Getting all hooked up!
Learning to crochet is one of my most requested workshops and it’s a great way to dip into the world of crochet. There are some fantastic resources available online – Craftsy, Simply Crochet Magazine and The Craft Network to name a few, but there’s nothing like a bit of hands on tuition.
The workshop is designed to cover all the basics you need to get started, perfect for complete beginners or for folk who just want to brush up on their skills.
- holding the hook and yarn
- basic stitches
- changing colour
- reading a simple pattern
There’s also the social aspect of gathering together with a group of like minded people, giving yourself dedicated time to play with yarn, learn something new and have a good old chat. It’s all very informal and fun, questions you might think silly are encouraged – I’ve certainly had plenty of them!
We all have to start somewhere. . .
It probably helps that I’ve been in the exact same position myself and wished I’d had my Grandma around to give me the benefit of her knowledge. I was already teaching knit classes/ workshops in John Lewis Glasgow for Rowan Yarns and kept being asked if we had anything for crochet- so no pressure to brush up my skills! This was all before the internet was readily available, I couldn’t look at You Tube clips and Ravelry hadn’t been invented.
Off I went, crochet hook in hand trying to remember everything my Grandma had shown me as a kid. My right hand naturally held the hook – a bit like a drumstick, I knew how to make a slip knot, but it was the left hand….holding the yarn, it took time & determination to figure out this crochet thing and I’m so glad that I did.
With lot’s of trial and error, checking through reference books and crochet patterns, it all gradually started to make sense. Looking at it from a knit knowledge angle really helped, the technique might be different but there is a lot of cross over; rows are rows, stitches are still stitches, you take away for a decrease and add for an increase, right?
How I developed my crochet logic is pretty much the basis for the Learn to Crochet workshop and hopefully folk on the workshop start to develop their own, to gain confidence and have that light bulb moment.
Practice makes perfect. . .
The more you practice the easier it gets, if you can hold the hook / yarn and make a chain, you’re able to do the rest. We take things a step at a time, gradually building everything up, getting familiar with the different stitches and abbreviations. Once the fingers are under control and actually do what you want them to there’s no end to the possibilities.
Spending a day dedicated to crochet being gently guided along is the perfect place to start. So if you’re curious about crochet or looking to expand your stitching know how, why not join me on my next Learn to Crochet workshop, it would be great to see you!