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Free pattern: Post Stitch Hexagon

Post Stitch Hexagon, free #crochet pattern by Marie Segares @ucrafter in @galleryarns Inca Eco

This crochet scrubby pattern was originally published on the Galler Yarns blog, which is no longer available. I made a few updates and now I’m sharing it here.

As you may have guessed from the Popcorn Hexagon and Circle Hexagon patterns, I love to use organic cotton yarn for face scrubbies. They soften wonderfully in the wash and are gentle on sensitive skin.

Post Stitch Hexagon, free #crochet pattern by Marie Segares @ucrafter in @galleryarns Inca EcoIn addition to being organic, Galler Yarns Inca Eco uses low impact dyes, so its great for baby projects, too.

A set of these scrubbies would be a great baby shower gift, or package several with some special soaps as part of a spa basket for a friend. This hexagon is the same size as the two linked above, so you can also make a hexagon blanket combining all three patterns.

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Crocheted Summer Bag

Post Stitch Hexagon

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

03-intermediateUS terms 504-medium 50This textured scrubby is great for removing dirt or massaging your face!

Finished Size

  • 4” (10 cm) across flat edges.

Materials

  • Galler Yarns Inca Eco (100% organic cotton, 3.5 oz/100 g/140 yds/128 m) – 1 skein in Pistachio, or approximately 100 yds (91 m) in any medium weight yarn. (1 skein makes 4-6 hexagons.)
  • H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • Finished Hexagon = 4” (10 cm) across flat edges in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

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Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BL – back loop only
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • FPdc – front post double crochet – Yo, insert hook from front around back to front of indicated st, yo and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops) twice.
  • FPtr – front post treble crochet – Yo twice, insert hook from front around back to front of indicated st, yo and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops) 3 times.
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Rep after asterisks as indicated.

Pattern Instructions

Hexagon

  • Ch 4, sk 3 ch, join with sl st to first ch to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 11 dc in ring, join with sl st to BL of ch 3. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 2: FPdc around ch 3 from Rnd 1, scBL in same st, *2 scBL in next st, FPdc around next st from Rnd 1, scBL in same st; rep from * 4 more times, 2 scBL in next st, join with sl st to BL of first FPdc. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 3: (FPdc, scBL, FPdc) in same FPdc, scBL in next st, ch 2, sk st, scBL in next st, *(FPdc, scBL, FPdc) in next FPdc, scBL in next st, ch 2, sk st, scBL in next st; rep from * 4 more times, join with sl st to BL of first FPdc. (30 sts plus 6 ch-2 sps)
  • Rnd 4: Ch 1, scBL in same st and next 3 sts, *(sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, scBL in next 5 sts; rep from * 4 more times, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, scBL in next st, join with sl st to first sc. (42 sts plus 6 ch-2 sps)
  • Rnd 5: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), FPtr around next FPdc from Rnd 3, sk st behind Fptr, dc in next st, FPtr around next FPtr from Round 3, sk st behind Fptr, *dc in next 2 sts, ch 2, sk ch-2 sp, dc in next 2 sts, FPtr around next FPdc from Rnd 3, sk st behind Fptr, dc in next st, FPtr in next FPdc from Rnd 3, sk st behind Fptr; rep from * 4 more times, dc in next 2 sts, ch 2, sk ch-2 sp, dc in next st, join with sl st to first ch 3. Fasten off. (42 sts plus 6 ch-2 sps)

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in yarn tails.
© 2015 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2015/08/05/free-pattern-post-stitch-hexagon/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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#Crochet #TipsTuesday: 3 Tips for Making Your Crochet and Knit Baby Gifts Amazing

3 Tips for Making Your #Crochet and #Knit Baby Gifts Amazing on @ucrafter #TipsTuesday

If you’re like many crocheters and knitters, you love making gifts for babies. These projects are relatively small and portable, so they’re fun to make year round, and these gifts are loved and cherished by parents and babies alike.

Here are three tips for making amazing baby gifts every time!

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Choose the right yarn

Accessories, garments, and blankets for newborns, infants, and toddlers generally need to be washed frequently. Choosing yarns that can be both machine washed and dried allow for the most versatility.

  • Cotton is a breathable, plant based fiber. Cotton typically shrinks, but washing in cold water and machine drying on a low heat setting can reduce the shrinkage. For parents concerned about eco-impact, there are many organic options available, as well as undyed and low-impact dye options.
3 Tips for Making Your #Crochet and #Knit Baby Gifts Amazing on @ucrafter #TipsTuesday: Choose the right yarn - eco friendly cotton yarns

Galler Yarns Inca Eco is an organic cotton yarn that uses low impact dyes.

3 Tips for Making Your #Crochet and #Knit Baby Gifts Amazing on @ucrafter #TipsTuesday: Choose the right yarn - eco friendly cotton yarns

Another great organic cotton yarn is Lion Brand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton.

    • Bamboo is another breathable, plant based fiber. Bamboo is said to have antibacterial properties. On its own, it is difficult to wash and often loses its shape, so it best when combined with washable wool to create a more elastic yarn that is appropriate for babies.

    • Acrylic is a synthetic fiber that holds up to washing and drying. Colors don’t fade over time. Acrylic is less expensive than natural fibers, so it is a great option for larger projects like blankets.
    • Wool is making a comeback for baby projects. A natural animal fiber, wool is breathable, elastic, and has great stitch definition. Choose a superwash or machine washable wool yarn that has been chemically treated to prevent felting, or felt your crochet or knit project after finishing it to create a dense and cozy project.

Many “baby yarns” are blends that combine the best elements of some of these different fibers while also reducing cost and making the final project washable. (Other “baby yarns” are just regular yarns in pastel colors, so be sure to check the labels!)

Other “baby yarns” are light weight (or DK) yarns. Although projects in thicker yarns can make cuddly toys and blankets, garments in thinner yarns allow newborns and infants a great range of motion.

If the parents have a registry, consider selecting yarns that match or coordinate with colors in the nursery. If the gender isn’t yet known (or shared), consider gender-neutral colors. Don’t feel restricted to yellows and whites; experiment with contemporary color combinations like teal and chocolate, rainbow colors, or several greens.

Consider safety

Babies enjoy chewing on everything, including handmade gifts! Make sure to weave in ends carefully with a yarn needle to avoid unraveling.

When making toys, avoid buttons or plastic eyes. Use embroidery to decorate facial expressions. Avoid fringes, chain or icord ties, or other stringy adornments that can present a choking or strangulation hazard.

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Prepare your project for gifting

Many parents will avoid using handmade gifts because they worry about damaging these treasured items in the wash. When giving handmade baby  gifts, always include care instructions. You can download and print my free care instructions tags, order sew-in labels, or include the yarn ball band inside of a card.

3 Tips for Making Your #Crochet and #Knit Baby Gifts Amazing on @ucrafter #TipsTuesday: Include care instructions (and free printable labels)

Although many parents will wash gifts before use with a baby detergent, consider washing your project before gifting it anyway. If you smoke, have pets, or have been working on the project while commuting or traveling, washing will reduce the presence of germs, strong odors, dust, and dander.

By keeping these tips in mind, you will be able to crochet and knit wonderful items for babies that can be enjoyed and passed down for years to come!

If you’re planning to crochet your next baby gift, try my free patterns for the Rectangular Sampler Blanket or the Diagonal Rainbows Baby Blanket!

What are your favorite tips for crocheting and knitting baby gifts?

July Daily Deals 2015: July 18: 75% off the Pretty in Pink Shawlette knitting pattern

July 2015 Daily Deals with @ucrafter, 31 days of #crochet and #knitting discounts, sign up for daily email alerts at http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/JulyDD2015

Welcome to July Daily Deals! Every day in July, 2015, I’ll be sharing a coupon code or special discount for crochet and knitting patterns, supplies, and goodies. Each discount will last just 24 hours, so the best way to make sure you don’t miss out is to sign up for daily email alerts here.
From July 6 through July 24 (or while supplies last!), I’m also participating in the Christmas in July/Hanukkah in the Heat Blog Hop. Scroll to the bottom of this post for details and links to the other participating blogs and shops!

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Today’s Daily Deal is for 75% off the Pretty in Pink Shawlette knitting pattern! Click here to add it (with the discount) to your cart on Ravelry.

Pretty in Pink Shawlette: Vital Statistics

Pretty in Pink Shawlette, knitting pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 503-light 50This triangular shawlette uses dropped stitches to mimic the look of stripes. The simple stitch pattern lets the yarn shine.

Skills Used

  • Basic knitting skills: cast on, bind off, knit, purl
  • Increasing (yo)
  • Decreasing with p2tog and ssk (written explanation for ssk in pattern)
  • Dropped stitches (written explanation in pattern)

Skill Level

  • Easy

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Finished Size

  • 35” (89 cm) wingspan x 17” (43 cm) spine unblocked; 40” (102 cm) wingspan x 18.5” (47 cm) spine blocked.

Materials

  • Galler Yarns Flore II (75% mohair/20% wool/5% nylon, 1.75 oz/50 g, 100 yd/91 m) – 3 skeins 077, or approximately 260 yd (238 m) in any light weight, mohair blend yarn.
  • US 10/6 mm 40” (100 cm) circular needles, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
  • Yarn needle.
  • Stitch marker.

Gauge

  • 13 sts x 16 rows in stockinette st = 4” (10 cm) across. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

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