“Can you teach me how to crochet?” Maybe you’ve heard these words before, or maybe you’re looking to share your craft with the kids or grandkids either way, teaching people how to crochet is a little bit different than teaching yourself or learning.
If you’re looking for some tips on effectively teaching people how to crochet, then you’ve come to the right place! We’ve gathered a few helpful bits of advice so that your lessons and technique is right on point.
- Remember: Age is just a number If someone seems timid about learning how to crochet because of their age or you think they are too young or old to really catch on set that notion aside! People of almost any age can pick up the craft, even as young as kindergarteners. You’ll might have to alter your approach a little differently, but don’t let someone’s age discourage themselves or you from giving it a go.
- Think back to when you learned how to crochet You might’ve learned how to crochet years or decades ago, but think back to when you first were learning what helped you figure things out? If a lesson or advice sticks out in your head, share it with your student. Also remember that things that seem like second nature now probably used to be tough for you like figuring out how to hold the hook and yarn.
- Take a step back and make a detailed plan This is beneficial for two reasons going into a lesson with an organized plan is always a good idea, but it also forces seasoned crochet artists to really think about things in a more detailed way. Map out exactly how you would finish a basic process, and show your work you’ll probably find some steps in there that you might’ve breezed over if you were simply improvising the entire lesson. Don’t forget that what’s routine for you is brand-new info to someone just learning how to crochet!
- Start with the basic stitches Yep, it probably seems like a no-brainer but you don’t want to be overly ambitious when teaching a beginner. It’s much better for their education and growth if they master basic stitches like the chain, single stiches, and double stiches as the Craft Yarn Council suggests. If you wait until they have a solid grasp of these basic stitches to integrate more complicated ones, they’re much more likely to catch on quickly.
- Pretend like the student knows nothing about crochet The Crochet Guild of America offers this great tip, as the person you’re teaching might simply be trying to improve skills or already have a basic understanding. But, because you don’t know what that person does and does not know about the entirety of crochet, it’s often easier to just say, “Hey, let’s start from the beginning even though some of this might sound familiar.” You’ll be surprised with what added info you might have!
- Always keep your own hook and yarn handy
As Crochet Spot suggests, much of the learning process is actually doing rather than just listening to someone talk about crochet. YouTube videos are really popular for self-taught crochet artists, and that’s because actually seeing someone, say, make a slip stitch, makes much more sense to beginners than reading about it.
So always keep a hook and yarn handy so you can demonstrate and show whoever you’re teaching how to do each step. It might even be better to start an easy pattern and have your student learn some of the basics mid-project, then graduating later to learning how to start a project.
- Be patient and encouraging
These are both immensely important for any beginner, because as you know sometimes crochet can be a little bit frustrating. When a piece doesn’t turn out like the pattern, you accidentally skip a step, or your yarn is all tangled in a ball, it’s patience that’ll be key. If your student sees that you are patient, and you are patient with your student, then they won’t stress so much about their progress or feeling like they aren’t moving fast enough.
Encouragement is also key let your student know that crochet takes practice! We’ve all made mistakes (and still make mistakes), so simply providing motivation can be a big help so that person doesn’t get discouraged.
It’s great when you can share your passion with someone else, so keep these tips in mind if you’re planning to teach someone how to crochet. Nothing beats learning from a seasoned veteran, so it’s great if you’re looking to be that mentor for someone else!