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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.

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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! 

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 Sol Maldonado (Hispanic Heritage Month series)

Interview with Argentine designer, Sol Maldonado, on Underground Crafter blog

Today I’m interviewing Argentine multi-craftual designer, Sol Maldonado. Sol creates crochet and knitting patterns as well as sewing patterns and tutorials. Sol can be found on her website, Craftsy (in the bySol and Soles shops), Etsy (in bySol, her crochet & knitting pattern shop, and in Soles, her fabric doll/flower/toy/pattern/tutorial shop) , Facebook, Pinterest, and Ravelry (as soles and on her designer page). All images are copyright Sol Maldonado and are used with permission. Click the design images to be brought to the Ravelry pattern pages.

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Interview with Argentine designer, Sol Maldonado, on Underground Crafter blog

Floral Yummy 3d Flower Granny Square, crochet pattern by Sol Maldonado.

Underground Crafter (UC): How did you first learn to crochet and knit?
Sol: My mother, grandmother and aunts used to knit and crochet after lunch on Sunday visits during my childhood, so I learned with them.

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UC: What inspired you to start designing?
Sol: I started designing my own sweaters because I never liked what was available in shops!
In Argentina there were not many options, designs or colors in the past… but from long ago we have wonderful yarns, so I thought that making my own stuff would be easier and better.

Interview with Argentine designer, Sol Maldonado, on Underground Crafter blog

Cape Geometric Neckwarmer, knitting pattern by Sol Maldonado.

UC: You’re multi-craftual. Do you have a favorite craft or does that depend on the project or season?
Sol: I love them all, but yeah depends on climate a lot!!
These days, it’s so cold now here, I prefer to knit and crochet warm pieces, and as the summer trends start to pop up in magazines and all around, I start planning next summer projects.

UC: You’ve had over 4,000 sales in your Etsy shop. Wow! What tips do you have for new Etsy sellers?
Sol: Sell what you love most and this will guarantee your success.

My pleasure is to make new things always, so my job is to plan-make-publish and design something new again. Because of this, I’m always excited about what I’m doing…if you get bothered about your daily work it will be a loss of energy.

Be aware of what you are best in and go for it!

Interview with Argentine designer, Sol Maldonado, on Underground Crafter blog

Tribe Tapestry Granny Square, crochet pattern by Sol Maldonado.

UC: Tell us about your cultural background. What was the yarn crafts scene like in Argentina when you were growing up? How does that compare with the current scene?
Sol: In Argentina the yarn scene is high quality since forever….lots of products, colors and textures, and not very expensive.

Here winter is very cold, and knit and crochet are popular practices, like traditional craft.

Interview with Argentine designer, Sol Maldonado, on Underground Crafter blog

Bubble Zoe Purse, crochet pattern by Sol Maldonado.

UC: Does your cultural background influence your crafting? If so, how?
Sol: Yeah, it influences a lot! As a third world country there are not enough tools or books available ever!!! So, to make something you will have to figure out and work on it with the basic tools, minimize resources as much as possible because tools here are very expensive!

Interview with Argentine designer, Sol Maldonado, on Underground Crafter blog

Clamshell and Pinwheel Geometric Pillows, knitting pattern by Sol Maldonado.

UC: What are your favorite knitting and crochet books in your collection?
Sol: I do not have any collection, since I search for instructions online.

UC: Are there any Spanish- or English-language crafty websites/blogs you visit regularly for inspiration or community?
Sol: I’m totally in love with Pinterest, regular people pinning and building trends is the most exciting thing ever to happen in design!

I find inspiration and delight with wonderful photos and trends.

I think that image is everything, Spanish or English – with Google translate tool, it doesn’t matter anymore, and frankly I don’t have much time to read any post, I look only at photos!

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your patterns with us, Sol!