Juliet’s Story: How to Become a Professional Crochet Trainer from Having Zero Knowledge
Hi everyone! Today, we have something special – we are chatting with the lovely Juliet, who used to be a student at Tiny Rabbit Hole. She stumbled across our workshops through a simple Google search back in January 2018. Today, she is a professional crochet trainer at Tiny Rabbit Hole, and she is also working with the team on a special scarf workshop! Read on to find out more about her journey on becoming a professional crochet trainer. She went from having zero knowledge to becoming one of the best!
Juliet describes herself as a visual learner. She found the learning journey at Tiny Rabbit Hole encouraging because of the personal guidance during the workshops, and Tiny Rabbit Hole’s YouTube videos that she could refer to at home when she needed to recall what was taught. With practice, Juliet made intricate scarves, a slouch, and even huggable unicorn amigurumi!
Juliet’s crochet story…
I always wanted to learn crochet but I couldn’t find the time due to my work. After working for many years, I decided to quit my job to spend more quality time with my family and to pick up a new hobby. I wanted to make items for my family as a gesture of my love for them.
Before I joined Tiny Rabbit Hole, I was learning how to knit at Spotlight. However, due to the inflexibility of the classes, it was difficult to learn properly as their classes were too open-ended for beginners. I ended up repeating what I learned for the next couple of sessions, without knowing what was the end goal. I became discouraged and took a break from knitting to try crochet.
I think it is very tough to learn a new skill just by watching videos. It’s easier to learn from someone before going to YouTube. Moreover, having a trainer helps rectify my mistakes immediately so that I can learn faster.
My crochet projects…
After completing advanced workshops at Tiny Rabbit Hole, I made scarves for my entire family using some of my favourite stitches – Corner-to-Corner (C2C) and seed stitch. These produce very tight-knitted stitches, so I prefer them because they prevent wind penetration and suit cold weather. I also add puff flowers to my scarves as embellishments.
The downside of a knit stitch is the curling on the edges of the pieces. Even though I was not very satisfied with a scarf I did using this stitch, I couldn’t bear to frog it after all my hard work. After all, I made it for my husband.
The importance of choosing the right yarn…
I used Sublime Merino Wool yarn that was recommended by Angie to crochet my scarves. Sublime Merino Wool is super soft and keeps you warm. Most importantly, it’s not prickly to the skin or itchy! It has a better quality compared to the wool I buy at craft chain stores. It is not easy to find quality yarn from general craft stores in Singapore.
After I completed my first scarf using cheap yarn, my daughter commented, “Mummy, so itchy! Sorry, I don’t want to wear. But please don’t throw away, keep it for memory.”
Since then, I decided to invest in yarn brands that were reputable for quality. At the end of the day, what you wear needs to be comfortable. And since it takes so much time to make, it’d better be good!
Another project that I worked on is my beanie-turned-slouch. I found this beanie pattern from a book and decided to make it. However, it turned out so huge because of the different yarn weight and hook size! Instead of abandoning the project, Angie taught me how to decrease it gradually to make the opening tighter, and it transformed the beanie into a slouch! After modifying the pattern instead of following it exactly, it fitted nicely on my head!
All-time adorable Amigurumi!
I also crocheted unicorn Amigurumi because my daughters and I LOVE unicorns. I was first attracted to the unicorn workshop at Tiny Rabbit Hole because of the rainbow colours, but I was shocked when I found out that many parts had to be stitched together! However, I felt so satisfied after I completed it!
I decided to “upsize” my amigurumi dolls after I saw Angie’s bigger projects. However, I could not use the same pattern with thicker yarns and a bigger hook so I had to make modifications to the pattern.
Modifying the pattern takes time – it’s not as easy as you think! You also have to test them. For my daughter’s birthday, I wanted to give her a unicorn amigurumi. Following Tiny Rabbit Hole’s pattern allowed me to make not only one but two unicorns just in time for her. Through my experience, I know that it takes so much time to develop a pattern. Each pattern is not expensive and I think that they are really worth every penny because of so much effort put behind it. It also saves me a lot of time trying to figure it out on my own.
The workshops at Tiny Rabbit Hole are structured in a way that is ideal for any beginner who wants to learn crochet as a skill. I stayed because I found a new hobby that I love!
We want to thank Juliet for sharing with us her experience, and we are so glad that we helped her to cultivate her new hobby! We hope that you will gain some insight on how to become a professional crochet trainer from our sharing.
Juliet will start to teach C2C scarves at Tiny Rabbit Hole. If you would like to be one of the first to hear about this upcoming launch, do subscribe to our newsletter!
If you want to be the next student in our featured posts, we would love to hear your story! If you want to be more than a student and learn what goes on behind the scenes, we have good news because we are hiring!
Meanwhile, here are some beautiful crochet projects that you can make or get started with.
Interested in learning but require personal attention and guidance? You can also check our new private workshops here! Happy Crocheting!