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Free Crochet Cowl Pattern – Short Version

This is the hippest, warmest crochet cowl to beat the winter wind (and one of my go-to favorite patterns).  Show the cold weather who’s boss with this infinity crochet cowl pattern! It works up quickly and only takes 1 skein of super chunky yarn.

Short Chunky Cowl Pattern
Short Chunky Cowl Pattern

Short Crochet Cowl Pattern with Infinity Loop


Special Crochet Stitches

**Note: If the foundation chain or herringbone half double crochet scares you, just work regular chain and half double-crochet stitches.  Your cowl will turn out the same.

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.

Crochet Pattern

FCH 46.  Do not join

Round 1: Chain 2 (counts as first HHDC now and throughout).  HHDC in each stitch across. (46 HHDC)

Round 2: Chain 2, turn.  HHDC in the BACK LOOP ONLY of each stitch across. (46 HHDC)  Working in the back loops only creates a slight ribbed effect.

Repeat Round 2 seven more times for a total of 9 rounds.

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 like you normally would:

Right Side           Left Side

A                              A

B                               B

You should sew them together like this:

Right Side           Left Side

A                                B

B                                A

Make a cowl for your sister, keep one for yourself, or give it as a gift to your coworker.  However you use it, enjoy your crochet cowl with this free pattern and spread the love!If you’d like to make a longer infinity crochet cowl, check out this crochet cowl scarf pattern here.


  • Darcy

    November 28, 2011

    Love this!! Looking forward to making this 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  • Tracy

    November 29, 2011

    Hi Jayna!

    Love the cowl!

    I’m new to crocheting and would like to know if you could make a YouTube video of the herringbone half double crochet? I’ve researched YT for the stitch and it doesn’t exist. There is one for the herringbone double crochet.

    I really want to make this cowl as intended. With this pattern, I will be learning two new stitches FHC and HHDC.

    Thanks for your time,

  • Portia

    February 27, 2012

    Hello! Thank you for providing this pattern. Like the other comment, I too would like to see a video of the foundation chain.

    Thanks in advance!

  • Portia

    February 27, 2012

    Because of the uniqueness of these stitches, pictures would be great 🙂

  • Kim

    June 26, 2012

    We are well into the heat of the summer but I was looking for the perfect pattern for my very first skeins of handspun Jacob’s wool from my own sheep. I know this will be perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  • Rosana

    October 11, 2012


    This is beautiful! I’m buying the yarn so i can try to make it!

    Do you know the gauge or how big it is? I’m a beginner so I need some guidance… Although I’ll make sure to get the exact yarn and hook size you mentioned above!

    Thanks for the pattern!

  • JJCrochet

    October 13, 2012

    Hi Rosana, I’m glad you’re trying out this pattern – You’ll love it! In terms of gauge, I’d recommend seeing how long the first chain 46 is when you first make it and seeing if that’s how long you’d like your cowl to be. If you’d like it longer, change to a larger hook. Shorter and tighter, change to a smaller hook.

    Let me know how it goes!

  • Lexie

    October 27, 2012

    Hi there, super cute pattern! I was just wondering if you mind if I sell the scarfs I make using it?


  • Jennifer

    November 6, 2012

    Hi Jayna,

    Great pattern!!! Because of the different stitches, have you considered doing a YouTube video demonstrating them? I know that would help me out a lot!! Thanks.


  • JJCrochet

    November 8, 2012

    Hi Jennifer! Your comment is more timely than you might have realized! Last weekend, I made two short crochet videos showing how to do both the FCH and HHDC – the two stitches used in this pattern. Since the stitches are a little different, a visual might help clear the confusion. You can find the two videos here:

    Let me know if these are helpful!

  • Wendy

    November 20, 2012

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful pattern! I stumbled across it, looking for a cowl pattern. I picked up the yarn after work tonight. Sat down after dinner and had a cowl crocheted in just under 2 hours. The pattern was easy to follow. Thank you again!!!

  • Heather

    January 8, 2013

    I just made this (or I think I made it) but mine looks different than yours. I used the same yarn and and size P hook but mine is smaller than yours (not as long and not as chunky). I even undid an entire one and went back and redid it with looser stitches – still not the same as yours. Any ideas on what I did wrong? I still like the outcome but it is definitely not the same… does not look like the photo above. Are there approximate dimensions on what this should come out to? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  • Liz

    March 2, 2013

    I just finished this and it looks great. I didn’t have the 11.5 hook so I used an 11. It came out great, except I had to add more stitches to make it long enough because of the hook change. Vi also needed more tha. One skein, but that might be due to a smaller hook. I am not sure. Either way, it is so beautiful, and definitely looks more expensive and time consuming than it was. Thanks!

  • Jessica

    November 21, 2014

    What are the dimensions of the rectangle when you lay it flat (before sewing the ends together)? Just want to get an idea of how big mine SHOULD be 😉


  • Barbara

    November 28, 2015

    Love this cowl, but I’m small and would like it in a less bulky version. I have a great worsted weight yarn I’d like to use – I have 350 yards of it. Wondering if you think that’s enough and what size hook you might use – I, J or K? I may have to just do some trial and error, but thought I’d ask for the benefit of your expertise. Thanks for posting!

  • Shell

    November 7, 2017

    This looks great! Can you tell me the width and length it should end up?

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