When you first learned to cook, did you start with a Thanksgiving Dinner spread?
And, if you were to teach someone to cook today, you would definitely start with a more basic approach, right?
This analogy is always the first thing I mention when explaining our Crochet Instructor Training program, because it allows us to have a better approach, and conversation, about crochet education.
If you aim to become a successful crochet instructor (no matter your own skill level, or expertise), you should have a firm understanding of the basics and teach your student from there.
As we compiled our Crochet Instructor Training program, we found that these 3 things helped our instructors and their students to be much happier, and far more productive:
- Private Instruction Is Not A Group Effort: Crochet can be a very tricky skill to learn, and it does require a lot of personal time and attention to begin. When teaching beginner lessons, we feel that no more than 2 students per instructor is the best approach. There is a massive difference between beginner lessons (private instruction) and workshops (group settings). So, be sure to give crochet beginners personal time and attention to help them have a successful start!
- Give Them The Right Materials: Beginners don't typically know a lot about yarn; weight, fiber, color... As an instructor, yarn is an important subject to discuss so that your students can have confidence in the materials they are working with. We feel that the first yarn weight to work with when teaching crochet should: be in the weight 5 category, have minimal plys, look lighter in color (like Heather Grey). Use the suggested hook for the yarn you choose, and possibly try 1 size larger. The goal is to assure each crochet stitch worked can be clearly seen, counted, and worked into.
- Don't Start With a Specific Project: People typically want to learn crochet because they saw something amazing on Pinterest. Great! But, starting with a specific project when teaching someone to crochet is often a huge mistake. We feel that simply teaching each of the basic stitches in crochet is the best foundation to start with. Once each of those stitches are taught, moving to small projects are a great next step to teach all other aspects of crochet with greater ease, and understanding.
Watch my live chat on this topic today:
Interested in applying for our Crochet Instructor Training program at the ACA?
Only ACA members are eligible, and automatically receive a private invitation to join as soon as they successfully complete the following courses:
- Yarn Mastery
- Swatch Mastery
- Pattern Reading Mastery
What do you think about these 3 tips? Let me know in the comments!