Today was my first day teaching crochet at House on the Hill, a drug treatment center for women in San Jose. It is a really nice place, and the women can bring their small children to be with them while they go through the program. I will be teaching there every other week, and my first lesson today couldn’t have gone better.
About half the women there were brand-new and needed teaching, while the other half were more advanced and were busily making granny square afghans. All the women I taught today were very quick to learn: in less than an hour they were all doing rows of really nice single crochets. They should have all the skills needed to practice over the next two weeks as they have time, and next time I plan to go over single crochet again and help them start on a project, and then teach any new people the basics.
If you are interested, check out my Crochet Lesson plan, with slides of what I planned to draw on the white board and teaching notes.
One of the women making an afghan wanted to know how to start it off (apparently someone had done the first granny square round to get her started on the one she was currently making), so I taught her a little bit about crochet chart symbols and drew a diagram for her. She had brought with her an attempt she made at creating a granny square, and just through experimentation, she wound up making a pentagon, which was very neat. She wants to make a second afghan for her son in more boyish colors.
Before we meet again, I am going to put together a few patterns. Some will be simple scarves and bracelets, things that don’t require increases or decreases, and then I will also create some hat patterns and some more advanced scarves or maybe toys the women can make for their kids. I plan to design them all myself and make up samples so they will have something to refer to. I am also going to get a few skeins of yarn in cool colors to bring in for them. I can’t wait for the next class!
Additionally, if anyone reading this has any yarn stashed away that they would like to donate to the program, please send me an email – firstname.lastname@example.org – and let me know. Your donations are very much appreciated.