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 learned about sweater construction as we made a teddy bear sized sweater.

Bonnie Mirante demonstrated our stitch of the month, the Jasmine stitch.

June 9

Q&A/Troubleshooting. Members compared notes and swapped tips about their sweater project.

July 21*

Sleeves. Darlene Joyce, owner of Mosaic Yarn Studio in Mt. Prospect, talked about adding sleeves to sweaters. Darlene explained the different sleeve types, and discussed how to modify patterns for better fit.

For our stitch of the month, Val Snipes showed us the mattress stitch and other methods of joining.

August 11

For our annual Dana Kahan Benjamin Chapter Challenge, chapter members displayed their original crochet designs inspired by the theme “pets”. Congratulations to the prize winners… First Place: Marianne Ommundson, “Rescue Kitties”. Second Place: Nicole Hall, “Sophie the dog”. Third Place: Sally Bassett, “Santa’s pets”.  The theme for the 2019 Chapter Challenge is “Tunisian”.

June Leuthner and Susan Venn presented the education program on two different approaches to JAYGO (Join As You Go) crochet.

September 8

Blocking and Garment Care. Sharon DeCaro demonstrated wet blocking, and talked about garment care.

For our stitch of the month, Pattie Aaron taught the star stitch.

October 13

Sharon DeCaro taught two different methods of crochet ribbing: post stitch ribbing (worked vertically, the stitches create the ribbing), and slip stitch ribbing (created horizontally, the rows create the ribbing).

We also discussed sweater finishing, including different types of closures, such as zippers and frogs.

November 3*

Fashion Show – wear your completed sweater!

Pattern Exchange – bring original patterns (no photocopies). For example, a book, magazine or leaflet that you purchased, or a free pattern leaflet from a store.

December 8

Holiday Party begins at 12:30 pm.  Please bring whatever food you would like to share.  Appetizer, dessert, or snack.

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


2019 Monthly Meeting Dates
Jan. 12, Feb. 9, Mar. 16*, Apr. 13, May 11, June 8, July 20*, Aug. 10, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 2*, Dec. 14

* = not on second Saturday.. Our meetings are generally held on the second Saturday of the month, except for those indicated by asterisk.