Eight people braved the weather on Saturday and came for the Scarf Crocheting Class at the farm.  Three of them were teenagers!  It did my heart good to see young people interested in something non-electronic!

Growing up, I enjoyed doing most anything with my hands.

According to an article titled Knitting & Crocheting are Hot by the Craft Yarn Council, creativity is, by far, the number one influencing factor that attracts women (28%) to the craft and it’s most important to women in the 18-24 age group (31%).

Creativity is followed by “keeping hands busy” at 15%, “making gifts” at 13%, and “stress relief” at 10%. Most respondents, 26%, spend 1–5 hours on their craft per week, 16% spend between 6–9 hours and 18% between 10–19 hours.

The yarn we used in this class was a bulky yarn called Snuggle, available in The Fiber Studio here at our farm or in The Farm Store online.  It comes in a number of great colors, including NEW multi-colors!

Crocheted Alpaca Scarf

The pattern we used is called Fast and Easy Scarf, which works up quickly and is good practice for chain stitch and double crochet.  The pattern calls for chaining 87 stitches which is not near long enough, in my opinion.  I chained 101 stitches and even that was a bit short.

Skinny Scarf - Winter White

I have found some links that I would recommend if you are wanting to learn how to crochet.  Stitches – For Dummies has great pictures of the different stitches and simple, easy to understand directions.  At the Craft Yarn Council there is a Crochet Abbreviations Master ListCrochet Chart Symbols, and help for How to Read a Crochet Pattern.  

If pictures and written instructions don’t work for you, the You Tube video below may help.

Are you left-handed?  There are Crochet Lessons for Left-Handers available on the Crochet Guild of America website.

If you find you just can’t stop crocheting once you have learned how, you could always Crochet for Charity.  There are many worthwhile causes and people in need that would benefit from the work of your hands.

Some sites I found with FREE patterns are:

All Free Crochet Patterns
Crochet Pattern Central
Lion Brand Free Crochet Patterns
Naturally Caron Free Crochet Patterns
Ravelry 
– Just do a search for Free Crochet Patterns.

Of course, there are lots of good books on crocheting too!



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