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.
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?
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO TUTORIAL!
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!
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80 replies on “How to Crochet- Flattering Cowl Video Tutorial & Giveaway“
What a fun project!
I have been dying to learn to crochet now I’m going to do it!
Dont know what I would make
This cowl would also be useful as coverup for nursing mother
I have been asked to teach our junior highs a crochet option. Always looking for clear beginner patterns, and I love yours!
This cowl looks warm and cuddly. I can’t decide which one I’d like to make!
You know I am gonna make this cowl!
im goimg to try to make this for my mom!
most likely a scarf or cowl – I love the simplicity of the one in the video
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!
Sharon E. Evans-Kubic
I’m going to make a super warm cowl to wear in this cold Ohio weather!
Great beginner pattern; thank you. beautiful colors of yarn too!
I would make the 2 skein version of the cowl. Cowls are my friend 3 seasons of the year.
i have no idea just yet
an infinity scarf
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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.
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!
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!
Cowls hooded cowl!
You look wonderful Vanessa!!!
I would watch and learn with you vanessa and make the cowl!!!
i have recently made a double infinity scarf with this yarn and loved it!! i would definitely make another
I love a quick project.
Thanks for the crochet tutorials! Enjoying a new craft!
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!
I would definitely make a single skein Cowl for me…and maybe another for my North Carolina Daughter (shhhh…will be a secret! lol)
Definitely a beautiful cowl!!!!
I will be making blanket
Awesome cowl! I can’t wait to make it 🙂
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)!
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.
I’ve just started back crocheting after 30 years. This is a great pattern to help get me back in the groove!
this cowl is very beautiful great tutorial.
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.
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
I would use this yarn to start working on a blanket.
Your instructions are very clear and easy to follow. I’ve used Homespun yarn in the past but never the thicker version. Looks warm!
What a great project! Can’t wait to try it out! Thanks for the great video tutorial 🙂
i would make this cowel. love it
I love this yarn! So soft – can’t wait to try this pattern. Thanks for your great tutorials.
I’ve just picked up my yarn at Joann’s sale and I’m making a beautiful Lagoon cowl!
Love it, it’s actually wide enough to use as a hoody type cowl.. Can’t wAit to make one
Thank you for doing this giveaway! I would make a cowl like you did in your video!
Since it is so cold here, I think another baby afghan would be in order.
I would make a capelet
I would absolutely love to make this cowl. Thanks for the tutorial and this giveaway.
I really want to make one of these oversized cowls.
Great instructions. Simply beautiful!
Well, I’m TOTALLY going to make this cowl! Sure could use it with this snowy winter in The Mitten!
I would love to make this project!
I would love to try and make this scarf.
HELLO, I’D LIKE TO MAKE A WINTER SCARF !
THANKS FOR A NEAT GIVEAWAY !
Thanks for this opportunity to win some beautiful yarn! I am excited to get this project going!
This is great and I love to make this cowl for a dear friend who is leaving to move to NJ.
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.
You are a born-teacher! Thanks for your tutorials 🙂 I can’t wait to make this cowl!
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.
I just watched your video and I am going to try the cowl
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!
Thanks for the giveaway. Very beautiful yarn, lovely colours.. I would like to make some hats with this yarn, or maybe this amazing cowl.
Definitely a warm, plush cowl!
I am thinking I would probably make a shawl!
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.
I would probably make this cowl cuz you make it look so easy and fun.
Since it is not too cold here, I think I would make a couple smaller scarves. Very pretty yarn.
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.
I think I’d make a hooded cowl!
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!
I just watched a video! Easy and simple project.I would love to try!
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.
I will defiantly be making one of these!!! I love cowls!
I would make this giant cowl.
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.
Where do I enter the giveaway?
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?
I will be teying this project if I win! =)
I love the homespun yarn! Used it for a giant queen size blanket and loved it
Gonna be making this soon! With all the cold weather I have been crocheting a lot and needed something new to try.
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!!
I love arm knitting and would love to learn more.