Geek Craft: Learn to Crochet

For Geek Craft: Learn to crochet, we have two very talented nerds who would like to show you the world of crocheting.  Crochet is lots of fun and you can create all sorts of neat items.  As always for any geek craft event, don't feel you have to participate in the project of the day, come out and work on any project of your choosing in the company of your fellow geeks.  Cheers, Samantha (Organizer, Nerd HQ)

• Hi, I'm Sandra and I'll be helping out the beginning crocheters. I'll have some scrap yarn and extra hooks if needed. If you're going to bring your own supplies, I recommend a hook that is not too small (5.00 - 7.00 range is good) and yarn that is not too small, nor fluffy! What I'd like to recommend is cotton yarn. It's easy to work with, and maybe we'd be able to finish a dish cloth! We'll learn chaining and single crochet, and maybe even double crochet. :)

• And I'm Julia! I will be showing some of the techniques needed to create amigurumi, aka small crochet dolls/toys. If you already have some basic crochet skills (ie. you are comfortable doing single crochet and can crochet flat rows back and forth) then I can show you how to work in the round and create 3D objects! Once you have the basics down it's not as hard as it may look, and it's lots of fun. :) I'll show you the 'magic circle' technique, how to increase and decrease to create shapes, and I'll give some pointers on where to start with making a doll/how to read a pattern/etc.

Our weekly Dinner & Death event will also be happening this evening after Geek Craft.  Once that event has been posted, please RSVP separately in that event if you plan on at least staying for the dinner portion of the evening.  Your RSVP makes it easier for your organizers to help plan and cook the delicious meal you will be eating.  CLICK ME to RSVP for dinner.

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  • Lei-Lani

    Thanks Sandra. I shall surely check these out.

    July 4

  • Sandra W.

    Not sure if messages still get seen after the event is over, but I found this great list of free, easy crochet patterns if anyone's interested. (I belong to far too many crochet websites) Here it is: 28 Free Easy Crochet Patterns and Help for Beginners + 4 Bonus Patterns­

    1 · July 4

  • Sandra W.

    For the new crocheters, here's a link to a "How To" PDF file from lion brand. It covers all the basics we'll go over, and beyond!­

    Besides Ravelry, my other favourite place for patterns and pattern ebooks is:­. They have tons of patterns for beginners!

    June 15

  • Ron

    though there's still some doubt if I'll stay able to attend. . .

    June 14

  • Michelle M.

    Sad I can't come, but I have to take Clayton to his grandparents to take care of durring the strike.

    June 14

  • Margaret

    recommended weight of yarn for amigurumi?

    June 14

    • Julia S.

      Worsted/medium weight acrylic is most common. You want something easy to work with that will be fairly firm. It doesn't need to be all soft and pretty like yarn for a sweater. :) And you want a fairly small hook ie 3.75 to avoid holes that the stuffing can show through. Though I usually use 4.25 and it's ok. Just need to crochet fairly tightly to prevent holes.

      1 · June 14

  • Julia S.

    Here is a handy link you can check out to learn some crochet and amigurumi basics - she has video tutorials and also photo tutorials. I own her book and will bring it by so people can flip through it as well - it really helped me figure things out when I was first struggling with crochet!­

    Also, if you are looking for a fun first amigurumi project (and already have a few basics down), this is a good one - http://pixelatedmushroom.blogsp...­ She also has a 10th Doctor version and a few other Doctor Who ones. It's an easy pattern with lots of pictures and clear instructions, and it's good for beginners. You can also use the pattern as a base for other characters, often with just a few simple colour changes. Also, feel free to bring a pattern with you for something you want to make, and we will help you get started!

    June 14

  • Mark W.

    Need to change to a "maybe". I intend to be back in Vancouver by Sunday. Whether or not that actually happens is a different question.

    Is maybe a viable option? If you need full commitment, then I can respectfully drop out.

    June 11

    • Samantha

      Maybe's work great for this event, if you make it you make it, if you don't, you don;t. Really the only time that a "firm" commitment is needed is for our Dinner & Death events on Sunday evening, and the only reason that is needed is because the food for the evening is a set menu, but even on those days there is some wiggle room.

      1 · June 11

    • Mark W.

      Thanks Samantha. Hope to see you this Sunday!

      June 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like a great event. I'll be in mission retrieving my antique sock knitting machine that was just serviced.

    June 4

    • Frederica P.

      Karen, I haven't seen you in such a long time! Will you check out the 2014 Vancouver Mini Maker Faire this weekend?­

      1 · June 4

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm volunteering there noon-4 keeping other volunteers happy

      1 · June 4

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