Last week during the school holidays we had some very excited girls (and their mums) come over in the evening for a crochet session. (our son nicely disappeared to spend the night with a family with some boys and do boy activities!)They all took along a 5mm hook and some 8ply acrylics of their choice.
I had put together a folder for each of the girls with some pages for future reference, outlining the basic stitches and how-to of crocheting.
Their mums came along too, one was a complete beginner, and another was refreshing her highschool skills. They too helped the girls along, and with some all important snacks and milos thrown in, we had a great time. We started with doing chain, and when comfortable with that, we slipstitched a loop and started on trebles to make a granny square. I haven't taught them to read a pattern yet. That will be later down the track.
There was the issue of how to hold the yarn in your left hand, how to hold a hook, and then the tension issue. But they all figured out their own unique comfortable way to work their yarn.
The girls picked up this older stitching technique really well! We even had a left hander in our group and she learnt just as fast, even though she was following us right-handers as example. When time came for me to help fix a little problem, all I could do was pull it out, explain what she needed to do, and she had to do it. Crocheting left-handed is not easy when your hands want to do something totally different!
By 9pm cheeks were rosy, and concentration was beginning to wean. After some girly giggles, whispers and some book reading and even crocheting in semi-darkness (have to love the enthusiasm!), they slept and woke with vigor again in the morning, to yes, crochet again!
Junior little miss #1, started work on her sock-owl to join in at the table
and junior little miss #2 drew round-abouts
All three above, deep in concentration to complete another round before hometime, and yes, the morning tea drinks went cold :)
By the end of the morning, the girls were doing so well, and so confident in their new-found craft, that they were even helping each other.
And so we came to the end of our first LMCG - little miss crochet group. They went home all eager to continue their squares, and they had their file to help if they got stuck.
The next question I heard was, when can we do it again? Apparently the next school holidays are too far away...
Well, seeing I thoroughly enjoyed watching them learn so fast, I think it might happen sooner then they realise!
Well done, girls. Happy crocheting!