This cowl is the perfect first crochet project if you’ve been practicing the stitches and you’re ready to make something! You can easily start and finish this project in one day or one weekend. It would be a great cozy accessory for this fall weather! The fun thing about it is that it mostly uses DC (double crochet), so you don’t need to think very much while you’re crocheting, making it the perfect project to bring with you to the coffee shop. I chose to make it striped by using two different colors of yarn, but feel free to keep it even more simple by just using one color of yarn.
-worsted weight or bulky yarn in your choice of colour
-appropriate size of crochet hook, according to the label on your skein of yarn (for the cowl that Laura is wearing, I used worsted weight yarn and a 4mm crochet hook)
Slip knot onto your hook and chain 120.
Method One (1 color)
Row 1: Sl St into the very first chain on your foundation chain, creating a big loop. Dc into each ch around.
Row 2: When you come to the first stitch of Row 1, dc in each stitch around, and continue to stitch around and around, making sure not to increase (you can use a stitch marker if you want to keep track of rows), until the desired width of the cowl is achieved! Easy as pie!
Method Two (2 colors/striped)
Row 1: Sl St into the very first chain on your foundation chain, creating a big loop. Ch 3 (this acts as your first dc stitch in this row), then dc in each stitch around.
Row 2: Insert hook into top of first st (the 3rd ch), drop color 1 and pull color 2 through the loops to make a sl st. (Do not snip the yarn. Leave it hanging out of the way for now; you’ll be picking it up again for the next row.) Ch 3 with color 2, then dc in each stitch around.
Row 3: Drop color 2 to the right of the color 1 yarn, and sl st into the top of the first st with color 1 yarn. Ch 3 with color 1, and dc in each stitch around.
Repeat Rows 2 + 3 until desired width of cowl is achieved. Weave in the ends with a yarn needle to finish.
This pattern comes just in time for cold weather and easy DIY gift-giving ideas! If it’s your first crochet project, congrats on learning the basics of this craft, and keep at it!! You’ll love toting your yarn around and working on projects. -xo Holly
Love this DIY? Learn how to modify a crochet cardigan here!
Credits // Author: Holly Neufeld. Photography: Sarah Rhodes
Can you tell me the length of the chain after 120 sc? I am using a different weight yarn and larger crochet hook and am not sure how long it should be. Thx!
I have a great foundation chain, but I am having trouble seeing where I should put my needle when doing the 2nd row. My grandma recommended using light colored yarn. Any tips?
Thank you, I like the black/white and didn’t realize you could switch colors and not have to cut your yarn. I’ll be trying one of these.
This looks amazing! I really like your blog 🙂
I made this yesterday with a nice cozy bulky yarn and am wearing it now! This was my first ever crochet project so I feel super proud. One thing I didn’t know about crochet was to make sure that my chain wasn’t twisted when I slip stitched back into my first loop to create the circle, so my scarf is twisted a couple times instead of being a smooth tunnel-like circle. Oh well. Any other 1st time crochet crafters, you may want to check your chain for twists before making your slip stitch to join.
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Check out the whole series with how-to videos for the stitches! For this pattern, you’ll need to know slip knot & foundation chain, and double crochet stitch! Posts are here:
such a great idea! looks great 🙂 i am planning on learning how to knit socks this winter!
rae of love from berlin
My friends made cowls for a bunch of friends for Christmas last year. They were a greatly appreciated gift!
Gorgeous!!! I have a big, dark green cowl that I crocheted last winter and I wear it whenever I can! I love the black and white, though!
I’m working on my already for this winter!
soo cute! love the black + white!
This is very nice!
This looks similar to the one I am wearing at the moment 🙂
Perfect! I was just looking for ideas to crochet a scarf. Love it
Oh man, this would be perfect for my friend for Christmas, only I’m kinda busy knitting/crocheting stuff for my sister’s baby who’s arriving in January. Why are there not enough hours in the day? Especially around christmas!
Love this! Although living on the pacific northwest coast, I prefer to knit mine because you can do the big needle + thick wool combo to get a gorgeous thick cowl.
So adorable! Perfect present this Christmas.
Amazing photos. I love your outfit!