly around my neck, it’s only stretched a bit when i put it on.
i made 77 stitches (i think). i’m thinking of adjusting it to 85-90 stitches. what do you think? 🙂
ColleenTalsmaJanuary 11, 2013
Made lots if scarfs, but just love-love this pattern. Also I have been crocheting for 40 years and love learning your new stitch ( herringbone). I use ,110 stitches, work in circle, join w/ slip stitch, ch2 & turn. Thank you, Colleen
JJCrochetJanuary 16, 2013
Isn’t it great learning a new stitch? Glad you stopped by and found something new, Colleen!
LilyFebruary 10, 2013
Thanks for this wonderful pattern and introducing a new stitch to me! I really want to try making it. I’m just a little curious though. I’ve seen people do foundation chains with double crochets or half double crochets as well and I wondered if a herringbone half double crochet foundation chain is possible too. I’m just not sure since the stitch works slightly differently than other ones.
JJCrochetFebruary 14, 2013
Interesting question, Lily. I’ve never tried to do a foundation chain using the herringbone half double crochet, but it could be possible. I think it’d turn out something like the half double crochet since the two stitches are so similar.
JeanMarch 3, 2013
Is there a pattern for the pink scarf Jayna is wearing at the top of this page? Thanks
JoeyMarch 25, 2013
I shared your pattern on my blog today. Thanks! http://createdinawe.blogspot.com/2013/03/cowl-crazy.html
kay jayAugust 17, 2013
I am a beginner crocheter and for my first project I chose your beautiful cowl. Thing is, I was so excited to get going, I bought yarn before picking out my pattern. I chose a beautiful medium worsted peruvian wool (Cascade) and it’s appropriate hook size, a 5.0mm. Needless to say, I had to modify the pattern to work with the yarn. I made a foundation chain approximately 200 chains long and did a second row of single crochet before starting the herringbone half double crochet, of which there are 13 rows. I finished it off with 2 rows of single crochet. It could easily have been twice as wide but as it was my first project, I just wanted to see it finished, I had come to the end of my yarn (220 yds) and at this size it’s nice and light for fall! There’s a link to a picture of the finished project, the “Unchunky Chunky Cowl”: http://instagram.com/p/dGCy49IVtV/
dolores connollyOctober 7, 2013
Hi I just love your Cowl, it is so beautiful. I bought some Lion Brand yarn Thick & Quick only to realise I have a 9 hook. I have no way of getting to the store to buy a bigger size hook.
What way should i adjust pattern. Please help?? Thank you so much, I really want to make your cowl it is so beautiful.
KathleenDecember 2, 2013
I think the problem people are having with the hhdc is when you pull though the loop, the first one you pull through one loop, then you yarn over and pull through the 2 remaining on the hook? Hope this helps.
LainieFebruary 8, 2014
I’m just starting to crochet and I love this scarf! So, I’m about to start it… But I was wondering if I could just make a regular scarf out if it. Do I have to have to
join it and make it a cowl? I thought not, but then I noticed your directions say “to bring the short sides together.” So tp does that mean the scarf is not perfectly rectangular? Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much and keep those beautiful creations coming,
Lucy SchneiderMay 20, 2014
This infinity scarf is wonderful. My sister has this kind of scarf, but it is not an infinity scarf. To have this kind of pattern to an infinity scarf is really good, since the fabric is very helpful in terms of keeping you warm in the cold season, and you can loop it around your neck.
Brenda GarciaSeptember 28, 2014
Thank you so much for the free pattern! This looks amazing, can’t wait to stitch it up. Love the blog, thanks again 🙂
CatherineMarch 25, 2017
bi just finish making one, i use a yarn that has lots of colors in in so it can go with any sweater, giving it to my cousin who’s just here Canada, she said its cold were she is