Make this in 1 hour, and only 1 ball of yarn! would make an awesome cheap giftLet me set things straight from the get-go. I am not a crocheter (is that even a word?). I most certainly know my way around a ball of yarn when it comes to knitting, but I can’t read a pattern to save my life, so my crocheting skills haven’t progressed past the basic stitches.

Enter Crochet Beginner 1-hour cowl

One basic stitch and you’re golden, you can fool anyone into thinking you are a pro. First you must learn how to make a chain, then a double crochet stitch. Ka-pow…now you have the skills to make this cowl (can you believe all the fuss has been over something so simple?)

Beginner 1 Hour COWL!  Awesome Gift idea! #gift #diy #crochet

For this Crochet Beginner Cowl project you will need:

  • 1 ball of chunky yarn (something soft, it will be rubbing up against your neck and face)
  • A fat crochet hook (mine is 12mm)
  • 3 large buttons (optional)

Make this in 1 hour, and only 1 ball of yarn! Perfect for a beginner

Get out your spectacles, and brace yourself for these lengthy and very in depth instructions:

Make a chain of 45-55 stitches; try this chain around your neck to see that it will be the proper length.  Turn and work your Double Crochet Stitch to the end. Turn, remember to chain 2 stitches before you continue to Double Crochet the row (*I also like to count my stitches after I complete a row, I find if I don’t it ends up getting lop sided*).  Repeat. Repeat until your ball of yarn is gone, or you feel it is bulky enough. Join ends together to make a circle. You may choose to put a twist in it before connecting the ends together, or sew 3 buttons down one side. No need to fuss with button holes, your project is holy enough, just stick them through where you see fit. Now sit back in amazement that you crocheted a project, and proceed to make one for everyone you know.

Happy learning!

crochet beginner 1 hour cowl

P.S. I totally feel weird about photographing myself for this post, but I really had a hard time getting a good shot of the cowl. I tried Ruby but it fit her like a jacket!

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57 thoughts on “Crochet Beginner 1 Hour Cowl

  1. Becky Holm

    I just did one last week, varied one row double crochet with more of a decorative stitch. It turned out great! Yours looks great too. Always looking for quick, last minute gifts, and this definitely is one. Thanks!


    1. Carolyn Tucker

      Brecky would you mind getting your pattern to me. I am willing to pay for patterns. I am going to make one like this also I have 5 I would like to make but all different for Christmas gifts. I have 3 adults and 2 teenagers to make for. my mail is [email protected].


  2. mrs

    Been looking for a project a shut-in friend may crochet standing or sitting as her O2 machine maintains her quality of life. This is grand! Thank you, v! How I appreciate your sharing! Keep Looking UP!


  3. Gailvee

    Thanks for sharing:) Love the color and buttons. Will be making one to add to my cowl collection! Thanks again!


  4. Sandra

    LOVE THIS! Made one in a chunky chocolate yarn last night. Can’t wait to get get a couple spring colors for some in other colors for this time of year—that in-between time. Thank you for sharing!!


  5. Andrea

    This looks great! I’m just learning and have just completed fingerless gloves so this will definitely be next!


  6. Amy Solovay

    Virginia, what a fabulous cowl! Bravo for the easy pattern, too.

    Your craft work is lovely, and it’s a real shame if you aren’t doing much with crochet — you’re a natural. If you’d like help with pattern reading, please let me know because I have some resources available that you might find helpful.

    Also, thanks so much for linking to my double crochet tutorial at I hope your readers are finding it helpful. I really appreciate the “link love.”

    Best wishes,


    1. Virginia Post author

      No problem Amy, I hope you’ve been getting lots of hits! I might just take you up on the pattern reading help, I save my yarn projects for the fall when the weather gets cooler and we can’t be outside as much. Thanks again for the visit!


  7. technicallykammie

    I used your idea but instead of joining together at the end I just joined the end of the chain & crocheted around in a circle. I’m new to crochet & cannot maintain a straight edge so this saved me that frustration. Thank you for an easy, useful project that anyone can do!


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  9. Dawn

    thanksfor this so far I have made 5 other ones that were very long I m going to try the shorter one tonight (I have 14 to make for Christmas gifts thanks


  10. Michelle Evans Johnson

    Virginia, this post inspired me to learn crocheting. I just learned how to do a few basic stitches and now I’m on to my first scarf! Thank you! :)


    1. Virginia Post author

      Isn’t it great that you can create something with only a few basic stitches! Good luck, I’m glad I could be an inspiration to get you going!


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  12. Jacqueline Douwes

    THIS IS GREAT! If you slip stitch your chain as a circle you can just work in rounds then you don’t have to worry about counting just keep going around and around till your yarn is done like you did…then no joining at the end either :)


  13. Mandy

    Just found this via Pinterest. I’ve been crocheting for years and can’t wait to crank this out. The buttons are such a fun twist. I think I might try this length and then another one long enough to double.


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  15. Kelly K.

    Just stumbled across this in Pinterest and love it! So easy and fast. I’m planning to make 4 – one for each of my two sisters, myself and my mother for our fall reunion in November. We are all a little crafty and I know each of them will love to wear it as we sit out on the balcony enjoying the NC mountain views in the chilly mornings. Thank you so much for sharing such a doable project! I’m off to pick up yarn! :-)


    1. Virginia Post author

      Michelle, I don’t know if there is a technical way, but when I get to the end of the row, every hole you put your finger into is a stitch. Someone else suggested knitting it round so you don’t have to count stitches. Hope you make one!


  16. Julie

    Just checking to see if you’ve remembered if you used an “N” or “Q” hook. I put 2 skeins together of a multi-colored yarn So it would look like a bulky yarn…still working on it. Thanks for the post!


  17. Julie

    I worked it with an “N” hook and 55 stitches and the twist. I’m a make another this time 45 stitches. Do you remember the brand of yarn you used?
    Thank you


  18. Sarah M

    Thank you so much for this pattern. I reallly need cowls for my low neck tops and for a beginner in Croche,t it fills the need..


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