How to Crochet- Flattering Cowl Video Tutorial & Giveaway


This is a beginner crochet project, I swear! It may not look like it but it is! The yarn is textured and variegated. It does all the work for you. I’ve created a step-by-step video tutorial for you to follow along with too. You can do it!

I have to admit I usually steer clear of textured yarns because they can make it more difficult to see my crochet stitches. I decided to take on the challenge and try out Lion Brand Yarn’s Homespun Thick & Quick. I’m so glad I gave it a go. It’s awesome!  The yarn is super soft and warm. And I would actually recommend this yarn and project for a crochet beginner. I tell you my reasons why in this video tutorial. Watch it and give it a go.

This pattern is called the Flattering Cowl. It’s a FREE pattern you can download off the Lion Brand Yarn website.  I love that you can customize it and make it your own. You can use one or two skeins of Lion Bran Yarn’s Homespun Thick & Quick. Make it shorter, longer, narrower, thicker, etc. No matter what look you prefer you can do it with this pattern.

flattering cowl crochet video tutorial by crafty gemini for Lion Brand Yarns

The entire thing is done in double crochet. A beginner crochet stitch that whips up very quickly! Did I mention this yarn is super bulky, too?! I used a size N crochet hook but you could go even bigger for a faster finish. I can make one of these cowls in less than two hours with the two skeins. If you made one with just one skein you could probably make it in less than an hour.

I whipped up a few different Flattering Cowls for you to see the variety in yarns and in how thick it is when you make it with two skeins of yarn versus just the one. The two skein version is pretty dramatic. I like that. If you don’t, feel free to make it smaller and shorter. It’s all a matter of personal preference. One of the joys of making your own stuff, right?


flattering cowl tutorial by crafty gemini

Flattering cowl I made using two skeins of Homespun Thick & Quick in Sangria Stripes.

flattering cowl crochet tutorial

Flattering cowl I made using two skeins of Homespun Thick & Quick in Sunset Stripes.

flattering cowl tutorial by crafty gemini crochet

Flattering cowl I made using one skein of Homespun Thick & Quick in Sandstone Stripes.

As usual Lion Brand Yarns has been generous enough to offer some yarn for my readers. Two winners will be randomly selected to win two skeins each of Homespun Thick & Quick in Sandstone Stripes. So, don’t forget to enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway is open to worldwide participants over 18 years of age. Details are below. Good luck to everyone entering and happy hooking!
a Rafflecopter giveaway


80 Responses to How to Crochet- Flattering Cowl Video Tutorial & Giveaway

  1. Jen Wilkins February 16, 2015 at 11:21 am #

    What a fun project!

    • Isabel Williams February 16, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

      I have been dying to learn to crochet now I’m going to do it!

  2. Niurka February 16, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    Dont know what I would make

  3. Laura Leicht February 16, 2015 at 11:39 am #

    This cowl would also be useful as coverup for nursing mother

  4. Linda February 16, 2015 at 11:55 am #

    I have been asked to teach our junior highs a crochet option. Always looking for clear beginner patterns, and I love yours!

  5. Susan Mei February 16, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

    This cowl looks warm and cuddly. I can’t decide which one I’d like to make!

  6. Stephanie February 16, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    You know I am gonna make this cowl!

  7. sara February 16, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

    im goimg to try to make this for my mom!

  8. Linda Petteys February 16, 2015 at 12:21 pm #

    most likely a scarf or cowl – I love the simplicity of the one in the video

  9. Cherylynn February 16, 2015 at 12:23 pm #

    Wow, great giveaway. We have had temps in the neg (-7) yesterday, this cowl would be perfect for this cold weather and it is pretty. Thank you for the giveaway!

  10. Sharon E. Evans-Kubic February 16, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

    I’m going to make a super warm cowl to wear in this cold Ohio weather!

  11. Judy February 16, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

    Great beginner pattern; thank you. beautiful colors of yarn too!

  12. jonquil February 16, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

    I would make the 2 skein version of the cowl. Cowls are my friend 3 seasons of the year.

  13. catherine lopez February 16, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

    i have no idea just yet

  14. Mickey February 16, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

    an infinity scarf

  15. Linda Petteys February 16, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    I put the wrong pinterest name in the rafflecopter – the correct user name is

  16. Faith Rippee February 16, 2015 at 1:15 pm #

    I love to crochet I am going to make a least 2 of these to wear at work because I am always cold and that away I don’t have to wear a jacket.

  17. Carie C February 16, 2015 at 1:24 pm #

    Love everything you do! I cannot wait to make a cowl for myself, always for others, never for me. Loved all you showed on our quilt club live stream yesterday!

  18. Carie C February 16, 2015 at 1:26 pm #

    A cowl for myself. I always make for others and none for me. Loved the ones you showed us on the quilt club live stream yesterday!

  19. Amanda cama February 16, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

    Cowls hooded cowl!

  20. Vanessa February 16, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    You look wonderful Vanessa!!!
    I would watch and learn with you vanessa and make the cowl!!!
    Thank you

  21. lesley February 16, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

    i have recently made a double infinity scarf with this yarn and loved it!! i would definitely make another

  22. Robin (RsIslandCrafts) February 16, 2015 at 1:49 pm #

    I love a quick project.

  23. Diana G February 16, 2015 at 1:49 pm #

    Thanks for the crochet tutorials! Enjoying a new craft!

  24. Catherine McClarey February 16, 2015 at 2:09 pm #

    I’ve made various things with the regular LB Homespun, but haven’t yet worked with the Homespun Thick & Quick. I love crocheting child-size afghans for Project Linus, however, and can just imagine how soft & cuddly a “blankie” made with Homespun Thick & Quick would be — even if 2 skeins would only stretch to do a trim on an afghan mostly made with other superbulky yarns. I also like the idea of finishing a project quickly by using a superbulky yarn like this in combination with a big hook!

  25. Lori Morton February 16, 2015 at 2:42 pm #

    I would definitely make a single skein Cowl for me…and maybe another for my North Carolina Daughter (shhhh…will be a secret! lol)

  26. cynthia lanahan February 16, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

    Definitely a beautiful cowl!!!!

  27. ranadurham February 16, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

    I will be making blanket

  28. Shaunta Givens February 16, 2015 at 3:24 pm #

    Awesome cowl! I can’t wait to make it 🙂

  29. Kristy V February 16, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

    I have always wanted to learn to crochet. I’m going to go watch Vanessa’s beginner tutorials and then make this beautiful cowl for my daughter-she will love it (I do too)!

  30. nellie1951 February 16, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

    this cowl is very beautiful so well put ,looks like you wear it dressed up or for just visiting with friends either way love it ,and I just the color blend together are awesome ,thank you Vanessa for another great tutorial.

  31. Debra Spinks February 16, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

    I’ve just started back crocheting after 30 years. This is a great pattern to help get me back in the groove!

  32. nellie1951 February 16, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

    this cowl is very beautiful great tutorial.

  33. Jonathan Southwell February 16, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

    I love this project it has been years and years since I have crocheted not since my teens and this project has made me decide to pick it up again. I think that this will make a great gift for my aunt’s. I will be using the yarn definitely for that. I wonder where I can get the yarn locally.

  34. Peggy February 16, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

    Hi Vanessa,
    I use the Homespun for my Prayer Shawls, but I’ve never tried the Thick & Quick. Can’t wait to try it, maybe it’ll reduce my crocheting time. I’ve made almost 40 prayer shawls (really just a big blanket), using a ‘V stitch’ and they take me about 10 hours to make. I’d love to reduce that time. Thanks for the the tutorial. Peggy

  35. Molly Borum February 16, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

    I would use this yarn to start working on a blanket.

  36. Wanda Goldfarb February 16, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

    Your instructions are very clear and easy to follow. I’ve used Homespun yarn in the past but never the thicker version. Looks warm!

  37. Deanna February 16, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

    What a great project! Can’t wait to try it out! Thanks for the great video tutorial 🙂

  38. shawn February 16, 2015 at 7:12 pm #

    i would make this cowel. love it

  39. B. Goggin February 16, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

    I love this yarn! So soft – can’t wait to try this pattern. Thanks for your great tutorials.

  40. Kathie W February 16, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

    I’ve just picked up my yarn at Joann’s sale and I’m making a beautiful Lagoon cowl!

  41. Melli February 16, 2015 at 10:38 pm #

    Love it, it’s actually wide enough to use as a hoody type cowl.. Can’t wAit to make one

  42. Jennifer February 17, 2015 at 12:14 am #

    Thank you for doing this giveaway! I would make a cowl like you did in your video!

  43. Lisa Cowell February 17, 2015 at 1:44 am #

    Since it is so cold here, I think another baby afghan would be in order.

  44. Dina February 17, 2015 at 3:57 am #

    I would make a capelet

  45. Del February 17, 2015 at 8:00 am #

    I would absolutely love to make this cowl. Thanks for the tutorial and this giveaway.

  46. Rust February 17, 2015 at 9:40 am #

    I really want to make one of these oversized cowls.

  47. Mineon February 17, 2015 at 10:39 am #

    Great instructions. Simply beautiful!

  48. Trisha R February 17, 2015 at 10:52 am #

    Well, I’m TOTALLY going to make this cowl! Sure could use it with this snowy winter in The Mitten!

  49. Sam February 17, 2015 at 11:24 am #

    I would love to make this project!

  50. Rhonda February 17, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    I would love to try and make this scarf.

  51. LINDA February 17, 2015 at 12:21 pm #


  52. Monica Gardea February 17, 2015 at 3:35 pm #

    Thanks for this opportunity to win some beautiful yarn! I am excited to get this project going!

  53. Vanessa February 17, 2015 at 9:27 pm #

    This is great and I love to make this cowl for a dear friend who is leaving to move to NJ.

  54. Kim Gilliam February 18, 2015 at 8:27 am #

    I love to crochet. I am so going to make this. Thank you for the tutorial. I made loads of your reversible fleece hats as Christmas presents and they were a hit. Others have asked me to make hats and scarfs for them. Thank you again.

  55. Michelle February 18, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

    You are a born-teacher! Thanks for your tutorials 🙂 I can’t wait to make this cowl!

  56. Whitney February 18, 2015 at 5:19 pm #

    I would make a prayer shawl for my grandmother with the yarn. It would be my first time using it so I’m excited to see how it turns out.

  57. Lee February 18, 2015 at 6:02 pm #

    I just watched your video and I am going to try the cowl

  58. Carole Hill February 18, 2015 at 6:18 pm #

    I like the way you describe how to end the project, I never know for sure if it’s right, and this is a clear and easy description of how to crochet this project, I like your instructions. Thanks so much!

  59. Katalin February 19, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

    Thanks for the giveaway. Very beautiful yarn, lovely colours.. I would like to make some hats with this yarn, or maybe this amazing cowl.

  60. sofia m February 20, 2015 at 8:57 am #

    Definitely a warm, plush cowl!

  61. Diane N February 20, 2015 at 12:51 pm #

    I am thinking I would probably make a shawl!

  62. Helena Dudgeon February 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

    Loved the tutorial. I’ve never used the yarn before, but after seeing how easy and quick to make, I will definitely make the cowl.

  63. Gizala February 20, 2015 at 9:44 pm #

    I would probably make this cowl cuz you make it look so easy and fun.

  64. Janice D February 20, 2015 at 11:54 pm #

    Since it is not too cold here, I think I would make a couple smaller scarves. Very pretty yarn.

  65. Sandra Gallant February 21, 2015 at 12:32 am #

    I love Homespun yarns, have been making afghans and shawls with it for years. You do great tutorials. Very thorough and concise in your instruction, and easy to understand.

  66. ella February 21, 2015 at 1:09 am #

    I think I’d make a hooded cowl!

  67. Jodi H February 21, 2015 at 1:27 am #

    I made this but mine doesnt sit like yours does. I think its because im new to crochet and I crochet tight. Going to get more of this yarn and give it another go!

  68. Ana Marija February 21, 2015 at 1:59 am #

    I just watched a video! Easy and simple project.I would love to try!

  69. Alesia Corbin February 21, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

    I love Home Spun yarn. My grandson has sensory trouble so Home Spun is the only one he will touch.

    I have made him an afghan and a hat. Autism is a tricky thing. Home Spun is a little out of my price range so I look for sales and take Christopher with me. This would be great.

  70. Sarah February 21, 2015 at 2:28 pm #

    I will defiantly be making one of these!!! I love cowls!

  71. Angelique Jones February 21, 2015 at 3:19 pm #

    I would make this giant cowl.

  72. Elena February 22, 2015 at 2:11 am #

    I would love to make this flattering cowl. It looks thick and plush and I love the textured look you get from this homespun yarn.

  73. Lisa February 22, 2015 at 11:35 am #

    Where do I enter the giveaway?

  74. Minerva February 22, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

    I always have a hard time finding the first stitch to make the start of the round. Then when I get fully around I feel like I am some how dropping a stitch. Any suggestions?

  75. Michelle Estrada February 23, 2015 at 5:25 am #

    I will be teying this project if I win! =)

  76. Rachel February 23, 2015 at 9:33 am #

    I love the homespun yarn! Used it for a giant queen size blanket and loved it

  77. Allison February 23, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

    Gonna be making this soon! With all the cold weather I have been crocheting a lot and needed something new to try.

  78. Andrea February 23, 2015 at 10:51 pm #

    I had this saved and I have the yarn. Now after seeing this video and end product I am so making one or perhaps two tomorrow!!

  79. Robin Williams November 3, 2015 at 10:50 am #

    I love arm knitting and would love to learn more.

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