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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Feb. 10 Meeting Preview: Circles

Crocheting "in the round" is a technique used in a variety of patterns. Name any kind of crochet project and you'll probably find a crochet pattern that starts with a circle. Crochet circles can be solid and sturdy and used to make bags, baskets and toys, but they can also be lacy and open and used to make vests and doilies.

This month is the first in a series on circles designed to help everyone approach circular projects with confidence. We'll learn the basics at the February meeting, including several methods for starting and ending circles so they look tidy.  We'll also tackle basic circle formulas, so that you can create your own circular projects "on the fly."  In March and April, we'll learn how to apply these basics to two types of projects (circle vests and hats) with tips and tricks for designing our own projects.

The meeting will be held Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Textile Center, with the following schedule:

  • 10 to 11 a.m. - Open crochet
  • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Announcements, show and tell
  • 12 to 1 p.m. - Education
  • 1 to 2 p.m. - Open crochet 

To get the most out of this meeting, please bring:

  • A printed or electronic copy of the class handout. (Members: See the January email newsletter for the PDF; we'll also have a few extra printed copies at the meeting.) 
  • A 2 oz or more ball/skein of yarn in your preferred weight. If you're a beginner, we suggest worsted weight in a light to medium color. You're welcome to bring multiple colors and types of yarn for experimenting.
  • Corresponding size hook for your yarn.
  • Tapestery needle and scissors.
  • Any circular projects you've completed that could be inspirational for others.

Reminder about the new show-and-tell format at the meeting: Please mark your items with a tag that provides a brief description of your project, such as the yarn, the pattern name, etc. (or just your Ravelry name and project name, if you've already added your project).  Blank tags will be available at the meeting.

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