Introduction to Crochet

September 16 - September 17, 2023

Introduction to Crochet


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $375
Material Fee: $35

With only a simple hook and some yarn, you can create flat or shaped textiles that become garments, rugs, vessels, or sculptures. In this comprehensive yet playful 2-day class, you will learn the foundation skills of starting a crochet project, building cloth, and the 6 basic stitches — chain, single, half-double, double, and triple crochet, and slip stitch — that make up every classic and radical stitch pattern. Once we are comfortable with the stitches and techniques, we can begin to explore added elements like shaping (both flat and dimensional), working in the round, holes or negative space, textured stitch combinations, striping and color work. We will start with a sampler of stitches and techniques, which could be used as a freeform scarf or wall hanging, and then as skills progress, you will have options to begin a hat, shawl or other forms to continue exploring possibilities. Crochet can be soft or rigid, hole-y or dense, lacy or plain, textured or smooth, curved or straight, wavy or flat, loose or tight, and these qualities are determined by the fiber, stitch, tool, hand and brain of the maker. We will play and improvise and learn from each other’s experiments and be surprised to see what results!

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Cal Patch

Cal Patch has been a maker since she was a Girl Scout in the seventies. She sews, crochets, spins, embroiders, knits, prints, makes patterns, dyes… hence the name of her clothing label: *hodge podge*. Cal has been teaching the textile arts since 2000, at shops and retreats across North America, and now offers online workshops in Pattern Drafting, Sewing and Crochet via Creativebug. After eighteen years of being a New York City dweller, Cal now resides in the Catskills where she is becoming a crafty farmer and growing her handmade wardrobe. Her first book, Design-It-Yourself Clothes, Patternmaking Simplified, was published by Potter Craft.

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