Chunky Twisted Cowl

This chunky twisted cowl pattern is such an easy and quick project! My favorite kind! The chunky yarn helps it to work up fast and makes it a soft and cozy wearable! The softer and chunkier the yarn, the better!

I love this cowl as a simple addition to a lighter Fall wardrobe, as pictured in this post, but it would also be super cute as a warm layer with a jean jacket! The perfect cozy project!

The Origin Of This Pattern

Last year I finally learned the trick to making a twisted headband and was so thrilled to find out how simple it was! I loved the unique look it created without much complicated work!

I used the technique in my Spring’s Arrival Headband and really loved the result. So, I decided why not see how the technique looks with a scarf or cowl?!

The Yarn For This Pattern

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I really wanted to use a chunky yarn for this pattern so that it would work up fast! I also wanted something in a Fall color with maybe a tweed texture. I was looking for all the Fall feels!

I ended up going with a classic favorite, Lion Brand Hometown USA in San Francisco Tweed. This yarn does not disappoint on either the chunky factor or the softness factor! Love it!

The Pattern

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4” (10 cm) swatch (done in the “moss stitch” method used in pattern) = 4 ½ sc stitches x 7 sc rows


13” wide x 9” tall (when laid flat) (33 cm x 23 cm)

Stitches & Abbreviations Used:

(ch) chain
(ch sp) chain space
(sk) skip
(sc) single crochet

Pattern Notes:

Beginning chain 1 of each row does not count as a stitch.

I tend to crochet tightly. So be sure to check your gauge and if you are crocheting more loosely you can move to a smaller hook (or larger if you crochet even more tightly). Some people find they even need to go down two hook sizes to meet my gauge.

This cowl is completed by stitching a long rectangle and then sewing the two short ends together in a “twist” style to create a circular cowl.

The circumference of the cowl can easily be adjusted by adding or removing rows.


Chain 20.

Row 1: Sc in the second chain from the hook. *Ch 1. Skip 1. Sc in the next chain.* Repeat from * to * across. (19)

Row 2: Ch 1. Turn. Skip the sc and place a sc in the first chain space. *Ch 1. Sk the next sc of the previous row and place a sc in the following chain space.* Repeat from * to * across the row. The final sc of the last repeat will be placed in the ch 1 from the previous row (see photo). (19)

Note: My row is roughly 9” wide. If your gauge is very different from this, you can begin again with a larger or smaller hook.

Rows 3 – 54: Repeat Row 2.

At this point my rectangle was 28” long. If desired, you can adjust the length of your scarf by adding or removing rows before the next step.

Finish off and leave a long tail for the next step.

Attaching the ends of the cowl:

(These photos are from another project, using a different stitch & yarn, but the method is the same)

For the whip stitch, I place the yarn needle through the top row of stitches. Exact placement is not significant, as long as you keep the stitches even and don’t have any gaping holes. I like to whip stitch back over it a second time, just to really make sure it’s secure.

Tie off and weave in your ends. Turn the project inside out so that the sewn edge is hidden on the inside of the work.

Note: Feel free to sell finished products made with this pattern. If finished products are posted online, please include a reference/credit to this pattern, including a link. Do not distribute or claim the pattern as your own, or alter and use my photos to market your finished products.

More Free Patterns You Might Enjoy:

Mossy Cobblestone Cowl

Twisted Chains Cowl

Super Simple Super Soft Super Scarf

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