Cotinga Triangle Shawl

This free Cotinga Triangle Shawl crochet pattern is named after a beautiful male spangled cotinga bird

By Mathias Appel – Spangled cotinga (male), CC0

You may be thinking it is a bit warm for the release of a worsted weight crochet shawl pattern, and you are probably right. Inspiration, however, waits for no man (or season). You cannot choose when inspiration will strike. You cannot wish it upon yourself or will it into existence. No, it comes and goes as easily as the wind blows and I tend to appreciate the breeze whenever it comes my way. Luckily for me, I know crafters like to get started early so releasing this shawl now means you have plenty of time to work your crochet magic to have this beauty ready for the chilly winter or fall.

At this point you may be thinking I saw a beautiful cotinga bird and decided I just had to make this shawl. Alas, I did not. As a lover of birds and flowers I wanted to give this shawl a nature themed name so I searched and searched for an unused name that shared some of the same colors as my shawl, thus the Cotinga Shawl was named. The true inspiration, however, came from a potholder featured in the free Design Booklet 2 from Harrisville Designs. (Doesn’t the Cotinga Shawl sound a lot better than the Potholder Shawl?) Unfortunately I do not know who to credit for the beautiful potholder as they were the winner of a design contest years ago but I do know that you can make your own with materials from the Friendly Loom section of the Harrisville Designs website.
(I was not paid to endorse Harrisville Designs, I simply love their products!)


One of the things I love most about this shawl is that it can be worn as a shawl, or as a triangle scarf. I personally am a huge fan of triangle scarves but I have definitely used this as a shawl to keep myself warm in the office (you know, before it reached 80+ degrees outside).

The Cotinga Triangle Shawl doesn’t actually have a formal pattern. Well, it does, but I plan to simplify this for you. I will teach you the moss stitch, how to get started, and how to make your repeats.


  • 3.75mm crochet hook
  • Worsted weight yarn. I used Loops & Threads Impeccable in the following colors:
    White, Lippy, Soft Rose, Petunia, Lavender, Grape Punch, Royal, Teal, Aqua, Skylight, Citron

Sl st – Slip Stitch
Sc – Single Crochet
Ch – Chain
Sp – Space

Gauge is not extremely important for this shawl but here is mine:
7 Sc in moss st = 2″
11 Rows = 2″
Total Width = 67″
Total Height = 33″

This pattern is worked in rows

This pattern uses the moss stitch which is one of my all time favorite stitches. It looks clean and beautiful in a solid color and it works beautifully when using two different colors side by side. It is the perfect option for gradient and ombre patterns and in fact I have some more moss stitch patterns coming your way in the future!

Moss stitch: To make the moss stitch for general purposes you begin by working an even number of chain stitches.

  • In the next (1st) row you make a Sc in the 4th Ch from your hook (This counts as a Sc, ch1 sp, and now another Sc) then work *Ch1, skip 1 ch, Sc* to the end.
  • Ch2 to begin your next (2nd) row. Sc into the first ch1 sp (skipping the Sc stitch). Work *Ch1, skip Sc stitch, Sc in Ch1 sp* across ending with a Sc into the end chain space from the previous row.
  • Repeat row 2 for each row, and that’s all there is to it!

*For this pattern you will make a single crochet into the first and last Sc on each row which is what will give the shawl width. You will make *Sc, Ch2, Sc* in the middle to create your corner/triangle point.

Cotinga Shawl Free Crochet Pattern

Getting Started

[+ = Sc] [0 = Ch] [• = Sl St] Scroll for written instructions
Moss Stitch Repeat: Ch1, Sc in first stitch, *Ch1, Sc in ch1 sp* to corner, Ch1, *Sc, Ch2, Sc* in corner, *Ch1, Sc in ch1 sp* to last st, Sc in last st

With White

Ch4, Sl st to beginning to join, ch1
ROW 1: *Sc, Ch1, Sc, Ch2 (corner created), Sc, Ch1, Sc* IN ring, ch1, turn (4 Sc)
ROW 2: Work Moss Stitch Repeat: Sc in first st, Ch1, Sc in ch1 sp, Ch1, skip Sc, *Sc, Ch2, Sc* in corner, Ch1, Sc in Ch1 sp, Ch1, Sc in last stitch, ch1, turn (6 Sc)
Continue the moss stitch repeat for every row skipping all but the first and last Sc’s. Each row should have 2 more Sc than the row before it


Color Pattern:

  • Work 6 rows of white
  • Work 7 rows alternating between a color row and white row beginning and ending on a color row
  • Continue this pattern for all 10 colors, end with 4 rows of white (134 rows)

Below are the color repeats and where your stitch count should be at the end of each section

ROWS 1-6: 6 rows White (14 sc)
ROWS 7-13: 7 rows Alt. Lippy and White (28 sc)
ROWS 14-19: 6 rows White (40 sc)
ROWS 20-26: 7 rows Alt. Soft Rose and White (54 sc)
ROWS 27-32: 6 rows White (66 sc)
ROWS 33-39: 7 rows Alt. Petunia and White (80 sc)
ROWS 40-45: 6 rows White (92 sc)
ROWS 46-52: 7 rows Alt. Lavender and White (106 sc)
ROWS 53-58: 6 rows White (118 sc)
ROWS 59-65: 7 rows Alt. Grape Punch and White (132 sc)
ROWS 66-71: 6 rows White (144 sc)
ROWS 72-78: 7 rows Alt. Royal and White (158 sc)
ROWS 79-84: 6 rows White (170 sc)
ROWS 85-91: 7 rows Alt. Teal and White (184 sc)
ROWS 92-97: 6 rows White (196 sc)
ROWS 98-104: 7 rows Alt. Aqua and White (210 sc)
ROWS 105-110: 6 rows White (222 sc)
ROWS 111-117: 7 rows Alt. Skylight and White (236 sc)
ROWS 118-123: 6 rows White (248 sc)
ROWS 124-130: 7 rows Alt. Citron and White (262 sc)
ROWS 131-134: 4 rows White (266 sc)
Fasten off, weave in your millions of ends (sorry!)



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I work very hard to create patterns that are easy to understand and easy to follow however I include some intermediate stitches. If you have any difficulty with this pattern please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to help.

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