CALs Acer by The Crochet Project - on the LoveCrochet blog

Published on October 15th, 2015 | by Merion


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!

The Crochet Project on the LoveCrochet blog

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, 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”:

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!

Hungry for more information about how to read patterns? Why not sign up to The Crochet Project newsletter to get our Five Simple Rules to help you follow any of our patterns!

The Shawl Project Book 1 from the Crochet Project on the LoveCrochet blog
Patterns from Joanne and Kat’s book, The Shawl Project, Book 1 – look out for a review coming soon!

Best wishes

Joanne and Kat

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About the Author

Merion dreams in colour and adores crochet! From glorious granny blankets to ethereal shawls and lace cardies, she's never very far from her hooks! She loves cake, knitting, heavy horses, books and Mozart. Her favourite colour is duck egg blue.

6 Responses to Acer CAL: Video tutorials from Joanne Scrace and Kat Goldin!

  1. Sandra says:

    Hello Merion! I’m doing the Acer shawl CAL and have done the first four rows of the pattern which I was able to understand very well from the diagram on the pattern and also helped by the 4 tutorials above.
    Please can you tell me where the sharing of this pattern is taking place with questions and answers with A LINK please. I do not have a facebook account and do not wish to join. Can I still see the links? Thank you for answering my query. Sandra

  2. Merion says:

    Hi Sandra! I’m so pleased you’ve started the Acer shawl and that the video tutorials have helped! The pattern is available to buy here on ( but the group for sharing and discussion is in a private Facebook group monitored closely by the LoveCrochet team that you are very welcome to join should you change your mind. We’ll be posting more blog posts right here about Acer – next week we’ll be talking about blocking, and we’ll be sharing photos of our Acers here at HQ, and favourites from the group.
    We’d love to see your pictures and hear how you are getting on, please do check in and share your Acer!
    Merion and the LoveCrochet team

  3. Sandra says:

    Hi Merion, thank you for responding! I have been trying out the four-row pattern for Acer on some yarn oddments and now I wish to start up the shawl in my chosen yarn. I have already bought the pattern.
    I shall look forward to further sharing here on the lovecrochet site if it is to take place as people progress. For me, it’s a pity that all sharing is done on facebook and that I am unable to ask questions and see other people’s with thge answers given.
    Best wishes, Sandra

  4. Rosemary Siddall says:

    Feel I can benefit from your instructions.Thankyou!

  5. Jean Moyer says:

    Where do I find the written pattern?

  6. Kathy says:

    Need the written pattern please.

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