The Daleville Senior Citizens Center is hosting a beginner’s crochet class for interested seniors.
“We’re inviting any senior (male or female) 60 and over to come out if they would be interested in learning how to crochet,” Laura Leger, Daleville Senior Citizens Director, said.
The six-week class will meet every Monday from 12:30-2 p.m., June 3-July 8, at the Daleville Senior Citizens Center.
The class is free to all participants. Rena Kent will be the instructor.
Kent, 63, has been crocheting since she was 9-years-old. She teaches crochet and arts and crafts classes at the Daleville Senior Citizen Center.
Kent said the classes used to last about an hour and half long, but that she quickly realized that wasn’t a sufficient amount of time for students to learn crochet. Kent said she then came up with the idea for a course instead.
“There are a lot of people who want to crochet, but don’t know how,” Kent said. “As long as you have two able hands you can crochet.”
Kent said she loves to teach crochet and wants to encourage all seniors to participate.
During the course of six weeks, students will learn needles, yarn size, how to read patterns and practice all stitches.
Seniors interested in taking the course will need a size G crochet hook and one scan of thread.
The Daleville Senior Citizens Center will also be offering an intermediate and advanced class, following the beginner’s course, for those interested in continuing the course or in learning more advanced crochet techniques.
Students in the intermediate class should have a finished product by the end of the six weeks, Kent said.
“Then we’ll move into an advanced class for six weeks, where they’ll learn to put all stitches together to make a beautiful project,” she said. “The advanced class will be where they make something that they really want to make because if you don’t make something that you really want to make then you’re not going to continue with the classes.”
At the end of the 18 weeks, Kent said, students should be able to pick up a pattern and make anything they want.
“It’s great. I’m hoping the seniors can (then) begin to teach their children and grandchildren because it’s almost a lost art,” Kent said. “I’m hoping this course will help them learn it better so that they’ll actually want to continue.”
For more information or to register for the class, call the Daleville Senior Citizens at (334) 598-9197. The deadline to register is June 3.
“We’re just encouraging anyone that might be interested (60 and over) to come out and try our class,” Leger said. “Then hopefully they’ll see they might want to join the Daleville Senior Citizens Center because we have a lot to offer them.”