This is a guest post by Kaitlin Krull
Crochet lovers everywhere will tell you again and again just how addictive this craft can be. If you have a family and are addicted to crochet, it certainly won’t be long before your kids start asking to make their own scarves, sweaters, and doilies. Our solution? Teach them from home! At Home Improvement Leads, we think that there is no place like home—and not just for eating, sleeping, relaxing, but learning, too. Here are a few of our top tips for setting up a space at home to teach your kids to learn and love crochet.
Find a space
The first thing you’ll need to do when setting up your family crochet station is to find an appropriate space for crafting together. Choose a quiet area of the home that will encourage concentration and focus in your kids, or at the very least set some ground rules for respecting crochet time. Your designated space should have comfortable seating, a large workspace such as a table or desk, good lighting, and plenty of room to store your supplies.
After you’ve chosen the location for your crochet station, you will need to organize everything you might need. Stock up on basic supplies such as yarn, needles, and hooks to begin with—once your kids become more advanced crocheters, you can think about introducing hoops and other fabrics. For each project you plan to undertake, consider creating a sample for your kids to look at and copy from. When giving instructions, remember to tailor these to your kids’ individual learning styles (videos, written step-by-step instructions, visuals, etc).
Set the mood
Before you start your first crochet lesson, you’ll need to make sure your craft space is calm, quiet, and free from distractions such as televisions, game consoles, and other enticing toys. This doesn’t mean that your space needs to be silent; many children learn well with productive ambient music. After you’ve considered noise, remember that a well-lit room is essential for the detailed work of crochet. Keeping the curtains open, lamps ready, and overhead lights on (if you find your space is too dim to work) will help your kids see what they’re making instead of fumbling in the dark.
Keep it tidy
While the lesson plan and pace at which you teach your children to crochet is completely up to you, there are a few things that will definitely encourage productivity and focus. In addition to the setup steps mentioned above, it’s important to keep your crochet space neat and tidy. Storage is key with any craft, so invest in a few baskets, empty a few drawers, or clear shelving units for your crochet equipment. Set yourselves up for success by encouraging your kids to tidy away their own supplies after every session, thereby saving you time and stress. With any luck, your kids will quickly pick up the art of crochet and become as addicted as you are!