Easy Knit-Like Cowl Free Crochet Pattern

How to Crochet the Knit-Like Cowl and Infinity Scarf

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 knit-like cowl and infinity scarf pattern, 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 half double crochet stitches in the 3rd loop only. However, to add some definition, we’ll break up these rows with a row of half double crochet worked normally (in the front and back loops). Let’s dive in!

Crochet Infinity Scarf that Looks Knitted
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Inspiration for the Knit-Like Cowl + Infinity Scarf

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!

Crochet Infinity Scarf Free Crochet Pattern

About this Knit-Like Cowl + Infinity Scarf:

  • This pattern includes instructions for making 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).
  • This scarf uses a technique called the half double crochet in the 3rd loop only to create a knit-like stitch. If you are unfamiliar with this stitch, here is a tutorial to help you!
  • Each scarf is worked in the round by connecting your beginning chain to your last chain with a slip stitch; this forms a circle.

Materials:

  • *6.0mm crochet hook
  • *Yarn Needle
  • Scissors
  • *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

Yarn Choice and Alternatives

For my scarf, I chose to use I Love this Yarn Gradient in the colorway, Brights. It’s one of my favourite colorways because I love watching the yarn change colour as I crochet.

This scarf pattern is versatile, which means that you can use any weight or brand of yarn that you’d like. Any variegated, striped, marled, or solid color yarn works well because the knit-like design of this scarf lets the yarn be the star.

The original pattern calls for using a medium 4 worsted weight (aran) yarn, but if you choose to use a different weight, you may need to adjust your hook size to suit the yarn. Have fun and get creative with your yarn choice! I’m so excited to see all of your creations.

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Pattern Measurements:

The cowl fits loosely around the neck, while the infinity scarf can be looped twice with ease, or three times for a tighter fit. Both scarves will fit an adult with a 20 – 24″ head circumference.

  • Cowl: Width – 6″; Length across while laying flat – 12.75″
  • Infinity Scarf: Width – 6″; Length across while laying flat – 28″
Easy Crochet Cowl and Infinity Scarf Pattern

Customizing the Size of Your Knit-Like Cowl or Infinity 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 Rounds 11 – 15, and go straight to Round 16. If you want your scarf to be wider, repeat Rounds 11 – 15, before moving onto Round 16.

Abbreviations:

  • Ch – chain
  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • Sl St – slip stitch
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Hdc – half double crochet

Gauge:

  • Approximately 16 sts x 13 rows in a 4″ x 4″ Swatch


Pattern:

Notes:

  • Round 1 is the only round that starts with a beginning ch 1. This ch 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 19 is the only round of single crochet.
  • Photos are done on a small swatch.
  • Do not turn at the end of each round.
  • This scarf is seamless; a stitch marker is used to mark the first stitch of each new round (do NOT join with a slip stitch to close each round – the only exception to this rule is the final round of the scarf). Begin each new round by making the first stitch directly into the first stitch of the previous round.
  • This scarf uses a technique called the half double crochet in the 3rd loop only to create a knit-like stitch. If you are unfamiliar with this stitch, here is a tutorial to help you!

Ch 92 (210); making sure that the chain is not twisted, join the last ch to the 1st ch with a sl st to make a circle.

Round 1: Ch 1, hdc in 1st ch, and in each ch around. Do not join with a sl st. (92, 210 hdc).

*Use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of each round. There is no slip stitch join at the end of each round, which makes the scarf seamless.

Round 2: Hdc in 3rd loop only in each st around. Do not join. (92, 210 hdc)

Rounds 3 – 4: Repeat Round 2.

Round 5: Hdc in each st around. Do not join. (92, 210 hdc)

Rounds 6 – 9: Repeat Round 2.

Round 10: Repeat Round 5.

Rounds 11 – 14: Repeat Round 2.

Round 15: Repeat Round 5.

Rounds 16 – 18: Repeat Round 2.

Round 19: Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (92, 210 sc)

Fasten off and weave in ends!

Crochet Cowl Free Crochet Pattern

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. Check out some more fun and budget-friendly crochet patterns on this blog.

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).

Questions?

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!

Love, Dayna
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8 thoughts on “How to Crochet the Knit-Like Cowl and Infinity Scarf”

  1. Hi Dayna. I absolutely love the way this pattern is coming along but do you have any tips on avoiding the dreaded slanted seam that seems to be manifesting itself. I’ve watched some videos on correcting it but not loving any of the methods. Curious what you do. Thanks!

    1. Hi Anita,

      I’m so glad you’re loving the pattern. I’m excited to see how your scarf turns out! When I crocheted mine, I had a slanted seam, BUT you can try using a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of each round. Then to avoid making a seam, do not slip stitch at the end of the round to close it; instead, work the first stitch of the next round directly into the first stitch of the previous round (the stitch marked with the stitch marker) to start the new round. Then move the stitch marker to the first stitch of the new round. I hope this makes sense and works for you. I think the slip stitch at the end of each round creates the seam, so if you don’t slip stitch, then you should be fine. 🙂

      Sincerely,
      Dayna

  2. That seems to be working! I wanted to follow your pattern exactly so didn’t think of going circular like that but the seam bugs me so this will satisfy my ocd. Lol.

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