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Interview with Carolyn Christmas

I’m so excited to share an interview today with Carolyn Christmas. Carolyn is one of the crochet designers whose work inspired me to start designing.

Interview with crochet designer and author, Carolyn Christmas, on Underground Crafter blog.

Crochet designer and author, Carolyn Christmas.

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Carolyn is the author of Rodale’s Visual Encyclopedia of Needlecrafts, The Portable Crafter: Crochet, and one of my all time favorite stitch guides, 101 Easy Tunisian Stitches, along with dozens of pattern books published by DRG and Leisure Arts. She is also the former editorial director and product development manager for DRG (now Annie’s), and the founding editor for Crochet! magazine. Her designs have been featured many magazines, including Crochet!, Crochet Today, and Crochet World.

Carolyn is focused on self-publishing these days, and you can find her print patterns for sale on her site, Gourmet Crochet. Her PDF patterns are available on her site here, as well as in her shops on Ravelry (where she is carolynchristmas), Etsy, and Craftsy. Carolyn also has a blog where she shares free patterns, Pink Mambo. You can also find Carolyn on the Pink Mambo Facebook page, on Pinterest, and on Twitter. All images are copyright Carolyn Christmas and shared with permission.

Interview

Circle Dance Afghan by Carolyn Christmas, interviewed by Underground Crafter

Circle Dance Afghan, free pattern by Carolyn Christmas. Click image to link to the pattern.

Underground Crafter (UC): How did you get started crocheting?

Carolyn: I’ve crocheted all my life. I remember learning to knit at age 5, and crocheting came right on the heels of that. I didn’t get serious about crocheting until I was in my teens, though.

UC: What inspired you to start designing?

Carolyn: When I was in my twenties, I found myself at home with newborn twins and a six year old. I had a lot more time on my hands than I thought I would during naptimes, and I’d always been intrigued by the idea of designing for publication. I used to study magazines at length, checking the bylines of each design, and finally decided to gather my courage and send something off. I told myself I would give it up if I hadn’t published anything by the time the girls started kindergarten. As it turned out, I was working as editorial director of a needlework publishing company by that time.

Calypso Shawlette by Carolyn Christmas, interviewed by Underground Crafter

Calypso Shawlette, a free crochet pattern by Carolyn Christmas. Click image to link to pattern.

UC: Where do you generally find your creative inspiration?

Carolyn: Everywhere and everything. Just life, really. For example, I’m working on a rug design now because I decided I needed a rug in my bedroom. I’ll be doing a lot of baby designs soon because we are looking forward to a new grandchild in November.

UC: What are your favorite crochet books (besides yours, of course) in your collection?

Carolyn: I’m inspired by designers with widely varying styles, and not all are knit and crochet desginers. I love the whimsical work of knit designers Jean Greenhowe, Alan Dart, and Jan Messent; the color work of Kristin Nicholas, the freeform work of Prudence Mapstone and many others; I also love newer designers Amy Gaines and Stacey Trock, the thread designs of Ann White and Kathryn White, the graphic style of Katherine Eng, cuteness and precision of the work of Michele Wilcox, the wonderful doll designs of elinor peace bailey and the fabric designs of her daughter-in-law, Heather Bailey. I could go on and on.

UC: Recently, you revived your blog.  What motivated you to start blogging again?

Carolyn: I decided to start the new blog, Pink Mambo, because there are a lot of designs that run through my head and off my hook that I’d simply like to share, and the blog will be a home for those. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying designing smaller things for Pink Mambo. I’m intrigued by the idea of ads supporting the blog so that I’m able financially to show the patterns for free. The blog is not self-supporting yet, but I’d love it if I could give all my patterns away at no cost. Another reason for starting the blog was that there is a big, thriving crochet blog community out there and I wanted to join in.

Surfside Bag by Carolyn Christmas, interviewed by Underground Crafter

Surfside Bag, a free crochet pattern by Carolyn Christmas. Click image to link to pattern.

UC: You’ve written books with major craft publishers, self-published print patterns, and now are selling your e-patterns on your website, and on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy.  Can you talk about your transition from book publishing to self-publishing and what you see as some of the advantages and challenges of self-publishing?

Carolyn: My own journey from book publishing and having a “real job” in the industry to self publishing came because I became ill and found myself at home needing to start over and redefine my goals. I had been working as product development manager at DRG when I had to leave because of my illness, and as I recuperated, I realized I wanted to spend my time creating new designs and publishing them myself.  I wanted to primarily create, rather than primarily manage people.

Self-publishing is a very freeing experience after working for mainstream publishers for years. There are a lot of new designers out there who have never known anything but self-publishing. You don’t have to send a design off and wait for weeks, sometimes months, to hear back from a publisher. You can just get it out there when it’s ready. And of course, owning the rights to your own work is a benefit that’s a whole subject in itself. One thing to remember for those who want to self-publish—you have to wear the hats of editor, copywriter, technical editor and more. Sometimes this involves hiring outside help in the form of tech editing and testing. The best thing, I think, about self-publishing is that it allows a designer to find his or her own “voice” in crochet, so to speak. You don’t have to try to design to fit the mainstream market if you don’t want to—you can design what your heart, and your own customer base, wants you to design.

Tunisian Crochet Entrelac by Carolyn Christmas, interviewed by Underground Crafter

Tunisian Crochet Entrelac, the pattern booklet by Carolyn Christmas that taught me entrelac crochet! Click image to link to pattern shop.

UC: In the past few years, you seem to be really drawn to circles, including your recent Circle Dance Afghan Crochet A Long.  What do you like about designing with this motif?

Carolyn: I love circles! I don’t know what it is exactly about circles, but I can just never get enough of them. I’m doing a series on Pink Mambo about how to crochet flat circles in several variations, and I’ll move on to doing multicolor circles with invisible beginnings and endings, and turning a circle into a square.

UC: You’ve done a lot of work with Tunisian crochet (one of my favorite crochet techniques).  How’d you get started with Tunisian and what do you enjoy most about it?

Carolyn: I got started doing Tunisian crochet in my teens. My mother and I made a lot of designs where you crochet a big swath of off-white Tunisian simple stitch, then cross stitch on it. Back then, I didn’t think about the possibilities too much and I didn’t realize the textures that could be achieved. I enjoy the nice drapey fabric that is possible with Tunisian crochet. I also love Tunisian entrelac and have done a lot of experimenting with that technique, including working it in a circle with my Giant Dahlia design. My most enjoyable Tunisian crochet experience was when my husband and I designed the Easy Tunisian hooks formerly manufactured by Annie’s. These are in really short supply now but we do have another manufacturer interested in having these made, so we’re hopeful these will plentiful again soon.

Adelaide crochet pattern by Carolyn Christmas, interviewed by Underground Crafter

Adelaide, a crochet pattern for sale by Carolyn Christmas. Click image to visit Ravelry page.

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

Carolyn: I visit Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy and lots of blogs. I also love the color palettes at design-seeds.com. I belong to several Facebook groups and try to keep up with those.

UC: What’s next for you and crochet?

Carolyn: For the foreseeable future, I’ll be putting the bulk of my crochet energy into Pink Mambo. I just love working on it and traffic is increasing every day.

Thanks so much for stopping by, Carolyn!

Free Pattern: A Little Bit of Bling Shawl

A Little Bit of Bling Shawl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Last January, I crocheted some samples for the Kollabora booth at Vogue Knitting Live.

A Little Bit of Bling Shawl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

One was this shawl. Kollabora was looking for something that really stood out in the booth, and I held two strands of yarn together – a metallic and a mohair yarn. I’m really excited to be able to share the pattern for A Little Bit of Bling Shawl with you today. It’s a great project for the last days of summer – it’s quick and airy, but the long fringes provide good coverage in case it gets chilly.

A Little Bit of Bling Shawl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

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This summer, I spent a great afternoon with my friend Carlota Zimmerman from the Creativity Yenta (interviewed here). In addition to being a contributing blogger for the Huffington Post, she’s a great model! After a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, we went to Central Park to take some pictures, and Carlota had some great poses wearing this fun and flirty design. (Her tagline isn’t “Just your average sexy force of nature” for nothing!)

A Little Bit of Bling Shawl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

A Little Bit of Bling Shawl Crochet Pattern

by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50 3-light 50 US terms 50This quick and easy triangular shawl makes a great transitional weather accessory. 

The metallic yarn brightens up any outfit! Adjust the length of the fringe to fit your personal style.

Finished Size: Adjustable. Photographed sample is 50” (127 cm) wingspan length, 13.5” (34 cm) spine length, excluding fringe.

Materials:

  • Galler Yarns Kismet (87% polyester/13% nylon, 8 oz/227 g/1,400 yds/1,280 m) – 1 cone in 901 Silver, or approximately 300 yds (274 m) in any metallic, light weight yarn.
  • Galler Yarns Flore II (75% Kid Mohair/15% Wool/10% Nylon, 1.75 oz/50 g/100 yds/91 m/) – 3 skeins in 1005 Ocean, or approximately 300 yds (274 m) in any light weight mohair blend yarn.
  • L-11/8 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge: 10 fdc = 4” (10 cm) across.  Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

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Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

  • beg fdc - beginning foundation double crochet - Ch 4, turn, sk 3 sts, insert hook in next ch, yo and draw up a loop, yo and pull through 1 loop (counts as ch 1), [yo and draw through 2 loops] twice.
  • ch – chain
  • fdc – foundation double crochet - Yo, insert hook in ch 1 from previous st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and pull through 1 loop (counts as ch 1), [yo and draw through 2 loops] twice.
  • ea - each
  • rep - repeat
  • sc - single crochet
  • sk - skip
  • sl st - slip stitch
  • sp - space
  • st(s) - stitch(es)
  • yo - yarn over
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

A Little Bit of Bling Shawl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Pattern Notes:

  • Entire shawl is crocheted holding one strand of ea yarn together.
  • Shawl is worked from top (long) edge with steady decreases to point.

Pattern Instructions:

Shawl

  • Holding one strand of ea yarn, beg fdc, 103 fdc. (To adjust size, fdc in multiples of 4 sts until the appropriate length for long edge is reached.)
  • Row 1: Turn, *ch 5, sk 3 sts, sc in next st; rep from * across. (26 ch-5 sp)
  • Row 2: Turn, *ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp; rep from * across.
  • Row 3: Turn, sl st in ea of first 3 ch in first ch-5 sp, *ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp; rep from * across to last ch-5 sp, sk last ch-5 sp. (Decreases 2 sets of ch-5 sp)
  • Row 4: Rep Row 2.
  • Rep Rows 3 & 4 until 2 ch-5 sp remain, ending after Row 4.
  • Row 5: Turn, sl st in ea of first 3 ch in first ch-5 sp, ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp. Fasten off. (1 ch-5 sp)
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.  Spray block if necessary.

A Little Bit of Bling Shawl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

 

Make and attach fringe

  • For each fringe, hold one strand of each yarn together and cut strands to 40” (100 cm).
  • To attach fringe using crochet hook, insert hook into st or sp indicated below.  With fringe strands folded in half, insert hook into fold (center) of strands, pull up a loose loop in st or sp. Yo with both halves of the fringe strands and pull through the loop. Tighten loop to hold fringe in place.
  • Starting from top corner, use crochet hook to join fringe to third ch of first ch-5 sp. Working across angled edge, *sk next ch-5 sp, join fringe in next ch-5 sp; rep from * across edge until 2 ch-5 sp before center point.   Attach 2 strands of fringe (2 strands of ea yarn/4 strands of yarn) to center point, sk next ch-5 sp, rep from * along edge. Trim fringe as necessary.

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© 2014 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use it to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2014/09/01/free-pattern-a-little-bit-of-bling-shawl. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

A Little Bit of Bling Shawl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

 

Free Pattern: Rectangular Sampler Blanket

Rectangular Sampler Blanket, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

I’m a huge fan of granny squares, but sometimes I like to make granny projects in one piece rather than joining a bunch of squares together at the end. For the Crochetville National Crochet Month blog tour in 2013, I designed the pattern for the Rectangular Sampler Blanket. It combines different stitch patterns into a granny-style rectangle project that makes a great stroller or baby blanket. These work up pretty quickly and you can make them larger by continuing the repeats at the end. Enjoy!

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Rectangular Sampler Blanket Crochet Pattern

by Underground Crafter

03-intermediate US terms 504-medium 50This rectangular sampler is a twist on the traditional granny square pattern.

Rectangular Sampler Blanket, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Finished Size: 34” x 29” (86 cm x 74 cm).

Materials:

  • Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash (100% superwash wool, 3.5 oz/100 g/220 yds/201 m) – 4 skeins 1960 Pacific (CA), 2 skeins 1914 Alaska Sky (CB), and 1 skein 863 Cordovan (CC), or approximately 1,540 yards (1,408 m) in any medium weight yarn
  • J-10/6 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge
  • Yarn needle

Gauge: First 4 rounds in pattern = 9.5” (24 cm) x 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this
project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern: 

  • BL - back loop only
  • CA – color A
  • CB – color B
  • CC – color C
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • FPsc – front post single crochet - Insert hook from front to back around post of next puff st from previous row, yo and draw up a loop around post, yo and draw through 2 loops, sk st behind FPsc.
  • puff – 4-repeat puff stitch - Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, (yo, insert hook in same st, yo and draw up a loop) 3 times, yo and draw through all 9 loops.
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sp – space
  • sk – skip
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated

Pattern Notes: Entire project is worked in the round with the right (front) side facing. Always join new color to first corner of short edge of rectangle.

Pattern Instructions:

Granny Rectangle

  • With CA, ch 26.
  • Rnd 1: (RS) Sk 3 ch (counts as dc here and throughout), (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch,   *(ch 1, sk 1 ch, dc in ea of next 3 ch) around to last 2 sts, ch 1, sk 1, [(3 dc, ch 2) twice, 3 dc] in next ch. Working on opposite side of foundation ch, rep from * around to last ch, ch 1, join with sl st to top of first ch 3. Fasten off.
  • Rnd 2: Join CB with sl st in corner ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same ch-2 sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp)** around to corner ch-2 sp, [(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in next ch-2 sp] twice, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from * to ** around, ch 1, join with sl st to top of first ch 3. Fasten off.
  • Rnd 3: Join CA with sl st in corner ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same ch-2 sp, ch 1, *(3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) around to corner ch-2 sp,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in next ch-2 sp. Rep from * 3 times, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of first ch 3. Fasten off.
  • Rnd 4: With CC, rep Rnd 3.
  • Rnd 5: Join CA with sl st in corner ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same ch-2 sp, ch 1, *(3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) around to corner ch-2 sp,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in next ch-2 sp. Rep from * 3 times, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of first ch 3.
  • Rnd 6: Sl st in ea of next 2 sts and in ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same ch-2 sp, ch 1, *(3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) around to corner ch-2 sp,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in next ch-2 sp. Rep from * 3 times, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of first ch 3. Fasten off.
  • Rnds 7 & 8: With CB, rep Rnds 5 & 6.
  • Rnds 9 & 10: With CC, rep Rnds 5 & 6.

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Rectangular Sampler Blanket, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Alternating V-Stitch

  • Rnd 11: Join CA with sl st in corner ch-2 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same ch-2 sp, *ch 1, [(dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-1 sp] to last ch-1 sp before corner ch-2 sp, (dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-1 sp, ch 1,** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * 3 times, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of first ch 3.
  • Rnd 12: Sl st in next st and in corner ch-2 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same ch-2 sp, *dc in ea st up to ch-1 sp, sk ch-1 sp, ch 1, [(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp] to last 2 ch-1 sps before corner ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk ch-1 sp, dc in ea st to corner ch-2 sp,** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * 3 times, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of first ch 3. Fasten off.
  • Rnd 13: Join with CB in corner ch-2 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same ch-2 sp, *dc in ea st up to ch-1 sp, sk ch-1 sp, ch 1, [(dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-1 sp] to last 2 ch-1 sps before corner ch-2 sp, (dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk ch-1 sp, dc in ea st to corner ch-2 sp,** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * 3 times, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of first ch 3.
  • Rnd 14: Rep Rnd 12.
  • Rnds 15 & 16: With CA, rep Rnds 13 & 12.
  • Rnds 17 & 18: With CC, rep Rnds 13 & 12.
  • Rnds 19 & 20: With CA, rep Rnds 13 & 12.

Granny Rectangle

  • Rnd 21: Join CB with sl st in corner ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same ch-2 sp, *[ch 1, sk 3 sts, 3 dc in next st] around to first ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk ch-1 sp, (3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) around to last ch-1 sp of side, sk ch-1 sp, [3 dc in next st, ch 1, sk 3 sts] around to corner ch-2 sp,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * 3 times, ending last rep at**, join with sl st to top of first ch 3. Fasten off.
  • Rnds 22-25: With CA, rep Rnds 5 & 6, do not fasten off. Rep Rnd 6 again, do not fasten off. Rep Rnd 6 again.

Rectangular Sampler Blanket, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Staggered Puffs

  • Rnd 26: Join CC with sc in corner ch-2 sp, (2 sc, ch 1, 3 sc) in same ch-2 sp, *sc in next st, puff in next st, [sc in next 3 sts, (including ch), puff in next st] around to st before next corner ch-2 sp, sc in next st,** (3 sc, ch 1, 3 sc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * 3 times, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of first sc. Fasten off.
  • Rnd 27: Join CA with sc to corner ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 2, sc) in same ch-1 sp, *scBL in next 4 sts, [FPsc around puff st, scBL in next 3 sts] around to st before corner ch-2 sp, scBL in next st,** (sc, ch 2, sc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * 3 times around, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of first sc.
  • Rnd 28: Sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 1, *(sc, ch 2, sc) in corner ch-2 sp, sc in next 2 sts, [puff, sc in next 3 sts] around to last st before corner ch-2 sp, sc in next st. Rep from * 3 times, join with sl st to top of first sc.
  • Rnd 29: Sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 1, *(sc, ch 2, sc) in same ch-2 sp, scBL in next 3 sts, [FPsc around puff st, scBL in next 3 sts] around to last 2 sts before corner ch-2 sp, scBL in next 2 sts. Rep from * 3 times, join with sl st to top of first sc. Fasten off.

Rectangular Sampler Blanket, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Granny Rectangle

  • Rnd 30: Join CB with sl st in corner ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same ch-2 sp, sk 3 sts, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next st, sk 3 sts) around to corner ch-2 sp,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in next ch-2 sp, sk 3 sts. Rep from * 3 times, ending last rep at **, ch 1, join with sl st to top of first ch 3.
  • Rnd 31: Rep Rnd 6, do not fasten off.

Edging

  • Rnd 32: Sl st in ea of next 2 sts and in corner ch-2 sp, ch 1, 5 sc in same ch-2 sp, *[(sc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch-1 sp, sk 3 sts] around to corner ch-2 sp,** 5 sc in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * 3 times, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of first sc. Fasten off.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends. Spray or steam block if necessary.

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© 2013, 2014 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use it to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2014/08/27/free-pattern-rectangular-sampler-blanket/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Free Pattern: Pineapples for Everyone Shawl

Pineapples for Everyone Shawl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

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I love crocheting the pineapple motif. During the holiday season, I like to make customized versions of the same design for several people on my gift list. It makes it easier for me to remember the pattern but I can also create something special and unique for everyone. Pineapples for Everyone Shawl is a recipe pattern that allows you to create a customized shawl for several girls and ladies on your holiday list. The length is easily adjusted by increasing the number of repeats. Since the design works equally well in a lightweight yarn or in a bulky yarn, it’s a great year round shawl, too . For the lavender and striped samples, I used an eco-friendly thick and thin yarn to add some texture while making a great gift for an environmentally conscious friend. 

Pineapples for Everyone Shawl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

This pattern was originally published in Crochetvolution here. Thanks to Veruska on Ravelry, it’s also available in Italian here on Maglia e Uncinetto. I previously hosted a CAL for this pattern, and I have linked to helpful posts throughout the pattern for those that would like more pictures and explanations. If you like the Pineapples for Everyone Shawl, share the love on Ravelry here. Enjoy!

Pineapples for Everyone Shawl Crochet Pattern

by Underground Crafter

03-intermediate

 US terms 50 4-medium 50This shawl recipe pattern is easily customized with different weight yarns or by adding or reducing the number of repeats.

Finished Size: Lavender and striped shawlettes in the photos measure 45″ (114 cm) across wingspan x 24″ (61 cm) down spine.

Materials:

  • Galler Yarns Inca Eco (100% organic cotton, 3.5 oz/100 g/140 yd/130 m) – 3 skeins, or approximately 420 yd (384 m) in any medium weight yarn
  • J/10 6 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker or scrap yarn (optional)

Gauge: 5 rows = 4″ in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Pineapples for Everyone Shawl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • dc3tog - double crochet 3 sts together (decrease) - *Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and pull through first 2 loops; rep from * twice, yo and pull through 4 remaining loops.
  • ea – each
  • rep – repeat
  • shell - (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same sp
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • t-ch – turning chain
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated

Pattern Note: Never stitch in dc of previous shell. Each shell is worked into ch-3 sp of previous shell.

Pattern instructions:

This post has tips for starting this pattern and progress pictures for the first 8 rows.

Ch 4, join with sl st to first ch to form ring.

Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), ch 1, 3 dc in ring, ch 3, 3 dc in ring, ch 1, dc in ring.

Row 2: Turn, ch 3, *ch 1, 3 dc in ch-1 sp, ch 1,** sk 3 dc, shell in ch-3 sp, sk 3 dc; rep from * to ** once, dc in 3rd ch of t-ch. Optional: Attach stitch marker or scrap yarn to ch-3 sp on shell. Move marker up each row to mark shell.

Row 3: Turn, ch 3, *ch 3, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 3,** sk 3 dc of previous shell, shell in ch-3 sp, sk 3 dc of previous shell; repeat from * to ** once, dc in 3rd ch of t-ch.

Row 4: Turn, ch 3, *ch 3, dc in ea of next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in each of next 2 dc, ch 3, ** sk 3 dc of previous shell, shell in ch-3 sp, sk 3 dc of previous shell; rep from * to ** once, dc in 3rd ch of t-ch.

Row 5: Turn, ch 3, *ch 3, (dc in next dc, ch 1) 5 times, dc in next dc, ch 3,** sk 3 dc of previous shell, shell in ch-3 sp, sk 3 dc of previous shell; rep from * to ** once, dc in 3rd ch of t-ch.

Row 6: Turn, ch 3, *ch 3, (dc in next dc, ch 2) 5 times, dc in next dc, ch 3,** ch 2, sk 3 dc of previous shell, shell in ch-3 sp, sk 3 dc of previous shell, ch 2; rep from * to ** once, dc in 3rd ch of t-ch.

Row 7: Turn, ch 3, *ch 5, (3 dc in next ch-2 sp) 5 times, ch 5,** sk 3 dc of previous shell, shell in ch-3 sp, sk 3 dc of previous shell; rep from * to ** once, dc in 3rd ch of t-ch.

Row 8: Turn, ch 3, *ch 3, 3 dc in ch-5 sp, ch 3, (dc3tog in next 3 dc, ch 4) 4 times, dc3tog in next 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc in ch-5 sp, ch 3,** sk 3 dc of previous shell, shell in ch-3 sp, sk 3 dc of previous shell; rep from * to ** once, dc in 3rd ch of t-ch.

Pineapples for Everyone Shawl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

This post shares tips for completing Rows 9-14, along with progress pictures.

Row 9: Turn, ch3, *ch 3, in next group of 3 dc, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc), ch 3,** sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 2, (sc in next ch-4 sp between dc3tog, ch 2) 4 times, sc in next ch-3 sp:+ rep from * to + across to shell, ending last rep at ** before shell, sk 3 dc of previous shell, shell in ch-3 sp, sk 3 dc of previous shell; rep from * to + across to end, ending last rep at ** before last st, dc in 3rd ch of t-ch.

Row 10: Turn, ch 3, *ch 3, dc in ea of next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in each of next 2 dc, ch 3,** (sc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2) 4 times, sc in next ch-2 sp;+ rep from * to + across to shell, ending last rep at ** before shell, sk 3 dc of previous shell, shell in ch-3 sp, sk 3 dc of previous shell; rep from * to + across to end, ending last rep at ** before last st, dc in 3rd ch of t-ch.

Row 11: Turn, ch 3, *ch 3, (dc in next dc, ch 1) 5 times, dc in next dc, ch 3,** (sc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2) 3 times, sc in next ch-2 sp;+ rep from * to + across to shell, ending last rep at ** before shell, sk 3 dc of previous shell, shell in ch-3 sp, sk 3 dc of previous shell; rep from * to + across to end, ending last rep at ** before last st, dc in 3rd ch of t-ch.

Row 12: Turn, ch 3, *ch 3, (dc in next dc, ch 2) 5 times, dc in next dc, ch 3,** (sc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2) twice, sc in next ch-2 sp;+ rep from * to + across to shell, ending last rep at ** before shell, sk 3 dc of previous shell, shell in ch-3 sp, sk 3 dc of previous shell; rep from * to + across to end, ending last rep at ** before last st, dc in 3rd ch of t-ch.

Row 13: Turn, ch 5, *ch 3, (3 dc in next ch-2 sp between dc) 5 times, ch 3,** sc in ch-2 sp, ch 2, sc in ch-2 sp;+ rep from * to + across to shell, ending last repeat at ** before shell, ch 2, sk 3 dc of previous shell, shell in ch-3 sp, sk 3 dc of previous shell, ch 2; rep from * to + across to end, ending last repeat at ** before last st, ch 2, dc in 3rd ch of t-ch.

Row 14: Turn, ch 6, +3 dc in ch-5 sp,++ *ch 3, (dc3tog in next 3 dc, ch 4) 4 times, dc3tog in next 3 dc, ch 3,** 3 dc in ch-2 sp between 2 sc;*** rep from * to *** across to shell, ending last rep at ** before shell; rep from + to ++ once, ch 3, sk 3 dc of previous shell, shell in ch-3 sp, sk 3 dc of previous shell, ch 3; rep from + to ++ once; rep from * to *** across to end, ending last repeat at ** before last st; rep from + to ++ once, ch 3, dc in 3rd ch of t-ch.

Pineapples for Everyone Shawl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

This post has tips for adjusting the size and using multiple colors in your shawl.

Rep Rows 9-14 until desired length is reached, ending on Row 12.

Edging Row 1: Turn to work along long straight edge of shawl, ch 1, 2 sc in ea t-ch and ch-3 sp across to shell, sc in center of first shell, 2 sc in ea t-ch and ch-3 sp across to end. Fasten off.

Finishing With yarn needle, weave in ends. Spray block if necessary to open up pineapples. You can find blocking tips in this post.

© 2013, 2014 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use it to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2014/08/20/free-pattern-pineapples-for-everyone-shawl. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Giveaway: Doilies with Symbol Crochet

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Welcome to the final giveaway celebrating my blog’s relaunch! Today’s giveaway is for Doilies With Symbol Crochet, courtesy of Annie’s.

This book includes doily patterns written with U.S. pattern abbreviations along with international stitch symbol charts for the pattern repeats. Since doily patterns are often very long, this format may help you keep track of where you are in your pattern.

This giveaway is open to anyone with an email address. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, August 25, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!

Updated, 8/20/2014 at 8:20 p.m. Eastern – Thank you to Sarah for pointing out that I had attached the WRONG giveaway link to this post. It is now updated.

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