For as many great knitting patterns as there are out there, there are just as many crocheted patterns. Some projects, like amigurumi, are almost exclusively created with a hook rather than a pair of needles. If you’re a knitter who has looked longingly at anything crocheted, now is the time to learn.
Crochet is a centuries-old technique just as knitting is, and can be used to create circular designs with much more ease than when knitting. Crocheted work is more free-form, with one active stitch at a time instead of rows, making it possible to create distinct shapes, like snowflakes as shown in last week’s class at The Knitting Nest. You can also use crochet to create slightly thicker, sturdier fabric that is less likely to come apart at the drop of a single stitch.
The express series of classes at Hill Country Weavers is meant to give Austin crafters a quick start up with no experience required. While these classes are great for absolute beginners, they can also be used by more experienced crocheters to advance to the next level or solve a particular pattern problem with instructor Ana. Those who have a current project should bring that with them, while new crochet converts will need one skein of Cascade 128 and a size J hook, both of which can be purchased from the store.
Crochet Express will run from 1 to 3 pm Sunday afternoon, and cost just $20, as do all classes in the series. In September, the store will also be holding express classes on spinning, as well as on knit/purl.