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Free pattern: Go West, Young Man Scarf

I’m excited to share a new pattern for an extra long scarf, just as the temperatures are really dropping.

Go West, Young Man Scarf, free crochet pattern for unisex scarf by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

The Go West, Young Man Scarf makes a great gift for a special guy in your life. (It also works for the ladies – it’s super thick and textured!)

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Go West, Young Man Scarf, free crochet pattern for unisex scarf by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Alternating post stitches create the look of directional arrows pointing westwards. Holding two strands of yarn together creates a tweedy look while also making this scarf extra warm to protect against a harsh winter.

I even took a #scarfie – Lion Brand‘s hashtag for a scarf-wearing selfie. It’s harder than you would think with a DSLR (sorry, kids, I don’t have a smartphone, so it’s the best way for selfies to happen in my world).

Go West, Young Man Scarf, free #crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter #scarfieI have a carefully positioned shawl pin from Michelle’s Assortment to close the tiny gap that usually forms between the wrap around part of the scarf and the hanging ends.

If you like the pattern, add it to your favorites or your queue on Ravelry! Enjoy!

Go West, Young Man Scarf

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

03-intermediate

US terms 50

4-medium 50

This extra long scarf makes a great gift for a special guy in your life (and it works for the ladies, too!).

Go West, Young Man Scarf, free crochet pattern for unisex scarf by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Finished Size

  • 6″ (15 cm) wide x 66″ (168 cm) long.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool (100% wool, 8 oz/227 g, 465 yd/425 m) – 2 skeins in Maple Tweed, or approximately 820 yd (750 m) in any medium weight yarn.
  • US L-11/8 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
  • Yarn needle.
  • Stitch marker.

Gauge

  • 15 sts x 15 rows in pattern = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

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

  • ch – chain
  • FPdtr – front post double treble✪
  • pf – puff stitch ✪
  • pm – place marker
  • rep – repeat
  • rm – remove marker
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Special Stitch Patterns

  • FPdtr = front post double treble = Yo 3 times, insert hook from front around post back to front of st 2 rows prior, yo and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops) 4 times, sk st behind FPdtr on current row.
  • Pf = puff stitch = *Insert hook in ch-1 sp, yo and draw up a loop;** yo and rep from * to ** once, yo and draw through 4 loops on hook.

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Go West, Young Man Scarf, free crochet pattern for unisex scarf by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Wrap it up with a shawl pin, like this one from Michelle’s Assortment, as a gift!

Pattern Notes

  • Entire scarf is worked holding 2 strands of yarn together.

Pattern Instructions

Scarf

  • Ch 255.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 st, sc in next st and in ea st across. (254 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and next st, pm around last sc, sc in ea st across.
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in ea st across.
  • Row 4: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in next 5 sts, FPdtr around marked st, rm, *sc in next 5 sts, sk 5 sts 2 rows below and FPdtr around next st 2 rows below; rep from * across to last st, sc in last st.
  • Row 5: Rep Row 3.
  • Row 6: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, FPdtr around FPdtr 2 rows below, *sc in next 5 sts, FPdtr around FPdtr 2 rows below; rep from * across to last 6 sts, sc in next 6 sts.
  • Rows 7-9: Rep Row 3, 3 times.
  • Rows 10-14: Rep Rows 2-6.
  • Rows 15-18: Rep Row 3, 4 times.
  • Row 19: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 1, sk 1, sc in next st; rep from * across to last st, (ch 1, sc) in last st. (255 sts)
  • Row 20: Turn, ch 1, sc in first sc, *pf in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 1; rep from * across to last ch-1 sp, pf in ch-1 sp, sc in last st. Fasten off.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.

Don’t forget to favorite the Go West, Young Man Scarf on Ravelry!

© 2014 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern, the tutorial, or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2014/10/31/free-pattern-go-west-young-man-scarf/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

The Flamies Nominations!

FlamiesI’m excited that the Flamies crochet awards are back this year after a two year absence. I’ve seen some great posts by other crochet bloggers sharing their nominations (like this one from Stitch Story and this one on Ambassador Crochet), and I decided to do the same! If you’re going to nominate, do it today! Voting starts in November.

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Best crochet blog

I read so many crochet blogs that it was tough to narrow it down. I decided to nominate two: Crochet Concupiscence and Fresh Stitches. You can read my interviews with Kathryn Vercillo from Crochet Concupiscence here and here, as well as a post I did for National Crochet Month talking about why I love her blog here. I interviewed Stacey Trock from Fresh Stitches here, reviewed her book, Modern Baby, here, and talked about why I love the tips she shares on her blog here.

Best crochet YouTube channel

I nominated Tamara Kelly from Moogly for her YouTube channel. I previously interviewed Tamara here. Truthfully, I don’t watch many YouTube videos. However, I have seen that over the past few months, Tamara has been posting videos for many of her new patterns, and I watched a few to check out her video technique (hoping for some tips!). Her videos have clear audio and video and seem really integrated into her blog.

Best crochet magazine and digital magazine

I nominated the newcomer, I Like Crochet, in both categories. (If Crochet Today hadn’t shut down, it would probably have gotten my vote for best print magazine.) I Like Crochet is a new digital subscription magazine that includes a range of different designs. I’ve had my patterns and articles published in several issues and so I’ve had a chance to read through those issues and find some fun projects.

Best handcrafted or artisan made crochet hooks

I nominated Diane Soper from Sistermaide on Etsy. I developed a bit of a fascination with bullion stitches a few years ago, and Sistermaide sells these wonderful tapered crochet hooks that make bullions so easy to crochet. You can see the two hooks I ordered from her below.

My two Sistermaide hooks.

My two Sistermaide hooks.

Best commercial crochet hook

Once again, I had to nominate two companies. I think it’s well established that I like Tulip Etimo hooks.

My trusty Tulip Etimo sneaking it's way into a tutorial picture.

My trusty Tulip Etimo sneaking its way into a tutorial picture.

But I recently discovered the Knitter’s Pride Symfonie Dreamz Interchangeable Tunisian Crochet Hook set when one of my free patterns, Tadley’s Diagonal Blanket, was featured on their blog here. These are now my go to hooks for Tunisian and double-ended crochet projects.

Best instructional crochet book

I gave a 5 star review to Kathryn White‘s The Go-To Book for Irish Crochet Motifs. (You can read the full review here on the CGOA blog.) I nominated this book because it finally demystified Irish crochet!

Go-to book of Irish crochet motifs

Best crochet technical editor

I nominated the wonderful Juanita Quinones, also known as BoricuaCrochet on Ravelry. After interviewing her as part of my Hispanic Heritage Month series in 2012, I started working with Juanita for my independently published patterns. She is very thorough, timely, and also provides great feedback and suggestions! (Hopefully, this nomination doesn’t lead to her becoming too busy to tech edit my patterns!)

Best new crochet designer

This was a tough category because it seems that many of the designers I’ve been following have been publishing since before 2012. I nominated Lorene Haythorn Eppolite from Cre8tion Crochet. You can find Lorene’s pattern page on Ravelry here. I love her color sense and the shapes and textures that she creates.

Lifetime achievement award

This was also a tough category, because Lifetime Achievement always implies that someone is about to retire. I decided to nominate Kim Guzman, even though I’m sure she has many more years of designing, teaching, and writing ahead of her. Kim is a very talented designer and she is always willing to share her advice and (virtually) mentor those entering the yarn industry. She is also a great teacher. I learned so much from her Pattern Grading class on Crochetville, and also from reading her many great books. I had the honor of interviewing her here, and you can read my reviews of three of her books here, here, and here.

Giveaway: 2015 Crochet Calendar

For the past few years, I’ve been submitting some of my patterns to the crochet and knitting pattern-a-day calendar series.

Giveaway for the 2015 Crochet Pattern-a-Day pattern on Underground Crafter blog

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Three of my crochet patterns are in the 2015 Crochet Day-to-Day Calendar:

Pineapples for Everyone Shawl (link to free pattern/link to Ravelry page)

Pineapples for Everyone Shawl, , free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Rectangular Sampler Blanket (link to free pattern/link to Ravelry page)

Rectangular Sampler Blanket, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Quick, Fast in a Hurry Cowl (link to free pattern/link to Ravelry page)

Quickie fast in a hurry cowl, , free crochet pattern by Underground CrafterThis box calendar also includes over 100 other crochet patterns. I’m giving away a copy of the calendar. This giveaway is open to anyone with a U.S. mailing address. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, October 26, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random.

I’ll be running the giveaway through Rafflecopter, so make sure you add your entry into the form!

Let me know in the comments: What do you plan to crochet in 2015? Do you have any specific projects you plan to make, skills you want to learn, or charities you want to crochet for?

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Free Pattern: Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl + Tutorial

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

Quadrilateral was my third published pattern, released in the August, 2011 issue of the now defunct KnitCircus magazine. (You can read my original post about it here.) It was one of my early explorations into broomstick lace, and it’s very simple to make but quite stunning. It’s actually one of my favorite shawls to wear, but due to the rectangular shape, I usually use a shawl pin.

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Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

My favorite shawl pin from Michelle’s Assortment.

The yarn in the photographed sample is the now discontinued Schaefer Yarn Company Heather. You can substitute any fingering weight yarn. (I used Made in America Yarns Wayfarer in Bordeaux for the pictures in the tutorial.) I’m now sharing Quadrilateral for free on the blog, along with a photo tutorial. If you enjoy the pattern, show it some love on Ravelry!

Quadrilateral: a broomstick lace shawl

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 501_superfineBroomstick lace seems like a complex hybrid of knitting and crochet, but this is a friendly introduction with no shaping.

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blogFinished Size

  • Length: 20 in (51 cm); Width: 54 in (137 cm)

Materials

  • Approximately 1200 yds (1097 m) in any fingering weight yarn
  • F-5 (3.75 mm) crochet hook or any size needed to obtain gauge
  • US 35 (19 mm) 14 in (36 mm) straight knitting needle or any size needed to obtain gauge
  • Yarn needle
  • Shawl pin (optional)

Gauge

  • 6.5 broomstick lace groups (33 sc) and 9.5 rows (5 rows sc + 4.5 rows broomstick lace loops) = 4 in (10 cm) before blocking. Exact gauge is not critical to this project.

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • 5 lp-sp – 5 loop space – space created by 5 broomstick lace loops on hook
  • BL – back loop only
  • ch(s) – chain(s)
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • t-ch – turning chain
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Rep after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Note

  • Pattern uses one straight knitting needle as the “broomstick” to create the lace stitches. A broomstick handle or other wide, rounded stick can substitute for the needle.
  • Right handed crocheters should work Row 3 with knitting needle in left hand and hook in right hand, working from left to right across the row. Rows 1, 2, 4, and 5 are worked from right to left as usual.
  • Left handed crocheters should work Row 3 with knitting needle in right hand and hook in left hand, working from right to left across row. Rows 1, 2, 4, and 5 are worked from left to right as usual.
  • Once you are comfortable with the grouping of loops worked with the crochet hook, you may remove the knitting needle from all loops in Row 4, taking care to keep the first active loop from unraveling.
  • Photo tutorial follows written pattern.

Pattern Instructions

Shawl

  • Ch 146.
  • Row 1: Turn, skip first ch, sc in next ch and in each ch to end of row. (145 sc)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, skip t-ch, scBL in first and in each st to end of row.
  • Row 3: Do not turn. Pull up loop on hook and place it on needle, skip first sc, *insert hook in BL of next sc, yo, draw up loop and place on needle; rep from * across. (145 broomstick lace loops)
  • Row 4: Do not turn, insert hook under first 5 loops, remove loops from needle (being careful not to unravel), yo, draw loop through 5 lp-sp, ch 1, 5 sc in 5 lp-sp, *insert hook under next 5 loops, remove loops from needle, 5 sc in 5 lp-sp; rep from * across. (29 broomstick lace groups, 145 sc)
  • Rep Rows 3 and 4 until shawl measures approximately 48” long, ending on Row 4.
  • Row 5: Rep Row 2. Fasten off
  • Using yarn needle, weave in ends. Wet block shawl to measurements.

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

 Stitch Symbol Pattern Key

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

Stitch symbol graphics (c) 2011 KnitCircus. Used with permission.

Stitch Symbol Pattern

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

Stitch symbol graphics (c) 2011 KnitCircus. Used with permission.

Beyond Basic Broomstick Lace Class on Craftsy!

Broomstick Lace Tutorial

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

Follow pattern instructions through Row 2.

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

Begin Row 3. Do not turn. Pull up loop on hook and place it on needle.

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

Skip first single crochet. Insert hook in back loop of next single crochet.

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

Yo and draw up a loop.

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

Place loop on needle.

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

*Insert hook in BL of next sc, yo, draw up loop and place on needle; rep from * across until all loops are on needle.

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

Begin Row 4. Do not turn, insert hook under first 5 loops.

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

Being careful not to unravel first loop, remove loops from needle.

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

If you’re feeling confident, you can remove all the loops from the needle. It makes the process a bit more manageable!

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

Yo.

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

Draw up loop through 5-loop space.

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

Chain 1 (as turning chain).

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

5 single crochet into 5-loop space: Insert hook into 5 loop space, yo and…

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

…draw up a loop.

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

Yo and draw through 2 loops.

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

Continue working 4 more single crochets into the same 5-loop space (5 single crochets in total).

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

*Insert hook under next 5 loops, remove loops from needle, 5 sc in 5 lp-sp; rep from * across.

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

Don’t these look pretty?! Now Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until you reach the desired length. Finish with Row 2 and then fasten off.

If you enjoy the Quadrilateral pattern, show it some love on Ravelry!

© 2012, 2014 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern and the accompanying tutorial are for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern, the tutorial, or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern and tutorial, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2014/10/17/free-pattern-quadrilateral-a-broomstick-lace-shawl-tutorial/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Interview with Fabiola Woerner (Hispanic Heritage Month series)

Interview with crochet and bilingual mommy blogger Fabiola Woerner on Underground Crafter

Today, I’m finishing up my interview series in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month 2014. I’m pleased to share an interview with Fabiola Woerner, a Chilean-American multi-craftual blogger. I met Fabi through a group for crochet bloggers, but she also sews and embroiders, and shares printables and tips for raising bilingual children on her blogs. On Tales of a Crafty Mommy, Fabi shares crochet projects, patterns, and tutorials; sewing and embroidery projects; recipes; and tips for raising bilingual children. On Bilingual Mami, Fabi shares homeschooling ideas. You can also find Fabi online on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. All pictures are copyright Fabiola Woerner and are used with permission. Click on the pattern or tutorial image to link to the relevant post on Fabi’s blog.

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Interview with crochet and bilingual mommy blogger Fabiola Woerner on Underground Crafter

Fabi Woerner.

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

Fabi: I learned to crochet while in was in summer break visiting family in Chile. My aunt and grandma showed me how to do the basic stitches. I practiced throughout my senior year making a scarves and a baby blanket that remained a work in progress for a while.

UC: What inspired you to start blogging?

Fabi: I started blogging several years ago as a way to record my crafts and projects when the list of things I wanted to make far outgrew the amount of time I had available. My first projects were hair bows that I started making for my then 1-year-old baby girl. I picked up crochet again that year when I finished the baby blanket I had started back in college.

Interview with crochet and bilingual mommy blogger Fabiola Woerner on Underground Crafter

Fabi’s free Tea Bag Holder crochet pattern.

UC: In addition to crochet, you also talk about raising bilingual children, cooking, and other crafts on your blog. Did you always plan to talk about each of these topics or did your blog evolve over time?

Fabi: Yes, actually, those have always been topics I have mentioned throughout my blog here and there as part of my everyday life. I am now working on moving that content and have created a second blog that focuses more on raising children bilingually, home-education, and life at home. My other site is called Bilingual Mami.

UC: You share your patterns (as well as other parts of your blog) 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 blogger/designer?

Fabi: I truly enjoy communicating in both languages; both languages are part of me and I just really like using them in every way I can. At home, we speak in English and Spanish all day, so it came to a point when I realized I should be sharing that aspect of myself on the blog as well.

The main advantage is that I am able to connect with many others who crochet in South America. I have truly enjoyed the connection I have made with many Spanish-speaking followers. I don’t think would be possible without using my Spanish.

Some may see it as a disadvantage, but although it takes more time to write a post or translate a pattern, I have truly been enjoying making my content available in two languages. Sometimes online translators miss a few things here and there, so by providing my direct translation, I know the content will be found at its most pure meaning.

Interview with crochet and bilingual mommy blogger Fabiola Woerner on Underground Crafter

Fabi’s Fabric + Crochet Sundress Tutorial.

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 Florida?

Fabi: I grew up in Santiago, Chile, where I lived fairly close to a Crafter’s Market called ‘Feria Artesanal de Santa Lucia’ with over 150 shops available. There I could find knitted socks and hats as well as handmade bags made using the tapestry crochet technique. I’d say this technique is quite popular in Chile due to its proximity to Bolivia and Peru.

Circular Ponchos

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

Fabi: I attended a Chilean school where we had a class called “Tecnico Manual” or Handcrafts. In this class, we learned how to make different crafts throughout each year. I had this class up until eighth grade and I still remember how to make many of the crafts we did back then. I’m so thankful for those years where I was able to experiment with different media that allowed to discover my own creativity. Also, because I began crafting at such a young age, I encourage my own children to craft and paint at home. Everyone has an inner artist and age is not and should not be a limiting factor.

Interview with crochet and bilingual mommy blogger Fabiola Woerner on Underground Crafter

Fabi’s free Crochet Tic-Tac-Toe Board pattern.

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

I enjoy crocheting chevron blankets, including the one I made for one of my children.

I’m also fascinated by granny squares. You get to choose the color(s) and the design and will end up with a one-of-a-kind blanket.

The book Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs is currently on my Wish List. I’ve read awesome reviews on it. Once you learn how to make your motif, you can turn it into anything you want! (UC comment: You can find my reviews of both granny square books, along with 7 others, in this blog post.)

Interview with crochet and bilingual mommy blogger Fabiola Woerner on Underground Crafter

Fabi’s free V Stitch Dishcloth crochet pattern.

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

Fabi:

Thanks so much for stopping by, Fabi, and for blogging bilingually!