What is the course about?
An improvers crochet course for those who know how to crochet but want to progress from the basic stitches. You will learn intermediate to advanced techniques such as shaping, working in the round, cluster stitches and reading patterns.
What students liked most about this course run in 2015/16:
"It was a good opportunity to improve on a handicraft, which contrasts to a stressful day job."
What will we cover?
- A variety of intermediate to advanced stitches using 4-4.5 mm hook and basic DK light coloured yarn
- Shaping, chevrons and ripples, working in the round to make granny squares and more complex motifs
- Striping, joining yarn, edgings, lace and cluster stitches, raised stitches
- Joining motifs and finishing techniques
- Reading patterns and beginning to make complex projects.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate knowledge of intermediate to advanced techniques
- Demonstrate confidence in working with crochet
- Develop and produce several samples and swatches of the techniques learned
- Understand the importance of the correct tension and begin to read and understand crochet patterns.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is for intermediate/improver crocheters, you must know the basic stitches of dc, treble and half treble to progress well on the course.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught by demonstration, group and individual tuition and discussion and through practical work.You will be taken through the techniques individually as well as with group demonstrations.
Each separate technique will be practiced and then a sample made for reference in a file or sketchbook. Each student is encouraged to begin a crochet techniques folder or book in which to keep samples, swatches, handouts and any note taking you find useful.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You are asked to bring at least a 4, 4.5 and 5mm hook
2 balls of DK to Aran weight yarn (one ball of cream or natural coloured yarn and one ball of a light contrast colour yarn). It is preferable that you choose a yarn with some wool, cotton or natural fibre content for ease of use.
Sketch books are also advisable so you can collect visual information, record any new techniques and collect hand outs. Digital cameras are also useful to record any new stitches/fabric and mark making done during the course.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Try other Build constructed textile courses
VX447 Textiles Manipulation
VX972 Felt making experimental 2D 3D techniques
VX102 Constructed Textiles with basketry and felt.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details