Autumn is typically the time when I do most of my crocheting and knitting, in preparation for winter. Last year, I made this chunky crochet cowl, and it quickly became one of my favorite pieces of knitwear, as well as one of my favorite gifts to give.
I love this cowl because it’s substantial enough that it keeps you warm, but it doesn’t have so much fabric as to be overwhelming. When I’m wearing cowls that are super large and have a ton of folds, I have flashbacks to the turtlenecks of my childhood. They kept me warm while I was skiing, but I often felt uncomfortable with something around my neck. This cowl is warm but doesn’t feel restraining.
You can make this piece with beginning crochet skills. All stitch types are linked to an informational page. There are step-by-step photos below.
Chunky Crochet Cowl
- crochet hook, size L
- 1 skein chunky yarn (I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Spice.)
- smaller crochet hook, to weave in ends
- Leaving a 4-inch tail, make a slip knot. Chain 56.
- Straighten out your chain so that it has not twisted. Attach the first and last stitches using a slip stitch.
- Chain 3.
- Row 1: Double crochet in 5th stitch from your crochet hook (including the 3 you just chained). Double crochet in each stitch in the round.
- When you get to the end of the row, join the circle with a slip stitch through the top of the chain of three. Chain 3. Do not turn.
- Rows 2-8: Repeat Row 1, double crocheting through the middle of each stitch.
- Tie off the end by making a slip knot, cutting your yarn, and pulling the tail through the slip knot. Weave in ends using the smaller crochet hook.
- This is what the finished cowl looks like. If you’re inclined toward a bigger and bulkier cowl, you can chain more stitches at the beginning and add more rows of double crochet until your cowl looks just right to you!
That’s it! In the time it takes to watch an episode of Gilmore Girls, you can make a cozy fall accessory. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below. If you make this chunky crochet cowl, share a photo on Ravelry!