Craft Yarn Council Teacher Guidelines
Craft Yarn Council is extremely proud of graduates from its Certified Instructor Program (CIP) in Knitting and Crocheting. This program, which was begun in 1982, has trained more than 3,000+ teachers who in turn have taught an estimated half million people to knit and crochet. That’s a pretty impressive number and growing!
The Discover Class Program with Michaels is the first time that CYC has worked in tandem with a national retailer to match CIP teachers to specific stores. It is why it is so important for instructors to work closely with CYC’s Class Director Jenny Bessonette, advising her of what has worked well or what has not. Most importantly, you must be our “eyes on the ground,” advising us about consumers’ questions and what they would like to see more of.
Refresh Teaching Basics
We urge you to reread the CIP Teacher's Handbook, especially the beginning pages, which discuss preparation for teaching. Also, the sections: Objective for Knitting Classes and Objectives for Crocheting Classes contain helpful tips in teaching a variety of techniques from the basics to color knitting and crocheting and for preparing lesson plans.
Instructor's Responsibility in Class
Students will learn techniques by starting and completing a project. For each beginner's class offered, there are two project patterns from which students can choose. (Both projects call for the same type of yarn and hook or needle size.) At the time a student registers, she/he receives a supply list and sees a picture of the projects, however, it is your responsibility to photocopy the project instruction sheets and have them available to handout in class.
In addition, there are technique how-to sheets which instructors are expected to download, photocopy and distribute to students for reference in completing their projects. There are also helpful downloads at this web site, such as the Standard Knit & Crochet Pattern Abbreviations, but it is not required that students receive copies to take home. Instead, instructors are asked to show a copy to students and to reference the Craft Yarn Council’s Yarn Standards & Guidelines web site www.yarnstandards.com as a helpful resource.
The project and other downloads are pdf (Acrobat Reader) files. Each project sheet is two-sided with a project pattern on one side and project instructions on the reverse.
Follow the Curricula
Instructors MUST follow the class curricula closely. The projects and guidelines were developed jointly by the Council and Michaels. You may offer Discover Time for Crochet and Knit classes in addition to the regular class curriculum. See the Crochet Curriculum and Knit Curriculum pages on this site for more details.
Discover instructors must not comment negatively about Michaels or the products carried by the chain. Please remember the chain offers a wide range of both classic and fashion yarns in a range of prices that have broad appeal. Finally, an absolute prerequisite for every Discover Teacher is to share their love of knitting and crocheting.
We expect these classes to be relaxing, fun sessions for the students, which leave them wanting more.