Monthly Meetings

NICGOA has resumed monthly, in-person chapter meetings!

Location: Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave, Arlington Heights IL 60004

Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM Central time

Dates: See schedule below 

Our weekly crochet study groups are being held via Zoom OR in Person, contact the group leader for more info.  Stay safe and happy crocheting.

2022 Monthly Meeting Dates

We currently have the following in-person meetings set for the Arlington Heights Library:  

  • June 18th – Stitch Clinic
  • July 9th – Christmas in July / Treasurer’s Challenge
  • August 13th – Crochet Shapes
  • September 3rd – Mitered Squares
  • October 8th – TBD

2022 Past Programs:

  • January 8th – Program Planning for 2022.
  • February 12th – Pia Thadani taught the program on colorwork in front loop thermal crochet.
  • March 26th – Helene taught us how to crochet a bracelet with beads and wire.
  • April 9th – We discussed stash busting ideas and projects

2021 Past Programs:

  • January 9, 2021 – Program Planning for 2021.
  • February 13, 2021 – Pia Thadani taught the program on front post and back post stitches, and how to use post stitches to create cables, crossing cables, and floating cables.
  • March 13, 2021 – Sally Bassett taught the program on crocheted flowers, including the leaves, and how to add the stems and other finishing touches.
  • April 10, 2021 – Sharon DeCaro taught the program on Blocking.   Sharon covered the different blocking techniques for different fibers, and materials needed (water, towels, blocking mats, stainless steel pins, etc.)
  • May 8, 2021 – Pattie Aaron taught the program on Bavarian Crochet.   Pattie taught us how to make the Bavarian pattern while working in rows.
  • June 12, 2021 – Karen Navoy taught the program on Classic Granny Squares and Shapes, including triangles, hexagons, and wedges. Karen also discussed ways to begin with a circle and add corners to make a square.
  • July 10, 2021 – Debbie Deitke and her able assistant Mary Hannon led us through fun games of Crochet Bingo and Crochet Scattergories.
  • August 14, 2021 – Chapter members reported on the yarn shops they visited during the 2021 Chicago Yarn Crawl.
  • September 11, 2021 – Hexagon Advent Tree/Hanukkah Hexagons. Marianne Ommundson showed us how to crochet hexagons to make an Advent Tree. Marianne also showed two ideas for Hanukkah: a blue and white doily made of hexagons, and a Hanukkah menorah made of white hexagons with detachable gold flames for the candles.
  • October 9, 2021 – Crochet Colorwork and Potholder Exchange
  • Crochet Colorwork.  Debbie Deitke shared a pattern for a crochet mug rug (square coaster) using the Fair Isle (stranded) colorwork technique, and talked about different crochet colorwork techniques (intarsia, Fair Isle, tapestry, mosaic).
  • Potholder Showcase/Exchange.  Debbie showed some of the potholders that chapter members made for our Potholder Exchange.  Potholders will be distributed to those participating in the exchange by Debbie and Marianne Ommundson.Saturday,
  • November 20, 2021 – Pattern Reading – Terminology, Symbols, Charts
  • Pia Thadani taught us how to interpret crochet patterns, including patterns that use symbols and charts. 
  • Saturday, December 4, 2021:   Christmas Crochet Games. Debbie Deitke hosted our holiday gathering with holiday-themed games, including Chicago holiday trivia, and crochet bingo. Our chapter also had its annual holiday grab bag gift exchange.