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Jessica’s Project: Make an Infinity Scarf/Cowl in Just a Few Hours

January 29th, 2013

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Cowl in ProgressJessica, one of our sales support associates in our NJ office, worked on a Tweed Stripes cowl for her cousin at the recent Craft & Hobby Association trade show, where Lion Brand exhibited earlier this month. She shared her inspiration for the cowl. As told to Zontee.

When I was home during Hurricane Sandy, I had made myself an infinity scarf, a long scarf that you can double around your neck, for myself out of the Mixed Berries color of Tweed Stripes. It’s very warm and I get compliments (or requests!) every time I wear mine. In fact, it was so popular that all of my family members asked me to make them scarves too–I’ve already made seven, but the most requested color has been Mixed Berries.

Jessica in her finished cowl

It’s double-crocheted long-ways back and forth through the back loop only, which creates a ridged look. It only takes about a ball-and-a-half of yarn to make. Then at the end, I seam up the two shorter ends to create the cowl.

It’s a really easy project, and it doesn’t take much time to finish. I finished this one here at the trade show over 3 days! I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a quick gift to make. I can’t wait to give it to my cousin!

Editor’s Note: If you want to make your own version of Jessica’s cowl, chain about 180 with a K hook (adjust larger or smaller depending on how tight or loose a crocheter you are), double-crochet into the 3rd crochet from your hook and into each stitch thereafter, chain 3 and turn. In each of the subsequent rows, crochet into the back loops only, chain 3 and turn. Work about 6 rows (more or less depending on your preference for width). Seam the ends together. Voilà cowl!

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  • melodie

    I like the idea,Thank you

  • Mtnanaknits

    How long of a chain did you start with and how many rows? I love it and the Tweed Stripes,gotta go buy some tomorrow. Thx for sharing!

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      Hi Mtnanaknits, Jessica chained about 180 and then worked 6 rows of double-crochet through the back loop. You can adjust it longer or shorter for your own height (just make sure your chain is long enough to go from your waist, around your neck, and back down to your waist) and work more or less rows depending on how wide a cowl you prefer. Hope that helps!

      • Mtnanaknits

        Thank you sooo much. Can’t wait to order my yarn and get it.

  • Gina P.

    What a beautful scarf! Would you mind sharing more details on how you made it, such as how long is your foundation chain, how many rows do you make? I love the color variations of the LB Tweed Stripes yarn and this design really showcases them. Thank you for sharing your idea with us all.

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      Hi Gina, Jessica chained about 180 and then worked 6 rows of double-crochet through the back loop. You can adjust it longer or shorter for your own height (just make sure your chain is long enough to go from your waist, around your neck, and back down to your waist) and work more or less rows depending on how wide a cowl you prefer. Hope that helps!

  • crtvcrlyn44

    This really great cowl patterns needs to be posted on the Lion Brand Website…so crochet enthusiasts would have access to the pattern!!!

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      HI crtvcrlyn44, thanks for the suggestion. In the meantime, check out my responses to previous comments for some tips on making your own, or check out this similar pattern on our website (you can eliminate the “snaps” section if you just want it to be a cowl): http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L20316.html

  • Elizabeth

    Does anyone have a knit version or the Infinity Scarf? I would appreciate that as I do not
    crochet.

  • Elizabeth

    Does anyone have a knit version or the Infinity Scarf? I would appreciate that as I do not
    crochet.

    • ChynaRose

      Lion Brand® Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MCExtra Soft Wool Blend
      Pattern #: L10130 that’s just one, but it should work well for you, Elizabeth

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      Hi Nancy, for a similar knit pattern, see our Thermal Knit Cowl pattern:
      http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L0075AD.html

      You may also want to visit this page with some of our favorite options (including the one that ChynaRose suggests), as well as a styling video on infinity scarves:
      http://lionbrand.com/how_to_style_a_cowl.html

  • BUFFY

    Did you use a K size crochet hook?

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      Hi Buffy, yes, K is the recommended size for Tweed Stripes, but you may want to adjust up or down a size depending on whether you’re a tight or loose crocheter. Hope that helps!

  • MommaDot

    What size hook was used?

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      We recommend a K-10.5 for Tweed Stripes yarn, but you may want to adjust up or down a size depending on whether you’re a tight or loose crocheter. Hope that helps!

  • chart

    Hook size please?

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      Hi there, we recommend a K-10.5 for Tweed Stripes yarn, but you may want to adjust up or down a size depending on whether you’re a tight or loose crocheter. Hope that helps!

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  • mslizny

    I would like to connect the ends to begin with by making a big circle and then crocheting around until it is as wide as I like. Then it would be seamless