Teaching tension, best way?
Posted 12 September 2011 - 02:12 PM
I gave my first ever private crochet lesson this afternoon to an absolute beginner. She had never picked up a hook before.
I taught her chains, sc, dc, and how to turn. It was an hour class so feel we got quite a bit done.
However the hardest thing for me to help her with was tension. She was either way to tight or way too loose with her stitches. I know that probably comes with time and practice, but is there anything that can make this easier to learn?
Thanks in advance for any advice or help!!
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Posted 16 September 2011 - 04:00 PM
Raok - Group 17 post 23
Posted 16 September 2011 - 04:28 PM
One thing that you could do is have her make scarves. Pick a stitch and work longways on it. By the time the scarf is done she should have achieved her tension. If you do it in a variegated yarn then you won't notice the difference in the tension nearly as much. Also, she'll have the feeling of accomplishment from finishing a project.
Posted 19 April 2012 - 11:19 AM
http://www.crochetme...ia/p/88825.aspx Here is a how two sample.
Edited by dragonlady, 19 April 2012 - 11:25 AM.
added pattern site
Posted 29 May 2012 - 05:46 PM
Let them experiment with different ways to hold the yarn and the piece they are working on. You can make examples of irregular tension and show them what it looks like and then have them try and mimic it, but let them "play" with the way they hold the yarn and hook and piece they are working on.
Making face scrubbies or pot scrubbies is a good beginning project for them to practice/ learn tension.
Remember, there is really no right or wrong way to hold a hook or yarn or piece you are working on. Some ways are better than others, but not everyone will hold things the same. Let them know it is okay for them to figure out what feels the best in order for them to physically make the stitches consistent.
P.s. --- Yes, I do believe technique has a place... but when we focus too much on "the right way" or the "most resourceful way" or even "the most logical way", it can take away from the fun and love and enjoyment that crochet is designed to offer the person learning.
Posted 30 May 2012 - 08:01 PM
Posted 31 May 2012 - 06:22 AM
Is it possible that you're mentally trying to make the pattern go faster by using bigger stitches?
Posted 03 June 2012 - 05:47 AM
Doing swatches or a washcloth is a good way to start.
I have found if I try to teach more than the single crochet in the first lesson the student gets frustrated and wants to quit.
Posted 06 June 2012 - 06:45 PM