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If you are interested in learning how to crochet, there are several different ways you can go about it. Taking a class, having an experienced crocheter teach you, and following instructions in a book or online are a few choices you have to learn to crochet. The approach you select should depend upon which method you find the easiest to follow as well as which one fits best into your schedule and budget.
The first step, and a vital one for succeeding in mastering the craft of crocheting, is to familiarize yourself with the different tools needed for crocheting, such as hooks and yarn. You also need to learn the various stitches. Look for patterns that are geared toward novices and that provide step by step instructions for getting started, including instruction in the beginning stitches. Generally the chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet are the easiest stitches to learn and are the foundation for all other stitches.
When looking for written instructions to learn to crochet, you can look online for tutorials and printable instructions that you can follow. Look for video tutorials at popular video hosting sites. Videos can be a helpful way of learning because you can watch the person in the video complete each step as if you were watching it in person. Another benefit of online vidoes is that you can stop, pause, rewind, and rewatch as often as you need to. One of the drawbacks of using these tutorials to learn to crochet, however, is that you can't ask questions.
Books geared to teaching beginners to crochet are another option. Look for these books in craft stores or your local library. Although books may have easy to follow instructions and photos, as with online instruction, if you become confused or have difficulty deciphering the steps, you can not ask for an explanation. A hands on approach may be better suited for someone who has trouble following the steps in written format.
Craft stores often hold classes to teach different crafts. Inquire at your local craft store to see if they are holding any classes for people who want to learn to crochet. This type of program usually has a cost, but sometimes, the needed materials are supplied. This can be a good hands on method of learning to crochet if the applicable fees fit into your budget and you have the time to attend the offered classes.
If you are unable to find a place offering crochet instruction, consider placing an ad in a local paper or on your local community bulletin board. Another place to look for a crochet instructor is through your local senior citizen's center. Many seniors are familiar with crocheting and may be willing to teach you the basics in exchange for a small free or even for free in exchange for having someone to spend time with.
Learning from a senior person sounds like a great idea! I can crochet a little, but I'd like to learn more from someone who is experienced, and it sounds like this might be an ideal way to do it.
I know many older people feel like they no longer have anything to contribute. They feel useless, when the opposite is actually the case.
I think it would be wonderful to learn a skill, make a new friend and help someone, all in one! And these older ladies usually know how to do beautiful work. I’d learn to love to learn from them!