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.

Free pattern: Glimmer Glamour Scarf

I’m releasing a new free crochet pattern every week through December. Each one can be made with 3 skeins of yarn or less, and would make a great gift (for someone else, or as a reward to yourself for all of your holiday crafting!).

Glimmer Glamour Scarf, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

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Today’s pattern is the Glimmer Glamour Scarf. This skinny scarf is crocheted with a metallic yarn that adds some pizzazz to your outfit. Made with just two skeins of Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour yarn, this scarf can be styled several ways. This project crochets up quickly and the traveling bobble v-stitch pattern will keep you on your toes and add a little texture.

I checked out the great tutorials for scarf styling over at Scarves Dot Net, and I’m including a few of my favorites for this scarf.

There’s the Girly Windsor

 

 

…and the Carmen Miranda

…and the Loop and Tuck or the Loose Wrap (right).

This scarf also gave me a chance to share another #scarfie – Lion Brand‘s hashtag for a scarf-wearing selfie.

#scarfie Glimmer Glamour Scarf, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter
One of my #scarfie pictures, with the Carmen Miranda scarf knot.

Don’t forget to add the Glimmer Glamour Scarf to your Ravelry queue or favorites!

Glimmer Glamour Scarf

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

03-intermediateUS terms 503-light 50Add some pizzazz to any outfit with this textured skinny scarf crocheted with just 2 skeins of metallic yarn.

Finished Size

  • Adult: 67” (170 cm) long x 4” (10 cm) wide after blocking.

Materials

    • Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour (96% acrylic/4% polyester, 1.75 oz/50 g, 202 yd/185 m) – 1 skein ea in 150 Platinum (CA) and 195 Rhinestone Pink (CB), or approximately 202 yd (185 m) each in CA and CB in any light weight, metallic yarn.
    • US G-6/4 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
    • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 19 sts x 13 rows in pattern = 4” (10 cm) before blocking. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern (✪ see Special Stitch Patterns, below)

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • bob – bobble✪
  • bob-v-st – bobble v-st✪
  • cdc – crossed dc✪
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sp(s) – space(s)
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • v-st – v-stitch✪
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Special Stitch Patterns

  • bob – bobble – (Yo, insert hook in st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops) 4 times, yo and draw through 5 loops on hook.
  • bob-v-st – bobble v-st – (Bob, ch 1, bob) in same st or sp.
  • cdc – crossed dc – Sk next st, dc in next st, dc in skipped st. (Worked over 2 sts.)
  • v-st – v-stitch – (Dc, ch 1, dc) in indicated st or sp.

Pattern Notes

  • Change color in last yo of last st in row as indicated.
  • This scarf uses almost exactly 1 skein of yarn in each color. If your gauge is different than indicated, you may use more yarn. One way to conserve yarn and keep this a 2 skein project is to use a smaller bob in your bob v-st (with 3 repeats instead of 4).

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Pattern Instructions

Scarf

  • With CA, ch 303. (Alternately, start with 302 foundation sc sts and sk Row 1.)
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch and ea ch across. (302 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), *(sk 1 st, v-st in next st, sk 1 st) 4 times, sk 1 st, bob-v-st in next st, sk 1 st; rep from * across to last st, dc in last st changing to CB.
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 3, v-st in next ch-1 sp, *bob-v-st in next ch-1 sp, v-st in next 4 ch-1 sps; rep from * across to last 4 ch-1 sps; bob-v-st in next ch-1 sp, v-st in last 3 ch-1 sps, dc in last st changing to CA.
  • Row 4: Turn, ch 3, v-st in next 2 ch-1 sps, *bob-v-st in next ch-1 sp, v-st in next 4 ch-1 sps; rep from * across to last 2 ch-1 sps, v-st in last 2 ch-1 sps, dc in last st changing to CB.
  • Row 5: Turn, ch 1, sc in same st and in ea st and ch-1 sp across.
  • Row 6: Turn, ch 3, cdc across to last st, dc in last st.
  • Row 7: Turn, ch 1, sc in same st and in ea st across.
  • Row 8: Rep Row 6.
  • Row 9: Rep Row 7, changing to CA.
  • Row 10: Turn, ch 3, sk 1 st, v-st in next st, *sk 1 st, bob-v-st in next st, sk 1 st,** (sk 1 st, v-st in next st, sk 1 st) 4 times; rep from * across to last 13 sts; rep from * to ** once, (sk 1 st, v-st next st, sk 1 st) 3 times, dc in last st changing to CB.
  • Row 11: Turn, ch 3, v-st in ea of next 3 ch-1 sp, *bob-v-st in next ch-1 sp, v-st in next 4 ch-1 sps; rep from * across to last 2 ch-1 sps; bob-v-st in next ch-1 sp, v-st in last ch-1 sp, dc in last st changing to CA.
  • Row 12: Turn, ch 3, v-st in next 4 ch-1 sp, *bob-v-st in next ch-1 sp, v-st in next 4 ch-1 sps; rep from * across to last ch-1 sp; bob-v-st in last ch-1 sp, dc in last st.
  • Row 13: Rep Row 5. Fasten off.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends. Spray block if necessary.

If you like the Glimmer Glamour Scarf, add it to your Ravelry queue or favorites here!

© 2014 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, the tutorial, 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/2014/12/19/free-pattern-glimmer-glamour-scarf. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Jumbo Knitting Book Giveaway!

Today, I’m really excited to share a jumbo knitting book giveaway! It’s that time of year where many of us are stressed about holiday knitting or shopping, so what better time to take a moment to focus on a little something for yourself?

I’m giving away 6 great knitting books today. A winner for each book will be chosen at random, and you can enter the giveaway for as many or as few as you are interested in having.
I’ll ship any prizes free to those with a U.S. address, and international winners will need to pay the cost of shipping. To enter, share a comment below about your 2015 knitting plans by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, December 21, 2014. There are all kinds of extra entry points, too, so check the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post for details and terms and conditions.

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And the prizes are…

50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt

50 sunflowers

50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt: Patterns and Projects Packed with Lush and Vibrant Colors That You Will Love to Make by Kristin Nicholas is a collection of patterns for sunflower appliqués and motifs. The book begins with a 22 page Before You Begin chapter that includes an overview of supplies such as knitting needles, crochet hooks, yarns, and other notions; a review of basic knitting and crochet techniques and special stitches used in the book, with both written instructions and illustrations; tips and instructions for felting, stuffing, blocking, and embellishing with embroidery and beads; and an overview of color theory. A gallery of the projects in the book follows, and then the patterns are presented. There are 31 knit and 25 crochet patterns (yes, there are more than 50!), some of which are shown felted. The knitting patterns are written with U.S. pattern abbreviations, and the crochet patterns include both stitch symbols and pattern abbreviations. The Projects chapter includes instructions for transforming the designs into a variety of home decor and wearable projects.

Although the title suggests that only patterns for sunflowers are included, there are actually other types of flowers and leaves, and a variety of creatures you might find in a garden, such as bees, butterflies, lady bugs, and birds. This book is ideal for an advanced beginner or intermediate multi-crafter who loves to make portable projects.

A free review copy of 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt was provided by St. Martin’s Griffin. You can read my review disclosure here.

Expand Your Knitting Skills

60 Quick Luxury Knits

60 quick luxury knits

60 Quick Luxury Knits: Easy, Elegant Projects for Every Day in the Venezia Collection from Cascade Yarns® is another book in Sixth & Spring‘s 60 Quick Knits series. (You can read my review of 60 More Quick Knits: 20 Hats*20 Scarves*20 Mittens in Cascade 220® Sport here.) As the title suggests, this book features patterns designed with Cascade Yarns Venezia Sport and Cascade Yarns Venezia Worsted. About 2/3 of the patterns are in Venezia Sport, with the remaining patterns in Worsted. There is a variety of accessory designs for women, including 20 projects for neckwarmers (9 snoods/cowls/infinity scarves, 8 scarves, 2 collars, and 1 kerchief), 14 hats and headbands, 12 projects for the torso (including 8 wraps/shawls/shawlettes and 4 capes/capelets), 7 armwarmers/mitts/mittens, 2 bags, 2 belts, and individual patterns for legwarmers, socks, and a necklace. About 2/3 of the patterns are at the intermediate level, with 12 easy projects and 3 experienced level projects. All patterns are written with U.S. pattern abbreviations, and 16 also include charts (typically for color, lace, or cables).

The book is beautifully presented and definitely inspires you to start knitting! However, as with all pattern books, you’re more likely to enjoy it if you like the patterns included, so be sure to check out all of the projects in this book on its Ravelry source page here. My favorites are the Bow Clutch by Devin Cole, the Button Cable Beret by Kim Haesemeyer, the Buttoned Cable Cowl by Angela Tong, the Knotted I-Cord Belt by Alex Capshaw-Taylor, Solid and Stripe Infinity Scarf by Steven Hicks, and the Two-Color Cloche by Elena Malo. Hmmm, I guess it’s obvious that I like buttons and cables… If you’re an intermediate knitter who enjoys making women’s accessories, this may be the right book for you!

A free review copy of 60 Quick Luxury Knits was provided by Sixth & Spring Books. You can read my review disclosure here.

Arm Knitting

Arm Knitting

Arm Knitting: How to Make a 30-Minute Infinity Scarf and Other Great Projects by Mary Beth Temple is a fabulous introduction to the world of arm knitting. You can read my full review here and my interview with Mary Beth here.

Free review copies of Arm Knitting were provided by Design Originals. You can read my review disclosure here.

 

Chroma 2014 Collection

Chroma 2014 Collection

I have two print copies of the Chroma 2014 Collection, a pattern booklet including six (really eight) knitting patterns using Knit Picks Chroma Worsted. My Symmetrical Scallops Scarf (below) is one of the included designs, so I don’t think I can give it a fair review :).

Photos (c) Knit Picks.

Photos (c) Knit Picks.

You can see all the patterns in this collection here on Ravelry. There are two blanket patterns, two neckwear patterns, two mitten patterns, and individual hat and shawl patterns.

Free giveaway copies of the Chroma 2014 Collection were provided by Knit Picks.

 

Knitted Mitts & Mittens

Knitted Mitts & Mittens coverKnitted Mitts & Mittens: 25 Fun and Fashionable Designs for Fingerless Gloves, Mittens, and Wrist Warmers by Amy Gunderson is a collection of patterns for the hands. You can see all 25 patterns here on the Ravelry source page. I actually shared an interview with Amy here as part of the blog tour for the book in April, but due to some technical problems on my blog at the time, I couldn’t host the giveaway.

The little projects are a fun way to try out different techniques on a smaller scale. My favorite designs are the Gradient Flip Top Mittens, It’s a Fish Eat Fish World Mittens, and It’s a Plaid Plaid World.

A free giveaway copy of Knitted Mitts & Mittens was provided by Stackpole Books.

 

So, are you feeling inspired to knit? Let me know what your 2015 knitting plans are in the comments. Do you have a specific project you plan to make, a new technique you want to learn, or will you be waiting for inspiration to strike?

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Free pattern: Pinky Circle Scarf

I’m releasing a new free crochet pattern every week through December. Each one can be made with 3 skeins of yarn or less, and would make a great gift (for someone else, or as a reward to yourself for all of your holiday crafting!).

Pinky Circle Scarf, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

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Everyone has a friend who is always “too hot.” (It used to be me!) I designed the Pinky Circle Scarf with this friend in mind.

Pinky Circle Scarf, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

This peek-a-boo ripple stitch pattern is the perfect solution.

Pinky Circle Scarf, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground CrafterEven when worn with two wraps around, there’s a little air around the neck, too.

This circle scarf is crocheted flat. The border is worked in the round with a slip stitch join. The stitch pattern is a simple 4 row repeat (and, 2 of those rows are the same!), and it uses just 2 skeins of Rowan Pure Wool Worsted.

Don’t forget to add the Pinky Circle Scarf to your Ravelry queue or favorites here!

Pinky Circle Scarf

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 504-medium 50

This circle scarf is crocheted with a simple to remember peek-a-boo ripple pattern.

Finished Size

  • Adult: 5.75” (14.5 cm) wide x 60” (152 cm).

Materials

  • Rowan Pure Wool Worsted (100% washable wool, 3.5 oz/100 g, 219 yd/200 m) – 2 skeins in 113 Pretty Pink, or approximately 390 yd (357 m) in any medium weight yarn.
  • US H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

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

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • rep – repeat
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip st
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • WS – wrong (back/inside) side
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Instructions

Scarf (worked flat)

  • Ch 27.
  • Set Up Row: Turn, sk 3 ch (counts as dc, here and throughout), dc in ea st across. (25 sts)
  • Row 1 (WS): Turn, ch 5 (counts as dc + ch-2 sp, here and throughout), sk first 3 sts, sc in next st, ch 2, sk 2 sts, dc in next st, *ch 2, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 2, sk 2 sts, dc in next st; rep from * across.
  • Row 2 (RS): Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, *sk ch-2 sp, 5 dc in next st, sk ch-2 sp, sc in next st; rep from * across.
  • Row 3: Rep Row 1.
  • Row 4: Turn, ch 3, *2 dc in ch-2 sp, dc in next st; rep from * across.
  • Rep Rows 1-4 40 more times, or until scarf measures approximately 60” (152 cm). Do not fasten off and do not turn.

Edging and Joining

  • Ch 1, begin working along long edge, ch 1, *2 sc in side of ea row,** rep from * to ** across to set up row. Fold scarf so RS is facing inside, +insert hook through outer loops of both layers of next st on short edge on WS, sl st to join; rep from + across short edge. Turn RS out, ch 1, rep from * to ** across to last row, join with sl st to top of first sc. Fasten off.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends. Spray block if necessary.

Don’t forget to add the Pinky Circle Scarf to your Ravelry queue or favorites here!

© 2014 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, the tutorial, 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/2014/12/12/free-pattern-pinky-circle-scarf. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Free pattern: Chevrons and Stripes Slouchy Hat

I’m releasing a new free crochet pattern every week through December. Each one can be made with 3 skeins of yarn or less, and would make a great gift (for someone else, or as a reward to yourself for all of your holiday crafting!).

Chevrons and Stripes Slouchy Hat, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

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The Chevrons and Stripes Slouchy Hat is a great stash buster pattern. I used three partial skeins of the lovely Imperial Yarns Erin, a medium weight, sustainable wool yarn made in America. I really enjoyed working with the yarn to create a sample for a pattern that will appear in an upcoming magazine, and I had remnants left over in three different colors.

The pattern uses cluster stitches to create a raised chevron pattern.

Chevrons and Stripes Slouchy Hat, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

You could customize this hat by including more or fewer colors, based on what you have available in your stash, or to suit the preferences of the recipient.

Don’t forget to add the Chevrons and Stripes Slouchy Hat to your Ravelry queue or favorites here!

Chevrons and Stripes Slouchy Hat, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Chevrons and Stripes Slouchy Hat

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

03-intermediate US terms 504-medium 50Create chevrons with traveling cluster stitches (bobbles) while crocheting this unisex slouchy hat. 

Finished Size

Adult: 19” (48 cm) circumference x 9.5” (24 cm) height.

Materials

  • Imperial Yarn Erin (100% wool, 4 oz/113 g, 225 yd/206 m) – 1 skein each in 314 Chocolate (CA), 01 Natural (CB), and 326 Denim Dusk (CC), or approximately 82 yd (75 m) in CA, 68 yd (62 m) in CB, and 82 yd (75 m) in CC in any medium weight yarn.
  • US H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • Through Rnd 4 in pattern = 4” (10 cm). For best results, always check your gauge.

Chevrons and Stripes Slouchy Hat, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern (✪ see Special Stitch Patterns, below)

  • Beg cl – beginning cluster✪
  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • ch – chain
  • cl – cluster✪
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • FPsc – front post single crochet✪
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated. 

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Special Stitch Patterns

  • beg cl = beginning cluster = Ch 3, (yo, insert hook in ring, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops) twice, yo and draw through 3 loops on hook.
  • cl = cluster = (Yo, insert hook in ring, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops) 3 times, yo and draw through 4 loops on hook.
  • FPsc = front post single crochet = Insert hook from front around back to front of cl in previous round, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops, sk st behind FPsc.

Pattern Notes

  • Hat is crocheted in the round with right side facing out.
  • All stitches (except FPsc) are worked in back loop only unless otherwise noted.
  • Carry unworked color inside of hat unless noted.
  • Always skip stitch behind FPsc.

Chevrons and Stripes Slouchy Hat, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Pattern Instructions

Hat

  • Beginning at crown, with CA, start with magic adjustable ring. Planet June has a great magic ring tutorial here.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), 11 dc in ring, pull the yarn tail tightly to close ring, change to CB while joining to first ch 3 with sl st. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in same st and in ea st around, change to CC while joining to first sc with sl st. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, change to CB while joining to first ch 3 with sl st. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 4: Ch 1, beginning in same st *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * around, change to CA while joining to first sc with sl st. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next 3 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts; rep from * around, change to CB while joining to first ch 3 with sl st. (60 sts)
  • Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in same st and in ea st around, change to CC while joining to first sc with sl st.
  • Rnd 7: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next 5 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 5 sts; rep from * around, change to CB while joining to first ch 3 with sl st. (70 sts) Fasten off CC.
  • Rnd 8: Ch 1, beginning in same st, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 34 sts; rep from * around, change to CA while joining to first sc with sl st. (72 sts)
  • Rnd 9: Beg cl in same st, dc in next 5 sts, *cl in next st, dc in next 5 sts; rep from * around, change to CB while joining to top of beg cl with sl st.
  • Rnd 10: Ch 1, beginning in same st, *FPsc around next cl, sc in next 5 sts; rep from * around, change to CA while joining to top of first FPsc with sl st.
  • Rnd 11: Ch 3, *cl in next st, dc in next 3 sts, cl in next st,** dc in next st; rep from * around to last 5 sts, rep from * to **, change to CB while joining to top of first ch 3 with sl st.
  • Rnd 12: Ch 1, sc in same st, *Fpsc around next cl, sc in next 3 sts, FPsc around next cl,** sc in next st; rep from * around to last 5 sts, rep from * to **; change to CA while joining to top of first sc with sl st.
  • Rnd 13: Ch 3, dc in next st, *cl in next st, dc in next st, cl in next st, dc in next 3 sts; rep from * around to last 4 sts, (cl in next st, dc in next st) twice, change to CB while joining to top of first ch 3 with sl st.
  • Rnd 14: Ch 1, sc in same st and next st, *FPsc around next cl, sc in next st, FPsc around next cl, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * around to last 4 sts, (FPsc around next cl, sc in next st) twice, change to CA while joining to top of first sc with sl st.
  • Rnd 15: Ch 3, dc in next 2 sts, *cl in next st, dc in next 5 sts; rep from * around to last 3 sts, cl in next st, dc in next 2 sts, change to CB while joining to top of first ch 3 with sl st.
  • Rnd 16: Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 2 sts, *FPsc around next cl, sc in next 5 sts; rep from * around to last 3 sts, FPsc around next cl, sc in next 2 sts, change to CC while joining to top of first sc with sl st. Fasten off CA.

  • Rnd 17: Rep Rnd 9.
  • Rnd 18: Ch 1, beginning in same st, *FPsc around next cl, sc in next 6 sts; rep from * around, change to CC while joining to top of first FPsc with sl st.
  • Rnd 19: Rep Rnd 11.
  • Rnd 20: Ch 1, sc in same st, *Fpsc around next cl, sc in ea of next 3 sts, FPsc around next cl,** sc in next st; rep from * around to last 5 sts, rep from * to **; change to CC while joining to top of first sc with sl st.
  • Rnd 21: Rep Rnd 13.
  • Rnd 22: Ch 1, sc in same st and next st, *FPsc around next cl, sc in next st, FPsc around next cl, sc in ea of next 3 sts; rep from * around to last 4 sts, (FPsc around next cl, sc in next st) twice, change to CC while joining to top of first sc with sl st.
  • Rnd 23: Rep Rnd 15. Fasten off CC.
  • Rnd 24: Ch 1, sc in same st and in ea of next 2 sts, *FPsc around next cl, sc in ea of next 5 sts; rep from * around to last 3 sts, FPsc around next cl, sc in ea of next 2 sts, join with sl st to top of first sc.
  • Rnd 25: Ch 1, sc in same st and in ea st around. Fasten off CB.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends. Spray block if necessary.

Don’t forget to add the Chevrons and Stripes Slouchy Hat to your Ravelry queue or favorites here!

© 2014 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, the tutorial, 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/2014/12/05/free-pattern-chevrons-and-stripes-slouchy-hat. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Giving Tuesday – The Crochet (and Knitting) Way

Today is Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving. I’m sharing some of my favorite crochet and knitting related charity links today in honor of this event, which encourages us to put aside the shopping for a moment during the holiday season. I hope this roundup with inspire you to share your talent (or money!) with charities that are important to you.

If you’re looking for a crochet-a-long, Sunset Family Living is hosting the annual 12 Days of Christmas Charity Challenge (also known as the NICU charity challenge). She is challenging people to crochet 12 hats for preemies in their local neonatal intensive care unit. Last year, over 26,000 (!) hats were donated as part of the challenge, which runs through January 6, 2015. 20 crochet designers have donated hat patterns, and if you’d like to sign up to participate, you can read more about the project here.

Dozen Baby Hats (in the round), a free knitting pattern by Denise Balvanz. Image (c) Denise Balvanz.

Dozen Baby Hats (in the round), a free knitting pattern by Denise Balvanz. Image (c) Denise Balvanz.

If you’re more of a hat knitter, check out Denise Balvanz’s free patterns, Dozen Baby Hats (in the round) and Dozen Baby Hats (knit flat). Both patterns were inspired by the Afghans for Afghans June-July Baby Shower, and are great projects to donate to a local charity, too.

Some designers sell specific patterns to raise funds for a favorite charity. Some of my favorites are the Mitered Cross Blanket (knitting) by Kay Gardiner. All proceeds from the sale of this pattern are donated to Mercy Corps, an international emergency response/disaster relief organization.

Mitered Crosses Blanket by Kay Gardiner. Image (c) Kay Gardiner.

Mitered Crosses Blanket by Kay Gardiner. Image (c) Kay Gardiner.

Dawn Hansen donates a portion of the proceeds from the sales of her Autism Awareness Puzzle Hat (knitting) pattern to the Autism SocietyCharity Windham’s Ten Stitch Twist for loom knitters pattern raises funds for Frankie Brown’s (interviewed here) favorite charity, the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation.  And speaking of Frankie Brown, she has has over 240 (!) free crochet and knitting patterns. She would greatly appreciate a donation to the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation through her Just Giving page.

Wheels within Wheels, one of my favorite patterns by Frankie Brown. Image (c) Frankie Brown.

Anastacia Zittel uses the same model, and appreciates a contribution to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America in exchange for her free knitting pattern, Armwarmers, or for any of her over 65 free crochet patterns. (I also interviewed Anastacia here.)

Alexis Winslow’s Caring Cowl (knitting) is another fundraiser pattern. Alexis donates proceeds from this pattern to the American Red Cross.

Caring Cowl by Alexis Winslow. Image (c) Alexis Winslow.

Caring Cowl by Alexis Winslow. Image (c) Alexis Winslow.

I donate $1 from each sale of my 30 Purrfect Stitches for Pet Blankets ebook, which includes 20 crochet and 10 Tunisian crochet patterns that are great for pet blankets, to a local no-kill pet charity each year.

A selection of stitches included in 30 Purrfect Stitches for Pet Blankets.

A selection of stitch patterns included in 30 Purrfect Stitches for Pet Blankets.

I also donate pet blankets in the sizes suggested by the Snuggles Project. (I interviewed Deborah Green from Bideawee about blanket donations here, if you’d like to hear how local shelters use these blankets.) The website allows you to search for a local pet charity that accepts handmade blankets. The Snuggles Project is a program of Hugs for Homeless Animals.

Another organization that accepts handmade goodies is Project Linus. Their mission is to “provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer ‘blanketeers.'”You can find out more about donating a crocheted or knit (or sewn) blanket to a local chapter, contributing funds to help defray shipping costs or volunteering on their website.

The Kitty Cap by Bella Crochet. Image (c) Bella Crochet.

The Kitty Cap by Bella Crochet. Image (c) Bella Crochet.

If donating an entire blanket is out of your crochet comfort zone, Warm Up America is another charity that distributes blankets and accessories to a variety of social services agencies. You can send a blanket square, or accessories such as hats or scarves to them for distribution. The Kitty Cap by Bella Crochet is a great free crochet pattern for making children’s hats for charity.

Twisted Cable Scarf and Headband, a free crochet pattern by Kim Guzman. Image (c) Kim Guzman.

Twisted Cable Scarf and Headband, a free crochet pattern by Kim Guzman. Image (c) Kim Guzman.

You might also be interested in the Red Scarf Project from Foster Care to Success. Each year, they coordinate the delivery of Valentine’s Day care packages, including handmade scarves, to young adults who have aged out of foster care as they experience life on their own at college. You can learn more about this charity in the current issue of Crochetvolution here. There are also two great free crochet patterns in this issue, Big Red and Vino Scarf, that would make great projects for the Red Scarf Project. You can also try some of Kim Guzman’s many great free winter patterns. (I interviewed Kim here.) Two of my favorites that would be perfect for the Red Scarf Project are the Reversible Pinstripe Scarf (double-ended crochet) or the Twisted Cable Scarf.

What are your favorite charities to share your crochet and knitting with?