Personalized Crochet Lessons 

Personalized Classes

Private Classes are a great way to strike out on your own once you’ve mastered the basics of crochet. Private crochet lessons will maximize the time and money you have to spend learning a new technique or completing a project. For $40 per meeting hour, I will spend time before we meet research into your project. I will make tool, material, and skill building suggestions, curate tutorials, and coach you through the potential trouble spots, and help you document it all for your reference while you work on your own. I’ll also provide some follow up support via email. Most classes cost $10- $15 per meeting hour, and can have a ratio of as many as 12 students to 1 instructor. With private instruction, you get my undivided attention. This means you get through the material more quickly, because you are not waiting for me to finish helping other students. It also allows you to customize your course of study to your pace and interests. You might want just one session to kick off a new project with confidence. You might need one to finish a project, or work out an edging. If you have a more complex project, we can schedule multiple sessions, corresponding with the different stages of your project. All small group topics are available as a private class.

Small Group Classes allow you and a friend or two schedule sessions at times that work for you. Choose from my developing list of topics, or get coaching on a project you’d like to work on together for fun, family gifts, or for your charity projects.

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Personalized Class Topics:
This list is developing. Feel free to suggest a topic you would be interested in!

Crochet Refresher: 1 session, 2 hours, $30 per person, bring your own materials

You know how to crochet, but it’s been awhile since you’ve picked up a hook. Get a refresher course so that you can proceed with confidence. We’ll review all of the basic crochet stitches, and how to read your own work. We’ll cover basic terms,some pattern reading tips, gauge, abbreviations, and charts. We’ll also go over some basic finishing techniques.

Better Crochet Pattern Reading 1 session, 2 hours, $30 per person, bring your own materials

Gain the confidence to start tackling the crochet patterns you admire. This class helps students understand the language of crochet and how to interpret patterns. We’ll talk about selecting materials, and what to consider before choosing a pattern. Stitch along to learn the symbols, abbreviations, charts, and diagrams that are there to help you with your project. Understand the role of good finishing practices (blocking and weaving in of ends.) Everything you always wanted to know about gauge, but were too embarrassed to ask because you didn’t swatch! This is not a beginners’ crochet class. Students should be able to chain, single crochet, double crochet, and slip stitch with ease and have the confidence to complete basic crochet projects in their own.

Intro to Amigurumi: 1 session, 3 hours, $45 per person, plus $10 materials fee

You love all those cute little crocheted characters but aren’t quite sure where to start. If you have some basic crochet skills, you can begin making your own characters. Through the end of October, we’ll make the Candy Corn monstah. I’ll provide you with the yarn and embellishments to make a couple of additional monsters.

Candy Corn Monstahs
Candy Corn Monstahs

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Personalized Crochet Lessons 

Solomon’s Knot Shawl at Sheep and Shawl

I will present a brand new workshop at Sheep and a Shawl in Deerfield, MA, Sundays, July 12 and 19, 1:00-3:00pm. Advanced beginners who know how to single crochet and chain will enjoy learning the Solomon’s knot or the lover’s knot, an intriguing crochet stitch that can be used to make open lacy summer pieces. Using a technique of pulling up uniform loops we’ll create a fabric with plenty of drape. The shawl pattern is versatile and customizable to a variety of sizes. It also works equally well with a DK or worsted weight yarn. 

Wool, alpaca, and silk provide drape and just enough warmth to chase the chills of evening breezes or office air conditioning.  Students will learn how to make the stitch with a versatile pattern that can be customized to desired size. We will add an edging and learn finishing techniques for this lacy work.  Materials:  1 skein, at least 150 yards of a wool/silk blend, an alpaca silk blend yarn, or even an alpaca cotton blend works well. DK or worsted weight will work. This is enough to make a shawlette; if a larger finished piece is desired, more yarn will be required. You’ll need a crochet hook to create desired gauge, H/8 or G/6 If you already have both, bring them. I will also bring hooks of different sizes for students to try. This stitch really is so versatile that you can play with hook sizes and yarn gauges successfully for a variety of finished looks.

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The Solomon’s Knot is a traditional decorative motif used since ancient times and by many cultures. It appears in many forms and in different media.

This photo, thanks to Wikimedia user Valdavia, shows an ancient roman mosaic in the Vila of La Olmeda, Pedrosa de la Vega. (More about this image.) The finished crocheted interpretation looks a little different, but this where we draw our inspiration!

Many vintage patterns incorporate or even feature this unusual stitch. How about this set for the next baby in your family?

Image Courtesy of Free Vintage Crochet

Of course you don’t have to turn to vintage patterns to use your new stitch. A search on lover’s knot or on solomon’s knot on Ravelry turns up lots of exciting possibilities.

Solomon’s Knot Shawl at Sheep and Shawl