Saturday, October 12, 2019

4th Saturday Meet-Up: Oct. 26, Mall of America

Our next 4th Saturday meet-up is Oct. 26 at the Mall of America.

Where: MOA north food court, 3rd floor
When: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Parking: The best place to park is near the main entrance on the west-side ground level. Elevators and escalators can take you to the 3rd floor.

If you need coffee or a treat, there is a Starbucks in the north food court.

There is no cost to attend meet-ups. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Oct. 12 Meeting Preview: Slip Stitch Crochet

Most crocheters think of slip stitches as useful for joining rounds or seaming. However, some of today's innovative crochet designers have turned the humble slip stitch into a family of stitches used to make amazing and beautiful designs.

At this month's meeting, you'll learn more about the slip stitch family and get a chance to practice with a sample project.

The meeting will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Textile Center, with the following schedule:

10 to 10:30 a.m. - Open crochet
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. - Introductions and business
11 to 11:45 a.m. - Show and tell
11:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Break
12 to 1 p.m. - Crochet education
1 to 2 p.m. - Open crochet & committee meetings
To get the most out of the meeting, please bring:

  • A printed or electronic copy of the handout. (Members: See the October email newsletter for the PDF.)
  • Approximately 2 ounces of yarn in worsted weight yarn, a light to medium color.
  • Several hooks in varying sizes. Bring the size that you normally use with worsted weight yarn (H-8, I-9, or J-10 for most crocheters) and a selection of hooks two or three sizes larger. 
  • Tapestry needle, scissors and stitch markers.
Monthly meetings are free for CTC members, $5 for guests.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

4th Saturday Meet-Up: Sept. 28, Har Mar Barnes & Noble

Our next meet-up is Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Barnes & Noble at HarMar Mall in Roseville.

The meet-up will be from 9 a.m. (when the store opens) until  noon. We meet at the cafe in the center of the store - we'll be the crowd with the crochet hooks.

Meet-ups are our informal gathering each month - open to all crocheters with no fee for attending - with a special welcome extended to new crocheters. Bring a project to work on - or not, if you just want to chat or ask questions - and come when you can and stay as long as you're able.

We hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Sept. 14 Meeting Preview: Tapestry Crochet - with Homework!

Tapestry crochet is a technique that allows you to work a row or round in multiple colors by carrying the unused colors and crocheting over them, creating beautiful and intricate patterns that many people think are woven. Like many crochet techniques, it looks complicated but is worked in the one of the most basic stitches, the single crochet. At this month's meeting, you'll learn more about tapestry crochet by creating a small project in your choice of a two- or three-color tapestry design. 

During the class, you'll be crocheting a trinket basket to practice tapestry skills. To prepare for the class, we strongly recommend that you complete the bottom of the basket before the meeting (see instructions below). That way, you can get started on the tapestry crochet during the meeting, where there will be many helpers to answer your questions.

The meeting will be Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Textile Center with the following schedule:

10:00 to 10:30 - Open crochet
10:30 to 11:00 - Introductions & business
11:00 to 11:45 - Show and tell
11:45 to 12:00 - Break
12:00 to 1:00 - Crochet education
1:00 to 2:00 - Open crochet & committee meetings

To get the most out of the meeting, please bring:
  • A printed or electronic copy of the handout. (Members: See the September email newsletter for the PDF when it's sent early next month.)
  • Two or three contrasting colors of a smooth yarn in a weight you are comfortable with. A worsted weight cotton or a heavy crochet cotton thread is ideal for this project.
  • Crochet hook suitable for your yarn.
  • Tapestry needle, scissors, and stitch markers.
  • Completed homework (see instructions below).

Homework instructions
  • Choose one of your yarn colors for the bottom of the basket, designated as Color A.
  • The basket bottom is a circle worked as a continuous spiral; do not attach the round with a slip stitch. Mark the beginning stitch of the round with a stitch marker and move the marker up as you go.
  • You can make the basket bottom larger or smaller if you’d like, as long as the stitch count on the final round of the bottom is evenly divisible by 12.
Rnd 1: With Color A, ch 2; work 6 sc in the second ch from hook. (If you prefer, you can instead work the 6 sc into a magic ring.)
Rnd 2: 2sc in each sc: 12 sc
Rnd 3: [2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc] 6 times: 18 sc
Rnd 4: [2 sc in next sc, (sc in next sc) 2 times] 6 times: 24 sc
Rnd 5: [2 sc in next sc, (sc in next sc) 3 times] 6 times:  30 sc
Rnd 6: [2 sc in next sc, (sc in next sc) 4 times] 6 times: 36 sc
Rnd 7: [2 sc in next sc, (sc in next sc) 5 times] 6 times: 42 sc
Rnd 8: [2 sc in next sc, (sc in next sc) 6 times] 6 times: 48 sc
Rnd 9: [2 sc in next sc, (sc in next sc) 7 times] 6 times: 54 sc
Rnd 10: [2 sc in next sc, (sc in next sc) 8 times] 6 times: 60 sc
Rnd 11: [2 sc in next sc, (sc in next sc) 9 times] 6 times: 66 sc
Rnd 12: [2 sc in next sc, (sc in next sc) 10 times] 6 times: 72 sc

Leave the yarn attached to the basket bottom.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

4th Saturday Meet-Up: Aug. 24, Mall of America

Our next 4th Saturday meet-up is Aug. 24 at the Mall of America.

Where: MOA north food court, 3rd floor
When: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Parking: The best place to park is near the main entrance on the west-side ground level. Elevators and escalators can take you to the 3rd floor.

If you need coffee or a treat, there is a Starbucks in the north food court.

There is no cost to attend meet-ups. Hope to see you there!