There are knit and crochet guilds across the country that link over 15,000 people who enjoy these crafts and get together to exchange ideas and share information. They often have special teaching programs for people who want to learn to knit or crochet. Many of these chapters are affiliated with two national organizations: The Knitting Guild Association (www.tkga.com) and the Crochet Guild of America (www.crochet.org). Whether it’s a guild or informal group, new knitters and crocheters are welcome to share ideas and the fun. It’s a wonderful way to learn new stitches, and to find answers to problems.
Start a knitting or crochet club...
Join Today! At lunchtime in the office, at church or at once-a-month meetings, crocheters and knitters are carving out small parcels of time to pursue their favorite hobby. They meet with friends who share their interest, relax as they work on their latest knitting or crochet project, share ideas and help each other. Sound like something you'd enjoy being a part of? There are hundreds of such groups that meet regularly around the country, many of them members of TKGA-The Knitting Guild Association and CGOA-Crochet Guild of America chapters. If you are not sure you are ready to join TKGA or CGOA, consider starting your own small group. Here are some ideas on how to get started.
Determine the size group you want and how often you will meet:
a. monthly b. bi-monthly c. weekly
Consider the best location for your club to meet:
a. someone's home b. town meeting places (library, school, recreation center, Y, church) c. commercial sites (book store, knit shop) d. lunchtime at work
Get things going:
a. Talk to a core group of people who you think would be interested in starting a club. Depending on the size group, ask these people to reach out to others. b. Set a meeting date and ask everyone to bring something to share. It can be a project they have completed, a project they are working on or an idea for a project. This is a great way to "break the ice" and a great conversation starter.
At the first meeting:
a. It is helpful to set regular meeting times. For instance, if you agree to meet once a month, then consider setting the first Tuesday of a month (or whatever day) as a designated meeting date. Usually there will be one day of the week that is better for everyone. b. Again, depending on the focus of your club, you might suggest different topics to discuss at future meetings, e.g.,
- bring in a yarn you particularly liked or that was especially suited for children's projects, etc.
- share a favorite knitting/crochet magazine or book
- share a favorite project idea
Ways to solidify your group:
a. Adopt a group charity project, e.g., knitting/crocheting preemie caps for babies in the hospital or Warm Up America! b. Group projects are a wonderful way to raise funds for your favorite pre-school.
Sharing knowledge and skills and enjoying the companionship of other knitters is what TKGA offers you. Join one of 250 local chapters, or consider starting a chapter in your community. In addition to local chapter activities, TKGA National offers:
- Monthly newsletters with tips, techniques and news from guilds around the world
- Cast On Magazine — a quarterly digital magazine with patterns and technical articles
- Correspondence courses
- Master Knitting Program to evaluate your knitting skills for members only
- Members Only Section on the TKGA web site including access to 10 years of techical articles and patterns
CGOA is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the art of crochet. CGOA provides a forum through which crocheters of all levels can learn and share in an environment that provides education, network resources and a national standard to for quality, art and skill of crochet. Here are some of the benefits of membership in the Crochet Guild of America:
- Crochet! magazine four times annually — free with membership
- Chain Link Crochet Newsletter
- Annual Crochet Conferences — Members enter the show floor for free and receive discounts
- Exclusive National Retail discounts offered to members only
- Members Only Section on the CGOA web site including free patterns
- Masters Program for members and non-members. Discount for members.
- Correspondence Courses for members only