The Annual Holiday Stashdown Crochet Along

Published on August 29, 2018 6 min read

Looking for a little yarn excitement in your life? Are you ready to accept the challenge of crocheting some, if not all, of your Christmas gifts and decorations this year? Before you run off to John Lewis for a Christmas shopping spree, stop right there, because we’ve got 15 Christmas crochet patterns you won’t want to miss!

In the fourth annual Holiday Stashdown Crochet Along, CAL Central will be sharing 15 crochet  patterns by some of the best crochet designers on the craft block. Even better news - they are gifting them to you for free! The patterns will include perfect projects for winter holiday gifts and sweet crochet decorations for your home. And the best thing about a crochet along, is you can make them while chatting with other crocheters in the CAL Central Facebook and Ravelry groups.

But there’s a twist: you’re not going to get all of these beauties at once! Instead, one pattern will be released every Monday from the 3rd of September through to the 10th of December, 2018. So there’s a new treat in store every week. While the patterns will be kept secret until they’re revealed each Monday, the yarn list is available ahead of time, so you can get your stash ready to crochet along!. As a heads-up, all of the patterns are made using up to 3 skeins of Paintbox Yarn.

Pattern 1: Pop of Color Waves Slouchy Hat

The fourth annual Holiday Stashdown Crochet Along kicks off with this amazing Pop of Color Waves Slouchy Hat in Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran. This beginner-friendly slouchy beanie crochet pattern in 7 sizes makes a fun, unisex project. Choose neutral colors for the gentle waves with a bright, contrasting color for the band and pom pom, or customise it using three of your favorite yarn colors.

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Pattern 2: “Snowberries” A Luxurious Winter Scarf by Kirsten Holloway

Who doesn’t love a cozy winter scarf? We all do! If you simply must have texture in not just your scarves, but all of your crochet, then the Snowberries winter scarf is essential for your next Christmas WIP! Puff stitches and delicate chains make up this snow white creation, which has been crocheted in Champagne White Paintbox Yarns Simply DK.

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Pattern 3: Foldover Cowl by Hooked for Life

Let’s continue the Holiday CAL fun with this Foldover Cowl by Hooked for Life. This simple cowl can be made with just two skeins of Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Aran, and is finished with buttons. Knit this cozy cowl this Christmas in your favorite color!

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Pattern 4: Anahata Hat by Oombawka Design

Next up in the holiday CAL is the perfect chunky and slouchy hat to keep you warm this winter! The Anahata Hat by Oombawka Design in Paintbox Yarns Simply DK is a great new WIP project for beginners and intermediate level crocheters. You can crochet this lightweight hat in solids, or in a fun print - it is just so versatile!

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Pattern 5: Asper Beanie by Sweet Potato Creations

The Asper Beanie by Sweet Potato Creations is a great pattern for the men in your life. While this pattern suits both men and women, its simple and clean design makes it perfect for a guy who wants something that looks great, is toasty warm, but isn’t over-designed. Crocheted in Racing Green and Granite Gray Paintbox Yarns Simply DK, this design is a quick, beginner level beanie that everyone will love.

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Pattern 6: Laguna Cowl by The Purple Poncho

If the words, ‘easy’ and ‘chunky’ are what you’re searching for in your next WIP, then it’s time to welcome the Laguna Cowl by The Purple Poncho into your life. Crocheted in the bulky weight Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky, this stylish cowl works up super fast and can be made in any colors you fancy.

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Pattern 7: Purple Passion Purse by Jessie at Home

Jessie at Home is here to help you introduce some boho style into your wardrobe. The Purple Passion Purse is all tassels and fringe, and is made using Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran. Crochet this versatile bag in all of your favorite colors for that essential boho flare for every every mood.

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Pattern 8: Dancing Snowflakes Gift Bag by Divine Debris

Bags of any size, color, and design never go astray. Especially adorable ones like this sweet little snowflake bag by Divine Debris in Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran! You can use this versatile bag for anything you like from an essential lipstick holder for yourself, or to gift little trinkets to friends and family this holiday season. Crochet one, crochet one hundred! You can never have too many bags.  

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Pattern 9: Colorblock Mittens by Left In Knots

A stylish, modern mitten is a wooly winter warmer you can’t go without. Thanks to Left in Knots, you don’t have to! Their Colorblock Mittens pattern, crocheted in the oh-so-soft Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran, has just enough flare to keep you interested and perfect style that you’ll keep coming back to.

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Pattern 10: Mod Stripes Towel by Stitches n' Sraps

With the Mod Stripes Towel by Stitches n’ Scraps, you can get even more Christmassy this festive season! Crochet this festive hand towel to have in your home all December to really get into the Christmas spirit. This towel is made using Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK, so its perfectly safe to wash and reuse every year.

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Pattern 11: Daddy and Me by Katherine Donahue

A crochet hat that can be worn by the whole family is not something you see every day. If you’ve always longed to make your family matchy-matchy when the cold weather sets in, then the Daddy and Me pattern by Katherine Donahue is essential for you to crochet this holiday season. Crocheted in Paintbox Yarns Simply DK, you’ll love crocheting one of these for everyone in your family.

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Pattern 12: Simple Color Block Cowl by The Stitchin Mommy

Being stylish can be easy with the Simple Color Block Cowl by The Stitchin Mommy. This beginner level pattern in Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky works up quickly and looks amazing when completed. With a huge range of colors to choose from in the Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky range, you’ll have so much fun crocheting this stylish cowl this Christmas.

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Pattern 13: Floral Boot Cuffs by Blackstone Designs

When the cold weather is upon us, it automatically becomes boot season, because boots are universally known as being amazing. To prepare you for boot season, Blackstone Designs is happy to share with you her Floral Boot Cuffs pattern. Crocheted in Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran, these cuffs are perfect for personalization! Crochet them in all of your favorite colors!

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Pattern 14: Hooded Infinity Scarf by Goddess Crochet

The holidays are the perfect excuse to cozy up and getting crocheting, wouldn’t you agree? This Hooded Infinity Scarf by Goddess Crochet is a pattern you’ll love to crochet, and one you’ll love to wear as well. In Paintbox Yarns Super Chunky, this scarf will work up quickly easily.

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Pattern 15: Vas’s Hug Moebius Cowl by Linda Dean Crochet

Using only 2 skeins of Paintbox Yarns Simply DK, the Vas’s Hug Moebius Cowl from Linda Dean Crochet is a a simple cowl that looks sublime in contrasting tones. Crochet this one up for yourself or for as a warming gift for a special someone this festive season.  

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And, because crochet alongs are more fun with prizes, CAL Central has teamed up with some awesome brands to give you a chance to win some amazing end-of-CAL prizes. For everything you need to know about the CAL, head over to the blog of CAL Central founder, the Underground Crafter.

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