Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I co-host the Your Home Story podcast and believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
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Mom to Otto born April 2018 and Lucy born August 2020!

Cowl-inspired scarf idea

So I'm seeing cowl/infinity scarves everywhere.  Super cute for fall, and a cute alternative to a regular knitted scarf... let's allow Pinterest to demonstrate my meaning, shall we?

Totally cute, right?

I used to knit a lot, so I have quite a few knitted scarves that I don't wear (some were experimental, some were made of the wrong kind of yarn, some shed on everything... etc.)--one of those was a long, skinny one I made ages ago out of a delicious pure wool yarn.  I don't remember where I got it but I think I only had a little, which is why the scarf was so narrow and not quite long enough.

So, inspired by cowl-shaped infinity scarves, I made a quick alteration to this one: using a big needle and thread, I sewed the ends together so it's actually a big loop!

So there's a seam made of regular thread, which isn't ideal for a knit, which has stretch, but I'm pretty confident it'll be just fine with this little seam, which doesn't really show much anyway and can be put at the back.

I can loop it three times around my neck and get the cozy look of a cowl or infinity scarf, and it's pretty cool that I made it for myself originally and then transformed it.

So, I highly recommend, if you have a scarf you don't wear for a length or width reason (or any reason!), would you wear it if it were looped?  Try it on without the stitching and try to imagine it in a cowl shape.  Pretty cute...

And it'll take you only a few seconds to whip those ends together.


  1. not just stylish, these style scarfs look far warmer that the standard strip of wool, or fabric, especially on a windy day, I totally see the appeal.

  2. I've been really enjoying the look of these, i'll have to give this a try!

  3. Love it! I bought one this year from a market, it was a beautiful deep green colour. I thought they were handmade/knitted, but the seller told me she makes them on a machine! But I still love it.

  4. Yeah, they are definitely cozier than your average scarf, and (as lazy as this sounds) easier to wear! They don't get in the way ;)

  5. just bought one of these - my winter staple !

  6. I've been looking for a fun knitting project and this is perfect! The maroon one is gorgeous, cant wait to get started!

  7. I love how thorough you are at crediting your sources. That's really appreciated.

  8. Thanks, @Magi--I really try because I know how important it is for people to get linked back to. Pinterest can be good or bad for that--it's perfect if the picture is pinned from its original source!

  9. I'm actually currently making one now out of this awesome teal colored yarn I found!

  10. I LOVE the picture with the maroon scarf ! SOO Cute !

    Linsey @ Babes in Woods Vintage Online




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