Marly Bird’s Most Colorful Crochet Patterns

Recently we rounded up some of my most colorful knit patterns. Since we are BiCrafty around here, of course, we also wanted to do a related crochet roundup. So, we’ve searched through the Marly Bird crochet pattern archive and rounded up all of my most colorful crochet patterns. Some use specific colorwork techniques, such as planned pooling and mosaic crochet, whereas others are good stashbusters or use variegated or colorful yarn. There’s something for everyone here if you’re interested in crocheting with color.

My Most Colorful Ever Crochet Blanket Pattern

Chic Sheep Day Dream Blanket by Marly Bird - Corner to Corner goodness!

I was thrilled when I got to create my own yarn line, Chic Sheep. I carefully choose all 24 colors in that yarn line. And I used every single one of them in this crochet blanket pattern! Great for stashbusting. Be bold with your own color choices and the yarn you use!

Most Colorful Crochet Clothing Patterns

Do you love to make and wear vibrant colorful clothing? Then start here:

Check Me Out Poncho

This fun and fashionable crochet poncho is a must have for any wardrobe. Play with 3 different colors of tweed like, long color changing yarn in a worsted weight size 4 yarn + the Gingham plaid crochet technique. Make this poncho with a turtleneck, a cowl neck or leave it as a v-neck. With the full video tutorial you can easily customize this awesome pattern. This pattern is free on the Marly Bird website or you can purchase the ad-free PDF.

A smiling woman standing in front of tall grass, wearing glasses and a multicolored crocheted poncho with a cowl neck, playfully gesturing the 'rock on' sign with both hands. - Marly Bird - Check Me Out Crochet Poncho

Crochet Swancho Pattern

Crochet swancho pattern - Marly Bird

Let the yarn do all the colorwork for you as you craft this cozy, comfy, sleeved, cowl-necked crochet poncho pattern. This is the perfect crochet fall sweater. It was originally a CAL, but the full pattern is now free.\

Collage Crochet Colorful Patterns by Marly Bird. 6 different images of crochet patterns including the Confetti Dots Granny Blanket, Celestia Crochet Shawl, Petal Lace Scarf, Check Me Out Poncho, Sledge Hooded Scarf, Calor Crochet Wrap. All the patterns are designed by Marly Bird.

Most Colorful Crochet Accessories Patterns

I really enjoy making colorful crochet patterns for accessories. You can easily add a bit of pizzazz to any outfit with these cowls and scarves, mittens, and more:

Celestia Chevron Crochet Shawl

Get wrapped up in this fun and vibrant project! Our free, easy-to-follow crochet shawl pattern is perfect for beginners and experienced crocheters alike. Create your own summer layering wrap with the help of Marly Bird - ad-free pdf also available for purchase and includes stitch diagrams

The Celestia Crochet Shawl, a masterpiece pattern created by Marly Bird. This shawl is a modern twist on the classic chevron design, allowing the unique hues of kettle dyed colors to truly dazzle. Crafted with the lightweight grace of fingering weight size 1 yarn in a harmonious blend of five distinct colors, the Celestia Shawl is an enchanting accessory that promises both speed in creation and splendor in appearance.

TOS 2020 Mosaic Crochet (and Knit) Scarf or Cowl

Two mosaic cowls displayed on mannequins, one knitted and one crocheted, featuring geometric patterns in multiple colors, from Marly Bird's Tournament of Stitches.

Play with the crochet color technique of mosaic crochet with different designs on every panel. And add more color with rainbow hues to separate each panel. This might be the best of all the colorful crochet patterns I’ve created.

Petal Link Lace Crochet Scarf Pattern

Petal Lace Scarf by Marly Bird on a wooden table with autumn foliage around it.

Are you looking for a colorful crochet scarf pattern that doesn’t require you to weave in tons of ends or practice complicated crochet techniques? Check out this design, where the yarn choice does all the colorwork for you. Crocheted with a thin sport weight size 2 yarn with long color changes, you can get this magical look to wrap around your neck as a scarf or make it slightly larger and have a crochet shawl or crochet wrap.

Enchanted Crochet Motif Shawl – Free Crochet Shawl Pattern

This magical crochet shawl is designed to be made in the join as you go technique to make the finishing as easy as possible. Using Unforgettable yarn with its long color changes makes for a truly enchanting crochet wrap for any occasion. This pattern is free on the Marly Bird website but you can also purchase the ad free PDF on Etsy or Ravelry.

Enchanted Crochet Motif Shawl - Unforgettable Yarn - Marly Bird

Calor Crochet Chevron Scarf or Wrap

This has been a fan favorite pattern since I first posted a picture of me wearing it. Originally designed as a contribution to a book by Vickie Howell, this design is now available for purchase. Pattern includes full stitch charts and written instructions.

Calor Crochet Chevron Wrap or Scarf by Marly Bird displayed on a mannequin and laid out flat. pink text with the title of the crochet pattern. small image of the marly bird logo in bottom left corner

One Ball Crochet Shawl Free Pattern

one ball crochet shawl - Roll With It - Marly Bird

Here’s another great crochet pattern if you want the yarn to do the work for you in terms of color. It’s a one-ball crochet pattern, perfect for gifting.

Hooded Sedge Stitch Crochet Scarf Pattern

hooded sedge stitch scarf crochet pattern

Here’s another example of choosing the right colorful yarn for the job. Isn’t it amazing how many colorful yarns exist and how many ways we can crochet with them? This hooded scarf is nice and cozy. The hedge stitch creates terrific texture and is fun to learn if you aren’t familiar with it yet.

Jilly Bean Cowl Crochet Pattern

one ball crochet cowl pattern - Jilly Bean Cowl - Marly Bird

One ball of colorful yarn is all you need … along with your crochet skills … to create this fabulous accessory.

Better Together Puff Stitch Crochet Hat Free Pattern

colorful puff stitch hat crochet pattern - Better Together - Marly Bird

Doesn’t it look like you have to change colors every time you make a row of puff stitches in this hat? Actually, you’ll work with Unforgettable yarn, and it will change color itself. You’ll combine that with solids to get the complete hat pattern.

City Tweed Chevron Cowl Crochet Pattern

City Tweed Crochet Chevron Scarf Pattern by Marly Bird. This image is Marly wearing the cowl around her neck in bold jewel tones.

This is a great stashbusting project. I had a bunch of City Tweed yarn leftover in different colors. So, I combined them all with chevrons, and this is the autumnal cowl I came up with.

Rainbow Sprinkles Crescent Shawl Crochet Pattern

Rainbow Sprinkles Crescent Shawl by Marly Bird - Sock Weight Yarn in graduated hues of pinks purple and blue. Text that reads Rainbow Sprinkles Crescent Shawl

Enjoy a crescent crochet shawl pattern where you just choose the right fingering weight or sock weight yarn in the colorway you want and then get to work. The bottom of this shawl is crocheted first, then the body is worked in short rows to create the body depth. Adventurous beginner crocheters will find this pattern challenging but the intermediate crochet will find it relatively easy and quick to work up.

Super Simple Shawl Free Crochet Pattern

Super Simple Crochet Shawl Pattern by Marly Bird
Super Simple Shawl – One Ball

Here’s one more example of using the right stitches and shapes to create a garment where the right colorful yarn can sing. Grab a ball or two of Chroma from WeCrochet or one ball of Jewelspun by Sirdar and you will have an amazing new neck accessory to wear!

Super Simple Lucky Strikes Shawl Free Crochet Pattern

colorful crochet shawl Super Simple Lucky Strikes - Marly Bird

Here, I’ve taken a colorful yarn and chosen two different colorways to work together into one shawl pattern. This is the project I first showed how to do the Stacked Double Crochet! Have you tried it yet?

Red Heart Shivering Chic Shawl Free Crochet Pattern

Shivering chic shawl colorful free crochet pattern - Marly Bird

Use six different yarn colors to make this striped crochet shawl. Granny Squares are a big hit right now. Get a very lovely chunky and bold shawl in your favorite stitch and enjoy the compliments!

Abstractly Chic Shawl Crochet Pattern

cal shawl free pattern - Abstractly Chic - Marly Bird

You actually only use three different colors in this pattern. However, you combine them differently across the sections of what was originally a CAL or Crochet-Along. Plus, there are video tutorials to help you make this awesome shawl. Grab some merino yarn (I suggest Swish Worsted) and make this colorful crochet piece.

Medley Merino Chic Scarf Free Crochet Pattern

striped crochet scarf pattern - Medley Merino - Marly Bird

Use six different colors to create this striped crochet scarf. Get some Swish Worsted yarn and make this fun crochet scarf!

3-in-1 Handwarmers (knit and crochet free patterns)

3 in 1 handwarmers crochet and knit patterns - Marly Bird

The yarn does the work of creating the colors in these convertible hand warmers. You can make them with or without fingers and thumbs, and you can knit or crochet them. Have fun with this versatile free pattern!

More Colorful Crochet Patterns

Here are some of my other most colorful crochet patterns. Mostly they are colorful crochet blankets. However, there are also a couple of bags and a crochet stocking pattern here.

Chic Log Cabin Blanket Pattern

colorful crochet Chic log cabin blanket pattern

I used seven different yarn colors when creating this blanket, inspired by log cabin quilt designs.

Baby Hugs Colorful Crochet Blanket Pattern

colorful crochet baby blanket pattern - Baby Hugs - Marly Bird

I also used seven different colors when designing this crochet baby blanket. Using the orange as the border, rather than a neutral, makes this blanket truly vibrant!

Confetti Dots Granny Square Join As You Go Crochet Blanket Pattern

colorful crochet granny square blanket pattern - Confetti Dots - Marly Bird

Beginner crocheters learned to make this in BiCrafty Bootcamp. You crochet a circle in a bold color, then turn that into a square with a neutral color. Repeat with many different center circle colors, and you’ve got a chic baby blanket with lots of colorful polka dots.

Blooming Granny Square Crochet Blanket Pattern

colorful crochet granny square blanket pattern - Blooming Granny - Marly Bird

In this colorful granny square blanket example, the centers are flowers, and the colors change slowly across the blanket. If you like this idea but want something bolder and brighter with color, check out the Bright Blooms Blanket.

Stitch Sampler Blanket Crochet Pattern with Video Tutorials

Stitch sampler baby blanket crochet pattern - Marly Bird

Learn how to crochet many different stitches when working on this colorful crochet blanket.

Pulled Taffy Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

colorful braided crochet blanket pattern - Pulled Taffy - Marly Bird

Learn how to create three-dimensional textured braids as you crochet this colorful striped blanket.

Chasing Rainbows Free Crochet Blanket Pattern

colorful crochet baby blanket pattern - Chasing Rainbows - Marly Bird

Combine one colorful yarn with one solid yarn to create this blanket.

Falling Petals Circular Throw Crochet Pattern

circular crochet blanket pattern - Falling Petals - Marly Bird

This would also work as a tablecloth. Create “stripes” in rounds as you make this circular blanket.

Granny Square Pucker Purse Free Crochet Pattern

Granny Square Pucker Purse free crochet pattern - Marly Bird

You can combine colorful granny squares to make so many different items. Here’s a purse pattern, for example.

Felted Crochet Boulder Bag Pattern

free Marly Bird felted crochet Boulder Bag pattern

Use colorful yarn that you felt to create a muddied colorway (think Impressionist paintings.) Combine that with fun fur yarn for a dramatic purse.

Rattle the Stars Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern

crochet Christmas stocking free pattern - Rattle The Stars - Marly Bird

Mix lots of different colors together as you create stripes for this crochet Christmas stocking. It’ll make the mantle (or the tree) pop with color.

Learn More From Camp Colorwork

Camp Colorwork - Marly Bird

If what you love about crocheting isn’t just working with lots of colors but actually incorporating different colorwork techniques, then come learn all that there is to learn in the Camp Colorwork Online Workshop. We cover crochet colorwork grid techniques, including mosaic crochet, and “fun and funky” techniques, such as interlocking crochet.

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