2020 Virtual Classes

Virtual Classes - CGOA classes will be held via  Zoom.

Offering live online classes is an opportunity to reach out and connect with more of our members and curious crocheters across the country. While we are kicking off virtual classes during the Chain Link Celebration week, we plan to offer a range of classes throughout the year.

Our teachers are prepared for a set number of students in order to provide the optimal educational experience. Each person in attendance must have their own registration. A Zoom link, homework (if required) and handouts (if applies) will be emailed out the 2 days prior to the start of class.

Classes will be taught via Zoom in one-hour segments, up to three segments per class. Member registration is $25/hour per segment. Teachers decide how many segments the class will be. Classes are live and not recorded. Non-member registration is $40/hour per segment.

You will need a computer, smartphone, or tablet and a solid internet connection. For smartphones and tablets, the Zoom app is available in the app store of your choice and tech specifications can be found here. For desktop computer specifications, click here; you may need to download the app prior to your first class. We suggest testing your device with Zoom prior to your first class by clicking here.  

Class Information

Hours

Member Price

Non-Member Price

1 Hour Classes

$25.00

$40.00

3 Hour Classes

$75.00

$120.00

 

Week 1

Week of July 20, 2020

Vashti Braha         

Week 2

Week of July 27, 2020

Edie Eckman

Week 3

Week of August 3, 2020

Jennifer Ryan

Week 4

Week of August 10, 2020

Lily Chin

Week 5

Week of August 17, 2020

Bonnie Barker

Week 6

 Week of August 24, 2020

 Melissa Leapman

 

 

 


Thursday 7/30/2020

Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Gauge  | All Skill Levels

 12:00pm-1:30 CDT (90 minutes)

  r egistration is closed


Wednesday 8/5/2020

Bunches of Textured Stitches - WITHOUT using post stitches | All Skill Levels

 1:00pm - 4:00pm CDT (3 hours)

r egistration closes on 8/3 or when the class is filled


Thursday 8/6/2020

Intro to Celtic Knot Crochet  | All Skill Levels

 1:00pm - 4:00pm (3 hours)

 r egistration closes on 8/3 or when the class is filled


Wednesday 8/12/2020

Crochet Tips and Tricks | Intermediate 

 1:00pm-4:00pm CDT (3 hours)

 r egistration closes on 8/10 or when the class is filled


Thursday 8/13/2020

Shape-Shifting Hat  | Intermediate

 1:00pm-4:00pm CDT (3 hours)

 r egistration closes on 8/10 or when the class is filled


Monday 8/17/2020 thru Wednesday 8/19/2020

I Love Crochet Cables! | All Skill Levels 

11:00am-12:00pm CDT (1 hour each day/ Total 3 hours)

  r egistration closes on 8/13 or when the class is filled


Monday 8/17/2020 thru Wednesday 8/19/2020

Beginning Knitting For Crocheters | All Skill Levels 

 2:00pm-3:00pm CDT (1 hours each/ Total 3 hours)

   registration closes on 8/13 or when the class is filled


Friday 8/28/2020

Fearless Fair Isle  | Intermediate

 1:00pm-3:00pm CDT (2 hours)

  registration closes on 8/24 or when the class is filled


Saturday 8/29/2020

Knitting for Newbies  | All Skill Levels

 1:00pm-3:00pm CDT (2 hours)

  registration closes on 8/24 or when the class is filled

 


Tall Stitch Virtuosity

Teacher: Vashti Braha

Skills needed: All you need is to feel comfortable crocheting the basic stitches: single crochet, half-double crochet, and double crochet. 

Crochet soars with tall stitches! Once you yarn over more than twice to begin a crochet stitch, however, little structural issues tend to creep in. As stitches get taller, the top loops may look stringy or loose. Also common is row gauge trouble, when the rows are not tall enough to match a pattern’s stated gauge. Why is this? We'll spend the first hour understanding why and what to do about it.

This class is part stitch clinic for beginners (and others) to fall in love with their tall stitches. We’ll take all the class time needed to start making tall stitches that are *handsome* from tip to toe, consistently and confidently.

There is plenty more to learn about tall stitch artistry:

- How many kinds of tall stitches there are, how to remember their names, and how to quickly recognize which one was used in a project. How and when to use valuable tall stitch variations like extended and bent ones.
- How to make tall stitch symbols really work for you.
- How to refer to the parts of a tall stitch. How, when, and why you might want to crochet into a part of one.
- How to know the number of turning chains you’ll need to start a row of each kind of tall stitch. Ways to avoid gaps between the tall stitches and chains along the sides of rows.
- How to make tall-stitch circles and fans curve and bloom beautifully, rather than buckle or ripple.

This in-depth fundamentals class is rich in information that is rarely assembled in one place. Usually it’s cobbled together by experienced crocheters over years. Class materials include a handy cheat sheet of tips, and a quick reference chart of tall stitch names, symbols, turning chains, etc. 

Master’s Programs: Core fundamentals, gauge, materials and tools. 

Materials Needed: Light-colored swatching yarn, and crochet hooks in a few sizes that work with your yarn. Thread may be used too, but may not be easy to see clearly enough via a webcam.

Homework: None, unless you're a little rusty crocheting double crochet stitches. If so, please practice before class.


Big-Hook Slip Stitch Crochet

Teacher: Vashti Braha

Skills needed: All you need is to feel comfortable crocheting into foundation chains and using big crochet hooks. 

Slip Stitch Crochet is a game changer. If you've been putting off getting in on it, THIS is the class you were holding out for. If you already learned how but you keep forgetting some of the weirder moves, this class fixes that. 

With big hooks and thick yarns, you'll see, feel, understand, and remember what every slip stitch loop is doing. Not only will you be hooked on the fast and easy success, you'll fall in love with crochet all over again. 

Giant stitch textures with super-bulky yarns are so IN that it's crazy not to slip stitch with them! There's never been a better time to experience new jumbo yarns—and big hooks—and slip stitch crochet!

Make stretchy and warm accessories quickly that are amazing and chic—not lumpy, not heavy, no big holes between stitches. Cozy and quick. Vashti will overwhelm you with sample projects to try on and see for yourself.

We'll cover all the cool stuff with irresistible examples:

- Several kinds of slip stitches
- Shockingly invisible shaping
- Simple, elegant short rows
- The best. ribbing. ever. Better than knit!

What you learn in this class is a springboard to a wonderland. Slip stitches are also uniquely ideal for planned pooling with variegated yarns. And, uniquely easy to steek (cut). Progress to lacier textures and beaded jewelry with thinner yarns.

Masters Program: Fills in some missing foundations of our English language crochet basics. Golden Loop gauge method. 

Materials Needed: Smooth and even textured wools, wool blends, or wool-like substitutes that are light-colored so that each stitch loop is easy to see. Your yarn should be thick enough to work well with a size K/6.5 mm or much bigger. That means Chunky, Bulky, Super-bulky, and even Polar weights are all great (CYC #5 Bulky, #6 Super Bulky, #7 Jumbo yarn weights). For crochet hooks, we'll be using sizes that are L/8 mm and larger so have a range on hand. Recommended: a way to label your swatches with the stitch and hook size used.

Homework: None


Join Together: Six Join-As-You-Go Crochet Methods 

View Edie Eckman's Class Video Promo

Teacher: Edie Eckman

Skill Level: Intermediate

Skills Needed:

Description: Join-as-you-go (JAYGo) methods may be the easiest way to put your crocheted motifs together, but which method is best for which situations? How do you maintain maximum portability while adding more and more motifs? What's the best way to join different shapes? How do you minimize the number of ends? What do seven bridges in Königsberg have to do with crochet? Learn the answers to these and many other questions in this fun hands-on class. You'll be amazed at how many fast-and-fun ways there are to connect those shapes! Student  Must be familiar with ch, sc, dc.

Material Needed: Homework motifs and yarn and hook used for homework, hooks 1 size smaller and 1 size larger than used for homework, blunt-tip tapestry needle

Homework: Required


Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Gauge

View Edie Eckman's Class Video Promo

Teacher: Edie Eckman

Skill Level: All Skill Levels

Skills Needed:

Description: Does the word GAUGE strike fear and loathing in your soul? You aren't alone! Let Edie show you how to make gauge your friend, not your enemy. Learn how to make a swatch, why it's so important to the success of your project, and why "gauge lies". See how to measure gauge across different stitch patterns, and how to adjust both stitch and row gauge to get the results you want.  This class is useful for students in the CGOA Masters of Advanced Crochet Stitches and Techniques program, or for anyone who wants to gain total control of their crochet. Students must be familiar with basic crochet stitches.

Homework: Required

Material Needed: Smooth, light-colored sport, dk or worsted weight yarn, appropriate sized hooks, tape measure, 6" or longer ruler.


Teacher: Jennifer Ryan

Skill Level: All Skill Levels

Description: Textured stitches are great to use in our crochet projects but so many of them require working around the post and that can be confusing. Come learn and practice a bunch of textured stitches that look great in garments, accessories and blankets but don’t require any post stitches. Students will learn the ins and outs of each stitch and how little variations can make interesting effects.  Detailed handouts (with photos) included explaining each stitch.  **CGOA Masters of Advanced Crochet Stitches and Techniques - Textured Stitches**. Students should know how to ch, sc, dc and tr

Homework: Recommended (Helps save time and allows us to cover more stitches)

Materials Needed: Medium weight acrylic yarn (non dark color so can see stitches well) H/5mm hook 1 skein Bernat Home Dec yarn (or can substitute with double strand of medium yarn or use a bulky yarn from your stash) N/9mm hook Completed homework


Intro to Celtic Knot Crochet

Teacher: Jennifer Ryan

Skill Level: All Skill Level

Description: Learn how to make your own unique Celtic Knot crocheted project with techniques used in the award winning Celtic Knot garments by Jennifer Ryan.  Students will make a Celtic Knot project (see photo) that can be appliqued on a variety of projects or worn as a pin.  First we will practice in a larger form to learn how to weave the knot.  Then we will use simple stitches and diagrams to achieve great results with several easy variations.  Students will be able to download various handouts of the project pattern and step-by-step instructions and tips to weave Celtic knots.  A wide variety of Celtic Knot projects and photos will be on hand for inspiration, instruction and ideas. Students must know how to ch and sc

Homework: None

Material Needed: Size 3 yarn (Sinfonia by Omega, I Love This Cotton by Hobby Lobby) – in 2 contrasting colors. Size F/3.75mm crochet hook Yarn needle Foam core poster board or corkboard at least 4” x 4” 20 Stick pins (used for quilting/sewing), Pencil and highlighter.



Crochet Tips and Tricks

Teacher: Lily Chin

Skill Level: Intermediate

Description: Learn all the little secrets to make crocheting life easier and better. Find out how to work a foundation chain that is not too tight. Join a new skein of yarn or a new color without losing that first stitch. See ways of attaching buttons as you work. Create invisible circular joins where the beginning and end are absolutely imperceptible. Weave in those little ends that are too short to put through a darning needle. Take away lots of small “fix-its” and improve those details. Student should be familiar with all basic stitches, have worked in the round

Materials Needed: Smooth worsted-weight yarn in a few light colors and appropriate hook plus a few sizes smaller and a few sizes larger. 4” of waxed dental floss, a shank button. At least 12” of a smooth worsted yarn (cotton is preferable) in a light color. 12” of white sewing elastic about .5” wide or thereabouts, magic marker, ruler or tape measure. Tapestry needles.

Homework: Required


Shape-Shifting Hat

Teacher: Lily Chin

Skill Level: Intermediate

Description: Crochet has an innate natural curl to it. Take advantage of this and create a hat that practically shapes itself. Get a hat with a flipped brim that will keep it’s shape no matter what. Do a mini-version to fit a doll or small child, then get the formula for an adult-sized version. Work circular in the round in a spiral as well as in rounds back and forth. Added bonuses are two ways to join without the usual slip-stitch jog. This hat is worked in hdc but there will be hints and formulas for sc and dc as well. Student should be able to increase and work in the round.

Materials Needed: Worsted or chunky-weight yarn, about 100 yards. Appropriate hook sizes for yarn and maybe one smaller and one larger. Contrasting, smooth scrap yarn for marking rounds, about 12-16 inches long.

Homework: None


I LOVE Crochet Cables!

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Teacher: Bonnie Barker

Skill Level: Intermediate

Description: In this class we will cover many different crochet cables, some using post stitches (Wheat Cable, 4-Post Cable, Honeycomb Cable and Celtic Weave), and some that are worked vertically (Cable Stitch, Arrow Stitch, Low Front Ridge and Knurl). You will be amazed at how easy it can be to make these beautiful crocheted textures using the crochet hooks and stitches you already love. You will leave with many new swatches, written instructions, and ideas of how to combine these together into beautiful cabled designs. Crocheter should already be familiar with the basic crochet stitches: chain, slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet, half-double crochet & treble crochet.

Homework: None

Materials Needed: You will need your crochet hooks (sizes H, I and J recommended) and yarn from your stash in order to complete at least 8 swatches. Worsted weight yarns will work well for this class.


Beginning Knitting for Crocheters

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Teacher: Bonnie Barker

Skill Level: All Skill Levels

Description: Have you ever tried to learn how to knit but just couldn't get it? If you are a crocheter and would like to give it another try, I would love to show you the secrets that got this crocheter over the hump! In this class we will learn how to cast on using the double tail method, the knit stitch and the pearl stitch - all using the Continental Method. This style of knitting is similar to crocheting in many ways and transitions very quickly for the seasoned crocheter. No knitting skills are required, but some crochet experience will be helpful.

Homework: None

Material Needed: Size 13 circular knitting needles (20” length or longer), electronic device (phone is fine) for reading class worksheet, 1 skein of bulky weight (#5 ) wool yarn of your choice (yarn from your stash will work fine).

 


Fearless Fair Isle

Teacher: Melissa Leapman

Skill Level: Intermediate

Description: Hey, Crocheters: Do you want to mimic traditional fair isle patterns? Learn how to crochet them to perfection. In this fun hands-on class, we'll explore techniques, practice with a few swatches, then begin making a full-size hat, perfect for the upcoming holidays!

Homework: None

Material Needed: Supplies: Assorted colors of worsted weight yarn PLUS 200 yds white/off white, 100 yds each of red and black worsted weight yarn; size I/9 crochet hook; scissors; sticky notes.


Knitting for Newbies

  View Melissa Leapmans's Class Video Promo

Teacher: Melissa Leapman

Skill Level: All Skill Levels

Skills Needed: A love for yarn!

Description: Come one, come all! In just two short hours, popular author/teacher Melissa Leapman will use a fun and funky hat pattern to introduce all the essentials of basic knitting.

Homework: None

Student should bring: Printed class handout; approximately 75 yds of chunky weight yarn that knits to 14 sts = 4" (such as Plymouth Yarn's Baby Alpaca Grande); size US 10.5 (6.5 mm) 16" knitting needles; size US 10.5 (6.5 mm) circular knitting needle, 16" in length; set of 4 or 5 double-pointed knitting needles, size US 10.5 (6.5 mm), wooden or bamboo preferred; scissors.