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Crochet: Beyond Rectangles

with Linda Permann
Crochet: Beyond Rectangles
Advance your crochet skills with Linda's darling baby sweater. She teaches you how to shape, edge and finish any project for great results.

Bored of blankets and scarves? If you're ready to tackle more complex patterns, Linda's darling baby sweater is the perfect first crocheted garment. You'll learn professional secrets to create smooth edges, link stitches, shape your pieces, sew them together and add edging. In the process, she takes away the intimidation factor of working from patterns and schematics. In-depth tutorials on blocking and finishing are sure to be invaluable for every level of crocheter, and you'll even learn a fun surface embellishment technique that you can use to make monograms, flowers, or any shape you can draw on the surface of your sweater. Move beyond rectangles and gain the confidence you need to crochet your next garment!


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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Crochet instructor Linda Permann reviews the materials you'll need, goes over what you'll learn in the course and talks about why she chose this particular pattern.


Lesson 2. Pattern Reading

  • Linda shares her tips for making crochet patterns easy to follow. She goes over how to read written instructions and schematic diagrams and how to choose and mark the correct size.


Lesson 3. Choosing Yarn & Gauge Swatching

  • Choose the perfect yarn for any project, including how to substitute and do the math so you don't buy too little or too much. She'll walk you through the important steps of crocheting and blocking a gauge swatch to ensure your project will fit perfectly.


Lesson 4. Crochet Refresher

  • Whether you are a beginner or have crocheted for years, this quick refresher will help you with single, double and half double crochet stitches, along with how to crochet in the round using both a ring chain and an adjustable chain.


Lesson 5. Baby Sweater Back

  • Start your foundation chain, make your first row, work in single and double crochet, and use the linked stitch for a neat edge. Shape the sweater back with left- and right-facing decreases, and use stitch changes for subtle neck shaping.


Lesson 6. Sleeves

  • You'll learn how to work an increase as you shape the sleeves of your baby cardigan. Linda also shows you how to join a new ball of yarn, working over the ends as you crochet to save weaving-in work later.


Lesson 7. Left Front

  • Two sets of decreases shape the left front, using slip stitch to make notches for the armholes and double crocheting two together for a gradual decrease at the neck.


Lesson 8. Right Front

  • While she creates the right front of her baby sweater, Linda demonstrates reverse shaping techniques and explains the difference in texture between the right and wrong sides of a piece of crocheted fabric.


Lesson 9. Blocking & Weaving

  • Careful blocking will make sewing the sweater together much easier, and leads to a polished finished piece. Linda demonstrates her technique to weave in yarn ends invisibly and easily.


Lesson 10. Sewing the Sweater

  • Thread your yarn needle and learn the whip stitch to assemble your finished garment. Linda shares her tips for fast and accurate finishing.


Lesson 11. Edging & Buttons

  • It's time for finishing touches! You'll learn how to create a smooth crocheted edge in a contrasting color, then pick out the perfect buttons and sew them on securely.


Lesson 12. Bonus: Surface Slipstitch

  • In this bonus session, you'll learn how to use slipstitch to personalize your baby sweater with monograms or other simple designs.

"I have some experience crocheting, but my garment projects always ended in disaster. I just didn't think I could do it. But this class took away my anxiety and really walked me through the intimidating parts of garment construction for crochet. Very glad I took this class, since I could ask questions along the way if I needed to, and I finally have a finished project that looks great! Can't wait to make more!"
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Los Angeles, CA

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