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Free Pattern: El Guaba

El Guaba, free wrap pattern by Underground Crafter with U.S. pattern abbreviations

Earlier this year, I was invited by the yarn dyer, Stitchjones, to create a one-skein project for her Yarnageddon 2014 Yarn Club. (She’s currently taking sign up for her 2015 club here.) I didn’t have any project idea in mind until the yarn arrived. The yarn is a stunning and vibrant semi-solid red, and my picture doesn’t do it justice. Sharon (a.k.a. Stitchjones) included a note saying that the yarn club (and therefore, pattern) theme was “Real Life Wild Women.”

Stitchjones yarn featured in free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

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I immediately knew I had to make something inspired by Celia Cruz, who was known as the Queen of Latin Music and La Guarachera de Cuba. I have countless childhood memories of hearing Celia’s music in the background while visiting my paternal grandparents. I even listen to her songs in my iPod to this day. In addition to her music, Celia was a fashion icon, known for her wild stage costumes, hair, and neckware. (If you’re not that familiar with Celia, you may want to check out my Celia Cruz Pinterest board to see what I mean, or watch this 3-1/2 minute bio on YouTube.)

Celia Cruz Pinterest board inspiring free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Just a small preview of my Celia Cruz Pinterest board.

One of my favorite Celia Cruz songs is “El Guaba” from her 1986 album, La Candela. You can check out a live performance of “El Guaba” from the PBS special, Celia Cruz & Friends: A Night of Salsa, recorded in 1998 when Celia was 73(!) on YouTube here.

So, what exactly is El Guaba? Well, it’s a whip spider. And that’s when the inspiration for the pattern hit me. I combined octagons (because there’s one side for each spider leg) to create a simple wrap to wear over any outfit to add a bit of Celia glam to your day. Many of us are not necessarily going to dye our hair blue or wear a dress that looks like a piano, but nonetheless, there are moments when we’d still like to be in the spotlight! I’m sharing the pattern here free on my blog to kick off my celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month 2014. I’ll be continuing my annual series, interviewing Hispanic crochet and knitting designers, bloggers, and makers. I hope you enjoy the pattern and the series!

El Guaba Crochet Pattern

By Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 50 4-medium 50Crochet a quick wrap using octagonal motifs, an homage to the titular whip spider in Celia Cruz’s “El Guaba.”

Finished Size: Fits bust size (after blocking): XS (28-30”/71-76 cm), [S/M (32-38”/81-96.5 cm), L/XL (40- 46”/101.5-117 cm), 2X (48-50”/122-127), 3X (52-54”/132-137), 4X (56-58”/142-147 cm), and 5X (60-62”/152-158)]. Pictured sample is 2X.

Materials:

  • Stitchjones Big Sky Bulky (100% Montana Targhee wool, 4.75 oz/138 g/220 yds/201 m) – 1, [1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2] skein(s) Power Reds, or approximately 200 – 360 yards (183 – 329 m) in any medium weight yarn.
  • I-9/5.5 mm crochet hooks, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

  • Gauge: 1 motif = 5” (13 cm) before blocking. For best fit, check your gauge.

El Guaba, free crochet pattern from Underground Crafter with U.S. pattern abbreviations.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

  • BLO – back loop only
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • tr – treble crochet
  • yo – yarn over
  • *+ Rep the instructions following the asterisk and/or plus sign as indicated

Pattern Instructions:

Center Octagon – Make 1

  • Ch 4, join to first st with sl st to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: (RS) Ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), 15 dc in ring, join with sl st to BLO of top of first ch 3. (16 sts)
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 scBLO in same st and in ea st around, join with sl st to first sc. (32 sts)
  • Rnd 3: Ch 7 (counts as dc + ch-4 sp), sk 3 sts, *dc in next st, ch 4, sk 3 sts; rep from * around, join with sl st to third ch of first ch 7. (8 sts + 8 ch-4 sp)
  • Rnd 4: Sl st in next ch-4 sp, *(2 sc, dc, ch 2, dc, 2 sc) in ch-4 sp; rep from * around, join with sl st to BLO of first sc. (64 sts)
  • Rnd 5: Ch 3, dcBLO in next st, hdcBLO in next st, *(sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, hdcBLO in next st,** dcBLO in next 4 sts, hdcBLO in next st; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, dcBLO in next 2 sts, join with sl st to top of first ch 3. Fasten off. (64 sts + 8 ch-2 sp)
El Guaba, free crochet pattern from Underground Crafter with U.S. pattern abbreviations.

First Octagon (left) and Joining Octagon (right) before blocking.

Joining Octagon – Make 3 [4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10]

  • Rep through Rnd 2 as for Center Octagon.
  • Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in next 3 sts, *ch 2,** dc in next 4 sts; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to BLO of top of first ch 3. (32 sts + 8 ch-2 sp)
  • Rnd 4: Ch 1, scBLO in same st and in next 3 sts, *(dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp,** scBLO in next 4 sts; rep from * around, ending last rep at**, join with BLO to top of first sc. (48 sts + 8 ch-2 sp)
  • Rnd 5: Ch 3, dcBLO in next 3 sts, hdcBLO in next st, *(sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, hdcBLO in next st, dcBLO in next 4 sts, hdcBLO in next st; rep from * 5 more times, (sc, ch 1, join to RS of previous octagon with sc through ch-2 sp, sc) in ch-2 sp, hdcBLO in next st, dcBLO in next 4 sts, hdcBLO in next st, (sc, join with sc through next ch-2 sp of previous octagon, ch 1, sc) in ch-2 sp, hdcBLO in next st, join with sl st to top of first ch 3. Fasten off. (64 sts + 8 ch-2 sp)

El Guaba, free crochet pattern from Underground Crafter with U.S. pattern abbreviations.

Final Octagon – Make 1

  • Rep through Rnd 4 as for Joining Octagon.
  • Rnd 5: Ch 3, dcBLO in next 3 sts, hdcBLO in next st, +(sc, ch 1, join to RS of previous octagon with sc through ch-2 sp, sc) in ch-2 sp, hdcBLO in next st, dcBLO in next 4 sts, hdcBLO in next st, (sc, join with sc through next ch-2 sp of previous octagon, ch 1, sc) in ch-2 sp, hdcBLO in next st, *(sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, hdcBLO in next st, dcBLO in ea of next 4 sts, hdcBLO in next st; rep from * 3 more times, rep from + to * once, join with sl st to top of first ch 3. Fasten off. (64 sts + 8 ch-2 sp)

Top Edging

  • Rnd 1: With RS facing and starting at 2nd (3rd, 3rd, 4th, 4th, 5th, 5th) octagon from Center Octagon, join with sl st to st before first ch-2 sp on flat edge, ch 1, sc in same st, *sl st in ch-2 sp, sl stBLO in next 8 sts, sl st in next ch-2 sp, sc in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st, hdc in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st, ch 1, sk 1 sts, yo twice, insert hook in next st, +yo and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops) twice,++ yo twice, insert hook in second st after next ch-2 sp on next octagon, rep from + to ++, yo and draw through 3 loops, ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st, hdc in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st,** sc in next st, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to BLO of top of first sc.
  • Rnd 2: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), *scBLO in ea of next 10 sts, hdcBLO in next st, dcBLO in ea of next 11 sts,** hdcBLO in next st; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of ch 2. Fasten off.

Finishing

  • Weave in ends with yarn needle. Spray or wet block. 

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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/2014/09/15/free-pattern-el-guaba/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Free Pattern: Gift Pocket Bear

In honor of Grandparent’s Day, I’m sharing this free pattern for the Gift Pocket Bear. My maternal grandmother taught me to crochet and she used to crochet adorable bears way before amigurumi was popular, so this seems a fitting homage. Of course, you can use this bear to spice up a gift card for anyone, or for any occasion.

This pattern was originally published on the Galler Yarns blog, which is no longer available. Enjoy the pattern, and if you like it, give it a little love on Ravelry.

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Gift Pocket Bear, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Gift Pocket Bear Crochet Pattern

by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50 US terms 503-light 50This bear makes a great addition to a gift card or cash gift and serves as gift wrap. 

Finished Size: 10 in (25 cm) length.

Materials

  • Galler Yarns Flore II (1.75 oz/50 g/100 yd/91 m/75% kid mohair, 15% wool, 10% nylon/light weight) – 2 skeins 106 (Main Color), or approximately 200 yd (183 m) of any light weight yarn
  • Galler Yarns Flore II – 1 skein each in 015 (CB), 023 (CC), 077 (CD), and 101 (CE), or approximately 100 yd (91 m) in each of 4 colors in any light weight yarn
  • E-4/3.5 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 2 safety eyes (10.5 mm)
  • Stitch markers or scrap yarn
  • Yarn needle
  • Fiber filling

Gauge: Exact gauge is not critical for this project. Stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show. 

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

  • BL – back loop only
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • CD – Color D
  • CE – Color E
  • ch – ch
  • ea – each
  • invdec – invisible decrease – Insert hook in front loop only of each of next 2 sts, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops. Planet June has a great tutorial here.
  • MC – Main Color
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Note

  • Position of increases alternate throughout to keep the project more rounded.
  • Head, neck, ears, muzzle, arms, and neck/body are worked in spirals without joining. Place stitch marker in last st of each Rnd and move up at the end of each Rnd.
  • Legs are crocheted flat in rows.

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Pattern Instructions

Head

  • Beginning at back of head, with MC, start with magic adjustable ring. PlanetJune has a great tutorial for the magic ring here.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, pull yarn tail tightly to close ring, place marker. (6 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea st around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 4: *Sc in ea of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 5: *2 sc in next st, sc in ea of next 3 sts; rep from * around. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 6: *Sc in ea of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 7: *2 sc in next st, sc in ea of next 5 sts; rep from * around. (42 sts)
  • Rnd 8: *Sc in ea of next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 9: *2 sc in next st, sc in ea of next 7 sts; rep from * around. (54 sts)
  • Rnd 10: *Sc in ea of next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (60 sts)
  • Rnd 11: *2 sc in next st, sc in ea of next 9 sts; rep from * around. (66 sts)
  • Rnd 12: Sc in ea st around.
  • Rnds 13 & 14: Rep Rnd 12 twice.
  • Rnd 15: *Sc in ea of next 9 sts, invdec; rep from * around. (60 sts)
  • Rnd 16: *Invdec, sc in ea of next 8 sts; rep from * around. (54 sts)
  • Rnd 17: *Sc in ea of next 7 sts, invdec; rep from * around. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 18: *Invdec, sc in ea of next 6 sts; rep from * around. (42 sts)
  • Rnd 19: *Sc in ea of next 5 sts, invdec; rep from * around. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 20: *Invdec, sc in ea of next 4 sts; rep from * around. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 21: *Sc in ea of next 3 sts, invdec; rep from * around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 22: *Invdec, sc in ea of next 2 sts; rep from * around. (18 sts)
  • Fasten off.
Gift Pocket Bear, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Here’s a detail of the granny square pocket.

Ears (Make 2)

  • Beginning at center of ear, with MC, start with magic adjustable ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, pull yarn tail tightly to close ring, place marker. (6 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea st. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 3: *2sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 4: *Sc in ea of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (24 sts)
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail for joining.

Muzzle

  • With CB, start with magic adjustable ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, pull yarn tail tightly to close ring, place marker. (6 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea st around. (12sts)
  • Rnd 3: Sc in each st around.
  • Rnd 4: Rep Rnd 3 once, changing to MC in last yo of final st of Rnd.
  • Rnd 5: Rep Rnd 3 once.
  • Rnd 6: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 7: Rep Rnd 3 once.
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail for joining.

Arms (Make 2)

  • With MC, repeat instructions for head through Rnd 3, place stitch marker.
  • Sc in each st around until arms measure approximately 1.5” (3.8 cm) from marker.
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail for joining.

Neck, Body, and Legs

  • Beginning at the neck, in MC with a long yarn tail for joining, ch 18, join with sl st to first ch, being careful not to twist.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in same and in ea st around. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 2: Sc in ea st around.
  • Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around. (27 sts)
  • Rnd 4: Rep Rnd 2.
  • Rnd 5: *Sc in ea of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 6: Rep Rnd 2.
  • Rnd 7: Rep Rnd 5. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 8: Rep Rnd 5. (64 sts)
  • Rnd 9: Rep Rnd 2. Place stitch marker.
  • Rnd 10: Rep Rnd 2 until body measures approximately 2” (5 cm) from marker.
  • Rnd 11: *Sc in ea of next 6 sts, invdec; rep from * around. (56 sts)
  • Rnd 12: *Invdec, sc in ea of next 5 sts; rep from * around. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 13: *Sc in ea of next 4 sts, invdec; rep from * around. (40 sts)
  • Rnd 14: Rep Rnd 2.
  • Rnd 15: *Sc in ea of next 8 sts, invdec; rep from * around. (36 sts) Do not fasten off.

Shape first leg

  • Row 1: Sc in ea of next 17 sts. (17 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in ea st across.
  • Row 3: Rep Row 2.
  • Row 4: Rep Row 2 until leg measures approximately 2” (5 cm) from marker, ending on the wrong side (inside).
  • Row 5: Turn, ch 1, *invdec, sc in ea of next 2 sts; rep from * across. (13 sts)
  • Row 6: Rep Row 3.
  • Row 7: Turn, ch 1, *invdec, sc in ea of next 2 sts; rep from * across to last st, sc. (10 sts)
  • Row 8: Rep Row 3.
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail for joining and seaming.

Shape second leg

  • Row 1: With MC, join with sl st to body in third st from first leg, ch 1, sc in ea of next 17 sts. (17 sts)
  • Rows 2-8: Rep Rows 2-8 as for first leg.

Gift Pocket Square

  • With CC, ch 3. Join with sl st to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), (2 dc, ch 2) in ring, *(3 dc, ch 2) in ring; rep from * twice more, join with sl st to top of ch-3. Fasten off CC.
  • Rnd 2: With CD, join with sl st in any ch-2 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-2sp, dcBL in ea of next 3 sts, *7 dc in next ch-2 sp, dcBL in ea of next 3 sts; rep from * twice more, 3 dc in first ch-2 sp, change to CE while joining with sl st to top of ch-3. Fasten off CD.
  • Rnd 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st, *scBL in ea of next 9 sts, 3 dc in next st; rep from * twice more, scBL in ea of next 9 sts, change to CC while joining with sl st to top of ch-3. Fasten off CE.
  • Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in same st, *3 dc in next st, scBL in ea of next 11 sts; rep from * twice more, 3 dc in next st, scBL in ea of next 10 sts, join with sl st to top of first sc. Fasten off CE with long yarn tail for joining.

Assembly and Finishing

  • Match 6 stitches on the ear to 6 stitches at the top of head. With yarn needle, whipstitch ear to head, going across the stitches on front and then back of the ear. Repeat with other ear.
  • Slide safety eyes into position between stitches on the head, above the muzzle opening. When you are satisfied with position, insert washer until it clicks.
  • Position neck at bottom of head so it is centered relative to eyes and ears. Join the neck on the bottom of the head with the yarn needle and whipstitch.
  • Stuff head and muzzle. With yarn needle, join muzzle to the head with whipstitch around, matching sts on head to sts on muzzle.
  • Stuff arms. Position arms at side of body in top quarter of body. With yarn needle, join with whipstitch.
  • Stuff neck and body. Position gift pocket square towards bottom of the body, about 1-2 rows above the legs. Join with yarn needle and whipstitch on 3 sides, leaving top of the square open to form a pocket.
  • Fold first leg in half. Using yarn needle, sew sides together until approximately 0.5” (1.3 cm) from body. Stuff leg and then finish sewing up sides, adding stuffing as necessary. Join leg to body with a whipstitch in unworked sc on the body. Repeat with other leg.
  • Cut approximately 12” (30.5 cm) of CB. Thread yarn needle. Starting 1-2 rounds below muzzle join, stitch around the surface of the crochet stitches to form a smile.
  • Weave all remaining ends into body. Trim ends.
© 2012, 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/2014/09/07/free-pattern-gift-pocket-bear/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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.

New to crochet? Check out Improve Your Crochet, an online class at Craftsy.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!