Layers of Texture Infinity Scarf Crochet-a-Long Part 1: Getting Started and Staircase Stitch

Layers of Texture Infinity Scarf Crochet-a-Long with Underground Crafter and Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) - July 18 - August 29, 2016I’m so excited to share the first part of the Layers of Texture Infinity Scarf! (If you’re new to this pattern or the crochet-a-long, you can find all the details in this post.)



I’ve heard from many crocheters who are new to intermeshing crochet, and I’m so happy to be part of your introduction to this wonderful technique.

Layers of Texture Infinity Scarf Crochet-a-Long with Underground Crafter and Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) - July 18 - August 29, 2016This post contains affiliate links. Yarn for the sample was generously provided by Lion Brand.

You’re welcome to join in on the Crochet-a-Long.

Layers of Texture Infinity Scarf Crochet-a-Long with Underground Crafter and Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) - July 18 - August 29, 2016

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Layers of Texture Infinity Scarf Part 1: Getting Started and Staircase Stitch

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

03-intermediateUS terms 504-medium 50Explore intermeshing crochet with this reversible sampler infinity cowl. (Updated 7/26/2016)

Finished Size

  • Teen/Adult: 4” (10 cm) wide x 54” (137 cm) long (unblocked).

Materials

  • Lion Brand Heartland (100% acrylic, 5 oz/142 g, 251 yd/230 m) – 1 skeins ea in 174 Joshua Tree (CA) and 169 Shenandoah (CB), or approximately 175 yd (160 m) in ea of 2 contrasting colors in any medium weight yarn.

Shop for Lion Brand Heartland at your favorite retailer!

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  • US J-10/6 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.
  • Optional: 2 locking stitch markers.

Gauge

  • 17 sts x 8 rows (1A & 1B) in Staircase Stitch  = 4” (10 cm) across. Exact gauge is not critical for this pattern.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • dc/b – double crochet in back of ch-1 sp of alternate color piece
  • dc/f – double crochet in front of ch-1 sp of alternate color piece
  • ea – each
  • rep – repeat
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip st
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

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Pattern Instructions
Infinity Scarf

Foundation Rows

  • With CA, ch 20.
  • Foundation Row: Turn, sk 5 sts (counts as dc + ch-1 sp), dc in next st, *ch 1, sk 1 ch, dc in next st; rep from * across. Remove hook and set aside. (17 sts)
  • With CB, ch 18. Rep Foundation Row. (15 sts)

Staircase Stitch

  • Turn so working yarn is on right (if right-handed), or on left (if left-handed). Place CA piece in front of (on top of) CB piece.
  • Drop CB yarn to front of project.
  • Row 1A: (RS) With CA, ch 4 (counts as dc + ch-1 sp, here and throughout), dc/f in next st, (ch 1, sk 1 st, dc/b in next st) twice, (ch 1, sk 1 st, dc/f in next st) twice, (ch 1, sk 1 st, dc/b in next st) twice, ch 1, dc/f in next st, drop CA and do not turn.
  • Row 1B: With CB, ch 4, dc/b in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st, dc/b in next st, (ch 1, sk 1 st, dc/f in next st) twice, (ch 1, sk 1 st, dc/b in next st) twice, ch 1, sk 1 st, dc/f in next st.
  • Turn, drop CB yarn to front of project.
  • Row 2A: With CA, ch 4, dc/b in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st, dc/b in next st, (ch 1, sk 1 st, dc/f in next st) twice, (ch 1, sk 1 st, dc/b in next st) twice, (ch 1, sk 1 st, dc/f in next st) twice, drop CA and do not turn.
  • Row 2B: Rep Row 1B.
  • Rep Rows 1-2 until piece measures approximately 8.5” (22 cm) from start, ending after Row 2B.

© 2016 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2016/07/25/layers-of-texture-infinity-scarf-part-1. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Underground Crafter on RavelryRemember, you can join the CAL in the CGOA Ravelry group or CGOA CALs Facebook group. Don’t forget to add the pattern to your Ravelry queue or favorites. And, you can spread the word on social media with hashtag #cgoasummercal. Feel free to tag me – I’m Underground Crafter on Facebook, @ucrafter on Instagram and Twitter, and MarieInNYC on Ravelry.

 

Announcing the Layers of Texture Infinity Scarf Crochet-a-Long!

Layers of Texture Infinity Scarf Crochet-a-Long with Underground Crafter and Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) - July 18 - August 29, 2016There’s something about summer heat that makes me want to host a crochet-a-long. It seems like we all need a little extra motivation to crochet in the warm weather, so why not do it with online friends?

This post contains affiliate links. Yarn for the sample was generously provided by Lion Brand.

I’m really exited about this CAL because I’m co-hosting it with the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA). I’ve been a member for the better part of a decade (maybe longer, but who’s counting?) and I’m also a volunteer blogger at CGOA Now!, the Guild’s blog. It’s a great organization, and if you aren’t already a member, you can join here. There are a lot of reasons to join, but my favorites are the subscription to Crochet! magazine, the discounts at national retailers, and the comraderie. (If you’re interested in earning money from your crochet, or already do, there are even some special benefits for professional members.)

I’ve been holding onto this pattern for a while, waiting for just the right time to share it! Let me tell you about more about it and the crochet-a-long.

Layers of Texture Infinity Scarf Crochet-a-Long with Underground Crafter and Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) - July 18 - August 29, 2016About the Layers of Texture Infinity Scarf

Explore intermeshing crochet (also known as interlocking crochet or double filet crochet) by making this reversible sampler infinity cowl. The pattern includes 6 different stitch patterns.

Intermeshing crochet seems hard at first, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be happy you tried it! You need only basic crochet skills since intermeshing crochet uses just chains and double crochet stitches. This unisex project is a great way to get a head start on your own fall accessories or holiday gift-making, or to make something special to donate to charity.

If you can’t wait to learn more about intermeshing crochet, check out this roundup of free beginner tutorials, or these posts highlighting the beauty of intermeshing crochet.

You can get a complete supply list at the end of this post.

About the Layers of Texture Infinity Scarf CAL

This pattern will be released in 6 parts. Each section will include both a written pattern and a video tutorial to help you as you make your first (or latest) intermeshing crochet project.

How to Join the CAL

You can crochet on your own, but isn’t it more fun chat with other crocheters?

Layers of Texture Infinity Scarf Crochet-a-Long with Underground Crafter and Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) - July 18 - August 29, 2016

Underground Crafter on RavelryLayers of Texture Infinity CAL Schedule

As each new part of the pattern is released, this page will be updated to include links.

  • Monday, July 18: Supply List (You are here! Scroll down for details)
  • Monday, July 25: Part 1: Getting Started; Staircase Stitch
  • Wednesday, July 27: Part 2: Divider Rows; Horizontal and Vertical Stitch
  • Monday, August 1: Part 3: Chains and Spines Stitch
  • Wednesday, August 3: Part 4: Grids and Columns Stitch
  • Monday, August 8: Part 5: Morse Code Stitch
  • Wednesday, August 10: Part 6: Dots and Dashes Stitch; Assembly and Finishing
  • Crochet at your own pace
  • Sunday, August 28: Deadline to share a completed project picture to enter giveaway
  • Wednesday, August 31: Giveaway winners announced

I’ll be sharing more details about giveaway prizes in an upcoming post.

Until then, let us know if you’re joining the CAL in the CGOA Ravelry group or CGOA CALs Facebook group.  Don’t forget to add the pattern to your Ravelry queue or favorites. And, you can spread the word on social media with hashtag #cgoasummercal. Feel free to tag me – I’m Underground Crafter on Facebook, @ucrafter on Instagram and Twitter, and MarieInNYC on Ravelry.

Layers of Texture Infinity Scarf Supply List

  • Lion Brand Heartland (100% acrylic, 5 oz/142 g, 251 yd/230 m) – 1 skeins ea in 169 Shenandoah and 174 Joshua Tree, or approximately 175 yd (160 m) in ea of 2 contrasting colors in any medium weight yarn.

Shop for Lion Brand Heartland at your favorite retailer!

LeisureArts | Craftsy | Jo-Ann | Amazon

  • US Size J-10/6 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.
  • Optional: 2 locking stitch markers.

Please note that gauge is not critical for this pattern, but it may impact the amount of yarn that you need. I recommend choosing a hook size that you can crochet comfortably with in your chosen yarn.

You can learn more about how to choose your yarn for this pattern in this video!

Underground Crafter on RavelrySo, are you ready to get started? I’ll see you next week with the first part of the pattern.

My travels: The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) Summer Show 2016

A few weeks ago, I decided to take an overnight trip to my old stomping ground of Washington, D.C. for my first The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) summer show. TNNA is a membership organization for needlearts professionals. The summer show was a bit closer to home this year and I decided to visit after interviewing Beth Whiteside on the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show. I’m so glad I did! I’m sharing some of the highlights with you today.

Underground Crafter at The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) Summer Show 2016
My view from the hotel window, a project I worked on during the train ride, and my official show badge.

At the top of the highlights list was having the chance to see some of my designer pals in person and meeting others face-to-face for the first time. Tamara from Moogly and Jessie from Jessie At Home were kind enough to make introductions since they are show veterans. (You can read Jessie’s TNNA highlights post here.)

I had a chance to sit down with Stacey from FreshStitches for a fabulous podcast interview, but unfortunately, technical issues messed up the recording. (Luckily, Stacey has decided to forgive me.) Stacey is launching a new yarn line with Louet and the colors are fabulous! I also got to see Lisa from LMB Designs and Mary Beth Temple again.

Underground Crafter at The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) Summer Show 2016
I finally met Linda Dean, Tammy Hildebrand, and Amy from Crochetville in person and I got to hang out briefly at the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) booth.

In retrospect, I should definitely have taken more pictures while I was there! But since I was only going to be at the show for one day, I was trying to make my way around to as many booths as possible to meet the different exhibitors.

Underground Crafter at The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) Summer Show 2016
Assorted samples from the trade show floor. Clockwise from top left: Chic-A badge holder, Love + Leche sample, Handy Caddy, The YarnIt, Unicorn Fibre samples, and Retromatic Fripperies giftie.

I did take a few pictures when I finally found the Molly Girl Yarn booth. You may remember that I met Angela, the dyer behind Molly Girl, at the North Jersey Fiber Arts Festival a few years ago when her company was still called Yarn Monkey Productions.

Underground Crafter at The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) Summer Show 2016The Molly Girl booth was super fun because it was interactive. Angela gave out “blank” color cards and you could attach your own samples of the yarns you wanted to try. I can’t wait to play around with her new lines. (If you love Molly Girl Yarn, too, check out my free crochet pattern for the Faux Mistake Rib Watchman’s Cap in 8 sizes.)

And, just before I left, I got to meet Teresa from Teresa Ruch Designs for the first time. I was first introduced to her lovely Tencel yarns last year when I designed the Ella’s Rhythm Shawl for Yarnbox.

Underground Crafter at The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) Summer Show 2016
Teresa sent me home with this vibrant skein of her 3/2 Tencel yarn in Orange. Yum!

Believe it or not, I was able to stuff a few more goodies in my bag, too, before leaving the show at around 6 p.m. to head back to New York City. I have some secret projects and reviews in the works that I’ll share with you soon.