I get emails all the time from crocheters who
can't fly out to wherever a class I'm teaching a class. I understand that
feeling well. After my daughter was born, I had to limit my traveling quite a
bit, since finding sitters is extremely hard. I am a huge fan of classes
myself; that must be the engineer-nerd in me because I can't get enough of
learning new things. So for me, and many people, the answer is DVD classes,
watching a bit here and there while my little one is playing.
In my baby sweater and hat DVD workshops, I
include as much information as you would get in one of my classes. Actually,
you get more, since I don't have to skip around, as I sometimes do in in class,
due to time constraints. In every DVD, I approach the subject from beginning to
end, like I'm creating a crocheted project along with you. We jump in with yarn
choices and what yarn works best for your project, as well as some of my
favorite yarns to crochet with.
We move on to stitch patterns that will work
well in your project and not lead your project down the "sits in the back
of the closet" road. Every workshop includes at least three stitch
patterns that I walk through step by step with you. Then you can use them to
design your own projects. We discuss style and construction. Is your hat going
to be worked top down (so that you will be doing increases around the cap) or
will you be making a baby pullover (thus also needing closures at the neckline
or shoulder line to fit over a wee one's head)?
We step into Math Class in every workshop and
break down, row by row, how to not only work out gauge but how to shape
garments as well. We use tricks I have picked up and sketch out our shaping
using crochet symbols that will break down all the scary math.
Last, we talk about finishing, whether that
is adding ribbing, flowers, blocking, seaming, or zippers. The included
worksheet walks you through the DVD with me, so you don't have to worry about
missing any tip along the way. I try to ease you into every workshop slowly and
help you with the challenging bits so your next project will be sensational, no
matter what you are making.
My goal with these DVDs was to include as
much information as possible so you could apply it to any project. A number of
the tips in the baby sweater workshop can easily be applied to women's or men's
garments. The tips in the hat workshop work for other accessories or toys. My
ultimate goal is for everyone, even seasoned crocheters, to walk away having
learned something new; just like I love to do when I take classes myself.
Purchase Design Your Own Crocheted Baby Sweater and Design Your Own Crocheted Hat today and learn anytime.