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Teach Knit and Crochet with the Craft Yarn Council’s New & Improved Certified Instructors Program

Do you love to #ShareYourSkills and teach others? If you do, and have a strong grasp of basic knit and crochet skills, join the thousands of knitters and crocheters who’ve already gained the knowledge and confidence to teach others through the Craft Yarn Council’s Certified Instructors Program

We've all thought about it at some point in our lives. We all have imagined leading a group and teaching the best of the best to some awesome people. Now, we makers have that resource! The Craft Yarn Council has this AMAZING program that lets you share your skills with aspiring crochet and knit enthusiasts. This opportunity keeps crafting alive for future generations, and gives you the opportunity to give back to your community though your trade.

The program has been around since 1982. More than 15,000 students have completed the course and gone on to teach in retail stores, adult education programs, and to share their knowledge with friends, coworkers and family. Students work with a nationally recognized Master Teacher and complete teaching hours to prove their proficiency.

The Certified Instructors Program equips people with the tools to share their passion for knit and crochet with others and to “stitch it forward”. The program offers many benefits to students, including increased confidence in their crochet or knitting skills and the ability to convey these skills to others. Students also gain exclusive access to the closed CIP Student and Graduate Facebook page, where they can collaborate with other CIP students and graduates. 

Check out CYC’s interviews with two of the program’s Master Teachers - individuals with wide-ranging knowledge of their craft and extensive experience teaching others. Master Teachers evaluate students’ work and help them along the way to certification. You can catch Karen Klemp’s interview here and Edie Eckman’s interview here. 

Here are some fast facts about the program:

  • It’s offered via correspondence and occasionally as an on-site course
  • The correspondence course is divided into Level I and Level II
  • Students have six months to complete each level of the correspondence program and one year to complete 15 student teaching hours per level
  • For the on-site course, there are 15 hours of class time held over a series of days at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and the curriculum covers both levels 

Ready to start? Visit the Craft Yarn Council website for more information and to apply for the program. 


Sounds pretty amazing, right? Be sure to check out this program, and share it with others who would love to share their favorite past times onto the next generation of rocking crafters.

Have you been participating in #ShareYourSkills? Be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #LeisureArts or #ShareYourSkills so we can see what's going on in your studios!

Happy Teaching!

-Leisure Arts Team

8 thoughts on “Teach Knit and Crochet with the Craft Yarn Council’s New & Improved Certified Instructors Program”

  • Brenda duff

    Have been teaching knitting on n off for years to those that want... been knitting for decades... earlier I knitted professionally on occasion.

    Crocheting? Absolutely not my cup of tea...

    To get this certificate dies one have to do both? Tks. BD

  • Richard Fair

    I have been crocheting and knitting for years, but just thought it would be fun to teach others. I am also considering teaching other crafts too. It would also be fun to include other seniors to take part, either as participants or coaches.
    Richard Fair

  • Pam Hirsch

    I completed the crochet instructor course on the ‘90’s and have enjoyed many opportunities to pass on my passion from 4H Crochet project leader for many years to adult classes. Currently working with the principal of my church ‘s elementary school to offer an after school program. Best decision I ever made! Thank you for the wonderful opportunity!

  • Irma Rivera

    I have taught knitting and crochet at Michael's. I also have a crochet/knitting group with my former students. We meet once a week.

    I am interested in this class and would love to become certified. Where do I start?

    Irma Rivera

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