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with Amy O'Neill Houck
Online Class

My First Crochet Shawl

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Get expert help crocheting a beautiful shawl! Join designer Amy O'Neill Houck and learn how to crochet a shawl step by step as you create the included pattern — it's perfect for practicing! During class, you'll get in-depth guidance for reading patterns and charts, checking gauge and working the special stitches that create your shawl's lacy edging. Then, you'll learn best practices for keeping track of your stitches and rows, working the increases that shape your shawl and creating a pretty picot border. To finish your shawl, you'll discover must-have techniques for washing, blocking and weaving in ends. Plus, you'll explore modifications in stitch patterns, yarns and size that will yield fun new looks from your pattern!


  • intermediate
  • 6 episodes
  • 1h40m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction to Crochet Shawls

1. Introduction to Crochet Shawls

Meet designer Amy O'Neill Houck and start learning about the history of shawls and how versatile they can be. Amy introduces the lacy Asteroflora Shawl, which you can also crochet as a shawlette in a finer yarn. Review the materials you'll need and get a refresher on some basic stitches.

2. Getting Comfortable With Patterns

2. Getting Comfortable With Patterns

Gain an understanding of the pattern's components before diving into the two ways you'll be shaping your shawl. Amy walks you through the edge and center increase techniques and shows you how those increases look on a chart so you can follow along.

3. Building Shawl Skills

3. Building Shawl Skills

Practice the special stitches you'll encounter on rows 1 and 2 of your shawl pattern, then create a gauge swatch. Amy shows you how to check your gauge so your project will have the same drape, size and look as her design, both before and after blocking.