Creations By Courtney

Shawldigan: Free Crochet Pattern

Stash Diving…

Back in the fall, I went stash diving for this shawl idea (the act of going through the ever-growing collection of yarn to find something suitable for a product, rather than heading to the craft store), and came up with three skeins of Lion Brand Heartland.

Have you used this beautiful yarn?? If you haven’t, I hope you head out today to grab some to start this shawl! It’s a worsted weight, heather acrylic yarn that has amazing richness in the color. What makes it even better are the names for the yarns! I used Kings Canyon, which is a rich, deep green.

To accompany this lovely green, I grabbed a mustardy yellow in Berrocco Comfort. Of course, once I started the project and was hanging out at the LYS near my office, someone commented that it looked like Wisconsin colors….. Uh no thank you! I am not a Cheesehead, and had to quickly find a complimenting color. Luckily, this LYS had Berrocco Comfort on hand in the same shade of yellow and more gorgeous colors. Unexpectedly, I grabbed a shade of royal purple, or maybe expectedly since purple is my favorite color?. Yes, green, yellow and purple is an unusual color combination that worked out beautifully.

I enjoy looking at the amazing shawl designs on Ravelry, and have only made a few myself, so to design a shawl was a new adventure for me. I found inspiration from two places, one was a simple picture tutorial for creating a triangle shawl, and the other was found flipping through one of many patterns books (Geek Chic Crochet) to discover the crossed double crochet.

After very little thought, I started this shawl with the basic steps of creating a triangle shawl that grows outward from the center with increases at the ends and the point, and I added in the other to colors at various points. I provide row counts below in the pattern, but I hope you have fun with this shawl design to use as many or as few colors as you like, change the widths of each color, and shorten or lengthen to make a truly unique shawl.

What is a shawldigan?

As I like to think outside of the box, I wanted my shawl to do more than wrap around my body, so I had the idea of it also functioning like a cardigan. So I ended up with Shawl + Cardigan = Shawldigan ?  By adding two or more buttons, you can quickly turn the shawl into an open cardigan look. For my shawl, I used two 2″ toggle buttons attached near the ends, and the space between stitches make the perfect button holes.

On a blustery day or a freezing office, wrapping the wings across the body and using the buttons to attach near the point creates a look similar to a wrapped blanket poncho, but without a lot of extra fabric to tie down. It becomes comfy, warm and stylish!

*This pattern was tested by Melissa C. Should you find an error, please contact us.

Let’s get to the pattern!

Difficulty: Intermediate

Materials Needed:

Hook: J/10 (5.5mm) or size recommended for yarn

Yarn: Color A: Lion Brand’s Heartland, King’s Canyon (100% acrylic; 251yd/230m; 5oz/142g) — 3 skeins; Color B: Berrocco Comfort Color 9743/Gold (50% Super Fine Nylon, 50% Super Fine Acrylic; 3.5oz/100g; 210yd/193m) — 2 skeins; Color C: Berrocco Comfort Color 9780/ Purple ((50% Super Fine Nylon, 50% Super Fine Acrylic; 3.5oz/100g; 210yd/193m) — 2 skeins; or 753 yds/690m; 410yd/386m; and 410yd/386m in three different colors of a worsted weight yarn

Buttons: 2— 1” circular shaft buttons, or 2 — 1”- 2” toggle buttons

Stitch markers


Yarn needle

Stitches Used:
ch= chain

sc = single crochet

sl st = slip stitch

dc = double crochet

edc = extended double crochet

rsc = reverse single crochet

Additional Terms: 

sk = skip

FO = fasten off

dc-sp = space between double crochets

Cedc = crossed extended double crochet; skip next dc-sp, edc in next dc-sp, edc in skipped dc-sp (cross made); see photo tutorial

Gauge: 10 rows = 12” wingspan x 6.5” length

Finished Measurements: 70” wingspan x 35” length

Additional Notes: 

  • This shawl starts in the center and grows outward. 
  • Ch 3 counts as double crochet unless otherwise noted. 
  • When using Color A, all dc, except for the point, will be made in the space between each dc.
  • The Magic Crochet Color Change is the recommended method of changing colors, but you can use your favorite method.
  • The finished length can be shortened by making fewer rows or lengthened by adding more rows. 
  • The color change can be personalized to your liking.
  • Prior to attaching buttons, use stitch markers to mark where buttons will be attached, and try on the Shawl-digan to ensure placement when wearing as a cardigan

Start with a magic circle

Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2dc, ch 2, 3dc (first point made); tighten ring, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in first dc-sp, dc in next dc-sp, *dc in each dc-sp to the point, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc) around ch-2 of point. Repeat * until last dc-sp, 2dc in last dc-sp, dc in top of ch-3, turn

Row 3-9: Repeat Row 2, change to Color B, turn

Row 10: Ch 3, 2dc in first dc-sp, *Cedc over next 2 dc-sp. Repeat from * to point, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc) around ch-2 Repeat from * to last dc-sp, 2dc in last dc-sp, dc in top of ch-3, turn

Row 11: Ch 3, 2dc in first dc-sp, * Cedc until dc-sp before point, make Cedc by placing first edc in point and complete normally. (2dc, ch 2, dc), repeat from * to last 2 dc-sp, Cedc, dc in same and last dc-sp as last Cedc, dc in ch-3, turn.

Row 12-14: Repeat Rows 10-11, ending on Row 10, change to Color A, turn.

Row 15-17: Repeat Row 2, change to Color C, turn.

Row 18-22: Repeat Rows 10-11, change to Color A, turn.

Row 23-32: Repeat Row 2, change to Color B, turn.

Row 33-37: Repeat Rows 10-11, change to Color A, turn.

Row 38-43: Repeat Row 2, change to Color C, turn.

Row 44-48: Repeat Rows 10-11, change to Color A, turn.

Row 49-54: Repeat Row 2. Do not FO.


Row 1: Rotate with the top facing you, ch 1, sc evenly across the wingspan (2 sc in each dc), change to Color B, FO Color A.

Row 2: Rotate to work down side, ch 1, 2sc in first st, sc each st to the point, (sc ch 2, sc) around ch-2, sc in each st to corner, 2sc in the last corner st, rotate to continue along top, sc in each st, change to Color C, FO Color B, sl st to join.

Row 3: Ch 1, rsc in stitch to the right, rsc in each st to the point, 2rsc around ch-2, rsc in each st, sl st to join. FO. Weave in ends.

Finishing Using stitch marker to determine button placement, cut 2 lengths of yarn to attach buttons where you would like them. Use dc-sp as button holes. Enjoy!

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Shawldigan, a free crochet pattern, made with worsted weight yarn. It can be worn in multiple styles.
Shawldigan = shawl + cardigan, a free crochet pattern. It can be worn in multiple styles.
Shawldigan = shawl + cardigan, a free crochet pattern. It can be worn in multiple styles.
Shawldigan = shawl + cardigan, a free crochet pattern. It can be worn in multiple styles.





  1. Thank you for this lovely shawl pattern. Colors remind me of Mardi Gras (purple, green & gold).

    1. You’re welcome!! I can’t wait to see what colors you choose for your shawl. If you share a pic on social media, use #CBCDesigns and #CreationsbyCourtney. Enjoy the pattern!

    2. Beautiful shawl. I think I”s choose blyes and purples perhaps. I’m still undecided. I would imagine you can change the look of the shawl a lot just by changing the colors.

    1. Thank you Carolyn! I think the buttons are easier than using shawl pins. I never know how I want to place the very pretty shawl pins.

    1. Stash diving is great! We can find yarns that we forgot we had. I think it’s a rule that our stash keeps growing too lol

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