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Announcing a CAL adventure! Mystery Scarf Blog Hop CAL/Design Improv Workshop 2

Last October, Pia Thadani, the crochet designer/blogger at Stitches ‘n’ Scraps, hosted a Design Improv Workshop where a group of crochet designer friends created an impromptu pattern together. (You can check out the free crochet Drawstring Bag Pattern here.)

I missed out on that event, but I’m joining in on the Design Improv Workshop 2, which will be even more fun! Starting on April 1, 2015, I’ll be part of a group of crochet bloggers/designers who will be creating another joint pattern as a mystery crochet-a-long/blog hop! I’d love it if you could join in!

Mystery Scarf Blog Hop CAL April 2015 Design Improv Workshop 2

This will be a bit different than the typical CAL. First of all, it will be a mystery to everyone – even the designers! We do know that the finished project will be a scarf (though you could also you join it together to make a cowl or infinity/circle scarf).

We also know that each row will be 40 stitches across (not including turning chains).

We are not specifying a recommended gauge, yarn weight, hook size, color, or number of pattern repeats, and each of the designers will be choosing their own yarn, hook, and gauge without consulting the rest of us. This should allow you to see many variations during the design process.

In Pia’s words,

This means that you get to add your twist to the design too! Will you make it thick, bulky, and warm for next winter? Or will you make it light and airy for warmer weather? Will you change colors or do it all in one color? Long, or short? We can’t wait to see all the different results!

I do hope you’ll join in the fun with me! There will be plenty of ways to join in, share your pictures, and talk with other crocheters about your progress.

Here are some ways you can get in on the CAL!

  • Use hashtag #DIW2 on social media whenever you share a picture or talk about the CAL!
  • Follow the Pinterest board to see all the great pictures people are sharing. (You can also ask for an invite if you’d like to Pin to it.)
  • You can join in the Design Improv Workshop Ravelry group or G+ community to chat with other crocheters! I’ll also have a dedicated chat thread for the CAL in the Underground Crafter group on Ravelry here.

Although I’m the third stop on the blog hop, I haven’t chosen my yarn yet (egads!). Naturally, I’m stash diving. Here are my options so far, and my thoughts on each.

Miss Babs Yowza--Whatta Skein in Violets in the Grass. I have about 470 yards remaining.

Miss Babs Yowza–Whatta Skein.

I used some of this Miss Babs Yowza–Whatta Skein in Violets in the Grass in my temperature scarf and just love it! It’s a worsted yarn but on the lighter side. Since I don’t know what the pattern will look like yet, I’m not sure how the multi-color yarn will work, though.

I actually have two other variegated yarns I’m considering. On the left, Noro Chirimen in colorway 8, is now discontinued and was a gift from a friend. I think the cotton/silk combination may be nice for the spring. And, on the right, Wisdom Yarns Poems in Autumn, was received in a swap. It is more of a self-striping yarn. The autumnal colors could inspire me to kick off my holiday crafting early.

In between these wildly multi-colored yarns and some of the solids I’m considering is a marled yarn I received in a swap, Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 5 Ply. It’s listed as a sport weight yarn but it’s quite thin. I think it would make a great skinny summer scarf and there’s definitely enough yardage.

Bendigo Woolen Mills

Bendigo Woolen Mills

Of course, a solid yarn is likely to have better stitch definition, which may be important when working with multiple stitch patterns from different designers. So I looked in my stash to see what solid or semi-solid yarns were available where I *might* have enough yardage for a crocheted scarf of unknown size.

I love the color of this Araucania Ranco. The sock yarn could make this interesting. Another plus – it’s already wound!

Aruacania Ranco in 102.

Aruacania Ranco.

I also still have a little over two skeins each in two colors of Countrywide Opals (previously used in my Triptych Sampler Infinity Cowl). This is a sport weight yarn but it’s acrylic, so it probably won’t be very breathable for the warm months ahead.

Countrywide Opals yarn on Underground Crafter blog.

Countrywide Opals.

My final option is SHOKAY Shambala Yarn in Emerald. I have two skeins of this beautiful yak yarn. Probably cozy for the spring/summer, but likely to have great stitch definition.

SHOKAY Shambala.

SHOKAY Shambala.

I’d love to hear your opinion! Would you especially love to see one of these yarns in my sample (or should I just head to the yarn shop over the weekend)?

Back to the Design Improv Workshop! You can read more about it in Pia’s introductory post here.

I’m sharing the schedule below. I’m hoping you’ll join in starting April 1, 2015!

April 1: Stitches’N’Scraps by Pia Thadani @WhichCraft3 +StitchesNScraps.com

April 3: American Crochet by Mistie Bush @CrochetAmerican +MistieBush

April 5: Underground Crafter by Marie Segares (me!) @ucrafter +MarieSegares

April 7: Busting Stitches by Stacey Williams @BustingStitches +StaceyWilliams

April 9: The Crochet Lounge by “e” Lee @CrochetLounge +TheCrochetLounge

April 19: KatiDCreations by Kati Donahue @KatiDCreations +KatiDonahue

April 21: Crochet for you by Erangi Udeshika @erangi_udeshika +ErangiUdeshika

We’ll wind up with wrap up posts on April 30! I’ll also be sharing some prizes for a giveaway in my group on Ravelry, but I’ll announce more details on April 1st.

Interview with Jennifer Dickerson from Fiber Flux

Interview with crochet & knitting designer & blogger Jennifer Dickerson from Fiber Flux on Underground Crafter

I’m finally back on track with my posts for (Inter)National Crochet Month, and today I’m sharing an interview with one of my favorite crochet (and knitting!) bloggers and designers, Jennifer Dickerson from Fiber Flux. Back in January, I was honored to be interviewed by Jennifer on her blog, and of course when NatCroMo came around, I wanted to share her story with you all.

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Jennifer can be found online at Fiber Flux, as well as on FacebookGoogle+Pinterest, Ravelry (as iheartfiber and on her designer page), Twitter, and YouTube. I’m also including a roundup of my favorite free crochet patterns from Fiber Flux (as well as one free knitting pattern thrown in for good measure!). All images are used with permission and are copyright Jennifer Dickerson/Fiber Flux.

Jennifer says,

Thanks so much, Marie, for having me here on your awesome site!  I have a lot of admiration for you as a crafter and business person and am honored to be here today.

Thank YOU so much for stopping by, Jennifer!

Free pattern roundup & Interview with crochet & knitting designer & blogger Jennifer Dickerson from Fiber Flux on Underground Crafter

Jennifer Dickerson.

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

Jennifer: I taught myself to knit years before I learned to crochet.  Being a member of Ravelry, I often would come across gorgeous examples of crochet.  I wanted to learn for quite some time and a lovely (and very patient) aunt of mine who is a very experienced and talented crocheter taught me the very basic stitches.  She is known in our family as the “afghan queen” and was the perfect teacher.  After that I was quite taken with the craft and have had the crochet bug ever since!

Free pattern roundup & Interview with crochet & knitting designer & blogger Jennifer Dickerson from Fiber Flux on Underground Crafter

Alpine View Wrap, free crochet pattern on Fiber Flux.

UC: What inspired you to start designing? 

Jennifer: It is really amazing all of the things you can do with some yarn.  My very first pattern, Lightning Fast NICU and Preemie Hats, was created because I wanted to make a large donation of little hats to a local hospital.  As a mother, I love the idea of wrapping the tiniest babies in something lovingly handmade.

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From there, I began making other things inspired by the people around me and from that came a scarf for a loved one, a hospice shawl, and lots more.  I still design each of my patterns with someone in mind as I am creating them.

Free pattern roundup & Interview with crochet & knitting designer & blogger Jennifer Dickerson from Fiber Flux on Underground Crafter

Raspberry Sorbet Button Cowl, a free knitting pattern on Fiber Flux.

UC: Although you have a lot of variety in your patterns, you definitely have quite a few cowls and scarves. What do you enjoy about designing neckwarmers?

Jennifer: I am somewhat of a scarf and cowl fanatic.  From early fall to mid spring, I honestly wear one every single day!  I have very heavy ones for the coldest of days and lighter ones for the house and when it warms up a bit (hopefully that will be soon!).  One of my blog friends even dubbed me the scarf queen at one time!  When I get together with friends and family, I will often send them home with a scarf around their neck too.  I love to wrap those I care about with a warm wooly neck hug.

Free pattern roundup & Interview with crochet & knitting designer & blogger Jennifer Dickerson from Fiber Flux on Underground Crafter

Pumpkins on a Fence Scarf, free crochet pattern on Fiber Flux.

UC: You have tons of videos available on YouTube. How’d you get started filming videos and they’re numbered in episodes. What’s your approach to sharing videos with your fans?

Jennifer: Actually I make videos entirely because of my readers.  They have been asking me for years (yes, years!) to make videos of my projects.  I launched my YouTube channel in the fall of 2013 and have had a great time exploring this fun way of sharing information.  I have the most awesome readers and they have been very supportive and appreciative of my new endeavor.  I often accompany a video along with my written patterns, so that people can refer to it if they get stuck or need additional information.

Free pattern roundup & Interview with crochet & knitting designer & blogger Jennifer Dickerson from Fiber Flux on Underground Crafter

Philomena Shawlette, free crochet pattern on Fiber Flux.

UC: In addition to crochet, you also share knitting and embroidery patterns and tips on your blog. As a multi-craftual lady, how do you divide your time between these different crafts? Do you have a favorite?

Jennifer: Percentage-wise I definitely have more crochet patterns and videos, but I definitely find joy doing both.  Crochet and knitting are so similar in many ways, but just different enough, so when I feel stuck or need to take a break from one craft, I will often switch and pick up a pair of needles or vice versa.

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I am thankful for both of them because it often will help me “reset” my creative button from time to time.  I will always knit and I will always crochet. They are both such a big part of my life!

Free pattern roundup & Interview with crochet & knitting designer & blogger Jennifer Dickerson from Fiber Flux on Underground Crafter

Ocean Air Scarf, free crochet pattern on Fiber Flux.

UC: Where do you generally find your creative inspiration?

Jennifer: I suppose many crafty people can relate to this, but I really do find inspiration everywhere…colors of produce at the farmer’s market, the high fashion runway, the local yarn shop, the way a particular fabric drapes over a shoulder, the juxtaposition of texture.  My background in art certainly helps me make creative decisions too…prior to being part of the yarn world, I was a painter, making large abstract paintings and showing them in local galleries.  This training in classical art making with regards to color theory, composition, perspective, etc. most definitely influences me as a designer too.

Free pattern roundup & Interview with crochet & knitting designer & blogger Jennifer Dickerson from Fiber Flux on Underground Crafter

Crochet Class Cowl, a free crochet pattern on Fiber Flux.

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

Jennifer: I am a bit of a book collector…I have piles and piles of them and enjoy flipping through them often.  I love Sarah London‘s use of color and pretty much anything from Linda Permann.

Laurinda Reddig‘s latest book (that I had the pleasure to review recently) has been an exciting read too.  My stitch dictionaries get a lot of milage are are jam packed with post-it notes, full of things scribbled in the margins, and most of the corners are folded in to mark a spot. (UC comment: I’ve previously reviewed Sarah’s book here and Laurinda’s books here and here.)

Free pattern roundup & Interview with crochet & knitting designer & blogger Jennifer Dickerson from Fiber Flux on Underground Crafter

Cherries in Bloom Infinity Scarf, free crochet pattern on Fiber Flux.

UC: Do you have any crochet/crafty blogs or websites you visit regularly for inspiration or community?

Jennifer: To get a big picture view of what is going on in the craft word at any given time, I am a frequent visitor of Ravelry and craftgawker.  I just love to peruse the beautiful handiwork and see the collective beauty of so much talent!  I am so grateful to have made friends with lots of other bloggy stitchers who inspire me not only with their talents, but their wisdom and business savvy as well…I find myself hopping onto their blogs regularly too.

Free pattern roundup & Interview with crochet & knitting designer & blogger Jennifer Dickerson from Fiber Flux on Underground Crafter

Renaissance Button Wrap, free crochet pattern on Fiber Flux.

UC: How are you celebrating NatCroMo this year?

Jennifer: My crochet hook is pretty much an extension of my hand, I will most likely be doing what I already do on a daily basis…crochet, crochet, and more crochet!

Thanks again for stopping by, Jennifer! I’m looking forward to oodles more videos on your YouTube channel.

And, if you like neckwarmers as much as Jennifer and I do, you may want to check out my Crochet Neckwarmers Pinterest board!

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Crochet Styling, the Refashionista Way

Crochet Styling, the Refashionista Way: Guest post by Confessions of a Refashionista on Underground Crafter

I am so excited today to share an amazing guest post and tutorial from Sheri Pavlović at Confessions of a Refashionista! Sheri is a self-described “DIY Diva” and she blogs about eco-conscious fashion. When I was getting ready for this year’s (Inter)National Crochet Month celebrations, I knew I wanted to include a few posts about crochet styling, so I reached out to two fashion bloggers. Sheri’s post is the first one I’m going to share.

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Sheri can be found online at the Confessions of a Refashionista website, and on CraftGawkerFacebookGoogle+, Instagram, KollaboraLinkedInPinterest, Refashion Co-opRefashion Nation, Spread Your Wings and Craft, StyleGawkerTumblrTwitter, and YouTube.

All images are copyright Sheri Pavlović and used with permission. I hope you enjoy this tutorial as much as I did!

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Crochet Styling: Guest Post and Tutorial

Guten Tag from Berlin! I’m Sheri, the quirky Canadian creator behind Confessions of a Refashionista, the fabulously crafty corner of the internet packed with step-by-step tutorials for everything from groovy clothing & accessories to funky home decor + a healthy dose of thrifty style inspiration!

I’m an avid upcycler who lived a most extraordinary existence in North America, Japan, England and Greece before finally ending up in Germany.

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My personal definition of a Refashionista? A kick ass DIY eco-fashion upcycling warrior who firmly believes that fabulous, affordable, unique style can be achieved by anyone without supporting the growing phenomenon of cheap, unethically produced “fast fashion”.

It’s no secret that I’m utterly smitten with all things crocheted. Unfortunately I can’t seem to progress my skills past the basic chain stitch, fortunately a chain stitch is all that is required for the quick refashioning tutorial I’m sharing today!

Crochet Styling, the Refashionista Way: Guest post by Confessions of a Refashionista on Underground Crafter

I discovered that fabulous clutch in the bag bin of my fave charity shop and even though it was missing the strap I knew that with a bit of refashionista magic it would make the perfect addition to my groovy thrifted jumpsuit and crocheted beanie ensemble!

Crochet Styling, the Refashionista Way: Guest post by Confessions of a Refashionista on Underground CrafterI grabbed a couple of lanyard clips and an old fabric belt from my stash + my largest crochet hook.

Crochet Styling, the Refashionista Way: Guest post by Confessions of a Refashionista on Underground CrafterThen made sure that the clips actually fit the existing strap holders of the clutch.

Crochet Styling, the Refashionista Way: Guest post by Confessions of a Refashionista on Underground Crafter

Looped one end of the fabric belt over the bottom of the clip and stitched it on leaving enough space to comfortably begin the chain stitch.

Crochet Styling, the Refashionista Way: Guest post by Confessions of a Refashionista on Underground Crafter

Chain stitched the full length of the fabric belt.

Crochet Styling, the Refashionista Way: Guest post by Confessions of a Refashionista on Underground Crafter

Then looped the open end over the second clip and stitched it down.

Crochet Styling, the Refashionista Way: Guest post by Confessions of a Refashionista on Underground CrafterEt Voila! A fancy new crocheted strap that transforms my clutch into a handbag or wristlet!

Crochet Styling, the Refashionista Way: Guest post by Confessions of a Refashionista on Underground CrafterAs I mentioned above I am a lover of crocheted gear with zero talent for actually creating crochet myself. Luckily charity shops are simply bursting with hand knit and crocheted items. I already know every item was lovingly handmade and as most are still in as-good-as-new condition I absolutely do not hesitate to give those adorably cozy pieces a new home! Here’s a few thrifted crochet styling ideas to get you started on your own unique looks:

Crochet Styling, the Refashionista Way: Guest post by Confessions of a Refashionista on Underground Crafter

A crocheted tunic with a pair of DIY patched jeans and clogs is a groovy casual ensemble!

Crochet Styling, the Refashionista Way: Guest post by Confessions of a Refashionista on Underground Crafter

Crochet makes a fabulous outfit topper when worn over jumpsuits and dresses!

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Channel your inner Stevie Nicks with an amazing crocheted shawl and refashioned dress!

Crochet Styling, the Refashionista Way: Guest post by Confessions of a Refashionista on Underground Crafter

And my folklore fantastic outfit complete with a crocheted vest, embroidered DIY table cloth skirt and refashioned crochet chain embellished boots!

Happy National Crochet Month from this Canadian Refashionista in Berlin! For more funky DIYs take a peek at my tutorial index and always remember to Keep up your Passion for Refashion!

 Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing this tutorial, Sheri! You’ve given me some great ideas for upcycling some of my older and unfinished crochet projects.

Free pattern: Mod 9-Patch Blanket

Mod 9-Patch Blanket, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Back in August, 2013, one of my patterns was published in Love of Crochet. As sometimes happens when you design patterns for print, the name was changed. The magazine called it the Mod Square Blanket, but my original title was the Mod 9 Patch Blanket.

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I chose the original name because the blanket layout is a 9-patch pattern, based on the 9-patch quilting designs that were making a resurgence in the modern quilting community when I originally submitted the design.

Mod 9-Patch Blanket, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Mod 9-Patch Blanket block layout diagram.

I designed the blanket with 5 variations on the traditional granny square pattern, and then arranged these variations into 3 different 9-patch groups. There is a one-color square (Block A), two variations on the square within the square (Blocks B and D), and two variations on the granny in the corner (Blocks C and E).

I wanted the project to be portable, so I designed the blanket to be sewn together at the end.

Mod 9-Patch Blanket, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

The finished squares, awaiting assembly.

I used Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash in 1914 Alaska Sky, 1960 Pacific, and 889 Spruce (which has since been discontinued). This yarn is one of my favorites for blankets because it washes and wears well. The design includes two sizes, a twin and a long twin (the beds that are common in college dorm rooms). But, as you can see, the twin size also just covers the top of a double (full) bed.

Mod 9-Patch Blanket, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

MC and I love to use it over a sheet in the winter while watching movies on the couch. We can both stretch our legs out on the ottoman and the blanket keeps us cozy.

I’m sharing an updated version of the pattern for free on my blog. I hope you have as much fun crocheting this blanket as I did! I’d love to see your pictures if you make one.

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Mod 9-Patch Blanket

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02-easy 50

US terms 504-medium 50

This blanket combines a quilting-inspired layout with granny square variations.

Mod 9-Patch Blanket, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Finished Sizes

  • Twin [Long Twin] 50” (137 cm) wide x 74” (188 cm) long [50” (137 cm) wide x 78” (198 cm) long].

Materials

  • Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash (100% superwash wool, 3 oz/100 g, 220 yd/200 m) – 5 skeins in 1914 Alaska Sky (CA), 5 skeins in 1960 Pacific (CB), and 8 skeins in 889 Spruce (CC), or approximately 1,100 yd (1,000 m) in CA and CB, and 1,760 yd (1,600 m) in CB in any medium weight yarn.
  • US H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 1 block = 8” (20 cm) in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Instructions

Basic Block

  • Ch 4. Join with sl st to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 2 dc in ring, (ch 2, 3 dc in ring) 3 times, ch 1, sc (counts as ch 1 here and throughout) in top of ch-3.
  • Rnd 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, [ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp] 3 times, ch 1, 3 dc in first sp, ch 1, sc in top of ch-3.
  • Rnd 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, *ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, rep from * to ** once, 3 dc in first sp, ch 1, sc in top of ch-3.
  • Rnd 4: Ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) twice, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, rep from * to ** once, 3 dc in first sp, ch 1, sc in top of ch-3.
  • Rnd 5: Ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 3 times, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, rep from * to ** once, 3 dc in first sp, ch 1, sc in top of ch-3.
  • Rnd 6: Ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 4 times, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, rep from * to ** once, 3 dc in first sp, ch 1, sc in top of ch-3.
  • Rnd 7: Ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, rep from * to ** once, 3 dc in first sp, ch 1, sc in top of ch-3.
  • Rnd 8: Ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 6 times, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, rep from * to ** once, 3 dc in first sp, ch 1, sc in top of ch-3.
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail for joining. 

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Block A (Make 15):

  • With CA, follow Basic Block pattern.
Mod 9-Patch Blanket, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Blocks B and D are variations of this pattern.

Block B (Make 12):

  • With CB, follow Basic Block pattern through Rnd 4. Fasten off.
  • Rnd 5: With right side facing, join CC with dc in any corner ch-2 sp, 2 dc in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 3 times, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, rep from * to ** once, 3 dc in first sp, ch 1, sc in top of dc.
  • With CC, follow Basic Block pattern for Rnds 6-8.
Mod 9-Patch Blanket, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Blocks C and E use a variation of this pattern.

Block C (Make 20):

  • With CB, follow Basic Block pattern through Rnd 4. Fasten off.
  • Row 5: With right side facing, join CC with dc in any corner ch-2 sp, 2 dc in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 3 times, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * to **, 3 dc in ch-2 sp.
  • Row 6: Turn, ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1 here and throughout), *(3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) 4 times,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp, ch 1; rep from * to **, dc in last dc.
  • Row 7: Turn, ch 3, 2 dc in first ch-1 sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 4 times, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * to **, 2 dc in last ch-1 sp, dc on top of ch-3.
  • Row 8: Turn, ch 4, *(3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) 5 times,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp, ch 1; rep from * to **, dc in last dc.
  • Row 9: Turn, ch 3, 2 dc in first ch-1 sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * to **, 2 dc in last ch-1 sp, dc on top of ch-3.
  • Row 10: Turn, ch 4, *(3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) 6 times,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp, ch 1; rep from * to **, dc in last dc.
  • Row 11: Turn, ch 3, 2 dc in first ch-1 sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 6 times, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * to **, 2 dc in last ch-1 sp, dc on top of ch-3.
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail for joining.

Block D (Make 3):

  • With CC, follow Basic Block pattern through Rnd 4. Fasten off.
  • Rnd 5: With right side facing, join CB with dc in any corner ch-2 sp, 2 dc in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 3 times, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, rep from * to ** once, 3 dc in first sp, ch 1, sc in top of dc.
  • With CB, follow Basic Block pattern for Rnds 6-8.

Block E (Make 4):

  • With CC, follow Basic Block pattern through Rnd 4. Fasten off.
  • Row 5: With right side facing, join CB with dc in any corner ch-2 sp, 2 dc in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 3 times, ch 1,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * to **, 3 dc in ch-2 sp.
  • With CC, follow Block C pattern for Rnds 6-11.

Mod 9-Patch Blanket, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Assembly

  • Using diagram as placement guide, join blocks with reverse mattress stitch using yarn needle and yarn tails. Weave in ends.

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Edging

For Long Twin only, work edging in rows.

  • Row 1: With RS facing and CC, join with dc in any corner ch-2 sp. Working along short edge, 2 dc in same sp, ch 1, (3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) across to last ch-2 sp, 3 dc in ch-2 sp.
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1 here and throughout), (3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) across to last dc, dc in last dc.
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 2 dc in same sp, ch 1, (3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) across to last ch-2 sp, 3 dc in ch-1 sp.
  • Row 4: Repeat Row 2 once. Fasten off.
  • Repeat Rows 1-4 along opposite short edge.

For all sizes, finish with Rnds 1 & 2 below.

  • Rnd 1: With RS facing and CA, join with sc in any corner ch-2 sp, 2 sc in same sp, *sc in ea dc and ch across, working 3 sc in sideways 3 dc groups from Blocks C and E and sc in sideways dc from Blocks C and E.** 3 sc in corner; rep from * twice more, rep from * to ** once more. Fasten off.
  • Rnd 2: With CB, join with sl st to first sc, ch 1, sc in same, *sc in ea stitch across.** 3 sc in corner; rep from * twice more, rep from * to ** once more. Fasten off.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.

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Interview with Manda Robertson from Raising Robertsons Crochet

Interview with crochet designer & blogger Manda Robertson from Raising Robertsons Crochet on Underground Crafter

I’m excited to share another interview today as part of a series highlighting crochet designers for (Inter)National Crochet Month. Today’s featured designer is Manda Robertson, an emerging crochet designer and blogger who has challenged herself to post about hats every day this year through her 365 Days of Hats series! She has a great sense of style which combines a vintage look with a punk DIY ethos.

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Manda can be found online at Raising Robertsons Crochet, and on EtsyFacebook, Pinterest, and Ravelry (as RaisingRobertson and on her designer page). All images are copyright Manda Robertson and used with permission.

Manda Robertson.

Manda Robertson.

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

Manda: Shortly after having kids, crochet as a hobby started becoming all the rage in the mom circle I was a part of. I knew I had to start sometime. Eventually, I unraveled a hat I purchased from a fellow mom friend and worked it back together. I was hooked ;). I eventually resorted to YouTube to learn more. I started with only one hook and was clueless. It came so naturally to me, I’ve been addicted ever since.

Top Hat for Her, free crochet pattern by Manda Robertson.

Top Hat for Her, free crochet pattern by Manda Robertson.

UC: When and why did you get started blogging?

Manda: When we expanded our family, our budget become so tight and much less flexible. I really didn’t want to leave being a stay at home mom full time. My mom suggested I try blogging and working with fibers from home for a little extra income. She and her mother used to crochet, too!  She was right to tell me to do so :).

Pretty Pillbox Vintage Hat, free crochet pattern by Manda Robertson.

Pretty Pillbox Vintage Hat, free crochet pattern by Manda Robertson.

UC: What inspired you to start designing?

Manda: Honestly, my nanny (my grandmother). She used to crochet years ago and she handed down her hooks to me after a while of me crocheting. The moment I sent her a photo of my very first design she told me to go for it!

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Every time I use her hooks, I’m reminded of how hard she worked as a stay at home mom with four kids, all little ones, yet still had time to make such lovely pieces for her family. Everything from where my crochet workstation is (we are kitchen table ladies) to the bag I use when I travel (it’s hers, too) with my supplies just reek of her. She is my number one fan, and I admire everything she has ever done. It is also why I try to design and make a lot of vintage items/hats.

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Funky Fez Hat, free crochet pattern by Manda Robertson.

UC: You’re doing an interesting project on your blog this year, 365 Days of Hats. Tell us about this project. What is it and what was your inspiration behind it?

Manda: I keep seeing these “365 days” everywhere. I wanted to jump on the train. Hats seem to be very popular in the fiber arts world so I knew I had to take on this project!  This project feature a hat/hats everyday. This includes pattern reviews of hats I’ve made for customers or family, patterns I have designed and written myself, as well as roundups!

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I wanted to include other designers in on my project, too, so there will be even more pattern reviews from myself and other designers this coming year, too. I’m very excited about it!  I was inspired by being a mom and the never ending hunt for hats in the retail world.  Especially for babies. I couldn’t ever find any. Now I make them, haha.

Mongolian Tundra Cowl, free crochet pattern by Manda Robertson.

Mongolian Tundra Cowl, free crochet pattern by Manda Robertson.

UC: Obviously, you like to crochet hats! What’s your favorite thing about hat projects?

Manda: It’s funny because I used to hate making hats. I was sick and tired of being asked to make the same beanie over and over again. I started collecting free patterns in my Ravelry queue just to show people a different option than they requested. This project had taught me that there are almost a million more designs out there and everyday I have gotten to “know” a new one.  There is a design out there for everyone! That is 100% my favorite thing. So many options!!!!

Elflet Hat, free crochet pattern by Manda Robertson.

Elflet Hat, free crochet pattern by Manda Robertson.

UC: Where do you generally find your creative inspiration?

Manda: From everyone in my life I love. It’s smaltzy, I know, but it’s true. Literally every design I come up with has someone in mind, whether it be my sons, or just a very loyal, old friend. Everyone has a different personality and drive in life and each of those works of art, to me, represents them.

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

Manda: Stitch ‘N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller. Actually, anything fiber art related by her is my fav!!!

Arctic Fury Aviator Hat, free crochet pattern by Manda Robertson.

Arctic Fury Aviator Hat, free crochet pattern by Manda Robertson.

UC: Do you have any crochet/crafty blogs or websites you visit regularly for inspiration or community?

Manda: I have to plug Ravelry first. It’s my go to site for free or paid patterns. It also feels like a secret club for fiber artists, which makes me feel pretty cool lol.  It’s a great place to network too!  I also really love Hopeful Honey. She is so talented and her vintage hats are obviously my favorite to make tee hee. There is also Stitch 11. She has been there from the beginning for me. She was one of the first to tell me to take this yartsy (yarn artsy) path in life and never give up!

UC: How are you celebrating NatCroMo this year?

Manda: My husband and I are working on a new fiber arts room for me. So, I’m using it as an opportunity to organize my yarn stash and get a new crochet work space!! Maybe crochet a new set of curtains for it :).  NatCroMo will be all about self care this year.

Thanks so much for stopping by, Manda, and I can’t wait to see how your 365 Days of Hats turns out!