What do you think of my little samples? They aren't huge I grant you but I'm actually pretty proud of them.
I was recently approached by Craftsy and offered the chance to take some of their great online classes and talk about my experiences here. I wasn't very familiar with Craftsy at the time but I'm so glad I took a moment to find out what they are about because I've really been impressed.
The first class that I want to tell you about is Amazing Crochet Textures with Drew Emborsky.
The main focus of this free class is using front and back post crochet stitches but there's plenty more information in there too, from making foundations crochets and blocking to adding beads to your work. In fact the class includes everything you need to make this pretty afghan...
That means, as well as watching Drew take you through the stitches step by step, you also get a complete pattern to download, including charts. Not bad for free.
Although I've only recently started to work with front and back post stitches I was fairly confident with the simple ribbing square that we started with, but I haven't attempted cables in crochet before so I was interested to see what I could learn. That's when I realised that there are a few things that really take these classes to a whole other level and make a huge difference when you are watching with hook in hand, ready to follow along.
The first is the 30 second repeat feature, which means if you come to instruction you'd like to see again, or a part you are stumbling over, you can just click the '30 second repeat' button and the video loops that little section for you, as often as you like, until you are ready to move on. Guess how often I used this feature while working my first couple of cables!
It just makes all the difference in the world having someone talking you through it step by step. Pretty much every time a query popped into my head over exactly how or what way I should be doing something, Drew mentioned a little tip or technique that answered my question and I was happily hooking away again.
I other rather nifty feature I discovered, is a 'note' section which enables you to make a bookmark at any point in the video, so you can come back to that exact point any time you want too. I can't wait to try that out next time I take a class.
I was so excited by my first little venture into the world of cabled crochet at I kept going with this swatch until I ran out of yarn. Now I've got the basics I want to try my skills out on some more patterns.
So, if you're interested in learning more about textured crochet or even if you've just never tried a Craftsy class before I want to see what it's like then I can certainly recommend the experience.
Just head over to Craftsy now and log in (or sign up) to try the free Amazing Textures Crochet class.
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