Adding Crochet Embellishment to your Knitted Projects
Our program speaker for March is member Mary Rhodes, a master of yarn use and crochet, who has been a member of the guild for many years.
Mary has knitted and crocheted most of her life, starting with knitting at age 6, then crocheting at age 10. When the Craft Yarn Council started a certification program for teaching the crafts, Mary became certified in both. She has helped people with their knitting and crocheting through the Blaine Street Jail project of our knitting guild, at the yarn shops where she worked, and in classes at conferences in the early years of the Crochet Guild of America. While she doesn’t tend to use much embellishment in her own pieces, she knows that embellishment emergencies do crop up from time to time, and it’s handy to know a few simple techniques – and the simple ones are often the ones that make you look the most clever.
In this program on adding crochet embellishment to your knitting, Mary shows us three embellishments using a crochet hook on knit fabric: Popcorns or bobbles, slip stitching on the surface, and corded fringe. To play along, bring a swatch in stockinette (at least 4 inches to the side, so you have something you can hold on to). A finished and bound off swatch is just fine, but if you leave it on the needles, you can try out adding popcorns in crochet as part of the stitching, rather than adding them as an embellishment later. Mary will have some to share if you forget.
Materials: worsted swatch and appropriate sized hook for your yarn.
Please join us for the March 2018 meeting.
Dates and Locations:
The NIGHT MEETING will be on Tuesday evening, March 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 2500 Soquel Ave. (Dinner beforehand for those who wish at Jeffery’s on Soquel.)
The DAY MEETING will be on Thursday, March 15, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Vintage Faith Church (aka The Abbey), the large brick church at the corner of Mission and Highland. From Highway 1 North, Highland is the first right after the light at the top of the hill where Highway 1 merges into Mission Street. Parking lot is the first right turn off Highland. From Highway 1 (Mission Street) South, turn left at the light on Walnut to Escalona. Turn right on Escalona to its end at Highland. Parking lot is across Highland. Enter through the Office; our meeting is straight ahead in The Fireside Room. (Lunch afterwards for those who wish at Zachary’s downtown on Pacific Avenue.)
Please note that both meetings are in the same week this month.