The craft renaissance has been one of the most positive outcomes of lockdown, with people taking to making to alleviate loneliness, to support their community and to connect with a friendly online community. More people than ever are picking up a hook for the fi st time or rekindling an old passion.
But if youâ€™re new to crochet, whatâ€™s the best way to pick it up? â€œEveryone has a different way of learning,â€ says Claire Montgomerie. â€œBut I think itâ€™s far easier to learn from another person demonstrating the techniques, whether itâ€™s a structured course, such as the ones I teach through www.citylit.ac.uk, or sessions with a crafty friend on a Zoom chat, or a YouTube video tutorial.â€
If youâ€™re interested in courses, those offered by www.thecrochetproject.com, run by Kat Goldin and Joanne Scrace, always come highly recommended. Their book The Learn To Crochet Project (Â£20) has been designed recreate a reallife class experience with four beautiful beginner accessories to make.
A great book with clear step-by-step illustrations is a handy reference guide for crocheters at all levels. Editor Sarah Moran says: â€œWhen friends want to learn to crochet I always recommend they pick up a copy of A Little Course In Crochet. Itâ€™s an older book from DK but it means you can often find it for less than Â£5 second-hand.â€
Designer Cassie Ward says Instagram is a great place to start. â€œIf youâ€™re not on there already, I recommend you join and start posting regularly, sharing your own WIPs and commenting on the work of others. Follow designers you love, post a photo and tag them when you make one of their patterns, and youâ€™ll soon have lots of new online friends!â€
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