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Free pattern: All Weather Cowl

I’m excited to announce another free pattern in collaboration with Galler Yarns.

Using one jumbo skein of Galler Yarns Aztec Boucle, an organic cotton yarn with just a little bit of nylon added, this cowl is a great all weather accessory.  The eyelets created by the stitch patterns and the cotton yarn make it breathable in warmer weather, but the length allows you to wrap it around three times for warmth in cold weather.

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All Weather Cowl, free Tunisian crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

This is a reversible stitch pattern that can be made even by Tunisian crochet newbies.  It doesn’t hurt that the yarn texture will cover any mistakes you make ;).

All Weather Cowl, free Tunisian crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

The All Weather Cowl is crocheted across lengthwise and then seamed.

Since you will have 80 inches (203 cm) of stitches on your hook, I recommend using a Tunisian crochet hook with a flexible cable.  If you don’t already have some on hand, I sell them in my Etsy shop here.

All Weather Cowl, free Tunisian crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

The Aztec Boucle works up nicely and creates a great gift for any eco-conscious person on your list.

All Weather Cowl, free Tunisian crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Enjoy!

All Weather Cowl Tunisian Crochet Pattern

by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50 US terms 50 3-light 50This delightful unisex cowl/ circle scarf is made with reversible stitch patterns. 

The eyelets and lightweight yarn make this a perfect cowl for all seasons.  Wear it wrapped three times in the cold or loosely in warm weather.

Finished Size: 6” (15 cm) x 80” (203 cm)

Materials:

  • Galler Yarns Aztec Boucle yarn (8 oz/227 g/545 yds/498 m/97% Organic Cotton, 3% Nylon) – 1 skein, or approximately 545 yds/498 m in any light weight cotton yarn.
  • J-10 (6 mm) Tunisian crochet hook or any size needed to obtain gauge (Tip: a Tunisian crochet hook with a flexible cable is recommended.  I sell several sizes in my Etsy shop.)
  • Yarn needle

Gauge: 7.5 sts in pattern = 4” (10 cm).  Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

  • ch – chain
  • sp - space
  • st(s) - stitch(es)
  • Tss - Tunisian simple stitch – Insert hook behind next vertical bar, yo, draw through loop, and leave it on hook.
  • yo - yarn over
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Instructions

  • Ch 150.
  • Tunisian Base Row: Forward: Working into back ridge of the ch (rather than through front loop), insert hook in second ch from hook, *yo, draw up a loop and leave it on hook; repeat from * across. Return: Do not turn, ch 1, *yo, and pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until one loop remains on hook.
  • Row 1: Forward: Skip first vertical bar, *in sp before next vertical bar, insert hook from front to back, (yo, and pick up a loop) in same sp twice; repeat from * across to last sp, skip last sp, Tss. Return: Ch 1, *yo and draw through 4 loops; repeat from * across to last 2 loops, yo and draw through 2 loops.
  • Row 2: Forward: Skip first vertical bar and first sp, *in sp before next vertical bar, insert hook from front to back, (yo, and pick up a loop) in same sp twice; repeat from * across to last vertical bar, Tss. Return: Row 1 return.
  • Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until width measures approximately 5.75” (14.5 cm), ending after Row 1.  Finish with final row.
  • Final Row: Forward: Skip first vertical bar and first sp, *in sp before next vertical bar, insert hook from front to back, (yo, and pick up a loop) in same sp twice, yo and draw through all loops on hook; repeat from * across to last vertical bar, Tss, yo and draw through both loops on hook.  Do not fasten off.
  • Assembly and Finishing: Turn, with same sides facing, match up sts along short edge, join with slip st through each st on both edges. Fasten off, with yarn needle, weave in ends securely.

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© 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/2012/11/24/free-pattern-all-weather-cowl/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Holiday Stashdown Challenge, Week 5

(Join along with me any time if you need a head start or moral support for your holiday crafting. You can read more details here.)

There are different approaches to gift giving.  Some people say, “It’s the thought that counts,” and anything you give should be appreciated by the recipient.  Others feel that you should try to tailor your gift to the recipient because it isn’t about the giver of the gift.

I have a reasonably large family, and up until about 5 years ago when there was a major rift, I used to make baked goods and handmade gifts for a lot of people.  I tried to combine both approaches, by making holiday gifts that fit my budget and talents while also considering preferences.  I’m not very good at sneaking around to find out more about my giftees, so I would send out holiday gift surveys.

This was before “everyone” was online, so I actually printed the surveys on my home computer and cut them into postcards.  I sent the postcards out in envelopes.  I would write the recipient’s name in the return address area, stick on a mailing label to me, and add a postcard stamp.  It seems like a lot of work, but I’ve returned to these postcards for years to remember who is allergic to nuts and who hates chocolate.  In the spirit of giving, I’m sharing these as a download for your holiday planning purposes.

Underground Crafter Holiday Survey

Once everyone started using email, I made a similar survey for needlecrafts.  Here is what I sent out.

Happy New Year!

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to start using up more of my accumulated yarn and fabric. In the spirit of that, I have developed one of my ever loved gift surveys :) Please fill out and return at your earliest convenience.

1) What are your favorite home decor colors and themes?

2) What size bed do you use?

3) What are your favorite clothing and accessories colors?

4) Free association time! When you hear… you think…:

a) Throw pillows
b) Table settings
c) Holiday decorations
d) Accessorize

Disclaimer: Completion of this survey in no way guarantees that you will receive homemade home decor or clothing items this year, though it does mean you are under consideration!

For colleagues or internet buddies, I would also ask for birthday, anniversary, and which, if any, faith-based holidays are celebrated.  Feel free to adapt either survey to make your own!

If you need some inspiration for a Holiday Stashdown Challenge post for next week, here’s the prompt for Tuesday, June 19: Our challenge has been going for six weeks.  Let’s celebrate our successes so far.  For each of us, success may be measured differently: stash organized, list made, awareness of our potential recipients, finished projects, etc.  What have you done so far for the Holiday Stashdown Challenge?  If you’re not feeling successful, what’s preventing you from getting started on reaching your goals?  Or, are your goals unrealistic?

To make this more interesting, I’ll be hosting a giveaway for people who post in the Holiday Stashdown Challenge next week :).

Free pattern: Twisted crocodile stitch keyhole scarf

I am pleased to share another free pattern in collaboration with Galler Yarns!

I actually finished this keyhole scarf around Thanksgiving, but have been waiting to release the pattern before sharing pictures.  (I took these pictures in Central Park on the same day as my Chubby Sheep free pattern photos, so you may see some background similarities.)

I love keyhole scarves.  I commute on the subway and share a work space (and coat rack) with many people, so I don’t like carrying around a lot of big stuff in the winter because there is no place to keep it.  If you’ve been to New York City in January, though, you know you still need to bundle up  in the winter.  A keyhole scarf is my compromise because it keeps you warm but is small enough to stuff in your pocket when you hang up your coat.  (Hint: It is also a great last minute gift, since it is much faster to make than a full length scarf!)

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This is a self-portrait of me wearing the completed twisted crocodile stitch keyhole scarf.

I made this keyhole scarf using Galler’s Heather Prime Alpaca.  This yarn is a DK/sport/#3 weight superfine alpaca grown from Peru.  I love alpaca yarns, and Heather Prime Alpaca is super soft.  Somehow, even though I didn’t pick the color myself, the folks at Galler Yarns must have known that I love everything in the purple family because they sent me color 207, which is a heather purple.  The yarn skein is so large (0.5 lbs or 600 yards!) that you can make two of these keyhole scarves with one skein, and still have some yarn to spare.

Here’s a more artsy self-portrait, in black and white.

Craftsy

I really have to thank my pattern testers, Daynawithay, patriciaelizabeth, soxvixen, and ss9904 on Ravelry, for all of their great suggestions, including the one about reducing the size of the keyhole in the final pattern.

Here’s a detail of the keyhole opening. It is small to keep the warmth inside.

I really had a lot of fun with this stitch…

Here’s a stitch detail.  You can see the yummy heatheriness (ok, I know it isn’t a word) of the yarn.

… but it was hard to explain.  So I included a photo tutorial in the pattern.

Twisted Crocodile Stitch Keyhole Scarf Crochet Pattern

by Underground Crafter 

03-intermediateUS terms 50 3-light 50

This keyhole scarf is made using a variation on the crocodile stitch to create a ruffled “scaled” texture. 

Finished Size: Adult (4” x 27”/10 cm x 69 cm)

Materials:

  • Galler Yarns Heather Prime Alpaca yarn (8 oz/227g/665 yds/608 m/100% superfine alpaca/light weight) – Color 207, or approximately 300 yds (274 m) in any light weight yarn.
  • H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge: Row width = 4” (10 cm). Follow the pattern for 4” (10 cm) in length before measuring gauge.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • V-st – V-stitch -  (dc, ch 1, dc) in the same st or sp
  • WS – wrong (back) side
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Repeat from asterisk as indicated

Keyhole Scarf

  • Ch 20.
  • Row 1: (WS) Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch, *ch 2, sk 2 ch, V-st in next ch, ch 2, sk 2 ch, sc in next ch; rep from * across.
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in sc, *sk 2 ch, 6 dc around post of first dc of next V-st, working from top to bottom of post, ch 1, 6 dc around post of second dc of same V-st, working from top to bottom of post. (Tip: Rotating your work towards your hook until the post is horizontal makes this easier. See photos tutorial below for details.) Sk 2 ch, sc in sc; rep from * across.
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in sc, *ch 2, sk 6 dc, V-st in next ch-1 sp, ch 2, sk 6 dc, sc in next sc; rep from * across.
  • Rep Rows 2 & 3 until scarf measures approximately 22” (56 cm), ending on Row 2. Do not fasten off.

Shape left side of keyhole opening.

  • Row 4: Turn, ch 1, sc in sc, ch 2, sk 6 dc, V-st in next ch-1 sp, ch 2, sk 6 dc, sc in next sc.
  • Row 5: Turn, ch 1, sc in sc, sk 2 ch, 6 dc around post of first dc of next V-st, working from top to bottom of post. Ch 1, 6 dc around post of second dc of same V-st, working from top to bottom of post. Sk 2 ch, sc in sc.
  • Row 6: Rep Row 4. Fasten off.

Shape right side of keyhole opening.

  • Row 7: With WS facing and Rows 4-6 on your right (on your left if left-handed), sk Rows 4-6, 6 dc, ch-1 sp, and 6 dc. Join with sl st to next sc, ch 1, sc in sc, ch 2, sk 6 dc, V-st in next ch-1 sp, ch 2, sk 6 dc, sc in next sc.
  • Row 8: Rep Row 5.
  • Row 9: Rep Row 4.

Join keyhole opening.

  • Row 10: Turn, ch 1, *sc in sc, sk 2 ch, 6 dc around post of first dc of next V-st, working from top to bottom of post. Ch 1, 6 dc around post of second dc of same V-st, working from top to bottom of post, sk 2 ch, sc in sc,** ch 5; rep from * to ** once.
  • Row 11: Turn, ch 1, sc in sc, *ch 2, sk 6 dc, V-st in next ch-1 sp, ch 2, sk 6 dc, sc in next sc,** ch 2, sk 2 ch, V-st in next ch, sk 2 ch. Rep from * to ** once.
  • Rep Rows 2 & 3 until scarf measures approximately 27” (69 cm), ending on Row 2.
  • Fasten off. Using yarn needle, weave in ends.

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Twisted Crocodile Stitch Tutorial

6 dc around post of first dc of V-stitch, working from top to bottom of the post.

TwistedCroc1

The completed set of 6 dc will look like this.

TwistedCroc2

Rotate your work until the next dc of V-st is horizontal. This will make it easier to crochet the next group of stitches.

TwistedCroc3

6 dc around post of second dc of V-stitch, working from top to bottom of the post.

TwistedCroc4

Rotate work back to original position.

TwistedCroc5

Continue to work in pattern.

TwistedCroc6

 

© 2011, 2013 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/2011/12/16/free-pattern-twisted-crocodile-stitch-keyhole-scarf/ Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Free Pattern: Chubby Sheep

I’m excited to share my first free pattern on the blog, Chubby Sheep.

Chubby Sheep, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

 

This is one of the super secret projects I’ve been working on, in collaboration with Galler Yarns.

I made this using Flore II, an awesome blend of kid mohair, wool, and nylon.  The kid mohair really makes the difference in the final texture.

Just in time for the holidays, the pattern also includes (optional) instructions to transform Chubby Sheep into an ornament or hanging decoration.

Chubby Sheep, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Exact gauge is not critical for this project but stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show.  This pattern was tested by aimeefae, anamoji, ayoung, and ss9904 on Ravelry.  It takes about 5-6 hours to complete.  Enjoy!

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Chubby Sheep Crochet Pattern

by Underground Crafter

Chubby Sheep, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 503-light 50

This rotund sheep is fun to play with and simple to make. The shape and textured bottom allow it to “sit up” without legs.

Optional instructions are included to transform the sheep into an ornament or hanging decoration.

Finished Size: Approximately 3.75” tall (9.5 cm) from base of body to top of head.

Materials:

  • Galler Yarns Flore II yarn (1.75 oz/50 g/100 yds/91 m/75% kid mohair, 15% wool, 10% nylon/light weight) – 1 skein in each of two colors, or approximately in 100 yds in Main Color and 35 yds in Color B
  • Small amount of embroidery floss for eyes
  • E-4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook or any size needed to obtain gauge
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Fiber filling

Gauge: Body through Round 12 = 3.75” (9.5 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this project but stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • 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
  • pop – 4-hdc popcorn – Hdc 4 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. (See tutorial at end of pattern for details.)
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Rounds
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Repeat after asterisk as indicated.

Chubby Sheep, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Pattern Notes

The head and 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. Ears are worked in rows and ch 2 does not count as hdc.

Pattern Instructions

Head

  • Beginning at crown, with MC, start with magic adjustable ring. Planet June has a great magic ring tutorial here.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, pull the yarn tail tightly to close ring.
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 3: Sc in each st around.
  • Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around. (18 sts)
  • Rnds 5 & 6: Rep Rnd 3 twice.
  • Rnd 7: Change to CB in last yo of next sc, sc in each st to marker.
  • Rnds 8 – 13: Rep Rnd 3 six times.
  • Rnd 14: *Invdec, sc; rep from * around. (12 sts) Do not fasten off.
  • Create eyes: Thread yarn needle with embroidery floss. Starting with floss inside of the head, stitch two eyes in third row of CB, using photos as a guide. Stuff head firmly with fiber filling.

Finish snout

  • Rnd 15: Invdec around. (6 sts)
  • Rnd 16: Invdec around. (3 sts).
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail. Using yarn needle, sew yarn tail through remaining sts to close snout. Weave in yarn tail through head before finishing off.

Ears (Make 2)

  • With CB, ch 3.
  • Row 1: Turn. 2 hdc in third ch from hook.
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 2 (see pattern notes), hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st. (3 sts)
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 2, hdc in each of next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st. (4 sts)
  • Row 4: Turn, ch 2, hdc in each of next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st. (5 sts)
  • Row 5: Turn ch 2, hdc in each of next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st. (6 sts) Do not fasten off. Fold ear in half across Row 5, so that first and last stitch of row are back to back, join with sl st to top of first hdc.
  • Row 6: Do not turn, ch 1, join edge of ear with sc in each of next 3 sts, working through both layers. Fasten off with a 9” yarn tail.
  • Join ears to head: Using yarn needle, join ears to second row of MC (Rnd 5 of head), using photos as a guide. Weave in yarn tail through head before finishing off.

Body

  • Beginning at bottom of body, with MC, start with magic adjustable ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, pull the yarn tail tightly to close ring.
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 3: *Pop in next st, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 4: *Sc in each of next two sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 5: *Pop in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 6: Sc in each st around.
  • Rnd 7: *(Sc in next st, pop in next st) twice, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (35 sts)
  • Rnd 8: *Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (40 sts)
  • Rnd 9: *(Pop in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts) twice, pop in next st, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (45 sts)
  • Rnd 10: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 8 sts; rep from *  around. (50 sts)
  • Rnd 11: *(Pop in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts) 3 times, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (55 sts)
  • Rnd 12: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 10 sts; rep from * around. (60 sts)
  • Rnd 13: *Pop in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts; rep from * around.
  • Rnd 14: Sc in each st around.
  • Rnds 15 & 16: Repeat Rnds 13 & 14 once.
  • Rnd 17: *(Pop in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts) 3 times, sc, invdec; rep from * around. (55 sts)
  • Rnd 18: *Invdec, sc in each of next 9 sts; rep from * around. (50 sts)
  • Rnd 19: *(Pop in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts) twice, pop in next st, sc in next st, invdec; rep from * 3 more times, pop in next st, sc in each of next 7 sts, invdec. (45 sts)
  • Rnd 20: *Invdec, sc in each of next 7 sts; rep from * around. (40 sts)
  • Rnd 21: *(Pop in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts) twice, invdec; rep from * 3 more times, sc in each of next 6 sts, invdec. (35 sts)
  • Rnd 22: *Invdec, sc in each of next 5 sts; rep from * around. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 23: *Pop in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts; rep from * around.
  • Rnd 24: *Invdec, sc in each of next 3 sts; rep from * around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 25: *Invdec, pop in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around. (18 sts) Do not fasten off.
  • Join head to body: Using yarn needle and a 9” strand of MC, join head to body in flat area with fewer popcorns (Rnds 18-22), using photos as guide. Stuff body firmly. Weave in yarn tail from joining into body.

Finish body

  • Rnd 26: *Invdec, sc; rep from * around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 27: *Invdec. pop; rep from * around. (8 sts).
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail. Using yarn needle, sew yarn tail through remaining sts to close body. Weave in yarn tail through body before finishing off.

Chubby Sheep, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Ornament/decorative hanging loop (optional)

  • To use Chubby Sheep as an ornament or decorative hanging, join MC with sl st to any st in center top after assembly.
  • Sc in same st, ch 25, sc to another nearby st in center top.
  • Fasten off. Weave in yarn tail through body before finishing off.

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Half Double Crochet Popcorn Tutorial

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Chubby Sheep, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

© 2011, 2012, 2013 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/2011/12/05/free-pattern-chubby-sheep/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Freebie: Care instructions and parody gift tags

As I work my way through my holiday crafting gift list, I thought I would share some freebies with those of you in the same predicament: printable care instructions and priceless parody gift tags.

Care instructions gift tags

Priceless parody gift tags

Here’s my technique for using gift tags.

  • My downloads are formatted for pre-scored inkjet business cards (Avery 8371 or Staples 610381), but you can also print on card stock and then cut afterwards.  (To cut the card stock yourself, print on an 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet in portrait.  After printing, trim 1/2″ off the top and bottom margins and 3/4″ off the right and left margins.  Each tag measures 2″ x 3-1/2″.)  I print both labels the on the same sheet (care instructions on one side and priceless parody on the other).
  • Personalize the tags.

A sample personalized care tag.

A sample personalized parody tag. (I used the U.S. federal minimum wage, though of course I wish that artisan labor was valued higher!)

  • After printing and dividing the tags, I use a 1/8” hole punch to create a small hole in an upper corner.
  • With a yarn needle, I thread a small amount of yarn (very cute if it is a scrap from your project!) through the hole and into my handmade gift.

These are formatted so that you can print 10 of each tag on a page.  Enjoy!

Underground Crafter Parody Tags 2011

Underground Crafter Care Labels