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Crochet class goes ‘in the round’

The library's crocheting class on April 25 will make a set of coasters like these. (CONTRIBUTED)
The library’s crocheting class on April 25 will make a set of coasters like these. (CONTRIBUTED)

MADISON – Crochet enthusiasts will be going round and round in a class at Madison Public Library.

For the “in the round” class, participants must know basic crocheting skills, specifically a starting foundation chain and single crochet stitch. However, sewing knowledge isn’t required.

The free class will meet on April 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with instructor Melanie Brazier. The class is open to adults at least 18 years old.

“We’ll learn to read a picture pattern and make a set of coasters,” Brazier said. ‘In the round’ is a new technique that allows advancement to more intricate projects. Participants must bring a crochet hook and about two yarn skeins, either Peaches ‘n Cream or Sugar ‘n Cream. If time allows, the class also will make ‘soap on a rope.’

Crocheting is a versatile art form. For a round coaster, “you must use the ‘in the round’ technique in a continuous spiral-like shape. In basic crochet, you normally turn at the end of a row,” Brazier said. Working ‘in the round’ “just keeps going until instructions are given otherwise.”

After Brazier demonstrates one coaster, students from previous classes can continue on their own. “They have all caught on very quickly,” she said. If anyone can’t finish all four coasters, they can continue at home. The beverage coasters will be suitable for home use.

For many decades, crocheting and knitting have had huge followings and currently are enjoying a resurgence, Brazier said. After crocheting for eight years, Brazier decided to start teaching within the past year.

“I just turned 29 and didn’t realize how many women older than I have never learned to crochet,” Brazier said. “It was so amazing to know that I could teach women (or men, but I haven’t had one sign up yet) of all ages to learn such a wonderfully addicting hobby.”

Thanks to the library, Brazier has found “amazing books that keep me inspired to keep on learning new crocheting techniques.”

For reservations, visit hmcpl.org/adultcrafts.

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