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I think I may be addicted to infinity scarves/cowls.  They are warm, cozy, easy to make, fun to give, and add a little something to almost any outfit.  When I started crocheting years and years ago I, like most newbies, stuck to using singles, doubles and maybe an occasional cluster. Now I’m finding so many ways to adapt basic stitches to make beautifully different patterns. This pattern uses primarily half doubles but with a twist.  I think what I love most about the final product is that it is reversible. I personally love how the design looks on both sides, two scarves in one.

The inspiration for this pattern and instruction for the stitch came from the following patterns, arctic summer cowl & crochet ribbed scarf.  I’ve scoured YouTube for a good video of this stitch and haven’t had any luck. Sorry, I usually like to have a video tutorial link to accompany any different stitches.


I am new at sharing my patterns, if you catch a mistake please let me know.

Ribbed Half Double Cowl-Infinity Scarf

  • hook size: K hook (aka 6.5mm or #10 1/2)
  • yarn used: 1.25 skein Caron Simply Soft, black
  • yarn needle
  • abbreviations & stitches used: rnd= round, ch= chain, Fhdc= foundation half double crochet, hdc= half double crochet, hdcBR= half double crochet in back ridge, sl st= slip stitch
  • measurements: circumference 60″ & height 8″

Stitch explanations:
Foundation Half Double Crochet (Fhdc): Ch 3, yarn over, insert hook in 3rd chain from hook, yarn over and pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through 1 loop (1 chain made), yarn over and draw through all loops on hook—1 foundation half double crochet. *Yarn over, insert hook under the 2 loops of the “chain” stitch of last stitch and pull up loop, yarn over and draw through 1 loop, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook; repeat from * for length of foundation. video tutorial- YouTube

Half Double Crochet in Back Ridge (hdcBR): [The best explanation of this stitch can be found in this pattern, arctic summer cowl.] Yarn over, insert the hook in the back ridge of the stitch specified, yarn over, pull the hook out of the stitch. Now you have 3 loops on your hooks. Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.
Where is the back ridge?: A hdc stitch has three parts. On the top, there is a V formed by two strands of yarn. The part of the V closer to you is called front loop, the part of the V further away from you is called back loop. If you look at the back of your work, you will see a third strand of yarn, which forms a V with the back loop. This is the back ridge.

Row 1: Fhdc 145 stitches, join the round with a sl st to the top of the first hdc.
(If you are not comfortable with a foundation chain, ch 148, hdc in 3rd ch from hook, continue hdc until end, join the round with a sl st to the top of the first hdc.)
Rnd 2 thru 4: ch 2, hdcBR around, join with sl st
Rnd 5 and 6: ch 2, hdc around, join with sl st
Rnd 7 thru 15: ch 2, hdcBR around, join with sl st
Rnd 16 and 17: ch 2, hdc around, join with sl st
Rnd 18 thru 20: ch 2, hdcBR around, join with sl st
Rnd 21: ch 1, sl st around for a finished edge, fasten off and weave ends