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« on: March 26, 2008 05:44:55 PM »

All right a few of the peeps at work have decided that they want to learn to crochet. I've taught a few and next they want to learn knitting (will post that on the knitting board).

Any way - I've gotten them through the foundation chain and single crochet, but what would you wonderfully crafty ladies and gents suggest I go with next?

and just for fun, here are my crocheting buddies:

Jeremiah and Li-An...


Li-An (again) and Susana...


Thanks for your help in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2008 05:53:53 PM »

How about the magic circle?  Crocheting in the round is endlessly useful.
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2008 06:08:53 PM »

I think I would teach them the double crochet.  When teaching them, are they actually making anything or just practicing the stitches?  I think maybe a simple scarf or something of the sort that is small and easy to make would be a good way for them to practice while actually accomplishing something.  You are brave for teaching some one, I don't think I could do that.
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2008 06:13:41 PM »

The magic circle is a good idea.  I learned to make grannie squares early on, and those were fun to stitch together to make all kinds of projects.
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2008 06:25:25 PM »

I would do the DC, then the TC. Then I would teach increasing and decreasing. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2008 07:05:58 PM »

I would start with a granny square - it uses something other than single crochet and is fun to make.  Also, they will see progress fast.
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« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2008 09:18:22 AM »

wow those are some really great ideas ladies!

Jeremiah hasn't tried anything but the basic stitches, but both the girls jumped right in and are already making sc scarves for them selves. The girls even went out and bought themselves fancy expensive silk and wool yarn, and crochet hooks and knitting needles.

I showed them all slip stitch yesterday too, I forgot! I don't think I know the magic circle so I guess I need to go do more crafty research Smiley

ok - here's what I think I might plan based on your suggestions:


- double crochet
- triple crochet
- I'll test out a couple granny square patterns to find a really simple one that doesn't have more that the 3 stitches
- print the pattern out for all of the new crocheters
- plan another crafty lunch for us to work the squares up together!

any suggestions on the granny square pattern? I printed one out but when I tried to follow it, after the first round I got all turned around and ended up winging it the rest of the way from the pictures that came with it Smiley

Thanks so much for your suggestions!
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« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2008 09:37:36 AM »

If they know sc, they can make amigurumi Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2008 09:54:51 AM »

OH! Good point! that had not EVEN occurred to me!
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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2008 04:19:26 PM »

I tend to go about things a bit differently than many, I think - I find a cool project that I (or whoever I am teaching) will enjoy making, and then learn/teach the skills necessary for it as we go along.  It's much more fun to learn how to decrease/increase when making a hat or amigurumi, for example, than to just practice it on a square - and then you get the added bonus of practicing reading patterns, which is always a boon.  That said, granny squares are also great to learn - the most simple use nothing more than dc, ss, and ch, and they are very very versatile.  As far as granny patterns - I rarely use one.  I just do a very very basic chain joined into circles and dc shells with chaining in between (the numbers on all of these vary on the yarn, the hook, and what I'm using it for).
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