I learned how to crochet back in the 1980’s with a book called appropriately, “I Taught Myself to Crochet.” I won’t say I became a crochet expert by reading the book, but I learned the basics though I never went beyond making an afghan or two which inevitably fell apart at the seams.
When I became pregnant with my first son, I made a crocheted baby blanket for him that was octagon shaped. It was cute, but the shape was not the most practical for a baby, it was my first try at something that wasn’t a rectangle, so I was pretty happy with it. Then when I became pregnant again about 18 months later, I made a second baby blanket for my second son though this second-time mom learned that a rectangle blanket works better for babies.
Life took over, and I didn’t crochet again until about three years ago after the boys grew up and moved out leaving me with one very empty nest. Crocheting helped soak up some of those long and lonely hours I found myself suddenly forced to fill. I became obsessed with making hats and baby blankets to donate, but now I’m ready for a new challenge. I’ve been making Amigurumi animals, and I’ve got the basics down, but I know I could learn more. I’ve been using YouTube videos to learn new stitches and techniques, and while most of them well done by sincere crafters like myself, they don’t always have the best lighting or sound. It makes learning a little bit harder when I end up spending time to overcome the technical difficulties.
That’s where Craftsy comes in. They create professional videos with creative crafters for a wide variety of skills. Of course, I migrate right to the Crochet classes, but there’s something or everyone. I’ve already purchased the Amigurumi: Woodland Animals class by Stacey Trock, and it’s fantastic. She’s a great instructor, and she manages to bring a lot of excitement and personality to the class. I love crocheting along with her and listening to her talk about her favorite crochet shortcuts and tips. I’ve learned far more than I thought I would in this class. My next purchase will be Fair Isle Crochet: Demystifying Colorwork by Karen Whooley. I wonder if she can truly make crochet colorwork easy for someone like me who hates reading charts.
I’m also hoping to add some jewelry classes soon like the Creative Wire-Wrapping Techniques by Debora Mauser. I purchase some beautiful beads from Arizona while I was in Sedona and the wire-wrapping looks like a fantastic way to feature them. And when I’m ready to try learning to knit again, you can be sure I’ll be doing it with a Craftsy video.
What makes Craftsy unique is that you take the class at your pace, and you can replay it anytime you want. Your access to the class never expires so you can refer to it anytime. Plus the course has written materials and a chat feature so you can ask the teacher or even other students for help if you have a question.
Craftsy offers free mini-classes to introduce you to their concept plus video previews of each class. I think if you check them out you’ll be as impressed as I was with the quality of the classes and the instructors.
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Is there a craft, cooking, jewelry, sewing, quilting, or even crochet hobby you’ve been dying to learn? Check out Craftsy. I think you’ll find it’s a much easier way to learn than my 1980’s DIY try.
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Craftsy Crochet Classes – Learn to Crochet Online!
The Amazing Crochet Textures: Ribbing, Cables & Beads mini class is free!
Take your crochet up a stitch with beautiful ribbing, cables and beads as you make a richly textured 12-square afghan. Enjoy instruction from expert Drew Emborsky, aka The Crochet Dude, as you learn to work a chainless foundation, create complex cable. Cost: FREE
Are you ready for a new twist in your crochet? Join designer Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby in this exciting mini-class and work your way step by step through a spectrum of stunning cables, from simple, elegant post stitches to weaving wonders. Price: $19.99
Are you afraid that working in the round might have you spinning in circles? Join designer Tamara Kelly as she takes you on a journey through three captivating cowl projects, teaching you all the skills you need to crochet in the round. Price: $29.99
Learn how to crochet a cardigan you’ll love to wear! Join designer Sara Delaney to see how easy crocheting clothing can be, and gain the skills and confidence you need to create pieces that will make you proud! Price: $29.99
Mastering Foundation Crochet Stitches
Master foundation stitches and eliminate the need for a long foundation chain at the beginning of any crochet project. Join fiber artist and instructor Marty Miller as she walks you through the four basic foundation crochet stitches.Price: $29.99
Have you ever set out to crochet a sweater, spent days of work and hundreds of dollars on yarn, only to end up with something you never wear because it just doesn’t? Marly Bird to the rescue! Price: $29.99
Bored of blankets and scarves? If you’re ready to tackle more complex patterns, Linda’s darling baby sweater is the perfect first crocheted garment. You’ll learn professional secrets to creating smooth edges, link stitches, shape your pieces, sew them together. Price: $29.99
Are you looking to get hands-on with mitten making? Join designer Brenda Anderson to build on your skills and crochet classic mitten designs! With each design, you’ll learn how easy it is to make stunning mittens as you work through techniques. Price: $29.99
With its lacy motifs and sculptural qualities, crochet is the perfect medium for adding one-of-a-kind details to any project — knit, sewn or crocheted. You will love the quick and fun projects. Price: $29.99
Worked with a tool that’s a cross between a crochet hook and a knitting needle, Tunisian crochet creates interesting textures and lends itself to bold color combinations. Price: $34.99
Conquer that stack of crocheted motifs and turn them into a beautiful finished project! Edie Eckman shows you creative ways to join granny squares, hexagons and other shapes with smooth seams and corners that don’t pucker. Price: $34.99
Join author and renowned instructor Edie Eckman as she shares techniques for improving the look and quality of your crochet. Begin by learning how to create and maintain control over your fabric and prevent a too-tight foundation chain. Price: $34.99
Learn the stitches, tools and techniques you need to get started with crochet! Join author and popular blogger Kim Werker as she provides step-by-step instruction for getting started — from selecting the right yarn and deciphering tricky yarn labels. Price: $34.99
Never be confused about where to make the next stitch! Crochet expert Charles Voth shows you how to make sense of crochet symbols and diagrams for crochet that’s fast and enjoyable. Learn essential crochet stitch symbols. Price: $39.99
Join crochet designer and beloved instructor Linda Permann as she reveals flawless finishing techniques that will vastly improve the quality of your crochet. Pick up insider tips for smooth edges and impeccable joins and confidently create neater colorwork. Price: $39.99
Learn Freeform Crochet
Internationally renowned instructor Myra Wood has devoted years to testing new techniques for accessible freeform crochet, and she’s ready to share them with you! Discover practical steps and clear processes for creating, connecting and embellishing. Price: $39.99
Crochet Fair Isle patterns that look just as smooth and sharp as knitting! Join expert instructor and published author Karen Whooley as she demystifies Fair Isle charts and provides tips for creating your own colorful patterns. Price: $39.99
Create garments that truly flatter with personalized pattern alterations. Join crochet designer and author Dora Ohrenstein as she demystifies Tunisian crochet and shares accessible techniques for making a flattering vest you’ll adore. Price: $39.99