Classes


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

 

 

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It is that time of year when we post what our classes are going to be for the new year. This year is going to be different in that we will be moving into our new building sometime in the spring. We are scheduling the Grand Opening for the new building for June 3, 2017.  With the hopes that weather will be nice to us and allow the completion of the building on time.

That means we will be starting the classes in our current building, 300 S Main St and then sometime in the spring be having our classes in the new building. This might mean that we have to switch a class for a month or two but will be posting on this blog and emailing the group as necessary. We do not want someone showing up at the old building if we are in the new building.

January’s class will be Crochet Pooling – supplies you need to bring – one skein of variegated yarn and a few crochet hooks so you will have the right size to get the look you are going for (G, H, I)

March’s class will be a crocheted corner2corner pillow.

May’s class will be a beading project, more details to come. I still need to talk to the teacher about this one.

August’s class will be making a mesh wreath.

September’s class – vintage button bracelet, start looking through your button collection and find one or a few that you would love to turn into a bracelet.

Supplies for each class will be coming. I will post them here and on the Meeting blog page so you know what to bring.

You are always welcome to bring your own project (BYOP) any month and the months between classes everyone will be bringing something to work on. This year I do not know how many handouts I will be able to get together before each class but hope to have at least one besides the class project handout.

Hope to see all of you this year.

Lee

Joplin Public Library

 

 

 

You will need to come to the monthly meetings to pick up the handout and see the demo of the stitches for that month.

Here is the initial instructions so you know about how much yarn you will need:

This was a 10 week course by Yarnspirations.com but I have changed it to monthly because we only meet once a month. I know that you will have other projects you are working on during the year. I suggest you find a bag large enough to keep all your yarn and your project as you work on it. That way you can bring it to our Chat n Craft meetings every month. ;D

At the beginning of each monthly meeting (5:30-6:30) I will have a handout of that month’s instructions and I will have worked some of mine myself, so you can see what you will be doing. I suggest you bring your own and work on the first block or two during the meeting. Then whatever else is scheduled for our meeting will start at 6:30. I will put mine over on a side table during the rest of the meeting so those that have to come in late will have a chance to see what theirs will look like.

For this first month, most of you will not have your colors picked out yet. I mentioned that you would need 4 colors but did not tell you how much of each. I can tell you that I used what I had for the one I did, but I had some of those huge balls of yarn for my main color, which is A.

Here are several of the color combinations that Yarnspirations.com suggested, plus one set that was the colors I used for my mystery and one set is the colors I have chosen this time. I am not giving the exact names so you can choose your shades of what you like.

A – White, B – Yellow, C – Green, D – Orange

A – Black, B – Grey, C – Brown, D – Cream

A – Blue, B – Cream, C – Grey, D – Dark Grey

A – Beige, B – Gold, C – Cream, D – Blue

A – Purple, B – Red, C – Peach, D – Bone

A – Black, B – Blue, C – Green, D – Cream

A – Dark Grey, B – Red, C – Blue, D – Light Grey

You will need a total of oz/yards for each one:

A – 24 oz/1,260 yards     B, C & D – 12 oz/630 yards each color

I also suggest you write down what each color is going to be. That will be helpful later on.

The first month you will be making 20 blocks. It will go quicker then you think. You get faster as you repeat the same stitches on each block. You want to obtain the proper gauge so you should do a test with the H hook and see if you should use a different size hook. I tend to crochet tight so I had to choose a larger hook size.

Remember we are meeting the first Tuesday of every month at JPL in the Large Meeting Room. See you there.

We had a small group for our Arm Knitting class. One worked on her sketching, one worked on her own crochet project, 5 worked on Arm Knitting. Personally I think casting on was the hardest for me. I did manage to finish mine (blue & gray below) the next day. It took just under 3 hours to complete. I wonder how the others felt about Arm Knitting after learning how to do it.

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Chat N Craft 2015

January 19th – BYOP (Bring Your Own Project)

February 16th – Arm Knitting – you will need to bring some chunky yarn.

March 16th – BYOP

April 20th – Quilting Basics

May 18th – BYOP

June 15th – Knit Dishcloth

July 20th – BYOP

August 17th – Tunisian Crochet – you will need to bring a long afghan hook and some light colored yarn

September 21th – BYOP

October 19th – Crochet Dishcloth

November 16th – BYOP & discuss ideas for classes for 2016. If there is something specific you want to learn, make sure you attend and bring a picture if you can.

December 14th – White Elephant trade – it’s the 2nd Monday instead of our normal 3rd Monday, bring anything that you have that you are not going to use, like a kit you started but don’t want to do, some yarn that you no longer want to use, some fabric that just does not go with your stash…..

I have had a few requests asking about what we are doing this year. Even though this is after our April meeting, I am going to post the whole year that is on our bookmarks we give out to members that come to our meetings.

January – Bring Your Own Project

February – Miniature Needle Felting

March – Bring Your Own Project

April – Mosaic Knitting

May – Bring Your Own Project

June – Paracord Braiding/Macrame

July – Bring Your Own Project

August – Viking Knitting

September – Bring Your Own Project

October – Bavarian Crochet

November – Bring Your Own Project

December – meets on the 2nd Monday – White Elephant trade