Thursday, July 24, 2014

Show Me How to Crochet: YouTube


   
Many of these cords were created after watching videos from
the crochet masters at Sheruknittingcom. I am hoping to turn
them into lanyards to use for my keys and ID at school.
     Since returning to crochet, I have spent many hours viewing videos on YouTube. In fact, it was by watching these tutorials that I finally, after all these years, learned how to stitch a granny square. New talented and generous crocheters from across the globe debut their skills on YouTube continuously.  As far as I'm concerned, anyone who takes the time to freely share their crochet skills and experiences deserves a round of applause and a positive comment. And videos in foreign languages don't deter me at all. As long as I can see their hands, the yarn, and the hook, I'm willing to watch. I always try to slog through the ads that precede the videos as much as I can because that's how these thoughtful artists make a few bucks. I subscribe to channels I enjoy and also "like" the tutorials. I do need to offer more appreciative comments though.

     The power of YouTube to promote crochet as both an art and craft is potent. In the past, the only way to really learn how to crochet well was to have a relative or friend available and patient enough to show you. In my view, crochet abilities grow over the course of years, sort of like learning to read or write. The more time you spend with the hook in you hand, the better you get. When I was a teacher of young readers and writers, I used a workshop instructional model to build a child's strategic knowledge, motivation, and stamina for reading because I knew that the more children were engaged in the process of reading and writing, the more capable they became. Just like developing readers need books in their hands, fledgling crocheters need hooks in their hands. Watching YouTube made my crochet development possible. As a learner, if I had to rely strictly on books or written instructions, I would have given up. In fact, watching videos and listening to explanations dozens hundreds of times gave me the big picture I needed to begin to understand written patterns. I consider Clare from bobwilson123, Oana from Oana's Crochet Channel, and Yolanda from the All Crafts Channel among my many YouTube crochet mentors. Pretty cool.