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Autumn Rainbow Cowl By Craft and a Cuppa - A Free Crochet Pattern

Updated: Aug 27, 2023

Three colouful cowls presented on a tailors dummy

Hi everyone and welcome to this free crochet pattern. The Autumn Rainbow Cowl is a quick, repetitive make which is worked in the round and consists of the cross stitch and double crochet. The perfect accessory for the colder days in the autumn and winter! I look forward to seeing everyone’s version of The Autumn Rainbow Cowl.

Pattern is in US terms Beginner


Yarn - Scheepjes Cahlista 8 balls used. Total yarn used 230m/252yards - roughly 30m/33 yards of each colour.

Colour A - 252 Watermelon

Colour B - 189 Royal Orange

Colour C - 386 Peach

Colour D - 208 Yellow Gold

Colour E - 403 Lemonade

Colour F - 240 Amethyst

Colour G - 212 Sage Green

Colour H - 513 Apple Granny

Hook - 6mm (or any to obtain gauge)

Tapestry Needle



Ch - Chain

Dc - Double Crochet

Slst - Slip Stitch

X-ST - Cross Stitch - Skip 1st stitch, DC in next stitch, DC in previous skipped stitch (see photos below)

Sc - Single Crochet

St - Stitch

Rpt - Repeat

RS - Right side

WS - Wrong side

Sk - Skip

How to crochet a cross stitch (X-ST)

Crochet stitches and a crochet hook

Skip 1st stitch, DC in next stitch, DC in previous skipped stitch.


● Ch2 and ch1 at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch.

● Due to the amount of colour changes I personally find it much easier to weave in the ends as I go.

● If you would like your cowl to be wider or thinner you can add or deduct chains at the beginning, just make sure the final number of chains are an even number.

● The yarn colours are optional. There is only 30m used from each skein so you can use less colours if you desire.

● If you don't fancy the colour changes this cowl would look lovely in one colour or a variegated yarn as long as you match the gauge.

Gauge - 12 stitches x 7 rows of the pattern - 1 row of DCs, 1 row of X-ST (RPT)



Colour A Ch 80 loosely without twisting (see pics below), slst to 1st Ch.

Crochet stitches and a crochet hook

To chain without twisting, Ch 10, remove hook from working end and insert into 1st chain. Then making sure the chains are not twisted, insert your hook back into Ch 10 and carry on chaining as normal. When you have chained the correct amount, slip stitch to the 1st chain and continue with round 1. (See pic above).

Round 1 - (WS) Ch2, dc in same ch (base of ch2), dc in all chs, slst to 1st dc. (80dc)

Round 2 - (RS) Ch2, turn, sk next st, X-ST around the whole row placing the final st in the same st as the ch2 from the beginning of the round, slst to 1st dc (40 X-ST)

Colour Change

Round 3 - (WS) Attach colour B using your preferred method (I fastened off my previous colour and attached my new yarn with a slst in the top of the last st from the previous round), ch2, dc in same st, dc in every st, slst to 1st dc. (80)

Round 4 - (RS) Ch2,turn, sk next st, X-ST around the whole row, slst to 1st dc. (40 X-ST)

Keep repeating rounds 3 and 4 and changing colour every other round (the odd round) until you a total of 24 rounds.

Round 25 - (RS) Ch1, sc in same st, sc in every st, slst to 1st sc. (80sc)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Colourful crochet on a wooden background

A colourful cowl on a tailors dummy

I would love to see your finished cowls so be sure to tag and share any pictures or videos on Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok, YouTube & Threads so I can see your wonderful creations!

@craftandacuppa #autumnrainbowcowl.

Pattern is for personal use only. Please do not copy or edit any photos.

You can find free tutorials on my YouTube Channel Craft and a Cuppa.

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