Last month I attended a crochet workshop for beginners at The Sheep Shop in Cambridge. The class was taught by Joanne Scrace – knit and crochet designer behind Not So Granny. The class took place on a Saturday afternoon for three hours starting at 1.45pm and cost £25 per person (excluding materials). The classes held at The Sheep Shop are incredibly popular and so booking in advance is a must – I was very lucky to get the last available space for this one at short notice! I have wanted to learn how to crochet for over a year now and although I tried to follow instructions online and in books I was never sure if I was doing it right. I knew that the next step was to attend a class and was excited to see that Joanne was teaching this one as I have followed her on Twitter for a while.
As soon as I had paid for my booking Sarah from The Sheep Shop sent me a confirmation email with all the details – including a little about the local area, the best transport connections and a list of materials that I would need. On the day I used Newmarket Road Park & Ride and the bus stop was just a few minutes walk from the shop; it was the first time I had visited and it was very easy to find! Find out more about how to get there here.
There was the option to take materials with you but with the extensive collection of yarn and hooks for sale there was also the choice to purchase them at the shop on the day or pay for a kit in advance for £4. I decided that I would purchase mine on arrival and Sarah was on hand to help me choose the right materials; a ball of DK weight yarn (in a pale or bright colour, non-fluffy, and preferably with a high proportion of natural fibres such as James Brett Cotton On) and a 4-5mm hook.
Once I had chosen my yarn I was introduced to Joanne and the other ladies taking the class and we started promptly with the shop closing to other shoppers from 2-3pm. The class took place on the shop floor within the dedicated workshop area – it was so nice being surrounded by the range of yarns, knitting needles, crochet hooks, yarn bowls, weaving looms and much more for sale within the shop. Joanne started by giving us a useful guide to what we were going to learn so that we could refer to it once we were home. It covered the basic stitches as well as the importance of knowing the difference between the UK and US terminology.
We started with the slip stitch and how to chain which was about all I could really remember from trying to learn previously. We then moved on to learn double crochet, half treble and treble. Once Joanne had shown us each stitch we had the chance to practise these over and over until we felt confident enough to move onto the next. It was so nice to have someone on hand to guide you and tell you if and where you were going wrong.
We practised these stitches throughout the remaining hour of the class and then Joanne answered any questions we had. Throughout the class we were also given refreshments and cookies to keep us going! I really enjoyed myself and found it the perfect environment to learn in. Thank you to Joanne and Sarah for a great afternoon – I will certainly be keeping my eye on the upcoming workshops at The Sheep Shop. If you love to crochet then make sure to check out The Crochet Project which Joanne co-founded.
Since attending the class I have been practising the stitches that I learnt and have started a crochet project. Make sure you check out our next ‘Get Creative‘ post which will be a review of the latest edition of Simply Crochet magazine. I will also be sharing what I have been making since the class! I created a board over on our Pinterest account for some inspiration for future crochet projects.