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 –

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

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.

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 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 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.

Out teacher allowed us to post this on our blog, the handout from class night.

Out teacher allowed us to post this on our blog, the handout from class night.

It was a wide assortment of projects. Some of these are presents for some lucky individuals. We even have one that is a hint for one of classes next year. Glad we were able to have so many attend and give us ideas for next years classes. I am still working on which six they will be.

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I will try to have the new bookmarks completed by the December 2011 meeting. Look for them in the library on the bookmark wall (end of the magazine racks).

For those of you that don’t have a bookmark and want to see what the monthly schedule is for 2012:

January 16th – Bring your own project to work on

February 20th – Needle Felting

March 19th – Bring your own project

April 16th – Crochet Entrelac

May 21st – Knitting Entrelac

June 18th – Double Knitting

July 16th – Bring your own project

August 20th – Crocheted tree skirt, multiple patterns will be given out in July so you can make a choice of what to work on in August.

September 17th – Bring your own project

October 15th – Crochet Crocodile Stitch


November 19th – Bring your own project AND plan classes for 2013

December 10th – meets the 2nd Monday, bring your own project AND stuff for the White Elephant Exchange

Yes I know this is late but I’ve had several requests for what classes are we having when. So here they are:

Jan – Bring your own project

Feb – Tunisian Crochet

Mar – Bring your own project

Apr – Quilting Tips – sashing, sandwiching, hand quilting and machine quilting techniques

May – Bring your own project

June – Knitting Basics Part 1

July – Knitting Basics Part 2

Aug – Fingerless Mittens

Sept – Bring your own project

Oct – Crochet Old & New (help in reading patterns)

Nov – Bring your own project

Dec – White Elephant trade, have something you no longer want that is crafty related, bring it to swap with others. We usually have kits, yarn, patterns, you name it and we have probably had it.

Debbie's Orangutan without his arms

You are always welcome to bring your own project to work on, even the months we have classes on something else. We almost always have wonderful Show n Tell (though I have been bad about getting them up on this blog, if you were here, you would see them). Plus you can get help with just about any craft or learn a new one. The group is great about jumping in and trying to see if they can solve a crafting problem.

I’ve decided to make mine reversible so I picked 2 different fabrics that go with my bias tape and bought a little extra so I could put pockets on both sides.

The pattern has been decided: Simplicity 4282 E

The one in the middle

The pattern calls for 1 1/8 yards of 45″ fabric, but I’m going to get 1 1/2 yards because I want more pockets and I think I’m going to get 2 different fabric (1 1/2 yards each) so I can make it reversible. It also calls for 3 1/2 yard of 1/4″ wide Double Fold Bias Tape. That will have to be a coordinating color that works with both my fabrics for me. The pattern also calls for 3/8 yard of 1″ wide flat eyelet. Not sure I’m going to do that until after I pick out the fabric I’m going to use.

The back of the pattern shows what the apron looks like laying flat:

Remember you will be bringing in your sewing machine for that class. So please practice using it before then. Bring whatever thread you want to sew with along with your fabric, bias tape, scissors, etc.

It will be exciting to see what fabric everyone brings and how the same pattern will look different on each of us.

I can’t cover everything that we have in class but I wanted to post the instructions in case you don’t have the handouts that I gave everyone whom attended.

Hand-piecing a 3 block table runner

Start with 2 colors of fabric, one light and one dark.

Press fabric

Put fabric right sides together

Cut 4 ½” strip (you might need more then one strip depending on the size of your fabric) and 5” strip (I used 2 strips)

From the 4 ½” strip cut 6 – 4 ½” blocks you will also need more light and dark pieces cut, if you choose to go the same as my blocks that you are seeing you will need an additional 3 sets (light & dark) cut and 1 additional dark)

9-patch block

Take 3 sets and sew one side of each set. (1/4″ seam allowance and double stitch a 1/4″ from each end) Finger press them open. Flip them so you have (if you are doing dark & light like mine, I used a total of 5 dark and 4 light for the block), dark and light, next row light and dark, last row dark and light. 1st row add a dark block to the right side of the light block and sew. Middle row (2nd row) add a light block to the right side of the dark block and sew, last row (3rd row) add a dark block to the right side of the light block and sew. Now you have 3 strips of blocks. Place the middle row of strips face down on the 1st row of block. Match the seams and sew straight across. Finger press open then place the 3rd row face down onto the middle row and sew.

For the last 2 blocks you will need to make the half square triangles, before piecing the blocks.

Mark on the light side with a mechanical pencil (.7mm) & your quilters quarter ruler

From the 5” strip cut 4 – 5” block. Use the quilters quarter and mark each side of the ruler and the center. Stitch both the solid lines with double stitches ¼” from the ends. Cut down the center. Finger press open with the seam going to the darker side. Square up (trim) to 4 ½”.

After cutting, press open each one and trim to 4 1/2"

Now you have all the pieces ready for your other 2 blocks. Half-squares and full-square pieces.

Completed Shoo Fly Block

Shoofly or Hole in a Barn Door or Snowball block

  • Make two strips by piecing two half-squares with one light square.
  • Make one strip by piecing two light squares with one dark square.
  • Piece the three strips together to form the finished Shoo Fly block.

Or you can switch the layout so the finished block will look like this .

Hole in Barn Door Block

It is called either a Hole in a Barn Door or a Snowball I. To make a Snowball II change the center block to a light instead of dark.

Friendship Star Block

Take the last 4 of half-squares, 4 dark squares (for the corners) and 1 light square (for the center)

Piece the 3 strips as pictures

Here are my blocks that I’ve been working on. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the others will look like. Hopefully some will have theirs done in July.

9 patch block

Shoofly block

Frienship Star block

I know that is a long title but just in case we do other 12 inch finished blocks I want to make sure you know this one is different. Our goal after 3 meetings is to have a table runner. So for our first meeting I need you to be prepared to get started. If you have a rotary mat, ruler and cutter, please bring them. If you don’t, don’t worry you can borrow mine or one of the other ladies. I’m trying to locate the quick quarter ruler for cheap so everyone can get one for themselves. I will email each member when I get the info so they can decide what they want to do. More information on that to come.

What one looks like, do you have one already?

If you do want to learn the hand piecing techniques and make at least the 3 12-inch finished blocks we are going to make you will need to get some fat quarters or bring material that you already have, mechanical pencil, needle and thread. Lorene will have at her shop, Yarn Basket in Pittsburg, KS the Quick Quarter ruler that is 12″. She was able to get it so it will only cost $3 to CnC members. She will be bringing some to our meeting for those that can’t make it to her shop before the meeting. Please check with her before the meeting to see when she got them in.

9 patch with plaid sashing

You will need at least 2 different color values. Light and dark will help you see the different blocks. Like in the 9 patch block to the left.  We will only be working on the 9 patch (in the center of the block to the left). I have a handout that gives more examples of all 3 of the blocks we are going to do. But I will post a couple of examples of each one so you can see how color choices can make a difference. Notice in this example that the sashing can be different material. That is why we are not worrying about the sashing at this first meeting.

You can choose to use the same colors for all 3 blocks or you can choose to make it scrappy by using complimentary colors in a wide range of colors. Something for you to think about. If you are just starting I would suggest 2 colors (remember different values such as light and dark).

Scrappy & White 9 patch

There will be homework because we will probably not be able to do all the sewing during our meetings but you will probably be able to get most of it done with just a little homework before the next meeting. Each month I will post more on this blog about what is going to happen next. Feel free to ask any questions that you have and I will either answer here and/or at the next meeting.

I thought you might want to see the other 2 blocks that we will be doing and some other color ideas so when you pick your fabric you will know a little about how it will end up. I’m still trying to locate the quick quarters for a reasonable price and will post when I have found a place to get them. For now here or a couple of pictures of each of the other 2 blocks we will be working on:

Shoo Fly/Hold in Barn Door layout

Shoo Fly with white

and the other block you might want to think to have the CnC members sign it for because they are called Friendship Star:

Friendship Star with black

Friendship Star with white

Notice each block is basically a 9 patch. Some have half square triangles in them. I will be working on making the table runner myself before our next meeting so you will be able to see one. The other thing you need to start thinking about, is how long and wide do you want the table runner to be. That will determine how wide the sashing needs to be. Example: When you add 4 inch sashing to the 3 12-inch finished blocks, you will have a 20-inch by 50-inch table runner. That will fit nicely on my table but it might not fit yours.

So again, what you need to bring to the first meeting, at least 1 fat quarter of light and 1 fat quarter of dark, needle and regular thread of your choosing (I’m going to be using a chenille needle and all-purpose sewing thread), mechanical pencil for light color fabric marking and a light pencil for marking on dark fabric (I will bring mine in case you do not have any) and your quick quarter ruler (or $3 to buy one from Lorene).

We’ve had several requests for this pattern. My Mom gave me the pattern that she made from an antique hot pad that was found in a church basement. She took it apart to see how it was made. It’s double thick.

(If you would like to make a different size, measure diagonal across the size square you would like to make and make a chain that long before starting the rest of these instructions.)

Use a G hook and cotton yarn (nothing that would melt from heat)

Chain 36

SC (single crochet) in 2nd chain and all the way around chain with 3 SC at bottom of chain.

Working on back loop, SC 15 rounds.

After crocheting all rows

Stop on side and slip yarn through.

Leave 12 inch tail. Turn to right side and fold into square.

See the diagnal opening?

Whipstitch edge together with tail.

The completed hotpad/trivet

If you want to see more pictures and step by step instructions go to:

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