I will be teaching middle schoolers how to crochet for the first time in my life. I volunteer at an inner city Catholic school once weekly and have taught the after school enrichment program before. I am not the world’s greatest crochet teacher, but I feel so strongly about the calming and curative powers of crochet that I’m willing to endure. If it works out well with middle school, I hope to work down by grade to see how young I can be successful in teaching our beloved art.
So, I need your help. I am looking for the best tips for teaching crochet.
NOTE: Not everyone has taught crochet, but everyone had to learn it once upon a time. So, your hint can be for the best tip, trick, or strategy that helped you LEARN to crochet.
I have printed off the simple instructions that are available free online, including nice illustrations. I have many pattern books, but we will start with a simple dish/face cloth to practice tension, counting stitches, basic stitches, and gauge. Each kid will get a skein of worsted weight acrylic yarn, a suitably sized hook, and a folder with instructions. Then, I will demonstrate each stitch and we’ll practice.
I see the students only once weekly and I am told that there are grannies and aunties at home who already know how to crochet, so I’m hoping for their help too. But, where do I go after that? How do I proceed? What should they learn first? What tricks, tips, techniques do you have to offer me that will make my lessons clearer and give the kids the greatest chance for success?
So, this is a Giveaway! Post your best suggestion – one per reader, please – in the Comment section below – being sure to include your postal zip code for identification purposes. At the end of the contest – and when I’ve tried out what seem like the very best suggestions – I’ll declare a winner who will receive a brand new copy of the book pictured above. For this Giveaway only, there will be second and third place prizes too. Not sure what yet, but likely a book or brochure from my large collection.
The contest is open from today through Midnight, CDT, September 15, 2014. Please follow the rules carefully so that your suggestion will qualify as a valid entry. In the event of more than one person posting the same suggestion, the one that is posted first will be declared the winner. Winners will be notified via this site and by personal email.
So, please dust off your favorite, most inspiring and useful tip, trick, or technique and post it below. I need all the help I can get!