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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.

Free pattern: Intensive Love Blanket

Intensive Love Blanket, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter | This preemie-sized blanket is perfect for donation to Knots of Love, or any other charity providing incubator blankets to neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).In each month’s charity spotlight, I’ll be introducing a charity that accepts crochet or knitting projects for donation along with a free pattern, so read on for details.



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April’s Featured Charity: Knots of Love

If you or a loved one has ever spent extended time in the hospital or in medical treatment, you know that the experience can be not only physically devastating but also mentally draining. Knots of Love is an organization that provides comfort to people experiencing treatment-induced traumatic hair loss or to babies in incubators by collecting and distributing handmade caps and preemie blankets.

As of this writing, Knots of Love has distributed over 295,000 caps and almost 14,000 tiny blankets! Blankets are distributed to babies in incubators in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) to provide some color and warmth to a clinical environment that can be cold and stark. Parents sleep with the blankets first, so their scent is embedded in the blankets before the babies spend time on them.

Intensive Love Blanket, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter | This preemie-sized blanket is perfect for donation to Knots of Love, or any other charity providing incubator blankets to neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).Knots of Love has recently partnered with Laurel Hill to support KOL Kids, a program encouraging children and teens to get involved with Knots of Love through community service.

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You can find more information about Knots of Love on their website, including a list of collection sites where you can send blankets and caps, free crochet and knitting patterns, and donation guidelines including a list of recommended yarns, mailing labels, and submission forms.

Intensive Love Blanket, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter | This preemie-sized blanket is perfect for donation to Knots of Love, or any other charity providing incubator blankets to neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).Tips for Making Great NICU Projects

Blankets for use in the NICU setting should be small, about 18″ (46 cm) x 24″ (61 cm). Using a soft, washable yarn is very important. Knots of Love has a recommended yarn list here, in case you decide to substitute yarns.

I used two colors for the sample, but you can customize your version by choosing multiple colors or using assorted yarn scraps.

(By the way, if you’d like to make a comfort cap to send to Knots of Love, you may enjoy the Drawstring Beanie with Yarrow Flower pattern.)

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Intensive Love Blanket

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 504-medium 50This preemie blanket features a simple-to-remember motif pattern.

Finished Size

  • Preemie/NICU Blanket: 18” (46 cm) wide x 24” (61 cm) long.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Heartland (5 oz/142 g/251 yd/230 m/100% acrylic) – 1 skein in 105 Glacier Bay (CA) and 2 skeins in 109 Olympic (CB), or approximately 215 yd (196.5 m) in CA and 290 yd (265 m) in any medium weight yarn.

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  • US Size I-9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • Finished square in pattern = 5.75” (14.5 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BL – back loop only
  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd – Round
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Rep instructions after asterisks as indicated.

Pattern Notes


Pattern Instructions

Preemie/NICU Blanket

Square (Make 6 starting with CA and 6 starting with CB)

  • Ch 4, join with sl st to first ch to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), 11 dc in ring, join with sl st to top of ch 3. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in ea st around, join with sl st to top of ch 3. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st and next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, join other color with sl st to top of ch 3, fasten off original color. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in same st and next 3 sts, *hdc in next st, dc in next st, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next st, dc in next st, hdc in next st,** sc in next 4 sts; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of first sc. (48 sts + 4 ch-2 sp)
  • Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in next 7 sts, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp,** dc in next 12 sts; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, dc in next 4 sts, join with sl st to top of first ch 3. (64 sts + 4 ch-2 sp)
  • Rnd 6: Ch 1, scBL in same st, scBL in next 9 sts, *(2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc) in next ch-2-sp,** scBL in next 16 sts; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, scBL in next 6 sts, join with sl st to top of first sc, fasten off. (80 sts + 4 ch-1 sp)

Assembly

  • With CA and following placement diagram, seam squares with sl st join on wrong side, starting after the ch-1 sp. Join squares into rows. Join rows in same manner, skipping ch-1 sp across.

Intensive Love Blanket, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter | This preemie-sized blanket is perfect for donation to Knots of Love, or any other charity providing incubator blankets to neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).Border

  • Rnd 1: Join CB with sl st to any corner ch-1 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same ch-1 sp, *dcBL in ea sc across side to corner ch-1 sp (skipping all ch-1 sp along side),** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-1 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, (2 dc, ch 1) in first ch-1 sp, join with sc (counts as ch-2 sp) to top of first ch 3.
  • Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same ch-2 sp, *dc in ea st across,** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, (2 dc, ch 2) in first corner ch-2 sp, join with sl st to top of first ch 3, 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/2016/04/30/free-pattern-intensive-love-blanket. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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15 Free Knitting Patterns for Shawls and Wraps: #FlashbackFriday Link Blast

Roundup: 15 free #knitting patterns for shawls and wraps, curated by Underground Crafter | Are you looking for a great gift, charity project, or (gasp!) selfish knitting for you? You're sure to find something perfect in this roundup of shawls and wraps.On Fridays, I share a link blast on G+, Twitter and Facebook to get you excited about crafting all weekend! In keeping with the #FlashbackFriday meme, I’m sharing patterns that were first released at least 12 months ago.

Instead of sharing crochet patterns, this week I’m doing a special link blast of knitting patterns! I’ll be back to the regular schedule of crochet patterns next week. Are you looking for a great knitting project to give as a gift, donate to charity, or (gasp!) make for yourself in a “selfish knitting” session? You’re sure to find at least one beautiful shawl in this roundup that is just perfect for the occasion.

All images are copyright the respective designer and are used with permission.

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Easy Cranberry Shawl, free #knitting pattern by Marie Segares/Underground CrafterEasy Cranberry Shawl (photo 3), free knitting pattern by @ucrafter (that’s me!): If you’re reading this on or before May 6, 2016, please vote for this shawl in @AllFreeKnitting’s comment contest for your chance to win a prize! This triangular shawl is knit mostly with garter stitch, making it a great project for a newbie knitter. The mirrored, plaited cables keep it interesting for more experienced knitters.

Citron Zest Shawlette, free knitting pattern by @extravayarnza for @willowyarns: This triangular shawl combines stripes and scallops.

Dropped and Found Wrap (photo 1), free knitting pattern by @Jessie_AtHome: This rectangular wrap uses woven dropped stitches and includes several helpful tutorials.

ILK 300x250b February 2016 BannersColor Block Kerchief, free knitting pattern via @Yarnspirations1: This bold, striped kerchief is made with 3 colors of Caron United yarn.

Stellar Stripes Shawl (photo 5), free knitting pattern by @Marly_Bird: This half circle shawl is also available as a crochet version.

Dark Tide, free knitting pattern by Caitlin ffrench: This triangular shawl also includes suede lace.

Sateenkaari, free knitting pattern by Eeva Kesäkuu: This vibrant, striped crescent shawl pattern is available in both English and Finnish.


Princess Hibiscus Shawl (photo 2), free knitting pattern by @KristinOmdahl for @thecrochetdude: This lightweight shawl makes a great beach cover up and is available in a crochet version, too.

Ochil Shawl, free knitting pattern by Clare Hutchinson: This shawl combines garter stitch, mesh lace, and slipped stitches.

Hepta Shawl, free knitting pattern via @premieryarns: This lovely striped shawl also features slipped stitch details.

A Peaceful Shawl (photo 4), free knitting pattern by @fiberflux: This lovely shawl can be made with just one skein of Lion Brand Homespun as a comfort wrap.

Buy Lion Brand Homespun yarn on LeisureArts | Craftsy | Joann | Amazon

Chelsea Bridge Shawl, free knitting pattern by Shannon Dunbabin for @CascadeYarns: This lacy shawl is made with 2 skeins of Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima.

Rose Quartz Shawl, free knitting pattern by Rozetti Yarns for @_diamondyarn: This rectangular shawl features a chevron lace pattern.

Piece by Piece Shawl, free knitting pattern via @Garnstudio: This triangular shawl features mitered Domino squares.

Jiggety Jig, free knitting pattern by Cheri McEwen: This side-to-side knit shawl features a chevron pattern in the center.

If you enjoyed this roundup, follow my Knitting Shawls/Wraps board on Pinterest!

Free knitting pattern: Diagonal Broken Rib 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 thirteenth square in the Anthology Blanket Knit-a-Long. The Diagonal Broken Rib Stitch is another variation on ribbing.

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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Diagonal Broken Rib Square, free #knitting pattern by Underground Crafter | Anthology Blanket KALDiagonal Broken Rib 6″ (15 cm) Square

Free Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 504-medium 50This stitch is a traveling variation on ribbing.

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.

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 multiple of 6 sts. Instructions include 4 st borders.

Pattern Instructions

  • CO 32 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.

Diagonal Broken Rib Stitch pattern

  • Row 1: (RS) Sl 1, k3, *k4, p2; rep from * across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
  • Row 2: Sl 1, k3, *k2, p4; rep from * across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
  • Row 3: Rep Row 1.
  • Row 4: Rep Row 2.
  • Row 5: Sl 1, k5, *p2, k4; rep from * across to last 2 sts, k1, p1.
  • Row 6: Sl 1, k3, p2, *k2, p4; rep from * across to last 8 sts, k2, p2, k3, p1.
  • Row 7: Rep Row 5.
  • Row 8: Rep Row 6.
  • Row 9: Sl 1, k3, *p2, k4; rep from * across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
  • Row 10: Sl 1, k3, *p4, k2; rep from * across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
  • Row 11: Rep Row 9.
  • Row 12: Rep Row 10.
  • Rep Rows 1-12 until square measures approximately 5.5 in (14 cm), ending after Row 4, Row 8, or Row 12.

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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