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Chunky Ribbed Cowl (Free Pattern!)

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It’s cold outside today. And it’s only supposed to get colder (-40 windchill, anybody?) tomorrow. While most of us here in the Midwest are well accustomed to blizzardy winters, it’s a little harder to get used to the record frigid temps this season has been throwing at us.

I mean, when your Siberian Husky wants to hang out inside all day, you KNOW it’s cold.

On top of that, both of my boys are sick, and I’m not feeling so hot, either. Whatever way you look at it, the Langfords aren’t going anywhere for a while. So, I deemed today “Toy Story Marathon Day”! (I never said this was a blog about how to be a perfect mother.) Lucky for me, I have a stash of yarn to experiment on and a couple of little monkeys to cuddle. Really, it’s been a good day so far. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a chunky, twisted cowl that I made this morning with Lion Brand Hometown USA yarnย (affiliate link).ย The twist in the cowl helps it to drape beautifully and effortlessly for those of us who are accessory-impaired. There’s no wrong way to wear a twisted cowl!, and this one works up fast.


The ribbing really catches the sun and give the cowl such a gorgeous, textured look. You’re sure to get compliments when you wear your new Chunky Ribbed Cowl, and when people’s jaws drop after hearing that YOU made it, you’ll smile to yourself about how EASY it was! Enjoy!

Click here for the Chunky Ribbed Cowl Crochet Pattern | Free Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

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Chunky Ribbed Cowl

Hooks:ย N (9.00mm)
Yarn: Superย Bulky; I used 2 skeins, approx. 162 yards, of Lion Brand's Hometown USAย (affiliate link) in Los Angeles Tan.
Difficulty:ย Easy


  • Ch 2 DOES NOT count as starting DC.
  • Be sure to count your stitches, as that last DC can be easily skipped when you aren't paying attention. It's hard to see, especially when using the ribbing technique.
  • Attach your new skein of yarn at the beginning of row 6. You probably won't have enough yarn to complete row 6 anyway, and putting yarn changes at the seam keeps the rest of the scarf looking nicer.

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With N hook,

To begin:ย 
FDC 65. Bring ends together as you normally would for crocheting in the round. (Optional: To add a twist to the cowl, take one end and flip it all the way around so that the corner that was at the top will again be at the top.) Join with a SL ST to the top of the first DC. (65)

Optional start:
CH67. DC in 3rd CH from hook and in each remaining CH. (Optional: To add a twist to the cowl, take one end and flip it all the way around so that the corner that was at the top will again be at the top.) Join with a SL ST to the top of the first DC. (65)

Rounds 2-10:ย CH2, turn. In BLO, DC in each St around. Join with Sl St to top of first DC. (65)

Fasten off; weave in all ends except starting tail. If you used the Foundation Double Crochet method, use that starting tail to sew the gap between the first and last stitches of Round 1 together, then weave in to finish.

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  • Alison January 29, 2014, 5:51 pm

    Is it back loop only for every stitch or just the first one for each row?

    • Rebecca January 29, 2014, 8:11 pm

      Every stitch! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Alison January 29, 2014, 9:16 pm

        Thanks, just wanted to check!

  • Sabrina September 17, 2014, 10:03 am

    It looks so long – I made it, too, but mine is much shorter around the neck.
    But the foundation ist only 65 FDC, isn’t it?

    • Rebecca September 17, 2014, 9:02 pm

      Yes, 65. It may be the mannequin… that bust is probably about the size of a child or very small-boned teenager, so the scarf may look bigger than it actually is. Mine does hang down though; it shouldn’t hug your neck. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Denise September 24, 2014, 12:54 pm

    Did you put a half twist in it or a full twist? Your directions sound like a full twist, but when I do that, it doesn’t lay like yours.

    • Rebecca September 24, 2014, 8:54 pm

      Full twist. In the photo, half of the twist is hidden behind the neck, and the other half is at the bottom front. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Denise September 24, 2014, 9:14 pm

        Ah! thank you so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Toni June 18, 2015, 12:29 am

          I’m so confused with the twist. I wish I could show you a picture of what my cowl looks like so that you could tell me what I’m doing wrong. I love this pattern I don’t think I’m doing it right. Please help!

  • Vivian September 25, 2014, 8:02 pm

    Thanks so much for this pattern! It is my favorite cowl to wear!

    • Rebecca November 2, 2014, 2:50 pm

      Yay! Mine too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Crystall October 5, 2014, 8:39 pm

    Can your chunky ribbed cowl be made longer by adding more to the FDC ?

    • Rebecca November 2, 2014, 2:52 pm

      Absolutely ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Geraldine October 21, 2014, 4:54 pm

    This is so gorgeous . . . .I have a question about the twist. The twist is 360 degress correct? And you complete each row with the scarf already twisted?

    • Rebecca November 2, 2014, 2:53 pm

      Yes, 360, and yes, the twist is added right from the beginning. So it’s almost like crocheting in a sort of “figure 8”, but the cowl is long enough that you won’t even really notice for the first few rounds.

  • Theo October 21, 2014, 7:17 pm

    I made a double wrap infinity scarf with this stitch, and it looks awesome! As a beginner, I had no idea that back loop only DC would look so much prettier than regular DC! Thanks!!

    • Rebecca November 2, 2014, 2:54 pm

      You’re welcome! I love the look of back loops only. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Christy October 26, 2014, 11:06 pm

    Can this cowl be made with Lion’s Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn or should the Hometown yarn be used for best results?

    • Rebecca November 2, 2014, 2:54 pm

      I’m sure it would work up just fine ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Holly B February 9, 2016, 10:10 pm

      I used the Wool ease, works nicel

  • Margarete jung November 2, 2014, 8:06 am

    Hi, finde diesen Loop superschรถn! Mรถchte ihn gerne Stricken kann aber kein Englisch.
    Gibt es eine deutsche Anleitung, oder kann mir jemand eine รœbersetzung schreiben?
    Schon mal vielen Dank!

    • Rebecca November 2, 2014, 2:50 pm

      Ich wรผnschte, ich kรถnnte dir helfen, aber das ist aus meiner Reich der Expertise. Bitte entschuldigen Sie mein Deutsch, benutzte ich Google Translate. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Samantha November 10, 2014, 1:54 pm

    Do you have any tutorial on how to add the twist to the cowl? I’m just learning and want to make sure I’m doing it correctly.

    • Rebecca November 12, 2014, 10:21 pm

      I don’t, but do you know how to join it without adding a twist? If so, bring your ends together as you normally would, and stick a stitch marker (or a bobby pin) in the loops where you’d normally join. Then, take that end with the bobby pin, and turn it upside down (bobby pin at the bottom now), and then turn it again so that the bobby pin is back where it started. Then join. Now you’ve added a twist. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lisa Turney November 13, 2014, 7:50 pm

    I have finished making this chunky-ribbed cowl and it looks great. I’m just having a problem understanding the last step. Where is says to leave a long finishing tail and use this beginning tail to sew the first and last stitch of round 1 together. I’m not sure how to do this part. Could you please clarify if possible?

    • Rebecca November 13, 2014, 10:24 pm

      So sorry, that’s a typo! I’m not sure where my train of thought was when I said that. You don’t need the finishing tail, you only need the beginning tail. There’s a gap created by the joining of the first row of FDCs, so you use that beginning tail to sew it up before weaving it in. Ignore the part about leaving the finishing tail. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lisa November 14, 2014, 10:22 pm

    Thank you!

  • ann November 15, 2014, 10:46 am

    I this worked in rounds or rows? ch 2 turn suggests rows to me. Could it be worked either way?

    • Rebecca November 18, 2014, 10:34 pm

      You’ll work it in rounds, but you’ll turn each time you start a new round. So you’re joining the whole time, but in order to achieve the effect, you’ll need to join, chain and turn instead of simply joining, chaining and then continuing in the same direction.

  • Shayla November 19, 2014, 7:21 pm

    I’m confused about row 10. So far I’ve got basically a big tube of 9 rows of crochet. Am I correct in understanding that I’m supposed to connect row 10 with row 1?

    • Rebecca November 19, 2014, 8:16 pm

      Nope, that is definitely a typo. ๐Ÿ™‚ You just join at the end of the row as normal. There’s nothing different about row 10, except it’s your last row.

  • Susan l December 2, 2014, 5:44 pm

    Love this cowl! Are you counting the ch 2 at the end of the round as a dc stitch? Or is it just a turning chain? Thank you.

    • Rebecca December 5, 2014, 6:25 pm

      No, the CH2 does not count.

  • Betty Smith December 4, 2014, 12:05 pm

    I don’t know if you invented the chainless foundation technique, but if you did you are brilliant. I’ve been crocheting for 47yrs, Every new project I hated doing the chain & first row.This takes less than 1/2 time

    • Rebecca December 5, 2014, 6:25 pm

      Haha nope… I wish, but it’s been around for a long time. It’s just regaining popularity. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • betty Smith December 5, 2014, 6:36 pm

      i mentioned it on facebook & all my friends were interestered & I told them to look it up on line.I will never chain & do first row again.

  • Sharon December 6, 2014, 5:06 pm

    Should your first round measure 32″?
    I haven’t crocheted in years and was wondering if there was a gauge test. I had no clue what the Chainless Foundation technique was, so I googled it, watched a video (many times!!!!) and love it. I agree with the others, this is the best first row ever!

    • Rebecca December 6, 2014, 5:14 pm

      32″ is just about right. The gauge is about 2 DC per inch, or 10DC = 5″. The cowl will stretch a bit with the heaviness and you’ll probably end up closer to 40″.

      • Sharon December 7, 2014, 4:55 am

        Thank you Rebecca! I made one but not sure I did the twisting correctly. It’s really bulky where the slip stitches are. But on a good note, my daughter will appreciate the warmth. I’m going to try another. If you have any photos of what that edge should look like I’m sure we’d all benefit! Happy Holidays.

  • Steph @ MomKaboodle December 11, 2014, 9:34 am

    This is SO gorgeous! My M hook is a 9 mm and my N is a 10….just wondering which one you used? Thank you!

    • Rebecca December 12, 2014, 10:28 am

      Interesting! I’ve heard that there are occasionally discrepancies between crochet hook brands. I’m using an N hook from Boye, which is 9mm. If you ever run into that issue again, ALWAYS go by the mm measurement, not the letter, because a 9mm hook is a 9mm hook no matter what you call it. (So, use your M hook.) ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wanda December 13, 2014, 11:55 am

    I really don’t like the chainless foundation technique,could you please tell me many chains to make!

    • Rebecca December 13, 2014, 1:01 pm

      67, and DC in the 3rd chain from the hook.

      • Wanda December 13, 2014, 5:33 pm

        Thank you!

  • Mindy December 16, 2014, 7:39 am

    You may have already answered this when you said that there is nothing different about row 10 except that it is the last row, in response to a comment above… but I just want to double check. It’s basically 2-10 double crochet in backloop only right? You just did 2-9 and then 10 separately because it’s the final row? Sorry if that is a silly question. Thanks for your help.

    • Rebecca December 31, 2014, 7:33 pm

      Yup, that’s it! I can see why it might be confusing though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Melissa December 30, 2014, 8:27 pm

    thank you so much!!! I made this for my niece and she loves it!!

    • Rebecca December 31, 2014, 7:33 pm

      Awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lisa January 19, 2015, 5:52 pm

    Instead of chaining and turning, could you just work the front loop every other row?

    • Rebecca April 2, 2015, 11:00 am

      I tried that, but my “seam” area was looking even sloppier.

  • Ericka January 22, 2015, 8:50 pm

    Rebecca, I made this cowl in Patone’s Color of 2015 – it came out gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing your talent!

  • laurie March 1, 2015, 7:38 pm

    Would you still ch 65 if you wanted to make this as a regular scarf or would you suggest increasing the number?????

    • Rebecca March 4, 2015, 8:57 pm

      You’ll definitely want to increase the number.

  • toni June 17, 2015, 8:49 pm

    what is fdc?

    • Rebecca June 18, 2015, 8:59 am

      Foundation Double Crochet. In the first round, I’ve included a link to the “Chainless Foundation technique.” That should help you.

  • Violet July 14, 2015, 2:50 am

    Hi Rebecca,
    I love this cowl pattern. Do you think that the FDC is good for doing a newsboy hat because I like to make a set of them. Thank you!

  • Violet July 14, 2015, 2:50 am

    Hi Rebecca,
    I love this cowl pattern. Do you think that the FDC is good for doing a newsboy hat because I like to make a set of them. Thank you!

    • Rebecca July 27, 2015, 10:48 am

      Most hats are begun at the top, in a tiny circle, so I don’t think the FDC method would work for that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mercy September 15, 2015, 11:45 pm

    I love this patter, but can ypu make this with 1 yarn instead of two. And what size hook would you use? I want to make it buy don’t have 2 different yarn, can it be done,

    • Rebecca September 16, 2015, 9:36 am

      Same answer as on the Double Wrap Infinity Scarf where you asked the same question:

      I’m not sure I understand the question. The two skeins aren’t held together — that’s just the total amount of yarn I used to complete the entire project (meaning, about halfway through the scarf I ran out of yarn and attached a 2nd skein). So if you only use one, no, you won’t be able to make the scarf the same way. Does that help?

  • Jordan November 18, 2015, 6:42 pm

    Would you please tell me what the finished dimensions are for the Chunky Ribbed Cowl?
    Thank you this is a beautiful pattern.

    • Rebecca November 23, 2015, 10:28 am

      Thank you! The cowl will be between 35-40″ around (the heaviness of the yarn causes quite a bit of stretch by the time you’re done). I’m so sorry that I didn’t write down the width… many of my earlier patterns are missing information, and I’m working through them one by one to update them. From memory, I’m going to guess that it was about 9-10″ wide.

  • April Chesworth November 18, 2015, 10:40 pm

    absolutely love this cowl. Made it for my mom and she loves it. Its perfect. Easy to do and fun to make. Thank you for the wonderful pattern.

  • Sarah V Spivey November 25, 2015, 8:39 pm

    I am looking for a simple pattern to make for my niece, This looks like something she will wear.

  • Lori November 26, 2015, 8:41 pm

    Hello love u r patterns looking forward to trying ur cowls for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thas for sharing

  • Jennifer November 29, 2015, 8:39 pm

    I’m really not understanding the twist. It’s not coming out correctly. Can I just crochet and turn then connect at the end?

    • Rebecca November 30, 2015, 8:51 am

      Yes, it would work ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Janice Taylor December 29, 2015, 8:55 pm

    I’ve been crocheting for a couple of years now and have learned a lot just by practice as well as books, videos and online patterns. This is so pretty and seems as if it should be easy enough but I’m confused about how to twist the foundation chain and continuing the double crochet. Would it also work to make a straight piece in rows then twist it and stitch the ends together?

    • Rebecca December 30, 2015, 9:44 am

      Yes, that would work ๐Ÿ™‚

      The twist is just a full 360 degree twist. It’s something we often do on accident when we aren’t careful. I’m just doing it on purpose. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nancy Lopez January 11, 2016, 12:39 pm

    This is one my favorite patterns because I can sit and watch tv while crocheting. Thanks for sharing!

  • Anne January 11, 2016, 12:48 pm

    I’d never worked with super bulky yarn before so I was looking forward to giving it a try. I made a few of these cowls for Christmas gifts in a variety of Lion Brand Hometown USA colors and have been told they’ve garnered many compliments. Thank you for this beautiful (and easy! lol) pattern and especially for generously offering it for free.

  • Cheryl January 11, 2016, 1:40 pm

    Very nice pattern! Makes a great gift! I just love all of your patterns.

  • Julie January 11, 2016, 3:06 pm

    This is one of my favorite cowls to make! I have made it in a few different types of yarn and it always comes out looking beautiful!

  • Leslie January 12, 2016, 11:33 am

    I love this scarf! A friend of mine is a HUGE Katniss Everdeen fan, and she’s been wanting a cowl just like hers in Mockingjay. This will be perfect! Thanks!

  • Cindy Brei January 13, 2016, 11:52 am

    This is the first pattern of yours that I’ve made and have receicved lots of compliments.

  • Kimberley Jemmott January 15, 2016, 4:29 am

    Very nice! I love it!!!

  • Kathleen Fowler January 17, 2016, 6:18 pm

    This cowl looks like a fairly quick pattern and looks really tasty warm

  • Kimberley Jemmott January 18, 2016, 12:44 pm

    Love it!!! I can’t wait to try it!

  • Kate Waits February 1, 2016, 1:15 pm

    I see that you provide a rough length and gauge (2 dc = 2″ and length about 32″, which will stretch to about 40″ with the weight of the yarn).

    But would you also kindly provide a width for 10 rows? I crochet RIDICULOUSLY loosely, so I need to know how to adjust my number of stitches or hook used in order to get the same great look you’ve achieved.

    And…may I respectfully suggest that you show the finished dimensions in the pattern itself; I see that some of your other wonderful creations include this. That would help people like me who KNOW we MUST adjust patterns to our weird gauges.

    Thanks!! Looking forward to making this pattern.

    • Rebecca February 10, 2016, 10:06 am

      Approximately 9-10″, if I remember correctly. Many of my earlier patterns, including this one, are on the list to be updated. I’ve come a long way over the last couple of years ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Marianna Torres-Gurule October 25, 2016, 1:19 am

    I absolutely love your patterns! Thank you for sharing ? I just finished my first crowl scarf and it came out beautiful! Thanks again!

  • Jay December 13, 2016, 3:53 am

    My twist looks more like a twisted mess than a figure 8. Clearly, I’ve done something terribly wrong although I thought I did a 360 twist. I had to extend the length because 65 was too short for me. Thank you for the pattern.

  • Bailee December 19, 2016, 4:31 pm

    I love your pattern. I am trying it using ombre yarn, how can I keep the twist and the ombre flowing? I think I have to join and not turn, but I’m not 100 percent sure. Help! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tracy Gabriele October 23, 2017, 8:51 pm

    This looks so pretty and easy, I can’t wait to make it with my new Caron Tea Cakes yarn. My question is about the hook size you recommend. The pattern states N 9 mm, but my 9mm hook has the letter M on it. Which one of us has the typo? Lol

    • Rebecca October 23, 2017, 9:03 pm

      Neither; it varies from brand to brand. ๐Ÿ™‚ When unsure, always go by the mm measurement because that is universal.

      • Tracy Gabriele October 24, 2017, 7:47 am

        Thank you so much getting back to me so quickly! I had no ideal that the letters on the hooks weren’t universal.

  • Erika Heintz-Dickhaus November 21, 2017, 1:35 am

    I don’t have 2 skeins of the same color, and I’m unable to get a second skein (bush Alaska prices are Ridiculous). I’d like to make this in purple and green as those are my skeins that don’t clash horribly, but I’m not sure where and when i should switch from one to the other…

    • Rebecca November 21, 2017, 2:35 pm

      I would do every other row. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Elaine August 6, 2018, 1:15 pm

    I let be the look of the chunky ribbed cowl, I am having trouble figuring the twist in the cowl, is there a video I can watch to see how to do this?


  • Angela January 23, 2019, 1:50 am

    Hi I have a couple of questions as I am newer to crochet. Do you chain 3 or 4 to start a foundation double crochet? Do the first chains (the ones I’m asking about if there should be 3 or 4) actually count as the first double crochet? Lastly, when going to connect the fdc to work in the round, the bottom part of the chain doesn’t seem connected, especially since I’m working with a bulky yarn, it is connected at the top but not at the bottom, how do I fix this? Thank you so much, I hope my questions aren’t too confusing.