Kizilkaya shawl – now with video tutorial

A simple pattern with a little twist can turn any yarn into such a beautiful thing!

Take this one, named after the red rocks that make up lots of landscapes in Turkey. I visited only twice, but the terraced valleys, with their sharply defined ridges, have created a lasting impression.

Kizilkaya shawl beautifully draped on a vintage clothes hanger (click on the photo for pattern)

I’ve wanted to replicate that feeling in the staggered lines of this shawl pattern. The lines flow into the edges, spilling over and creating beautiful curls at the ends.

If you want to try this pattern, you can download it here in the shop and you can follow along the video tutorial I made for it, just to get you started (you can also click on the video thumbnail below). After a few rows under guidance, your hook will fly through this pattern.

Are you left-handed?

Now because I’ve been thinking a lot about accessibility lately, I’ve come up with a list of things that I should be doing to make my patterns and videos more accessible to a wide audience. I know I still have a lot of work to do, especially with captions. But I thought about trying out something else.

I am aware that there are many left-handed crocheters out there who also like to watch video tutorials for patterns, but most demonstrations are for right-handed people.

Using a mirror app is not recommended in this case because you can’t really read the text any more, so the video needs to be flipped. That’s what I did.

This is essentially the same video as the one linked above (content-wise), but all of the video showing the actual stitches has been flipped for your viewing pleasure.

I am not sure if this is enough, so I am hoping to get some feedback from actual left-handed crocheters who use videos, to improve the next videos I make.

This technique is not very difficult to implement and it does mean that all of my videos will be duplicated (which may or may not anger the “gods” of Youtube, but I frankly don’t care, as long as it does help someone – I already have duplicate patterns for US and UK terms, what’s a few duplicate videos).

If you find this video to be helpful and you’d like me to do the same to the other videos I’ve already published of different patterns (and in the future as well, of course), please let me know. If you have any constructive feedback on how to make this experience better without learning to crochet left-handed and filming like that, please also leave it in a comment below.

Direct feedback from you is the best, much more reliable than anything I could find on forums and the like.

Thank you and I am looking forward to reading and applying your feedback!

Hugs,

Andrea

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