Crochet Shawl +Cardigan | Free Crochet Along

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An image of a woman wearing a yellow, green and purple crochet shawl leaning against a black light pole in front a white washed brick wall and windows.

Crochet shawls are an absolute favorite for many in the fiber community because they offer an opportunity to create a versatile crochet piece that can be made with simple or complex stitch patterns. Crochet shawls are also great for layering across the shoulders, or worn around the neck as an oversized cowl. With endless options, one has to have several crochet shawls in their handmade closet.

Why a crochet along?

Crochet alongs offer an opportunity to have fun while building community and possibly make life long friends. By a group of crafters all working on the same project at the same time, one receive guaranteed enthusiastic support and feedback on color pairing or help with questions. A crochet along also provides more opportunity to interact with the designer to ask questions and receive pattern support.

How the crochet along will work

We are spending four weeks together to make wonderfully stylish and cozy Shawldigans for this crochet along! Per the schedule below, each crocheter will start and finish by working in sections. The schedule is a guideline for when portion of the patterns will be posted.

The past crochet alongs were shared in separate posts, whereas this page will be updated each time.

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 #Shawldigan.

Each participant that posts a modeled picture of their finished Shawldigan by September 30, 2023, will be entered in the giveaway for a $25 gift card OR a canvas project tote valued up to $42.00. If the selected winner lives outside of the US and Canada, we will discuss an equivalent in their region.

What you’ll learn / accomplish during the crochet along

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy learning a new stitch combination or construction method when following a crochet pattern. As a straightforward crochet pattern, the Shawlidgan does offer a few gems.

  • Crossed extended double crochet
  • Working between stitches
  • Simple increases
  • Color changing at the end of the row
  • Reverse single crochet / crab stitch

Crochet Along Schedule

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. {add link}
  • 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 the blog throughout the event to be directed to the next section.
  • As you work, post progress pictures on Facebook and Instagram with the tag #Shawldigan #CreationsbyCourtney #CBCCAL

Supply List

Yarn

The original sample of the Shawldigan was made with Lion Brand Heartland, a premium acrylic yarn, that offers rich heathered colors named for various US locations. It’s one of my favorite yarns! I also used Berrocco Comfort, a blend of nylon and acrylic in a loose twist, that is super soft and comes in lovely shades. As both yarns are a worsted weight, it creates a warm shawl that is perfect for fall, mild winter and early spring days.

As a generously sized shawl, with color blocks, one can have fun choosing more than 3 coordinating colors by diving into the stash, or checking out the suggestions below.

I dived into my stash to pull out some wool by Plymouth Yarns and Mrs. Crosby, and Siri Peace Silk by The Miller Girls. It’s going to be my luxurious, cozy Shawldigan.

If you need help choosing what colors will look good together, grab a copy of the color planning page by clicking the button below.

*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 main color in a worsted weight #4 will require up to 700 yards.

The contrasting colors will require up to 400 yards each.

Should you choose to only use two colors, or use more than 3, you will need more of the contrasting colors.

Other Supplies

US J (6.00 mm) hook or size needed for gauge

1” shank or toggle button x 2

Scissors

Yarn Needle

PATTERN KEY

Ch: chain

Cedc: crossed extended double crochet

CSDC: chainless starting double crochet

Dc: double crochet

Dc-sp: space between double crochets

Edc: extended double crochet

FO: fasten off

Rep: repeat

Rsc: reverse single crochet

Sk: skip

Sl st: slip stitch

Sp: space

SPECIAL STITCHES & TECHNIQUES

Cedc: YO, sk 1 st, insert hook in next st, *YO, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), YO, pull through 1 loop (3 loops on hook), [YO, pull through 2 loops] 2 times; YO, insert hook in sk st, rep from *

CSDC: pull up a loop that is row height, holding loop in place and wrap yarn around hook (yarn over), insert hook in first st, YO, pull up a loop, [YO, pull through 2 loops] twice

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NOTES

  • Pattern is written US terms.
  • Read the entire pattern before beginning.
  • This shawl grows from the center outward.
  • Ch 3 counts as a dc throughout the pattern, unless otherwise noted.
  • All dc made, except for the point, will be made in the space between each dc. 
  • When making a cedc on top of a cedc row, place one edc outside and one edc inside (between the crossed sts).
  • The finished length can be shortened or lengthened by reducing or adding rows. Yarn amounts do not include any adjustments to the length.
  • Prior to attaching the buttons, use stitch markers to indicate where to attach the buttons. Try on the Shawldigan to ensure a comfortable fit. 

Gauge

10 rows in pattern = 12” wingspan x 6.5” length [30.5 cm wingspan x 16.5 cm length]

Let’s make the first 10 rows to check pattern gauge. It’s not critical, but it will help you determine the final size of your lovely crochet shawl.

Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2dc, ch 2, 3dc (first point made); tighten ring, turn. 6 dc, 2 ch

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 sp; rep * until last dc-sp, 2dc in last dc-sp, dc in top of ch-3, turn. 12 dc, ch 2

Rows 3-9: Repeat Row 2, change to Color B, turn. 54 dc, ch 2 

Row 10: Ch 3, 2 dc in first dc-sp, *cedc over next 2 dc-sp; rep from * until dc-sp before point, cedc around ch-2 sp and last dc-sp; (2dc, ch 2, 2dc) around ch-2 sp; rep from * to last dc-sp, 2dc in last dc-sp, dc in top of ch-3, turn.  10 dc, 26 cedc, ch 2

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INSTRUCTIONS

Section 1

Start with a magic circle

Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2dc, ch 2, 3dc (first point made); tighten ring, turn. 6 dc, 2 ch

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 sp; rep * until last dc-sp, 2dc in last dc-sp, dc in top of ch-3, turn. 12 dc, ch 2

Rows 3-9: Repeat Row 2, change to Color B, turn. 54 dc, ch 2 

Row 10: Ch 3, 2 dc in first dc-sp, *cedc over next 2 dc-sp; rep from * until dc-sp before point, cedc around ch-2 sp and last dc-sp; (2dc, ch 2, 2dc) around ch-2 sp; rep from * to last dc-sp, 2dc in last dc-sp, dc in top of ch-3, turn.  10 dc, 26 cedc, ch 2

Row 11: Ch 3, 2 dc in first dc-sp, * cedc over next 2 dc-sp; rep from * until dc-sp before point, cedc around ch-2 sp and last dc-sp; (2dc, ch 2, dc) around ch-2 sp; rep from * to last 2 dc-sp, cedc, dc in same st and last dc-sp as last cedc, dc in ch-3, turn. 10 dc, 30 cedc, ch 2 

Rows 12-14: Rep [Rows 10-11], then rep Row 10, change to Color A, turn. 10 dc, 42 cedc, ch 2

Rows 15-17: Repeat Row 2, change to Color C, turn. 112 dc, ch 2

Rows 18-22: Rep [Rows 10-11] 2 times, then rep Row 10, change to Color A, turn. 10 dc, 72 cedc , ch 2

Section 2

Rows 23-32: Rep Row 2, change to Color B, turn. 210 dc, ch 2

Rows 33-37: Rep [Rows 10-11] 2 times, then rep Row 10, change to Color A, turn. 10 dc, 120 cedc , ch 2

Rows 38-43: Repeat Row 2, change to Color C, turn. 286 dc, ch 2

Section 3 coming September 22

Rows 44-48: Rep [Rows 10-11] 2 times, then rep Row 10, change to Color A, turn. 10 dc, 158 cedc , ch 2

Rows 49-54: Repeat Row 2. Do not FO. 362 dc, ch 2

Edging 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. 109 sc

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, 2 sc 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. 366 sc, 2 ch 

Row 3: Ch 1, rsc in stitch to the right, rsc in each st to the point, 2 rsc around ch-2, rsc in each st, sl st to join. FO. Weave in ends. 477 rsc

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.

That is all for the Fall 2023 Crochet Along of the Shawldigan! It’s been amazing to see each beautiful crochet shawl. Don’t forget to share a picture of you wearing your finished Shawldign with #creationsbycourtney #shawldigan #cbccal in the Creations by Courtney Community Facebook group or on Instagram.

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27 Responses

    1. Don’t forget to download the sketch if you need to decide between colors. Oh, you can also post in the FB group and get feedback from everyone. 🙂

    1. It’s always interesting to see how the vibe of a project can change based on the yarn colors. At least I can have the brightness of summer without the heat. Lol

  1. I LOVE the colors you chose! I have been working on my crochet wardrobe for fall. ???? I’ve got 2 shawls, and 2 sweaters so far.

    1. Thank you! It was hard to narrow down the color and then choose the order of the colors. You’re off to a great start for your fall crochet wardrobe!

    1. Yes, you can use whatever yarn you would like in a worsted weight, and only color combination that you like. A thinner weight yarn could be used too with the same hook for a lighter version.

  2. Your gauge video was extremely helpful. I crochet very loosely, so to meet the gauge I used an H hook. Excited to complete this project.

  3. When we were voting on the patterns for this CAL. It was a toss up of this one and another pattern. I’m glad this one won. It is an easy pattern and loving the stitches used giving it just the right appeal.

  4. Saving this one for later, wish I had time to join in!! I will be keeping an eye on the Facebook group for all the lovely versions!!

  5. Going to love this one when I am able to get to it so saving it in file of To Do Soon Projects. Also hope you had an awesome Birthday!!!! Virgo’s are the best!!

  6. I’d there a way to figure out how to change a crochet pattern while using a smaller hook? I just finished section 3 of the shawldigan. I love to make the same size shawl but I’d like to use a smaller hook. Thanks

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