2017 Chapter Meeting DatesAsterisk indicates meeting not on second Saturday.
Jan. 14, Feb. 11, Mar. 25*, Apr. 8, May 13, June 10, July 22*, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 7*, Nov. 4*, Dec. 9

We also have two weekly Crochet Study Groups:

  • Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Starbucks, 1808 S Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60005 at the northwest corner of Golf & Arlington Heights roads.
  • Fridays, 2 to 4 PM, at the Panera, 1065 N. Elmhurst Rd., Mt. Prospect (Randhurst Village).

Our Crochet-a-Long/Study Groups crochets several projects in different techniques throughout the year. Or bring any crochet project and stitch and chat with chapter members,

The Northern Illinois Chapter holds its monthly meeting on the second Saturday of the month at the Rolling Meadows Public Library, 3110 Martin Ln., Rolling Meadows, IL 60008 unless noted by asterisk (*). Meeting times are 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.   Programs for the year are decided at our January meeting.


2017 Programs


Jan. 14 Yarn Swap & Program Planning for Year

At our January meeting, we plan the programs for our monthly meetings for the remainder of the year.  Bring your ideas on chapter programs you would like to teach, and crochet stitches and techniques you would like to learn.

Our January meeting is also our annual yarn swap.  Bring yarn from your stash that you no longer plan to use and there is enough that someone could crochet something with it.

Feb. 11 Yarn Bracelets
Learn how to make the bracelets that Marge showed off at the January meeting.Supplies to bring to meeting:
For the program, you will need minimum of 10 yards of yarn to make a bracelet, and a crochet hook of appropriate size for your yarn.

This is a great way to use up those yarn scraps that you don’t want to throw away, but don’t know what you can make with them.

Rolling Meadows Library Display – Bring your crocheted finest to show off in the display case on the first floor of the Rolling Meadows Library (located near the elevators).   Space is limited – think small but beautiful.

Marge Scensny
Mar. 25* Crochet Buffet – 10 AM to 2 PM
Chapter members will demonstrate a variety of crochet techniques, and will display completed projects. This event is free and open to the public.  This is a great way to showcase what our chapter is all about, and to share our enthusiasm about crochet.Spread the word – Download the Crochet Buffet poster, make copies, and take to your local yarn shop, church, library, coffee shop, etc. Invite the crocheters you meet to attend.


April 1-2 Chicago YarnCon, Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union Hall, Chicago, IL Chicago’s Indie Fiber Fair
Apr. 8 Beginning Tunisian

Get started with Tunisian crochet. Jeanne will show us the basics. This is for those who have always wanted to try Tunisian, or need a refresher.

Jeanne Webster
May 13 Garments – How to size to fit your body

We will take our measurements, and learn how to use those measurements in making garments to fit us.

Annie Nickels
June 10 Internet 2.0 – Matching Yarn to a Pattern

Learn how to use Ravelry pattern search to find the perfect pattern for your yarn.

We all do it. We buy a yarn because we love the color and softness. But what does the yarn want to be? What would be the best pattern to show off our lovely yarn?

Jul. 22* Joining and Assembly, and Making a Magic Ball

Val will teach us various techniques we can use to join the 7-inch by 9-inch rectangles for Warm Up America blankets.  Amanda will show us how to make a Magic Ball out of assorted yarn scraps.

About the 2017 Warm Up America Chapter Challenge

National CGOA has brought back the Chapter Challenge. Local chapters will compete to see who can make the most 7-inch by 9-inch rectangles for Warm Up America.  First, second and third place winners will be calculated by figuring the ratio of rectangles made to the number of chapter members.

The rectangles need to be 7″ x 9″ and made out of acrylic yarn.  Please add a single crochet border so that it will be easier to join the rectangles.  B.J. Licko-Keel has generously shared her Granny Rectangle pattern for those who want to use it for their Warm Up America blocks. You may want to “join as you go” and join the rectangles as you add the single crochet border. This join-as-you-go diagram shows two different methods.

Val Snipes, Amanda Krismer
July 26-29 National CGOA Chain Link Conference
Westin Chicago Northwest
400 Park Blvd
Itasca, IL 60143
Crochet Guild of America
Aug.3-6 Stitches Midwest, Renaissance Hotel, Schaumburg, IL XRX, Inc.
Aug. 12 Stitch Clinic

Chapter members will set up small tables teaching different crochet stitch patterns.  Bring small balls of yarn (approximately 2 oz.) and appropriate size hook for your yarn.

Sept. 9 Hexagon Sweater

Back by popular demand!  Trudi will share her pattern and tips on making her hexagon sweater with the granny stitch.

Trudi Handzel
Oct. 7* Mitred Square Fingerless Mitts Pia Thadani
Oct. 13-15 Chapter Retreat: Stronghold Retreat Center, Oregon IL

Guest teacher will be Lily Chin. Space is limited. For chapter members only.

Nov. 4* Double-Ended Tunisian in the flat

Learn how to use your double-ended crochet hook to work in the flat.
Annual Pattern Exchange.  Bring crochet patterns, leaflets, magazines that you no longer want.  Originals only, no photocopies.

Sharon DeCaro
Dec. 9 Holiday Party and Gift Exchange

Bring an appetizer, dessert or snack to share.

To participate in our “white elephant” style gift exchange, bring a wrapped, anonymous gift that you have crocheted yourself. Suggested materials cost of approximately $10.