Learn Needlecrafts in the Vortex Anytime!

We’ve added two new crafting kits to the Vortex: Crochet and Knitting!



The Knitting Kit includes:

  • Book: Teach Yourself Visually—Knitting
  • Book: Teach Yourself Visually—Circular Knitting
  • Black yarn
  • Red yarn
  • Green chunky yarn
  • Blue yarn
  • Round knitting loom
  • Knitting loom pic
  • List of Helpful Youtube Links
  • Set of double pointed needles (5 individual needles)
  • Blue scissors and 3 yarn needles
  • One pair of knitting needles
  • Circular Knitting Needles
  • Instructions for Knitting Loom




The Crochet Kit includes:

  • Book: Teach Yourself Visually: Crochet
  • Book: Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs
  • Three yarn needles of various sizes
  • One pair of orange Scissors
  • List of Helpful Youtube Links
  • Red crochet hook
  • Green yarn
  • Yellow yarn
  • White yarn

The kits can be borrowed with a school ID or a library card for use in the Vortex. Try it out today!

Last Needlecraft & a Movie: May 9th @ 5PM

Hey guys! Are you still procrastinating on any needlecrafts you may have?

May 9th is your last chance to watch a movie and work on a needlecraft in the Vortex! (Ignoring the fact that you can’t bring a project to work on during normal movie nights, shhhh, I won’t tell if you won’t.)

So gather your Cross Stitch, Crochet, and/or Knitting projects and bring them to the library! We want to see what you’re working on!

Teen Beginner Needlecraft Classes

Did you tell yourself that this is the year you’re finally going to learn to knit? This is the year you can stop lying to yourself!

Come to the Vortex to sign up for our beginners class on January 20th @ 6 P.M. to learn the basics for a knitting a scarf of a single color. The materials you’ll need to bring with you are:

  • 1 skein of worsted weight yarn (recommended brand: simply soft).
  • 1 set of US size 8 (5.0mm) straight knitting needles. (recommended material: bamboo)
  • 1 (single needle or a set) of yarn needles.

Knitting not your thing?

We’ll also have a beginners course for those who’d like to learn to crochet on Feb. 17th at 6 P.M. The materials for this class are similar but you crochet with a hook instead of needles!

  • 1 skein of worsted weight yarn (recommended brand: simply soft).
  • 1 US size H-8 (5.0mm) crochet hook.
  • 1 (single needle or a set) of yarn needles.

Already know how to knit or crochet?

Needlecraft & a Movie is still a thing! The next meeting is Jan. 11th at 5 P.M! Let’s all craft together!

Crochet: The Granny Square. What is it and how to make one.

Hey everyone! Needles & a Movie is moving to Monday nights at 5 P.M. for the following days:

September 14th
October 12th
November 9th

Looking for inspiration for a project to bring with you?

Remember the blankets you see in sitcoms and other TV shows draped over a character’s bed or couch? No? You don’t? What kind of whackadoodle notices what blankets fictional people own?

Oh, I guess that’s just me then.

Big Bang Theory

Big Bang Theory

And the people at Slate.com! They actually wrote a piece about this same subject: Why do so many sitcoms have similar blankets?

After reading it, I had a MAD URGE to make an granny square blanket. Will I actually do it? Maybe, maybe not. I’m more of a knitter and crochet has a tendency to be hard on my wrists. But hey, in spite of that I may do it anyway. Why? To quote Crazy Dave from the first Plants vs Zombies game, “BECAUSE I’M CRAAAAAAAAZY!”  (and for those of you who now have a sudden urge to play Plants vs Zombies, you’re welcome.)

Now, because of course you didn’t click on the link to the slate article because you’re like me: lazy. What exactly is a granny square??

A granny square is a crochet motif. You can make one small one to be a coaster or a hotpad for hot dishes. Or you can take that one granny square pattern and create ONE GINORMOUS GRANNY SQUARE BLANKET TO RULE THEM ALL, or you can make a whole slew of granny squares and sew them all together into one blanket. Think of it like the power rangers, they all come together to become the megazord, in our case it will be the MEGA BLANKET.

There’s lots of different types of granny squares out there! They even come in a circular format! (yes I know then it’s not technically a square but shush you.)

Here are some examples:

The Traditional Granny Square

granny square petals to picots

Image: PetalstoPicots Tutorial for Granny Squares

The traditional granny square is what was used in the blankets in Roseanne and The Big Bang Theory.   

If you wanted to try and mimic these famous blankets, according to Crochet Time’s blog, Roseanne’s granny squares had 5 rows to them, and Amy’s had 4 rows to them (the 4th and last row being black for Amy’s).  

Some other tutorials on how to do it are:

Daisy Granny Square Coaster

These are adorable as coasters! But I can picture them looking super cool as a megazord, I mean blanket, too! Click here for the pattern.

Sunburst Granny Square


Snowflake Hexagon Granny Square


Other granny square patterns!

Last but not least, the library has a great book on crochet motifs!

I can’t wait to see some granny squares at Needles & a Movie on September 14th!

Let’s Learn Crochet: The Basics

Does knitting baffle you? Even after all the helpful links I gave you in a previous post?

But you still want to attend Needles & a Movie on June 26th? Well maybe crochet will be more your style!

Aren’t they both the same thing?


Then what’s the difference?

It’s actually rather simple once you know what to look for. The most basic difference is the tool you’re using to manipulate the yarn.

When you knit, you are using two needles to form interlocking loops with the yarn in order to make your hat, scarf, blanket, Tardis, whatever.


Different Size Knitting Needles (Wikipedia)

And the stitches can look like this:


Knitting: Stockinette Stitch (Wikipedia)

In crochet, you are using ONE hook rather than needles. 

crochet hooks

Various Size Crochet Hooks (Wikipedia)

And the stitches can look like this:

Single Crochet Stitch (Wikipedia)

Single Crochet Stitch (Wikipedia)

 How do I get started crocheting?

I’m glad you asked! Remember NewStitchaDay? No? Allow me to refresh your memory. While they had a lot of helpful videos on learning to knit, they have a crochet section as well!



 That’s a lot of videos, I know, so let me break it down for you.

This is a slip knot video (no, no, not the band. This is a type of knot you make in knitting, but necessary in crochet as well.)

This is a video for the chain stitch. Chaining multiple stitches is how you create a foundation for whatever project you’re working on. Think of it like the crust on a pie. You can’t (well, you can but I don’t recommend it…) put in any pie filling without the crust as your base.

If you want methods on how to chain and do your first row at once (a little bit more complicated), visit here.

I created my chain! What do I do with it?



But let’s stick with two for now:

Single Crochet

Double Crochet

The two stitches are the basic building blocks for creating a project. The possibilities are limitless! With the power of the internet, you can do anything.

Want books with patterns in them? Visit the library on the third floor for our collection of books on crochet.

Need clarification on anything I mentioned? Have anything you’d like to add for beginner crocheters? Respond in the comments!