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Free pattern: A Lil’ Something Sparkly Cowl

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!).

A Lil Something Sparkly Cowl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

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Today’s free pattern is A Lil’ Something Sparkly Cowl. This infinity cowl/circle scarf makes a statement by combining Cascade Yarns Cherub Aran Sparkle (a yarn with just the right amount of metallic thread) and a crossed puff stitch to create just the right amount of texture.

A Lil Something Sparkly Cowl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Don’t forget to add A Lil’ Something Sparkly Cowl pattern to your queue or favorites on Ravelry here!

A Lil’ Something Sparkly Cowl

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

03-intermediate

US terms 50

4-medium 50

This infinity cowl is perfect for adding a little sparkle and just the right textural accent to highlight your style.

A Lil Something Sparkly Cowl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Finished Size

50” (127 cm) circumference x 4.5” (11.5 cm) height.

Materials                                                                                                                             

  • Cascade Yarns Cherub Aran Sparkle (54% nylon/42% acrylic/4% metallic, 3.5 oz/100 g, 240 yd/219.5 m) – 1 skein each in 205 Coral (CA) and 201 White (CB), or approximately 240 yd (219.5 m) in CA and 100 yd (91.5 m) in CB in any light medium weight metallic yarn.
  • US G-6/4 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 16 sts x 13.5 rows in pattern = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

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

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • cpf – crossed puff st✪
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

A Lil Something Sparkly Cowl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Special Stitch Pattern

  • cpf = crossed puff st (worked over 2 sts) = Sk 1 st, *yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, (yo, insert hook in same st, yo and draw up a loop) twice, yo and draw through all 7 loops on hook, rep from * in skipped st.

Pattern Notes

Cowl is crocheted in the round and is reversible.

Pattern Instructions

Cowl

  • With CA, ch 203.
  • Set Up Row: Turn, sk first ch, sc in next st and in ea st across. Being careful not to twist, join with sl st to top of first sc and begin working in rounds. (202 sts)
  • Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), dc in next st, *cpf over next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first ch 3.
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st and in ea st around, join with sl st to top of first sc.
  • Rnd 3: Ch 2, *cpf over next 2 sts, dc in ea of next 2 sts; rep from * around to last 2 sts, cpf over next 2 sts, join with sl st to top of first cpf.
  • Rnd 4: Rep Rnd 2.
  • Rnds 5 – 7: Rep Rnds 1-3, changing to CB with sl st at end of Rnd 3. Fasten off CA.
  • Rnd 8: Rep Rnd 2.
  • Rnd 9: Ch 3, dc in next st, *cpf over next 2 sts, dc in next 6 sts; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first ch 3.
  • Rnd 10: Rep Rnd 2.
  • Rnd 11: Ch 2, *cpf over next 2 sts, dc in next 6 sts; rep from * around to last 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, join with sl st to top of first cpf.
  • Rnd 12: Rep Rnd 2, changing to CA with sl st at end of Rnd. Fasten off CB.
  • Rnd 13: Ch 3, dc in next 5 sts, *cpf over next 2 sts, dc in next 6 sts; rep from * around to last 6 sts, cpf over next 2 sts, dc in next 4 sts, join with sl st to top of first ch 3.
  • Rnd 14: Rep Rnd 2. Fasten off CA.

A Lil Something Sparkly Cowl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Finishing

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

Don’t forget to add A Lil’ Something Sparkly Cowl pattern to your queue or favorites on Ravelry 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/2014/11/21/free-pattern-a-lil-something-sparkly-cowl. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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Indie Design Gift-a-Long 2014: Crochet Neckwarmers Roundup

I’ve been highlighting designs from the Indie Design Gift-a-Long, an awesome virtual event on Ravelry that is ongoing through December 31, 2014. This event includes tons of knit-and crochet-a-longs, (along with some amazing prizes and chatter) along with a great sale.

So far, I shared two roundups of some of my favorite crochet designs in the Gift-a-Long sale bundles: 9 patterns for men and 12 crochet lace patterns. (You can find even more great patterns on the Pinterest board I set up of all the crochet patterns on sale.) Each of these patterns is 25% off through November 21, 2014 with coupon code giftalong2014.

Today, I’m sharing a roundup of 9 of my favorite Gift-a-Long crochet patterns for neckwarmers. Unless otherwise noted, images are copyright the designers.

You can find the links to the patterns and designers below, listed from left to right.

Top row: Shreya Mobius Cowl by Tian Connaughton, Roxanne Tunisian Loop Scarf by Lindsey Stephens, Gentle Hug Crocheted Moebius Cowl by Diane L. Augustin.

Middle row: Karen: A Puff Stitch Infinity Cowl by Ruth Brasch, A Crinkle in Time Cowl by Beth Graham, Barabashki by Elena Fedetova.

Bottom row: Merriwa Moebius by Sharon Boswell, Crosslita Cowl by Sarah Jane, Black Raspberry Shawl by Darleen Hopkins.

I have quite a few neckwarmers in my Gift-a-Long sale bundle, but two of my favorite are the Phoenix Sunset and the Flying Geese Hooded Cowl.

I’ll be back tomorrow with some more Indie Design Gift-a-Long goodies!

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New crochet pattern: Rough Around the Edges Cowl

I’m continuing my series on new pattern releases for fall and winter with the Rough Around the Edges Cowl, a crochet pattern for an infinity/circle scarf.

Rough Around the Edges Cowl, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

This cowl is crocheted in the round with a wonderful fingering weight wool yarn called Wayfarer from Made in America Yarns. The yarn has an excellent drape and great stitch definition.

Rough Around the Edges Cowl, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Wayfarer is a great match for this lightly textured stitch pattern because it doesn’t become bulky and stiff, but rather stays light and soft while showing off the stitch details.

Rough Around the Edges Cowl, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

And, of course, if you wanted to tuck the cowl into your coat or jacket, it wouldn’t be too bulky to close it. I used one skein each of Distant Hills and Bordeaux in this project.

You can find the pattern for Rough Around the Edges for sale on Ravelry here.

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New crochet pattern: Flying Geese Hooded Cowl

As the weather gets colder, I’ve been releasing a steady stream of new winter accessory patterns. Today, I’m sharing a new crochet pattern, the Flying Geese Hooded Cowl.

Flying Geese Hooded Cowl, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

The inspiration behind this pattern was Amy Johnson, a pioneering English aviatrix. Amy set many flight records in the 1930s, and rose to the ranks of First Officer in the Air Transport Auxiliary during World War II. She died in a crash in 1941 under disputed circumstances during a mission and her body was never recovered.

There is a very iconic photo of Amy with a scrumptious collar so I wanted to create a hooded cowl that could keep you extra warm.

Amy Johnson, British pilot, on Underground Crafter blog

Amy Johnson. (You can find more great pictures on my Amy Johnson Pinterest board.)

The post stitch pattern creates upturned arrows that mimic the flying geese quilting pattern.

Flying Geese detail1

The bulky Kraemer Yarns Mauch Chunky yarn adds an extra layer of protection against harsh winds.

Flying Geese Hooded Cowl, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

I really enjoyed working with the yarn. The color is just beautiful, and I enjoy working with single-ply yarns. (By the way, while the fiber content is currently split between wool from New Zealand and the U.S., the folks at Kraemer tell me they plan to source the wool entirely from the U.S. in the near future.)

Flying Geese Cowl (4 of 6)

And, it’s always great to have a model with the right attitude. My friend, Carlota Zimmerman from the Creativity Yenta, brought along boldness to befit an early pilot.

Flying Geese Hooded Cowl crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter To complete the look during the photo shoot, I’m grateful to Carla Dawn Behrle for the custom made leather top and the Old Rhinebeck Aerodome for the awesome background!

You can buy the pattern here on Ravelry! I’ll also be adding it to my Craftsy, Crochetville, Etsy, and Kollabora shops in the coming days.

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Interview with knitting designer, Michele Wang

Today, I’m excited to share an interview with a fellow New Yorker, Michele Wang. Michele is a knitwear designer, and if you’re a fan of Brooklyn Tweed, you’ve definitely seen her work before. In addition to appearing in numerous BT publications, Michele’s work has been published by Vogue Knitting, Quince & Co., knit.wear, and amirisu, and she also self-publishes as mishi2x. By strange coincidence, we both recently had a pattern published in the same issue of Pom Pom Quarterly (her Aureus cardigan and my Vintage Bullion scarf).

Michele can be found online as mishi2x on her website/blog, FlickrInstagramPinterest, Ravelry, and Twitter. She can also be found on her Ravelry Designer page and in her Ravelry group, mishi2x by Michele Wang Fans. All photos in this post are are copyright Michele Wang unless otherwise noted and are used with permission.

Michele Wang

Michele Wang.

Underground Crafter (UC): How did you first get started knitting and spinning?

Michele: I first started knitting at a friend’s suggestion. I had just ran my first (and only) marathon, and wanted to do something less physical to allow my body to heal. Since I had always been interested in fashion, textiles, and working with my hands it seemed to make sense. Of course now, not only does it make sense but I wonder why I didn’t take it up earlier in life. And spinning is a much more recent fascination. I think like most knitters, what hypnotized me at first was the sheer variety of yarns available. I would buy yarn because of the color and its softness. But once I learned more about different fibers and how they behaved I really became fascinated by untreated wools, different breeds of sheep and the beauty in their subtle differences. And this is what led me to spinning. I think yarn manufacturers are educating knitters more by specifying breeds that they use, but generally you see that it’s “wool”. I loved how roving is sold by breed and how I can spin up exactly the yarn I want.

Seedy Scarf by Michele Wang

Seedy Scarf, a free knitting pattern by Michele Wang.

UC: What was your original motivation to start designing?

Michele: My original motivation was the “cowl.” It’s so funny to think about that now since they’re so popular, but when cowls really hit the media in 2008, there weren’t a lot of fashionable cowl patterns out there. So I designed my first piece, the Eternity Scarf, which is a simple cowl and threw it up on Ravelry simply because I wanted to make one that I liked. After that, an editor at Vogue Knitting contacted me because I had been doing sample knitting for Shirley Paden. She asked if I’d be interested in submitting a design. Without her prompting, I probably would have never submitted a design to a magazine. But with her encouragement, I took the chance.

Eternity Scarf photo c Brooklyn Tweed

Eternity Scarf by Michele Wang. Photo (c) Brooklyn Tweed.

UC: How did you become involved with Brooklyn Tweed?

Michele: Jared Flood contacted me through Ravelry, and the rest is history. Sometimes I can’t believe how simple life can be, because usually it’s pretty difficult! But at the time I was working in technology at a law firm, and not very happy. Jared reached out and asked if I’d be interested in doing a design for his new yarn line, Shelter. The timing was perfect. I dug right in and ended up designing Perry for his very first edition of Wool People. Since we both live in the NYC area, we met up for coffee a few times and he mentioned creating a Design Team to put out seasonal collections. And it just evolved from there. Soon I couldn’t handle both jobs, so I left my career in technology and focused on designing for BT.

Fade photo c Brooklyn Tweed

Fade by Michele Wang. Photo (c) Brooklyn Tweed.

UC: Where do you generally find your creative inspiration?

Michele: I would say half of my inspiration is found online and on the streets in NYC. I do love fashion and I love seeing what trends are introduced on the runway, and what eventually sticks around and ends up on the streets for the everyday. I can spend hours on sites like Pinterest just flipping through pictures and creating fantasy moodboards. I also try to people-watch as much as possible. It’s easy to bury my nose in a book on the subway, but I try to take a look around and find design elements here and there. And, the other half would be the traditions and history of knitwear. I love flipping through old knitting books and looking at fisherman or icelandic yoked sweaters. My latest obsession is Designs and Patterns from Muhu Island. I am completely blown away by the use of color, and the intricate hand work. For someone like me who shies away from colorwork, this book has been very inspirational. It’s truly a celebration of color and I hope to incorporate more colorwork into my designs.

Wickerwork photo c Carrie Bostick Hoge

Wickerwork by Michele Wang. Photo (c) Carrie Bostick Hoge. Published by Quince & Co.

UC: You mention your love of wool on your Ravelry profile. Tell us what you enjoy about working with this fiber. Do you have a preference for working with any breed-specific yarns, too?

Michele: I love wool for so many reasons. The first thing that comes to mind is that it’s sustainable and earth-friendly. It’s just something you can’t ignore these days. Also, I love the life in it. It has just enough elasticity. It blooms to perfection after just a little light blocking. The bit of lanolin left on your hands while knitting is a natural moisturizer. And with minimally processed wool, I find that it ends up being softer than anything else. Too many yarns are soft in the skein, and then completely lifeless after it’s knit up. And, of course, I just love sheep. They’re absolutely adorable, and with so many different breeds you could never get bored knitting with just wool. When I went to Rhinebeck a few years back, I bought a few ounces of Ronaldsay. I didn’t know much about this breed, but I liked the color. So after I brought it home, I looked up the breed online and found out that it’s a sheep that lives mainly on seaweed. Of course, this breed fast became one of my favorites. But, as for spinning, I really enjoy working with Jacob. It’s an ancient breed and the resulting yarn is so textured and beautiful. (UC comment: You can read more about breed specific wool in this interview with Karia from Kouture Crochet, and, specifically, about the North Ronaldsay yarn and Jacob fleece I received in a wonderful swap from the owner of the Nude Ewe, a non-profit yarn company.)

Cables and Lace Beret by Michele Wang

Cables and Lace Beret by Michele Wang.

UC: What are your favorite knitting books in your collection?

Michele: All of my Japanese stitch dictionaries. I live dangerously close to Kinokuniya and go there often. I love swatching, and I can sit and swatch the stitch patterns from those books endlessly. (UC comment: I’m glad I don’t live dangerously close to Kinokuniya, as I’ve already demonstrated my inability to pass their booth at any event without buying books!)

Stonecutter photo c Brooklyn Tweed

Stonecutter by Michele Wang. Photo (c) Brooklyn Tweed.

UC: Do you have any crafty websites you frequent for inspiration or community?

Michele: I really enjoy Fringe Association. It has the perfect balance between modern and tradition, and Karen has such a beautiful aesthetic. But to be perfectly honest, most of the crafty websites I frequent are more focused on sewing and quilting. I love the Japanese Sewing Books blog, and Sew Mama Sew. They have really great tutorials, tips and sew alongs.

Thanks for taking the time out for an interview, Michele, and for sharing your love of sheep and wool!