Family Infinity Cowl

toddlercowel

I crochet a lot of infinity cowls, scarves and neck warmers as gifts in the winter, and I was pretty excited when my son recently started asking me to make one for him, too. I love making miniature matching versions of adult styles for him. This design is soft and airy with a really nice drape, making it great for spring or fall weather!

infinity cowl

I wanted to give him the look of a double wrapped cowl, but this guy's really active when we're outside. I wasn't comfortable with the risk of one of the loops getting tugged and choking him while he's playing. I added a tutorial at the bottom of the pattern to sew the cowl into a secure infinity shape. This way you can get the look and drape of an infinity cowl, but keep the length of both loops safely in place!

Father son cowl

Of course, once I saw how cute my son looked in his cowl, I couldn't resist making a matching adult sized one for his Daddy! Don't they look so sweet together? I really like that this pattern works well for anyone in the family.  

daddy and me cowl

I've worked on a lot of my own designs, but this is one of my first actual written out crochet patterns. I would really appreciate any feedback. Leave a comment with any questions, to let me know if something needs clarifying, or send us a picture if you try it out! We'd love to hear from you!

Laura

Abbreviations:

SL ST: slip stitch

CH: chain

HDC: half double crochet

2 HDC: two half double crochets in the same stitch
 

Materials Used:

Yarn: Light Level 3 (I used Bernat Softee Baby in Grey Marl)
Hook Size: 5mm hook for kids sizes, or Size 6mm hook for adult size
 
Pattern:
 
Preschooler size: Chain 120 using size 5.0mm hook
Kids size: Chain 130 using size 5.0mm hook
Adult size: Chain 150 using size 6.0mm hook
 
*This pattern can be made as short or as long as you want, as long as you begin with an even number of chains.
 
The pattern is the same for all sizes:
 
SL ST into the first stitch at the beginning of your chain, being careful first to make sure that your chain isn’t twisted.
Row 1: Chain 2 and HDC into the same stitch as your CH 2. Skip a stitch, and do 2 HDC into the next stitch. Continue this way, with 2 HDC in every other stitch all the way around your loop to make the foundation row.

Rows 2 - 10: *SL ST into the top of the first CH 2 when you get back to it. Chain 2 and then HDC into the gap under and to the right of your SL ST (indicated by black arrow in picture below). Now rather than working 2 HDC into every other stitch, work them into the spaces between the groups of 2 HDC from the previous row (example indicated by green arrow below). Work 2 HDC into each of the spaces between the previous rows’ 2HDC groups all the way around. Repeat from *

When you’ve completed 15 rows for preschooler and kids sizes or 20 rows for the adult size, fasten off and weave in ends. OR leave a long, approximately 12 inch tail if you want to sew it into a permanent twist. I especially like this option for little kids.
 
To sew the cowl into a twist:

Fold your cowl in half, and in half again, and lay it on a flat surface with the top seam pointing up, and your tail of yarn at the back. I’ve numbered the rows of folds as 1, 2, 3, and 4 in the first picture below. (click to expand)

Carefully lower the second row and raise up the third so that the stitches in rows 1 and 3 are side by side but all four rows are still roughly the same length. Use the tail of yarn and a tapestry needle to sew the two edges of rows 1 and 3 together. I joined a length of about 15 stitches. Tie off and weave in the ends.

Complete Pattern Without Pictures:

Abbreviations:

SL ST: slip stitch

CH: chain

HDC: half double crochet

2 HDC: two half double crochets in the same stitch
 

Materials Used:

Yarn: Light Level 3 (I used Bernat Softee Baby in Grey Marl)
Hook Size: 5mm hook for kids sizes, or Size 6mm hook for adult size
 
Pattern:
 
Preschooler size: Chain 120 using size 5.0mm hook
Kids size: Chain 130 using size 5.0mm hook
Adult size: Chain 150 using size 6.0mm hook
 
*This pattern can be made as short or as long as you want, as long as you begin with an even number of chains.
 
The pattern is the same for all sizes:
 
SL ST into the first stitch at the beginning of your chain, being careful first to make sure that your chain isn’t twisted.
Row 1: Chain 2 and HDC into the same stitch as your CH 2. Skip a stitch, and do 2 HDC into the next stitch. Continue this way, with 2 HDC in every other stitch all the way around your loop to make the foundation row.

Rows 2 - 20: *SL ST into the top of the first CH 2 when you get back to it. Chain 2 and then HDC into the gap under and to the right of your SL ST. Now rather than working 2 HDC into every other stitch, work them into the spaces between the groups of 2 HDC from the previous row. Work 2 HDC into each of the spaces between the previous rows’ 2HDC groups all the way around. Repeat from*

When you’ve completed 15 rows for preschooler and kids sizes or 20 rows for the adult size, fasten off and weave in ends.