Crochet for beginners
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VX110
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
The basics and beyond of crochet.
You will be taught the basic crochet techniques and will make swatches of each to practise and build confidence in the skills. The course will cover basic pattern reading, pattern abbreviations and terminology and take a look at chart reading.
What will we cover?
- A variety of basic stitches using 4-4.5 mm hook and basic DK light coloured yarn
- You will learn how to make a chain, double crochet, half treble, treble, double treble and slip stitch.
- You will learn how to stripe, work straight and in the round and how to increase and decrease.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate knowledge of basic crochet techniques
- Demonstrate confidence in working with crochet
- Develop and produce several sample swatches of the basic techniques and swatches
- Understand the importance of the correct tension and begin to read and understand crochet patterns.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is for beginners, no knowledge of crochet is necessary, and is in fact preferable if you are to make the
most of the course structure.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and health
and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and
be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be hands on, with learning achieved through repetition and practicing the basic techniques of crochet.
You will be taught by demonstration, group and individual tuition.You will be taken through the techniques with a group demonstration and then individually when necessary.
Each separate technique will be practiced and then a sample made for reference in a file or sketchbook. Students are encouraged to begin a crochet techniques folder or book in which to keep samples, swatches and handouts to become a personal resource.
There will be recommendations for relevant books and shops and a website list which will help develop your skills
outside the class. Students will be encouraged to practice each new technique throughout the week in between the
classes to ensure progression.
Advice will be given on other courses and classes to develop skills learnt.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You are asked to bring at least a 4 and/or 4.5 mm hook and 2 balls of DK weight yarn (one ball of cream or natural coloured yarn and one ball of a light contrast colour yarn). It is preferable that you choose a yarn with some wool content for ease of use.
Sketch books and/or a folder are also advisable so you can collect visual information, store swatches, record any
new techniques and collect hand outs.
Digital cameras are also useful to record any new stitches/fabric and mark making done during the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can develop your skills further by enrolling on City Lit Crochet courses for improvers such as VX122, as well as other Textile courses that we offer. Please browse the website for our upcoming courses.
Claire Montgomerie is a textiles designer, author, stylist, teacher and craft editor. She was the editor of Inside Crochet for many years and is now stylist and Photoshoot Editor for the publication. She teaches knitting and crochet workshops and courses and writes books. Her most recent craft book is Hooked, a crochet guide for beginners published by Parragon. The main aim of her work is to reinvent the products of ancient and traditionalneedlecraft processes, while retaining all their intricacies and comforting charm!
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.