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Craftsy Series: Crochet Lab (1)

Crochet Lab is a crochet class for absolute beginners, and takes people from "how to hold a crochet hook" all the way to "how to make a stuffed animal". This series tells the story of the class I watched and went back to most often on Craftsy, Crochet Lab by Vickie Howell.


The class has 9 lessons, and lessons are certainly on the shorter side than the other the classes I watched so far. The lessons are:
  • Introduction
  • Materials
  • Chain Making
  • Single Crochet
  • Double Crochet
  • Techie Cozy
  • Gauge
  • Half Double Crochet
  • Granny Squares

Of these, I didn't watch the last two (no interest in them yet), but the rest were quite informative. It's interesting that in the Half Double Crochet seems to have been retrofitted at a later point since Vickie Howell says at some point in the DC lesson that there won't be a lesson on it. 

When I started, I was a complete noobie - I just picked up some yarn and a crochet hook and got on with it. The first two classes are not particularly informative, other than you can crochet with anything and you need to find a hook you are comfortable with. I like the teacher though - very down to earth person, a lot of the things she was saying made a lot of sense.

Chain making was more interesting, because it was actually a skill to learn. For someone just starting out, practicing chain making is a must - I did that for a while before proceeding with single and double crochet.

The first three lessons were useful, and I did learn to make chains in them. While chains aren't very interesting in themselves, they can still be used as ribbon or hair ties. She also has an example of a jacket/coverup made exclusively out of chains.

Next week, I'll review the next two lessons, single and double crochet.

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