This is a crochet course for beginners and those who want to learn to crochet in a stress-free way. Knowledge of patterns is not necessary, as you will learn how to make basic shapes without patterns! The course includes videos that break down the chain stitch, the American single crochet stitch, and the American double crochet stitch. Slow motion videos are included as a follow-along. There are also instructions for 4 different crochet projects, with variations, that include additional instructions for binding off, edging, turning corners, crocheting in the round, changing colors, and creating a granny square. Learn to make four beginners projects from start to finish: a pot holder, scarf, afghan, and drawstring bag - all at your own pace!
Do you wonder how in the world adding an activity to your already busy life can help you relax and reduce stress? This short video explains the research and reasoning behind Crochet for Stress Relief.
If you're anything like me, you get a bit overwhelmed and distracted when shopping for craft supplies because there are just so many options! This video lesson helps you narrow it down.
Have you noticed that I haven't really said much about patterns? There's a reason! You don't need to know how to read a pattern to complete this course.
The foundation chain is the stitch with which we will start all of our projects. We end a few of them with it, too!
Here is a slow motion video of the chain for you to use to follow-along, if necessary.
The American single crochet makes a nice, tightly woven stitch, which is great for projects like hot pads and hand bags!
Here is your slow motion follow-along video for the American single crochet.
The American double crochet is slightly looser than the single crochet. The space between rows is twice as large because there are two (double) loops per stitch instead of single loops.
This is your slow motion follow-along video for the American double crochet.
Needs a few last minute pointers? Never fear! Your hooking hints and tips are here!
This is your first crochet project. You will use the chain stitch, the American single crochet stitch, and you will learn to crochet around corners and complete an edging.
This is your second crochet project, a scarf. You will use the chain to begin, then create row after row of double crochet stitches to complete your project.
This is your final crochet project for this course. You will learn how to make a draw string bag by crocheting in the round using single crochet stitches. You will also learn a new way to change colors when your color change is only for one row.
Now that you have mad skills, you can take what you know and have some fun with your own projects. Here are some ideas.
We're all done for now. I truly hope you've enjoyed learning to crochet with me. Here are a few new techniques and stitches for you to look up, and a few resources for continued learning.
This is the Tunisian Simple Stitch lecture from my Intermediate Crochet course. Enjoy the sneak preview! : )
Amy Lynn Hess is an Atlanta area poet, painter, potter, publisher, professor, and dramaturg. She holds a B.S. in Theatre and Interpretation from Central Michigan University, an M.A. in Theatre History and Criticism from Ohio University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. She has published three chapbooks of poetry and a textbook about sentence diagramming, and she is the editor-in-chief for her small poetry publishing company, Gypsy Daughter. She has been an English and General Education Professor since March of 2008, having previously held jobs as an administrative assistant, bookkeeper, sales clerk and product expert at an art supply store, librarian, high school teacher, tutor, properties manager, costumer, make-up artist, and managing director at a non-profit playhouse.
You can read more of Amy Lynn's work on her blog, Gypsy Daughter Essays, or see her work online on Etsy.