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!
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!
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 great 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.
- *6.0mm crochet hook
- *Yarn Needle
- *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.
Pin this Knit-Like Cowl + Infinity Scarf for Later!
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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″
Customizing the Size of Your Knit-Like Cowl:
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.
- 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
- 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 sl st to make a circle.
Round 1: Ch 1, hdc in 1st ch, and in each ch around. 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 around. Join with a sl st. (92, 210 hdc)
Round 3 – 4: Repeat Round 2.
Round 5: Ch 1, hdc in each st around. 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 around. 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. 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).
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!