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Aran Crochet

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Bring the breathtaking look of traditional Aran cabling to your crochet! Find out how to work fun textures, new patterns and incredible panels.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Melissa Leapman
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Do you love the unforgettable look and texture of a knitted Aran cardigan or afghan? It's easier than you think to create the same patterning with Aran crochet! Join popular designer and instructor Melissa Leapman and learn how to create these traditional cables as well as a variety of other cables, backgrounds and patterns sure to set your crochet apart. During class, you'll start by reviewing some basic stitch types and their chart symbols before Melissa teaches you the foundational stitch for creating cable patterns: the post stitch. Want to add a little variety? You'll find out how to create fun popcorn stitches, simple cross cables, traveling stitches and Aran braids. Plus, you'll even discover how to bring these techniques together into incredible cable panels.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Getting Started With Aran Crochet
Meet designer Melissa Leapman and dive into choosing the right yarn in a color that will show off your Aran crochet. If your skills are a little rusty, you'll have a chance to review stitch types and chart reading before getting started on your Aran swatches.
2. Using Post Stitches for Texture
3. Make It Pop! Popcorn Stitches
4. In the Swing! Simple Cross Cables
5. Go Places! Traveling Stitches
6. Star-Crossed! Cross-Cabled Patterns
7. Intricate Aran Panel

Taught by

Melissa Leapman
Melissa Leapman
As a freelance knitwear and crochet designer, Melissa Leapman has had the pleasure of working with popular ready-to-wear manufacturers and design houses across the country. You can find a number of her designs in respected magazines, or in her many books, which include the popular titles Hot Knits and Continuous Cables. You might even recognize her welcoming smile from appearances on Lifetime’s Handmade by Design and DIY Network’s Knitty Gritty.

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