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Free pattern: Pebble Stitch Hat

Pebble Stitch Hat, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Cloudborn uperwash Merino Worsted Twist #yarnIf you know me in real life, you know I love free stuff. I’m that person who picks up the free pens at the bank and tries the free samples at the grocery store. So, naturally, when Craftsy contacted me to see if they would try out a new yarn, I was all in.



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My love for free things doesn’t mean that I’m not critical. After all, I love free things because I like getting value, not because I want a lot of junk in my cramped New York apartment.

So, I was eager to test the waters when these two lovely skeins of Cloudborn Superwash Merino Worsted Twist showed up in the mail.

Pebble Stitch Hat, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Cloudborn uperwash Merino Worsted Twist #yarnCloudborn Superwash Merino Worsted Twist is one yarn in a line of exclusive Cloudborn Fiber yarns that Craftsy launched a few months ago.

I’m generally skeptical about ordering wool online since the texture and softness can vary so much, so I was thrilled to get my hands on the super soft Cloudborn Superwash Merino Worsted Twist. Now, softness isn’t everything in a yarn, so the next step was winding it up.

Pebble Stitch Hat, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Cloudborn uperwash Merino Worsted Twist #yarnIt wound up nice and smoothly, with no snags or knots in the skein. (The yarn cakes in the photo above look a bit wonky, but that has more to do with my cats discovering them before I took pictures!)

A good winding experience is all fine and good, but how does the yarn work up?

Pebble Stitch Hat, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Cloudborn uperwash Merino Worsted Twist #yarnI actually had a completely different idea for how I would use this yarn originally, and when I was about 75% done with the sample, another designer released a pattern that basically looked the same. While it’s nice to know that great minds think alike, I decided to go back to the drawing board.

This entire hat is made from yarn that was worked into another project, unraveled, and rewound. It still held it’s shape, didn’t split, and didn’t stretch. The yarn has great stitch definition, too, so it’s perfect for showing off a simple or complex stitch pattern.

My review of Cloudborn Superwash Merino Worsted Twist? It’s a lovely soft yarn available in 28 beautiful colors. It winds up beautifully and can survive some serious (wo)manhandling. It’s machine washable, so it’s great for gifts, and it also has great stitch definition. It is a bit on the thinner side of medium weight, so it has a gentle drape, too.

I’m also sharing a free crochet pattern today! I’ve mentioned before my love of the pebble stitch, which I used in the free Walking in the Sand Scarf pattern. It has a great texture and it’s also perfect for a unisex project that will delight men or women.

Pebble Stitch Hat, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Cloudborn uperwash Merino Worsted Twist #yarnI thought it would be perfect in the Cloudborn Superwash Merino Worsted Twist because the stitch pattern would really be visible. Enjoy!

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Pebble Stitch Hat

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 504-medium 50This reversible, slightly slouchy beanie is crocheted in turned rounds to enhance the textured stitch pattern.

Finished Sizes

  • Newborn (3-6 months, 6-12 months, toddler, 3-5 years, 6-10 years, teen/adult small). Photographed sample is teen/adult small.
    • Newborn: 11.5” (29 cm) hat circumference x 5” (13 cm) height.
    • 3-6 months: 15” (38 cm) hat circumference x 6.25” (16 cm) height.
    • 6-12 months: 16” (40.5 cm) hat circumference x 6.75” (17 cm) height.
    • Toddler: 17” (43 cm) hat circumference x 7” (18 cm) height.
    • 3-5 years: 18” (46 cm) hat circumference x 7.5” (19 cm) height.
    • 6-10 years: 19” (48 cm) hat circumference x 8” (20.5 cm) height.
    • Teen/adult small: 20” (51 cm) hat circumference x 8.75” (22 cm) height.

Materials

  • Cloudborn Superwash Merino Worsted Twist (100% superwash Merino wool, 3.5 oz/100 g, 221 yd/201 m) – 1 skein ea in Slate Heather (CC) and Sky Blue (MC), or approximately 170 yds (155.5 m) in MC and 82 yds (75 m) in CC in any medium weight yarn.
  • US H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 16 sts x 8.5 rows in dc = 4” (10 cm). For best fit, always check your gauge.

ILC 300x250b April 2016Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BPdc – back post dc – Yo, insert hook from back around front to back of st in previous row, yo and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops) twice. Skip st in front of BPdc.
  • CC – contrast color
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • FPdc – front post dc – Yo, insert hook from front around back to front of st in previous row, yo and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops) twice. Skip st behind FPdc.
  • invdec – invisible decrease – Insert hook in front loop only of each of next 2 sts, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops.
  • MC – main color
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Notes

Pattern Instructions

Hat

Ribbing

  • With CC, ch 47 (61, 65, 69, 73, 77, 81) or any multiple of 4 sts + 1.
  • Set Up Row: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch and ea ch across. Being careful not to twist, join with sl st to first sc and begin working in the round. – 46 (60, 64, 68, 72, 76, 80) sts
  • Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), dc in next st and ea st around, join with sl st to top of ch 3.
  • Rnd 2: *FPdc around next 2 sts, BPdc around next 2 sts; rep from * around, join with sl st to first FPdc.
  • Rep Rnd 2 until ribbed brim measures approximately 1” (1.5”, 1.5”, 2”, 2”, 2”, 2”)/2.5 cm (4 cm, 4 cm, 5 cm, 5 cm, 5 cm, 5 cm). Join MC with sl st to first FPdc, fasten off CC.

Pebble Stitch pattern

  • Rnd 3: With MC, ch 1, sc in same st and ea st around, join with sl st to first sc.
  • Rnd 4: Ch 1, starting in same st, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc.
  • Rnd 5: Turn, ch 1, starting in same st, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc.
  • Rep Rnd 5 until hat measures 2.75” (4”, 4.5”, 4.75”, 5.25”, 5.75”, 6.5”)/7 cm (10 cm, 11.5 cm, 12 cm, 13.5 cm, 14.5 cm, 16.5 cm)/, or approximately 2.25” (6 cm) shorter than desired height.
  • Continue to the decrease to crown instructions for your size.

Pebble Stitch Hat, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Cloudborn uperwash Merino Worsted Twist #yarnDecrease to crown: Newborn size only

  • Rnd 6: Turn, ch 1, *(sc in next st, dc in next st) 5 times,** invdec; rep from * around to last 8 sts, rep from * to **, join with sl st to first sc. (43 sts)
  • Rnd 7: Turn, ch 1, *(dc in next st, sc in next st) 2 times, dc in next st, invdec; rep from * around, to last st, dc in next st, join with sl st to first dc. (37 sts)
  • Rnd 8: Turn, ch 1, *(dc in next st, sc in next st) 5 times, invdec; rep from * around to last st, sc in next st, join with sl st to first dc. (34 sts)
  • Rnd 9: Turn, ch 1, *invdec, (sc in next st, dc in next st) 4 times, sc in next st; rep from * around to last st, dc in next st, join with sl st to first invdec. (31 sts)
  • Rnd 10: Turn, ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around to last 3 sts, dc in next st, invdec, join with sl st to first dc. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 11: Turn, ch 1, *invdec, sc in next st, dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to first invdec. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 12: Turn, ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 13: Turn, ch 1, *dc in next st, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 14: Do not turn, ch 1, invdec in ea st around, do not join. (6 sts)
  • Rnd 15: Do not turn, ch1, invdec in ea st around, do not join, fasten off with long yarn tail for seaming. (3 sts)
  • Continue to instructions for finishing.

Decrease to crown: 3-6 months (6-10 years, teen/adult small) sizes only

  • Rnd 6: 6-10 YEARS ONLY: Turn, ch 1, *(sc in next st, dc in next st) 8 times, invdec, dc; rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (72 sts)
  • Rnd 6: 3-6 MONTHS (TEEN/ADULT SMALL) ONLY: Turn, ch 1, *(sc in next st, dc in next st) 4 times, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc. – 56 (72) sts
  • Rnd 7: Turn, ch 1, *(dc in next st, sc in next st) 3 times, dc in next st, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. – 48 (64, 64) sts
  • Rnd 8: Turn, ch 1, *(dc in next st, sc in next st) 3 times, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. – 42 (56, 56) sts
  • Rnd 9: Turn, ch 1, *invdec, (sc in next st, dc in next st) twice, sc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to first invdec. – 36 (48, 48) sts
  • Rnd 10: Turn, ch 1, *(dc in next st, sc in next st) twice, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. – 30 (40, 40) sts
  • Rnd 11: Turn, ch 1, *invdec, sc in next st, dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to first invdec. – 24 (32, 32) sts
  • Rnd 12: Turn, ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. – 18 (24, 24) sts
  • Rnd 13: Turn, ch 1, *dc in next st, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. – 12 (16, 16) sts
  • Rnd 14: Do not turn, ch 1, invdec in ea st around, do not join. – 6 (8, 8) sts
  • Rnd 15: Do not turn, ch1, invdec in ea st around, do not join, fasten off with long yarn tail for seaming. – 3 (4, 4) sts
  • Continue to instructions for finishing.

Decrease to crown: 6-12 months (3-5 years) sizes only

  • Rnd 6: Turn, ch 1, *(sc in next st, dc in next st) 3 times, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc. – 56 (63) sts
  • Rnd 7: Turn, ch 1, *(dc in next st, sc in next st) 2 times, dc in next st, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. – 49 (56) sts
  • Rnd 8: Turn, ch 1, *(dc in next st, sc in next st) 2 times, dc in next st, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. – 42 (49) sts
  • Rnd 9: Turn, ch 1, *invdec, (sc in next st, dc in next st) twice, sc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to first invdec. – 36 (42) sts
  • Rnd 10: Turn, ch 1, *(dc in next st, sc in next st) twice, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. – 30 (36) sts
  • Rnd 11: Turn, ch 1, *invdec, (sc in next st, dc in next st) twice; rep from * around, join with sl st to first invdec. – 25 (30) sts
  • Rnd 12: Turn, ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st, dc in next st, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. – 20 (24) sts
  • Rnd 13: Turn, ch 1, invdec around, join with sl st to first dc. – 10 (12) sts
  • Rnd 14: Do not turn, ch 1, invdec in ea st around, do not join. – 5 (6) sts
  • Rnd 15: 6-12 MONTHS SIZE ONLY: Do not turn, ch1, invdec twice, sc in last st, do not join, fasten off with long yarn tail for seaming. (3 sts)
  • Rnd 15: 3-5 YEARS SIZE ONLY: Do not turn, ch1, invdec in ea st around, do not join, fasten off with long yarn tail for seaming. (4 sts)
  • Continue to instructions for finishing.

Decrease to crown: Toddler size only

  • Rnd 6: Turn, ch 1, *(sc in next st, dc in next st) 4 times,** invdec; rep from * around to last 8 sts, rep from * to **, join with sl st to first sc. (64 sts)
  • Rnd 7: Turn, ch 1, *(dc in next st, sc in next st) 3 times, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. (56 sts)
  • Rnd 8: Turn, ch 1, *(dc in next st, sc in next st) 3 times, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. (49 sts)
  • Rnd 9: Turn, ch 1, *invdec, (sc in next st, dc in next st) twice, sc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to first invdec. (42 sts)
  • Rnd 10: Turn, ch 1, *(dc in next st, sc in next st) twice, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 11: Turn, ch 1, *invdec, sc in next st, dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around to last st, dc in next st, join with sl st to first invdec. (29 sts)
  • Rnd 12: Turn, ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st, invdec; rep from * around to last st, dc in next st, join with sl st to first dc. (22 sts)
  • Rnd 13: Turn, ch 1, *dc in next st, invdec; rep from * around to last st, sc in next st, join with sl st to first dc. (15 sts)
  • Rnd 14: Do not turn, ch 1, invdec in ea st around to last st, sc in next st, do not join. (8 sts)
  • Rnd 15: Do not turn, ch1, invdec in ea st around, do not join, fasten off with long yarn tail for seaming. (4 sts)
  • Continue to instructions for finishing.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, whipstitch top of hat closed, sew edge of set up row closed, and weave in ends.
© 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/2016/03/12/free-pattern-pebble-stitch-hat/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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Expand Your Crochet and Knitting Skills with Craftsy Classes

Every year, I try to boost my own crafting skills by taking classes, reading books, and challenging myself to learn new things. It’s easy to make the same projects over and over, but sometimes that causes us to lose our passion for the crafts that we love.


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I’m lucky enough to live in New York City, so I have access to many amazing yarn shops, teachers, and events. But not everyone has so many crochet and knitting resources at their fingertips, and even I struggle with finding the time for it all.

Enter Craftsy. In addition to being a marketplace for patterns and crafting supplies, Craftsy also offers an incredible array of online classes in crochet, knitting, sewing, baking, photography, and pretty much every other craft imaginable. You can keep your skills fresh by taking classes on your schedule.

Expand Your #Crochet and #Knitting Skills with Craftsy Classes on Underground CrafterNow, some people may worry about taking classes online, but I’ve taken several Craftsy classes myself, and I’ve even shared class reviews and interviews with several Craftsy instructors before:

Dora Ohrenstein's Custom-Fit Tunisian Crochet Craftsy class reviewed by Underground Crafter

My review of Custom-Fit Tunisian Crochet, taught by Dora Ohrenstein. Image © Craftsy.

Everything you ever needed to know about tapestry needles and new Seaming Crochet Craftsy class - guest post by Lindsey Stephens on Underground Crafter

Guest post by Lindsey Stephens, teacher of Seaming Crochet. Image © Craftsy.

Interview with Beth Graham, teacher of Fun & Fantastic Textured Crochet Stitches, on the Crochet Guild of America blog.

Interview with Beth Graham, teacher of Fun & Fantastic Textured Crochet Stitches, on the Crochet Guild of America blog.

I have my eye on some other classes, too.

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Have you ever wondered what Craftsy classes other people are taking?

Not only have I taken Craftsy classes and enjoyed them, but so have other Underground Crafter readers. Recently, Craftsy shared a list with me of all the classes Underground Crafter readers have bought through my affiliate links, and today I’m sharing that list with you!

Most-Purchased Crochet Classes by Underground Crafter Readers

  1. Quick & Easy Crochet Cowls, taught by Tamara Kelly (read my interview with Tamara here),
  2. Crocheting in the Round: Mix & Match Hats, taught by Stacey Trock (read my interview with Stacey here),
  3. Improve Your Crochet: Essential Techniques, taught by Edie Eckman,
  4. Mastering Foundation Crochet Stitches, taught by Marty Miller,
  5. Save Our Stitches: Fixing Crochet Mistakes, taught by Andi Smith,
  6. Professional Finishing for Perfect Crochet, taught by Linda Permann,
  7. Crochet: Beyond Rectangles, taught by Linda Permann,
  8. See It, Crochet It: Reading Diagrams, taught by Charles Voth (read my interview with Charles here), and
  9. Crochet Mittens & Fingerless Gloves, taught by Brenda K.B. Anderson.

Most-Purchased Knitting Classes by Underground Crafter Readers

  1. Stranded Colorwork: The Basics and Beyond, taught by Sunne Meyer,
  2. Estonian Lace Explained, taught by Nancy Bush,
  3. Knit This: Mastering Lace Shawls, taught by Laura Nelkin,
  4. Knitting with Beads, taught by Laura Nelkin,
  5. Lace From the Inside Out: Advancing Lace Techniques, taught by Laura Nelkin,
  6. Improve Your Knitting: Alternative Methods and Styles , taught by Patty Lyons,
  7. Explorations in Cables, taught by Patty Lyons,
  8. Lace Knitting: Basics and Beyond, taught by Eunny Jang,
  9. Knit Lab: In the Round, taught by Stefanie Japel,
  10. Essential Techniques Every Knitter Should Know, taught by Sally Melville,
  11. Color Patterning With Hand-Dyed Yarns, taught by Laura Bryant,
  12. Twined Knitting, taught by Beth Brown Reinsel,
  13. Knit Original Toe-Up Socks, taught by Donna Druchunas,
  14. Next Steps in Fair Isle: Mittens & Hat, taught by Donna Druchunas,
  15. Celtic Cables, taught by Carol Feller,
  16. Essential Short Row Techniques, taught by Carol Feller,
  17. Perfect Knits Every Time: Understanding Knitting Patterns, taught by Kate Atherley,
  18. My First Infinity Scarf, taught by Vicki Square,
  19. My First Sweater, taught by Amy Ross,
  20. Mittens and Gloves Galore, taught by Marly Bird, and
  21. Knit Faster with Portugese Knitting, taught by Andrea Wong.

And, since I said I wanted to do more sewing in 2016,

Most-Purchased Sewing Classes by Underground Crafter Readers

  1. Building Better Bags: Interfacing & Structure, taught by Sara Lawson,
  2. Serger Solutions: Troubleshooting Techniques, taught by Sara Snuggerud,
  3. Zip It Up: Easy Techniques for Zippered Bags, taught by Joan Hawley,
  4. Sewing Designer Details with Simplicty, taught by Joy Macdonell.

What Craftsy classes have you taken? Which ones are on your wish list?

Interview with crochet designer, Maria Isabel, and free crochet pattern roundup

Interview with #crochet designer, Maria Isabel from Chabe Patterns and crochet pattern roundup on Underground Crafter #HispanicHeritageMonth #HHMI’m sharing the fifth interview in this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month series with Maria Isabel from Chabe Patterns (formerly ChabeGS). Maria Isabel is a Mexican crochet designer. I’ll also be including a roundup of my 5 favorite free crochet patterns from her collection!

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Maria can be found online on her website and blog, as well as on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Ravelry, and Twitter. All images are used with permission and are copyright Chabe Patterns.

Interview with #crochet designer, Maria Isabel from Chabe Patterns and crochet pattern roundup on Underground Crafter #HispanicHeritageMonth #HHMUnderground Crafter (UC): How did you first learn to crochet?

Maria Isabel: I learned as a young girl, around 13-14 years old, I don’t remember exactly. My mom loves crafts and she always shared that joy with my sister and I, so before crocheting I took painting, ceramics and fabric doll making lessons among others. I saw her knitting or crocheting since being little but I guess my hands were not prepared, I just couldn’t get the hang of it. So, as a teenager when I finally learned it was a big accomplishment for me.

Mille Colori Cowl, free crochet pattern by Maria Isabel, in English, Spanish, and with photo tutorial.

Mille Colori Cowl, free crochet pattern by Maria Isabel, in English, Spanish, and with photo tutorial.

UC: What inspired you to start designing?

Maria Isabel: As I took crochet and knitting more seriously, I started buying books and magazines and realized there were people around the world that actually worked as knit/crochet designers. I had made some designs of my own and shared with family or friends but never had published or done it as a more formal occupation. The possibility of becoming one of those designers and sharing my ideas with more people inspired me to take this craft to the next level.

ILC October 2015 squareUC: Although you have a lot of variety in your patterns, you definitely have a lot of bags. What do you enjoy about designing bags?

Maria Isabel: I love bags, they are so useful and fashionable at the same time. I see them as a great canvas for simple crochet stitches and experimenting with different materials and techniques. I also like they can be more flexible in terms of sizing because it’s not an actual garment that requires a very specific fitting.

Bracelet with Chain, free crochet pattern with photo tutorial in English and Spanish by Maria Isabel.

Bracelet with Chain, free crochet pattern with photo tutorial in English and Spanish by Maria Isabel.

UC: Your designs are entirely self-published. What do you enjoy about the self-publishing process?

Maria Isabel: The fact that I can showcase my work without waiting for anyone to do it for me is great. I enjoy having direct contact with customers and followers and I constantly learn about digital platforms so it also keeps me busy and updated. 

CraftsyUC: All of your patterns are available in both English and Spanish. What do you see as the challenges and benefits of writing bilingual patterns?

Maria Isabel: The main benefit is that I can reach a wider audience. I can speak my own language with people form Latin America and Spain but also reach people from Russia, Indonesia, Italy,  Australia, UK, USA, etc. The main challenge is to communicate as clear as possible in both languages, choosing the right words for an instruction, even when I’m writing in Spanish can take some time.

Flower Necklace, free crochet pattern in English and Spanish by Maria Isabel. Including a photo tutorial for assembly.

Flower Necklace, free crochet pattern in English and Spanish by Maria Isabel. Including a photo tutorial for assembly.

UC: Where do you generally find your creative inspiration?

Maria Isabel: I think nature, people and fashion are my three main sources. For example, my Leaves Backpack was inspired by autumn colors and a friend with two small kids. Once I saw her using a pretty and feminine bag that let her two hands free to hold her children. I thought it would be nice to design one in crochet.
UC: What was the crochet scene like in Mexico when you were growing up?

Maria Isabel: Well, I think it was a bit more traditionalist than today. What I mean is that it was very common to see mothers or grandmothers crocheting but not too many young people, it was somewhat seen as an activity for elders.

Flower Necklace 2, free crochet pattern in English, Spanish, and stitch symbols by Maria Isabel.

Flower Necklace 2, free crochet pattern in English, Spanish, and stitch symbols by Maria Isabel.

UC: How does that compare to the crochet/yarn crafts scene in Mexico today?

Maria Isabel: It has been evolving, I would say mainly because it has been a worldwide trend to bring these crafts to the scene again and make them available and fun for young people as well. I think the real value of crafting has been spread and we can now see more crochet/knit stores, publications, big events and yarn brands in my country.

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

Maria Isabel: Sure it does, for example, the designs in which I crochet wrapping thick cords were inspired by the wide basket weaving tradition in Mexico. They are so beautiful and colorful. I had always loved them and the technique just seemed so interesting so when I discovered tapestry crochet I found the perfect way to connect my designs to that influence. 

Chain Necklace, free crochet pattern and photo tutorial in English and Spanish by Maria Isabel.

Chain Necklace, free crochet pattern and photo tutorial in English and Spanish by Maria Isabel.

UC: What is your favorite crochet book in your collection?

Maria Isabel: It’s actually a collection of 10 books my grandma gave me and my mom. It’s a complete craft encyclopedia so there’s full chapters for crochet, knitting, weaving, sewing. It’s from 1979 and it is so full of beautiful projects and tutorials, also a bit of history of each craft.

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

Interview with #crochet designer, Maria Isabel from Chabe Patterns and crochet pattern roundup on Underground Crafter #HispanicHeritageMonth #HHM

Dino Backpack, crochet pattern by Maria Isabel, in English and Spanish. For sale on Ravelry.

UC: Tell us about your latest projects.

Maria Isabel: I recently releasing a series of patterns for kids’ backpacks. It’s the first time I’m designing patterns for children and so far it has been so fun and exciting. I still stay within the bags idea but with a more playful approach to colors and shapes. The backpacks display the animal’s texture/print in the main body and include the head to use as a decorative and fun lid. So far, I have released the Giraffe Backpack, the Hippo Backpack, the Dino Backpack, and the Pig Backpack patterns.

Thanks so much for stopping by, Maria Isabel, and sharing your work with us! What’s your favorite pattern by Chabe Patterns? You can find a full listing of her designs on Ravelry.