6 Skills to Build with Crochet eBooks and Videos
Crafty confession time: I’m a technique collector. Truth be told, it might be boarding on hoarder level collecting. I’m constantly pinning and bookmarking new techniques I want to understand/learn/try. I’ll even seek out projects that feature something I haven’t done before just so I can squirrel away a new bit of knowledge. I also happen to be a serious book lover and a very visual learner. So you can bet I’ve got a stash of crochet eBooks, print books, and videos just waiting for me to crack into, too.
The lifetime of learning that crafting offers is one of the things that make it so wonderful. I’ve been a maker since I was a little girl and into my 40s there are still so many things I’ve yet to discover! Feel free to imagine me doing my best Buddy the Elf impression with a big grin on my face saying, “I just like to learn, learning’s my favorite!” Perhaps you’re the same?
To that end, I put together a list of a few new techniques I’ve got my eye on to dive into. They’re skills I think we’d all benefit from learning. So put them on your to-do list, too.
6 Crochet eBooks & Videos to Enhance Your Skills
Corner to Corner Crochet (C2C)
The first time I saw a C2C project it was a pixelated design of a fun character worked up as a blanket. Seeing that, I understood the basics of the technique and how it can lead to really quick finishes, but with the juvenile project I wasn’t totally convinced I wanted to try it. Then Corner to Corner Crochet came out and I was hooked. Author Jess Coppom’s designs are much more my speed and I can’t wait to C2C something now!
I’ve worked with several colors in a single crochet project, but always simply as stripes. I love the idea of doing Fair Isle inspired colorwork in crochet and the best way to do that is with tapestry crochet. In Modern Tapestry Crochet, Alessandra Hayden covers all the basics of the technique and totally knocks projects out of the style park. The tote shown above is definitely on my to-make list.
I’m a sock knitter. It’s about time I learned to crochet them as well. And when it comes to learning to crochet socks there’s really only one resource that will do. Rohn Strong’s Step into Crochet is to crochet as Kate Atherley’s Custom Socks is to knitting. Just like its knitting counterpart, Step into Crochet has literally everything you need to know to successfully crochet socks.
When I see what Deborah Bagley can do with a skein of variegated yarn I’m just in complete awe. Manipulating color repeats into controllable color pooling is just the work of a sheer genius. And it’s the perfect technique to learn via video, as it’s just so visual!
Crochet Garment Design
Next on the list is a course I’m dying to take not because I intend to learn to design garments, but rather I really want to learn to better fit garments to my body type. Because, yes, even at my age I often feel like I don’t know how to properly fit and dress myself. Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby shares the techniques he uses when he designs in a way that’s easy to understand and teaches so much more than just design.
Throughout the various media I’ve worked with in my craft career, finishing techniques have always been stressed as the most important to achieving a polished, professional finished project. Whether you’re filing the end of a piece of sharp wire in handmade jewelry or you’re blocking and weaving in ends of a crochet project—finishing matters. I’ve never taken the time to dig deep into the actual techniques though. I’m excited to learn from an expert like Shannon in his Crochet Finishing Techniques workshop. I know it can only make things better!
Are there any techniques you’ve been waiting to learn? What’s holding you back? I’d love to know more about what gets you excited to know more and what makes you nervous. Share in the comments below.
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