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#FlashbackFriday Crochet Link Blast: Week 10: Baby Blankets & Layettes

#FlashbackFriday #crochet #linkblast - roundup of 15 free patterns for baby blankets & layettes on @ucrafter
On Fridays, I share a link blast on Twitter and Facebook to get you excited about crocheting all weekend! Keeping with the #FlashbackFriday meme, I’m sharing patterns were first released at least 12 months ago.

Today, I’m sharing a roundup of more than 15 free crochet patterns for baby blankets and other items for a layette set. Baby projects are small and easy to carry around when the weather gets warmer. All photos are used with permission and are copyright the respective designers. Unless otherwise noted, all patterns are free.

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Roundup of 15 free #crochet patterns for baby blankets & layettes on @ucrafter

Rectangular Sampler Baby Blanket (picture #6) by me!: This variation on the “granny square stitch” is easy to customize.

Rectangular Sampler Blanket, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares.

Rectangular Sampler Blanket, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares.

Celtic Weave Blanket (picture #4) by @PatternParadise: This delightful blanket includes a photo tutorial and a link to a video tutorial.

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Tunisian Crochet Baby Blankets (for sale) by Sharon Silverman: Explore Tunisian crochet with through these 8 patterns. You can read Sharon’s guest post about the booklet here.

White Baby Bolero by Marumin Crochet: This adorable pattern is available in both Spanish and English. You can read my interview with Maru Minetto here.

Call the Midwife Inspired Baby Blanket (picture #5) by @LittleMCrochet: This baby blanket has a classic vintage look. You can read my interview with Rebecca Langford here.

Honey Sweet Baby Blanket (picture #10) by @CrochetKim: This striking cabled Tunisian crochet blanket pattern includes links to video tutorials for both right- and left-handed crocheters. (If you like Tunisian cables, read my review of Kim Guzman’s Tunisian Cables to Crochet on the CGOA blog here.)

Car Seat Blankets

Car Seat Blankets (for sale) by Becky Stevens: This booklet includes 8 car seat blankets. You can read my complete review on the Crochet Guild of America’s blog here.

Sugar Candy Stripes Newborn Dress (picture #12) by @erangi_udeshika: This pattern is part of a coordinated layette set including patterns for a hat, booties, and blanket.

Woven Rainbow Baby Blanket (picture #8) by @MazKwok: This vibrant basketweave blanket is also a great stash buster!

 

Crochet Daisy Afghan (picture #1) by @RepeatCrafterMe: The adorable daisy appliques add texture to this simple blanket.

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A Year of Baby Afghans (for sale): This booklet includes 12 crochet patterns by various designers.

Calming Seas by @KatiesCrochet: This unisex striped blanket is a great beginner-friendly project.

Chevron Lace Romper (picture # 2) by @MelodysMakings: This downloadable tutorial pattern includes instructions for making this adorable romper in 5 sizes from newborn through 2 years old.

Joseph’s Puff Stitch Blanket (picture #3) by @Jessie_AtHome: This unisex textured blanket pattern includes both video and photo tutorials.

Baby Hats

Baby Hats (for sale) by Annastasia Cruz: This pattern booklet includes 10 crochet hats, each sized for 3, 6, and 12 months.

Shell Stitch Baby Blanket (picture #7) by @stitchin_mommy: This classic baby blanket style is updated with contemporary colors.

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Summer Shells Dress (picture #11) by @BustingStitches: This adorable pattern is available in four sizes from 3 months through 18 months.

Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blanket (picture #9) by @mooglyblog: This colorful pattern includes a photo tutorial and links to a video tutorial. You can read my interview with Tamara Kelly here.

Sweet Potato Baby Sweater by Erica Jackofsky via @aboutdotcom: This cute unisex sweater is part of a layette set including patterns for a beanie, blanket, and slippers.

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#Crochet #TipsTuesday: 5 easy ways to reduce your yarn stash… perhaps so you can get more!

5 easy ways to reduce your yarn stash so you can get more on #crochet #TipsTuesday on Underground Crafter

As crocheters (and knitters), we’re always on the hunt for amazing yarns that inspire us. But let’s face it – most of us have far more yarn then we can actually use in our lifetime. You may have heard (or used) the acronym, SABLE (Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy) to describe this phenomenon.

As a New York City apartment dweller, I definitely have to prune out my stash periodically, or there’d be no room left for me, MC, and the cats.

Whether you’re reducing your stash as part of a move towards a minimalist lifestyle, to prepare for a move, or because you just want more space for the yarn you want to own RIGHT NOW, here are 5 easy ways to reduce your yarn stash.

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Share it with your local crochet or knitting guild chapter

Many local guilds offer yarn swaps and related activities. If you aren’t already a member, you can find a list of Crochet Guild of America local chapters here and The Knitting Guild Association affiliated guilds here.

Drop it off with an organization that crochets or knits for charity

Groups that crochet or knit for charity are often looking for yarn. These organizations may have specific requirements based on the type of charity projects they work on regularly. For example, some organizations that make children’s projects prohibit the use of black yarn and other organizations may have a ban on wools due to allergies.

You can find a searchable list of these organizations through Lion Brand’s Charity Connection. Always check with the contact person about updated requirements before dropping off or shipping yarn.

Bring it to a local school, hospital, or retirement community

Many local schools, hospitals, and retirement communities include yarn crafts in their recreational and educational activities.

  • If you don’t have a relationship with a local school, check out DonorsChoose.org. This search for the keyword “yarn” brings up some really interesting projects seeking yarn donations!
  • Contact your local hospital and ask to speak with the “Child Life Specialist,” a person who helps promote coping for hospitalized children through play and other activities.
  • Your local government may have a department of aging that can refer you to retirement communities, government centers, and non-profit organizations that provide recreational activities for retirees.

Always check with the local organization to see if there are any restrictions (for example, by fiber content) on the yarn you can donate.

Bring it to textile recycling or a local thrift shop

Another way to keep your yarn out of the landfill is to bring it to your local textile recycling drop off. In New York City, we are lucky enough to have several weekly options for textile recycling.

If your local area hasn’t yet instituted a textile recycling program, most local thrift shops (also known as secondhand stores, charity shops, or opportunity shops) will accept yarn donations.

Post a listing on your local Freecycle message board

Freecycle is “a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own” communities. Membership is free and most local groups have an online message board where you can post offers.

I have listed yarn on Freecycle many times and it is always claimed quickly. (In contrast, I’ve also listed brand new appliances, furniture, and other items that might take weeks to get picked up.) While sharing yarn on Freecycle allows you to meet some great crafters, for safety reasons you may not want to arrange to meet in your own home. I usually set up a meeting a few blocks from my apartment.

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But what about…?

You may have noticed that I haven’t listed any ways to sell yarn. In my opinion, that isn’t as easy as you would think. In fact, selling yarn is often very time consuming – especially if you are actually trying to recoup your initial purchase cost or something close to it – and, it can even be more costly (in terms of your time, sellers fees, and storage space) than donating or giving away yarn.

I also didn’t recommend tossing large amounts of yarn into the trash. It isn’t very environmentally friendly, and, in some local areas, it’s also illegal.

Here’s one more tip (a freebie)

Yarn makes great packing material! If you have something fragile to ship or are moving, consider using some of your unloved yarns as cushioning!

What are your favorite yarn de-stashing tips?

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Mini interview with Tammy Hildebrand

Hairpin Lace, the Crochet Speciality of the Month for May, 2015 on Underground Crafter
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.

As part of this month’s focus on hairpin lace, I’m sharing a mini interview today with Tammy Hildebrand from Hot Lava Crochet. Tammy is a crochet designer, author, teacher, and blogger. She’s also the current Vice President of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA)

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You can find Tammy online at the Hot Lava Crochet blog, and on Craftsy, Facebook, Pinterest, Ravelry, and Twitter.  (By the way, May 18 just happens to be Tammy’s birthday, so don’t forget to wish her Happy Birthday on social media!) After reclaiming her health 22 months ago using a nutritional cleanse program after 7 years of illness,Tammy is also a health and wellness coach. You can find her health and wellness Facebook page here

I had the pleasure of interviewing Tammy before here as part of her blog tour for Crochet Wraps Every Which Way, and you can find more details about her background there. Today, we’re all focused on hairpin lace, one of Tammy’s favorite techniques. All images are used with permission and are copyright Tammy Hildebrand unless otherwise noted.

Tammy Hildebrand, wearing her Celebration 2015 Hat, a free crochet pattern.

Tammy Hildebrand, wearing her Celebration 2015 Hat, a free crochet pattern.

Underground Crafter (UC): You have several designs featuring the hairpin lace technique. How did you first learn about hairpin lace? 

Tammy: A number of years ago I attended a Stitches West show to work in the CGOA booth. Jennifer Hansen (Stitch Diva) was giving a demonstration of hairpin lace on the show floor. She is such an amazing teacher and made it so easy that I picked it right up and loved it immediately. 

3 hairpin lace designs from Tammy's book, Crochet Wraps Every Which Way. Left: Irish Jig. Top right: You Are My Sunshine. Bottom right: Shimmering Pearls Wrap.

3 hairpin lace designs from Tammy’s book, Crochet Wraps Every Which Way. Left: Irish Jig. Top right: You Are My Sunshine. Bottom right: Shimmering Pearls Wrap.

UC: What do you enjoy about designing with hairpin lace? 

Tammy: I love how quickly it works up and it is very methodical and relaxing. Plus the end result is beautiful!

Hairpin Lace Vest, free crochet pattern by Tammy Hildebrand. Image (c) Red Heart Yarn.

Hairpin Lace Vest, free crochet pattern by Tammy Hildebrand. Image (c) Red Heart Yarn.

UC: Do you have a preferred loom or other specialty tools for hairpin lace? 

Tammy: I do! Jennifer sells a handcrafted Walnut frame on her site that is the best loom I’ve ever used. It adjusts to more sizes than the typical metal and plastic looms and it is much sturdier. 

Abstract Treasures Shawl, crochet pattern by Tammy Hildebrand for sale on Craftsy.

Abstract Treasures Shawl, crochet pattern by Tammy Hildebrand for sale on Craftsy.

UC: Are there any crochet websites or blogs that you frequent for inspiration or community?

Tammy: Well, obviously Stitch Diva! Ha, Ha. I also love to search for inspiration on Pinterest.

Amelia Broomstick Lace Long Vest, crochet pattern by Tammy Hildebrand for sale on Craftsy.

Amelia Broomstick Lace Long Vest, crochet pattern by Tammy Hildebrand for sale on Craftsy.

UC: Do you have any new or upcoming projects you’d like to share?

Tammy: I will have a design in the upcoming issue of Interweave Crochet that I am rather proud of. It is unlike anything I have ever done before and it was a bit challenging but very rewarding!

Tammy, thank you for sharing your love of hairpin lace with us! We’re looking forward to seeing that upcoming pattern!

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