I hope that you all know by now that I am a knitting and crochet teacher. I travel the country going to events like Stitches to teach fiber lovers new techniques for knitting and crochet. Along with teaching at live events I teach online through my YouTube channel and through the books that I have had published. Let’s chat about the pros and cons of each method and let me know how you like to learn to crochet best.
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I have not forgotten about you knitters out there, the conversation today is about crochet for a reason. Over the past years I have noticed that knitters DEVOUR classes at events like Stitches while the numbers in my crochet classes are just average. When it comes to teaching at events or online classes there are a lot of logistics that go into the process. Not only do I need to figure out about being away from my family but it is also lost time for working on my blog and business. In this post I will share my perspective on learning from these different methods and I hope that you can join in the conversation and help me learn from you to make the learning experience worth your time.
Learning to Crochet Online:
Looking to learn online? With so many options and avenues of learning this way it can sometimes seem overwhelming. You can learn through a platform like Craftsy, creativebug or Annie’s where you purchase a class or a subscription to their services for all the classes you want each month. This is a great option for when you are traveling because you can access your class from anywhere just using your phone or other device.
The downside to learning through one of these platforms is that you don’t have the interaction with your instructor or classmates in the same way you would in a live setting. Yes, in most cases you are able to ask your instructor questions and they will get back to you but it isn’t always immediate. Then you are there waiting for the answer before you can move on. One of the great things about this method of learning is that you can watch the lesson over and over again. When you go to a live class you can ask the instructor to show you how to do skill again and again but only until the class time is over.
Along with learning through an official platform you can use the wonderful tool of YouTube to learn LOTS of things. Although you will find a plethora of free content on YouTube it can be hard to determine which videos are the best for your needs. You may spend time watching many videos only to find that they didn’t answer you questions and you have to watch another. Unlike the paid platforms there is no regulating the format of videos or the quality of videos or knowledge, but it is FREE.
Learning to Crochet from Books:
Learning in books is great because you will have the photos with you. The downfall to books is that the information in them could be dated. Although this isn’t much of the case for knitting and crochet it can be frustrating to see new editions of your book come out that you have to purchase again. Another downfall to this is that you have to carry the book around with you. It isn’t as portable, unless using an ebook version, to take with you on trips.
Learning to Crochet in Person:
I won’t say that this is the best way to learn because if I have learned anything from having three kids it is that everyone learns in a slightly different way. The reason I love in person classes is so much is for the interaction of working with students. Getting to meet you all that attend my classes is the highlight of my teaching. When you tell me how much you have learned from me it makes my heart swell with happiness and really fuels my fire to keep going.
Learning in person is great because not only do you get to tap into the knowledge of the teacher but you also get to work with the other students in the class. The downfall to having other students is that typically the teacher is trying to accommodate all skill levels which can be hard. This holds back some students who could have been done in an hour while there will be others there that need the full three hours just to learn step one,
Which is the best:
Sorry to say but I can’t answer this question for you. As I said before we all learn a different way. That is one of the things that can hurt us in a classroom setting through school where teachers are so regulated. If you are learning online and the teacher doesn’t speak to you in a way that you understand I can assure you that you will be able to find at least one other teacher that teaches the same thing but in a different way. It only takes hearing it once in the language that you understand for that lightbulb to turn on. Don’t be afraid of trying multiple teachers until you find the best one for you and how you learn.
Teaching at Stitches:
This year at Midwest I will be teaching ONLY crochet classes. The Stitches crew selected a great collection of classes this year. What I want to know is why you make the choice to come to an event or not. Do you find the classes to hard or too easy? Do they not have the fresh ideas that you are interested in? Do you want beginner classes or advanced classes? Why would you or wouldn’t you pay to go to a class?
When you come to one of my classes at Stitches I am lucky enough that Red Heart sponsors the class and you all get the yarn that you need to complete the class. I know that some of you are not able to get to an event, or at least to the Midwest event, for classes. I am offering you the chance to win the yarn for each of my Midwest classes. Take a look at my class offerings through the list below. Comment on this blog post with which class you would like to win yarn for.
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