Holiday Stashdown CAL Pattern

This is my contribution to the Holiday Stashdown CAL, The Holiday Stashdown CAL is hosted in the CAL Central Facebook and Ravelry groups.  It is a one skein project, quick to stitch and would be a fabulous gift for anyone! See my last post on the details of this fun CAL and a chance to win prizes!

Freely Cowl

By Gwen Buttke McGannon

Let that gorgeous skein of DK shine with this lacy cowl pattern.  A perfect one skein pattern, this cowl is a two-row repeat worked in the round. This pattern offers choices in length and works up quick for that last minute gift.  This is an easy pattern.

Finished Sizes

32 (40, 44)” circumference, 8 (9, 10)” long  


3 shells; 8 rows =4”


  • DK Wt yarn, Wool Blends, 100g/231-245yds, possibilities include:
    • – 1 skein Flyy Dyed DK, City Lights (pictured on left)
    • – 1 skein Serendipitous Wool Company, Earthen (center)
    • – 1 skein Five Burroughs, Girls Night In (pictured on right)
  • G/4.0mm Clover Amour Crochet Hook 
  • Tapestry Needle 

Pattern Notes  

Before starting the cowl, measure 10 yards, this will be used for edging the cowl. 

Pattern is worked in rounds.   

Chain-3 at beginning of round counts as dc. 

Special Stitches 

Beginning Shell (Beg Shell) : Ch 3, dc, ch 1, 2 dc in indicated st. 

Shell (Shell): (2 dc, ch1, 2 dc) in indicated st.

Picot: Ch 3, sc in 3rd ch from hook.  


Measure out 10 yards, to complete edge round. Ch 140 (155, 170) careful not to twist, join with a sl st. to first ch. 

Rnd 1: Beg shell in first ch, ch 1, *sk next 4 ch, shell in next ch, ch 1; rep from * around join to first shell. 28 (31, 34)shells, ch-1 sps

Rnd 2:  Sl st in next 2 sts, ch 6 (counts as dc, ch 3), *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 3,** dc in next ch-1 sp of shell, ch 3; rep from * around ending at **, join to first st. 28 (31, 34) dc, sc 

Rnds 3: Beg shell in first dc, ch 1, *sk next (ch 2, sc, ch 2), shell in next dc, ch 1; rep from * around join to first shell. 28 (31, 34)shells, ch-1 sps

Rnds 4-16 (14, 12): Rep Rnds 2-3 ending on Rnd 2. 

Rnd 18 (16, 14): Sl st in next 2 sts, ch 1, sc in ch-1 sp of shell, *ch 4, sc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * around, join to first st. –28 (31, 34)sc, ch-4 sps


Rnd 19 (17, 15): Sl st in next 2 ch, ch 1, sc in same ch-4 sp, *(ch 2, picot, ch 2), sc in next ch-4 sp; rep from * around, (ch 2, picot, ch 2), join to first sc. Fasten off. –28 (31, 34)sc, ch-4 sps, picots

With saved yarn from beginning, Rep Rnd 19, (17, 15) on opposite side. 

Abbreviations (US Terminology)

ch: chain 

sp: space

tr: treble crochet

dc: double crochet

ch-sp: chain space

sl st: slip stitch

rep: repeat

st(s): stitch(es)

© 2022, Gwen Buttke McGannon, GwenGoods design. All rights reserved.

Pattern for personal use only.

Published by gwengoods

I live with my family in Neenah, WI. My day job is working at our local library. I spend time everyday exploring the art of crochet. Everyday life inspires my work from family to nature.

11 thoughts on “Holiday Stashdown CAL Pattern

  1. There seems to be an “overlapping” problem with the text. There isn’t enough leading (space)) between the lines of text, in the Finished size, Materials Pattern notes, and Special stitches ections

  2. I have tried to read the pattern and the finished sizes, materials, and pattern notes are all showing up typed over each other and I can’t read them please help Vicki

  3. On my iPad the text was fine. On my iPhone there is still some overlap. I’m also wondering if r3 should be written differently from r1, since the stitching is not into chains and skipping chains? I just copied the photograph! 🤔

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