Hooked on Crochet Thursdays at WILSS

  • Location: WILSS - Waikato University Campus
  • Start Date: Thursday 12th Oct, 2023.
  • End Date: Thursday 16th Nov, 2023.
  • Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm.
  • 6 Weeks.
  • 3 hours per week.
  • Course Fee: $79.00.


Tutor: Andrea Dobbs

Crocheting is fun, fast and fantastic! Right now it is also on-trend in fashion, accessories and home furnishing. No experience needed. Beginners and continuers are welcome to join this fun, friendly class!

Once you have become confident with the basics, you will be able to make anything from hats, scarves and baby wear, to cushions, toys and bags. The first classes will concentrate on learning basic stitches, reading patterns and following diagrams. This will be done by learning to make a simple motif. When multiplied and joined together, you can use this one design to make a blanket or cushion, or even toys and bags. When you’ve mastered your first project, and want to be challenged further, you might like to learn more complex crochet stitches by making a sampler cushion or blanket. To inspire you, I will bring along samples of Aron and cable crochet, crochet mandalas, and tapestry crochet.


What to bring:

Week 1 – 2: A 4 mm crochet hook & four coordinating colours of 8 ply or double knitting yarn (you only need remnants, not full balls of yarn for the first classes).

Weeks 3 – 4:  Once you have chosen the project you would like to make you will be required to bring your own materials.


(Crochet hooks and yarn not available from tutor)

Andrea Dobbs:

Some would say I am an obsessive crocheter. Very rarely am I seen without a crochet hook and my latest project either in my hands or tucked into my bag (ready to pull out at any spare moment I can get a few stitches in). I’ve been crocheting since I was seven and remember spending hours making my dolls’ clothes and accessories. Over the years I have made countless blankets and baby shawls for family and friends. I have especially loved designing and making a unique special blanket for each of my grandchildren. Many of my projects are inspired by the amazing talent of fellow crocheters who have pinned their creations on Pinterest. While I’ve made my own designs for years, I am currently beginning to write my own patterns.


One of the pleasures I gain from crocheting is sharing the skill and pleasure with others. I can also personally attest to the therapeutic and healing nature creating with hook and yarn.  

Tutors: Andrea Dobbs