I love to learn new skills. Whether it’s a new sewing skill, a new photography skill, or something new all together, I enjoy picking up something new. For years, I’ve wanted to learn how to crochet and knit, but it’s one thing I haven’t been able to pick up from books. You Tube was helpful, but it didn’t get me “all the way” there. So last year, I enrolled in the Craftsy class, Crochet: Basics & Beyond.

Craftsy

If you’re not familiar with Craftsy but you’re a crafty person, you’re in for a real treat. This online platform offers virtual classes for a wide variety of crafty pursuits. From cooking to art to sewing, and everything in between, Craftsy has a variety of classes at various skill levels. I’ve been hooked for a long time, with more than fifty classes on my roster.

The premise is simple, yet inspired. Experts in their field record classes in the Craftsy studio that students can sign up for and watch at their convenience. The inspired aspect is that the instructors for most of the classes stick around long after they’ve filmed their segments to answer student questions. I have seen quite a bit of one on one interaction like this, and I think it’s fabulous. I like the platform because I can work at my own pace, and I can watch classes when it’s convenient for me. If you haven’t already, go check it out!

Learning to Crochet

Like I said before, I really wanted to learn to crochet, but books were absolutely no help. During one of Craftsy’s sales last year, I picked up their Crochet: Basics & Beyond and immediately set about watching it so I could learn to crochet. This class is taught by Kim Werker. She has a style that doesn’t feel pushy or in any way overwrought, and I like that. She comes across as very laid back and calm. While you can sense that she has a passion for crocheting, she’s not overly intense, as some instructors can be. She explains things well, but not to the point of wanting to skip ahead to avoid extraneous crap.

The Class

This class has eight lessons that cover pretty much all of the basics, including getting started, changing colors and increases and decreases. There are several more topics, which all in all, comprise about four hours of instruction. The best part about this course is that I’m able to go back and review sections as I need to, such as the lesson on how to read a pattern (Lesson 6). I refer to that one frequently because I don’t crochet as often as I’d like to, so I sometimes forget how to do this. I can pop in to Craftsy, which I have loaded on my tablet and phone, watch this lesson, and get down to business.

Lessons can be downloaded to my tablet and phone,which means I can watch them anywhere, whether there’s an internet connection or now. Now that is seriously cool.

Crochet Results

When I bought this class, I decided that if I could learn basic crochet stitches and a granny square, it was money well spent. Well …

First Round
Second Round
Almost done!

Sure, it still looks pretty amateur-ish, but I am new to this, so I’m ok with that. My new project is to make a ton of these granny squares and put them together in an afghan. After that many squares, I figure I should be really good at them. Using my new skills learned from Kim Werker, I think I can do it!

Want to learn to crochet?

After completing the class, and learning everything I wanted to and more, I can recommend this class with confidence. And it’s on sale right now! You can find this class here. I really cannot say enough good things about it, primarily because it made me successful when every other means did not. If you try it out, let me know what you thought about it.