Announcing the FreshStitches Cow CAL!

Exciting news! The newest FreshStitches Crochet-A-Long is here! This month, we’ll be crocheting Jackie the Cow… and I’ll be posting helpful tips and techniques blog posts the whole way!

There’s even a prize!

Could it get any more exciting? One lucky participant in the CAL will receive a Wild Waves Crocheter’s Tool Kit, courtesy of The Sexy Knitter.

The Tool Kit is a crocheter’s best friend: containing a tape measure, airplane-safe scissors, tapestry needles and stitch markers… all in one adorable, handy tin! Perfect for tossing in your bag and always having the right supplies for crocheting!

Keep reading for details about how your cutie cow can win you this great prize!

Join the CAL!

Joining in the CAL is easy! Get yourself a copy of the Jackie the Cow pattern, grab your materials (see below) and follow this blog to get all of the helpful crochet/amigurumi tips that will guide you along the way!

To enter to win the fabulous prize, you’ll want to post a photo of your finished cow (either on the FreshStitches Facebook page or in the CAL thread of the FreshStitches Ravelry Group) by July 13th! One lucky winner will get a Wild Waves Crocheter’s Tool Kit… and yes, international entries are welcome!

The Cow CAL is finished now – you can go back and read all the posts with great tips and extra tutorials here.

Ideas for your Cow!

Of course, you’re welcome to follow the pattern directions exactly, and you’ll get an adorable cow… but, you can also crochet a unique cow all of your own! Here are some ideas:

  • Crochet a cow in your favorite color… cows don’t have to be white!
  • Pick a bulky yarn (and crochet with a bigger hook) to make a jumbo cow!
  • Use a sock-weight yarn and a size C hook to create an adorable mini-cow!
  • Add a little something unique to your cow… maybe hearts instead of spots?

To crochet the cow that’s in the pattern, you’ll need 3 colors of worsted weight yarn: white (150 yards), black (50 yards) and tan (20 yards). You’ll also need a size H hook, a pair of 18mm brown eyes, a tapestry needle, and stuffing.

For bigger cows, you’ll need slightly more yarn… and less for smaller cows!

Wanna know what I’m doing?

I’ve made my share of white & black cows in my day… so I wanted to do something different. I heard a pile of leftovers calling my name…

That’s when it hit me… I need to make a rainbow cow!

Making a cow using leftover scraps is easy… when the pattern calls for white yarn, you just start using your scraps! I’m planning to stripe mine so he looks like a rainbow!

Are you in?

It’s going to be a blast… and I really hope you join us! Go ahead and leave me a comment… and tell me about your cow-rific plans!



  1. A rainbow cow? Now that is something I will be so excited to see!

  2. Abby SAYS...

    A rainbow cow sounds awesome! πŸ™‚ This CAL could be called a Cow-a-Long!

    • I like the sound of Cow-a-long πŸ™‚

  3. I’ll admit it, I have a soft spot for cows, not sure why they just make me smile. Can’t wait to see your rainbow creation.

  4. Judy SAYS...

    I’m in! Looking forward to my first ever crochet / cow a long!

  5. Caroline SAYS...

    Hi Stacey! Your second link for Jackie the cow is failing and when browsing to locate the pattern, the picture of Jackie links to the purchase of a very cool gnome pattern (which is titled correctly), hope this helps.

    • Oh my goodness… that is so strange! Caroline, do you mind telling me what browser you’re using?

  6. Heather SAYS...

    Our “unofficial” college mascot was a purple cow…think it’s about time I made one… πŸ™‚

    • Heather- sounds like a fabulous time to get started on that, don’t you think?
      Where did you go to College?

  7. Brigette SAYS...

    I had planned on sticking with the exact pattern colors of black and white, but I just received my Ella Rae yarn in light brown, white and tan. Perfect for this CAL/Cow-A-Long. I really like the soft feel of this yarn. I plan on getting started tonight after work. Oh! Joy.

  8. june SAYS...

    I am going to use my favorite colors

  9. Oh I may have to join in!! I’ve never done a CAL before, only KAL’s and I’ve been wanting to learn to crochet better so this might be just the thing! That cow is so sweet!

  10. Nidia SAYS...

    I’d like to join

  11. I’m in πŸ™‚
    Not quite sure what colors I’ll use, except I’m starting out with a dark pink. I’ll propably choose the rest as I go along.

  12. Helen SAYS...

    Back from my holiday and just found this…………………. I’m in !!!

  13. Is it to late to get in on this CAL? Sounds like fun!

    • Meredith- It’s never too late! Join right on in!

  14. Eugenia SAYS...

    Hi Stacey!

    I’m Eugenia from Argentina.

    That’s such a lovely cow! I’d like to participate in the CAL (I’ve just found this post actually but I think it’s not too late, right?). The problem is the link to the pattern is not working. Could you send it to me?

    I’m following both your courses on Craftsy. I love them!

    I have a friend who loves cows so this one would be a great present for her!

    I hope you can help me.


    • Hi Eugenia!
      Of course it’s not too late to get started! The pattern is available for purchase, here.

      So happy you’re loving my classes!

      • Eugenia SAYS...

        Great, Stacey. Thanks!!!

  15. Eugenia SAYS...

    Hi Stacey,

    We should upload our photo by July 11th or 13th? I read two different dates in two different posts, and now I’m confused. πŸ™‚


    • Hey there! It’s the 13th πŸ™‚

      • Eugenia SAYS...

        Excellent, thanks!

  16. Eugenia SAYS...

    I finally finished my cow (picture posted on Facebook). Before starting I was afraid of not getting it right because it was the first big amigurumi for me (all the previous ones I made were tiny) and it had so many parts, but your pattern and posts are so clear that it was easy after all!

    It’s also my first amigurumi crocheted on the back loop. It feels nice and it’s easier to attach the parts.

    Thanks for your work! πŸ™‚


    • Yay! So happy you finished your first big amigurumi!