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Retta Lightweight Infinity Scarf Crochet Pattern

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The Retta is long and lacy. This easy crochet pattern can be fashioned into a summer scarf or cowl. Just one skein of yarn creates this lovely crochet cowl pattern. Step by step photo tutorial is included for any level crocheter.

The beginner friendly crochet mesh used in the Retta Cowl is a simple one row repeat that uses basic crochet stitches. Which makes this crochet infinity cowl pattern a relaxing project, while also watching tv or even listening to a book.

I love how effortlessly this infinity cowl pairs with a simple dress. The multiple loop layers add interest to an otherwise basic outfit.

picture of woman wearing cream infinity cowl

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Infinity scarves are some of my favorite gifts to make, especially in cotton yarn. The stitch definition is gorgeous in Lion Brand’s 24/7 cotton. The simple double crochet stitches paired with the sheen of this yarn is a beautiful combination. You can use acrylic yarn if you prefer.

The Inspiration

One of my favorite crochet patterns is the Skinny Summer Scarf. It’s an easy repeat, so you can Netflix and crochet. I made this one in teal, which is also a fav. And there is just something to love about crochet lace-especially when it’s simple.

The only thing is, in an effort to create a one skein easy crochet scarf, I worked the Skinny Summer Scarf on the long edge. That way I could be certain that I’d get to the right length, while only using one skein. Well I don’t know many crocheters who like working into 200+ chains. It’s tedious.

With the popularity of the Skinny Summer Scarf pattern, I knew I wanted to re-work it on the short end. And with the remake I chose to crochet an infinity cowl this time. Bonus, I’ve included a photo tutorial too.

picture of crochet infinity cowl

The great thing about working this lace mesh on the short end is that you have control over how long and how much yarn. I’ve crocheted the Retta Infinity Cowl for the full length of the yarn. And all 186 yards yielded a whopping 114 inches.

With that much length you can feel confident that your skein will make it. Even if you’re using less than 186 yards, there should be plenty of yarn there to create a lengthy infinity cowl or scarf.

Personally I love the look of a skinny scarf, especially for spring and summer. But I do find a cowl easier to deal with for everyday wear. So I’ve written in both options for you here.

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More One Skein Crochet Patterns

Berryessa Scarf a light and lacy skinny scarf pattern, make it with or without the fringe.

Trina Cowl another lacy summer cowl pattern in lightweight dk yarn.

Archwork Cowl also uses the beautiful Lion Brand 24/7 cotton yarn which shines in this mesh cowl pattern.

Lia Cowl features the gorgeous Furls Whims Merino yarn and works up with just one ball.

Woman wearing cream lace crochet infinity cowl.



  1. Ch 5 counts as a dc + ch 2, I highly recommend using a ch 3 alternative (and then adding your ch 2), here’s my favorite.
  2. Stitch multiple is 3 + 5.


ch(s) – chain(s)

sk – skip the indicated stitch  

st(s) – stitch(es)

rep – repeat

dc – double crochet


2″x 2″ = 7 dcs x 3.5 rows

Skill Level



We’ll start with the width of our cowl and work toward the length, which makes this one easy to customize. There are more details on how to make those changes below.

Crochet infinity cowl close up stitches.


Finished Dimensions: 4″ x 57″ after seaming

As written, this long cowl can be worn looped four times. You can work half as many rows and still get have a good length cowl that can be looped twice.

To adjust the length crochet more or less of the repeat rows.

To adjust the width of your scarf the stitch multiple is 3 + 5, (3, 6, 9… 15, 18, etc) plus 5 for the foundation chain. So you might start with a chain of 29 (29-5=24, which is divisible by 3) for a wider cowl. Or a chain of 17 (17-5=12, which is divisible by 3) for a narrower cowl.

To create a cowl, once you’ve reached your desired length, sew the short ends together.

To create a scarf, don’t seam the ends, just work the repeat until your length is reached. At least 60” long is a good scarf length.

Pattern Instructions

Woman wearing cream infinity cowl.

How To Crochet Mesh Infinity Cowl

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

Retta crochet infinity cowl long and lacy a beautiful summer accent. Free crochet cowl pattern with photo tutorial.


  • 1 ball (186 yds) Lion Brand’s 24/7 cotton yarn, a #4 medium worsted weight yarn


  • 5.5 mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors


  1. Crochet chain of 20. Ch 20
  2. Double crochet in 8th chain to start.Row 1. Dc in 8th ch (sk chs count as dc+ch 2),
  3. Double crochet stitches and chains for row 1.*{ch 2, sk 2 chs, dc in next ch}
  4. Row one complete on cowl.rep from * to end, turn. ( 16 sts)
  5. Easy crochet mesh tutorial with cotton yarn in cream. Row 2. Ch 5 (counts as a dc + ch 2), sk next 2 sts,
  6. Second row of mesh blocks on cowl.dc in next dc, *{ch 2, sk next 2 sts, dc in next dc}
  7. Row two complete on crochet cowl.rep from * til end of row. (16 sts)
  8. Length of cream crochet mesh pattern in cotton yarn.Rows 3-160. Rep Row 2. To leave this as a scarf, you may want to stop after 60" and then don't seam it. You could add fringe if you like.
  9. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail.
  10. Infinity cowl seam with yarn needle.Use yarn needle and tail to sew short ends together. The mattress stitch is good one to use.


  1. Cut yarn and weave in ends.
  2. Block your scarf. How to Steam Block a Crochet Scarf Video.

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  1. I’m new to crochet (5 months of practice) and found this for some Coboo clearance yarn I found. I love this pattern. It’s easy and fun and I can tell it’s going to be an awesome scarf! Thank you for the pattern!