How to Set Up a Crochet & Knitting Club to Meet Other College Students

While your freshman year of college can be an exciting time, it can also be overwhelming. If you attended a high school with a small student body, it may be a bit of a shock to attend a school with thousands of students. The good news is that because there are so many students, there are numerous opportunities to meet people with your interests.

One way to start meeting people is by joining or setting up a club on campus. If you are into knitting or crocheting, consider starting a club where you can meet other students with your interests. Here are some steps to get started.

How to Set Up a Crochet & Knitting Club to Meet Other College Students

  1. Contact the Right People

You’ll want to contact your school’s student activity office. Every college has a different name for this office, but you may need to contact the Office of Student Engagements or the Office of Student Organizations. The people working in these departments can give you information on how to set up your club. Some offices will even help you advertise or provide information about your club in their emails/newsletters.

If they don’t help with advertising, you’ll need to find out about any rules and regulations to promote the club yourself. For instance, if there is a bulletin board in your dorm’s hallway, you may need to get permission from your resident adviser (R.A.) to place flyers there.

  1. Get the Word Out

Make sure that your flyers answer the 5 W’s: who, what, where, when, and why. To keep more people coming, try to create a set time and place for your club to meet so people can drop in on weeks they are free. If you don’t have a lot of people showing up the first time around, don’t be discouraged. It may take some time to build up awareness for your club.

Besides advertising through college resources and your own efforts, don’t forget about a web presence. Set up a knitting group on social media like Facebook to garner interest. You could also set up a group on MeetUp, an online service where you can find other people with your interests. Even if you aren’t tech-savvy, you can use an open-source blogging site, like Wordpress, to list FAQs about your club.

  1. Emphasize the Value of this Club to Your Peers

While the social aspect may be the biggest draw in your club’s advertisements, don’t forget to highlight other benefits of this club to the student population.

According to one study, 63% of college students felt anxiety and were vulnerable to mental health issues. One way to combat anxiety and depression was by participating in creative outlets, like knitting and crocheting. For example, a survey conducted by Cardiff University found that people who knit frequently felt calmer and happier.

Although college life can get busy, a little knitting/crocheting can work wonders and be almost meditative. These creative activities may help students who may be struggling with stress in their life. Other studies have showed positive outcomes from knitting, such as:

  • Improved self esteem and sense of accomplishment
  • Reduced symptoms in people with chronic pain
  • Improved health since knitting groups sustain a person’s social contacts
  • Improved brain function

As you can see, there’s a lot of great research that supports the benefits of knitting. So be sure to highlight these benefits so that more people become interested in your club.

  1. Choose a Fun Activity to Get Started

One fun activity that you could do is crochet or knit scarves/hats in college colors. If you want to show your school spirit at sporting events, you should wear these college color garments to games. Sporting events, like college football, are great opportunities to meet new friends. If your club members wear the scarves and hats to games, you may receive compliments; and, other students may be interested in learning how to make these items at future club nights.

Here’s a list of some popular school color combinations you might want to try in your knitting projects:

  • Alabama A&M University: maroon & white
  • Alabama State University: black & gold
  • Auburn University: burnt orange & navy blue
  • Samford University: red & blue
  • Troy University: cardinal, black and sliver
  • University of Alabama: crimson red & white
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham: white, gold, green
  • University of South Alabama: red, white & blue
  • University of Alaska: green & yellow (gold)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks: blue & gold
  • Arizona State University: maroon & gold
  • Northern Arizona University: navy & gold
  • University of Arizona: cardinal red & navy blue
  • Arkansas State University: scarlet red & black
  • Arkansas Tech University (ATU): green & gold
  • University of Arkansas: red & white
  • University of Arkansas at Fort Smith: blue & white
  • University of Arkansas at Monticello: green & white
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff: black & gold
  • University of Central Arkansas: purple & white
  • California State University at Fullerton: white, orange & navy blue
  • California State University at Irvine: blue & gold
  • California State University Long Beach: black & gold
  • Chapman University: cardinal & grey
  • Fresno State University: cardinal red & blue
  • Humboldt State University: green & gold.
  • San Diego State University: scarlet & black
  • San Francisco State University: purple & gold
  • San Jose State University: blue, gold & gray
  • Santa Clara University: red & white
  • Stanford University: cardinal red & white
  • University of California: blue & gold
  • University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA): True blue & gold
  • University of Southern California: cardinal & gold
  • Colorado College: gold & black
  • Colorado School of Mines: blue & silver
  • Colorado State University (Fort Collins): green & gold
  • Colorado State University (Pueblo): red & blue
  • Colorado Technical University: red
  • Denver University: crimson & gold
  • University of Colorado: silver & gold
  • University of Northern Colorado: navy blue & gold
  • University of Connecticut: navy blue & white
  • University of Hartford: scarlet red & white
  • Yale University: blue & white
  • Delaware State University: Columbia blue & cherry red
  • University of Delaware: blue, yellow, & white
  • Florida Atlantic University: blue, red & silver
  • Florida International University: blue & gold
  • Florida State University: garnet & gold
  • Florida Agriculture & Mechanical University: orange & green
  • University of North Florida: blue & gray
  • University of Tampa: red & gold
  • University of Miami: orange & green
  • University of Florida: orange & blue
  • University of South Florida: green & gold
  • University of Central Florida: black & gold
  • Armstrong Atlantic State University: maroon & gold.
  • Fort Valley State University: old gold & royal blue
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech): old gold & white
  • Georgia Southern University: blue & white with gold trim
  • Georgia State University: blue & white
  • Kennesaw State University: black, gold & maroon
  • Mercer University: black & orange
  • North Georgia Tech: blue & green
  • University of Georgia: red & black
  • University of West Georgia: blue & red
  • University of Hawaii: green & white
  • Boise State University: blue & orange
  • Brigham Young University (Idaho): blue & gray
  • College of Idaho: purple & gold
  • Idaho State University: black & orange
  • Lewis-Clark State College: Columbia blue & white
  • Northwest Nazarene University: red & black
  • University of Idaho: silver & gold
  • Eastern Illinois University: grey & blue
  • Illinois State University: red & white
  • Knox College: purple & gold
  • Loyola University Chicago: maroon & gold
  • Northern Illinois University: red & black
  • Northwestern University: purple & white
  • Southern Illinois University: maroon & white
  • University of Chicago in Chicago (Hyde Park): maroon & white
  • University of Illinois: orange & blue
  • Western Illinois University: purple & gold
  • Ball State University: cardinal red & white
  • Butler University: navy blue & white
  • Indiana State University: royal blue & white
  • Indiana University: crimson & cream
  • Purdue University: old gold & black
  • University of Evansville: purple & white
  • University of Notre Dame: gold & navy blue
  • University of Indianapolis: crimson & grey
  • Valparaiso University: brown & gold
  • Drake University: blue & white
  • Iowa State University: cardinal & gold
  • University of Iowa: black & gold
  • University of Northern Iowa: purple & gold
  • Kansas State University: royal purple & white accent
  • University of Kansas: blue & crimson
  • Wichita State University: black & gold
  • University of Kentucky: blue & white
  • University of Louisville: red & black
  • Western Kentucky University: red & white
  • Grambling State University: black & gold
  • Louisiana College: orange & navy blue (Go Wildcats!)
  • Louisiana-Grambling State University: black, gold & red
  • Louisiana State University: purple & gold
  • Louisiana Tech University: blue & red
  • Southeastern Louisiana University: green & gold
  • Southern University: blue & gold
  • Tulane University: olive & blue
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette: vermillion (red) & white
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe: maroon & gold
  • Xavier University of New Orleans: white & gold
  • Bates: Maroon & gold
  • Bowdoin: black & white
  • Colby: blue & white
  • University of Maine: blue, sky blue & white
  • University of Southern Maine: blue & yellow
  • Goucher College: blue & gold
  • Loyola University (Baltimore): green & grey
  • McDaniel College: green & gold
  • Naval Academy (Navy): navy blue & gold
  • University of Baltimore: blue & green
  • University of Maryland: black, gold, red & white
  • Washington College: maroon & black
  • Boston College: maroon & gold
  • Boston University: scarlet red & white
  • College of the Holy Cross: purple & white
  • Curry College: purple & white
  • Harvard University: crimson, black & white
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): black, cardinal & steel grey
  • Northeastern University (Boston): red, black & gray
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst: maroon & white
  • University of Massachusetts at Lowell: black, blue & white
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology: black, cardinal & gold
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute: crimson & grey
  • Central Michigan University: maroon & gold
  • Eastern Michigan University: green & white
  • Ferris State University: crimson & gold
  • Grand Valley State University: light blue, white & black
  • Kalamazoo College: orange & black
  • Michigan State University: green & white
  • Michigan Technological University: black, gold & silver
  • University of Michigan: azure (F-H: navy) blue & maize
  • Western Michigan University: brown & gold
  • Bemidji State University: green & white
  • Minnesota State University (Mankato): purple & gold
  • Minnesota State University (Moorhead): red & white
  • Saint Cloud State University: cardinal & black
  • University of Minnesota: maroon & gold
  • University of Minnesota (Duluth): maroon & gold
  • University of Mississippi: navy blue & cardinal red
  • Mississippi State University: maroon & white
  • Southern Mississippi: black & gold
  • Lindenwood University: black & gold
  • Stephens College: burgundy & gold
  • University of Missouri : black & gold
  • Washington University: green & red
  • Montana State University: blue & gold
  • University of Great Falls: sky blue & harvest gold
  • University of Montana: maroon & silver
  • Creighton University: “Blue Jay” blue & white
  • University of Nebraska: scarlet & cream
  • University of Nebraska (Kearney): blue & gold
  • University of Nevada: silver & blue
  • University of Nevada-Las Vegas: scarlet & gray
  • Dartmouth College: green & white
  • Southern New Hampshire University: blue & gold
  • University of New Hampshire: blue & white
  • Caldwell University: red & gold
  • Centenary University: grey & navy blue
  • The College of New Jersey: blue & gold
  • Drew University: blue & green
  • Kean University: white, silver & blue
  • Monmouth University: white & blue
  • Montclair State University: white & red
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology: scarlet red & white
  • Princeton University: orange & black
  • Ramapo College: white & maroon
  • Rider University: cranberry & white
  • Rowan University: brown & gold
  • Rutgers University: scarlet & white
  • Seton Hall University: white & blue
  • Steven’s Institute of Technology: grey & Stevens red
  • Stockton University: black, Columbia blue & white
  • William Paterson University: orange & black
  • Eastern New Mexico University: silver & green
  • New Mexico State University: crimson & white
  • University of New Mexico: cherry & silver
  • Western New Mexico University: purple & gold
  • Art Institute of New York City: red, white & blue
  • Adelphi University: brown & gold
  • Bard College: red & white
  • Columbia University: Columbia blue & white
  • Cornell University: Carnelian red & white
  • CUNY (City University of New York) Queens College: blue & silver
  • Elmira College: purple & gold
  • Fordham University: maroon
  • Ithaca College: blue & gold
  • New York University: violet & white
  • Niagara University: purple & white
  • Siena College: green & gold
  • Bonaventure University: brown & white
  • Lawrence University: scarlet & brown
  • Syracuse University: orange & navy blue
  • University at Albany: purple & gold
  • University of Rochester: blue & yellow
  • Vassar College: burgundy & grey
  • Wells College: maroon & white
  • Appalachian State University: black & gold
  • Campbell University: orange & black
  • Central Piedmont Community College: black & green
  • Davidson College: red & black
  • East Carolina University: purple & gold
  • Elon University: maroon & gold
  • Gardner Webb University: black & scarlet
  • Johnson and Wales University: white & blue
  • Johnson C. Smith University: navy blue & gold
  • North Carolina State University: red & white
  • North Carolina Central University: burgundy and gray
  • University of North Carolina: Carolina blue & white
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC): green & white (gold accent)
  • University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG): gold, white & navy blue
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington: teal, navy & gold
  • Duke University: Prussian blue
  • Wake Forest University: black & gold
  • Western Carolina University: purple & gold
  • North Dakota State University: green & yellow
  • University of North Dakota: green & white
  • Bowling Green State University: orange & brown
  • Kenyon College: white & purple
  • Miami of Ohio: red & white
  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University: blue & green
  • Ohio State University: scarlet & grey
  • Ohio University: green & white
  • Otterbein University: tan and cardinal red
  • University of Cincinnati: red & black
  • University of Dayton: red & Columbia blue
  • University of Toledo: navy blue & gold
  • Wright State University: green & gold
  • Oklahoma State University: orange & black
  • Oral Roberts University: Vegas gold & navy blue
  • Tulsa: gold, blue & red
  • University of Oklahoma: crimson & cream
  • Oregon State University: orange & black
  • Portland State University: white & green
  • University of Oregon: green & yellow
  • University of Portland: purple & white
  • Bucknell University: orange & blue
  • Carnegie Mellon University: grey, cardinal, Tartan plaid
  • Lehigh University: white & brown
  • Messiah College: navy blue & white
  • Montgomery County Community College: blue & black
  • Penn State University: navy blue & white
  • Robert Morris University: red, white & blue
  • Slippery Rock University: green & white
  • Temple University: cherry & white
  • University of Pennsylvania: blue & red
  • University of Pittsburgh: old gold & blue
  • University of Scranton: purple & white
  • West Chester University: purple & gold
  • Brown University: brown, cardinal & white
  • Bryant University: black & gold
  • Community College of Rhode Island: green & grey
  • Providence College: black & white
  • Rhode Island College: maroon & gold
  • University of Rhode Island (URI): royal blue & white
  • College of Charleston: red & white
  • The Citadel (The Military College of South Carolina): blue & white
  • Clemson University: orange & purple
  • Furman University: purple & white
  • South Carolina State University: garnet & blue
  • University of South Carolina: garnet & black
  • Wofford College: Old Gold & black
  • South Dakota State University (SDSU): blue & yellow
  • University of South Dakota: vermillion & white
  • Middle Tennessee State University: royal blue & white
  • Tennessee Tech University: purple & gold
  • Trevecca Nazarene University: purple & white
  • University of Memphis: blue & gray
  • University of Tennessee: orange & white
  • Vanderbilt University: gold & black
  • Austin College: crimson and gold
  • Baylor University: green & gold
  • Hardin Simmons University: purple & gold
  • Houston State University: orange & white
  • Lamar University: red & white
  • Midwestern State University: burgundy & gold
  • Rice University: Oxford (dark) blue & grey
  • Southern Methodist University: Harvard crimson, Yale blue
  • Stephen F. Austin University: purple, red & white
  • Edward’s University: blue & gold
  • Texas A&M University: maroon & white
  • Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi: true blue & true green
  • Texas Christian: purple & white
  • Texas-El Paso: blue & orange
  • Texas State University: maroon & gold
  • Texas Tech University: scarlet & black
  • Trinity University: maroon & white
  • University of Dallas: blue & white
  • University of Houston: red & white
  • University of Mary Hardin-Baylor: white, gold & purple
  • University of North Texas: green, black & white
  • University of Texas: burnt orange & white
  • University of Texas (Arlington): orange, white & royal blue
  • University of Texas (Dallas): white, orange & green
  • University of Texas (El Paso): blue, orange, silver
  • University of Texas (San Antonio): orange & blue
  • University of the Incarnate Word: red & black
  • Brigham Young University: navy blue, gold & white
  • Southern Utah University: red & white
  • University of Utah: crimson & white
  • Utah State University: navy blue & white
  • Bridgewater College: maroon & gold
  • College of William & Mary: green & gold
  • George Mason University: green & gold
  • James Madison University: purple & gold
  • Liberty University: navy, red & white
  • Longwood University: royal blue & white
  • Lynchburg College: red/maroon & gray
  • Norfolk State University: green & gold
  • Old Dominion University: slate blue, silver & cerulean blue
  • Radford University: red & black
  • Randolph-Macon College: black, gold & white
  • Shenandoah University: red & blue
  • Strayer University: garnet & tan
  • University of Mary Washington: grey & navy blue
  • University of Richmond: red & blue
  • University of Virginia: orange & navy blue
  • University of Virginia at Wise: red, gray & white
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU): gold & black
  • Virginia Military Institute (VMI): red, white & yellow
  • Virginia Tech: Chicago maroon & burnt orange
  • Eastern Washington University: white and red
  • University of Washington: purple & gold
  • Washington State University: crimson & gray
  • Western Washington University: white, light blue & blue
  • Alderson-Broaddus College: navy & gold, gray accent
  • Davis and Elkins College: scarlet & white
  • Marshall University: Kelly green & white.
  • University of Charleston: maroon & gold
  • West Liberty University: black & gold
  • West Virginia State University: black & yellow
  • West Virginia University: old gold & blue
  • West Virginia Wesleyan College: orange & black
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison: red & white
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: gold & black
  • University of Wyoming: brown & Wyoming prairie gold

 

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