Saturday, March 3, 2018

March 10 Meeting Preview: The Great Circle Vest

Circle vests are very popular crochet garments consisting of a crocheted circle with slits for armholes. They can be made with stitch patterns that vary from simple to complex, so are suitable for any skill level. In spite of their basic simplicity, achieving a great fit can sometimes be a challenge. 

At this month's meeting, you'll get suggestions for overcoming common fitting problems, including a demonstration of steeking, a technique that involves deliberately cutting crocheted fabric. We'll also look at some popular circle vest patterns plus discuss ideas for turning your favorite doily or mandala into a vest. 

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

10 to 11 am. - 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 March email newsletter for the PDF; we'll also have a few extra printed copies at the meeting.) 
  • A crocheted flat circle at least six rounds in size, if you'd like to practice steeking. Several members are bringing sample circles for the steeking demonstration.
  • A completed or in-progress circle vest to show to the group, if you have one.
  • 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.
  • Tapestry needle and scissors.

Important! Parking Changes at the Textile Center as of March 1, 2018

The Textile Center has purchased a new parking lot at 3018 University Ave. SE (just two doors east of the Textile Center). This new lot will be available for use by Textile Center patrons starting March 1. Look for the bright green signs!

As of March 1, DO NOT park in the lot next to Textile Center’s building off Sidney Place (behind Best Care and the former Nano Systems Building). Violators may be towed! Find out exactly where to park by checking out the Textile Center Map.