Objectives for Beginner Crochet Classes
Objective: To introduce students to basic crochet techniques including the
slip knot and chain stitch, single crochet, double crochet, half-double crochet,
and triple crochet.Slip Knot and Chain Stitch
Demonstrate the slip knot and chain stitch by using a large hook and bulky
yarn or rope. Also, the use of posters and corresponding illustrations is
helpful when working with a group. Use one of these methods throughout your
Demonstrate the two ways to hold a crochet hook. Students should choose the
most comfortable method for themselves. Demonstrate the slip knot and how to
hold the yarn in the hand. Have students practice controlling the tension with
the index finger.
Demonstrate the chain stitch. Emphasize chaining loosely. Suggest using a
crochet hook one or two sizes larger while working the chain to prevent a tight
chain. Have students practice making a chain. Explain that the chain stitch does
not count as a row. Talk about uses for a chain and show samples of the uses,
such as hair ties or using a chain to wrap a special present.
Show a sample of the single crochet stitch. Demonstrate the single crochet
stitch using a large hook and bulky yarn. Show how to work into the chain for a
foundation row of single crochet and to work under two loops of the chain.
Explain chain 1 for turning single crochet. After turning, always single crochet
into the first single crochet space working under the two loops on top of the
Show a sample and demonstrate the double crochet stitch. Explain chain 3 for
turning double crochet. When turning, double crochet in the second stitch of the
previous row going under the two loops on top of the stitch. Explain a sample of
the shell stitch and the popcorn stitch.
Show a sample and demonstrate the half-double crochet stitch. Explain chain 2
for turning half-double crochet and that it does not count as a stitch on the
next row. Half-double crochet in the first stitch of the previous row being sure
to insert the hook under the two loops on top of the stitch.
Show a sample and demonstrate the triple crochet stitch. Explain chain 4 for
turning triple crochet. When turning, triple crochet in the second stitch of the
previous row going under the two loops on top of the stitch. Explain that the
chain 4 counts as the first triple crochet of that row.
Joining a New Yarn and Finishing Off
Objective: To introduce to students the proper procedure for joining a new
yarn and finishing off ends.
Demonstrate joining a new yarn at the edge of work. Discuss leaving the yarn
ends hanging to weave in later and why you NEVER tie a knot. Discuss using yarn
needles and finishing off only one yarn end at a time. Discuss how to properly
fasten crochet off. Show a sample of a striped fabric. Talk about using color
and stripes to create a design.
Objective: To familiarize students with different types and uses of crochet
hooks available and help them choose the correct hooks for their projects.
Discuss the different type of crochet hooks: single-end crochet, afghan hook,
and double-end crochet hook. Show samples of each type and discuss the material
used in the manufacturing of crochet hooks: aluminum, plastic, steel, and wood.
Discuss with students the different sizing systems used for steel and for
aluminum and plastic hooks. Note that steel hooks are 5" long and aluminum hooks
are 6" long. The larger plastic hooks and wood hooks are often longer.
Aluminum, plastic, and wood hooks often use the letter system for size
marking. They range from B (2.25mm), the smallest, to S (19mm), the largest.
The steel hooks use a number system for size marking. They range from 00
(3.5mm), the largest, to 14 (.75mm), the smallest size made by US manufacturers.
Some imported steel hooks are available in size 16 (.60mm) and smaller.
The Crochet Guild of America expresses its utmost appreciation to the Craft Yarn Council of America (CYCA)
for developing these materials on teaching children how to crochet and for
allowing CGOA to post this information on our web site. These materials were
developed by CYCA for participants in CYCA's Certified Instructors Program (CIP)
and first distributed at the CYCA Certified Instructors Luncheon at CGOA's Chain
Link crochet conference held August, 1999 in Bellevue,