Lara, a volunteer who has a love for crochet because of its relaxing qualities, ran a Crochet Club at our Walker Learning Hub this term. Although some had crocheted before, most hadn’t, so it seemed fit to call it ‘Crochet for Beginners’.
After successfully planning and being granted funding from 02 Think Big, she was raring to get the Club promoted! Designed so that anyone could come along after doing their homework at the Learning Hub, they started with basic stitches that were perfect for phone socks, before moving on to more advanced stitches like granny squares.
Lara brought lots of ideas and examples of previous work she had done to give the learners the freedom to make something they wanted. Lara believes that ‘Crochet is great to wind down after homework and gives young people the creative skills to make gifts rather than buy them.’
Some students joined on a drop-in basis and learnt the basic stitches, and some came regularly and progressed to making complex crocheted flowers. But it was the comments from the students like ‘I’m really happy with what I’ve done’ that really made the Club worthwhile for Lara. She was over the moon that the Club attracted boys and girls, and the older ones from Sixth Form as well as the younger ones from high school.
The Club ended on a high with muffins and crisps to snack on, and an unlimited choice of movies courtesy of Netflix, while the crocheted whatever they wanted to. As it was the day before Mother’s Day, Lara brought broaches with her that could be sewed on to the crocheted flowers, making a great Mother’s Day gift for those who had forgotten about it! Lara said that ‘It was such a fantastic day which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was also really rewarding to be thanked by the students, and told how much they had enjoyed it.’
Our verdict is that crocheting is a great way to de-stress during exam period! Get the needles and wool ready . . .