Most crocheters learn from someone else — a parent, grandparent or friend. Even if there were no how-to books, the art of crochet would flourish down through the generations.
Here are some suggestions from experienced teachers that will help you get started.
You can teach anyone — women, men, teens and young children from about 6 on up. You can even share the skill without sharing a language.
Get them started by learning just the basics — the chain, single and double crochet stitches. Once these are mastered, your student will be able to fly on her own to new heights. Here are some diagrams that will help your students.
Swatch for Beginners (made in advance by instructor)
Row 1: Single crochet in second chain from hook and in each chain across:you will have 22 single crochets. Chain 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc in each sc, ch 1, turn.
Repeat Row 2 until piece measures about two inches long. Remove hook, and place a safety pin in last loop so it does not unravel before it goes to the student.
Sit down beside (not in front of) your student. Remove the safety pin. Insert the hook in the last loop, chain one and turn, work the first two stitches in single crochet, going slowly and showing the student the steps. Then give the hook and the work to the student and guide her through working single crochets across the rest of the row.
Let the student hold the work and the hook however it is most comfortable. There's no one right way! And don't worry about gauge or even stitches at this point. Let her look at the diagram for single crochet as she works. GIVE LOTS OF COMPLIMENTS! Explain that it's not her fault if the yarn splits, but she will have to take out and redo the stitch.
Have the student finish the row, then explain about the turning chain. Have student chain 1 and turn, and show where the first stitch of the next row begins. Let the student work 6 rows of single crochet.
The biggest challenge is to make sure she brings the yarn over the hook from BACK TO FRONT, rather than FRONT TO BACK. Have her look at the right and wrong diagrams to help with this. Have the student count her stitches at the end of each row. By this time her hands may be a bit tired, so it's time for a cup of coffee or tea, while you explain that single crochet is the shortest stitch, and that next she will learn to make taller stitches.
Now back to crochet! Have her make three turning chains, then work double crochet across the row. Show her the diagrams that explain that the turning chains count as a stitch, and where to work the last stitch. Let her work six rows in double crochet. Show her how to finish off the work.
Now the student should be fairly comfortable, so it's time to show her how to make a slip knot and a starting chain, and then how to work single crochet into it. Have her work a few rows.
Show her how to finish off and weave in her ends.
To keep up her enthusiasm, it's time to show her some fun stuff, just to give her an idea. Show her how to work a 3-dc shell, a puff stitch, and a bobble. She doesn't have to master them at this point, just try them so she can see the potential.
She is now a crocheter and ready for her first project!
Her first real project should be something like a scarf, and we've given a pattern that's a good one for a beginner.
Show her how to read the pattern and help her get the scarf started with the yarn she has chosen (avoid dark color yarns or those with lots of texture).
Download a certificate to fill out for the student.
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