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About Underground Crafter

My name is Marie Segares and I’ve been crafty for a long time. My maternal grandmother taught me most of the needlearts at a young age, but the only one I’ve done continuously since childhood is crochet. As an adult, I picked up (again) sewing, quilting, embroidery, and knitting. My parents were also big creative influences, especially my dad, who is a fine artist. He had a kind of creativity “boot camp” program in place after school, on weekends, and in the summer time. (He was the Drill Sergeant, and I was the new recruit, in case you were wondering.) I live and work in New York City and am currently on the endangered species list as a Native New Yorker. By day, I work in higher education administration/college access. By night (and weekend) I make cool creative stuff and teach people to do the same.

Yarn Lover’s Guide to Great Summer Projects #Crochet #TipsTuesday

Yarn Lovers Guide to Great Summer Projects with 4 Tips to Keep You Crocheting and Knitting in the Heat on Underground Crafter

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Most crocheters and knitters are inspired to pick up their hooks and needles in the fall and winter to create wearables for the colder weather and gifts for the winter holidays. But, summer can be a great time to crochet and knit, too, especially if you choose your yarns and projects wisely.

To keep your crocheting and knitting fun – and comfortable – during the warmer months, try these four tips.

Go lighter!

You might find yourself more inspired to play with lighter weight yarns in the summer. Lace, superfine, and fine weight yarns (also known as fingering, sock, and sport weight yarns, respectively) are great options for the summer months.

With thinner yarns, you can create projects that are useable as soon as they come off the needles. Projects made with thinner yarns are also lighter when on the needles, so they may be easier to work with as temperatures rise. And, lighter weight yarns have more yardage per ounce, so you create large projects with just one or two skeins of yarn.

You can find great tips for crocheting with thin yarns for the first time here.

Move lower on the food chain!

Another option for increasing your comfort in the warmer weather is to focus on plant fibers. Animal fibers, like wool, alpaca, and mohair, are primarily known for their insulating properties, so you might find these fibers uncomfortable against your skin in the warm weather. Synthetic yarns, like acrylic and polyester, retain heat and can also be oppressively warm against your skin in the summer months.

Plant-based fibers are breathable, so these are comfortable to crochet and knit with in warmer temperatures.

  • Cotton creates a cooling effect because it absorbs moisture and dries fast. Because cotton is inelastic, avoid dense stitch patterns, like cables, for larger projects since they may add weight and stretch out the yarn.
  • Linen also draws heat away from the body and is pretty sturdy. Like cotton, it’s inelastic and can sometimes feel stiff. Stiffness usually decreases over time and with washing.
  • Hemp fiber is extremely strong and soft. It’s even more breathable and absorbent than cotton. Hemp fiber is frequently available blended with other fibers.
  • Bamboo has a very soft feel but stretches a lot so it’s often mixed with wool to add elasticity.


Switch your hook and needles!

Consider swapping out your aluminum hooks and needles, which may feel sweaty as heat transfers from your hands and the fiber, for wood or bamboo hooks and needles. Some knitters find that circular needles are more comfortable than straight needles in the summer – even for knitting flat – because bulky projects can be moved away from the hands and wrists to rest on the cords.

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Size matters!

Smaller, portable projects can be more comfortable to make and carry in the summer. Try socks or hats, or make motif projects that can be joined later to make blankets or bags. Other great summer project options include kitchen and home décor items like dishcloths, trivets, coasters, and cozies; and lacy projects like shawls. Jewelry projects are wonderful for summer, too.

Being thoughtful about your choice of yarn weight, fiber content, hook and needles, and project type makes it possible to enjoy crocheting and knitting no matter what the weather.

Here are some free Underground Crafter patterns you might enjoy working in the dog days of summer. Click on the image to get the pattern.

A Little Bit of Bling Shawl, free crochet pattern by Underground CrafterElla's Rhythm Shawl, free #crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter. Image (c) Yarnbox.

Justine Shawl, free #crochet pattern by Underground CrafterPicnic Basket Shawl CAL with @ucrafter, free #crochet pattern500 pix Pineapples for Everyone free patternFlirty Marvel Skirt, free crochet pattern in 4 adult sizes by Marie Segares/Underground CrafterSeventh Inning Stretch free #crochet pattern and #tutorial by Marie Segares @ucrafterScrub-a-dub-dub Washcloth, free #crochet pattern by @ucrafter . This stitch pattern would also make a great blanket!What’s your favorite summer crochet or knitting tip?

Free knitting pattern: Mini Dots Square: Anthology Blanket (2016 Sampler Knit-a-Long)

Anthology Blanket: Sampler Blanket 2016 Knit-a-Long, free #knitting pattern by Underground Crafter. For details, visit http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/anthologyThe Anthology Blanket is a sampler blanket that will be released throughout 2016 as a knit-a-long. For more details, including a schedule and links to all previously released posts, visit the Anthology Blanket home page.




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This is the sixteenth square in the Anthology Blanket Knit-a-Long. The Mini Dots stitch pattern creates seed stitch stripes for a fun texture.

If you’d like to chat with other knitters, stop by this thread on Ravelry. You can also share your progress and questions with me by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Google+ as +UndergroundCrafter, and Twitter as @ucrafter.

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Mini Dots Square, free knitting pattern by Underground Crafter | This stitch pattern creates seed stitch stripes for a fun texture. This is one of 30 free knitting patterns for 6" (15 cm) squares in the Anthology Blanket KAL

Mini Dots 6″ (15 cm) Square

Free Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 504-medium 50This stitch pattern creates seed stitch stripes for a fun texture.

Finished Size

  • 6″ (15 cm) square.

Materials

  • Cascade 220 Superwash (100% superwash wool), or approximately 41 yds (37.5 m) in any medium weight yarn.
  • US Size 7/4.5 mm knitting needles, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • Completed square = 6″ (15 cm) in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BO – bind off
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • rep – repeat
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sl 1 – slip 1 st, knitwise
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

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Pattern Note

  • Pattern repeat is any odd number of sts. Instructions include 4 st borders.

Pattern Instructions

  • CO 31 sts.

Border

  • Row 1: Knit to last st, p1.
  • Row 2: Sl 1, k to last st, p1.
  • Rows 3 & 4: Rep Row 2 twice.

Mini Dots stitch pattern

  • Row 1: (RS) Sl 1, k across to last st, p1.
  • Row 2: Sl 1, k3, *p across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
  • Row 3: Sl 1, k4, *p1, k1; rep from * across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
  • Row 4: Rep Row 2.
  • Rep Rows 1-4 until square measures approximately 5.5 in (14 cm), ending after Row 2 or Row 4.

Border

  • Rows 1-4: Rep Border Row 2, 4 times.
  • BO in pattern for Border Row 2. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 3 times the width of square).
© 2016 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/anthology. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

If you’d like to chat with other knitters, stop by this thread on Ravelry. You can also share your progress and questions with me by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Google+ as +UndergroundCrafter, and Twitter as @ucrafter.

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Free double-ended Tunisian crochet pattern: Skinny Minny Scarf

Skinny Minny Scarf, free double-ended Tunisian crochet pattern and tutorial by Underground CrafterDouble-ended crochet is one of my favorite hidden secrets of crochet. It’s much easier to do than it seems and it creates fabulous reversible projects.



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If you’ve never done double-ended crochet before, the Skinny Minny Scarf is the perfect pattern to try it on.

Skinny Minny Scarf, free double-ended Tunisian crochet pattern and tutorial by Underground CrafterI used two different weights of yarn – Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable, a medium weight yarn, and Red Heart Grande, a super bulky weight yarn. I love the way this turned out! It’s a great accent scarf to wear year round.

If you’re new to double-ended crochet, I’ve included a video tutorial after the pattern.

Skinny Minny Scarf, free double-ended Tunisian crochet pattern and tutorial by Underground CrafterDon’t forget to share a picture on Ravelry or with my Facebook page if you make one!

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Skinny Minny Scarf

Double-Ended Tunisian Crochet Pattern

by Underground Crafter

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This long and skinny accent scarf adds some color to your outfit with the added benefit of providing protection against the wind.

Finished Size

  • Adult. 3.5” (9 cm) wide x 59.5” (151 cm) long.

Materials

  • Red Heart Grande (76% acrylic/22% wool, 5.29 oz/150 g/46 yd/42 m) – 1 skein in Nectar (CA), or approximately 46 yd (42 m) in any super bulky weight yarn.
  • Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable (100% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100 g/280 yd/256 m) – 1 skein in Springtime (CB), or approximately 56 yd (51 m) in any medium weight yarn.
  • US Size Q/16 mm double-ended crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

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Gauge

  • 8 sts in pattern = 3.5” (9 cm) wide. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • ea – each
  • rep – repeat
  • sk – skip
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • Tss – Tunisian simple st – Insert hook under next vertical bar, yo and draw up loop onto hook.
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

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Pattern Note

  • Always sk first vertical bar (below first loop on hook) at beginning of row.
  • A video tutorial is available at the end of this pattern.

Pattern Instructions

Scarf

  • With CA, ch 8.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, *insert hook in next ch, yo and pull up a loop; rep from * across. (8 sts)
  • Row 2: Slide loops to other hook, turn. With CB, ch 1, *yo and draw through 2 loops; rep from * across.
  • Row 3: Tss in ea vertical bar across.
  • Row 4: Slide loops to other hook, turn. With CA, ch 1, *yo and draw through 2 loops; rep from * across.
  • Row 5: Rep Row 3.
  • Rep Rows 2-5 until scarf measures approximately 58” (147 cm) long, or until 45” (114 cm) of CA remain, or until desired length is reached, ending after Row 4.
  • Final Row: With CA, *insert hook under next vertical bar as for Tss, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through both loops on hook; rep from * across. Fasten off.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
© 2016 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2016/05/25/free-double-ended-tunisian-crochet-pattern-skinny-minny-scarf. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Don’t forget to share a picture on Ravelry or with my Facebook page if you make one!

Add to RavelryIf you want an easy print format, you can buy an ad-free PDF version on Craftsy.

Click to buy the ad-free PDF version of this @ucrafter pattern on Craftsy