Thursday, May 2, 2013

Going Round in Circles: May 11 Meeting Preview

What do you think all these items have in common (except, of course, the cat)? If you guessed that they are all crocheted, you're right. If you guessed that they are all crocheted in the round, you're right again. The thing that may not be so obvious is that they were all designed "on the fly" using variations of a basic circle formula.

If you're interested in learning how to make hats, baskets, flowers, bags, drink cozies, coin purses, and any number of fun items - then you are invited to join us Saturday, May 11 from 1pm to 3pm at Prospect Park United Methodist Church.

Maxine will give us tips and tricks for working in circles and then provide general guidelines for making several projects; you'll pick the one that's most interesting to you and most appropriate for your skill level:
  • A flower pin (or pins)
  • A basket (with or without lid)
  • A hat (beret or beanie style)
The written guidelines and instructions that you'll be provided at this meeting will be more like a recipe with infinite variations than a traditional pattern. And if you think of a different circular project than the list we give you, that is great too. Each project will be unique, so help us remember to get a group photo - of the projects, not of us! - at the end of the meeting.

You will need to bring the following materials to the meeting:
  • A 2-oz or more ball or skein of yarn in a weight that you're comfortable with. If you're a beginner, we suggest a worsted weight yarn in light to medium color. You can bring multiple colors (and multiple types of yarn) if you'd like. If you plan on making a hat, you'll need 3 to 4 ounces.
  • Appropriate sized crochet hook for the yarn. If you're using worsted weight yarn, that's size I9 or J10 for most people.
  • Tapestry needle and scissors
  • Any circular projects that will be inspirational to others (including any completed projects from last month's tapestry crochet class) 
We hope to see you there. While this class is targeted to beginners, we hope that intermediate and advanced crocheters will enjoy the opportunity to play with circles and be a designer for the afternoon!