Learning Path + Professional Development

Crochet education that builds your knowledge and skills as you work toward our Crochet Instructor and Pattern Writer workshops!

The American Crochet Association offers the most comprehensive learning path for crocheters looking to earn professional credentials. When you join today, your journey begins:

  • Swatch Course
  • Pattern Reading Course

Level 1 Complete: invitation to Crochet Instructor Training ($129 one-time course fee + $29/annual community access)

  • Sizing Course
  • Seams & Joins Course
  • Finishing Course

Level 2 Complete: Invitation to Pattern Writing Training ($129 one-time course fee + $29/annual community access)


Meet Your Instructor


Salena Baca
Salena Baca

I learned to crochet at the age of 5 and haven't put my hook down since! I've published over 300 patterns, authored 7 crochet books (so far...), taught 2 courses with Craftsy, and launched the American Crochet Association. I currently live in Oregon with my husband, son, 2 cats and 1 dog.

  • 2009-present: Salena Baca Crochet
  • 2012-2016: Design Wars, Founder
  • 2014-2017: Happily Hooked Magazine; Content Coordinator, Director of Relations
  • 2014-2016: The Pattern Pack; Founder & Editor
  • 2015: Author
  • 2015-present: American Crochet Association; Founder & Lead Educator
  • 2016, 2018: Craftsy Instructor
  • 2018-2020: Yarnpreneur Academy; CEO / Lead Yarn Lover

Courses Included with Purchase



Learning Path #1: Yarn
Weights, types, colors, label reading, substitution and care!
Salena Baca
$24/year
Learning Path #2: Crochet Swatches
From gauge and size, to function and feel, swatches are tools!
Salena Baca
$24/year
Learning Path #3: Crochet Pattern Reading
From beginner to expert, you’ll be reading instructions and charts!
Salena Baca
$24/year
Learning Path #4: Sizing Course
From afghans to socks, knowing how to size your next project is crucial!
Salena Baca
7 day free trial then $24/year
Learning Path #5: Seams & Joins
Knowing a variety of methods can really expand the projects you’ll try!
Salena Baca
$24/year
Learning Path #6: Crochet Finishing
Essential techniques that will make all your projects look perfect!
Salena Baca
$24/year

Original Price: $144


Frequently Asked Questions


Why is this billed yearly?
Subscription memberships allow the ACA to sustainably offer crochet education in a pure form; without gimmicks, fluff, or hidden agendas. We're not just offering a product, we're providing a service with actionable steps; helping crocheters to help themselves. The ACA is available every weekday with service, support, community & guidance. We are dedicated to providing a learning foundation & continuing education, with information that is accurate, current & easily accessible.
How does this work, when can I start?
After enrolling, you'll immediately receive 1 course per week over 6 weeks. You can retain access to your course material as long as you're a member, across any and all devices you own!
What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you don't love your course, or the ACA is just not for you, you can cancel your subscription (which cancels your access to the course) from your account area; no hassle! Questions, support, or feedback? Send us an email anytime: [email protected]
What if I don't want professional courses...
No problem, you are not required to take any of them! While this bundle offers a clear path to join our professional development courses, you can easily skip those invitations as you receive them (or, join in later if you change your mind)!

Build your crochet knowledge & skill while working toward your professional developments. Become part of the movement; assuring crochet is left in better hands than we found it.

This course is closed for enrollment.