How to Make a Cowl Scarf

Learn how to make this beautiful, striped cowl scarf.
Edited By Judith Durant and Edie Eckman
June 27, 2013
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Make this colorful cowl scarf to wear on chilly autumn nights.
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Finally, a One-Skein Wonders book just for crocheters! In Crochet One-Skein Wonders (Storey Publishing, 2013), Judith Durant and Edie Eckman offer 101 great crochet projects, from jewelry and cowl scarves to bags, hats, dresses, and home décor items. Each project uses just one skein of yarn. Whatever your experience level, you'll find something here to delight you! The following excerpt is from the section “Super-Fine Weight.”

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Easy-to-Wear Cowl Scarf

Designed by Edie Eckman

It’s amazing what one can do with a few simple stitches and a skein of lovely variegated yarn. This colorful striped cowl is worked mostly with chain stitches and single crochet, with the occasional double crochet.

Abbreviation Key
ch chain
dc double crochet
sc single crochet
* marker

Finished Measurements
Approximately 28"/71 cm circumference and 12"/30.5 cm deep

Noro Silk Garden Sock, 40% lamb’s wool/25% silk/25% nylon/10% kid mohair, 328 yds (300 m)/35 oz (100 g), Color S302

Crochet Hook
US G/6 (4 mm) or size you need to obtain correct gauge

16 stitches or 8 repeats and 12 rows = 4"/10 cm in Chain-Stitch pattern

Other Supplies
Yarn needle

Pattern Essentials

Chain-Stitch Pattern

Chain a multiple of 4 plus 2.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, skip 1 ch, sc in next ch; repeat from * across, turn.

Row 2: Ch 5 (counts as dc and ch 2), sc in next space, *ch 5, sc in next space; repeat from * across, ch 2, dc in last sc, turn. You now have 24 ch-spaces.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first dc, ch 1, skip 1 space, sc in next space, *ch 1, sc in next space; repeat from * across, turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in next space, *ch 1, sc in next space; repeat from * to last sc, sc in last sc, turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first sc, ch 5, sc in next space; repeat from * across, ending ch 5, sc in last sc, turn.

Row 6: Ch 3 (counts as dc), sc in next space, *ch 1, sc in next space; repeat from * across, end dc in last sc, turn.

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in first dc, *ch 1, sc in next space; repeat from * across, end ch 1, sc in top of turning ch, turn.

Repeat Rows 2–7 for pattern.

Crocheting the Cowl

Chain 48

Row 1: Work Row 1 of Chain-Stitch pattern. You now have 24 sc and 23 ch-1 spaces.

Continue in Chain-Stitch pattern until piece measures approximately 27"/69 cm, ending with Row 4 of pattern. Fold cowl in half so that foundation chain is above last row worked. The Joining Row will be worked into next row and into ch-spaces formed by foundation chain and Row 1 of cowl.

Joining Row: Ch 1, sc in first sc, ch 2, sc in first space of foundation chain, ch 2, sc in next space of current row, *ch 2, sc in next space of foundation chain, ch 2, sc in next space of current row; repeat from * across, ending with last sc in last sc. Do not fasten off.

Crocheting the Edging

Row 1: Working along edge of cowl, ch 1, sc in same st, ch 1, sc in edge of next ch-space; continue to (ch 1, sc) evenly along edge, spacing sts to allow edging to lie flat without bunching o rippling; end by joining with sc to first sc.

Row 2: Ch 1. sc in space formed by joining sc, ch 1, *sc in next space, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with slip st to first sc. Fasten off.

Join yarn to opposite edge of cowl and work the edging. Weave in ends.

Read more from Crochet One-Skein Wonders:

How to Make a Hanky
How to Make a Tea Cozy

This excerpt has been reprinted with permission from Crochet One-Skein Wonders, edited by Judith Durant and Edie Eckman and published by Storey Publishing, 2013. Buy this book from our store: Crochet One-Skein Wonders.

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