Strawberry Cupcake CAL – Part 1

This is the first part of the Strawberry Cupcake CAL. Follow along with the instructions to make the first section of the pattern. Read the introduction here or buy the PDF of the whole pattern here.

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About the crochet-along

This is the first part of a series of blog posts where you will get access to the full pattern for the Strawberry Cupcake shawl, a rounded triangle shawl with dainty texture and which looks great in gradient yarn.

Please check out the previous post for more information about the crochet-along, its schedule and prizes.

Strawberry Cupcake CAL cover photo

This pattern is written in US terms. For UK terms, please buy the PDF pattern, which comes in both versions.

Stitches and other abbreviations (US terms)

  • Ch – chain;
  • Dc – double crochet;
  • EDc – extended double crochet; YO, insert hook into working space and draw up a loop, Ch1, repeat [YO and pull through 2 loops on hook] 2 times to complete the stitch;
  • FpEDc – front post extended double crochet stitch; insert hook behind the post of the next St (not through the top) and make a regular EDc;
  • MR – magic ring;
  • Pic – Ch3 picot – Ch3, Sl St into back bump of first Ch;
  • Pop – popcorn stitch – make 5Dc in the same Sp, take hook out of last loop, insert into top of first St, draw up the loop through the top of the St;
  • Sc – single crochet;
  • SEDc – standing extended double crochet; draw up a tall loop with your hook, YO with this loop, insert hook into working space and draw up a loop, Ch1, repeat [YO and pull through 2 loops on hook] 2 times to complete the stitch;
  • Sk – skip;
  • Sp – space;
  • St – stitch;
  • YO – yarn-over

Observations

  • Stitches in {curly brackets} are all worked in the same stitch.
  • Stitches in [square brackets] are repeated.
  • Stitch counts are provided in (round brackets) for the first pattern repeat.
  • The pattern repeat consists of two similar sections with different amounts of stitches, but the same type of stitches.
  • Nested repeat sequences are highlighted in italics.

Skill level

The experience level recommended for this pattern is intermediate, as you will be working front post stitches and popcorn stitches.

You will also work off of detailed instructions. Hopefully I’ll be able to find a way to include a chart as well, at least for parts of the pattern.

If you are a beginner, you are also welcome, as there will be detailed videos for each part of the pattern. I and everyone in the group are here to support you.

Strawberry Cupcake CAL part 1 detail

Notions

  • Yarn – a cake of gradient yarn in size 2 – 800 meters per 200 grams for given size, or a larger cake for a larger shawl; you can substitute with any yarn weight, but I recommend keeping it in the fingering-DK range;
  • Hook – 3 or 3.5-mm crochet hook or hook that goes with your chosen yarn;
  • Scissors and tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

Size

The finished shawl sample made using the recommended yarn measures about 160 cm or 63” in length and 50 cm or 19.5” in depth.

To make the shawl larger, use a thicker yarn or make more pattern repeats, following the instructions in the second pattern repeat.

Strawberry Cupcake CAL part 1 size

Gauge

If you want to make sure your chosen yarn is sufficient to follow the whole pattern and make a shawl identical to the sample, make a gauge swatch.

Adapt your hook size to reach the recommended swatch size.

18 Dc stitches per row and 10 rows should give you a 10 by 10 cm or 4” by 4” square.

Make the gauge swatch as soon as you get your yarn.

Instructions

Beginning section

R1. {SEDc, 9Dc, 1EDc} in MR, turn (11)

R2. {SEDc, 3Dc} in first St, 4Dc, {1Dc, Ch2, 1Dc} in next St, 4Dc, {3Dc, 1EDc} in last St, turn (20)

R3. {SEDc, 3Dc} in first St, 8Dc, {1Dc, Ch2, 1Dc} in Ch2 Sp, 8Dc, {3Dc, 1EDc} in last St, turn (28)

R4. {SEDc, Ch1, 1Dc, Ch1} in first St, 1Dc in next St, repeat [Ch1, Sk1, 1Dc] 5 times, Ch1, {1Dc, Ch2, 1Dc} in Ch2 Sp, repeat [Ch1, Sk1, 1Dc] 6 times, {Ch1, 1Dc, Ch1, 1EDc} in last St, turn (36)

R5. Ch1, 2Sc in first St, 16Sc (worked in Dc stitches and Ch1 spaces), 3Sc in Ch2 space, 16Sc (worked in Dc stitches and Ch1 spaces), 2Sc in last St, turn (39)

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R6. {SEDc, Ch1, 1Dc, Ch1} in first St, 1Dc in next St, repeat [Ch1, Sk1, 1Dc] 8 times, Ch1, Sk1, {Dc, Ch1, Dc} in next St, repeat [Ch1, Sk1, 1Dc] 9 times, {Ch1, 1Dc, Ch1, 1EDc} in last St, turn (47)

R7. SEDc, repeat [6Dc in next Ch1 Sp, 1Sc in next Ch1 Sp, Ch2, 1Sc in next Ch1 Sp] 4 times, ending with the last Sc in the middle Ch2 Sp, {Ch2, 1Sc} in Ch2 Sp, repeat [Ch2, 1Sc in next Ch1 Sp, 6Dc in next Ch1 Sp, 1Sc in next Ch1 Sp] 3 times, Ch2, 1Sc in next Ch1 Sp, 6Dc in next Ch1 Sp, 1EDc in last St, turn (8 shells)

R8. SEDc, repeat [repeat [Ch1, 1FpEDc around next Dc] 6 times, Ch1, 1Sc in Ch2 Sp] 4 times, Ch1, {1Sc, Ch2, 1Sc} in middle Sc, repeat [Ch1, 1Sc in next Ch2 Sp, repeat [Ch1, 1FpEDc around next Dc] 6 times] 4 times, Ch1, 1EDc in last St, turn (8 shells)

R9. Ch1, 2Sc in first St, 1Sc in each St across, to middle Ch2 Sp, {1Sc, Ch2, 1Sc} in Ch2 Sp, 1Sc in each St across, 2Sc in last St, turn (124)R10. {SEDc, Ch1, 1Dc, Ch1} in first St, FpEDc around post of 1st St of R8, Ch1, repeat [repeat [1FpEDc around post of next EDc on R8] 6 times, Ch1] 4 times, {1FpEDc, Ch2, 1FpEDc} around middle stitches on R8, repeat [Ch1, [repeat [1FpEDc around post of next EDc on R8] 6 times] 4 times, Ch1, 1FpEDc around post of last St on R8, {Ch1, 1Dc, Ch1, 1EDc} in last St, turn (72)

To continue, please come back to the blog on August 8th, check out the CAL hub with all the links to the different parts of the CAL or get the PDF pattern if you don’t want to wait.

Video

The first part of this pattern comes with a video that you can watch below.

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I hope you enjoyed this first part of the crochet-along and that you will share your photos in the Two Redheads Crochet group on Facebook.

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If you don’t want to wait, you could also get the PDF pattern from my shop and work at your own pace.

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I’m looking forward to seeing you in the group and to see what beautiful shawls you make in the Strawberry Cupcake CAL.

Hugs,

Andrea

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