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Comfy Squares Color Block Cowl

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Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for supplying the yarn for this sample!

I know, I know. This one looks familiar. I already used this stitch on a cowl, so what am I doing releasing the same pattern again?

But it’s not the same pattern!

I’ve said it many times — when I find a stitch I love, I get really fixated on it. This has been one of those stitches. So far I’ve made that other cowl, boot cuffs, and a gorgeous rustic-modern blanket.

So for this cowl, I decided that I really wanted it in a color-blocked style. I had my eye on some yarn from Lion Brand’s LB Collection, called 100% Superwash Merino, that I wanted to use. The problem with that other cowl is that I worked it in vertical rows instead of horizontal, so I couldn’t have achieved the color-blocked look with that pattern. So, I decided to write up a similar-but-different pattern, working it in horizontal rows this time. I love how it turned out!

Comfy Squares Color Block Cowl | Free Crochet Pattern from Little Monkeys Crochet

About the Yarn

I don’t wear a lot of bright colors; I’m most comfortable in blacks and grays. (I’m not a sad person, I promise. I just find gray very cozy.) But I have been trying to inject a little color into my wardrobe lately, and my favorite color to pair with classic gray is deep purple. 100% Superwash Merino Yarn from the LB Collection is a really pretty lightweight (#3) yarn that has a nice array of colors to choose from. I chose Wisteria, Charcoal, and Purple for my cowl. The yarn itself was a pleasure to work with. There was virtually no splitting (yay!) and it showed of the stitches really nicely. LB Collection Yarn is only available online at lionbrand.com, their studio in NYC, their outlet in New Jersey, or in the Lion Design catalog. (In other words, you won’t find it at the big craft stores or in your local yarn shop.)

If you’re thinking about using 100% Superwash Merino from Lion Brand in your own cowl, here are a few color schemes I put together that you might like:

Comfy Squares Color Block Cowl | Free Crochet Pattern from Little Monkeys Crochet

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Level: Easy

Size: Cowl measures 28" wide by 14.5" tall before seaming.*
*It should probably be noted here that while most of my patterns are modeled on real people, this one is staged on a standard sized jewelry bust that you find at craft stores, which is only about 10" wide at the shoulders. Keep this in mind when you decide whether or not to adjust the pattern, because if you want it to look as full on you as it does in the photo, you'll want to increase your starting chain (just keep it an odd number). The good news is, if you use the recommended yarn, you'll have plenty of yarn in your skeins to do it.

Hook:  H (5.00mm) 

Yarn: LB Collection 100% Superwash Merino (#3 light yarn) in 3 colors. You will need 170 yards each of the bottom two colors, and 205 yards of the top color (it uses more because of the ribbing at the top).

You’ll also need: Yarn needle

Gauge: A row of 18SC = about 4" in length.

Abbreviations Used:
   ST (stitch)
   SL ST (slip stitch)
   SK (skip)
   CH (chain)
   SC (single crochet)
   HDC (half double crochet)
   SC+HDC (this just means to put a single crochet and a half double crochet in the same stitch)
   FPDC (front post double crochet)
   BPDC (back post double crochet)

Notes:
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
(2) Starting CHs do not count as stitches.
(3) To adjust the width of your cowl, add or subtract from your starting CH (just begin with an odd number of CHs). To adjust the length of your blanket, add or subtract an even number of rows to/from each color block. 
(4) Cowl is worked from the bottom up, so keep this in mind when choosing the order of colors you work with.

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To begin:
With first color, CH125.

Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook. SC across. (124)

Rows 2-21: CH1, turn. HDC in 1st ST. (SK next ST, SC+HDC in next ST) across until 1 ST remains. SC in remaining ST. (124)

Row 22: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (124)

Helpful tip: The SCs in Rows 22 & 23 help us to create a nice straight line where color blocks come together. If we didn't add it, the color changes would have a more jagged edge.

Switch to a new color; fasten off previous color, leaving a long tail for seaming.

Row 23: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (124)

Rows 24-43: CH1, turn. HDC in 1st ST. (SK next ST, SC+HDC in next ST) across until 1 ST remains. SC in remaining ST. (124)

Row 44: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (124)

Switch to a new color; fasten off previous color, leaving a long tail for seaming.

Row 45: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (124)

Rows 46-59: CH1, turn. HDC in 1st ST. (SK next ST, SC+HDC in next ST) across until 1 ST remains. SC in remaining ST. (124)

Row 60: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (124)

Row 61: CH1, turn. HDC in each ST across. (124)

Rows 62-67: CH1, turn. FPDC in first ST, BPDC in next ST. (FPDC in next ST, BPDC in next ST) across.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for seaming.

Leaving your 3 long tails alone (there should be one of each color), weave in all other tails to get them out of the way.

Seaming
Lay your cowl flat, then bring the sides together and match up the color blocks. Use a yarn needle to sew each color block closed with its matching yarn tail. Weave in all ends.

Comfy Squares Color Block Cowl | Free Crochet Pattern from Little Monkeys Crochet

Comfy Squares Color Block Cowl | Free Crochet Pattern from Little Monkeys Crochet

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  • Alice Darter January 26, 2016, 9:37 am

    Just lovely. Wish I could use this yarn too – but I’m allergic to wool – so I have to use cotton or acrylic for just about everything. I’ll be making this soon though – no question! Thank you for the pattern

  • Krestin Schubert January 26, 2016, 9:50 am

    Funny I looove purple…I’d even have a purple car from bk in the day if I could’ve found it w all the options I wanted…but is also love charcoal and having it paired with purple or pink….u could do boot cuffs in charcoal and it would match….perfect maybe w a small border or bobbles popcorn stitches or smthg small infused in it…crochet and crafts has a pattern I’m thinking abt….but it’s a 4 wt yarn and a different stitch… ant wait to make it..I have to see what I have in my stash…I actually have some 3wt sparkly stuff I recently purchased in of mouse purple…have to see if there is enuf…and. sure I don’t have charcoal in the same brand …will have ro see how the pair up….

    • Rebecca January 26, 2016, 5:42 pm

      Hi Krestin, there’s a link to boot cuffs that use the same stitch up at the beginning of the blog post 🙂

  • Mary Bowman-Kruhm January 26, 2016, 9:53 am

    Do you have additional views? I checked Revelry and couldn’t find any. I love this but am both a small person who can’t wear something overwhelming and also looking for something I can pull over my arms to keep them warm. I can’t tell if this would satisfy either or both of these needs. I do love, love, love the look tho’.

    • Rebecca January 26, 2016, 5:47 pm

      No, sorry. I can tell you that it’s not as overwhelming as it looks on the bust because that bust is small — like the size of an older child or small-boned teenager. It’s only about 10″ across. So the cowl looks much bigger than it does on, say, me. It’s also a lightweight yarn so not bulky at all. I hope that helps 🙂

  • Jean January 26, 2016, 9:55 am

    Thank you for all your lovely patterns I do enjoy making them. I have made some for gifts. I appreciate you sharing your patterns.

  • Amy Rubens January 26, 2016, 10:02 am

    Gorgeous! I also wear a lot of grey and black. It’s easy to mix and match items from my closet. To keep things interesting, I mix in accessories, like scarves, in bold colors. This scarf will be a perfect addition!

  • Maw-b January 26, 2016, 10:03 am

    I love this pattern.. I also love purple & do often wear purple & gray together!
    I can’t wait to try this one! Thank you for the pattern! 🙂

  • Eidilia January 26, 2016, 10:10 am

    I actually color-blocked the other cowl you made with this stitch! I used Caron Simply Soft in Bone for half, and the same yarn in black for the other half. It has a lovely sheen and drapes beautifully. I wish I had a picture but I gave it away as a Christmas gift. I look forward to all of your pattern releases. I’ll be sure to take a picture when I make this one! Thank you!

  • Bonnie January 26, 2016, 10:41 am

    Just a thought, I know I can make it wider, but 28″ is not wide enough for me. That would be equivalent to wearing a 14 chain (altho. I know the cowl has some stretch). Also I would probably make it a little less in length. I am a short person and some of these cowls overwhelm me. But, you know, every pattern you put out I like. You are one of my favorite designers. Keep on keeping on.

    • Rebecca January 26, 2016, 5:48 pm

      Thank you for the kind words! Everyone’s body is different, so I try to include instructions for adjusting the pattern whenever I can. 🙂

  • Jessie January 26, 2016, 11:04 am

    Gorgeous! I love all the color combinations as well!

  • Ashlyn January 26, 2016, 11:50 am

    OMG!!!! This is so beautiful! I’m going to be using the mahogany, persimmon and cayenne colors for mine! They’re brown and red-oranges.
    My question is, do we only need one skein of each? I was looking on the site and it says each skein is 306 yds but I wanted to be sure and check with you first! thanks so much for an awesome pattern once again and I cant wait to make it!

    • Rebecca January 26, 2016, 5:49 pm

      Yes, just one skein! It’s all in the pattern notes 🙂

      • Ashlyn January 26, 2016, 6:10 pm

        Great Thanks!

  • Carolyn January 26, 2016, 11:57 am

    Hi – could this be crochet in a circle so there’s no joining seam?

    • Rebecca January 26, 2016, 6:08 pm

      You wouldn’t be able to avoid a seam completely because the texture is achieved only with turned rows (or rounds), so you couldn’t do it in a seamless round. You are welcome to do it in joined, turned rounds, but you’ll still have a seam. I just find that when I sew something closed, my seam is less noticeable than when I join and turn. 🙂

      • Carolyn January 27, 2016, 10:21 am

        Thanks

  • Katie January 26, 2016, 2:11 pm

    Love! Do you think Caron simply soft would work? Thanks for a great pattern

    • Rebecca January 26, 2016, 6:12 pm

      Yes, I think it would work fine!

  • Pat Lehnen January 26, 2016, 6:03 pm

    Thanks for this cowl pattern. I especially like the discussion of color ways for the color blocking. I am one of those who feels like a dunce when it comes to putting different colors together. I also like the pattern in this. Although I live in not-too-cool California (temperature-wise) I have family and friends who will appreciate the warmth and comfort of cowls like this.
    Thanks again.

  • Paula Sorrentino January 26, 2016, 11:10 pm

    I love this cowl..it’s the first one I’ve seen that the directions are so easy to follow. I can’t wait to pick 3 colors and start working on it. I’ll share a picture as soon as I’m done.

  • Shyreeta January 28, 2016, 11:15 am

    This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  • Marilyn Davenport January 30, 2016, 10:43 am

    Do you have a hat pattern that matches this Colorblock cowl?

    • Rebecca February 9, 2016, 6:34 pm

      Not yet 🙂

  • Diletta January 30, 2016, 2:18 pm

    Very comfy,why is not worked in one piece?

    • Rebecca February 9, 2016, 6:33 pm

      It is worked in one piece, it just isn’t worked in the round so you have to seam the two ends together at the end.

  • Kris February 1, 2016, 10:10 am

    I really want to make this, but can you reccommend a good non wool compatable yarn? My husband is horribly allergic to wool and I also would still like contact with him while I am wearing it.

    • Rebecca February 9, 2016, 6:34 pm

      Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn Sport would be a good option 🙂

  • Jody February 5, 2016, 10:43 am

    I love the look of this cowl. When I first saw the picture I thought it was 3 individual cowls. How cool would that be to make solid cowls that were thinner and then stack 2-3 cowls together to match any outfit.

    • Rebecca February 9, 2016, 6:34 pm

      That would be cool!

  • Jennifer February 13, 2016, 7:56 am

    This scarf is so pretty I’m going to try it with Caron soft yarn and hope it comes out so nice thank you for sharing! Do you by chance have this in a print friendly version?

    • Rebecca February 17, 2016, 10:16 am

      You can use the “print” button located just above where the pattern begins, or you can purchase an inexpensive ad-free version in my Etsy shop (link located just below the pattern title).

  • Ellen February 14, 2016, 12:53 pm

    Beautiful! I’m into crocheting cowls now and sam anxious to try this one. Thanks for the pattern! I too will be using non-wool yarn.

  • Melanie February 16, 2016, 11:03 pm

    Hi, love this cowl but I’m a beginner. Is there a video that you could post of this pattern? Please ?

    • Rebecca February 17, 2016, 10:16 am

      Not at this time 🙂

  • fiona gwatkin February 17, 2016, 6:18 am

    hi
    I watched a member of our local WI crocheting your call the midwife baby blanket and knew that i had to give a go … its beauitfully crafted thank you
    regards fiona

  • Rose February 24, 2016, 10:23 pm

    This is one of the prettiest cowls that I have even seen. I too thought, at first, it was three stacked upon each other. I then read the directions. It is genius!! I can not wear wool, but I am willing to try the Caron Simply Soft, which has a nice sheen to it. Love it.
    Keep doing what you are doing, you are very talented.
    Thank you for the pattern.

  • Dorothyann February 25, 2016, 10:44 pm

    Is there another yarn that you would suggest if the recommended yarn is not a possibility? I would like to make this cowl but am not sure what would be most comparable to the superwash merino without the price tag.

    • Rebecca February 26, 2016, 3:31 pm

      I’m not sure what to recommend that would be comparable to the feel of the merino, but any #3 light yarn should work. You could try I Love This Yarn Sport for a more inexpensive option.

  • Abby May 10, 2016, 12:40 am

    I just wanted to let you know how much I love this. It’s ridiculously soft. I’m making mine in a deep pink-pale pink-cream sort of ombre color combo, and I adore it so much. Keep being you and coming up with really cool stuff!

    • Rebecca May 10, 2016, 7:57 am

      Thank you for your very sweet words!

  • Shae June 21, 2016, 1:49 am

    Hello, I seem to be having a hard time figuring out this pattern. On row 2, am I supposed to go into the stitch “space” between the two sc+hdc stitches from row 1 or are the sc+hdc stitches supposed to be stacked right on top of each other? My work doesn’t seem to be shaping up like your pictures. I’m trying different yarns to see if that’s the problem, but I wanted to check with you.

    • Ashlyn June 21, 2016, 9:07 am

      You want to go into the sc stitch. I always got confused on that too. So you want to do the sc+hdc in the sc stitch, then skip the hdc and do another sc+hdc into the sc. Does that make sense? I think once you start getting the hang of it, you’ll start seeing the similar pattern like in the pictures.

  • Althea July 1, 2016, 2:21 am

    Hey. I just want to thank you for sharing so many beautiful patterns. It’s of my absolute favourites. I am a beginner and your patterns are really easy to follow and the outcome is gorgeous. Many thanks again. Take care.

  • Heather September 5, 2016, 3:53 pm

    Love this pattern!! Can I ask if you know the measurements of each color section? I’m using Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn (#4) so I’m trying to adjust the size. I absolutely love your boot cuff pattern as well! 😊

    • Rebecca September 6, 2016, 6:46 pm

      Between 4.75-5″ tall apiece. I evenly distributed the colors 🙂

      • Heather September 7, 2016, 3:29 pm

        Thank you so much! I just adore your patterns! I’ve made a few items from your patterns and have them for sale in my Etsy shop if you’d like to see them!
        http://Www.shabbychicvalley.etsy.com
        Thank you very much again!!

        • Rebecca September 8, 2016, 6:02 pm

          Very nice! You have a very lovely Etsy shop. I really love the bracelets! <3

          • Heather September 15, 2016, 5:52 pm

            Thank you so much for your kind words! I appreciate it very much 😊

  • Donna September 18, 2016, 12:47 am

    I love this cowl pattern, thank you for posting it! I made it the first time in charcoal, heather gray, and mustard. It turned out gorgeous! . I decided to try the second one in the round, and it worked beautifully. The only thing to remember when the round is joined, is to use a slip stitch, then chain one, and then reverse direction and go back the way you just came from. The half double crochet goes in the first stitch, then continue the pattern in the chain space. It works, and is a great alternative for those who prefer making their cowls continuous intstead of joining.

    • Rebecca September 18, 2016, 8:15 am

      Thank you for the tips Donna. I found that doing it that way, my seam was not as nice as when I seamed at the end. But everyone has their ways of doing things 🙂

  • Mariagrazia Baffico October 24, 2016, 6:06 am

    Thank you for the beautiful pattern, I have just finished mine💗!

  • Lore Eunice Schier da Rosa December 12, 2016, 6:10 pm

    oi, querida

    pode me explicar como fazer ponto baixo – pb – em cada ponto transversalmente? Muito grata.

    • Rebecca December 12, 2016, 6:29 pm

      Desculpe, eu não falo português, então não entendo sua pergunta. (Via Google Translate)

  • Babs Henderson December 18, 2016, 11:57 am

    Love this pattern, made in cotton as a Xmas present and it’s turned out just lovely, might have to make another one for myself! 🙂

  • Megan December 21, 2016, 12:47 am

    Hi!

    I’m just wondering if it’s possible to work this in a round? I’m pretty new to crochet, and don’t think I’d do a good job sewing…lol.

    Thank you 🙂

    • Rebecca December 22, 2016, 9:42 pm

      You could join at the end of each row. 🙂