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Crochet Colorblock Cowl a Free Pattern That Uses Scraps

This Colorblock Cowl crochet pattern is the perfect summer stash buster. Just one skein of yarn (or less!) will crochet this cowl. This easy to crochet cowl is also easy to customize making it great to fit any yarn you have on hand.

When you combine colors of your choosing, they create a colorblock cowl customized just for you. I crocheted this cowl in four colors, but of course you could adjust the number of colors or even choose one solid color.  One of my favorite parts of designing patterns, is seeing them come to life in your hands!

In my Hygge Homebody Cardigan I also used the pike stitch and I loved working it. It works up super fast and is easy to remember. I created a video tutorial below of how to start from your chain and get you through the 3rd row, which is all you need, then it’s a simple repeat to work up the rest of your cowl. If changing colors is new for you, see some of my tips here.

This Colorblock Cowl is worked in short rows, increasing the length as you go. So if you wanted to leave it as a long, skinny scarf you could do that, maybe add fringe if you like. As a cowl, you’ll sew the short ends together with your yarn needle.

The Inspiration

This cowl was designed with a series of one skein cotton cowls I created as gifts for my children’s teachers. I had four balls of Lion Brand’s 24/7 cotton* (which has some nice discounts on Amazon right now!) in my stash and used just a little of each.

This is one of my favorite cottons. I love the color choices and it has a beautiful sheen to it. I used so little from each ball that I was able to create 4 other cowls with each of them.

Here’s another one skein crochet arch mesh cowl you might like that I designed with the Lilac ball. The skinny summer scarf is crocheted in one ball of teal. I adore how this cluster stitch worked up in the Fiore Cowl.

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186 yds of #4 worsted weight cotton yarn divided in 4 colors (about 45 yds each), I used Lion Brand’s 24/7 cotton* in Lilac, Navy, Jade and Camel.

5mm (H) hook*

scissors & yarn needle*



sk-skip the indicated stitch


sc-single crochet 


exec-extended single crochet


2″x 2″ = 7 sc x 6 rows of sc

Finished Dimensions

Finished Dimensions: 4″ x 52″


  • To adjust the width of your cowl, your starting chain should be an even number of stitches, plus 2 for the foundation.
  • Ch 1 at the start of the row does not count as a st.
  • Ch 3 counts as sc +ch 1, I recommend a standing stitch.

Watch the Video Tutorial

I take you through this cowl from the first row through the third row in the video tutorial below, which is all you need to work this quick little cowl up. Check out the video below and don’t forget to subscribe so I can keep creating videos!


In Color A

Ch 16,

1. Sc in 2nd ch from your hook, ch 1, sk the next ch, *{exsc in next ch, ch 1, sk next ch} rep from * til one ch left, sc in last ch, turn. (15 sts)

2. Ch 3, sk next ch, *{exsc in next exsc, ch 1, sk next ch} rep from * til one st left, end with a sc in last st, turn. (15 sts)

3. Ch 3, sk next ch, *{exsc in next exsc, ch 1, sk next ch} rep from *til one st left, end with a sc in last st, turn. (15 sts)

4.-23 Rep row 3.
In Color B

24.-46. Rep row 3.

In Color C
47.-69. Rep row 3.

In Color D

70-92. Rep row 3.

Leave a long tail for sewing together. Match short ends of scarf together for sewing. Thread your needle with the tail and sew them together using a mattress stitch.

I love to see your #colorblockcowl-tag me @christacodesign on Instagram if you post a pic! Or share it to my Facebook page, I love to see your work! If you’re on Ravelry, so am I!

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Deanna McFarland

Friday 15th of June 2018

Beautiful definitely going to make a few of these


Friday 15th of June 2018

Thank you!


Thursday 14th of June 2018

This is beautiful!!!


Thursday 14th of June 2018

Thank you ?

Suzanne Jewison

Wednesday 13th of June 2018

So pretty, I love the minty green one


Thursday 14th of June 2018

Thank you, yes that’s my fav too I’ve used in a sweater for my daughter ?

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