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 you’re new to crochet, what’s the best way to pick it up? “Everyone has a different way of learning,” says Claire Montgomerie. “But I think it’s far easier to learn from another person demonstrating the techniques, whether it’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.”
If you’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 (£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: “When friends want to learn to crochet I always recommend they pick up a copy of A Little Course In Crochet. It’s an older book from DK but it means you can often find it for less than £5 second-hand.”
Designer Cassie Ward says Instagram is a great place to start. “If you’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 you’ll soon have lots of new online friends!”
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