Crochet Along with Me: 5-Panel Blanket

5-Panel Crochet Blanket

For the next several weeks, over on the Plymouth Yarn Magazine blog, I’m going to be hosting a free Crochet Along (CAL). I’d love to have you join us.

5-Panel Crochet Blanket Crochet Along

We’ll be crocheting a 5-Panel Blanket. Each panel is made with a different stitch pattern, and along the way I’ll show you not only the stitch pattern, but tips and tricks for making your crocheting easier.

Don’t love the colors? Not a problem! Choose colors that suit your decor.
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Gather up your yarn, and join me and Plymouth Yarn as we crochet along together.

Past Crochet Alongs

Last year I hosted a crochet along here on the blog and on Ravelry. You can buy the completed pattern for the Skill-Builder Blanket Crochet Blanket CAL.

Skill-Builder Crochet Blanket

Announcing the Premiere of Stitch Makers Live Virtual Crochet Conference!

It’s been hard to keep quiet about this one, but now I can tell you about it!

What is Stitch Makers Live?

This post contains affiliate links, which is how I make money from teaching. Please buy your tickets from this site.

Stitch Makers Live is a 3-day virtual event for crocheters. It’s all the fun of a crochet conference from the comfort of your home!

Join 11 crochet bloggers and teachers LIVE on Facebook throughout the event. We’ll be hanging out with you, teaching and answering questions.

The LIVE portion runs Thursday, September 19 through Saturday September 21, 2019.

What Do I Get?

  • 15+ LIVE virtual classes with industry experts
  • Exclusive bonus crochet pattern with each class (15+ patterns)
  • Discussion and socializing with other attendees and teachers
  • A virtual party at the end of the event
  • Full access to the recordings for one full year

And you’re invited!

Early Bird Tickets are only $55 now through Monday, September 2.

After Labor Day ticket prices will increase to $80, so buy now to lock in the lower price.

Tell Me More

Our experts are passionate about sharing their love of crochet with others. Whether your goal is to improve your skills in hat making, gather the bravery to begin your first sweater, or dive into short rows, our goal is to help you. We have handpicked these teachers and designers to bring you the best instructors on a variety of crochet topics.

Getting to an in-person conference can be a barrier for some crocheters. You want to improve your skills and meet new people, but work, family life and budget constraints can make that impossible. Stitch Makers Live is the affordable alternative, because you’re only paying for the classes, not for flights, hotel rooms, restaurant food, and so on.

Stitch Makers Live is the only crochet-only online conference, and we’d love you to be part of the excitement.

How Does Stitch Makers Live Work?

When you buy a ticket to Stitch Makers Live you’ll get access to a private Facebook group that is only open to Stitch Makers Live participants and teachers.

The event runs September 19-21. The live video classes and interaction with the teachers will take place on the private Facebook group. Instructors will be teaching and interacting with you from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm Eastern each of those days.

And we’ll be having a virtual party from 7:30 pm until 9:00 pm Eastern on Saturday night, September 21!

Edie, What Will You Be Doing?

I’ll be teaching techniques from The Village Hat pattern. You’ll learn my tips for great-looking crocheted motifs and join-as-you-go techniques. The Village Hat pattern includes both charted and text instructions, and it’s free with your Stitch Makers Live attendance.

Want to buy a yarn pack so you can make the hat using the same yarn I did? You can! It’s available now from Wonderland Yarns.

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Other teachers and topics include:

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  • Tamara Kelly of Moogly: Plan Your Projects Perfectly with Weight and Gauge Basics and Fabulous Crochet Sweaters are Simple with Finishing Techniques
  • Mary Beth Temple of Hooked for Life Publishing: Hop on the Tunisian Trend with Basics from a Professional Teacher and Level Up Your Projects with Surface Crochet Techniques
  • Alexis Middleton of Persia Lou: Build Better Crochet Baskets with Rope or Cord and this Crafty Star
  • Marie Segares of Underground Crafter: Conquer Amigurumi with Tips and Tricks for All Those Bits and Get Slouch Hat Savvy with Crochet Tips from an Urban Designer
  • Andee Graves of Mamas 2 Hands: Master the Tricks to Create Easy Perfect Crochet Spirals
  • Jessie Rayot of Jessie at Home: Produce Perfect Granny Squares Every Time with these Clever Tips
  • Pia Thadani of Stitches n Scraps: Stretch Your Crochet Skills with Elastic Waistbands for Wearables
  • Linda Dean of Linda Dean Crochet: Fall in Love with Crochet Short Rows for Wonderful Shaping
  • Julie Desjardins of Accrochet: Success with Crochet Socks Can Be Yours – Start with the Basics
  • Courtney Whitehead of Creations by Courtney: Handy Help for Hat Makers – Both Top Down and Bottom Up

Join Stitch Makers Live

Have I convinced you about how excited I am to be a part of this brand-new venture? After all, I get to share my love of crochet from the comfort of my home, too!

Won’t you please join us? I can’t wait to see you there!

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Review: Make Money Teaching Crochet

Marie Segares provided a copy of Make Money Teaching Crochet for my review. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own. This page may contain affiliate links, which help support me, but don’t cost you anything extra.

One of the questions I get asked most frequently is: How did you get started in your career?

There are many variations on this question, but the meaning behind all of them is the same: How can I do what you do? The answer, of course, is multi-faceted, but there are some resources you can use to turn your hobby into a money-making venture. One of these is Make Money Teaching Crochet.

A Success Story

Marie Segares Crochet and knitting teacher Marie Segares has turned her passion for yarn into a second career. As a blogger, she shares tips and projects on the Underground Crafter blog. As a podcaster, she hosts the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show, which focuses on the many aspects of having a yarn-related business. In Make Money Teaching Crochet, she offers a workbook-style approach to launching a teaching business.

Asking and Answering Questions

Written in a comfortable style, each section contains explanatory text. Depending on the format you choose (see below), you may have space to fill in your own answers on  blank lines and tables.

A series of questions helps you get started. Begin with examining your short-term and long-term goals, your technical skills, and your organizational and presentation skills.

Move on to the business of teaching, an admittedly less interesting aspect of teaching for many of us, but a crucial one if you are trying to make money. (Note the book title. Making money is why you are reading the book.) Have you considered how you are going to get paid? How much? What are your refund and cancellation policies? What about self-employment taxes? Marie takes you through each step.

The third section focuses on marketing your classes to your target audience, while a fourth section covers prepping for class. The final section, Resources, is full of helpful links to help get your crochet business off the ground.

The book comes in a number of formats and price points. You can get it as a Kindle ebook or Kobo ebook (without the worksheets), a printable edition with worksheets (the version I have), or as a pdf version with customizable worksheets.

Who Needs This Book?

If you have been considering teaching, or if you are already teaching a fiber craft, you’ll find Make Money Teaching Crochet a helpful exercise. Just be sure to actually do the workbook exercises to get the full benefit! Students currently enrolled in the Craft Yarn Council’s Certified Instructor Program may find it a helpful addition to their studies.

And don’t be mislead by the title! You can use the information here for any yarn-related craft class. If you want to teach knitting or weaving or whatever, there is a fount of information here. The workbook-style exercises allow you to use the book over and over again as your needs, interests, and teaching skills change.

Although I’ve been teaching crochet and knitting for years, I found the workbook a good review and check system. There were some questions that made me think outside my current box, and others that assured me that I’m on the right track. It also gave me some good ideas of new things to try.

Pros: Helpful exercises for all fiber arts teachers at many stages of their careers, as a jump-start, reality check or refresher course. Comes in a variety of formats and price points.

Cons: Unfortunately, I found the serif font used throughout the book difficult to read for long stretches. This may not be a problem for those with younger eyes, or those reading in digital format, but presented a challenge with my paper copy.

Additional Resources about Teaching

Craft Yarn Council Certified Instructors Program

Listen to the bHooked Crochet podcast, where Jenny Besonnette, Executive Director of the Craft Yarn Council and I talk about the program, or watch it on YouTube.

Crochet Guild of America Master of Advanced Crochet Stitches and Techniques

Craftsy class:

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