Crochet Colorblock Cowl Free Pattern

Crochet Colorblock Cowl Free Pattern

This Colorblock Cowl is the perfect summer stash buster. Only small amounts of yarn are needed of each color and when combined, they create a 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.  I love seeing all your choices–it’s one of my favorite parts of designing patterns, seeing them come to life in your hands!

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This cowl was designed with a series of 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. It’s 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 an arch mesh cowl you might like that I designed with the Lilac ball. I have two more cowls coming soon!

I used the pike stitch for this one, which I also used in my Hygge Homebody Cardigan 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 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. If sewing in crochet is new for you, just search up some you tube videos on “mattress stitch” and you’ll have what you need!


Small amounts of #4 worsted weight cotton yarn in 4 colors, I used Lion Brand’s 24/7 cotton* in Lilac, Navy, Jade and Camel.

5mm (H) hook*

scissors & yarn needle*

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!


2″x 2″ = 7 sc x 6 rows

Watch the Video Tutorial:

To adjust the width of your cowl, your starting chain should be an even number of stitches, plus 2 for the foundation.


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In Color A

Ch 16,

1.Sc in 2nd ch from your hook, ch 1, skip the next ch, *{exsc in next ch, ch 1, skip the next ch} repeat from * across, sc in the last ch, turn. (8: 2scs & 6 exsc)

2. Start with a standing stitch (counts as a st), *{exsc in next exsc, ch 1, skip next ch} repeat from * across, end with a sc in the 2nd ch, turn (8)

3. Start with a standing stitch (counts as a st), *{exsc in next exsc, ch 1, skip next ch} repeat from * across, end with a sc in the 2nd ch, turn. (8)

4.-23 Repeat row 3.

In Color B

24.-46. Repeat row 3.

In Color C

47.-69. Repeat row 3.

In Color D

70-92. Repeat 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.



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