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Mila Color Block Shawl Crochet Tutorial

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The Mila Shawl is an easy crochet color block shawl pattern. With an open stitch design this crochet shawl will be a light compliment your spring and summer wardrobe. The free pattern includes photo tutorial, so even beginners can crochet this shawl.

Combine your favorite yarn colors to customize your shawl. The Mila Shawl is worked side to side, so planning your color blocking is easy. You can follow my color changes, create your own or use solids-endless options!

To crochet a larger shawl just add more yarn. When making any changes you’ll want to plan the color blocking ahead of time. I give details below on color blocking and adjustments you can make on your shawl.

Crochet color blocking is such an amazing scrap buster technique. I made my Color Block Cowl with four small balls of yarn I had left over from other cowl patterns. I love playing with the different color combinations.

If you like the Mila Color Block Shawl, you might also enjoy my Sunset Sweater crochet pattern. The color blocking on this sweater is my interpretation on the sunset. It’s cozy and full of texture, you’ll be ready for fall with this one.

Have you seen other interesting color blocking projects? I love this Color Block Hat from Underground Crafter. Another great way to use up those partial skeins in your stash.

Crochet blankets are also an easy color block project. This chunky blanket from Rhelena at CrochetnCreate looks like it works up quickly. I love her color choices.

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Picture of Mila Shawl flat

Let’s get on to what you need to crochet your own color block shawl!

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Materials

Notes

  1. Worked sideways, increases all on one edge.
  2. Ch 3 counts as a dc, Ch 4 counts as a dc + ch 1, I highly recommend using a ch 3 alternative (and then add your ch 1 for Ch 4), here’s my favorite.
  3. Ch 1 at the start of a row does not count as a stitch.
  4. Plan color blocking before you begin.

Stitches/Abbreviations

fdc-foundation double crochet

RS-right side

WS-wrong side

ch(s)-chain(s)

st(s)-stitch(es)

sk-skip the indicated stitch 

sc-single crochet

ch sp-chain space

rep-repeat

dc-double crochet

tr-treble stitch

You can watch me make the treble stitch here.

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Gauge

4” x 4” = 14 dc x 8 rows

Finished Dimensions

21.5” x 78”

Level

Easy

Color Blocking

Shawl pictured is color blocked as:

By Row

1-64 pale grey (A) 1 ball (281 yds)

65-80 pink (B) 1/2 ball (140 yds)

81-104 teal (C) 1 ball (281 yds)

105-120 pink (B) 1/2 ball (140 yds)

Construction

The Mila Shawl is worked sideways. This means you’ll start with one tip, and add increases until you’ve reached the center. This will be the length of the shawl from the nape of your neck down your back.

Once you’ve reached the center, decreases will begin. Decreasing the shawl will continue in the same way as increases, along the same edge. This will end your shawl with the other tip.

Fit/Adjustment

If you are making adjustments, remember it will effect the amount of yarn needed. I would recommend dividing your yarn-reserving half for the increase section and half for the decrease section.

To create a smaller scarf size, stop increasing when you have reached your desired length, then begin the “Decrease” section. 

To create a large shawl, continue the 4 row repeat to increase until your desired length, then begin the “Decrease” section. 

Pattern

 In Color A

Row 1. FDC 3, or ch 5, dc in 3rd ch and in next 2, turn. (3 sts)

R1 shawl

Row 2. (WS) Ch 4, in same st dc, ch 1, sk next st, dc in last st, turn. (5 sts)

Row 3. (RS) Ch 1, in same st sc, ch 3, sk next 3 sts, 2 sc in last st, turn. (6 sts)

R3 mila shawl

Row 4. Ch 1, in same st sc, in next st tr, 3 sc in ch sp, in last st sc, turn. (6 sts)

R4 mila shawl

Start of Row 4 pictured above.

Row 4 completed pictured above.

When you turn, you’ll see how the treble st pops from Row 4, pictured above.

Row 5. Ch 3, sk next st, 3 dc in next st, sk next st, dc in next st, 2 dc in last st, turn. (7 sts)

R6 tutorial

Row 6. Ch 4, in same st dc, *{ch 1, sk next st, dc in next st} rep from * 2 more times, turn. (9 sts)

Row 7. Ch 1, in same st sc, *{ch 3, sk next 3 sts, sc in next st} rep from * one more time, in same st sc (there will be 2 sc in this st), turn. (10 sts)

Row 8. Ch 1, in same st 2 sc, *{tr in next sc, 3 sc in ch sp} rep from * one more time, sc in last st, turn. (11 sts)

Row 9. Ch 3, *{sk next st, 3 dc in next st, sk next st, dc in next st} rep from * til 2 sts left, sk next st, 2 dc in last st, turn. (11 sts)

Through Row 13

Picture of Mila Shawl Tutorial

Row 10. Ch 4, in same st dc, *{ch 1, sk next st, dc in next st} rep from * across the row, turn. (13 sts)

Row 11. Ch 1, in same st sc, *{ch 3, sk next 3 sts, sc in next st} rep from * 2 more times, sc in last st (there will be 2 sc in this st), turn. (14 sts)

Row 12. Ch 1, in same st 2 sc, *{tr in next sc, 3 sc in ch sp} rep from * til one st left, sc in last st. (15 sts) 

Row 13. Ch 3, *{sk next st, 3 dc in next st, sk next st, dc in next st} rep from * til 2 sts left, sk next st, 2 dc in last st, turn. (15 sts)

Row 14. Ch 4, in same st dc, *{ch 1, sk next st, dc in next st} rep from * across, turn. (17 sts)

Row 15. Ch 1, in same st sc, *{ch 3, sk next 3 sts, sc in next st} rep from * across, sc in last st (there will be 2 sc in this st), turn. (18 sts)

Row 16. Ch 1, in same st 2 sc, *{tr in next sc, 3 sc in ch sp} rep from * til one st left, sc in last st. (19 sts)

The Repeat

Row 17. Rep 13 (19 sts)

Row 18. Rep 14 (21 sts)

Row 19. Rep 15 (22 sts)

Row 20. Rep 16. (23 sts)

Rows 21-64. Continue repeating Rows 13-16.

Rows. 65-80. Change to color B and continue the 4 row rep. 

Rows 81-92. Change to color C and continue the 4 row rep through Row 92 (95 sts) & measures 21.5” deep.

Picture of Increase Mila Shawl
Halfway done.

Decrease

*sample pictured for tutorial is a small swatch size.

Continue in Color C

Row 93. Ch 3, *{sk next st, 3 dc in next st, sk next st, dc in next st} rep from * til 2 sts left, sk next st, 1 DC in last st, turn. (94 sts)

Row 94. Ch 4, SK 2 STS, dc in next st, {*ch 1, sk next st, dc in next st} rep from * (93 sts)

Row  95. Ch 1, in same st sc, *{ch 3, sk next 3 sts, sc in next st} rep from * across, (here we’re omitting the 2nd sc so only 1 sc in last st), turn. (93 sts)

Rows 93-95

Row 96. Ch 1 loosely, in same st *{tr, 3 sc in ch sp} rep from * til one st left, sc in last st. (93 sts)

Row 97. Ch 3, *{sk next st, 3 dc in next st, sk next st, dc in next st} rep from * til 4 sts left, sk next st, 2 DC in next st, sk next st, dc in last st, turn. (92 sts)

Row 98. Ch 4, SK 2 STS, dc in next st, {*ch 1, sk next st, dc in next st} rep from * across, turn. (91 sts)

*Please disregard the color change below, the sample is made with scrap yarn.

Picture of R 98 shawl tutorial

Row 99. Ch 1, in same st sc, *{ch 3, sk next 3 sts, sc in next st} rep from * to last 2 sts, sk next st, sc in last st, turn. (90 sts)

Row 100. Ch 1, sk first sc, *{tr in next st, 3 sc in ch sp} rep from * til one st left, sc in last st, turn. (89 sts)

Picture of decrease

The Repeat

Row 101. Rep Row 97. (88 sts) 

Row 102. Rep Row 98. (87 sts)

Row 103. Rep Row 99. (86 sts)

Row 104. Rep Row 100. (85 sts)

Rows 105-120. Change to Color B and continue repeating Rows 97-100.

Rows 121-182. Change to Color A and continue repeating these 4 rows.

Row 183. Rep Row 97.

Row 184. Ch 4, SK 2 STS, dc in next st, {*ch 1, sk next st, dc in next st} rep from * across. (7 sts)

Row 185. Ch 1, in same st sc, ch 3, sk next 3 sts, sc in next st, sk next st, sc in last st, turn. (6 sts)

Row 186. Ch 1 loosely, sk first sc, tr in next st, 3 sc in ch 3 sp, sc in last st, turn. (5 sts)

Row 187. Ch 3, *{sk next st, dc in next} rep from * again, turn. (3 sts)

Row 188. Ch 3, dc in next two sts, cut yarn. 

Finishing

Weave in ends.

Block your shawl. For more details on blocking your shawl you can check out the blocking pictures at the end of the Lilla Triangle Shawl Pattern.

I also created a little video of steam blocking the Berryessa Scarf.

Share Your Mila Color Block Shawl

I’d love to see your color block shawl, tag #milashawl + me @christacodesign on Instagram if you post a pic.

Or share it to my Facebook Group ChristaCo Crochet + Knit Community, I love to see your work!

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