Learn how to make this colorful Crochet Cowl Scarf with Fringe in one evening! (This post has been sponsored by Red Heart®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)
Easy Cowl Scarf with Fringe
You may or may not have noticed, but I took a little break from sewing and crafting this summer. I blogged about a few projects (and a few ice cream recipes, lol) but mostly, I just took several weeks to rest, relax and spend time with the family. We went on a few camping trips, did a lot of kayaking, swimming, biking and saw all the new movie releases (gotta love half-price movie night!). I also did a lot of binge-watching on the TV—only two more seasons to go on my most recent binge-worthy TV show and then I’m through, I promise!
I’ve been trying to get my creative mojo back, so I thought I would start with a project that I could do while I finish up watching the last few seasons of my TV show.
A new crochet project fit the bill perfectly! I just love being able to kick back on the couch with the TV on in the background and actually be accomplishing something.
I have a knitted scarf that I found online a few years ago. It’s my very favorite scarf. I loved it so much, I ended up buying it in two colors: off-white and a dusty rose. I always wished that scarf had come in a brighter, more saturated color as jewel tones are so much more to my taste. It’s been on my to-do list to make myself a version of that scarf but in a brighter color.
Like… Turquoise maybe?
How gorgeous is this Red Heart Colorscape™ line of yarn?
The Red Heart Colorscape yarn is so pretty! It’s a soft acrylic yarn with gorgeous, saturated color effects. The colors in each skein move from one to the next in a painterly fashion, creating beautiful colorscapes.
The shades of blue and green in the Mykonos colorway is my favorite, but there are 11 other colorways to choose from. The different colorways range from bright to muted so no matter what your tastes are, you are sure to find one you love.
My favorite type of yarn? One that that does all of the color changing work for me! The Red Heart Colorscape yarn makes it easy to create a multi-colored garment without changing or purchasing more yarns.
Are you ready to make your own version of this Cowl Scarf with fringe? I’ve got a great little trick to share that will shave a significant amount of time off this project. I’m not the fastest crocheter around, and I’m pretty sure I made this cowl (including the fringe) in less than 4 hours!
Most of my crochet projects are fairly simple and aren’t really made based on a pattern. I usually have an idea of what I want and just wing it—which is pretty much what I did here. I wrote out a few basic instructions and even included a little video for the fringe.
If you have the single and double crochet stitch mastered, then you will be able to recreate this scarf.
How to Crochet a Cowl Scarf:
Approximately 14 inches wide by 10 inches tall (not including fringe)
- 2 skeins of Red Heart Colorscape™ yarn in your choice of color
- 10 mm (N) crochet hook
- yarn needle
- 5-inch wide piece of cardboard to cut the fringe (I used a notebook)
The reason this cowl scarf stitches up so quickly is that you will be working with 2 strands of yarn at once!
Have you ever been in the middle of a crochet project and noticed your crochet scarf is getting smaller with each row? This happens to the best of us and the reason you are seeing this is that you need to be counting your stitches! When you come to the very end of the row, it is very easy to stop one stitch short, especially with a double crochet project.
Instructions for the cowl scarf:
With 2 pieces of yarn, chain (ch) 56 (about 28 inches wide. ) If you want a wider cowl, keep adding chain stitches until you are happy with the size. (Write down that number and don’t forget to add 3 more stitches for your turning stitch.)
1st row: Double crochet (DC) into the 2nd chain from the hook, single crochet (SC), then DC into 4th chain. Repeat until the end of the row. (if you end with a SC, go ahead and make that stitch a DC.) Chain 3 and turn.
2nd row: DC into each stitch. Chain 3 at the end of the row to turn.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you reach your desired height, ending with a row 1. (For me, that was 11 rows.)
Use your yarn needle and a length of yarn to stitch the ends of the cowl scarf together. Use the needle to work in all your strings.
Now, you can stop here and you will have a beautiful cowl scarf!
Or you can keep going and add some fringe! Watch the video below for the steps on how to add fringe to the scarf.
How to add fringe to a crochet scarf:
I think my next version of this fringed scarf will be slightly taller and fringe on both ends, what do you think?
Now it’s your turn! Do you have any crochet projects on your to-do list? Let us know in the comments below.
About the Author
Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.