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Free Crochet Along: Crossing into Winter Set


A closeup image of crochet fingerless gloves and cowl made from chunky yarn in a winter blue color.

I’m excited to have you join me for the Crossing into Winter Set, free crochet along! This set includes a cowl, ear warmer and fingerless gloves are full of texture. By using a bulky #5 yarn, this crochet accessory set will work up quick enough that you may want to make a set for the while family.

The Crossing into Winter Set is a size inclusive crochet pattern with instructions to fit children through adult large. Each crochet accessory features a faux cable that is created by crossing tall stitches, which means that there is no wrong side.

With winter’s arrival, you can choose to wear one or all three accessories to match you mood or level of warmth. Personally, I’m wearing all three if it’s 35 degrees or colder. I’m always cold! Brrrrr! The crochet cowl is wide enough that it can be draped over one’s head like a hood for the extra chilly days.

Why a crochet along?

A crochet along is a great way to hang out with a community of crocheters that love making the same type of crochet projects as you do. Also, if someone is new to this type of crochet project, a crochet along offers a lot of support from the designer and other other CAL participants.

And my favorite reason for a crochet along is seeing all of the wonderful color choices and finished pieces! Often, I find inspiration for a color I hadn’t considered using to make future crochet projects.

How the crochet along will work

This free crochet along will cover 5 weeks from January 1 to January 31, 2024.

A schedule is provided for each section of the crochet along for the Crossing into Winter Set from the yarn, gauge information to making this crochet set at a pace to finish in time for cold days of winter. The Crossing into Winter Set is a premium pattern, but can be accessed in sections for free during the CAL only.

If a participant has the ad-free PDF or chooses to purchase a copy as a CAL participant, you can work ahead of the provided schedule.

Participants will be sent emails about each section of the crochet along, and one can post their progress pictures in the Creations by Courtney Community FB group under the associated posts or on Instagram with the following tags, #CreationsbyCourtney, #CBCCAL and #CrossingIntoWinterSet.

Each participant that posts a modeled picture of their finished Crossing into Winter Set by January 30, 2024, will be entered in the giveaway for a $25 gift card. If the selected winner lives outside of the US and Canada, we will discuss an equivalent in their region.

What you’ll accomplish during the crochet along

Creations by Courtney finds it important to help crocheters gain new skills and confidence with each crochet pattern. No one wants to spends hours and hours working on a project that they do not absolutely love. We’re working together for fun, encouragement and help. Whatever question you may have about the CAL, just ask in the FB group or via email.

  • Making foundation single crochet in the round
  • faux cable
  • chainless starting double crochet

Crossing into Winter Set Crochet Along Schedule

Materials and Gauge, 1/1

Section 1: Cowl, 1/8

Section 2: Ear Warmer, 1/16

Section 3: Fingerless Mitts, 1/21

Finishing 1/31

How to participate

  • Signup for the CAL to be notified by email when each section is available.
  • Join the Creations by Courtney Community Facebook group.
  • Get your materials together. The supply list is below. ⬇️
  • Add your project to Ravelry.
  • Put the schedule in your calendar with reminders so you don’t miss any of the fun.
  • Bookmark this page so it’s easy to find during the crochet along.
  • Return to this post throughout the event to be directed to the next section.
  • As you work, post progress pictures on Facebook and Instagram with the tag #CrossingintoWinterSet #CreationsbyCourtney #CBCCAL

Supply List


The original sample of the Crossing into Winter Set for the Crochet Guild of America Quarterly Crochet Along was made with Patons Alpaca Blend, an acrylic, wool, alpaca and nylon blend single ply yarn, that has since been discontinued. It was a fun yarn to use that was soft and warm to wear against the skin. As a bulky #5 weight yarn, there are LOTS of options to select a currently available yarn. I have listed several options below that are a bulky weight alternatives that I think will work up beautifully.

*Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. When you complete a purchase with any of the provided links, I earn a small commission at no cost to you. I only share products that I love and use myself.

Yarn Amounts

The following amounts have been rounded up or down to the nearest whole yard / meter.

  • Ear Warmer
    • Child: 49 yds
    • Teen/ Adult: 66 yds
    • Adult Large: 74 yds
  • Fingerless Mitts
    • Child: 38 yds
    • Teen: 47 yds
    • Adult Medium: 54 yds
    • Adult Large: 63 yds
  • Cowl
    • Child: 193 yds
    • Teen: 243 yds
    • Adult: 357 yds

Other Supplies for the Crochet Along

US K (6.5 mm) hook or size needed for gauge


Yarn Needle


Ch: chain

CSDC: chainless starting double crochet

dc: double crochet

dc2tog: double crochet 2 together

FO: fasten off

fsc: foundation single crochet 

2/2 tr-LC: left leaning 2 over 2 treble cross

2/2 tr-RC: right leaning 2 over 2 treble cross

rep: repeat

sc: single crochet

sc2tog: single crochet 2 together

slst: slip stitch

tr: treble

YO: yarn over


CSDC: pull up a loop, YO (hold loop and twist), insert hook in first st, YO, pull up a loop, [YO, pull through 2 loops] twice.

Fsc: foundation single crochet: ch 2, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 1 loop (base ch made) (2 loops on hook), YO, pull through 2 loops (fsc made), *insert hook in base ch of last fsc made, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 1 loop (base ch made) (2 loops on hook), YO, pull through 2 loops (fsc made).

2/2 tr-LC: left leaning 2 over 2 treble cross: over the next 4 stitches, skip next 2 sts, tr in next 2 sts, working in front of sts just made, tr in each of skipped sts. 

2/2 tr-RC: right leaning 2 over 2 treble cross: over the next 4 stitches, skip next 2 sts, tr in next 2 sts, working behind sts just made, tr in each of the skipped sts.

Join in fsc: For final fsc, insert hook through base chain of last st made, YO and pull up loop (2 loops on hook), insert hook through foundation of first st (starting ch-2), YO and pull through two loops (2 loops on hook), YO, pull through two loops (final fsc made), slst to first fsc.

Prefer an ad-free PDF for the Crochet Along?

You can purchase the pattern from your favorite pattern shop with a special discount as a Crochet Along participant. The special coupon code will only be sent by newsletter, so don’t forget to signup.



As stated above, each size will be written separately for clarity and in the following sections. Bookmark this page and come back per the schedule for the next section of the crochet along

Section 1: Cowl

Section 2: Ear Warmer

Section 3: Fingerless Mitts

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Join the free crochet along for the Crossing into Winter Set, which includes a crochet cowl, ear warmers and fingerless mitts for childcare, teens and adults.

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