Tuesday, November 8, 2011

How to Make Shorty's Classic Cowl

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I'm excited to share with you a type of scarf that I've been making almost non-stop since I created the first one about a month ago. It's not a complicated design, it may not be newsworthy to experienced designers, but I think it's a great project to help anyone new to crochet finish a beautifully classic infinity style scarf in a short amount of time. It's a quick project for experienced crocheters, too.

In this post you'll find written instructions along with video snipits to help you along. Please keep in mind this is my first time to ever film video, so if you find it hard to follow please let me know. I'd love to utilize your feedback so that I can make my instructions as comprehensive as possible.

What You'll Need

  • 215-220 yards of worsted weight yarn (recommended yarn -  Malabrigo Worsted)

  • Size H crochet hook

  • Yarn darning needle

  • Scissors

The Written Pattern

Note: there are a few ways to approach this project. You can make a single loop scarf where it will only go around your neck once, or you can make the scarf long enough for a double loop. The instructions below indicate how many foundation chains you'll need to make either lengths of the scarf.

  • Crochet 70 foundation stitches for a single loop scarf; Crochet 138 - 150 foundation stitches for a double loop scarf, depending on how long you prefer your cowl to be

Click on each picture for details (above and below each picture) on how to do each step of the foundation stitches. (If you prefer to watch the video on making the Foundation Stitches please scroll further down to find the links.)


Here are the written instructions for the steps noted above in the pictures: To begin your scarf and make the foundation stitch chain 2, yarn over and insert the hook in the first chain (the one farthest from your hook), yarn over and pull up a loop , yarn over and pull through two loops, then yarn over again and pull through the last two loops. For the second foundation stitch, and each subsequent foundation stitch, yarn over and insert your hook in the front loop of the bottom of the stitch (the loop just above your very beginning chain), yarn over and pull up a loop. You should now have three loops on your hook again, yarn over and pull through two loops, yarn over again and pull through the last two loops. Repeat this until you have enough foundation stitches to suit the length you want your cowl to be.

  • Join row 1 with a slip stitch in the top of the first foundation stitch, chain 1

  • Row 2: skip the first stitch that the chain 1 is attached to, and half double crochet in the next stitch and all the way round to the last stitch; join the row to the top of the beginning stitch of Row 2 with a slip stitch, chain 1

  • Rows 3 through 12: repeat Row 2

  • Row 13: after the chain 1 turn your work, skip the first stitch the chain is connected to and half double crochet in the front loop only of the next stitch and all the way around; join the row to the top of beginning stitch of Row 13 with a slip stitch, cut your yarn leaving at least a five inch tail, and pull through to tie off the row

  • Secure the base of Row 1 by weaving in the tail and also weave in the tail from the Row 13

If the written instructions have left you a bit befuddled, or you just prefer an instructional video, click on the links below to watch the videos on making the Shorty's Classic Cowl.

Foundation Stitches for Making Shorty's Classic Cowl

Joining Row 1 and Beginning Row 2

Row 3 and Beyond

Final Row of Stitches

Finishing the Shorty's Classic Cowl

This has been a really fun and confidence building project for me. As I mentioned in the videos, I've made this style of infinity scarf in a few different sizes. The example shown is meant to be worn as a single loop, but the other scarves I've made are long enough to be doubled around the neck for a fuller and warmer effect. I've also used different yarns to make the cowl which really adds a new look to each one. Pick your favorite yarn and give the Shorty's Classic Cowl a whirl. I think you'll find it's a fun, fast and easy project that takes you a bit out of the routine of sticking to what might be in your stitch dictionary. I hope this pattern helps you to explore the many creative options that are out there in the crochet world.

Keep playing with yarn and you'll find all kinds of new ways to keep those hands stitchin'!


This pattern is copyrighted by Shorty's Sutures. Anyone who takes this pattern and tries to sell it as their own is violating that copyright. Feel free to make a Shorty's Classic Cowl and sell what you've made if you wish, but kindly acknowledge where the pattern and inspiration came from.