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Designer's Workshop: Crochet Boleros & Sweaters

Designer's Workshop: Crochet Boleros & Sweaters

Regular price $150.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $150.00 USD
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Scholarship tickets are available to anyone as funds allow. Call or email us to request one! Read more at the bottom of this page.

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This workshop is a focused masterclass for experienced crocheters working toward increasing their design skills and experience, while also making up a fun garment from the sleeves up (literally)! 

Over three weeks of classes, participants will learn how to design their dream bolero using a combination of classic and creative crochet techniques, with focused instruction and hands-on assistance from Cleo, an experienced pattern designer and long-time crocheter. Students will also be given advice on how to write, grade, and format a pattern to sell.

Cleo (they/she)

Customizable pattern & instruction sheet will be provided in the first session.

Advanced. If you know all of the required techniques listed below you know enough to take this class! Read about how we determine skill levels here.

To take this class you must already be quite comfortable with the chain stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, working in the round, simple increases (working two stitches into one), and some understanding of how gauge affects a project. Having some design experience and knowing advanced decreases (sc2tog or dc2tog) is helpful but not required. 

Choosing the right yarn & needles for your desired fabric, how gauge can change with blocking and wear over time, calculating stitch counts for desired sizing, incorporating stitch patterns into simple shapes, designing simple sleeve and neck shaping, how to measure for armhole spacing, best practices for recording your design process and writing sellable patterns, and the basics of grading patterns.


  • Sunday, July 14, 2–4 PM: Choosing yarn and stitch patterns, swatching and blocking (both optional), starting first sleeve, sleeve shaping.
  • Sunday, July 21, 2–4 PM: Continue working on sleeves, trouble shooting, pattern writing and grading basics. 
  • Sunday, July 28, 2–4 PM: Joining sleeves and creating chest circumference, decreasing for shoulder shaping, further pattern writing instruction.
  • Sunday, August 4, 2–4 PM: Neck hem, chest edging or picking up for sweater body, finishing techniques, pattern formatting.

REQUIRED YARN - available for purchase at the shop
Students can use nearly any yarn. Suggestions on amounts & types for desired style will be given in the first session.

REQUIRED TOOLS - available for purchase at the shop
Varies depending on chosen yarn & gauge. Students should bring a range of hook sizes if they have them, or plan to test out a few and purchase one or two in the first session.

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Class Policies

Wait Lists

If a class is full we are happy to add you to the wait list in case someone cancels. Send an email with the name of the class (and the date, if there is more than one date for the class) to to be added.


We are happy to offer you a refund or store credit for any class sign up as long as you give us notice at least 48 hours before the start time of the class.

Most no show and late cancellation ticket costs will added to our Scholarship Fund. You can read more about that below.

Many of our classes have a minimum number of sign ups required to run. If a class doesn't get the required number of sign ups to run and we decide to cancel or post-pone the class we will notify those who did sign up via email between 24–48 hours before the class's start time and offer them a seat in the next class, a refund, or store credit.


When you attend a class at our shop you agree to be recorded and photographed during the class. If you would like to request that your face, hands, or body not be in any photos or videos that we share on social media please send an email requesting so any time prior to the start time of the class to You may still be recorded or photographed during the class but we will respect your request that the videos or images of you not be shared online.

Scholarship Fund

Our Scholarship Fund is contributed to by the shop and our community to help those who need it attend our classes and events. You can read about why we started the fund here.

When signing up for a class or event, anyone is welcome to purchase a Scholarship Fund ticket at a discount as funds allow. When a Scholarship Fund ticket is purchased, the amount discounted is taken from the Scholarship Fund to pay the shop, the shop's staff, and the teacher or host of the class or event the full regular ticket price.

If you are considering requesting a Scholarship Fund ticket but aren't sure whether it's for you or not, it probably is! The folks who have contributed to the Scholarship Fund wanted to contribute and want the funds to be used! And the lovely people putting on this class or event are still getting paid the full amount to do it. Please only pay full price if you feel you have enough to do so.

That said, we also ask that you be mindful of the amount and frequency of requests you make from the fund. Making sure funds are available to as many people as possible is a collaborative effort, so we'll check in with you and you check in with us!

If you'd like to use the Scholarship Fund, you can do so by calling the shop (929-529-7542), emailing us (, or coming into the shop and requesting a Scholarship Ticket. We will ask you how much you are able to pay, and the funds available will cover the rest.