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CGOA MASTERS PROGRAMS

To enroll in any available Masters Program, just select a Masters Course in the CGOA Store. Direct all other correspondence to CGOA@Crochet.org or CGOA, 8120 Lehigh Ave, Suite 100, Morton Grove, Il 60053.

 

ADVANCED STITCHES AND TECHNIQUES

The CGOA Masters Program, Advanced Crochet Stitches and Techniques, is a program for Intermediate or better crocheters to stretch their knowledge and show mastery of advanced crochet techniques and stitches. The Masters program is not a program for beginning crocheters, but is open to both members and non-members of CGOA.

The program is divided into seven parts. All are to be completed and submitted at one time. Here is a quick look at what is covered.

  • Part One: Different methods of working into starting chains, including foundation single crochet (sometimes called chainless foundation), and different methods of starting pieces worked in the round, including the Magic Ring method. Neither the foundation single crochet nor the Magic Ring is new, but both have recently become popular and are being used in many new patterns. Also included are instructions for working a flat circle, which is often used in patterns for crocheting hats and handbags.
  • Part Two: This covers your understanding of gauge and its importance, and explains the Golden Loop method of adjusting row gauge, which is a challenge for many crocheters.
  • Part Three: Instructions are given for working special stitches such as extended stitches and linked stitches.
  • Part Four: This covers textured stitches, including working in back or front loops only, post stitches, front and back popcorns, clusters, puff stitches, cables, shells, fans, bullion or roll stitches and picots.
  • Part Five: Here you will work swatches of 10 advanced decorative stitch patterns, using many of the techniques already covered. Instructions are given for each, but there are no photos so this will challenge your ability to carefully read and follow written patterns.
  • Part Six: Here you will work a variety of motifs, including a square, triangle, pentagon, hexagon, a dimensional flower and others.
  • Part Seven: This covers final touches, such as edgings (including reverse single crochet or crab stitch) and braids.

Once you sign up, what can you expect? You will receive the 27 page program workbook that will guide you through crocheting 48 swatches and you will answer a few questions. All swatches are to be made in worsted weight acrylic yarn (Group 4) in a light, solid color. You will create a portfolio by tagging each swatch with your name and swatch number, and placing swatches and your question answers in plastic sleeves in 3-ring binders. You will then ship your portfolio for review. All reviewers are CGOA members who are trained to review the program.

 

FUNDAMENTALS OF CROCHET

The CGOA Masters Program, Fundamentals of Crochet, is a program designed for all levels of crocheters to better understand the concepts and principles underpinning all crochet. This is an instructional based course that shares in-depth knowledge and encourages participants to explore the structure of stitches, the concepts of pattern reading, the art of finish work, and much more.

The program is divided into eight sections. All are to be completed and submitted at one time. Here is a quick look at what is covered.

  • Chapter One- Pattern Reading: Gain insight in various abbreviations, terms, and methods for understanding written patterns.
  • Chapter Two- Beginning Chains: Learn different approaches to this crochet essential including Foundation Stitches, while expanding your knowledge of the limitations and expectations.
  • Chapter Three- Circles: Learn three different ways to work in the round, joining, increases, as well as the importance of circumference.
  • Chapter Four- Basic Stitch Locations: Gain insight about front and back loops, post stitches, working in the bars of stitches, spike stitches, the importance of yarn overs and turning chains.
  • Chapter Five- Gauge: Learn how to measure gauge and its effect on drape.
  • Chapter Six- Weaving In Ends: Explore various ways of finishing your work in a professional manner in five different end weaving techniques.
  •  Chapter Seven- Blocking: Learn how this simple technique, with six different approaches, can take your work from good to stunning.
  •  Chapter Eight- Masters Project: Complete the given pattern to highlight all the knowledge shared in the previous chapters.

 Once you sign up, what can you expect? You will receive the 54 page program workbook that will guide you through crocheting 17 swatches for submission, answer 36 questions about additional swathes you are asked to work and about the material presented to you. You will also be asked to complete a Master Project as a cumulative example of the skills you are taught. All submitted swatches and Master Project will require completion of finishing skills taught in the program. You will create a portfolio by tagging each swatch with your name and swatch number, and placing swatches and your question answers in plastic sleeves in 3-ring binders. You will then ship your portfolio for review. All reviewers are CGOA members and are trained to review the program.

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