Crochet short courses for Beginners and Improvers
I’m running my popular How to Crochet short courses in September and October this year. Let me tell you about them.
When do the How to crochet courses take place?
Each short course lasts for three classes and the classes will take place from 19:00–21:00 on Tuesday evenings. The How to Crochet short courses will take place during September and October.
When you book a short course, taking place from September 2019, you will be able to choose the dates for each class. If you would like to book one course (either beginners or improvers) you select three of the possible seven dates. After you book, I’ll email you to find out whether you are a beginner or improver. If you would like to book both courses you select six of the seven dates. There are five places in each class.
Recently, a few people have only been able to attend two out of three classes for a course, so I’m hoping that allowing you to choose the dates for your classes will mean that you will be able to come to all of them. If you find you cannot attend one class you may be able to change to another provided there is a place. And if you would like an extra session, that may also be possible. Or if you did the beginners’ course a while ago, you may be able to book a refresher class before you start the improvers’ course.
People in a class may be all beginners or all improvers or a mixture of both. When I’ve run classes in this way the beginners have enjoyed seeing what someone with a little more experience can do, whereas improvers benefited from seeing how far they have progressed in a few classes. And improvers who did not learn with me have picked up tips about techniques when I’m teaching beginners.
Where is the Being Knitterly Studio?
The Being Knitterly Studio is based in Loughborough, north Leicestershire. I’ll email you directions after you book.
Why should you come to these crochet short courses?
You might be a new crocheter (you’ve never tried), a beginner crocheter (you’ve tried to learn from books or videos or you just prefer to learn with a tutor) or an improver crocheter (you have already done the How to Crochet for Beginners short course with me, or you haven’t but can do double and treble crochet stitches and make a basic granny square, but are not sure what to try next).
The most important thing is that you want to learn and you are ready to learn the basic stitches or some more techniques. You’ll have so much fun trying different things in each class and learning with other crocheters. I’ll provide a crochet hook for beginners and yarn for everyone’s samples and projects.
I’ll also provide delicious homemade biscuits and a variety of hot drinks. And if we’re lucky, the Being Knitterly barista (Mr BK), will be around to make some rather nice coffee!
How will you learn?
I’ll demonstrate each stitch, both to groups and individuals. The first few times that you crochet a stitch, I’ll talk you through the process as you do it. You’ll also be given a handout with photographs and written instructions for each stitch. Practise makes perfect, so a bit of practice between each class will help too.
What will you learn if you’re a beginner?
You’ll learn to:
- Choose the right hook for yarn.
- Hold the hook and yarn.
- Make a chain, slip stitch, double and treble crochet stitches.
- Make a traditional granny square.
- Join granny squares and add a simple border.
- As well as understand basic crochet instructions.
In the first class you’ll learn how to hold the crochet hook and yarn whilst practicing double crochet stitches. This isn’t easy for a beginner; gradually your fingers will cooperate and you’ll be crocheting! Then, you’ll start a new sample by crocheting a foundation chain and working double crochet stitches into the chain. This is fiddly for beginners, but it will be easier because you have already learnt to do double crochet. You’ll practice making foundation chains and double crochet stitches for homework.
In the second class you’ll learn treble crochet. You’ll pick up this new stitch quicker because you learnt to hold the hook and yarn last week. Then you’ll use chain and treble crochet stitches to make your first granny square. As you do so, you’ll learn some abbreviations used for crochet instructions and symbols used in crochet charts. You’ll make more granny squares for homework ready for your next class.
In the final class, you’ll join your granny squares together and add a simple border to make a doll’s blanket. This is a great place to finish the beginners’ crochet course, because if you know how to make and join granny squares you can go away and make cushion covers, bags, scarves and throws: anything that is made up of squares!
“Absolutely loved doing these classes. From a complete beginner to being able to do Granny Squares!”
I’ll demonstrate as many times as necessary, let you practise and advise you how to adjust your fingers so that it becomes easier.
What will you learn if you’re an improver?
You’ll learn to:
- Change colour.
- Make variations of the traditional granny square.
- Crochet circles and tubes.
- Make different types of petal.
- As well as follow written instructions and crochet charts.
In the first class you’ll learn some new motifs based on granny squares. These are made using chain and treble crochet stitches. You’ll follow patterns with both written and charted instructions, so you’ll get lots of practice with these. And because you’ll already appreciate the versatility of granny squares, you’ll be able to start new projects using these new square motifs when you leave.
In the second class you’ll learn how to crochet circles and tubes. These are the basis of many crochet projects such as mats, circular cushions, containers and even shawls. Again there’s no new stitches, you’re using what you know in different ways. You’ll make a coaster and a small container. You’ll leave knowing how to adapt the patterns to make mats and containers of different sizes. And they make great presents!
In the final class, you’ll learn some different ways to make flower petals. There’s only one new stitch to learn, the half treble, but you’ll be combining the stitches you know in different ways. You’ll be amazed how much better you are at reading crochet instructions. You’ll leave the improvers crochet course ready to try out other patterns.
“The best part was my growing confidence at pattern reading so I can go away and try new patterns myself!”
How to Crochet short courses
- 7, 14 & 21 May 2019: How to Crochet for Improvers – three places available.
How to Crochet for Beginners and Improvers – for each course choose a class on three of the following dates:
- September–October 2019: 10 Sept, 17 Sept, 24 Sept, 1 Oct, 8 Oct, 22 Oct & 29 Oct.
- February–March 2020: 4 Feb, 11 Feb, 25 Feb, 3 March, 10 March, 17 March & 24 March.
How to Knit short courses
- 4, 11 & 18 June 2019: How to Knit for Improvers.
How to Knit for Beginners and Improvers – for each course choose a class on three of the following dates:
- November 2019 & January 2020: 5 Nov, 12 Nov, 19 Nov, 26 Nov, 14 Jan, 21 Jan & 28 Jan.
- May–June 2020: 5 May, 12 May, 19 May, 2 June, 9 June, 16 June & 23 June.