A discussion of various crochet techniques, including Interlocking Crochet, a unique crochet technique which creates a double-sided fabric.
If it is at all possible, bring a computer to your class or teaching session and show the free videos from the Interlocking Crochet website so people can watch the concept and the stitches up close before you assist them individually.
I have found showing the videos before trying each step really helps others to see and understand what is actually happening. My first teaching experience with Interlocking Crochet, I just explained the steps verbally and drew pictures on a board. It was hard for most people to understand and see what I was doing. However, when I switched to showing the video before explaining and helping everyone individually, it made a big difference.
First, I have them watch Step 1 – Mesh Foundation, then we work that step and I help each one individually. Those who are ready, move on to Step 2 – Working a DCIB or Back Stitch. They watch it and work on that step. Again, I am able to answer questions and check their work. When ready, individuals move on to Step 3 – Working a DCIF or Front Stitch. Step 4 – Zigzag Stitch helps them practice both stitches. Finally, there is the Uniting the A and B Sides into one fabric, showing how to finish your piece.
In this way everyone can learn at her/his own pace and will not feel pressured to keep up with those that understand it more quickly. Also, any time someone wants to review a step or stitch, it is available to watch as many times as they need from their home computers.
Tanis learned the basics of Interlocking Crochet at a class presented by James Walters and Sylvia Cosh. For the next 14 years she experimented with this technique – creating new designs and developing unique ways to use it. Tanis is an award-winning crocheter, an experienced teacher and a bestselling crochet author. She is a member of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA), and has a CGOA Master of Advanced Crochet Stitches and Techniques.
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