Earlier this week I did something I’ve never done before – taught my first ever crochet class. It was really good fun and I loved it (after being a bit nervous beforehand!) In this post I’m going to share my experience if you’re thinking of holding a class yourself or even if you’re planning on attending one to learn how to crochet.
I’m by no means a crochet expert and I don’t profess to know everything about it, but my work’s Sports and Social had been on the lookout for more crafty things to host so I decided to put myself forward. Deep breath!
In the end I needn’t have been worried as the two-hour class flew by and in the end people “got it” and seemed really pleased with what they had made. At that point I felt quite chuffed – it was so nice to pass on something I’ve learned and love to do to other people, and the fact I hadn’t totally put them off was a bit of a relief!
I decided to teach how to make a crochet staple – a granny square – as it’s the first thing I learned how to make and it’s one of the things people think of first when they think of crochet. Although saying that, my first ever granny sqaure ended up looking more like a circle… I told this on the night and I think it helped people to relax!
The class was held in one of the meeting rooms at work to keep costs down and I provided all of the materials for the course (which work then kindly paid for out of the Sports and Social budget).
Seven ladies came along – it was supposed to be eight but sadly one lady was ill that day and had to go home – and only one of the attendees had done crochet before.
I was a bit nervous about teaching people but I wrote a handout document (which included lots of pictures) for everyone that they could take home and refer to which also helped me on the night.
I covered basic things, like choosing the right wool and crochet hook, how to hold the hook and how to “hook” it. We then covered the chain stitch, slip stitch and the UK treble/US double crochet stitch for the granny square itself.
I got some lovely feedback both on the night and the couple of days after the course from the ladies who went on it which made me smile, as when I got home I did the whole “I don’t know if it was any good and if they liked it” thing! I’m hoping I’m going to be able to do some more in the future, and maybe outside of work, too. Fingers crossed. The ladies who went on it also seemed keen on a montly craft/Knit and Natter/Stitch and Bitch night too which would be great I reckon.
Here are some of the nice things they said:
I thought the class was great, you must have the patience of a saint though. I had another go when I got in last night while it was fresh in my mind. Not brilliant but finally got my head around that treble stich and very nearly managed to finish the first square. Thanks for taking time to show us. ~ Gemma
I really enjoyed the class, it’s really helpful learning something new with someone there as they can help me when I (often) go wrong! I thought the class was great and the handout to take home was a good idea as I’ll no doubt get stuck when I start it again! I’d definitely be interested in a follow up session! ~ Jodie
Hi Kate, I loved it thanks! Thought you did a great job too considering you’ve never taught it before! If you’re doing any follow up courses I’d be interested! ~ Emma
I did learn a few things after doing my first class which might be helpful for anyone else who is thinking of doing one which I thought I would share:
- Smile! Even if you’re nervous remember that people are there to learn something from you and crafting is fun!
- Without it sounding weird, you know more about whatever you are teaching than they do (probably – I mean, why else would they be at the class?) so be confident in yourself.
- Prepare well. Know exactly what you’re going to be doing and have a handout for everyone to refer to in the class, including an extra copy for yourself.
- Take some spare wool/hooks and whatever else you need, just in case something goes missing. And double check you have everything you need for the class before you set off (I must have checked things at least 10 times!)
- Have a fixed start and end time and location.
- Make sure you take some water with you and wear something cool. I never realised before but two hours of talking made me very hot and gives you a really dry mouth!
- I bought everyone Stylecraft Special DK wool because of the lovely range of colours, but the next time I do a beginners class I think I will get the Stylecraft Special Aran as this is that bit thicker and easier to work with for people starting out.
- Keep numbers small. There were seven people on the class I did and I would say seven to eight is the maximum one person could teach if everyone is an absolute beginner. Maybe I will go for five or six next time to make sure everyone gets the one-on-one attention needed to learn the stitches, but seven was fine if a bit more challenging for a newbie teacher.
Sadly I don’t have any photos from the night as I totally forgot to take any, although my friend Becky who came along snapped this picture mid-granny square:
I hope you found this post helpful if you’re planning on holding or attending a crochet class. Have you ever taught a craft class and do you have any top tips? Or have you been on a class and have and feedback from the other side of things? I’d love to hear from you.
Lots of hooky love,