The Eunoia Cowl

The Eunoia Cowl is a fantastically quick, textured and warm crochet infinity cowl pattern. Once you have your first round set up, you’ll complete this squishy, comfy winter accessory in no time. This cowl also comes with a twist… A Möbius twist, in fact!

The crochet infinity cowl pattern is shown finished, hanging on a wooden hanger with a light blue denim over shirt.
That twist is built in with no seaming! You heard that right!

There’s nothing better than a big comfy cowl when it’s cold outside. While I’m also a big fan of scarfs, cowls are great winter accessories for when you want extra warmth without the bulk of the ends of the scarf hanging down over your jacket or sweater.

With beautiful texture and statement ribbing around the edges, this crochet infinity cowl pattern is a lovely accessory regardless of your attire. It can be dressed up and look gorgeous with a sweater dress for a holiday party or dressed down with a jacket or a sweater.

The built in twist adds an enormous amount of personality to this crochet infinity cowl pattern. The twist is a gorgeous style element however, it also helps keep the cowl folded and comfortable when worn. Designed to be quite tall, this twisted crochet cowl can be pulled up to be worn higher around the neck or relaxed in it’s twisted, folded position.

Inspiration for this crochet infinity cowl pattern

The crochet infinity cowl pattern is shown finished, worn by a woman with long hair, wearing a purple shirt.

When RaeLynn, Sarah and Hannah (Of Itchin’ for Some Stitchin’, Ned and Mimi and HanJan Crochet respectively) reached out to see if I’d like to participate in their Winter Wonders Blog Hop, I thought of the last time I was well and truly in “winter” weather – Taking a November vacation to visit my husband’s family in England! Super cold weather followed us as we hiked around London so I could see a classic Monet painting in person (Art History Major in College nerd alert!).

One thing that was a real pain, though, was the flapping of my scarf throughout the whole ordeal. I was constantly rearranging my scarf and fussing with it. Remembering the fuss of my beautiful scarf slapping around like a wild thing immediately made me think “Well, you should have worn a cowl!”

This crochet infinity cowl pattern was designed with ease of movement while staying warm and cozy in mind. The next time I drag my husband through the cold to the Tate Modern to stand in awe in front of a Monet, I’ll be wearing the Eunoia cowl, that’s for sure!

Of course, the Eunoia cowl isn’t just a simple cowl. It has a beautiful, built in twist to add personality and movement, simple yet gorgeous texture and a squishy, comfortable ribbing around the edges. The best part? It works up super fast!

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All About the Yarn

For this design, I used We Crochet’s Swish Bulky in the colorway Nutmeg Heather. We Crochet was very kind to provide yarn support for this design and as soon as I saw the Swish hanks and their description, I had to have it! Once it arrived, I was impressed by how light this “bulky” yarn felt, how squishy it was and ultimately, how absolutely soft it is.

We Crochet’s Swish Bulky is a Bulky (5) weight yarn that is 100% Fine Superwash Merino Wool. This means this yarn is soft from the start (unlike other wool that is often scratchy with the promise of becoming soft after a few washes) and is absolutely machine wash friendly! That’s so important for accessories like these that you’ll want to wear through the coldest of days. No matter what you put your crochet infinity cowl through, this yarn will hold up to washing!

There are so many beautiful colorways of Swish Bulky that I had a hard time choosing which color to go with. I ultimately decided on the Nutmeg Heather colorway and it’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s more than just a “white or cream” color, it has a beautiful warm undertone that brings warmth to an otherwise “white” accessory.

This yarn ended up being perfect for this simple and textured crochet infinity cowl pattern.

Winter Wonders Blog Hop and Bundle

The Winter Wonders Blog Hop and Bundle is hosted by Itchin’ for Some Stitchin’, Ned and Mimi and HanJan Crochet with yarn sponsorship by We Crochet. With this Blog Hop, designers focused on makes that are warm, cozy and winter related – like my crochet infinity cowl pattern!

The Blog Hop event runs from November 1, 2021 to December 12, 2021 and each day a different designer is offering a crochet design that is perfect for winter for free! That’s 42 different patterns – I know!

If you’d rather grab all of the patterns at once and get started on all of the cozy winter makes, you can check out the bundle!

The Winter Wonders Bundle gives you all 42 crochet designs all at once, so you have all the patterns in once place and all at the same time. Then you can pick and choose which patterns you’d like to start on first – There’s a ton of great options for the gifting season coming up!

Purchasing the bundle also helps support the designers (like myself!) who made this event possible. The bundle costs $15.99 so the average cost of patterns is just about $0.38 when you do the math. If that’s not an absolute steal, I don’t know what is!

Click this image to check out the bundle!

The Eunoia Crochet Infinity Cowl Pattern

The crochet infinity cowl pattern is shown finished, worn by a woman. Woman is holding the edge of the cowl up to show the width. A fun, silly picture.

Overview and Details

This crochet infinity cowl pattern is worked “seamlessly”, so you won’t have to fuss with seaming the ends or using your tapestry needle for anything more than weaving in a couple of ends. Exciting!

The “hardest” round of this cowl is the first round. Once you have this round completed, you’ll be breezing through this easy crochet infinity cowl pattern. The built in twist comes from “round 1” and does require you to seamlessly work along the bottom of the chains at the end of the row. Don’t worry – it’s easier than it sounds!

Once Round 1 is completed, the following rounds are quick and straight forward using basic stitches such as single crochet and double crochet. The crochet infinity cowl is finished with a few rounds of beautiful ribbing to bulk up the edges and create a beautiful finish to the piece.

The coolest part of this cowl pattern is the built in Möbius twist – this means you’ll end up working both sides of the work in one round, which really speeds up the project.

Because this crochet infinity cowl pattern uses basic stitches to build texture, it will look fantastic in any color and in a variegated or hand painted yarn.

If you prefer a premium, ad-free PDF version of this pattern, you can grab one on either my Ravelry or my Etsy shop by clicking the buttons below. The PDF is 10 pages long and includes step-by-step pictures to help guide you through the foundation row and the rounds following. The purchase will also come with a printer friendly version (only 1 picture) to help save on ink!

The crochet infinity cowl pattern is shown finished, hanging on a wooden hanger with a white background.

Skill Level

Easy/Advanced Beginner – This crochet infinity cowl pattern uses mostly single crochet and double crochet, which makes the crochet pattern accessible to advanced beginners. You will also use Front Post Half Double Crochet and Back Post Half Double Crochet to create the ribbing around the edge.

You will need to know how to work into the bottom of the chains, as this crochet pattern requires doing so in the first round. If you haven’t done this before, I would recommend practicing a bit before you attempt this pattern.

Materials

For this crochet infinity cowl pattern, you will need a Bulky (5) weight yarn of your choice.

You will need approximately 5.3 ounces/ 150 grams/ 200 yards

I used We Crochet Swish Bulky in Nutmeg Heather. I used 2 hanks, with a little bit of the second hank left over.

You can use any Bulky (5) yarn you prefer.

Tools

6.5 mm (K-10.5) (I used my favorite Furls Streamline Wood)
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Stitch markers, if you prefer them.

Gauge

12 stitches x 12 rows = Approximately 4 inches x 4 inches

To test gauge, chain 13.

Row 1 – Place 1 sc in the 2nd ch from hook. Dc next ch. [1 sc, 1 dc] across the row to the end. Your last stitch should be a dc. (12)

Row 2 – Ch 1, turn. Place 1 sc in the first st, 1 dc in the next st. [1 sc, 1 dc] across the row to the end. (12)

Row 3 through Row 12 – Repeat Row 2.

Stitch gauge matters more than row gauge. If you’ve worked a gauge swatch and your stitch gauge (width of square along the row) is approximately correct but your row gauge (height of rows) isn’t, you can get started. You can always add rows to increase the height of the cowl if necessary, but you want to make sure your cowl will be large enough to fit.

NOTE: I am a tight crocheter, which means my tension is typically tighter than others.

Finished Size

Circumference: Approx 28 inches.
Height: Approx 8 inches.

Abbreviations

  • Ch – Chain 
  • Sl St Slip Stitch
  • Sc – Single Crochet
  • Dc – Double Crochet
  • Fphdc – Front Post Half Double Crochet
  • Bphdc – Back Post Half Double Crochet
  • […] – Pattern repeats are shown inside brackets.
  • (…) – Stitch counts are listed at the end of row in ( ) and bold italics.

Notes

  • This cowl is a Möbius cowl, or a twisted cowl. This means that the cowl will never lay “flat” and will always have one twist built into it.
  • The interesting and perhaps best thing about a twisted cowl is that, when worked in the round, you work from the center out. This means that you basically work both sides of the cowl in one round. This makes the project super quick, fun, and interesting to work.
  • The hardest part of a twisted cowl worked in the round is working the first round. Once you’ve completed your first round, you’ll be good to go.
  • Chain 1 to begin a round never counts as a stitch. 
  • This cowl is worked in turned rounds unless otherwise noted. Make sure to place your first stitch of the new round in the last stitch of the previous round, not the slip stitch.
  • There are instructions on how to change the size below, if you prefer to.
  • This cowl requires a stitch multiple of 2. 

Special Stitch – Front Post Half Double Crochet & Back Post Half Double Crochet (FPhdc, BPhdc)

To create the ribbing around this cowl, we utilize both Front Post and Back Post half double crochets.

To Front Post Half Double Crochet, you will: Yarn over, insert your hook from front of work to back of work between the posts of the previous stitch and current stitch and maneuver the hook back to the front of the work. Your hook should now sit horizontal with the post of the stitch on the front of hook. Yarn over, pull a loop through. Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops.

To Back Post Half Double Crochet, you will: Yarn over, insert your hook from back of work to front of work between the posts of the previous and current stitch and maneuver the hook back to the front of the work. Your hook should now sit horizontal with the post of the stitch on the back of the hook. Yarn over, pull a loop through. Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops.

How to Change Size

This cowl is relatively easy to change the size, if you prefer to.

To make your cowl have a larger circumference, you will want to add chains to your beginning chains. You will want to start with an ODD amount of chains so that you have an even amount of stitches. This cowl begins with 80 chains and is approximately 28 inches in circumference. If you wanted a cowl that wrapped twice, similar to an infinity scarf, you could double the starting chains and have a cowl that would be approximately 56 inches in circumference.

To create a cowl that is shorter or taller in height than specifically designed, simply add or remove rows when instructed to repeat Row 2 as you see fit. You will want to stop crocheting the repeat rows when you are approximately 1.5 inches shorter than your desired height. 

How to Make this Crochet Infinity Cowl

Ch 81

Round 1 – In 2nd ch from hook, place 1 sc, 1 dc next st. [1 sc next st, 1 dc next st] Repeat across the chains to the end. Your last st should be a dc. DO NOT JOIN.

Bring your first sc made to meet your hook, as if you were making a circle with your work. Gently twist the top of the first sc made toward you, so that you will now work along the bottom of the chains seamlessly.

Work [1 sc in bottom of 1st ch, 1 dc in bottom of next ch] across the bottom of the chains. Your last st should be a dc. When you reach the end, gently twist the top of the very first sc made to meet your hook and align with the top of your last stitch made. Insert hook into top of this sc and sl st.

You now have one seamless round that has one built in twist. (160 sts)

Round 2 – Ch 1, turn. 1 sc 1st st, 1 dc next st. [1 sc next st, 1 dc next st]. Repeat inside brackets to the end. Sl st to first sc to close. (160 sts)

Rounds 3 through 7 – Repeat Round 2.

Round 8 – Ch 1, turn. Place 1 hdc in each st around. Sl st to first hdc to close. (160)

Round 9 – Ch 1, turn. 1 fphdc 1st st, 1 bphdc next st. [1 fphdc next st, 1 bphdc next st]. Repeat inside brackets to the end. Sl st to first fphdc to close. (160)

Round 10 – Ch 1, do not turn. 1 fphdc around 1st fphdc, 1 bphdc around bphdc. [1 fphdc around fphdc, 1 bphdc around bphdc]. Repeat inside brackets to the end. Sl st to first fphdc to close. (160)

Round 11 – Ch 1, do not turn. Place 1 sc in each stitch around. Sl st to 1st sc to close. (160)

Finish off yarn, weave ends. You’re all done!


That’s it! You now have a beautiful, textured crochet infinity cowl to keep you warm and cozy all winter.

The crochet infinity cowl pattern is shown finished, worn by a woman with a denim jacket.

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