Crochet Class Review

Start your work with a slip knot. (There is an alternate video of this in the post for the knitting class.)

Next, you will create your foundation chain.

We covered the single crochet stitch.

If your next row will be single crochet, then you will chain one.

If you will be doing half-double double crochet (which we did not learn in class), you will chain two.

For double crochet, you should chain three, which is the traditional method, and the edges of your work will appear to “zig-zag.”

NOTE: You may, however, chain only two if you would like your work to appear more square. It will make the edge of your work a bit tighter, but sometimes if you will be seaming a piece together (like making a tube shape), you may want the edge more uniform. Most patterns will expect you to chain three for a turn to make the next row double crochet! When learning stitches, you may chose which you find more comfortable, but remember when making a pattern you want to assume they want three, unless stated otherwise.

You will now begin in the first stitch that is NOT one of the turning chains you just made.

When you reach the end of a row, you will not crochet into the turning chain from the previous row. This is why the edges of crochet are not straight up and down.

We also learned how the double crochet stitch.

When you finish a piece, you need to “knot” the end of it so it won’t come apart.

Knitting Basics Class Review

Whether you made it to the first knitting class or not, these videos will catch you up on what was learned.

How to Make a Slip Knot

Backwards Loop Cast-On

Knit Stitch

Purl Stitch

Bind Off (Cast-Off)

Fixing a Dropped Stitch

Come back on March 11 for crocheting and on the 18th for a second knitting class.

Children’s Library Minecraft Wall Art

Hello, patrons!

People have been asking since we first put it up, “Where did you get the Minecraft wall art?!” Up until this point, there hasn’t been a way source for people to download the artwork.


The wall in the Children’s Library.

Now that this new website is up and running, we’re happy to announce that you can now download a file containing most of the blocks we used.

Click here to download the PDF of Hoag Library Minecraft Wall Art.

These images are vector files in a PDF. What does that mean? Vector means that the image is created using mathematical points connected by lines and curves, instead of how a photograph is made of pixels. Pixels are just colored digital dots, but when you size up a photograph to print it the image loses quality and looks blocky and unclear.

So, what does that mean in plain English? These images do not lose quality when printed at ANY SIZE. You can print this at 2 inches or 200 inches and the image will always be crystal clear as long as your printer does a good job.

We recommend that you print them on a card stock or index paper. By choosing something thicker than regular copy paper, your image will hold up a little bit better over time. To adhere it to the wall, we used double-sided tape, but be aware that can damage the paint or finish on some surfaces!

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