Crochet Basics: Scarves and Stoles

Barbara Van Elsen
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Taught by Barbara Van Elsen

Barbara is a lifelong crocheter who, when she could find no advanced crochet classes in NYC, founded the New York City Crochet Guild in 2001. Since then, she’s taken a whole lot of classes and taughtclasses from beginners to freeformers from the East Coast to the West. She currently teaches for the Craft Yarn Council’s Teaching Certification Program and, from time to time, in the Continuing Ed Dept. at Kingsborough. In between making her own creations, of course.

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Crocheting a scarf has become almost a cliché, but it’s one of the best ways to learn a new stitch or crochet in general.  By the time you’ve completed a scarf, you can do it in your sleep—and you have a scarf the color, size and style that you want.  If you’re feeling ambitious, you can make a stole, which is just a double-wide scarf.

The first week of this class will be a review of crochet basic stitches and skills. We’ll learn what the default settings of crochet are: what designers assume we know about crochet when we read a pattern. Then we’ll follow a few patterns as we learn some basic but complex-looking stitches and tricks of color use that can make them appear much more than the sum of their parts.

The second week will cover edgings, fringe and finishing so that you can end up with a polished looking scarf or stole of your own creation. 

Materials: Please bring some practice yarn and appropriately sized hook (sport weight and an F hook or worsted weight and a G or H hook) or enough yarn for your scarf if you want to begin it in class.  An email with more detailed info will be sent several days before class.

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