Next meeting will be Tuesday, May 1, 2018 in the West Community Room at Joplin Public Library, 5:30pm – 8:00pm or any part of that time you can make it.

We are going to learn a Tunisian crochet stitch. Not the basic one that we have done before. I will try to have a few instructions for a few different stitches and we will watch a video or two on how-to. Bring your afghan crochet hook and some light colored yarn. We will be making a dishcloth size piece.

You are always welcome to BYOP (Bring Your Own Project) that you are working on. Plus bring any of your projects you would like to for Show n Tell.

Each month I will edit this post to show the next meeting so please check this blog page monthly.

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We did not have a large group but we were working on a variety of different projects. One of the ladies had found some antique tools and we did not know what all of them were, besides crochet hooks, do you recognize any of them? I had never seen a tiny stell crochet hook with a cover to protect the hook before. I am wondering what the loop end and pointed on the other end tool is. Our whittler was here with his tools and I thought I would post a picture of them. Look at the tiny piece he was working on. He had finished a the baby rattle that he has worked on before. It is always amazing to see what everyone is working on. I love BYOP months just for that reason.

I did not get all the crafts being worked on but did get most of them. We had lots of fun and moved around the room. I had put out some free Quilt magazines and some craft books, still have about half of them left. We are always grateful when someone wants to donate their gently used magazines/books so we can enjoy them too.

I forgot to take a picture of my chunky crocheted sweater that I made from the class last month. At least one other finished hers and gave it away already. The green one I am working on for my 2nd one is in the pictures below. I used the bulky yarn they recommended this time and a larger hook than the pattern called for. Can’t wait to see how that is going to come out. I plan on working on it during the Olympics this month.

One lady was working on knitting two socks at one time. She was not very far along this month but we are looking forward to seeing how for she got next month. Hopefully will be able to get a good picture of them. Something that I have been wanting to try.

Our first class for 2018 is going to be this crocheted sweater – chunkysweaterpockets

I will have handouts with the instructions at the meeting on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Pattern is written in size S/M with L/XL and 2XL/3XL written in parenthesis. S/M (L/XL, 2XL/3XL). Sample shown is a size S/M. Because of the oversized style of the sweater, choosing a size is less about exact chest size and more about how loose you want your sweater to fit.

The oversized nature of this sweater will accommodate many body types. The sample pictured is a S/M on a model with a 36” bust.

Bust Size //  Length of Sweater from collar to bottom edge

S/M: 34-38.5” // 30.5”

L/XL: 39-44.5” // 33”

2XL/3XL: 45-50” // 35.5”

The picture above was made with Lion Brand Wool-Ease Tonal (Weight:5/bulky – 124 yards, 4 oz). They recommend buying 7 skeins for S/M, 9 skeins for L/XL and 10 skeins for 2XL/3XL. I went with a yarn that is not as bulky and figured out the yardage for the size I want to make and make sure I have enough yarn.

If this turns out to be as comfortable as it appears, I will be making more and will try different weight yarn. I look forward to seeing your color choices.

They recommend a size N (10mm) crochet hook

The full set of instructions –

https://makeanddocrew.com/dwell-free-pattern-chunky-crochet-sweater/

For those of you who had to miss our January meeting this is the link to her video –

https://makeanddocrew.com/dwell-easy-crochet-sweater-video-tutorial/

I found that I needed to watch the video a few times as I came to a different part of the pattern and I referred to the printed instructions often.

I crochet tight so I am making some modifications and I am going to make a 2nd one in a different color using a different size hook to see how it turns out.

As you can see from the Show n Tell from above, we have been busy working on pinning together a quilt, make some bows, check out some new mesh wreaths, work on some crochet, knit and other quilt projects. What are you working on?

This year has been crazy with us moving to our new building. Since my normal job at the library is IT (technology) this has been an extremely busy year. I am very thankful for our regular Chat n Crafters. Planning for the meetings have been a great stress reliever for me. The new building has some issues, that I have been told is normal for a new building, but the kinks are being worked out.

I am sure there is a bunch more items that are being worked on by our group (there are a bunch of us that can not make it to the meetings every month) the following are the items that were being worked on or brought to the last two meetings we have had.