Acer CAL: Video tutorials from Joanne Scrace and Kat Goldin!
We’re thrilled to introduce you to Joanne Scrace and Kat Goldin from The Crochet Project to help you start your Acer shawls! Ready, steady, hook!
Hello! We’re Joanne and Kat from The Crochet Project and we are so delighted to be guesting on the LoveCrochet blog to share the Acer Shawl love with you all!
At The Crochet Project, we pride ourselves on creating concisely and cleverly written patterns that you can trust. All of our patterns are written using standard UK instructions and the majority have charts to support them too. We understand though that for many of you it may be the first time you have followed a pattern. Maybe you are okay with charts but struggle with written instructions, or maybe you are more used to the unabbreviated style that many free patterns are written in? Maybe you have only worked from videos before?
Whatever your previous experience, we want to help! We want Acer to be an enjoyable pattern to follow and hopefully you can learn some new skills along the way that open up a whole new world of beautiful crochet patterns to you.
Acer has been written for and tested by people who don’t feel confident tackling written patterns but want to start. But because we want everyone to join the fun and enjoy the satisfaction of making wearable lace crochet we have, for the first time, exclusive to lovecrochet.com, made some videos to help you on your way.
So grab your pattern, your hook and your yarn and lets get started!
We write our crochet patterns as much like knitting patterns as possible: we keep the text nice and neat and make the same type of instructions work for the very simplest to the most complicated patterns (other methods of writing tend to fall down when the patterns become complicated. In crochet you need to know which stitch (or stitches) you are going to make, where you need to make them and how many times you are going to do it – it’s as simple as that!
To help you get over the hurdle of starting watch this video which takes you stitch by stitch through the first set-up row:
Watch the video in conjunction with reading the chart and the written pattern to get a good idea of how the instructions translate into action. Now you know where the stitches go you will need to know how to make them. Here are the instructions for the bobble shell you will use in Set up Row 1:
and the small shell you will use in Set Up Row 2:
Again, watch these and compare them with the descriptions in the Special Stitches section of the pattern and in the chart to help you learn. When working Set-Up Row 2, this video will tell you exactly what we mean by “top of the bobbleshell”:
Hopefully you’ve made it safely through the Set-up Rows now. Our last video shows you what your small piece of work should look like now and where you need to place your hook to keep working.
Good luck! And don’t forget, if you need more support head on over to the LoveCrochet Crochet-a-long (CAL) facebook page where lots of people are making the pattern and are able to help you out!
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Joanne and Kat
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