DVD Class

Crochet Technique Toolkit (DVD + Streaming)


Item: W0034Q


Get set up for crochet success at every step! Join designer and returning Craftsy instructor Shannon Leigh Roudhán to learn handy crochet techniques every crocheter should have in their toolkit. During class, Shannon will teach you how to cast on into a chain or in the round without leaving a knot in your work. With cast-ons covered, you’ll see how to set the stage for fabulous projects using swatching skills and simple math. Then, you’ll learn to create foundation stitches that bring a tidy edge to any project, before Shannon breaks down well-executed decreases step by step. When you move on, you’ll discover great methods for adding new yarn at any point in your project, and Shannon will show you how to join crocheted pieces with clean, easy seaming.

NOTE: If you’d like to purchase only the DVD for this class, you may do so through this link. (Please note, any class PDF materials are not on the DVD itself. You must have streaming access to download those materials associated with the class.)

Class Sessions

How to Use This Class (2:09)
Meet crochet designer Shannon Leigh Roudhán and learn more about the techniques you’ll master. Shannon explains how to use your class: Watch it all the way through or skip to the skills you want to reference whenever you need a refresher!

Solid Starts (18:37)
A strong beginning leads to great results! Shannon demonstrates how to cast on without leaving an unsightly knot in your work, whether you’re starting with a chain or in the round. That means fewer ends to weave in! You’ll also review the qualities of a good pattern so you can select for success.

Gauge & Yarn Needs (25:02)
If you make a crocheted garment whose fit is important, you’ll want to swatch first and check your gauge. Shannon explains how to “read” your swatch and do some simple calculations to determine whether your needle is the right size for your project and how much yarn you’ll need.

Good Foundations (17:48)
Get a clean edge on any project with tidy foundation stitches that combine your first pattern stitches with the base chain, all in one go! Shannon shows how to create foundation single crochet, half-double, double crochet and slip stitches. Perfect for hems, cuffs and top-down necklines!

Better Decreases (19:13)
Master crochet decreases for a smooth angled or curved edge such as an armhole. See Shannon’s high, low and centered variations on the double crochet two together, as well as right- and left-leaning decreases. Then master single crochet decreases. Shannon shows you how!

Sharp Details & Colorwork (25:45)
Use Shannon’s techniques to create a professional-looking project! You’ll see a great trick for avoiding gappy edges and how to add yarn at the beginning of a row or in the middle of your work, perfect for crochet Fair Isle or intarsia colorwork.

Flawless Finishing (15:40)
Shannon takes the pain out of the finishing process by showing you an end-cap finishing stitch that you can follow when weaving in ends, leaving no knots or unsightly lumps. If you’re working in the round, duplicate stitch is the way to go, and it couldn’t be easier when you have Shannon to guide you.

Perfect Seaming (21:39)
The locking mattress stitch is ideal for joining all kinds of seams in your crocheted garments — it creates a secure join that is not bulky. Shannon demonstrates how to use this stitch to join side-to-side seams, top-to-top seams and top-to-side seams. A special version of the duplicate stitch finishes everything off!

Your Instructor

Shannon Leigh Roudhán
Shannon Leigh Roudhán and Jason Bowlsby, aka Shannon & Jason, have created award-winning crochet, knit, and sewing designs featured in publications around the world, and published 10 books of crochet and knitwear patterns. Shannon has been teaching for more than 20 years, and lives with Jason in Seattle with their three Shiba Inu.

Bonus Materials

Crochet Technique Toolkit - References and Resources


How will I receive my DVD class?
Your DVD will be shipped in the mail using the address you provide at checkout. Your purchase also includes access to a streaming version of the class and downloadable PDF class materials. After your purchase, you can find your streaming class and your PDF class materials by logging into your Craftsy account using the user name and password you established.

How do I access the companion materials for my DVD class?
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How do I stream my class on Craftsy.com?
Come to Craftsy.com and log into your account using the username and password you set up when establishing your Craftsy account or purchasing your DVD. In your “My Account” content, select the desired class. Stream the video on-demand from the class page any time you like; your viewing access is unlimited. You can stream your class from any computer, tablet or mobile device with Internet access.

Do I have to purchase a Craftsy Membership to get my class?
No, you do not. Every DVD purchased on Craftsy.com includes both the physical DVD in the mail and unlimited on-demand streaming access at Craftsy.com. These benefits are yours with or without a Craftsy membership.

Are DVDs included in a Craftsy Membership?
No, they are not. DVDs can only be purchased on an individual basis and are not included in Craftsy memberships. For non-members, DVDs are a flexible way to purchase only the classes you love best. For members, DVDs are a great choice to build an at-home library you can keep forever and enjoy any time, with or without Internet access.

Do you ship internationally?
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Do your DVDs work on international players?
Yes, our DVDs should be compatible with any DVD player in use today. All our videos have been created with all current Region Codes (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8). If you have trouble viewing a DVD purchased from Craftsy.com, please contact Customer Service.

What is your return policy?
We want to be sure you’re satisfied. If you have trouble playing your DVD, if the content is not correctly presented on the DVD, or you are dissatisfied with the content of your class, we will work with you. Contact Craftsy customer service via email or phone. Upon your request, and upon your return of the DVD to us, we will refund your purchase price or send you another DVD to replace a damaged or incorrect DVD, whichever is your preference. If you do receive a full refund, your streaming video class will also be removed from your Craftsy account, so on-demand video access will no longer be available to you.