Hi everyone!  I am off on a hiatus from the job until mid September and I’m trying to get caught up on everyone’s blogs.  This Summer has flown by!  I taught many different classes the last few months, everything from crochet to kids classes to golf to yoga, I feel like a one woman show sometimes!

My crochet classes are easily my favorite, mostly because I get to talk about stitches and projects with people who are passionate like me.  This summer I taught two different classes, one was a stitch class where we learned a new stitch pattern each week, the second was a market bag class.  During this time we started or attempted to start different bag patterns.  Some ladies went in their own direction, some stuck with what we were doing for class.  I was there to help with everyone’s questions, whether they were about construction or pattern related.

I made two bags to use as examples of what we could make.  Most of the ladies made the first pattern.  You can find it on Ravelry here.  I used leftover Cotton-ish by Vickie Howell, but most of the ladies used Lily’s Sugar and Cream, or other cotton yarn.  It was a very simple pattern and got kind of tedious after awhile, but it turned out just like it should!

My second pattern, was a pineapple bag, and it was not a success.  We used a free pattern and it was not well written.  Although I was able to decipher and adjust to make the bag, many of the women just couldn’t get used to the pattern and gave up.  If you like what I made and want to give it a try, here is the link.

Overall, I learned a lot from this course.  I find that my first attempt to teach any class is always a practice and as I do more sessions, classes get better.  Next summer will be a little different, but I think all the ladies learned something and came out of the class with a bag!

Have you ever done big project classes before?  How have they been set up?  What did you like about them, what didn’t you like about them?  Thanks, in advance for your feedback, Happy Crocheting!

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