Easy triangle shawl crochet pattern - crocheting ideas for beginners

This easy triangle shawl crochet pattern is a great crochet shawl for beginners but also a terrific mindful crochet project for experienced crocheters looking for something simple, relaxing and repetitive to crochet.

I just published the second of three video tutorials for my Spring Simplicity crochet shawl. By the end of the video you will know how to do a double crochet decrease (dc2tog) and how to do the double crochet decrease section of each of the two versions of the shawl in my pattern.

I also explain the difference between double crochet decreases and stitches that are completed in a similar way, like the double crochet cluster stitch and double crochet bobble stitch. Because one thing about crochet that grinds my gears is how confusing it can be made to sound, especially for beginners.

When I was designing my Granny Hexagon hot pad pattern I watched videos and read blog posts from some pretty big name crocheters, all trying to find out if there was any consensus on what the main stitch I was using was called. Spoiler: there wasn't.

And that's ok! I think one of the fun things about crochet is we have different names for the same stitch, although I know it drives some crocheters round the bend. But in my view it's not ok when designers:
  • don't explain that there are differences in opinion or experience or nomenclature
  • don't clearly outline what they call stitches and what the anatomy of the stitch is in their design
This is the kind of thing that causes beginners to give up crochet in frustration. It makes crochet confusing and therefore inaccessible to many!
I thought this second video of the CAL would also be a good opportunity to clarify the differences, for me, between a dc3tog, a double crochet cluster stitch and a double crochet bobble stitch. Because I've seen these terms used interchangeably when they aren't the same stitch!
Once you've watched the video let me know in the video comments what terms you were taught to use for these stitches and if there are other examples of things like this that grind your crochet gears...

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