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#FlashbackFriday Crochet Link Blast: Week 4: Mitts

#FlashbackFriday crochet link blast by @ucrafter: mitts

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.

Here’s an archive of this week’s crochet mitts pattern picks! There are 20+ free crochet patterns included.

Fingerless Mitts crochet pattern roundup by Underground Crafter includes over 20 free crochet patterns

All patterns and tutorials are free unless otherwise noted. All photos are copyright the respective designers and used with permission.

Elementary Mittens (#1) is a simple set of mitts with a cabled thumbhole by Tanja Osswald (for sale).

Granny Square Fingerless Gloves by @Menghsays bring your love of granny squares into the realm of accessories with a sport weight yarn.

X Stitch Fingerless Gloves (#2) by @PatternParadise is part of a series of patterns Maria Bittner designed using her Modified X Stitch tutorial.

Comet (#8) is a stunning set of two color mitts made with slip stitches by Tanja Osswald (for sale).

Pretty Wrist Warmers@PatonsYarns are crocheted with sock yarn and feature a lacy border.

Neon Love Mitts by @meghanaf in @pompommag are puffy and bright, and a great way to add some cheer on a cloudy day.

Rapunzel (#11) is a set of mittens featuring a braid by Tanja Osswald (for sale).

Memphis Fingerless Gloves by @FemmeFibers in the @Yarnspirations1 archive is a beautiful pair of (nearly) elbow length fingerless gloves.

All Grown Up Armwarmers (#13) by @mooglyblog is a set of striped, fingerless armwarmers available in two sizes. This pattern includes a photo tutorial and links to a video tutorial. Don’t forget to check out the matching All Grown Up Striped Slouch Hat. You can read my interview with Tamara here.

 

The Flora Mitts Kit (for sale) on @beCraftsy includes @lindamade‘s pattern for a lacy, yet textured, set of mitts including floral motifs.

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The Parisian Mitts by Linda Cyr in @RedHeartYarns have eyelets, making them suitable for spring.

Doral Wristlets (#9) is a lacy set of wristlets designed by @KristinOmdahl.

Helleborus by @StitchStory are lovely fingerless mitts decorated with flowers and leaves. Includes link to a video tutorial.

Easy Crochet Fingerless Gloves (#12) by @bobwilson123 includes a complete 2-part video tutorial.

Puff Stitch Fingerless Gloves by Olivia Kent. This pattern features one of my favorite stitches along with a photo tutorial.

The Twisted Cable Fingerless Mitts Kit (for sale) on @beCraftsy includes Jennifer Ozses‘s pattern for set of mitts with a winding cable.

Chiq Texture Gloves (#3) by @CrochetChiq have a great ribbon detail. The pattern also includes both a video and photo tutorial.

Paws by @strongandstone is a set of unisex, striped mitts. This set matches the (for sale) Grizzly hat pattern.

Quick Mitts (#7) by @SnappyTots is a great pattern if you’d like to make mitts for the whole family. It includes 5 sizes and optional pocket, mitten keeper, and flower details.

To My Love Fingerless Mitts by Luba Davies is a set of beaded crochet mitts with a big heart!

Butterfly Stitch Fingerless Gloves (#6) is a lacy set with written instructions along with both video and photo tutorials by @MeladoraCrochet.

Must Be a Lady Fingerless Gloves (#5) is a beautiful and feminine set of fingerless gloves by @countrywillow12.

The Brooklyn Crochet Fingerless Mitts Kit (for sale) on @beCraftsy includes the CrochetDreamz pattern for a lovely pair of mitts adorned with wood buttons. You can also get the pattern for free here.

Have some fun with colorwork with the Fair Isle Fingerless Mitts on @Yarnspirations1.

The Angel Stitch Fingerless Gloves (#15) pattern by @MeladoraCrochet features a lovely textured stitch pattern and includes both written instructions and video and photo tutorials.

Bead Stitch Fingerless Gloves (#14) by @crochetncrafts have a great texture that really pops!

Cross-Over Long DC Fingerless Gloves is a lacy set with matching hat, cowl, and cell phone holder/coin purse patterns by @crochetncrafts.

Stripy Mitts (#10) by @sandracherryhrt are guaranteed to put a smile on your face while also helping you use those yarn remnants and odd ball buttons! Includes a photo tutorial.

Practice several stitches with the Shells and Bobbles Fingerless Gloves (#4) by @BeaRyanDesigns.

If you enjoyed this crochet link blast/roundup, you may also like my Crochet Accessories for Women Pinterest board!

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#FlashbackFriday Crochet Link Blast: Week 3: Kitchen

Roundup of over 25 free crochet patterns for the kitchen on Underground Crafter

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.

Here’s an archive of this week’s crochet kitchen picks! There are over 30 patterns in all!

All patterns and tutorials are free unless otherwise noted. All photos are copyright the respective designers and used with permission.

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Filet Table Runners

Filet Table Runners pattern booklet by Joyce Geisler for sale on @LeisureArtsInc. Threadies will love decorating their kitchens with these table runners! Add all 8 patterns to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Granny Square Apron, free crochet pattern by Sara Freisberg.

Granny Square Apron, free crochet pattern by Sara Freisberg.

Granny Square Apron by @TangledHappy: This quick and easy apron will add some flare to your cooking routine. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Set of Ombre Coasters, free crochet pattern and photo tutorial by Marinke Slump.

Set of Ombre Coasters, free crochet pattern and photo tutorial by Marinke Slump.

Bread Basket kit, for sale on @beCraftsy. Free crochet pattern by @mymountainus is available here. This basket would make a great centerpiece for an eat-in kitchen table! Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Ripple Puff Cleaning Cloth, free crochet pattern by Tamara Kelly.

Ripple Puff Cleaning Cloth, free crochet pattern by Tamara Kelly.

Cozies and Mug Hugs

Easter Crochet Fishes by @MYpicot: These adorable hard boiled egg cozies will brighten up lunchtime year round. This pattern uses international crochet stitch symbols. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Basketweave Cup Cozy, free crochet pattern by One Dog Woof.

Basketweave Cup Cozy, free crochet pattern by One Dog Woof.

Basketweave Cup Cozy by @1dogwoof: This one fits a Starbucks style cup, so it’s perfect for those of you without a coffee maker. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Textured Coffee Mug Hug, free crochet pattern by Articles of a Domestic Goddess.

Textured Coffee Mug Hug, free crochet pattern by Articles of a Domestic Goddess.

Textured Coffee Mug Cozy by @ArtofaDG: I love the gentle texture combined with the button! Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Good Night Mug Hug by Michele Wilcox on @RedHeartYarns: This cute mug hug is perfect for a late night cup of tea or hot milk. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Leah's Tea Rose Cozies, free crochet pattern by Leah Maxwell.

Leah’s Tea Rose Cozies, free crochet pattern by Leah Maxwell.

Leah’s Rose Tea Cosies by Leah Maxwell: Big roses add a striking look to your teapot! Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Coffee Cup Cozy, free crochet pattern by Mistie Bush.

Coffee Cup Cozy, free crochet pattern by Mistie Bush.

Coffee Cup Cozy by @CrochetAmerican: This simple cozies can be easily customized with different color yarn. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites hereI previously shared a roundup of Mistie Bush’s free crochet patterns here.

Criss-Cross Reversible Mug Cozy, free crochet pattern by CrochetN'Crafts.

Criss-Cross Reversible Mug Cozy, free crochet pattern by CrochetN’Crafts.

Criss-Cross Reversible Mug Cozy by @crochetncrafts: This easy pattern makes a great last minute gift. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites hereI previously interviewed Rhelena from CrochetN’Crafts and shared a roundup of her free crochet patterns here.

Twisted Stitches Coffee Cozy, free crochet pattern by Beatrice Ryan Designs.

Twisted Stitches Coffee Cozy, free crochet pattern by Beatrice Ryan Designs.

Twisted Stitches Coffee Cozy by @BeaRyanDesigns: There are already several variations in the picture, but this design is just calling out for you to add your own! Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

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Coasters and Potholders

Flower Coasters, free crochet pattern by Janaya Chouinard.

Flower Coasters, free crochet pattern by Janaya Chouinard.

Flower Coasters by @CharmedByEwe: These also make great face scrubbies. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Bean Stitch Coasters, free crochet pattern with photo and video tutorials by Meladora's Creations.

Bean Stitch Coasters, free crochet pattern with photo and video tutorials by Meladora’s Creations.

Bean Stitch Coasters by @MeladoraCrochet: This pattern includes both video and photo tutorials. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Platypus Potholder, free crochet pattern by Cordelia Serene.

Platypus Potholder, free crochet pattern by Cordelia Serene.

Platypus Potholder by Cordelia Serene: This cute potholder features one of my favorite mammals and will bring a smile to your face. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Chain Stitch Coasters, free crochet pattern by Sarah Zimmerman.

Chain Stitch Coasters, free crochet pattern by Sarah Zimmerman.

Chain Stitch Coasters by @RepeatCrafterMe: These coasters are a great beginner project since they are constructed with a hot glue gun. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Roller Coasters, free crochet pattern by Haak Maar Raak.

Roller Coasters, free crochet pattern and tutorial by Haak Maar Raak.

Roller Coasters by @HaakMaarRaak: This crochet pattern also includes a tutorial for the surface embroidery. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Vintage Coasters, free crochet pattern by Anabelia Handmade.

Vintage Coasters, free crochet pattern by Anabelia Handmade.

Vintage Coasters by Anabelia Handmade: These stunning thread crochet coasters have a delightful look. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Coffee Hot Pad, free crochet pattern by Sara Sach.

Coffee Hot Pad, free crochet pattern by Sara Sach.

Coffee Cup Hot Pad by @PoshPoochDesign: This is the perfect gift for your favorite caffeine addict, er, um, I mean, your favorite coffee lover. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Tutti Frutti Potholders, free crochet pattern and tutorial by Marinke Slump.

Tutti Frutti Potholders, free crochet pattern and tutorial by Marinke Slump.

Set of Ombre Coasters (add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here) and Tutti Frutti Potholders (add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here) by @acreativebeing: These patterns include photo tutorials and options for customization.

Wiggle It Crochet Trivet and Dishcloth Set, free crochet pattern by Tamara Kelly.

Wiggle It Crochet Trivet and Dishcloth Set, free crochet pattern by Tamara Kelly.

Wiggle It Trivet and Dishcloth Set by @mooglyblog: This set adds bright colors and texture to your kitchen. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites hereI previously shared an interview with Tamara Kelly here.

RSS Feed Potholder, free crochet pattern by Book People Studio.

RSS Feed Potholder, free crochet pattern by Book People Studio.

RSS Potholder by Book People Studio: This makes a great gift for your favorite blog or podcast lover! Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Towels, Scrubbies, and Cloths

Spring Granny Dishcloth, free crochet pattern by Tia Davis.

Spring Granny Dishcloth, free crochet pattern by Tia Davis.

Spring Granny Dishcloth by @CrochetRochelle on @craftown: These brightly colored dishcloths will make dishwashing less of a chore. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Crochet Edged Tea Towels, free crochet pattern by Kara Gunza.

Crochet Edged Tea Towels, free crochet pattern by Kara Gunza.

Crochet Edged Tea Towel by @petalstopicots: Customize your store bought tea towels with a lovely crochet edging! Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Sigmund Wash Cloth, free crochet pattern by Snappy Tots.

Sigmund Wash Cloth, free crochet pattern by Snappy Tots.

Sigmund Wash Cloth by @SnappyTots: This cute washcloth pattern includes a photo tutorial. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Cross-Stitched Cloths Kitfor sale on @beCraftsy. Free crochet pattern by @LionBrandYarn is available here. This simple pattern has a vintage look. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Tartan Plaid Wash Cloths by @HappyBerryUK: There is a video tutorial, as well as a written pattern, for crocheting these cheery washcloths. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Cotton Pot Holder with a Flower, free crochet pattern by What You Sow.

Cotton Pot Holder with a Flower, free crochet pattern and tutorial by What You Sow.

Cotton Pot Holder with a Flower by @whatyousow: This pattern includes a step-by-step photo tutorial. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Strawberry Basket Tunisian Dishcloth, free crochet pattern by Tamara Kelly.

Strawberry Basket Tunisian Dishcloth, free crochet pattern by Tamara Kelly.

Ripple Puff Cleaning Cloth (add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here); Rainbow Flower Scrubby Dishcloth (add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here); and Strawberry Basket Tunisian Dishcloth (add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here) by @mooglyblog: These patterns are a great way to add color to your kitchen!

Rainbow Flower Scrubby Dishcloth, free crochet pattern by Tamara Kelly,

Rainbow Flower Scrubby Dishcloth, free crochet pattern by Tamara Kelly,

I hope you enjoyed this roundup of free crochet patterns for the kitchen! If you like crochet home decor, check out my Crochet for Home Pinterest board!

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#FlashbackFriday Crochet Link Blast: Week 1: Lace

#FlashbackFriday crochet link blast by @ucrafter: lace

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.

Here’s an archive of this week’s crochet lace picks (along with a time-sensitive coupon code for a free Ravelry download)! All patterns and tutorials are free unless otherwise noted. All photos are copyright the respective designers and used with permission.

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  • Visit to the Kantcentrum, a beginner Bruges lace pattern with a photo tutorial by @UCrafter (me)! This crochet pattern is usually for sale but for the next 24 hours, this pattern will be free on Ravelry with coupon code #FFLace (through 3 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, April 11, 2015)!
Visit to the Kantcentrum, crochet pattern by Marie Segares.

Visit to the Kantcentrum, crochet pattern by Marie Segares.

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Vintage Ruffled Coaster, free crochet pattern on the Crochet Memories Blog.

Vintage Ruffled Coaster, free crochet pattern on the Crochet Memories Blog.

Butterflies Shawl, free crochet pattern by Cheri McEwen.

Butterflies Shawl, free crochet pattern by Cheri McEwen.

Waves Scarf, free crochet pattern by Kim Guzman.

Waves Scarf, free crochet pattern by Kim Guzman.

Shell Baby Slippers, free crochet pattern by Rebeckahs Treasures.

Shell Baby Slippers, free crochet pattern by Rebeckah’s Treasures.

Mayan Sunset Shawl, free crochet pattern by Jaime George.

Mayan Sunset Shawl, free crochet pattern by Jaime George.

Extended Ripple, free crochet pattern by Jessie at Home.

Extended Ripple, free crochet pattern by Jessie at Home.

Broomstick Lace Baby Blanket, free crochet pattern and photo tutorial by Simply Collectible.

Broomstick Lace Baby Blanket, free crochet pattern and photo tutorial by Simply Collectible.

Spider Lace Throw, free crochet pattern by Heather Tucker.

Spider Lace Throw, free crochet pattern by Heather Tucker.

Penelope Shawl, free crochet pattern by Carolyn Christmas.

Penelope Shawl, free crochet pattern by Carolyn Christmas.

Easy Star Stitch Baby Blanket, free crochet pattern by AG Handmades.

Easy Star Stitch Baby Blanket, free crochet pattern by AG Handmades.

Bohemian Rhapsody Dress, free crochet pattern by High Strung Designs.

Bohemian Rhapsody Dress, free crochet pattern by High Strung Designs.

 I hope you enjoyed this roundup of free crochet lace patterns! If you like crochet lace, check out my Crochet Lace Pinterest board!

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Interview with Susana from Creaciones Susana (Hispanic Heritage Month series)

Interview with Creaciones Susana, Chilean knitting designer, on Underground Crafter blog

I’m excited to share an interview with emerging Chilean knitting designer, Susana from Creaciones Susana. Susana is also a maker who sells her finished knit projects in her Etsy shop. You can find Susana online on her (Spanish-language) blogFacebook, FlickrPinterest, Ravelry (as CreacioneSusana, in the Creaciones Susana group, or on her designer page), and Twitter. All images are copyright Susana and are used with permission. Click on the design images to link to the Ravelry pattern pages.

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Interview with Creaciones Susana, Chilean knitting designer, on Underground Crafter blog

Susana from Creaciones Susana.

Underground Crafter (UC): How did you first learn to crochet and knit?

Susana: Initially, I learned to knit crochet with my grandmother. I was about 7 or 8 years old. I remember I started with a circle in various colors, which she surprising transformed into a small bag. At 13 years old, I started to knit with two needles. My first great work was a sock for my younger brother when he was born, it had a nice yellow color and was too big.

UC: What inspired you to start selling your projects on Etsy?

Susana: I always liked to design clothes. I designed for my sisters and friends when I was young. Esty is a great platform to sell your work, allowing you to reach many countries. Also, I thought they understood the process of handmade creation and crafting, and that encouraged me to participate. When I started Etsy didn’t work in Spanish, and I can proudly say that I was part of the many artisans who urged that great change. (UC comment: You can read about Etsy in Spanish! here.)

Interview with Creaciones Susana, Chilean knitting designer, on Underground Crafter blog

Wishes Shawlette, a knitting pattern available in Spanish.

UC: What led you to start designing knitting patterns for sale? Do you think you will eventually sell crochet patterns, too?

Susana: I have always knitted my designs. My first pattern for sale I made about two years ago. I concentrated on the shawls, which are my favorites. I try to make easy, simple language, making something different on the design, in general employing the techniques looking for elegant and feminine results. I like to knit seamless, start up or down, with short-rows, shining colors and contrasts.

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About crochet designs, I have some patterns, but I need a crochet tool to make the stitch patterns. I hope to sell it very soon.

Interview with Creaciones Susana, Chilean knitting designer, on Underground Crafter blog

Whisper Shawl, a knit pattern available in English and Spanish.

UC: Some of your patterns are available in both English and Spanish. Why did you decide on a bilingual format and what are some of the challenges and benefits of being a bilingual designer?

Susana: It was interesting this aspect. I started in English because it is a more accessible market. The knitters love to find new designs on the internet. Often they have read and used patterns more than the Latin-Americans knitters. In this moment, I have some bilingual patterns; I hope to have them available next month for sale.

One of the challenges is, the language in the patterns and instructions when I use English. The symbols and names are very different in Spanish. And one of the benefits is, my English patterns have more views and sales.

Interview with Creaciones Susana, Chilean knitting designer, on Underground Crafter blog

Cuello Hojas de Primavera, a knit pattern in Spanish.

UC: Tell us about your cultural background. What was the yarn crafts scene like in Chile when you were growing up? How does that compare with the current scene?

Susana: The crafting world started with grandmothers. They trained their daughters and granddaughters. At that time, nobody was thinking about design. In my case, when I was a teenager, I designed and sold informally in a small environment, however, it was exceptional.

Actually, the handmade world is very important and appreciated. It is considered like an ancestral art and interesting commercial activity. There is much exchange between English trends and fashion influences in the general public and lovers of handmade through internet tools.

Interview with Creaciones Susana, Chilean knitting designer, on Underground Crafter blog

Blue Deep Shawl knitting pattern.

UC: Does your cultural background influence your crafting? If so, how?

Susana: It has influenced me very little. My style is a combination of techniques, several forms and materials for knitting that are very different to the textile scene in Chile.

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

Susana: I do not have favorite books; I used few in my self-education. I have used electronic information, magazines, tips and techniques shared friend knitters. The favorite books that I have are really recent; these are two examples:

Interview with Creaciones Susana, Chilean knitting designer, on Underground Crafter blog

Chaqueta Carmencita, a knit pattern available in Spanish.

UC: Are there any Spanish- or English-language crafty websites/blogs you visit regularly for inspiration or community?

Susana: I visit daily several pages that I love so much:

Spanish:

English:

Dover Books

UC: What are you working on now?

Susana: In this moment, I’m working on new patterns for the spring and summer season (in the Southern Hemisphere). I’m focused on natural elements, soft color, and new textures for my designs. Also I’m teaching new and expert knitters.

Thank you for stopping by, Susana!

Interview with Andrea Sanchez (Hispanic Heritage Month series)

HMM Andrea Sanchez

As part of my Hispanic Heritage Month series, I’m excited to share an interview today with Andrea Sanchez, the (mostly) knitting designer behind Andrea Sanchez Knits. In addition to her self-published patterns, Andrea’s work has been published by Holla Knits, Interweave Knits, Petite Purls, and Interweave Crochet.

Andrea is also a blogger whose work can be found on her own blog, Life on Laffer, as well as on the Craftsy blog. You can also find Andrea online on Ravelry (as peatmoss83 or on her designer page), on Facebook, on Instagram, and as @andrea_knits on Twitter. All images are used with Andrea’s permission. Click the pattern images to be brought to the Ravelry pattern page.

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Interview with Andrea Sanchez, knitting designer and blogger, on Underground Crafter

Andrea Sanchez, in her Adult Tide Pools knitting pattern. Image (c) Marianne Barta.

Underground Crafter (UC): How did you first learn to crochet and knit?

Andrea: My mom taught me to crochet first. I was about 19 and in college. We were having a lazy winter Saturday and I asked her to teach me to crochet because I had decided I wanted to make my own blanket. She made me promise that If she bought the yarn I’d actually start and finish the blanket. I’ve always had a kind of will o’ the wisp attitude towards learning new crafty things. But I learned and finished that afghan. It turned out to be about a queen size and I still use it every year. The following winter she tried to teach me to knit (with worsted weight yarn on long, metal needles, size US10.5!) and that lasted all of about half an hour. I was really frustrated and gave up.

I moved to Ohio in 2007 and in 2009 I was working for a woman who crocheted. She introduced me to Interweave Crochet magazine. I was looking though it one day and found an ad for Ravelry. I joined up and was amazed at all the crochet and knit projects. I joined a swap and my swap partner sent me a pattern for a bulky knit scarf and 2 skeins of Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande. I was so excited to have my own knit scarf I ran out that same night and bought the correct sized needles (bamboo this time) and spent the rest of the night watching YouTube videos and trying to work the first two inches of that scarf but finally figured it out. A week later I had my first scarf and I never looked back!

Interview with Andrea Sanchez, knitting designer and blogger, on Underground Crafter

Beech Street Vest knitting pattern. Image (c) Holla Knits.

UC: What inspired you to start designing?

Andrea: Before my son was born I started looking for some sweater patterns to make. I found that there just isn’t a big selection of sweater patterns that are more modern for little boys. I had an idea of what i wanted to knit for him and just couldn’t find the pattern. I realized that I had knit a lot of sweaters and I knew how the construction of one worked so I did a swatch and decided to give it a try. I submitted the idea to Petite Purls, it was accepted and that was the Navajo Pullover. After that, every time I had an idea of a sweater for him I just gave the idea a try on my own and that’s how I got started.

Interview with Andrea Sanchez, knitting designer and blogger, on Underground Crafter

Adult Navajo Pullover knitting pattern. Image (c) Marianne Barta.

UC: You primarily design knit projects, with an emphasis on clothing for children and women. What do you enjoy about this type of project?

Andrea: I am very much a product knitter, meaning I’m in it for the finished products. Plenty of times I have started a sweater already knowing where I plan on wearing it or what I want to wear it with. With designing, I have found myself making things that I want to wear right away. I also really enjoy making sweaters for my son. Knowing my knitting is keeping him warm that makes me feel happy. After the successful design of the first Christmas sweater (Little Fisher Pullover) I told my husband that I would make our son a sweater for Christmas forever. So far he’s only had two Christmas’s to knit for, but I love that this is going to become our tradition. I’m already in the planning and swatching phase of the Christmas Sweater 2014.

Interview with Andrea Sanchez, knitting designer and blogger, on Underground Crafter

Pugsley knitting pattern. Image (c) Andrea Sanchez.

I also tend to design mostly sweaters, because I’m a sweater knitter at heart. I love socks and accessories, but there’s something about seeing all the pieces of a sweater come together and be wearable that just gives me a lot of satisfaction.

UC: In addition to writing your own blog, Life on Laffer, you’re also a blogger for Craftsy. What tips do you have for new and emerging bloggers?

Andrea: Just write about what you enjoy. I started blogging a few months after I started knitting. I was so excited to be learning and making new projects that I wanted to share it with everyone! I try to share my real knitting life because I think that makes me (as a blogger) more relatable, instead of just sharing all my perfect finished pieces. Obviously, I share finished objects, but also the time my dog chewed the toe off my first pair of handknit socks, and when I had to rip and reknit the body of a sweater twice because I chose the wrong size. I didn’t want people to read my blog and think my life was so perfect and I crank out all these knitted things. In reality my kitchen and laundry is often neglected so I can knit instead, and occasionally there are dogs getting tangled in yarn and projects.

Interview with Andrea Sanchez, knitting designer and blogger, on Underground Crafter

Sardines knitting pattern. Image (c) Marianne Barta.

UC: Tell us about your cultural background. What was the yarn crafts scene like in your community when you were growing up? How does that compare with the current scene in Ohio?

Andrea: I am Mexican on my mother’s side. Her father immigrated to California, where I grew up, when he was 16. My father’s family is from Spain and they came to California many generations ago, back during Spanish mission days before California received statehood.

My grandmothers on all sides crocheted while I was growing up (lots of doilies!) but it was never the thing. My mother learned to crochet at school and I don’t remember any of my cousins doing it. I also wasn’t very into to crocheting when I loved there. Other than my starter blanket, I made one other blanket and that was it. In Ohio, I found that “making” made me feel more Midwestern! I joined a Stitch ‘n Bitch group right away and have found a really vibrant group of crafters. I have a good friend who is a true maker, from food to household items, to much more. I love being a part of this group of so many talented women. Our town also hosts many craft fairs and has some great locally handmade shops.

Interview with Andrea Sanchez, knitting designer and blogger, on Underground Crafter

Midwinter Cardigan knitting pattern. Image (c) Marianne Barta.

UC: Does your cultural background influence your crafting? If so, how?

Andrea: As an adult I’ve felt that I kind of missed out on having a strong Hispanic culture. My family is very assimilated to mainstream American culture so I feel like I have to make my own culture resurgence. Learning to cook was one of the things that has helped me feel a connection to my heritage. I grew up eating excellent Mexican food but never really learned to cook on my own. I taught myself to make tamales and now that’s something that I do every winter. I want my son to have a good connection to his cultural heritage and I feel like that’s going to come from my own connection to it.

Interview with Andrea Sanchez, knitting designer and blogger, on Underground Crafter

Mustill knitting pattern. Image (c) Marianne Barta.

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

Andrea: My favorite would have to be Knitting Without Tears. It was one of the first books I received as a new knitter and the one that I have referred to most frequently. That Elizabeth Zimmermann sure knew her stuff!

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UC: Are there any Spanish- or English-language crafty websites/blogs you visit regularly for inspiration or community?

Andrea: I have quite a few blogs in my blog roll that I visit as often as I can but I have been really into knitting podcasts lately. My new favorite is Curious Handmade. She is also a designer and has small children so I often feel like I can relate. I’m also a regular listener of The Knitmore Girls, The Doubleknit Podcast, and Knitting Pipeline. (UC comment: I love podcasts, too, and they let me crochet and knit while listening. And, I’ve recently launched my own podcast, the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show.)

UC: Do you have any upcoming projects to share?

I have a few new patterns that will be released with various companies this fall, as well as some set for late spring publication. It’s amazing how far in advance one can work when designing knitwear! I am also working on a knitwear book which makes me immensely proud, excited, and terrified all at the same time. It’s quite an undertaking and still has quite a way to go before being published.

Thank you for stopping by, Andrea, and best wishes for success with your book project!