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Hello Summer Tapestry Crochet Pillow Pattern by E’Claire Makery

Hello Summer Pillow, free tapestry crochet pattern by E'Claire Makery for Underground Crafter - handmade pillow with sun and words "hello summer" in tapestry crochet held in arms in front of greenery

Have you been loving all the modern tapestry crochet patterns? Then you’ll want to bust out your hook to get started on the Hello Summer Pillow! I’m so excited to share another beautiful pattern by guest contributor, Claire from E’Claire Makery. Bring a touch of summer inside with this modern, tapestry crochet pillow! (And, if you’re a tapestry crochet newbie, don’t worry. Claire’s got you covered with her Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet!)

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Photos in this post are © Claire Goodale/E’Claire Makery and are used with permission. Yarn for the sample was generously provided by Red Heart.

About E’Claire Makery

Claire Goodale is the owner, designer, and maker behind E’Claire Makery. When she’s not obsessing over yarn and coming up with patterns, you can find her out exploring, baking, watching superhero shows, and enjoying her newly married life with her husband Stephen. As a maker, her goal is to create patterns and tutorials, and share design and business tips to help give crocheters the confidence to create.

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Hello Summer Pillow

Tapestry Crochet Pattern by E’Claire Makery

Hello Summer Pillow, free tapestry crochet pattern by E'Claire Makery for Underground Crafter

Finished Dimensions

  • 15” x 15” (38 cm x 38 cm) square

Gauge

  • For front panel – 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm) square using half double crochets: 14 sts x 9 rows
  • For back panel – 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm) square using double crochets: 11 sts x 7 rows

Supplies

Hello Summer Pillow, free tapestry crochet pattern by E'Claire Makery for Underground Crafter - handmade pillow with sun and words "hello summer" in tapestry crochet held in arms in front of greenery

Stitches Used/Abbreviations

  • Ch = Chain
  • Dc = Double Crochet
  • Hdc = Half Double Crochet
  • RS = Right Side
  • WS = Wrong Side

Pattern Notes

  • This pattern is made using US crochet terminology.
  • The pattern involves color changes using tapestry crochet. Experience with color work is recommended, but if you’re a beginner to tapestry crochet than you can totally do it! If you’ve never done tapestry crochet before, I’ve created a beginner’s guide to tapestry crochet that shows you how to do it. See the written and photo tutorial at The Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet.
  • I recommend reading through the pattern completely before beginning just to make sure that you understand everything in the pattern.
  • Color changes happen are indicated by the color appearing in parentheses. See color graph in paid pdf for full picture of the color changes.
  • Turn and ch 1 at the beginning of Rows 2-40 on front panel. Ch 1 does not count as a stitch.

Pattern Instructions

Hello Summer Pillow, free tapestry crochet pattern by E'Claire Makery for Underground Crafter - handmade pillow with sun and words "hello summer" in tapestry crochet held in arms in front of greenery

Front Panel

  • Ch 57, turn, skip 1 ch.
  • Row 1 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 56
  • Row 2 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 37, (Cream) hdc 19
  • Row 3 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 20, (Yellow) hdc 36
  • Row 4 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 24, (Cream) hdc 32
  • Row 5 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 29, (Yellow) hdc 27
  • Row 6 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 30, (Cream) hdc 26
  • Row 7 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 6, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 5, (Pink) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 9
  • Row 8 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 8, (Pink) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 6
  • Row 9 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 7, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 7, (Yellow) hdc 7
  • Row 10 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 7, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 7
  • Row 11 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 8, (Pink) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 7
  • Row 12 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 9, (Pink) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 1, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 1, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 7
  • Row 13 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 7, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 7, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 7, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 8
  • Row 14 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 8, (Pink) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 6
  • Row 15 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 6, (Pink) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 7
  • Row 16 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 7, (Pink) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 7
  • Row 17 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 24, (Yellow) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 7, (Yellow) hdc 7
  • Row 18 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 8, (Pink) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 22
  • Row 19 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 21, (Yellow) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 5, (Pink) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 9
  • Row 20 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 14, (Cream) hdc 6, (Yellow) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 21
  • Row 21 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 29, (Yellow) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 7, (Yellow) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 8
  • Row 22 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 7, (Cream) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 7, (Cream) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 28
  • Row 23 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 25, (Yellow) hdc 7, (Cream) hdc 6, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 7, (Yellow) hdc 7
  • Row 24 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 11
  • Row 25 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 10, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 3
  • Row 26 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 9
  • Row 27 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 9, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 2
  • Row 28 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 7, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 9
  • Row 29 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 9, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 7, (Cream) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 6, (Yellow) hdc 2
  • Row 30 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 6, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 9
  • Row 31 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 9, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 6, (Yellow) hdc 3
  • Row 32 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 6, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 5, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 10
  • Row 33 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 11, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 6, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 7, (Yellow) hdc 3
  • Row 34 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 8, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 35
  • Row 35 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 40, (Yellow) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 8, (Yellow) hdc 3
  • Row 36 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 9, (Yellow) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 39
  • Row 37 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 37, (Yellow) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 10, (Yellow) hdc 3
  • Row 38 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 52
  • Row 39 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 52, (Yellow) hdc 4
  • Row 40 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 52
Hello Summer Pillow, free tapestry crochet pattern by E'Claire Makery for Underground Crafter - handmade pillow with sun and words "hello summer" in tapestry crochet held in arms in front of greenery

Back Panel

  • Using the Red Heart Soft Essentials and Red Heart Unforgettable yarns held together (you can also hold two worsted weight yarns together if you aren’t using these two), begin Row 1.
  • Row 1: ch 46, starting in 3rd ch from hook dc 44
  • Row 2-27: ch 2, turn, dc 44
  • Fasten off and weave in ends.
Hello Summer Pillow, free tapestry crochet pattern by E'Claire Makery for Underground Crafter - multicolored crochet pillow held in hand in front of greenery

Assembly

  • Put two panels together right sides together, and sew them to each other. When you’re almost done, stuff pillow with stuffing and then finish closing up. If you are using a pillow form instead of stuffing, you can sew up the sides and the bottom, place the pillow form inside the pillowcase, and finishing by sewing up the top.
© 2019 by Claire Goodale (E’Claire Makery) and published with permission by 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 Claire’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: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/07/22/hello-summer-tapestry-crochet-pillow-pattern-by-eclaire-makery/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Handmade for the Holidays Crochet Pattern Bundle!

Handmade for the Holidays Crochet Pattern Bundle 2019 via Underground Crafter - collage of selected included crochet patterns

If you’re anything like me, every year you vow to start your holiday crocheting earlier so that you don’t end up gifting “I.O.U.s” instead of crochet projects. Then life happens and you look up in December and wonder what you’re going to do with that yarn you bought during the Christmas in July sales. Not to worry! I’ve got you covered this year.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links.

I’ve teamed up with 34 crochet designers to bring you the Handmade for the Holidays Crochet Pattern Bundle! It’s packed with 43 patterns so you can crochet all the things for the holidays: stockings, pillows, baskets, wall hangings, and blankets for the home and sweaters, scarves, amigurumi, loveys, hats, and toys to gift to your loved ones!

I’m so excited to be one of the 35 crochet designers contributing patterns to this bundle. Each of us has picked out our top holiday and gift idea patterns to share with you. You’ll have plenty of inspiration to get those handmade holiday projects done in time this year.

The patterns cover all types of holiday decorations and decor items from stockings, wall hangings, and tree skirts, to baskets, table runners, pillows, and blankets. Your home will look great for the holidays — or, gift one of these projects to your holiday host(ess)!

We also included a whole collection of handmade gift ideas. These patterns include trendy and classic sweaters, hats, gloves, and scarves, adorable amigurumi, and cute projects for kids. Your friends and family will secretly be hoping that you crocheted something for their stocking, too!

Handmade for the Holidays Crochet Pattern Bundle 2019 via Underground Crafter - collage of selected included crochet patterns

You can get ALL 43 Handmade for the Holidays Crochet Patterns — worth over $155.00 — for over 85% off. But, we are offering this pricing for this week only as our Christmas in July present to you!

But wait, there is more! (I’ve always wanted to say that!)

As an additional bonus and gift to you, there are 25 coupon codes for patterns and hand-dyed yarn included in the Handmade for the Holidays Crochet Pattern Bundle. And, because I love my blog readers, if you buy the Handmade for the Holidays Crochet Pattern Bundle using my link, I will gift you any 3 patterns or ebooks of your choice from my Ravelry shop. To claim this extra bonus, just email me at marie AT undergroundcrafter DOT com with your receipt and let me know which 3 patterns you’d like.

So, you not only get 43 perfect patterns that normally retail for over $155, you also get 25 discounts to grab more wonderful patterns from your favorite designers (or someone new that you are just seeing as part of the bundle), AND 3 patterns or ebooks from my shop. 

What Patterns Are in This Bundle? 

Some of my favorite crochet designers, including Underground Crafter contributors and CAL Central Crochet Along designers, have patterns in this bundle! Here’s the full list:

  1. Gingerbread House Kawaii Cuddler by 3amgracedesigns
  2. Crochet Snowman by A Menagerie of Stitches
  3. Fingerless Mitts by Bliss This
  4. Winter Waves Headband by By Stephanie Erin
  5. Double Treble Sweater by By Stephanie Erin
  6. Michael the Monkey by Crochet 365 Knit Too
  7. Santa Claus Wall Hanging by Crochet 365 Knit Too
  8. Pretty Snowflakes Basket by Divine Debris
  9. Love Me Tender Blanket by Handmade by Kunbi
  10. Christmas Cactus by Hook Yarn Carabiner
  11. Homestead Tree Skirt by Hooked Hazel
  12. Snowman Centerpiece by Jessie At Home
  13. Crochet My Christmas Hat by Joy of Motion Crochet
  14. Everyday Cable Sweater by Joy of Motion Crochet
  15. Peppermint Owl Ornaments by K Hook Creations
  16. Knot A Bad Christmas Amigurumi by Knot Bad Ami
  17. Snowball Infinity Scarf by Left In Knots
  18. Elf Amigurumi by Loops and Love
  19. Penguin Pal Hoodie by Love Life Yarn
  20. Chelsea Earflap Hat by Made With A Twist
  21. Christmas Granny Afghan by Maria’s Blue Crayon
  22. Making Spirits Bright Graphgan by Meghan Makes Do
  23. Dear Debbie Jumper by NannaKates Crochet
  24. Let It Snow Basket by No Hooks Given
  25. Cozy Cottage Stocking by Pattern Paradise
  26. Holiday Table Runner by Pattern Paradise
  27. The Sawyer Scarf Pattern by Sierra’s Crafty Creations
  28. Cable Ear Warmer Headband by Stitch In Progress
  29. North Star Baby Lovey Blanket by Stitch In Progress
  30. Ruffled Tree Skirt by Stitch In Progress
  31. Arrows to Infinity Scarf by Stitch in Progress
  32. Christmas Tree Pillow by Stitching Together
  33. Winterberry Sweater by Talia’s Crochet Creations
  34. Ollie the Elf by The Blue Elephants
  35. Peppermint Coasters by The Purple Poncho
  36. Winter Penguin by Thoresby Cottage
  37. Dallas Hat by Two Brothers Blankets
  38. Dallas Scarf by Two Brothers Blankets
  39. Sleep Santa Pillow by Underground Crafter (that’s me!)
  40. Wildwood Slouchy Beanie by The Unraveled Mitten
  41. Woven Cowl by Winding Road Crochet 
  42. I’ve Made My Point Beanie by Yarnique
  43. Pinewood Beanie by E’Claire Makery

So, jump over and buy your copy and get the free bonuses today because it is only available through this Friday, July 26, 2019.

We do offer a 30-day money back guarantee, so there is really no risk to you buying your copy today!

I can’t wait to see you rock your handmade holiday goals this year!

Grab your copy at 85% off here, before it is gone! 

28+ Free Handmade Gift Ideas for Men

28+ Free Handmade Gift Ideas for Men via Underground Crafter - collage of crochet, knitting, and sewing patterns

Welcome to the third roundup of the Christmas in July Make Along! This week’s theme is gifts for men, and in my experience, it can sometimes be hard to find great handmade gift ideas for men. Not to worry, because I’ve searched the web to find you 28 handmade gift ideas, including 14 free crochet patterns, 7 free knitting patterns, and 7 free sewing patterns. If you still need more inspiration, I’ve included links to several more roundups with 95 more ideas!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. All photos are © the respective designers and publishers and are used with permission.

  • If you’re just hearing about the Christmas in July Make Along, you can find out more here. 29 bloggers have teamed up to bring you 31 days of handmade gift ideas and the chance to win one of 17 great prizes!
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the Underground Crafters Facebook group.
  • If you’d like regular email reminders during the Make Along, sign up for the Underground Crafter newsletter.
  • Use this button below on your Ravelry project pages or elsewhere on social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.
2019 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter - text on a white background with pine cones

28 Handmade Gift Ideas for Men

Roundup by Underground Crafter

28+ Free Handmade Gift Ideas for Men via Underground Crafter - collage of crochet, knitting, and sewing patterns

14 Free Crochet Patterns

These patterns include hats, slippers, scarves and cowls, and even a growler cozy!

28+ Free Handmade Gift Ideas for Men via Underground Crafter - collage of 14 crochet patterns

Left column, from top to bottom:

  • Urban Hiker Slouchy Hat by Underground Crafter: This striped, slouchy hat pattern is available in six sizes from newborn through adult large.
  • Chic and Simple Perfect Hat by Marly Bird: This hat pattern is available in 9 sizes from 3-6 months through adult extra large.
  • Simply Slippers by Stitches n Scraps: This simple slipper pattern is available in four adult sizes.
  • Easy Beginner Fringe Scarf by Fiber Flux: This long, unisex scarf is beginner-friendly and includes a video tutorial.

Second column, from top to bottom:

  • Suit Style Men’s Scarf by Stitch in Progress: This simple scarf pairs well with business attire. The pattern includes international stitch symbols and a color chart.
  • Faux Brioche Scarf by Jessie At Home: This knit-look scarf includes tips for adjusting the size.
  • Manchester Reversible Hat by Pattern Paradise: This reversible beanie pattern is available in four sizes from toddler through adult large.

Third column, from top to bottom:

  • Beer Growler Cozy by Moogly: This makes the perfect gift for your favorite beer connoisseur.
  • Entirely Easy Men’s Scarf by Stitching Together: This beginner-friendly, knit-look scarf pattern includes helpful photos to guide hook placement.
  • Hyland Men’s Hat by Yarn + Chai: This slouchy hat uses variations on basic crochet stitches to add subtle texture.

Right column, from top to bottom:

  • Adult Men’s Chunky Slippers by YARNutopia: This pattern for these cozy slippers crocheted in a super bulky yarn includes a video tutorial.
  • Brooklyn Ridge Hat by Sewrella: This simple hat works up quickly in a bulky yarn. It can be worn as a slouchy or as a beanie with the brim rolled up.
  • Buttoned Plaid Cowl by Winding Road Crochet: This pattern includes both a video tutorial and helpful illustrations for crochet plaid newbies. It also includes a sign up form for printable plaid handmade gift tags.
  • Eclectic Woodsman’s Scarf by Mainly Crochet: This pattern uses a self-striping yarn to do the colorwork for you.

7 Free Knitting Patterns

These patterns include hats, scarves, sweaters, and even a tablet sleeve. Shown clockwise from top left corner.

28+ Free Handmade Gift Ideas for Men via Underground Crafter - collage of 7 knitting patterns
  • Comfy Tablet Sleeve by Hands Occupied: This striped tablet sleeve pattern includes a helpful seaming tutorial.
  • The Hektor by Handy Little Me: This simple striped hat is a beginner-friendly project.
  • Seeds and Cables Scarf by Underground Crafter: This scarf pairs a classic cable pattern with the texture of seed stitches.
  • Jack and Jill Sweater by Stitches n Scraps: This textured, color blocked sweater pattern is available in four adult sizes from small through extra large.
  • Interwoven Hat by Two of Wands: This cuffed hat includes an intricate central cable pattern.
  • Broken Rib Hat by Edie Eckman: This unisex hat is stretchy enough to fit a variety of head sizes.
  • Neighborly Cardigan via Lion Brand: This zippered cardigan pattern is available in five adult sizes from small through 2X.

7 Free Sewing Patterns

These patterns include home décor and accessories made with fabric yardage and upcycled t-shirts and denim. Shown clockwise from top left.

28+ Free Handmade Gift Ideas for Men via Underground Crafter - collage of 7 sewing patterns
  • Key Holder Wall Hanging Quilt by She’s So Creative: Keep his keys organized with this wall hanging quilt.
  • Pockets Camera Strap Cover via FaveCrafts: This quick sewing project makes a great gift for your favorite photographer.
  • T-Shirt Pillow by Jane Skoch for FaveCrafts: Turn two sentimental favorite t-shirts into a comfortable throw pillow.
  • Oversized Floor Pouf via FaveCrafts: Make this simple and functional piece of comfortable furniture with just two yards of fabric.
  • Denim Log Cabin Pocket Pillows by Underground Crafter: This set of three pillows made with variations on the classic log cabin quilting block include a pocket for storing a remote, a pair of glasses, or anything else needed while relaxing.
  • Colorblocked T-Shirt Scarf by Back to Calley via FaveCrafts: Upcycle two adult t-shirts in contrasting colors to make this long scarf.
  • Movie Poster Pillow by Crafty Chica for FaveCrafts: This pillow would make a great gift for a film buff. The tutorial includes both sewing and no-sew options.

Still need more inspiration for handmade gifts for men? Get 95 more ideas from these roundups!

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15 free #crochet patterns for men's accessories. Roundup curated by Underground Crafter.
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Easy Lacy Crochet Shawl Pattern: Patina Lace Shawlette

Patina Lace Shawlette, free #crochet pattern in Terra Fibres Handspun Merino Sport yarn by Underground Crafter | Color-blocked, crochet lace shawl on faux white brick background

The Patina Lace Shawlette is an easy, lacy crochet shawl with a simple stitch pattern repeat that is easy to remember. This rectangular shawl uses an easy lace stitch pattern in different directions to create a beautiful, color-blocked accessory.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Supplies for this project were generously provided by Terra Fibres and Pastiche Accessories. Camera and vinyl backdrop were generously provided by B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio.

You may remember seeing these beautiful skeins of handspun yarn in my Instagram feed a few months back.

I love to work with handspun yarns, so I was thrilled with Terra Fibres agreed to provide me with three skeins of her lovely handspun (in two solid colors and a marled skein combining both solids).

Patina Lace Shawlette, free #crochet pattern in Terra Fibres Handspun Merino Sport yarn by Underground Crafter | Color-blocked, crochet lace shawl on faux white brick background

I really wanted the yarn to be the star of the story of this rectangular shawl, so I picked very simple and easy-to-remember stitch patterns for this design.

Patina Lace Shawlette, free #crochet pattern in Terra Fibres Handspun Merino Sport yarn by Underground Crafter | Color-blocked, crochet stitch detail on faux white brick background

You can see the construction best in the photo just above this one. The project starts with several wide rows in the first color. Then, you turn the project perpendicular and work the same stitch pattern in narrower rows across the side of your original rows. It gives the appearance of using two different stitches but you don’t have anything new to remember! Finally, a border is crocheted across the long edge, bringing the whole piece together.

Patina Lace Shawlette, free #crochet pattern in Terra Fibres Handspun Merino Sport yarn by Underground Crafter | Color-blocked, crochet lace shawl on hanger on faux white brick background

You may be wondering about the inspiration for the name of the Patina Lace Shawlette. Patina is that greenish film that forms on bronze or copper (think: the Statue of Liberty), and the colors Terra put together for me reminded me of the look of aged metals. By the way, if you aren’t loving one of the colors that Terra Fibres already has in stock in the shop, not to worry! Terra now has an option where you can pick your own color and she will spin the yarn to order. How awesome is that?

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Patina Lace Shawlette

Easy Lacy Crochet Shawl Pattern by Underground Crafter

Patina Lace Shawlette, free #crochet pattern in Terra Fibres Handspun Merino Sport yarn by Underground Crafter | Color-blocked, crochet lace shawl on faux white brick background

A simple, rectangular shawl uses an easy lace stitch pattern in different directions to create a beautiful, color-blocked accessory.

Finished Size

  • 9.5” (24 cm) wide x 56” (142 cm) long after blocking.

Materials

  • Terra Fibres Handspun Merino Sport yarn (100% Merino wool, 3.5 oz/100 g, 164 yd/150 m) – 1 skein each in Caramel (CA), Caramel/Mint Marled (CB), and Mint (CC), or approximately 164 yd (150 m) each in 2 solid colors and in 1 marled colorway in any handspun, light weight yarn.
  • US Size I-9/5.5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge. I used a hook with sunflower lady bug polymer clay handle by Pastiche Accessories.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 16 sts in pattern = 4” (10 cm) across, unblocked. Exact gauge is not critical for this project. Use a hook size larger than your typical choice for the yarn’s thickness for better drape.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • tr – treble (triple) crochet
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • () Repeat instructions between parentheses in same stitch or space.

Pattern Notes

  • Shawlette is crocheted in flat in rows in 3 sections in one piece. Each section is crocheted in 1 color.
  • When choosing colors, note that CA is worked across in wider rows, CB is worked across in narrower rows, and CC is the border.
Patina Lace Shawlette, free #crochet pattern in Terra Fibres Handspun Merino Sport yarn by Underground Crafter | Terra Fibres yarn wound
  • Change colors in final yarn over of last stitch on designated rows.
  • Chain spaces count as stitches.

Pattern Instructions

Shawlette

Section 1 – Wider Rows

  • With CA, ch 133, or any multiple of 5 sts, + 8 sts.
  • Row 1: Turn, skip 12 ch (counts as tr + ch-4 sp), tr in next ch, *ch 4, skip 4 ch, tr in next ch; rep from * across. (121 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 5 (counts as tr + ch-1 sp), tr in same st, *skip ch-4 sp,** (tr, ch 1, tr, ch 1, tr) in next tr; rep from * across, ending after ** before final st, (tr, ch 1, tr) in last st.
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 8 (counts as tr + ch-4 sp), skip (next ch-1 sp, next 2 tr, next ch-1 sp), tr in next st, *ch 4, skip (next ch-1 sp, next 2 tr, next ch-1 sp), tr in next st; rep from * across.
  • Rows 4-9: Rep Rows 2-3, 3 more times.
  • Row 10: Rep Row 2 once.
  • Row 11:Turn project perpendicular to work along short edge, ch 1, 4 sc in side of each row across to first row, 5 sc in side of first row, changing to CB in last yarn over of final sc. Fasten off CA. (41 sts)

Section 2 – Narrower Rows

  • Continue to crochet in CB along short edge.
  • Row 12: Rep Row 3.
  • Rep Rows 2-3 until project measures approximately 52” (132 cm) long unblocked, or approximately desired length, ending after a rep of Row 3, changing to CC in last yarn over of final tr. Fasten off CB.
  • Row 13: Turn project perpendicular to work along long edge, ch 1, 4 sc in side of each row in CB across to Row 11, sc in side of Row 11, sc in each st and each ch-1 sp in CA across.

Section 3 – Border

  • Continue to crochet in CC along long edge.
  • Row 14: Turn, ch 4 (counts as dc + ch-1 sp), skip 1 st, dc in next st, * ch 1, skip 1 st, dc in next st; rep from * across.
  • Row 15: Turn, ch 4 (counts as dc + ch-1 sp), skip next ch-1 sp, dc in next st, * ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in next st; rep from * across.
  • Rows 16-19: Rep Row 15, 4 more times.
  • Row 20: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, *(sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch-1 sp,** skip next st; rep from * across, ending after ** before last st, sc in last st. Fasten off CC.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
  • Spray or wet block to open up lace.
© 2019 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: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/07/19/easy-lacy-crochet-shawl-pattern-patina-lace-shawlette/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

How To Knit Beautiful Bags by Sian Brown Book Review with Flower Basket bag pattern

How To Knit Beautiful Bags by Sian Brown Book Review with Flower Basket bag pattern via Underground Crafter - book cover

Have you been wondering how to knit a bag? Bags are great projects to knit because you can start wearing and using them right away, no matter what the season! Today, I’m sharing my review of a book of knit bag designs and techniques. My review also includes an excerpted knitting pattern for the Flower Basket bag and your chance to win a copy of the book, so read on for details!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Search Press North America provided with a free review copy of How To Knit Beautiful Bags: 22 Gorgeous Designs by Sian Brown. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.

Book Review

At first glance, How To Knit Beautiful Bags: 22 Gorgeous Designs by Sian Brown seems to be an above average collection of knit bag patterns, but once you dive deep into it, you’ll realize that it is much more! This book is actually a guide to how to knit bags in general, and provides all the information you’ll need to make not just these 22 projects, but ANY knit bag into something beautiful, functional, and durable.

The book opens with a visual Table of Contents with a thumbnail of each of the projects in the book so it’s easy to find a favorite bag pattern again. The book then moves on to an Introduction from Sian where she explains why she loves to knit bags (because they are relatively quick projects where you can try out new techniques). She also explains that each bag in this book is both lined and has pockets. (Spoiler alert: Don’t be intimidated about the lining, because it’s all explained later.)

The next section, Materials and Tools, covers everything you’ll need to knit the bags in this book. Most of the items are standard supplies that most knitters would have available, but Sian also includes a sewing machine (for creating the lining and pockets), wadding (also known as batting in the States), interfacing, and handles.

The next sections include the bag patterns. The patterns are organized into Simple Bags (7 patterns), Summer Bags (4 patterns), Cablework (4 patterns), Evening (3 patterns), and Colourwork (4 patterns). Each pattern includes a short description, the skill level, a list of equipment with needle sizes and yarn listed using both UK and US terminology, measurements (in both metric and US customary units), tension/gauge, and finished size. Each pattern also includes at least one full-page photograph of the bag, usually shown being worn or hung so you can see how it drapes, and 2-4 additional pictures.

In terms of skill level, there are 7 beginner patterns, 1 beginner/intermediate pattern, 11 intermediate patterns, and 3 advanced patterns. The patterns are written in abbreviations, but 5 patterns also include color charts.

Techniques is the final, 20-page section. It includes information about 

  • Gauge/tension, 
  • Colorwork (including stranded/Fair Isle and intarsia), 
  • How to embellish your bag (with written and illustrated tutorials for appliqué; 5 types of embroidery stitches; attaching beads, sequins, and knit flowers; and making pom poms), 
  • Finishing methods (including blocking, weaving in ends, and backstitch and mattress stitch seams), 
  • Fastening your bag (with zippers, buttons, snaps, and magnetic closures), 
  • Adding lining using batting or interfacing (for less bulk), and
  • Making braided cords and attaching handles.

The book concludes with a list of pattern abbreviations, a yarn “translation” chart from UK to US to Australian terms for yarn weights, and a list of the specific yarns listed in each pattern.

Overall, it’s a wonderful reference guide to making your knit bags beautiful, adding lining, and finishing with lovely details. The patterns are a lot of fun, but this is more than just a pattern book. Although the Technique section in How To Knit Beautiful Bags is substantial, it really focuses on the specific techniques for finishing knit bags. There is no “how to knit” information in this book, so it is best suited to intermediate knitters or adventurous advanced beginners. If you’d love to learn how to knit a bag for yourself or to gift or sell, then I highly recommend How To Knit Beautiful Bags!

Flower Basket

Knitting Pattern by Sian Brown 

How To Knit Beautiful Bags by Sian Brown Book Review with Flower Basket bag pattern via Underground Crafter - Flower Basket bag

Published in How To Knit Beautiful Bags: 22 Gorgeous Designs

Text © Sian Brown 2018. Photographs and design © Search Press Ltd 2018. Shared with permission from Search Press North America.

With simple garter stitch handles and top, this design features an attractive, basket-weave pattern for the body of the bag. Topped off with a delicate flower in a complementary colour using lightweight, mohair yarn, add some matching seed beads for a bit of sparkle and shine.

Notes from Underground Crafter

Equipment

  • Knitting Needles
    • 4.5mm (UK 7, US 7)
  • Materials
    • 4 balls of aran (10-ply/worsted) yarn in mauve (A); 50g/98yd/90m
    • Small amount of 1–3-ply (lace weight) yarn in lilac (B); 25g/218yd/200m
    • 16 lilac seed beads
    • Magnetic closure
    • Lining and wadding/batting: 36 x 29cm (14 x 11.5in)
    • Lining for pocket: 18 x 33cm (7 x 13in)
    • Interfacing for pocket: 15 x 15cm (6 x 6in)
  • Tension (Gauge)
    • 24 sts x 32 rows over 10 x 10cm (4 x 4in) in pattern
  • Finished Size
    • 33 x 26cm (13 x 10.25in) excluding handles

Instructions

Front and Back (Make 2)

  • With yarn A, cast on 63 sts.
  • Row 1: knit.
  • Row 2: purl.
  • Row 3 (RS): k4, *p7, k5, rep from * to last 11 sts, p7, k4.
  • Row 4: p4, *k7, p5, rep from * to last 11 sts, k7, p4.
  • Row 5: knit.
  • Row 6: purl.
  • Row 7: as row 3.
  • Row 8: as row 4.
  • Row 9: knit.
  • Row 10: purl.
  • Row 11: p5, *k5, p7, rep from * to last 10 sts, k5, p5.
  • Row 12: k5, *p5, k7, rep from * to last 10 sts, p5, k5.
  • Row 13: knit.
  • Row 14: purl.
  • Row 15: as row 11.
  • Row 16: as row 12.
  • These 16 rows form the pattern. Repeat three more times, then work rows 1–8 once more.
  • Work 30 rows knit.
  • Cast off.

Handle (Make 2)

  • With yarn A, cast on 8 sts. Knit until handle measures 40cm (15.75in).
  • Cast off.

Flower (Make 5 Petals)

  • Using yarn B held double, cast on 6 sts.
  • Row 1: knit.
  • Row 2: purl.
  • Repeat these 2 rows three more times.
  • Row 9: k2tog, k2, k2tog (4 sts).
  • Row 10: purl.
  • Row 11: k2tog twice (2 sts).
  • Row 12: purl.
  • Row 13: k2tog.
  • Fasten off.

Making Up

  • Press the main pieces of the bag under a damp cloth. Pin the flower petals to one side of the bag with the cast-on edges at the centre and sew in place. Sew the beads in the centre of the flower. With right sides facing, pin and sew the bottom seam using backstitch. Then sew the side seams using mattress stitch. Turn over the top border to half the depth, and slip stitch it in place. Pin and sew the handles to the inside top of the bag. Follow the lining instructions below to make and fit the lining and pocket, and the instructions below to fit the magnetic closure.

Lining

  • Lining is used to neaten the inside of the bags so that you do not see the back of the knitting. It also adds another layer, and gives the inside of the bags a splash of colour and print. Choose your own lining fabrics to personalise your bag.

Lining the bags

  • Cut out the lining fabric and wadding/batting for the main bag, and lining fabric and interfacing for the pocket according to measurements given in each pattern (NB: if the print on the lining does not have a specific direction, cut in one piece and fold it at the centre. If it does, cut it in two pieces and sew them together with the seam at the bottom, keeping the print on the pocket going in the same direction as the lining).
  • Pin the wadding/batting to the lining if it is being used. Fold over to the WS a 1.5cm (5/8 in) seam allowance at the top of one side of the bag and machine stitch in place.
  • Fold the lining fabric for the pocket right sides together and press. It is neater to have the folded edge at the top of the pocket. If using iron-on interfacing, press this on now, with one edge against the fold. Sew one side and the top. Clip corner, turn pocket right side out and press again. Pin and sew the remaining seam.
  • Pin the seam allowance on the open side. Pin and sew the pocket in place around the sides and bottom, a little below the top at the centre.
  • Fit the magnetic closure now if you are adding one.
  • Pin the lining pieces together around the sides and bottom and try inside the bag for fi t, pinning around the top to check. Make sure that it fits well and adjust if needed (it is better for the lining to be slightly smaller than the bag in depth and width to avoid it looking loose).
  • Once the fit is adjusted, sew the side and bottom seams, RS facing.
  • Place the lining inside the bag, referring to the making up instructions, and pin to the knitted piece, then hand sew it in place.

Snap Fasteners 

  • Snap fasteners are a practical way to fasten pieces together and easy to open and close. Choose a sewing thread close to the colour of the knitted pieces, and use a fine sewing needle. Doubling up the thread will make sewing on quicker and more secure. 
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  • Snap fasteners come in two sections: a ball and socket (see above). The ball at the centre of one section presses or snaps tightly into the socket at the centre of the other. 
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  • Decide where the snap fastener is to be placed. Secure the thread at the back of the work. Bring the needle up through one of the holes, around the edge and into the back. Repeat this a few times for each hole until the snap fastener is secure (see above). 
  • For the second half of the fastener, position it to line up with the first half and repeat step 2. 

Giveaway

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Now that you’ve read my review of How To Knit Beautiful Bags: 22 Gorgeous Designs by Sian Brown and tried the Flower Basket bag pattern, I’m guessing you’re ready to get your hands on the book. Well, the nice folks at Search Press North America have set aside a copy for one lucky winner!

This giveaway is open to readers with mailing addresses in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, or other parts of Europe, except where prohibited by law. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, July 25, 2019. One winner will be chosen at random from the entries submitted via the Rafflecopter widget. The winner will receive 1 copy of How To Knit Beautiful Bags: 22 Gorgeous Designs, courtesy of Search Press North America. Good luck!

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