How to Become a Certified Crochet Instructor

Becoming a Certified Crochet Instructor takes time and effort, but it is totally worth it. In this post I share the details of my journey, why you might want to enroll, and the costs involved.

Nothing will impress your friends and family more than becoming a Certified Crochet Instructor. The letters CCI after your name will let everyone know that you are kicking booty and taking names. The sacrifices, the blood, the sweat, and the tears you will shed in order to accomplish this goal are worth it, my friend.

Ok, so maybe I’m exaggerating just a teeny tiny bit. Rest assured that this course does require effort, but no blood will need to be shed. There might be a few tears, but that will only come once you see your name in script on your gorgeous certificate from the Craft Yarn Council.

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Carolina Springtime and the History of the Humble Granny Square

Confession time! I have always wanted to be a quilter. There, I said it. Many years ago I even took classes, bought a bunch of expensive fabric, and attempted to make one. But here’s the thing, I despise measuring and sewing machines hate my guts. So for years I just believed that I had no ability to make beautiful blankets, that is until I discovered the humble granny square!

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My Top Four Crochet Tutorials on YouTube

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YouTube has become the go-to for tutorials of all types. You can find anything from lawn care to makeup to DIY home projects. The problem is finding the time to weed through all the junk to unearth high quality content. These are my four favorite YouTube crochet channels!

  1. B.hooked: Brittany is my number one YouTuber for many reasons. Every video is professionally produced and technically perfect. She takes her role as educator very seriously and brings the very best content to her viewers. Brittany not only has a successful YouTube channel but a website and podcast as well. All of her patterns and tutorials are free for viewers. Check her out at: B.Hooked Crochet
  2. Bella Coco is another one of my favorite YouTubers. Her tutorials are wonderful and her sweet personality shines through each one. I used her Sunburst Granny Square Tutorial Series to make the blanket in the above photo. The only caution I have is she is from Great Britain and she uses UK crochet terms. She generally lets American viewers know which stitches those are in US terms, but it is something to be aware of. Find Bella Coco at: Bella Coco 
  3. WoolyWondersCrochet is such a wonderful resource for crocheters who are interested in making garments for babies and toddlers. She has dozens of free crochet tutorial videos for sweaters, dresses, and headbands, just to name a few. She also has tutorials in beginning amigurumi. I have made several of her projects and appreciate her approachable videos aimed at beginners. Find her at: WoolyWondersCrochet 
  4. Jayda In Stitches is a quirky but prolific YouTuber with tons of crochet tutorials. Her clear explanations of how to make a granny square were invaluable to me when I was a beginner crocheter. Her whimsical projects and fun personality make her videos delightful as well as educational. Find her at: Jayda InStitches

Book Review: Vintage Style Crochet Projects

IMG_1986 They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but I did, and I’m so glad I did! Vintage Style Crochet Projects: 32 Crochet Projects by Agnieszka Strycharska was the very first crochet pattern book that I bought. The cover drew me in immediately with the vibrant colors and homespun feel.

I love chippy, rustic furniture and decor and apparently the author of this book does as well. The photos in the book are numerous and feature not just Agnieszka’s designs but her personal decor. Her homey style is charming but accessible.

The projects range from blankets to aprons to garland. She has patterns for dishcloths, hangers, and shawls to mention only a few. Agnieszka’s color choices are funky and colorful which make the projects stand out so beautifully!

Above is a scarf I made from her pattern for a pillow which I adapted. The patterns are written very clearly and aren’t complicated at all. I was an intermediate beginner when I bought the book and was able to start crocheting right away.

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This colorful blanket was made exactly from her pattern, Sunburst Granny Baby Blanket. I used the exact yarn, hook, and colors as she recommends and it turned out beautifully!

Disclosure: Please note that the link above is an affiliate link, and at no cost to you, I will earn a teeny, tiny commission if you decide to purchase the book from Amazon. This is a  book that I know, love, and trust. I have and will continue to recommend products regardless of my affiliate relationship with Amazon. Thank you for supporting Le Petit Saint Crochet!