Feeling at Home with Japanese Crochet Patterns
With Gayle Roehm
May 15, 2:00-4:00 CDT;
May 16, 2:00-4:00 CDT;
May 23, 2:00-4:00 CDT
Are you intrigued by Japanese crochet patterns? This workshop will take you on a journey of exploration as you learn to interpret the charts and patterns, then make a vest customized to your measurements, In the process, you’ll gain confidence to tackle just about any Japanese crochet pattern.
Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 7 days following the event.
If you’re intrigued by Japanese crochet patterns and symbols, this is your opportunity to learn to follow them without fear. Gayle will help how to understand a Japanese crochet pattern — where to find the key information such as yarn, hook size, and gauge. We’ll also look at the stitch symbols and how they’re put together in a chart.
Once the basics are covered, you’ll start a crochet vest. The limited size range of Japanese patterns and specific yarns might be a problem, so Gayle shows you how to take your gauge swatch and your measurements to calculate the stitch and row counts that will give you a custom fit. The vest uses two different stitch patterns for visual interest, and you may want to add crocheted cords as optional closures.
By the end of the class, you’ll have the tools to tackle any Japanese pattern you encounter.
The class consists of three two-hour sessions:
Session 1: We’ll review the sections of a Japanese pattern and how to interpret the various
schematics and charts. Homework will be: two swatches for the vest and measuring a sweater that fits well.
Session 2: We’ll use your swatches and the measurements of your sweater to calculate stitch
and row counts for the sections of the vest. You’ll end up with a revised schematic tailored to
your personal fit. Homework for the week between sessions 2 and 3 will be to work as much of the vest as
possible, starting with the back sections.
Session 3: We’ll check on your progress and make sure your questions are answered. We’ll also
discuss blocking, seaming, and finishing/edging. You’ll try several variations of crocheted cords
for the optional closures. Finally, we’ll do a wrap-up and review where to get help when you
encounter a problem.
Optional: Crocheters who prefer not to make the vest have the option to create a triangular
shawl. Fast crocheters are welcome to make both projects!
Special skills or knowledge needed to take this workshop:
Intermediate crochet skills, should have completed at least one garment; must be comfortable working from charts.
For the vest:
__Smooth yarn in approximately DK weight. For a more open, lacy look, you may substitute sport or fingering. You’ll need a minimum of 900 yards for a bust measurement of about 36”; for larger sizes, allow more, perhaps 1500 yards total.
__Crochet Basics: Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Stitch markers, Tapestry needles (large and small), Tape measure, Small calculator, Crochet hooks of various sizes
If you would like to make the optional shawl:
__Smooth or textured yarn in approximately DK weight. You’ll need about 600 yards for the shawl.