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

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Starting Chains

crochet foundation chains

Since the best way to learn is to watch, here’s a little YouTube video I made to show you how to make your first starting chain. I apologize in advance for the unnecessary ramblings at the beginning. It’s my first video, and I hope to improve with the second.

Crochet basics: foundation chains

Personally, I dislike starting projects that require extremely long starting chains. It’s easy to lose track of how many you’ve done, and it’s tedious. I lacked patience as a beginner, and I’m guessing I’m not alone. But, you gotta learn how to do it, and it helps you develop proper tension. Repetition is your friend. So, I recommend you take a few hours and just repeat the process over and over again.

And, be easy on yourself. A crooked or uneven starting chain is NO BIGGIE! Once you’re ready to move on to crocheting into those back bumps, the unevenness of your starting chain will begin to disappear.

If you’re ready to move on to the next step, click this way.

Let’s start at the very beginning …

it’s a very good place to start.

You want to learn to make super awesome slouchy beanies, ear warmers, a king-sized afghan, your own clothes, etc. AWESOME!! But, we all have to start somewhere …

Tools. We need them, right? Yup. But, we don’t need a lot. A hook, an embroidery needle, scissors, and some yarn. Done, right? Well … if you’ve ever walked down the yarny aisle of a craft store such as Michaels or Hobby Lobby¬†you know how overwelming the choices can be. What size hook? What type of yarn is good for a beginner? What’s all that other stuff for?

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Crochet 101

Join the class. Tomorrow I will be posting a free tutorial showing you how to start making super awesome stuff. Wohoo!! Have some yarn handy and a hook. See you then!

– Bucket & Twine