YarnCraft Episode 149 :: Back to School: 5 Tips on Learning New Knit & Crochet Skills

3 Sep

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YarnCraft Episode 149 :: 5 Tips on Learning New Knit & Crochet Skills

What kind of learner are you? Visual? Kinetic? Aural? Find out the different considerations you might have as you journey down the road of knitting and crochet skills! Zontee and Michelle talk about different ways and reasons to learn new techniques, skills, and crafts.

We also speak to Patty Lyons, knitting teacher and former director of the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, who shares some insights into process (people who like the journey) versus product (people who like the finished item) crafters.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on LionBrand.com for classes with Craftsy later this year!

Then, we also share an interview with Lion Brand president and CEO, David Blumenthal, who tells a funny story about just how much Lion Brand spokesperson Vanna White loves yarn and crochet.

Patterns shared by our listeners include:

Then on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, we return to Michelle’s book corner to explore how yarncrafting can factor into your reading. Books discussed include:

Be sure to check out episode 132 for the first installment of Michelle’s book corner!

We’ll be on hiatus for the next few weeks. Join us again on October 1 for our next episode. In the meantime, you can still leave a message on the blog or email us at yarncraft [at] lionbrand [dot] com! You can also call in and leave a message at 774-452-YARN–that’s 774-452-9276. 

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Theme music is “Boy with a Coin” by Iron and Wine, from the PodSafe Music Network.

00:11 Intro & welcome
01:26 What’s on Zontee & Michelle’s hooks & needles
08:08 Tips on learning new knit & crochet skills
27:40 Interview with Patty Lyons
33:53 Interview with David Blumenthal
36:14 Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life
43:58 Thanks to our listeners

  • Tisha LeBreton

    have a crochet stitch dictionary called super stitches & I have a few other stitch books as well but none of them explain how to use these stitch patterns in the round & I have searched the net with no luck finding any thing to help me figure it out. Hope you have some suggestions.

  • Rainah Tremel

    I have learned a great deal with youtube after having my son in October of 2010 I went through a bout of post partum – Knew how to crochet but I wanted to do more so my mother and I found the looms in Michaels from that I wanted to know more searching youtube I found GoodKnitKisses and have learned so much from loom knitting different stitches to needle knitting .. and I agree with Michelle its hard to watch from a video – What I do is I pause the video and do the step that they just did right now I am working on a loom knitted 10 stitch blanket from youtube on my Martha Loom – I hope this helps

  • Edwyn

    I finally got around to finding your website. I usually listen to your Podcast via my mobile, but it’s so much better listening via the proper stereo speakers. It’s such good quality. You both have such beautiful clear & professional sounding voices, with just the right amount of humour, although I haven’t yet worked out which one is which. Lol …and I haven’t even begun to say how much I’ve enjoyed the content. I’m a crocheter, and I think it is heartwarming how you put crochet and knitting on an equal footing. I was very very struck by one of your comments; when you were quoting someone who said,
    “It’s taken me years to become an experienced crocheter, I don’t want to have to feel like a beginner again with knitting !!”
    That is exactly how I feel, I enjoy Tunisian crochet so I feel a little closer to knitting now !! And on the subject of learning other crafts I recently joined the *Southend-on-Sea Spinners and Weavers Guild*, and they have enticed me into learning the drop spindle. It has been so informative, there are a little core of hard core crocheters there, and some knitters too. It’s been fascinating to learn all about the fleece and how which breed of sheep/goat/or whatever, gives which yarn, and how which stitch shows it off to it’s best. It’s a whole new multi-verse of knowlege, but being able to crochet has allowed me a way in to understanding it. By the way, I have not ruled out learning to knit …but at the moment I’m finding crochet appears to meet all my creative needs; from using silver wire to make jewelry to parcel string for doormats …and everything else betwixt and between. As I say, I’ve not ruled it out …but it won’t be any time soon !!
    Thank you for a delightful and interesting show.

  • Amigurumi

    Great book list–I look forward to reading your favorites.

    My favorite fictional books with a yarncrafting theme are written by Betty Hechtman. I am primarily a crocheter, and Betty’s crochet mystery series is an entertaining blend of a crochet theme woven (no pun intended) into a who-done-it murder mystery, spiced with large doses of humor, crazy antics, and characters who will become your friends. The first book in the ongoing series is called “Hooked on Murder.” The books center on a crochet group that meets in a bookstore in the San Fernando Valley, just north of Los Angeles. Betty’s latest book is called “Yarn to Go” and is the start of a new series. This book has a knitting theme and takes place in a fictional town in the beautiful Monterey, California area. It’s a great start to a new murder mystery series with a yarncrafting theme that we can all relate to. I have read all of Betty’s books, and every one is delightful.

    I thoroughly enjoyed your segment on learning new skills. It’s great fun to master a new skill–or even just to learn how it’s done after hearing about a new technique. I look forward to your Craftsy instructional videos. I find videos to be a helpful instructional medium.

    Thanks for your informative and entertaining podcasts!

  • Edwyn

    I have just re-listened the Podcast again, and was delighted to hear that you both enjoy Agatha Christie I spend most of my crochet time listening to the audio-books; my favourite are the Miss Marple stories read by Joan Hickson. I wonderful expressive voice, really brings the stories alive. My all time favourite Miss Marple story is Nemesis !!
    On you subject of “going back to school”, your listeners may be interested to know about the International Diploma in Crochet ?? (http://www.crochet.co.uk/diploma.htm)
    I’m currently pursuing this course, and though I could crochet before it has so improved my confidence in starting new (…and finishing old) projects.
    The course is based in England, and is run by a wonderful woman named Pauline Turner. What really is interesting is this October will be the 30th Year Celebration of the course, spread over 2 days in Morecambe. http://www.crochet.co.uk/events.htm
    Those students who have achieved their respective standards will be awarded their certificates during the ceremony. I’m so looking forward to it, a whole two days dedicated to crochet !!
    I think Pauline would make a tremendous speaker for your show, her wealth of knowledge on crochet is astounding, not to mention how she incorporates this knowledge into crochet.
    On a lighter note; after my course, I *might* be tempted to learn knitting if the handsome gentleman in your photo, knitting with the red wool, was available for lessons. Do send him my fondest regards. Best Wishes.

  • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

    Thanks for sharing, Edwyn!

  • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

    Great suggestions!

  • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

    Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

    Great question! In crochet, you can either work in the round by going in a spiral OR work to the end of the round, chain for the height and turn the work and go back the other direction (turn, repeat, etc.). It’s the second method that will allow you to use those stitch patterns in the round, since it allows you to alternate the direction in which the pattern is worked to match the stitch pattern. Hope that helps!

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  • Jodiebodie

    Has Pauline Turner published any books? Her name seems familiar even though I am in Australia. I have a feeling I might have borrowed one of her books from my library when I was first learning. I would love to hear from crocheters from both sides of the Atlantic (and Pacific) on Yarncraft to get a broader perspective, especially since Lion Brand delivers around the world. I am also interested in the crochet scene in other places in the Southern Hemisphere like South Africa and New Zealand. Is it true that sheep outnumber people in New Zealand or is that just a myth? Sounds like wool heaven to me.

  • Edwyn

    Hiya Jodiebodie, yes Pauline Turner has written an array of crochet books, and many other craft books too. She like to use crochet alongside as many other crafts as possible as well as give it recognition as a craft in it’s own right. She has also made DVD and audio cassettes too. Have a look at this website http://www.crochet.co.uk/purchase.htm

  • Tisha LeBreton

    Thank you :)