Author Archives: Underground Crafter

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.

#Crochet #TipsTuesday: How to add a project to Ravelry for an online crochet- or knit-a-long

How to add a project to Ravelry for an online #crochet (or #knit) along on #TipsTuesday with @ucrafter

We’re only one week into July and it’s already shaping up as the summer of the online crochet-a-long (CAL). I just started the Picnic Basket Shawl CAL last week, and there are several more fun crochet-a-longs in progress, including the Sea-Foam Mandala Pillow CAL on Crochet Memories, the Christmas Present CAL on ELK Studio, the Wildflower Shoulder Bag CAL on Little Monkeys Crochet, and the Amigurumi Timothy Turtle CAL on Rebeckah’s Treasures.

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If you’re new to the world of online crochet-a-longs (or knit-a-longs), you may have found that many of these are taking place on Ravelry. Today, I’m sharing tips for adding a project to Ravelry so you can share it as part of a CAL or KAL.

By the way, even if the CAL or KAL is taking place elsewhere online (or offline!), a Ravelry project page is a really great way to share your project’s progress!

Adding a project in Ravelry

If you’re new to Ravelry, you may not have used the projects feature before. First, let’s walk through how to add a project to Ravelry.

How to add a project to Ravelry for an online #crochet (or #knit) along on #TipsTuesday with @ucrafter

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1) When you login in, hover over “My Notebook” in the upper left corner.

2) Choose “Projects” from the drop down menu.

3) Click “Add Project.”

4) On the project page, give your new project a name.

5) Click the drop down menu under “which craft?” to select your craft of choice.

6) Choose the option that best describes the pattern source under “Where can people find the pattern…?”

7) Type in the name of the pattern and the source, if you know it.

8) Click “Continue.”

9) Review the options and click “Choose This Pattern” when you find the right one.

You’ve now added your first project to Ravelry! You’ll be returned to the project page.

Customizing your project page

How to customize a project to Ravelry for an online #crochet (or #knit) along on #TipsTuesday with @ucrafter

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10) You can choose to type in who/what/why the project is “Made for.” Some people type in the name of the CAL, while others will add in the recipient, or the purpose of the project.

11) You can link the project to another Ravelry member by typing in their name next to “Link to Raveler” and then selecting the right choice from the drop down menu.

12) Type in tags. If the CAL has it’s own tag (i.e., picnic2015 for the Picnic Basket Shawl CAL), include it here. This makes it easy for other participants to search through projects. Ravelry members can see all of the picnic2015 tagged projects here. Some CALs involve multiple patterns, so this is a great way to see what other participants are making.

13) Click the drop down menu next to Hook (for crochet projects) or Needle (for knitting projects) to select the size you are using for the project. This information can be helpful later if you want to make another version of the same pattern, or if you separate your hook from the project temporarily.

14) You can then choose your yarn. Tip: If the CAL/KAL is sponsored by a yarn company, they will often share pictures of projects made in their yarns, so don’t forget this step!

15) If you’ve already added the yarn to your stash on Ravelry, activate the drop down menu by clicking the small basket next to “Use Stash Yarn.” Then, click “Use” to select your yarn of choice.

16) Or, enter the yarn manually after clicking the + sign next to “Add Yarn.” Begin typing the name of the yarn and then click the link to the left to link to Ravelry’s yarn database.

17) Click on the underlined yarn of choice in the drop down menu, or, if it isn’t in the Ravelry database, click “None of the Above.”

18) Type in notes, if you’d like. (These, like all of the fields in your project, can be updated later.)

19) Click “Save Changes.”

You’ve now customized your project. You’ll be returned the project page and can start sharing it!

Share your project page and photos

How to share a Ravelry project page and photos from Ravelry for an online #crochet (or #knit) along on #TipsTuesday with @ucrafter

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There are just a few more steps to take to share your project and the pictures of it with the other CAL or KAL participants and the world!

20) On the upper right of your project page, click “Share This.”

21) In the small pop up window, click the underlined “Share This Page.”

22) Choose “Public – Visible to All” from the drop down menu.

23) Ravelry will give you a short link and several sharing options. This project will also be visible (along with any of your other public projects) at

24) Click on the underlined “Add Photos” tab.

25) Choose from any of the tabs to either upload a photo from your computer or link to a photo in your collection on Flickr, Photobucket, or Instagram. Choose “Slurp from Web” to use a picture posted to your blog or elsewhere online.

26) You can also share the project with any Ravelry group you are a member of by clicking “Share with a Group.” Each group has to be selected from the drop down menu. Start by sharing the project with the group hosting the CAL!

Now that you’ve completed and shared your project page, you can really be part of the CAL (or KAL) experience online!

Do you use Ravelry project pages to participate in crochet- or knit-a-longs?



July Daily Deals 2015: July 7: 75% off Diagonal Stripes Messenger Bag crochet pattern

July 2015 Daily Deals with @ucrafter, 31 days of #crochet and #knitting discounts, sign up for daily email alerts at

Welcome to July Daily Deals! Every day in July, 2015, I’ll be sharing a coupon code or special discount for crochet and knitting patterns, supplies, and goodies. Each discount will last just 24 hours, so the best way to make sure you don’t miss out is to sign up for daily email alerts here.
From July 6 through July 24 (or while supplies last!), I’m also participating in the Christmas in July/Hanukkah in the Heat Blog Hop. Scroll to the bottom of this post for details and links to the other participating blogs and shops!

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Today’s Daily Deal is for 75% off the Diagonal Stripes Messenger Bag Tunisian crochet pattern! Click here to add it (with the discount) to your cart on Ravelry.

Diagonal Stripes Messenger Bag: Vital Statistics

Diagonal Stripes Messenger Bag, Tunisian crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 505-bulky 50Learn the Tunisian Simple Stitch while increasing, decreasing, and changing colors. 


Skills used

  • Basic crochet stitches: chain, single crochet, slip stitch
  • Tunisian crochet (Tss, Tfs, with written explanation in pattern)
  • Crocheting in the round for edging
  • Decreasing (Tss2tog and Tss3tog, with written explanation in pattern)

Finished Size

  • 15” (38cm) square, 2” (5cm) gusset.

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  • Lion Brand Alpine Wool (77% wool/15 acrylic/8% rayon, 3 oz/85 g, 93 yd/85 m) – 3 skeins 223 Oatmeal (CA), or approximately 279 yd (255 m) in any bulky weight yarn.
  • Lion Brand Alpine Wool (100% wool, 3 oz/85 g, 93 yd/85 m) – 3 skeins 115 Chili (CB), or approximately 279 yd (255 m) in any bulky weight yarn.
  • US L-11/8 mm Tunisian crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.
  • 2 1” (2.5cm) shank or sew through buttons.


  • 11 sts x 11 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Tss. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

75% off on Ravelry with coupon code jdd20150707 through 11:59 p.m. Eastern today!

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Don’t forget to visit the other participating blogs for sample sales, supplies, coupon codes, and more special crochet offers!

Christmas in July/Hanukkah in the Heat, a Blog Hop Special Event, July 6 through July 24 via @ucrafter

American Crochet

Creative Threads by Leah

Crochet Memories

Darcy’s Crochet Creations

Designs from Grammy’s Heart, with Love

Mainly Crochet

Rebeckah’s Treasures

Sweet Potato Creations

Picnic Basket Shawl Crochet-a-Long: Week 1: Foundation Chain through Row 3

Picnic Basket Shawl CAL with @ucrafter, free #crochet pattern

Welcome to the Picnic Basket Shawl Crochet-a-Long! If you’re just learning about the CAL, read this post for more details and links to the rest of the crochet-a-long.

Today, I’m sharing the first clue in the Picnic Basket Shawl pattern. We’ll be starting our foundation chain and working through Row 3.

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Picnic Basket Shawl Crochet-a-Long Week 1

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Picnic Basket Shawl CAL with @ucrafter, free #crochet pattern

02-easy 50US terms 50


This week’s clue includes the foundation chain through Row 3.


Finished Size

  • Adult: 48” (122 cm) wingspan x 12” (30.5 cm) width unblocked; 52” (132 cm) wingspan x 16” (40.5 cm) width blocked.


    • Malabrigo Yarn Sock (3.5 oz/100 g/440 yds/402 m/100% superwash Merino wool) – 2 skeins 120 Lotus, or approximately 770 yds/704 m in any super fine weight yarn.
    • US Size E-4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook or any size needed to obtain gauge.
    • Yarn needle.

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  • 1 motif in pattern = 3” (7.5 cm) wide unblocked. Exact gauge is not critical for this project. Gauge is measured across widest point of motif in Row 5 or Row 8, so I will share more details next week.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • ch – chain
  • cl – cluster – (Yo, insert hook in st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops) twice, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sp(s) – space(s)
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • t-ch – turning chain
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

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Pattern Instructions


  • Ch 254 (or any multiple of 28 sts + 2 sts). For tips on working with a long foundation chain, read this blog post!
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch and in ea ch across. (253 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 5, sk 3 sts, sc in next st; rep from * across.
  • Row 3: Turn, (ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp) 3 times, *[dc, ch 1, (cl, ch 1) 3 times, dc] in next ch-5 sp,** (sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 5) 5 times, sc in next ch-5 sp, rep from * across, ending last rep at ** with three ch-5 sps remaining, (sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 5) 2 times, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 2, dc in last st.

You can watch this week’s video for a walk through of the first 3 rows.

For the full crochet-a-long schedule, visit the CAL announcement here.

  • Don’t forget to add the Picnic Basket Shawl to your Ravelry favorites!

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