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Crochet 101: Make a cute shawl!

Added Jan 10, 2011

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






We see a lot of people crocheting and knitting on the subway in New York City on winter days. This week we’re delving into the basics of crochet. How many of our members crochet? Knit? If you’re new to crochet, David, our Coordinator, Social Media and Member Service extraordinaire, has created a simple tutorial which will boost you from novice to pro in no time. We think it sounds so fun to cozy up and learn a new technique, and with crochet, you can bring your projects anywhere! Modeled by David’s Mother… how sweet!

Find out more at Yes David Is Here!

Material Notes

Materials: Size US P-15/11.5 mm hook, and White/Gold, thin cotton and acrylic yarn. Utilized here are two different skeins of yarn, crocheted at the same time.

The completed shawl measured 31.5×37 (inches). Some people familiar with crochet or knitting may ask what the gauge is, but there is no gauge. The finished measurements are totally up to you.



Related Techniques


Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Ethnic, Preppy, Romantic, Vintage
Cashmere, Cotton, Blends, Wool


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    Jan 17, 2011, 07.22 PMby clownvomit

    I crochet and knit, although my crochet skills are decidedly better than my knitting. The shawl is lovely. I hope to make one eventually. Maybe for the summer.

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    Jan 16, 2011, 06.26 PMby jennarose57

    I am a true beginner and have a really basic question. How many skeins of yarn I will need, assuming I do not use two at once (as you did)? love the scarf and your georgeous mom. thank you for posting!

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      Feb 17, 2011, 09.33 PMby mynameisdavid

      Hi Jenna,

      I would recommend at least two skeins of yarn.

      - David

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    Jan 14, 2011, 01.59 AMby laurakis

    I both crochet and knit. Also make bobbin lace, i have a Ravelry account with my knitted projects if you´d like to see them. or check my blog.

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    Jan 13, 2011, 05.25 PMby langslow

    How can you show these instructions with a person who is left-handed – you will completely discourage novice crocheters from doing anything in the future!

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      Jan 14, 2011, 08.16 PMby mynameisdavid

      Hi, I understand your point.

      However, I am left-handed and as a crocheter, there are fewer resources for us in comparison to those who are right-handed. The shawl is essentially a basic series of half-double crochet rows. Here is a great tutorial that can show right-handed crocheters how to do it: http://cache.lionbrand.com/faq/114.html

      - David

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    Jan 12, 2011, 02.44 PMby FabricUiPhoneApp

    Crochet is easy-peasy once you get the hang of it…I love it so much I included it as a feature on my iPhone app, Yarn U.

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    Jan 12, 2011, 11.49 AMby dreab

    You have just inspired me to crochet a summer baby blanket! I might crochet some cute trimmings to make is more babyish… Thanks :)

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    Jan 12, 2011, 03.05 AMby Angela1975

    I have been working with seniors for the last few years and through my work have learned to knit and crochet….I like knitiing, but crocheting is now an addiction…it really is much easier and faster than knitting…for me anyway. I can crochet a long scarf with a dc in about three hours—-and I am a novice…this is a great way to get through a long bus ride…love the picture of David’s mom….so good to see real women on this site :)…

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    Jan 11, 2011, 11.38 PMby mayadaughterofsun

    Very nice shawl! I started to crochet this winter, but have made really great progress thanks to some great tutorials on you tube. Now when I experienced it, I think it s a bit addictive:)

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    Jan 11, 2011, 10.54 PMby goddesslydia

    It’s really lovely. Are the actual instructions for the shawl posted anywhere? The instructions posted are just basic crochet instructions. I’ve been crocheting for many many years. Mostly I make hats for my teen son and all his friends, but I’d love to make the shawl for me. Thanks!

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      Jan 11, 2011, 11.12 PMby mynameisdavid


      The shawl is actually just simple rows of half double crochet stitches. It just looks a bit lace-y because I used a large hook. Anyone could create it with the instructions listed.

      - David

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    Jan 11, 2011, 10.05 PMby cornsey

    Thanks to David’s mom for sharing her elegance with us all.
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    Jan 11, 2011, 02.22 PMby irmchen

    Cute shawl! Love your pics… the modelling encourages me to continue with posting pics from myself allthough I am 40-some.

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      Jan 11, 2011, 07.16 PMby mynameisdavid

      Wonderful! That’s my mommy :)

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    Jan 11, 2011, 11.40 AMby Kikakik

    Needle + Thread = Happiness! Thank you for this novice program, will get my needle down to work and hope I will not get holes all over my shawl! :P

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      Jan 11, 2011, 02.54 PMby mynameisdavid

      Holes are ok! It may come out very interesting, which is great!

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    Jan 11, 2011, 05.53 AMby susanne2011

    Ah, I just bought a big book on needlecraft, with tips on how to knit, crochet, do quilting and more…love it. I recently started knitting, and can only make squares and rectangles so far. But I love how you can combine it with lazily hanging on the couch and watching TV. You can’t do that with a sewing machine! But I agree with Gedwoods, I prefer sewing as it is faster and I am better at it. Knitting is just something I can do on the side! I would love to be able to make lace-like bits though, to incorporate into my fabric creations…

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    Jan 11, 2011, 04.10 AMby NYAM Afia Cayee'

    I crochet …I am a beginner. My mom taught me recently the single and double stitches!

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    Jan 11, 2011, 02.51 AMby gedwoods

    I spent 20 years knitting on small projects before I ever touched a sewing machine! But I’ve never been able to crochet, despite several attempts to learn. When I knit, I seem to naturally get a uniform tension that is also the right tension, without any particular effort at all. When I crochet, however, I get variable size stitches, nothing regular about it, and so I just gave up. Everyone use to tell me that crochet was easier than knitting, but I found things quite the other way around.

    These days, I have very little interest in knitting, compared to sewing. If you’re a very fast knitter and you’re working with fairly coarse wool and a loose tension, it is possible to make up a garment in less than a full day’s work, but usually knitting takes several days to complete almost anything (the way I knit, anyways), whereas with sewing I can complete a job in one or two days work. Much more satisfying. If I had oodles of time, I’d maybe consider doing some knitting, but I can’t see that happening any time soon!

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    Jan 10, 2011, 11.15 PMby brandymccoy

    I’m a knitting and crochet junkie, as you’ll notice from my studio. Love that you posted this:)

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    Jan 10, 2011, 09.51 PMby vflsun

    That is beautiful. I’m going to try it. I know how to crochet, but I’ve only ever finished a lopsided scarf. It was sad ladies. Maybe this will help me. Thanks for the tutorial.

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      Jan 10, 2011, 10.26 PMby burda style magazine

      I’ve had quite mediocre results with knitting and crochet— I don’t seem to have the knack, so I’d like to try to perfect my skills as well!

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    Jan 10, 2011, 08.12 PMby easbrooke

    I knit and crochet. Love both of them. This is a great project to teach new hookers (aka crocheters). :)

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    Jan 10, 2011, 05.01 PMby zaarissima

    thank you for posting! It is really wonderful shawl!

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    Jan 10, 2011, 04.52 PMby caramia-made

    Thank you for posting this How To. I’ve been wanting to learn to crochet and / or knit for awhile… I don’t know if I have the patience though. I demand instant results, lol.

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    Jan 10, 2011, 04.18 PMby carottesauvage

    Oh I was wondering I ’d seen this lovely face before! Then I thought… of course! Beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial David

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