Learn to crochet

Learn to crochet

Learn to crochet with Oh So Pretty And Clever.

Although many of you may have considered learning how to crochet before, but been daunted by the prospect.  Fear not! 

Some of you may have picked up a hook and yarn and given it a go with the best of intentions, and subsequently ended up throwing said hook and yarn across the room before declaring “it’s impossible, I don’t have the patience or the coordination for it!”  Wrong! 

Therefore, if you’re a complete beginner or someone who has tried and failed in the past, you’re in the right place.  Through my workshops, I will help you to learn to crochet and begin your crochet journey (again); and this time I promise I’ll get you #Hooked! (although I won’t be held responsible for the amount of yarn you’ll end up buying, and the obsession that will grow with every stitch!” 

Don’t take my word for it though, have a look at what my students have said… 

Student reviews

Wonderful course 

Wonderful course – I was really intimidated by crochet, but this course was easy to understand and Emma was so patient and helpful. I absolutely loved it 🙂  

Beginners crochet 

I’ve attempted crochet before on more than 1 occasion and not got my head around it.  2 hours with Emma and the basics have fallen in to place!  Emma was very clear, friendly and very patient.  Great course and I’m glad I’ve finally started my hooking journey!”  

Excellent course 

Excellent course. I had done some crochet as a child but had forgotten what to do. Emma explained everything very clearly and using good camera angles. She looked after everyone on the course and made sure we all got to the same place. Very pleased that I took part.  

Beginners Crochet course 

I have never crocheted before, Emma was very kind and patient, she explained the techniques clearly and was happy to repeat the demonstration as many times as I needed. Now I need to practice.  

Learn to crochet for your mental health & wellbeing

Serotonin and dopamine are two very important chemicals for mental health, and are known to be natural anti-depressants.  The repetitive movement of crochet has shown to increase serotonin levels.  Furthermore, matching your breathing to the repetitive action also helps to slow down your heartbeat and increase dopamine. 

The release of these chemicals can reduce blood levels of cortisol – the stress hormone.  This in turn lowers your blood pressure.  Once your body can prevent and manage stress levels, your immune system is strengthened and you have a better ability to cope with illness, both physical and mental. 

A mindful hobby

The act of crochet encourages the body to be in a ‘flow-state’.  This is similar to meditation and is defined as being completely immersed in your activity. 

The repetitive counting of crochet has even been shown to serve people with anxiety associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), eating disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and insomnia.  It’s even called the ‘new yoga’ because of it’s relaxing meditative qualities.   Crochet is good for your health, FACT! 

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Learn to crochet – beat the boredom

As the mental health of the nation is suffering decay due to lockdowns and the Coronavirus pandemic, it is very important to highlight the health benefits of taking up a hobby.  Hobbies instil a sense of purpose as well as providing enjoyment.  The more time you can devote to a hobby, the greater the satisfaction and sense of achievement you feel. 

In recent times we have somehow misplaced our free time.  We are overwhelmingly busy but find ourselves engaging in things like social media, emails, and Netflix. We habitually waste time that can be better spent elsewhere. 

Learn to crochet - the perfect hobby

If Lockdown granted us anything, it should be that we have a little more time to focus on ourselves and what we enjoy doing.  Having a hobby forces you to take time for yourself, and encourages you to take a break.  They allow you to gain pleasure and purpose from something that is not associated with work, chores or other grown-up responsibilities.

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Be part of the crochet community

Crochet is making a massive come back as one of the most trendy and productive hobbies to have.  Not to mention portable and inexpensive too!  Google searches has seen crochet become more and more popular, and has ranked it the number three ‘How-to’ search over the past few years.  People of all ages are bringing this centuries old craft in to the modern day.   

The history of crochet

Having been invented as a method for producing a cheap substitute for lace, the humble beginnings of crochet gave it a reputation as an inferior craft.  That was until Queen Victoria herself gave it the Royal thumbs up by buying crocheted lace made by Irish women who were struggling to make a living after the Great Potato Famine.  As a result, she herself learned to crochet, and by the end of her reign in 1901, much of England was quite literally hooked!  The History of Crochet 

Indeed the exact origins of crochet are unclear, it is suggested that it may have evolved from traditional craft practices in places such as South America, the Middle East, and China. 

1920's & 30's

In the 1920’s and 30’s crochet progressed in to a means of producing entire items of clothing.  As well as the decorative pieces that were already popular, women began producing dresses, skirts and hats of varying patterns.  By the 1940’s and World War 2, crochet became part of the war time effort in Britain and the U.S. and women would contribute by making items for the troops.  

In the spirit of austerity at the time, crochet was also an excellent way to liven up existing outfits, and provided a much-needed lift for both clothing and the community.  After the war, crochet again evolved in to fashion and became a classic fifties look, with everything from A-line skirts to wedding dresses being produced from the single hook! 

1960's

The 1960’s was the decade where the crochet boom really began.  It took off as a free-form means of expression and there was a huge trend for household crochet items as well as the swinging fashions of the day.  The ‘granny square’ also came in to style at this time.  A simple design, the granny square could be used to make a huge variety of clothes and accessories. 

Crochet today

Consequently, crochet today is making quite a bit of a comeback.  From designers such a Christian Dior to Dolce & Gabbana, crochet is a regular feature on the catwalk – even the granny square!  What better time to give it a go yourself!