Monthly Meetings

2018 Monthly Meeting Dates
Jan. 13, Feb. 10, Mar. 17*, Apr. 14, May 12, June 9, July 21*, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 3*, Dec. 8

*Asterisk indicates meeting not on second Saturday.

January 13

Yarn Swap & Program Planning for Year. 2018 will be our “Year of the Sweater”. A member survey showed that members want to learn how to crochet a sweater, so our monthly meetings will build skills and knowledge that you need. We will also learn a new stitch each month that you may want to use in your sweater or other projects.

At our January meeting, we planned the programs for our monthly meetings for 2018. We also held our annual yarn swap. Members brought yarn from their stashes and went home with “new” yarn to inspire creativity.

February 10

Our February meeting was cancelled due to snow. Our program was going to be planning your sweater project, looking at patterns, taking measurements, and selecting a style flattering to your body type. Our stitch was going to be herringbone half double and herringbone double crochet. We will try to reschedule this meeting.

March 17*

Crochet Showcase – 10 AM to 2 PM
Showcase Flyer (PDF)
Chapter members demonstrated a variety of crochet techniques, and displayed completed projects. This event was free and open to the public.
After the showcase, we held a brief chapter meeting and chose two sweater patterns: Pia’s New Eastside Sweater and Doris Chan’s Jewel published in Everyday Crochet.

April 14

Swatching. We talked about how large of a swatch you should make, how to measure your swatch, and the importance of washing (blocking) your swatch the same way you will the finished sweater.
Our stitch of the month was the 3D Stitch taught by Wayna Dominick and Sally Bassett.

May 12

Teddy Bear Sweater. We will learn about sweater construction as we make a teddy bear sized sweater. Bring smooth, light-colored DK or worsted weight yarn and appropriate size hook.

Bonnie Mirante will demonstrate our stitch of the month, the Jasmine stitch. Bring smooth, light-colored worsted weight yarn and appropriate size hook.

June 9

Q&A/Troubleshooting. Bring any questions or concerns you have about your sweater project.

July 21*

Sleeves and Pockets. Darlene Joyce, owner of Mosaic Yarn Studio in Mt. Prospect, will talk about adding sleeves and pockets to sweaters.

For our stitch of the month, Val Snipes will show us the mattress stitch and other methods of joining.  Bring smooth worsted weight yarn, an appropriate hook, and yarn needles for sewing. You can even bring small swatches you’ve already made to practice joining them together.

August 11

Chapter Challenge – theme is “pets”

September 8

Blocking and Garment Care

October 13

Finishing Techniques: Seams, Closures, Edgings

November 3*

Fashion Show – wear your completed sweater!

Pattern Exchange

December 8

Holiday Party and Gift Exchange

Bring an appetizer, dessert or snack to share.

To participate in our gift exchange, bring a wrapped, anonymous gift that you have crocheted yourself. Suggested materials cost of approximately $10.