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About Rita de Maintenon

Rita's Crochet Courses are offered through Udemy. (Udemy is an online learning and teaching marketplace with over 55000 courses and 15 million students.)


  • Crochet basics and intermediate knowledge is needed, my Ultimate Course for Beginner and Intermediate Crochet is recommended
  • Tools needed to get started are a #50 knitting needle for Broomstick Lace, one or several hairpins for Hairpin Lace and several large sized crochet hooks for Tunisian Lace


This course takes an in-depth look at 3 Heritage Lace techniques: Broomstick Lace, Hairpin Lace and Tunisian Crochet and Lace.

Each technique is given some historical background and a detailed look at the tools used, so students can make their own choice about which ones to purchase.

Students with basic crochet knowledge learn how to easily create Broomstick Lace and Broomstick Mesh with the use of knitting needles and how to design with and incorporate this technique into their own projects.

Students learn how to use different size hairpins to make Hairpin strips for one strip creations and how to combine several strips for larger designs.

Students learn how to master the basic Tunisian stitch, Tunisian half-double, Tunisian cross stitch and Tunisian knit stitch. They progress to complete Tunisian Lace.

Time for practice, project ideas and design suggestions are included in each section.


This workshop teaches the continental knitting style, which is considered a faster and more accurate way of knitting by many who have tried it. It is especially easy for people who crochet, since we use the left hand to deliver the yarn. We cover short tail cast on, knitting and purling continental style, as well as several cast-off options. Students will explore many tips and tricks to keep the practice fun and are inspired to create their own style and designs.

Several beginner projects are included

Beginner level

Who is the target audience

  • Anyone who wants to learn the Continental Knitting Style
  • Heirloom Treasures
  • Designer Fiber Arts
  • Member Southern Highland Guild
  • Member HandMade in America
  • Blue Ridge National Heritage Artist
  • Craft Yarn Council Certified Instructor
  • Artist Statement

    My work is inspired by old German and European patterns, stitches and techniques learned from a very strict and precise German grandmother. I design and create from the memory of these inspirations and continue to work on collecting vintage patterns and designs and use them as a foundation of own creations.

    I produce heirloom crochet items in a wide range of materials but prefer natural fibers such as cotton, silk, angora, bamboo, mohair etc. I also practice classic European broomstick and hairpin techniques, Irish crochet and vintage German thread patterns with bullions and love to combine these techniques in own designs.

    My goal is to practice the preservation and heritage of heirloom, vintage and Victorian designs and techniques, applied to my own, one-of-a-kind, useful, yet exquisite items to be both enjoyed now and treasured in the future.

    “I do what I love and I love what I do”


    In this complete Library of Crochet we learn perfect tension, foundation chain, single, half double, double and triple crochet and how to keep your edges straight. We learn how to increase and decrease. We practice shells, clusters, rounds and squares and cover information about materials and tools. Practice fun and projects with finishing touches, such as picots and fringe, are included with each section. This course encourages students to start creating their own design ideas.

    Who is the target audience?

    • Any one wanting to learn to crochet, refresh their crochet skills or knitters wanting to include a hook with their knitting designs
    • Students who prefer to use techniques and imagination to create their own designs.


    • Basic knowledge of knitting and some basic crochet practice, including Tunisian, Broomstick and Hairpin Lace.


    This Workshop reviews basic knitting and crochet techniques and encourages the combination of hook and needles. It shows how to use crochet techniques within a knitted project, how to use crochet to border a knitted project and how to use crochet to create a variety of trims and final touches.

    Who is the target audience?

    • A knitter who would like to incorporate crochet techniques in their basic knitting designs

    Two other great gifts for yourself or someone you love

    Crochet for Knitters
    Heritage Crochet now available on Amazon

    Rita's just released crochet and crochet for knitters books. Either by themselves or with a course. CLICK HERE or on the books below to see a preview of these beautifully illustrated books with full color images!