Thursday, April 5, 2012

Altering Patterns: April 14 Meeting Preview

We meet at 2:30 to 4:30 PM on April 14th, 2012, for our April meeting in our meeting space at Prospect Park United Methodist Church.

This month we have the second in a series of three meetings devoted to garments.  Carol will present a variety of information related to altering patterns.

Before you can alter a pattern, you need to know the exact measurements of the person who will wear the garment.  Carol will demonstrate various ways to measure, what the measurements mean, and how to use them.  She will demonstrate one method of making a universal sleeve pattern (a sloper, for those of you who sew) and how to use it when considering a pattern.

We will discuss various ways of altering stitch patterns, including the use of short rows, and everyone will have a chance to practice these techniques.  Come prepared to swatch and to take a lot of notes.  You will have a chance to examine simple changes that did (and did not) work out as planned.

Crocheters of all skill levels will benefit from the discussion of measurements and ways to alter stitch patterns.  Those of intermediate skill level and above can benefit from the swatching.

Materials you will need for the meeting:
  • Light-colored worsted weight yarn that shows good stitch definition
  • Complete set of hooks ranging in size from F to K
  • Tape measure
  • Notebook
 If you are a beginner and would prefer to spend the meeting getting some one-on-one help from an experienced crocheter, someone will be available to help you.

Since this is road construction season, be aware that construction might make it more difficult to get to our meeting place at the Prospect Park United Methodist Church.  The Metropolitan Council updates light rail construction goals weekly.  When in doubt, use Franklin Avenue, not University.

Hope to see you soon!