I have discovered that starting the first few rows of the project for the child makes it easier for them to figure out how to hold the hook and yarn easier AND be able to finish the first project much more quickly. Then on the second session they can follow the pattern and make from start to finish by themselves. The pattern included is written WITHOUT any abbreviations so that they will be able to understand it more easily.
- size G crochet hooks (I try to use a variety of colors if I am working with very many children at once)
- finishing needle
- Have one tape measure for measuring their wrists and a few rulers for them to be able to measure their work as they progress.
- Select a variety of light SOLID colored balls of yarn and wind off enough small balls for each child to have a choice.
- Also have a selection of buttons available that have large enough holes to accommodate the finishing needles you have provided.
- Have them measure their wrists with the tape measure.
- Now let them choose what color yarn they would like.
- Teach the child how to hold the yarn and hook. Show them both the knife and pencil hold. Tell them to try both and decide what they feel more comfortable with.
- Show them how to do a single crochet. Then show them again. And again. And then you will probably have to show them again!!
- When they reach the end of the first row: show them how to count their stitches to make sure they have the correct amount. Next, show them how to make a chain stitch.
- When they finish their wrist band (which may or may NOT be their first session) show them how to weave in their ends.
THINGS FOR YOU TO REMEMBER AS A TEACHER OF CROCHET
- DO remember to tell them about "frogging" their stitches and how you "rip it, rip it, rip it out". This will make it easier when they need to frog their own stitches.
- DO let them visit as long as they are not being disruptive to others. We want them to LOVE crochet and learning how.
- DO provide some sort of incentive for repeat attendance. For me, I would give them their crochet hook at their first class. But they would have to EARN their finishing kit by coming to 3 classes in a row. I would use a small tin and enclose a pair of folding scissors, one finishing needle, a needle threader and a retractable measuring tape. It was a great incentive and many of my former grade school students that are in college now STILL have (or at least parts of) their first finishing kit!
- DO be encouraging!! Some of them will come to you and will have a TANGLED MESS, but all they see is their finished project. If they are struggling and upset, share one of your own messy crochet project stories (we ALL have at least ONE). Sometimes you will need to separate a child for a "private" lesson. It could be they are distracted by other students OR intimidated by them, especially if they have come into the class later than the others.
- DO speak in crochet terms. Your goal should be to teach them so that one day they will be able to pick up any pattern and crochet from it. If you use you own made up terms they will never be able to accomplish this.
Wrist Band Pattern
- small amount of worsted weight yarn
- size G crochet hook
- finishing needle
- needle threader (optional)
Be Blessed and Show them the LOVE OF CROCHET!!