Summer Workshop of 2023 - Crochet Workshop with Just About Arts
Updated: May 9
One of the best things about learning crochet, is that enthusiasm and determination to figure and master the movement of hands and fingers to get it right. I love teaching the craft that's my passion and an anchor to my inner self. So, when I had the opportunity to conduct a 2-day workshop as a part of the Summer Camp at Just About Arts Studio; it was something I was thrilled about.
Teaching children requires a special pace and patience. Children have this amazing confidence, and determination to achieve what they set their sights on. So, when I was given this quartet of enthusiastic kids, the key was to take them step by step. even when they felt they had already mastered it. Key to learning Crochet/Knitting or any yarn craft is practice.
Q: What did we learn?
A: The basic movements of our wrist, working the chain and basic crochet stitches was what we started with. then moving on to the very basic of crochet patterns - the Granny Square.
The universal terminology of
ch - Chain stitch
sc - Single Crochet
dc - Double Crochet
slst - Slip Stitch
Q: What is a Granny Square?
A: Granny Stitch is a group of 3dc in the same space and skipping the next 2 spaces, to create a checkered board effect. This is largely used in making Blankets and shawls etc., as its quick to learn and work up a big project using this pattern.
So, let's start with the making of the project itself. The Video is self-explanatory with the above-mentioned terminology explained. Please refer to the Chart and Instructions included in this blog for reference.
Granny Square - Instructions
Ch 5, sl st to join into a circle.
Round 1: Working into the circle made ch3 (counts as first dc throughout), 2dc,
(Ch2,3dc) * 3 times, ch2 and join with a sl st to top of initial ch3.
Round 2: sl st into next two dc and i
nto the next ch2 space (get to the first corner space)
(Ch3, 2dc, ch2, 3dc) in the ch2 space, [ch1, (3dc, ch2,3dc) in the next ch2 space] * 3 times, ch1 and join with a sl st to top of initial ch3
Round 3: sl st into next two dc and into the next ch2 space (ch3, 2dc, ch2, 3dc) in the ch2 space, [(ch1, 3dc, ch1) in the ch1 space, (3dc, ch2,3dc) in the ch2 space] *3 times, (ch1, 3dc, ch1) in the next ch 1 space and join with a sl st to top of initial ch3.
Round 4: sl st into next two dc and into the next ch2 space (ch3, 2dc, ch2, 3dc) in the ch2 space, [(ch1, 3dc, ch1) in each ch1 space, (3dc, ch2,3dc) in the ch2 space] * 3 times, (ch1, 3dc, ch1) in each of the next ch1 spaces and join with a sl st to top of initial ch3.
REPEAT incrementally as per Round 4 to increase the square size.
Once the size is achieved, tie off - Slip Stitch, cut the yarn with a long tail and put it through. Using a darning/yarn needle, sew the ends in on the backside if the work to hide the end.
Tying and weaving the yarn ends:
The yarn ends at the beginning and end of the project will need to be sewed in to make the project neat. The hiding of the yarn will be done on the 'back' or wrong side of the project. this gives you a neater finish.
I'd love to hear your experience with the Workshop and tutorial. Please do leave any comment or additional feedback that you have. I'd love to hear from you and see your progress/finished projects. You can tag or share your project pictures with me on my Instagram account @rashmibinu_saiasmi or use my #saiasmidreamzinyarn
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