Inspiring New Yarn Crafters

Have you ever tried to teach someone how to knit or crochet? When was the last time you tried?

My latest attempt was this past weekend. I was relaxing at a local sports bar, finishing off the last of my carrot cake and coffee, with my Crochet Prayer Shawl project on display beside my plate. Some of my friends and I were talking about the football game, and laughing at some of the jokes we shared. When I finished my cake, I pushed it aside, then picked up my shawl to work some more stitches.

Crochet Prayer Shawl

My friend Laurie said, “Let me try that.” So, I handed it over, and she did a few twists and turns with the hook and needle, but could not figure out how to make a single stitch. So, we laughed, and I took it back in hand. I told her that I learned by watching videos online. She said that she learns best by doing it herself. So, I guess I’ll have to give it another go with her, using a larger hook and thicker yarn.

I’ve actually been successful teaching a few people – mostly youngsters. Some of them really latched onto knitting, while others preferred crochet. I usually direct new crafters to the free videos on the Yarnspirations YouTube channel. They are very helpful, and answer a lot of questions. I’ve made a few videos myself, as well, to fill in the gaps for some people. Most beginners want to make something they will actually use, so it’s best to let them choose their own project from the Beginner Projects here on Yarnspirations. There are more than 200 choices there, so I’m sure they’ll find something. :)

The photo here shows the Basic Chunky Slipper, Basic Crochet Cowl, and the Basic Hat – Free Patterns from Yarnspirations!

Easy Projects for Inspiring Crafters

How did you learn to knit or crochet?

If you’d like to try teaching someone right now, here are some links to some of the helpful beginner videos I’ve found on the Yarnspirations YouTube page.

Knitting Cast On, Knit Stitch, Purl Stitch, Cast Off

Crochet Single Crochets and Double Crochets

Seaming Together Squares, Adding Fringe