Simple Twist Crochet Cowl

Simple. Elegant. Functional.

Skill Level | Beginner
Finished Size | 7.5″ wide; 31″ circumference

Working up in just a few short hours, this cowl is perfect for a beginner looking to explore new stitch patterns or anyone looking for a quick and easy handmade gift for the holidays.

Whether you’re brand new to crochet and you want to experiment with some textured stitches or you’ve been at it for a while and you need a quick project for a gift, you’re in the right place. Our simple twist crochet cowl works up in just a few short hours with only two skeins of yarn.

With this project you’ll get to see how alternating a short stitch (the slip stitch) and a taller stitch (the half double crochet) creates a wonderful texture with very little effort. Worked over an even number of stitches, this stitch pattern is versatile enough to pair with all sorts of yarns and project types.

Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We have a list of recommended supplies and abbreviations here on this page as well as written instructions and a tutorial to walk you through our simple twist crochet cowl step-by-step.

  • Approx 184 yds; Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick (Colorway pictured: Celebration)
  • 10 mm Crochet Hook
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

  • Ch Chain
  • Hdc Half Double Crochet
  • Hk Hook
  • Rem Remaining
  • Rep Repeat
  • Sk Skip
  • Slst Slip Stitch
  • St(s) Stitch(es)
simple twist crochet cowl

Finished Size

7.5″ wide; 31″


9.5 sts x 5.5 rows = 4″
(stitch pattern)

The length of the cowl is crocheted using two full skeins of the recommended yarn. The twist is incorporated during the assembly.

Additional Notes: Chain one at the beginning of rows does not count as a stitch.

Need to Print this Pattern?

You’ll find the full pattern for free here on this page. However, if you’d like a PDF version of this pattern to print or save for offline use, you can purchase it from our PDF shop.

Row 1: Ch 18. Slst in 2nd ch from hk. *1 Hdc in next st. Slst in next st. Rep from * to end of row. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 2: *Slst in next hdc. 1 hdc in next slst. Rep from * to end of row. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 3:  Hdc in first slst. *Slst in next hdc. Hdc in next slst. Rep from * to end of row. Ch 1 and turn.

Repeat: Rep rows 2 and 3 untill work measures about 31” from the starting edge. Do not fasten off.


Step 1: Fold the two ends together. Twist one of the ends for a single twist (work the twist to the middle of the fold).

Step 2: Twist the same end in the same direction for a double twist.

Step 3: Pick up working loop with hook and slst in each stitch of both layers.

Step 4: Fasten off and weave in ends.

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