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Free pattern: Warm and Textured 1-Skein Cowl

Warm and Textured 1-Skein Cowl, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Back in 2011, I went to my favorite local yarn shop, Knitty City during the NYC Yarn Crawl and picked up four beautiful skeins of yarn.

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Underground Crafter yarn haul from Knitty City

From left to right: Dream in Color Classy in Spring Tickle, Malabrigo Rios in 16 Glazed Carrot and 859 Primavera, and Dream in Color Classy in Happy Forest.

My original plans were for a sampler blanket, but over the years the other skeins were used for different projects until just the one remained.

Dream in Color Classy in Spring Tickle on Underground Crafter

Dream in Color Classy in Spring Tickle.

I even tried planned to include it in my Temperature Scarf, but (based purely on weather patterns) I only ended up using it for one row! It’s such a lovely skein that I knew I had to make something I could use frequently with it, but since all the coordinating skeins I purchased with it were used up, I wanted to make a one-skein project.

Warm and Textured 1-Skein Cowl, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

This snug cowl is a great small project to test out your post stitch skills. It has two different types of clusters to make a richly textured surface.

Warm and Textured 1-Skein Cowl, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

The half double crochet stitches are nice and plump, and keep the cold air out. It’s a perfect project to keep out the winds on a chilly day.

Don’t forget to add Warm and Textured 1-Skein Cowl to your queue or favorites on Ravelry! And please share pictures if you make one – I’d love to see your version! Enjoy!

Warm and Textured 1-Skein Cowl

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

03-intermediate

US terms 50

4-medium 50

This cabled cowl makes a bold statement with just one skein.

Warm and Textured 1-Skein Cowl, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Finished Size

  • Adult: 9” (23 cm) wide x 20” (51 cm) long (blocked).

Materials

    • Dream in Color Classy (100% superwash Merino wool, 4 oz/113 g, 250 yd/229 m) – 1 skeins in Spring Tickle, or approximately 250 yd (229 m) in any medium weight yarn.
    • US I-9/5.5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
    • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 12 sts x 14 rows in pattern = 4” (10 cm) unblocked. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

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

  • ch – chain
  • ea – each
  • FPcl – front post cluster✪
  • FPdc – front post double crochet✪
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • pop – 6-hdc popcorn✪
  • rep – repeat
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • WS – wrong (back) side
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Special Stitch Patterns

  • FPcl – front post cluster – (Yo, insert hook from front around back to front of st, yo and draw up a loop to the height of current row, yo and draw through 2 loops) 3 times, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook. Sk st behind FPcl.
  • FPdc – front post double crochet – Yo, insert hook from front around back to front of st, yo and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops) twice. Sk st behind FPdc.
  • pop – 6-hdc popcorn – Hdc 6 times in same st, remove hook from loop and insert hook from front to back of first hdc in group, pick up dropped loop and pull through loop on hook.

New to crochet cables? Check out Quick & Easy Crochet Cables (with Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby) on Craftsy!

Pattern Instructions

Cowl

  • Ch 34.
  • Row 1: (WS) Turn, sk first ch, sc in next st and ea st across. (33 sts)
  • Row 2: (RS) Turn, ch 2 (counts as hdc, here and throughout), hdc in next st and ea st across.
  • Row 3: Rep Row 2.
  • Row 4: Turn, ch 2, hdc in next 4 sts, FPcl around next st 2 rows below, hdc in next 5 sts, (FPdc around next st 2 rows below, pop in next st, FPdc around next st 2 rows below, hdc in next 5 sts) twice, FPcl in next st 2 rows below, hdc in next 5 sts.
  • Row 5: Rep Row 2.
  • Row 6: Turn, ch 2, hdc in next 4 sts, FPcl around next FPcl, hdc in next 5 sts, [(FPdc around next FPdc, hdc) twice, hdc in the next 5 sts],twice, FPcl around next FPcl, hdc in next 5 sts.
  • Row 7: Rep Row 2.
  • Row 8: Turn, ch 2, hdc in next 4 sts, FPcl around next FPcl, hdc in next 5 sts, (sk FPdc, FPdc around next FPdc, hdc, working in front of last FPdc, FPdc around skipped FPdc, hdc in next 5 sts) twice, FPcl around next FPcl, hdc in next 5 sts.
  • Row 9: Rep Row 2.
  • Row 10: Turn, ch 2, hdc in next 4 sts, FPcl around next FPcl, hdc in next 5 sts, (FPdc around next FPdc, pop, FPdc around next FPdc, hdc in next 5 sts) twice, FPcl around next FPcl, hdc in next 5 sts.
  • Row 11: Rep Row 2.
  • Row 12: Rep Row 8.
  • Row 13: Rep Row 2.
  • Rep Rows 6-13 7 more times, or until cowl measures approximately 21” (53 cm), ending after Row 13. Do not fasten off.

Finishing

  • Fold cowl in half with RS facing and line up short edges to join with slip stitches. Fasten off. Weave in ends. Spray block.

Don’t forget to add Warm and Textured 1-Skein Cowl to your queue or favorites on Ravelry!

© 2015 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/2015/01/30/free-pattern-warm-and-textured-1-skein-cowl. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Interview with double filet crochet evangelist, Barbara Mann (also known as mulenga)

Underground Crafter's Crochet Specialty of the Month: January 2015 intermeshing crochet
Welcome to my themed blog series, Crochet Specialty of the Month! Each month in 2015, I’ll feature a specialized crochet technique, stitch pattern, or project type through several posts.

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Today I’m sharing my last interview in this month’s series on intermeshing crochet. Barbara Mann, also known as mulenga, is a designer, teacher, and all around advocate for double filet. (Nickerjac, a fellow member of the East London Crochet Group, shares her thoughts on the difference between double filet and intermeshing crochet in this interview.)

Barbara lives in London and can be found online as mulenga on Ravelry, or via the Double Filet website of the East London Crochet Group. Images are copyright Barbara Mann and are used with permission.

Barbara Mann in a double filet crochet serape and hat.

Barbara Mann in a double filet crochet serape and hat of her own design.

Underground Crafter (UC): How did you first learn to crochet?
Barbara: My Dad learned to crochet while a prisoner of war, and taught my Mum and me after his release, when I was about 7. I remember knitting the body of my school cardigan while my Mum knitted the sleeves. My motto through the years has been Each one teach one, and my two daughters are competent knitters, crocheters and designers – and teachers.

These double filet crochet designs are based on the Berlin Ware theme. Designs by (clockwise from top left) carolserena, nickerjac, mrspammy, and mulenga.

These double filet crochet designs by the East London Crochet Group design team are based on the Berlin Ware theme. Designs by (clockwise from top left) carolserena, nickerjac, mrspammy, and Barbara Mann.

UC: How did you become involved with the East London Crochet Group?
Barbara: It started around our kitchen table with a group of friends exploring Double Filet crochet! We decided to put on a workshop in our local church hall, which became a regular three-monthly fixture. We called ourselves the East London Crochet Group because that’s where most of us came from to start with, but people started coming from all over London and further afield, one even from Scotland. Several years on, from 2003 we added a 3-day residential workshop. We are affiliated to the Knitting and Crochet Guild, some of our contacts came that way, others through SkipNorth, others in manners lost in the mists of history.

In this double filet design, Barbara used elements of  Central Asian carpet design in a shape known as "elephant’s foot."

In this double filet design, Barbara used elements of Central Asian carpet design in a shape known as “elephant’s foot.”

UC: Your group seems to have developed a strong interest in intermeshing crochet, or double filet. How did you learn this technique and what do you enjoy about it?
Barbara: I attended a free-form crochet course in 1991 with Sylvia Cosh and James Walters. James showed us an experimental sample of Double Filet crochet (similar to the first sample here – ironically about as far from free-form crochet as you can get). I was hooked, and knew immediately where my next twenty years were going! What do I enjoy about it? Creativity, colour, texture, practical results (dramatic capes and afghans), designing …

Barbara combined bullions with a double filet frame in this design.

Barbara combined bullions with a double filet frame in this design.

UC: Do you design your own projects or do you mostly work from patterns?
Barbara: I rarely work from patterns unless from one our design team! Between workshops a group of close colleagues meet round our kitchen table twice a month to plan the next workshop, and we normally come up with a dozen or so pages of ideas and drawings suitable for different levels of experience, or to encourage folk to design their own. Each year we pick a different region as a source of inspiration (the Celtic world, the Mediterranean, Russia, Africa …), developing designs from all manner of crafts.

A double filet afghan designed by Barbara.

A double filet afghan designed by Barbara.

UC: What are your favorite crochet books in your collection?
Barbara: [Laughs]. Barbara Walker‘s Mosaic Knitting. Not crochet, but adaptable. Our crochet Bible is the Harmony Guide to Crochet Stitches compiled by James Walters and Sylvia Cosh. But usually we have a pile of books around our theme, e.g., for Japan: some 10 books on traditional gardens, embroidery (sashiko), kimonos, amigurumi, Japanese prints, bonsai, heraldic motifs …

Barbara created the sample for this Icelandic cushion front design was adapted by carolserena from a needlepoint pattern by Jóna Sparey.

Barbara created the sample for this Icelandic cushion front design was adapted by carolserena from a needlepoint pattern by Jóna Sparey.

UC: Do you have any crafty blogs or websites you visit regularly for inspiration or community?
Barbara: I am beginning to be more computer literate, and am thoroughly enjoying Ravelry. No doubt this blog is one that I should start to follow!

Barbara's double filet design was influenced by a 12th century jewelled reliquary from Cologne.

Barbara’s double filet design was influenced by a 12th century jewelled reliquary from Cologne.

Thanks so much for sharing your time with us, Barbara, and for your kind words about my blog!

New Patterns in February 2015 Issue of I Like Crochet!

I’m excited to share two new crochet pattern releases!

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Both are in the February, 2015 issue of I Like Crochet, a relatively new digital crochet magazine that is available for your desktop or iPad. New issues are released every two months.

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My first pattern in the issue is the Scrappy Shells Blanket.

Scrappy Shells Blanket, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Image (c) ILikeCrochet.com.

Although you could definitely make a scrappy stashbusting project with this pattern, I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in seven colors for the sample.

Scrappy Shells Blanket, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

I love the way it turned out! As you may have noticed, I love asymmetry, and I’ve included an asymmetrical edging on just one side of the blanket.

Scrappy Shells Blanket, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

My second pattern is the Shimmery Valentine Bangles.

Shimmery Valentine Bangles, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter.

Image (c) ILikeCrochet.com

These are super quick and easy to make and are a fun project for teens. I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour in 3 colors to add some bling for my samples.

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One of the things I love about I Like Crochet is how many patterns are included in each issue (more than 30). My favorites from this issue are Nazanin Fard‘s Berry Sherbet Shawl, Beth Graham‘s Scraptastic Log Cabin Blanket, Olivia Kent‘s Cherry Tart Cowl, Patti Notestine‘s Forever in Love Slippers (available in 3 sizes), Dora Ohrenstein‘s Plum Raspberry Pullover (available in 4 sizes), and Suzanne Visch‘s Lime-Trimmed Cardigan (available in 5 infant and toddler sizes).

There’s also a great tutorial for the spike cluster stitch along with a pattern for the Spike Cluster Clutch (also by Dora Ohrenstein).

You can find the table of contents for the February, 2015 issue here. What’s your favorite pattern in the issue?

Free pattern: Triptych Sampler Infinity Cowl

Triptych Sampler Infinity Cowl, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter
Welcome to my themed blog series, Crochet Specialty of the Month! Each month in 2015, I’ll feature a specialized crochet technique, stitch pattern, or project type through several posts.

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Back in November, I talked about the yarn my family brought me back from their trip to New Zealand.

Countrywide Opals yarn on Underground Crafter blog.

Countrywide Opals, a DK acrylic yarn my mother and sister bought me back from their trip to New Zealand.

I loved the contrast in colors, and when I began this series, I knew this yarn would be the perfect fit for a design using the intermeshing crochet technique.

Triptych Sampler Infinity Cowl, free crochet pattern including intermeshing crochet, post stitches, and puff stitches by Underground Crafter

I also knew I wanted to create a circle scarf with that was completely reversible and combined the multi-color appearance of intermeshing crochet with solid blocks of color.

Triptych Sampler Infinity Cowl, free crochet pattern including intermeshing crochet, post stitches, and puff stitches by Underground Crafter

Rather than fumble through an intermeshing crochet pattern in one color, I decided to make a sampler, using two other reversible stitch patterns.

Triptych Sampler Infinity Cowl, free crochet pattern including intermeshing crochet, post stitches, and puff stitches by Underground Crafter

I combined a basketweave pattern made with front and back post stitches along with a shell stitch using puff stitches to add a little texture.

Triptych Sampler Infinity Cowl, free crochet pattern including intermeshing crochet, post stitches, and puff stitches by Underground Crafter

I hope you enjoy the pattern! I gave the sample to a dear friend, and she loved it!

If you’re new to intermeshing crochet, you can check out my roundup of free beginner tutorials here. Or, let me know in the comments if you’d like to join in the free crochet-a-long for this pattern, which will include detailed tutorials.

Until then, add the Triptych Sampler Infinity Cowl pattern to your queue or favorites on Ravelry!

Triptych Sampler Infinity Cowl

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

03-intermediateUS terms 50 3-light 50Explore 3 stitches and techniques to create a stunning color blocked cowl that wraps around the neck 3 times!

Triptych Sampler Infinity Cowl, free crochet pattern including intermeshing crochet, post stitches, and puff stitches by Underground Crafter

Finished Size

  • Adult: 4” (10 cm) wide x 84” (213 cm) long (blocked).

Materials

  • Countrywide Yarn Opals (100% acrylic, 1.75 oz/50 g, 145 yd/133 m) – 2 skeins ea in 15 (CA) and 49 (CB), or approximately 280 yd (256 m) in each of 2 contrasting colors in any light weight yarn.
  • US G-6/4 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Don’t have access to Countrywide Opals? Two great yarn substitutes are Schachenmayr Bravo and Cascade Cherub DK, both available on Craftsy!

Gauge

  • 21 sts x 8 rows (1A & 1B) in intermeshing pattern = 4” (10 cm) across. Exact gauge is not critical for this pattern.

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

  • BPdc – back post double crochet – Yo, insert hook from back around front to back of st in previous round, yo and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops) twice
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • dc/b – double crochet in back of ch-1 sp of alternate color piece
  • dc/f – double crochet in front of ch-1 sp of alternate color piece
  • ea – each
  • FPdc – front post double crochet – Yo, insert hook from front around back to front of st in previous round, yo and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops) twice
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 sts together (decrease) – (Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop) twice, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook.
  • pf – puff st – (Yo, insert hook in st, yo and draw up a loop) 3 times in same st, yo and draw through all 7 loops on hook.
  • rep – repeat
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip st
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Special Stitch Patterns

  • BPdc – back post double crochet – Yo, insert hook from back around front to back of st in previous round, yo and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops) twice
  • dc/b – double crochet in back of ch-1 sp of alternate color piece
  • dc/f – double crochet in front of ch-1 sp of alternate color piece
  • FPdc – front post double crochet- Yo, insert hook from front around back to front of st in previous round, yo and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops) twice
  • hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 sts together (decrease) – (Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop) twice, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook.
  • pf – puff st – (Yo, insert hook in st, yo and draw up a loop) 3 times in same st, yo and draw through all 7 loops on hook.

Pattern Notes

  • This infinity cowl/circle scarf is crocheted flat in two panels which are then joined. Each panel includes 3 different techniques/stitch patterns using 2 colors of yarn.

Pattern Instructions

Cowl

First Panel

Intermeshing Crochet

This intermeshing crochet stitch pattern is reversible.

This intermeshing crochet stitch pattern is reversible.

 

  • With CA, ch 24.
  • Foundation Row: Turn, sk 5 sts (counts as dc + ch-1 sp), dc in next st, *ch 1, sk 1 ch, dc in next st; rep from * across. Set aside. (21 sts)
  • With CB, ch 22. Rep Foundation Row. (19 sts)
  • Place CA piece in front of CB piece.

 

  • Turn so working yarn is on right (if right-handed, or left, if left-handed). Drop CB yarn to front of project.
  • Row 1A: With CA, ch 4 (counts as dc + ch-1 sp, here and throughout), dc/b in next st; *ch 1, sk ch-1 sp, dc/b in next st; rep from * across, drop CA and do not turn.
  • Row 1B: With CB, ch 4, dc/f in next st, *ch 1, sk ch-1 sp, dc/f in next st; rep from * across.
  • Rep Rows 1A & 1B until intermeshing crochet piece measures approximately 13” (33 cm). Rep Row 1A, fasten off CB.
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 2 (counts as hdc here and throughout), *hdc through next st of both layers (CA ch-1 sp and CB dc), hdc through next st of both layers (CA dc and CB ch-1 sp); rep from * across to last st, hdc in last CA st. (21 sts)
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 2, hdc in next st and ea st across.

Post Stitch Basketweave

Triptych Sampler Infinity Cowl, free crochet pattern including intermeshing crochet, post stitches, and puff stitches by Underground Crafter

This basketweave pattern, crocheted with front and back post stitches, is reversible.

  • Row 1: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), FPdc around next 2 sts from prior row, *BPdc around next 3 sts from prior row, FPdc around next 3 sts from prior row; rep from * across.
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 3, BPdc around next 2 sts from prior row, *FPdc around next 3 sts from prior row, BPdc around next 3 sts from prior row; rep from * across.
  • Rows 3-4: Rep Rows 1-2.
  • Row 5: Rep Row 2.
  • Row 6: Rep Row 1.
  • Rows 7-8: Rep Rows 5-6.
  • Rep Rows 1-8 until basketweave piece measures approximately 13” (33 cm), ending after Row 4 or Row 8.
  • Row 9: Turn, ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc in next st and ea st across to last 3 sts, hdc2tog, hdc, changing to CB with last yo of final hdc. Fasten off CA. (19 sts)

Alternating Puff Stitch Shells

Triptych Sampler Infinity Cowl, free crochet pattern including intermeshing crochet, post stitches, and puff stitches by Underground Crafter

This alternating puff stitch shell pattern is also reversible using a 1 row repeat.

    • Row 1: Turn, ch 4, pf in same st, sk 2 sts, *(dc, ch 1, pf) in next st, sk 2 sts; rep from * across to last st, dc in last st.
    • Rep Row 1 until alternating puff stitch shells piece measures approximately 14” (35.5 cm). Fasten off CB.

Finishing Panel

  • With CA, join with sl st to unworked edge of Foundation Row A. Rep Row 2 of intermeshing crochet pattern to join pieces.

Second Panel

  • Repeat entire panel (intermeshing crochet, post stitch basketweave, and alternating puff stitch shells) alternating colors (reversing CA and CB).

Assembly and Finishing

  • Align short edge of alternating puff stitch shells from first panel to short edge of intermeshing crochet from second panel. Join with sl st across short edge. Repeat for other edge, being certain not to twist cowl before final join. With yarn needle, weave in ends. Spray block if necessary.

Don’t forget to add the Triptych Sampler Infinity Cowl pattern to your queue or favorites on Ravelry!

 

© 2015 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/2015/01/25/free-pattern-triptych-sampler-infinity-cowl. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Interview with Nickerjac, double filet crochet designer and teacher

Underground Crafter's Crochet Specialty of the Month: January 2015 intermeshing crochet

Welcome to my themed blog series, Crochet Specialty of the Month! Each month in 2015, I’ll feature a specialized crochet technique, stitch pattern, or project type through several posts.

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As I was researching intermeshing online, I discovered the work of a talented crochet teacher and designer, Nickerjac. She was kind enough to agree to an interview, which I’m excited to share with you today.

Nickerjac lives in the U.K. and she specializes in the double filet technique as a teacher and as a designer. You can find her online on her blog, Nickerjac, or on Pinterest, Ravelry (as nickerjac, as moderator of the Double Filet Interlocking Crochet group, and on the Nickerjac designs designer page), and Twitter.

Interview with double filet/intermeshing crochet/interlocking crochet designer Nickerjac on Underground Crafter

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

Nickerjac: I can’t tell you exactly when I learnt but have very clear memories of being about 4 and sitting in my Nan’s kitchen crocheting chain whilst she was preparing dinner. She was definitely the one who taught me. I was very blessed as both of my grandmothers were very skilled in all types of textiles and both had the patience to teach me and let me experiment even at a young age.

Interview with double filet/intermeshing crochet/interlocking crochet designer Nickerjac on Underground Crafter

Double Filet Mobius Scarf/Cowl, free crochet pattern by Nickerjac.

UC: What inspired you to start designing and teaching?

Nickerjac: I kind of fell into both. I worked with a lot of young people in summer schemes and youth clubs and I seemed to have a natural flair for the art and craft activities so would often lead groups in different crafts that I had discovered, everything from puppet making to felt making. So when I started work in a Local Yarn Store, it was a natural progression that when we had customers coming in with queries about their knitting and crochet that I would end up teaching them as well. You learn fast, especially the skill to read peoples work. I then volunteered to help out the UK Hand Knitting Association in their teaching areas at the big knitting and stitching show in London, which led me to working a number of the shows, becoming more and more involved in the knitting community especially with the evolution of knitting blogs and then Ravelry, which eventually led to me teaching in Stash in Putney.

Interview with double filet/intermeshing crochet/interlocking crochet designer Nickerjac on Underground Crafter

Double Filet Bubbles, free crochet pattern by Nickerjac.

UC: You do a lot of designing and teaching with intermeshing crochet, or double filet. How did you learn this technique and what do you enjoy about it?

Nickerjac: Again I came across this technique quite by chance. I had recently moved to a completely new area of London and had joined the local library’s knitting group so I could meet people and someone mentioned that this lady (which turned out to be Barbara Mann) taught this specialised crochet technique. This was seven years ago now and there has been no looking back.

After just two lessons, Barbara very kindly asked me to join the design team for the East London Crochet Group who I still meet with every fortnight.

I love double filet because of its graphic nature, it is the closest I can come to painting in crochet, also there is so many possibilities yet to explore as there are not that many of us that practice this type of crochet.

UC: What do you feel are differences between double filet and intermeshing crochet?

Nickerjac: I believe that they have both obviously had the same starting point and are the same in many ways. Obviously, I have limited access to the US literature on intermeshing, but I have noticed that our starting and finishing are slightly different. Double filet it is not always reversible, especially if the design includes colour changing. The only other difference I have seen is that we produce our patterns as a chart rather than written instructions. I actually embrace the differences as we can always learn new things from each other.

UC: What are your favorite projects to design?

Nickerjac: If you look at the collection of work from the East London Crochet Group, you can see that we each have our own very distinct styles and in our quarterly pattern pack, you can usually work out whose is whose very easily. Mine has a tendency to be very flowing. I love circles and curves – quite organic shapes which can then be applied to many different projects.

So to answer the question, it is always my latest project. At the moment, I am experimenting with more 3D work, which is looking great but turning out to be quite difficult to put on paper.

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

Nickerjac: My all time favourite book to go to for reference is Crochet Workshop by James Walters. It’s not just the content, it’s the whole feel of the book. I just feel like I am being let in on crochet secrets when I read it. (UC comment: I agree! I’ve talked about my vintage copy of the book here before, and it’s now available as a Dover reprint.) 

Dover Books

I also love Jan Eaton’s 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns. There is nothing more relaxing than making a ripple blanket and you can’t help but be inspired by these patterns.

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

Nickerjac: Besides obviously Ravelry and Pinterest I still read a number of blogs. My friend Lixie at Lixie Makes It is always up to something interesting, especially with her moving to Japan last year. I think we craft in similar ways. Neither of us are happy just doing one craft when you can be doing ten. Also, recently after being lucky enough to do a taster workshop with her, I have started to follow Kim Thittichai‘s blog, Kim’s Hot Textiles, as I find her use of colour and texture really inspiring.

UC: Where do you teach double filet?

Nickerjac: I help at the quarterly ELCG meet ups in Essex, we always do a little session at Skipnorth every year, plus I have a couple of private students who come and see me, but I am willing to teach anyone, pretty much anywhere, if I can fit it around my son who is only seven at the moment. I just want to share this skill.

Thanks so much for sharing your love of double filet with us, Nickerjac.