Quick and Easy Crochet Cowl Scarf w/ Fringe

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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.)


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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?


Learn how to crochet this colorful Cowl Scarf with Fringe in one evening!


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.


how to crochet a cowl scarf


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.   


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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. 

Crochet scarf pattern free

free crochet cowl scarf pattern


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!


How to crochet a scarf with tassels (fringe)


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)


Materials needed


Special notes:

The reason this cowl scarf stitches up so quickly is that you will be working with 2 strands of yarn at once!


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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:

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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.)


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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!


Easy Crocheat 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:



how to add fringe to a 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.


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  1. Lindsey Brown says:

    Is this a US pattern? I’m assuming so… I’m from UK…
    So…where you say SC I would need to DC. And where you say DC I would need to TC. Is this right?
    I’m just learning how to read a pattern.

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      In the US sc = single crochet and dc = double crochet. I don’t know what it translated to in the uk, sorry. Maybe someone else can chime in.

  2. Averil Pope says:

    Hi Jamie. We cannot buy Red Heart Colorscape wool in Australia. Can I use Spotlight Value Ball Batik acrylic wool instead? 100gm balls. I’ve tried it but it seems very thick to use with 2 strands.

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      I’ve not used Spotlight Value Ball Batik acrylic wool, so I cant say how it would work. If two strands seem thick just use one.
      these are the yarn specs, maybe just look for something similar.
      Content: 100% acrylic
      Ball size: 100 g/3.5 oz, 171 meters/187 yards
      Care: Machine wash and dry
      Gauge: 4 – Medium
      Knitting Gauge: 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm) 16 sts and 22 rows with a 5 mm (U.S. 8) knitting needle
      Crochet Gauge: 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm) 12 sc and 14 rows with a 5.5 mm (U.S. I-9) crochet hook
      Recommended Knitting Needle: 5 mm
      Recommended Crochet Hook: 5.5 mm

      1. Thanks Jamie. I’ll try with one strand of wool and see what happens!

  3. I’ve made this but mine looks different than yours. It looks as though you’ve DC the chain one for a space instead of DC, SC. My daughter enjoys wearing the scarf anyway. Jody

  4. Do you add a 3 stitch turning stitch at the end of row 2 also? Or just at the end of row 1?

    1. Chain 3 at the end of every row to turn.

  5. Princess Quinn says:

    This is so pretty!

  6. Becca Wilson says:

    I have never made anything like this in my life. I would love to know how to crochet one day!

  7. Lydia Samson says:

    i love to crochet! This pattern looks super easy and quick. ANd that color is beautiful!

  8. Very cute cowl. I love to crochet and the Colorscapes yarn is so pretty and not super expensive. I am crocheting lots of scarves for gifts this year!

  9. Suzanne Melton says:

    That does look soft! Acrylic yarn can be so touch-and-go with its softness, but it’s so affordable that I love to use it for many of my projects. I will have to check this type of yarn for my next project. I LOVE the cowl, by the way – it’s perfect for fall!

  10. I love how the scarf turned out. My mother bought my daughters some yarn and a crochet needle kit a few years ago and I still need to teach them how to use it. It’s been almost 20 years since I last used a crochet needle but I think it’s probably like riding a bike and once I pick up the tools again I will remember what to do. Thanks for the idea for this type of scarf.

  11. I can’t wait to try this! I love scarfs and I have so much yarn.

  12. Maria Magdalena says:

    Red Heart has the best yarn. I like how you make the scarf with fringe.

  13. This is such a beautiful scarf. I will give this a try.

  14. This is really cute and the perfect travel project. Speaking of, I’m leaving fri for a 5 day conference and this is just the type of project I’ve been looking for to work on while I’m there. ?

  15. I haven’t crocheted in years, but this scarf is so cute, I may have to get back to it. Love, love the colours too!

  16. I love how it turned out! I’d love to try one myself!

    1. Linda Reeves says:

      I love the scarf! I’m starting today Excited!