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January, 2015 Crochet Specialty of the Month Roundup: Intermeshing Crochet

Underground Crafter's Crochet Specialty of the Month: January 2015 intermeshing crochet roundup

Welcome to my themed blog series, Crochet Specialty of the Month! Each month in 2015, I’ll feature a specialized crochet technique, stitch pattern, or project type through several posts.

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This month, I launched the Crochet Specialty of the Month series with a focus on intermeshing crochet (also known as interlocking or double filet crochet). In case you missed any of the posts, I’m sharing a roundup today. Click on the image to link to the relevant blog post.

I started the month with an introduction to intermeshing crochet and a roundup of 4 free tutorials for beginners.

Roundup of free crochet intermeshing tutorials for beginners on Underground Crafter

I shared three interviews with designers who specialize in intermeshing crochet.

Interview with intermeshing crochet designer Tanis Galik on Underground Crafter

Tanis Galik, author of Interlocking Crochet.

Interview with double filet/intermeshing crochet/interlocking crochet designer Nickerjac on Underground Crafter

Nickerjac, U.K. designer and teacher focused on double filet crochet.

Barbara Mann in a double filet crochet serape and hat.

Barbara Mann (also known as mulenga), London designer and teacher specializing in double filet crochet.

And I also shared a free pattern which included intermeshing crochet.

Triptych Sampler Infinity Cowl, free crochet pattern including intermeshing crochet, post stitches, and puff stitches by Underground Crafter

I’ll be hosting a crochet-a-long for the Triptych Sampler Infinity Cowl in February.

And you can find a growing collection of intermeshing crochet inspiration on my Pinterest board!

Follow Underground Crafter’s board Intermeshing Crochet on Pinterest.

I hope you enjoyed this focus on intermeshing crochet as much as I did! I am actually working on a few intermeshing projects and I’m looking forward to sharing those soon!

Free pattern: Warm and Textured 1-Skein Cowl

Warm and Textured 1-Skein Cowl, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Back in 2011, I went to my favorite local yarn shop, Knitty City during the NYC Yarn Crawl and picked up four beautiful skeins of yarn.

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Underground Crafter yarn haul from Knitty City

From left to right: Dream in Color Classy in Spring Tickle, Malabrigo Rios in 16 Glazed Carrot and 859 Primavera, and Dream in Color Classy in Happy Forest.

My original plans were for a sampler blanket, but over the years the other skeins were used for different projects until just the one remained.

Dream in Color Classy in Spring Tickle on Underground Crafter

Dream in Color Classy in Spring Tickle.

I even tried planned to include it in my Temperature Scarf, but (based purely on weather patterns) I only ended up using it for one row! It’s such a lovely skein that I knew I had to make something I could use frequently with it, but since all the coordinating skeins I purchased with it were used up, I wanted to make a one-skein project.

Warm and Textured 1-Skein Cowl, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

This snug cowl is a great small project to test out your post stitch skills. It has two different types of clusters to make a richly textured surface.

Warm and Textured 1-Skein Cowl, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

The half double crochet stitches are nice and plump, and keep the cold air out. It’s a perfect project to keep out the winds on a chilly day.

Don’t forget to add Warm and Textured 1-Skein Cowl to your queue or favorites on Ravelry! And please share pictures if you make one – I’d love to see your version! Enjoy!

Warm and Textured 1-Skein Cowl

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

03-intermediate

US terms 50

4-medium 50

This cabled cowl makes a bold statement with just one skein.

Warm and Textured 1-Skein Cowl, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Finished Size

  • Adult: 9” (23 cm) wide x 20” (51 cm) long (blocked).

Materials

    • Dream in Color Classy (100% superwash Merino wool, 4 oz/113 g, 250 yd/229 m) – 1 skeins in Spring Tickle, or approximately 250 yd (229 m) in any medium weight yarn.
    • US I-9/5.5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
    • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 12 sts x 14 rows in pattern = 4” (10 cm) unblocked. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

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

  • ch – chain
  • ea – each
  • FPcl – front post cluster✪
  • FPdc – front post double crochet✪
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • pop – 6-hdc popcorn✪
  • rep – repeat
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • WS – wrong (back) side
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Special Stitch Patterns

  • FPcl – front post cluster – (Yo, insert hook from front around back to front of st, yo and draw up a loop to the height of current row, yo and draw through 2 loops) 3 times, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook. Sk st behind FPcl.
  • FPdc – front post double crochet – Yo, insert hook from front around back to front of st, yo and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops) twice. Sk st behind FPdc.
  • pop – 6-hdc popcorn – Hdc 6 times in same st, remove hook from loop and insert hook from front to back of first hdc in group, pick up dropped loop and pull through loop on hook.

New to crochet cables? Check out Quick & Easy Crochet Cables (with Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby) on Craftsy!

Pattern Instructions

Cowl

  • Ch 34.
  • Row 1: (WS) Turn, sk first ch, sc in next st and ea st across. (33 sts)
  • Row 2: (RS) Turn, ch 2 (counts as hdc, here and throughout), hdc in next st and ea st across.
  • Row 3: Rep Row 2.
  • Row 4: Turn, ch 2, hdc in next 4 sts, FPcl around next st 2 rows below, hdc in next 5 sts, (FPdc around next st 2 rows below, pop in next st, FPdc around next st 2 rows below, hdc in next 5 sts) twice, FPcl in next st 2 rows below, hdc in next 5 sts.
  • Row 5: Rep Row 2.
  • Row 6: Turn, ch 2, hdc in next 4 sts, FPcl around next FPcl, hdc in next 5 sts, [(FPdc around next FPdc, hdc) twice, hdc in the next 5 sts],twice, FPcl around next FPcl, hdc in next 5 sts.
  • Row 7: Rep Row 2.
  • Row 8: Turn, ch 2, hdc in next 4 sts, FPcl around next FPcl, hdc in next 5 sts, (sk FPdc, FPdc around next FPdc, hdc, working in front of last FPdc, FPdc around skipped FPdc, hdc in next 5 sts) twice, FPcl around next FPcl, hdc in next 5 sts.
  • Row 9: Rep Row 2.
  • Row 10: Turn, ch 2, hdc in next 4 sts, FPcl around next FPcl, hdc in next 5 sts, (FPdc around next FPdc, pop, FPdc around next FPdc, hdc in next 5 sts) twice, FPcl around next FPcl, hdc in next 5 sts.
  • Row 11: Rep Row 2.
  • Row 12: Rep Row 8.
  • Row 13: Rep Row 2.
  • Rep Rows 6-13 7 more times, or until cowl measures approximately 21” (53 cm), ending after Row 13. Do not fasten off.

Finishing

  • Fold cowl in half with RS facing and line up short edges to join with slip stitches. Fasten off. Weave in ends. Spray block.

Don’t forget to add Warm and Textured 1-Skein Cowl to your queue or favorites on Ravelry!

© 2015 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/2015/01/30/free-pattern-warm-and-textured-1-skein-cowl. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Interview with double filet crochet evangelist, Barbara Mann (also known as mulenga)

Underground Crafter's Crochet Specialty of the Month: January 2015 intermeshing crochet
Welcome to my themed blog series, Crochet Specialty of the Month! Each month in 2015, I’ll feature a specialized crochet technique, stitch pattern, or project type through several posts.

This post contains affiliate links.

Today I’m sharing my last interview in this month’s series on intermeshing crochet. Barbara Mann, also known as mulenga, is a designer, teacher, and all around advocate for double filet. (Nickerjac, a fellow member of the East London Crochet Group, shares her thoughts on the difference between double filet and intermeshing crochet in this interview.)

Barbara lives in London and can be found online as mulenga on Ravelry, or via the Double Filet website of the East London Crochet Group. Images are copyright Barbara Mann and are used with permission.

Barbara Mann in a double filet crochet serape and hat.

Barbara Mann in a double filet crochet serape and hat of her own design.

Underground Crafter (UC): How did you first learn to crochet?
Barbara: My Dad learned to crochet while a prisoner of war, and taught my Mum and me after his release, when I was about 7. I remember knitting the body of my school cardigan while my Mum knitted the sleeves. My motto through the years has been Each one teach one, and my two daughters are competent knitters, crocheters and designers – and teachers.

These double filet crochet designs are based on the Berlin Ware theme. Designs by (clockwise from top left) carolserena, nickerjac, mrspammy, and mulenga.

These double filet crochet designs by the East London Crochet Group design team are based on the Berlin Ware theme. Designs by (clockwise from top left) carolserena, nickerjac, mrspammy, and Barbara Mann.

UC: How did you become involved with the East London Crochet Group?
Barbara: It started around our kitchen table with a group of friends exploring Double Filet crochet! We decided to put on a workshop in our local church hall, which became a regular three-monthly fixture. We called ourselves the East London Crochet Group because that’s where most of us came from to start with, but people started coming from all over London and further afield, one even from Scotland. Several years on, from 2003 we added a 3-day residential workshop. We are affiliated to the Knitting and Crochet Guild, some of our contacts came that way, others through SkipNorth, others in manners lost in the mists of history.

In this double filet design, Barbara used elements of  Central Asian carpet design in a shape known as "elephant’s foot."

In this double filet design, Barbara used elements of Central Asian carpet design in a shape known as “elephant’s foot.”

UC: Your group seems to have developed a strong interest in intermeshing crochet, or double filet. How did you learn this technique and what do you enjoy about it?
Barbara: I attended a free-form crochet course in 1991 with Sylvia Cosh and James Walters. James showed us an experimental sample of Double Filet crochet (similar to the first sample here – ironically about as far from free-form crochet as you can get). I was hooked, and knew immediately where my next twenty years were going! What do I enjoy about it? Creativity, colour, texture, practical results (dramatic capes and afghans), designing …

Barbara combined bullions with a double filet frame in this design.

Barbara combined bullions with a double filet frame in this design.

UC: Do you design your own projects or do you mostly work from patterns?
Barbara: I rarely work from patterns unless from one our design team! Between workshops a group of close colleagues meet round our kitchen table twice a month to plan the next workshop, and we normally come up with a dozen or so pages of ideas and drawings suitable for different levels of experience, or to encourage folk to design their own. Each year we pick a different region as a source of inspiration (the Celtic world, the Mediterranean, Russia, Africa …), developing designs from all manner of crafts.

A double filet afghan designed by Barbara.

A double filet afghan designed by Barbara.

UC: What are your favorite crochet books in your collection?
Barbara: [Laughs]. Barbara Walker‘s Mosaic Knitting. Not crochet, but adaptable. Our crochet Bible is the Harmony Guide to Crochet Stitches compiled by James Walters and Sylvia Cosh. But usually we have a pile of books around our theme, e.g., for Japan: some 10 books on traditional gardens, embroidery (sashiko), kimonos, amigurumi, Japanese prints, bonsai, heraldic motifs …

Barbara created the sample for this Icelandic cushion front design was adapted by carolserena from a needlepoint pattern by Jóna Sparey.

Barbara created the sample for this Icelandic cushion front design was adapted by carolserena from a needlepoint pattern by Jóna Sparey.

UC: Do you have any crafty blogs or websites you visit regularly for inspiration or community?
Barbara: I am beginning to be more computer literate, and am thoroughly enjoying Ravelry. No doubt this blog is one that I should start to follow!

Barbara's double filet design was influenced by a 12th century jewelled reliquary from Cologne.

Barbara’s double filet design was influenced by a 12th century jewelled reliquary from Cologne.

Thanks so much for sharing your time with us, Barbara, and for your kind words about my blog!

New Patterns in February 2015 Issue of I Like Crochet!

I’m excited to share two new crochet pattern releases!

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Both are in the February, 2015 issue of I Like Crochet, a relatively new digital crochet magazine that is available for your desktop or iPad. New issues are released every two months.

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My first pattern in the issue is the Scrappy Shells Blanket.

Scrappy Shells Blanket, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Image (c) ILikeCrochet.com.

Although you could definitely make a scrappy stashbusting project with this pattern, I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in seven colors for the sample.

Scrappy Shells Blanket, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

I love the way it turned out! As you may have noticed, I love asymmetry, and I’ve included an asymmetrical edging on just one side of the blanket.

Scrappy Shells Blanket, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

My second pattern is the Shimmery Valentine Bangles.

Shimmery Valentine Bangles, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter.

Image (c) ILikeCrochet.com

These are super quick and easy to make and are a fun project for teens. I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour in 3 colors to add some bling for my samples.

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One of the things I love about I Like Crochet is how many patterns are included in each issue (more than 30). My favorites from this issue are Nazanin Fard‘s Berry Sherbet Shawl, Beth Graham‘s Scraptastic Log Cabin Blanket, Olivia Kent‘s Cherry Tart Cowl, Patti Notestine‘s Forever in Love Slippers (available in 3 sizes), Dora Ohrenstein‘s Plum Raspberry Pullover (available in 4 sizes), and Suzanne Visch‘s Lime-Trimmed Cardigan (available in 5 infant and toddler sizes).

There’s also a great tutorial for the spike cluster stitch along with a pattern for the Spike Cluster Clutch (also by Dora Ohrenstein).

You can find the table of contents for the February, 2015 issue here. What’s your favorite pattern in the issue?

Crochet Groundhog Pattern Roundup

With New York City under a blanket of snow from Winter Storm Juno, I’m trying to remain hopeful about a cloudy Groundhog Day next week. Crocheting a groundhog seems like the best way to woo spring, so today I’m sharing a roundup of my favorite groundhog patterns.

Crochet Groundhog Free Pattern Roundup by Underground CrafterThis post contains affiliate links.

1) A little groundhog amigurumi by Tea, Love, Crochet. This little critter is made with Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn. I love the teeth and the expression!

2) Groundhog on Yarnspirations. This groundhog is crocheted with Lily Sugar ‘n Cream. I love the little legs.
3) If you’d like a bit more support, try out the Happy Groundhog Day pattern with photo tutorial on Genuine Mudpie. I love how this dude seems to be dancing.

4) (Not pictured) And, although it isn’t free, I think Stacey Trock‘s Amigurumi Phil the Groundhog is just adorable!

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If you like this roundup, you may enjoy my Amigurumi – Crochet board on Pinterest!