Beginner’s Cowl/Scarf

easy double crochet scarf or cowl pattern red heart with love

This pattern was designed for a child, but fits me as well.

It’s getting a tad chilly and my daughter has a little sore throat, so out come the hooks.

Here’s a little pattern that is easy enough for a beginner. You will need to know how to make a foundation chain, a double crochet, and a chain one (which is just as it sounds, so, if you’re a beginner, just remember it’s just like your foundation chaining … just one).


  • 1 skein (2 if making a scarf) of worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart With Love)
  • I Hook 5.50 mm
  • Embroidery needle for weaving in those ends
  • 1 or more buttons (not necessary if making a scarf)
  • scissors

Pattern is a multiple of three plus 4

Chain 22 = foundation chain

  1. Double Crochet (dc) into the fourth back bump from hook, dc into each of the remaining back bumps (20 dcs, counting chain 3 as dc)
  2. Chain two, turn, double crochet across (20 dcs)
  3. Chain two, turn, double crochet across (20 dcs)
  4. Chain two, turn, double crochet across (20 dcs)
  5. Chain two, turn, double crochet across (20 dcs)
  6. Now we change our pattern to the V Stitch as follows: Chain two, turn, skip the next dc post stitch and (dc, chain 1, dc) all into the next stitch (this makes our V), *skip the next two stitches and (dc, ch 1, dc) into the next stitch*, repeat from * to * until you have 6 V’s. Skip the next stitch and dc into the top of the chain 2 from the previous row. (6 V stitches and a dc on each end…. it should look like this: IVVVVVVI  )
  7. Chain two, turn, (dc, ch 1, dc) into the centers of each of the following V stitches, dc in the last stitch.
  8. Repeat row 7
  9. Repeat row 7
  10. Repeat row 7

For Scarf: Repeat rows 1-10 until you’ve reached desired length and add fringe.

double crochet child's cowl scarf red heart


For the cowl, as pictured above: Repeat rows 1-10 three times and ending with 5 rows of double crochet … continue below:

  1. Do NOT TURN work: Make two double crochets into the same last stitch (this will begin a rounded corner). Each of the four corners of the cowl will have three double crochets in the same stitch creating an increase to round the corner. Now, you’ll dc into the SIDES of your double crochets. See the photo below for more detail, but it goes like this:

    One dc around the side of the next dc, double crochet into the “hole” between posts, dc in next post …. around (remembering to put three dcs into each corner. When you get to the last side, dc across until you reach the last two stitches before the corner. You want it to match up, sooooo …. we’re going to do two different stitches for these. Don’t panic. In the second to last stitch, you will make a HDC* (half double crochet), and in the last stitch you will do a SC** (single crochet). Notes on how to do these two are below. Lastly, cut your yarn leaving a 4 to 6 inch tail and weave it into your work.

* HDC = yarn over as if you are doing a double crochet and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), then yarn over, and instead of pulling through only two loops at a time, PULL THROUGH ALL THREE LOOPS. HDC done.

**SC = rather than yarning over like you do with a double crochet before you go through the stitch, don’t yarn over at all. Just insert the hook and draw up a loop (2 loops on hook), then yarn over and pull through those 2 loops. SC done.



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  1. Pingback: Let’s double crochet – Bucket & Twine

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