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Announcing the Holiday Stashdown Crochet-a-long 2015!

I’m excited to announce a really fun CAL that I’m organizing, the Holiday Stashdown Crochet-a-long!

Holiday Stashdown Crochet-a-long 2015: 15 crochet designers * 15 free patterns * Great prizes! Starts September 14, 2015. For more details, visit http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/HolidayStashdownCAL2015

I’ve teamed up with 14 other crochet designers to share 15 free crochet patterns for holiday gift and decoration projects with you!

Each pattern will be a one-skein project, or a stashbuster/scrappy project, so you can work from your own existing yarn stash to make a great holiday gift. (If you’d like to go ahead and buy some yarn just for the project, that’s ok, too! We love yarn as much as you do!)

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How to join the Holiday Stashdown CAL

Every Monday from September 14 through December 21, 2015, a new crochet pattern will be posted on one of our 15 blogs.

  • You can join in by crocheting each of the patterns as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #HolidayStashdownCAL2015 on all social media.
  • Chat with other crocheters in our Facebook and Ravelry groups
  • By the end of the crochet-a-long, you’ll have 15 great gifts for the holiday season.

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Holiday Stashdown CAL 2015 schedule

Be sure to visit and follow the participating designers so you can get first notification of new patterns!

September 14: Underground Crafter (that’s me!)

September 21: Designs from Grammy’s Heart

September 28: American Crochet

Join the Facebook or Ravelry group by September 30 for your chance to win our first giveaway! See below for more details.

October 5: Mainly Crochet 

October 12: Creative Threads by Leah

October 19: Melody’s Makings

October 26: Sweet Potato Crochet Creations

Yarns on Sale – Hundreds of yarns to choose from at Hancock Fabrics!

November 2: Eye Love Knots     

November 9: KatiDCreations

November 16: Crochet Memories   

November 23: Stitches ‘N’ Scraps

November 30: Acorn Tree Creations

December 7: Kaleidoscope Art & Gifts

December 14: The Purple Poncho

December 21: Blackstone Designs

Crochet at your own pace.

January 11: End-of-CAL giveaway entry deadline. Share a picture of your finished project for a chance to win great prizes from our giveaway sponsors. More information about how to enter and prizes will be shared in December.

January 15: End-of-CAL giveaway winners announced.

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Holiday Stashdown CAL 2015 giveaways!

After doing all of this holiday crafting, you deserve a gift, too, so we’ve organized two giveaways.

Our first giveaway is for two copies of Crochet for Christmas: 29 Patterns for Handmade Holiday Decorations and Gifts, courtesy of our sponsor Stackpole Books. Follow Stackpole Books on Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter.

  • To enter this giveaway, join the CAL by joining the Facebook or Ravelry groups through September 30, 2015. One winner from each group will be chosen at random.

Holiday Stashdown Crochet-a-long 2015: 15 crochet designers * 15 free patterns * Great prizes! Starts September 14, 2015. For more details, visit http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/HolidayStashdownCAL2015

We have even more sponsors for our end-of-CAL giveaway! For each finished project you share a photo of by January 11, 2016, you’ll get an entry into our giveaway with amazing prizes from our sponsors! Share a completed picture of all 15 projects and you’ll get 5 extra entries – that’s 20 in total! We’ll share more details about our sponsors, the great prizes they are sharing, and how to enter the giveaway soon. Until then, show our giveaway sponsors some love!

End-of-CAL Giveaway Sponsors

 

Will you be joining the Holiday Stashdown CAL? Head over to our Facebook and Ravelry groups to pick up blog and project badges you can use and to enter the first giveaway!

 

Free pattern: Faux Fabric Circle Scarf

I’m releasing a new free crochet pattern every week through December. Each one can be made with 3 skeins of yarn or less, and would make a great gift (for someone else, or as a reward to yourself for all of your holiday crafting!).

Faux Fabric Circle Scarf, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

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One of my best friends loves stretchy, jersey-style infinity cowls. This year, I decided to make her a crochet version as a holiday gift.

Faux Fabric Circle Scarf, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

A detail of the stitch pattern.

Back in November, I took a trip to Saratoga Springs for work, and I had a chance to visit Common Thread and pick up a skein of Holiday Yarns FlockSock Sock Yarn in Wolverine. This color is a blueish gray that is perfect for my friend’s mostly neutral color palette.

Faux Fabric Circle Scarf, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Using a much larger than recommended sized hook and crocheting into the back loop only creates a gently textured and super stretchy fabric.

Faux Fabric Circle Scarf, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

The finished circle scarf is long enough to wrap around twice. It’s very lightweight and breathable, too.

Faux Fabric Circle Scarf, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

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Faux Fabric Circle Scarf

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50

US terms 50

1_superfine

Sock yarn, a larger than recommended crochet hook, and a textured stitch pattern create a stretchy as fabric infinity scarf.

Finished Size

  • Adult: 7” (18 cm) wide x 49” (124.5 cm) long (unblocked).

Materials

  • Holiday Yarns FlockSock Sock Yarn (75% Merino wool/25% Nylon, 3.5 oz/100 g, 400 yd/366 m) – 1 skein in Wolverine, or approximately 400 yd (366 m) in any super fine weight yarn.
  • US G-6/4 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

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

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BL – back loop only
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • rep – repeat
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Instructions

Scarf

  • Ch 40.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 2, (counts as first hdc, here and throughout), *dc in next ch, hdc in next ch; rep from * across. (39 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), *hdcBL in next st, dcBL in next st; rep from * across.
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 2, *dcBL in next st, hdcBL in next st; rep from * across.
  • Rep Rows 2-3 60 times (or until scarf measures approximately 49” (124.5 cm) long. Do not fasten off.
  • Fold short ends together and match up sts on each side. Seam together short edges with sl st through ea side. Fasten off. Turn right side out (so seam is inside).

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends. Spray block if necessary.

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© 2014 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/2014/12/25/free-pattern-faux-fabric-circle-scarf. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Free pattern: Chevrons and Stripes Slouchy Hat

I’m releasing a new free crochet pattern every week through December. Each one can be made with 3 skeins of yarn or less, and would make a great gift (for someone else, or as a reward to yourself for all of your holiday crafting!).

Chevrons and Stripes Slouchy Hat, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

This post contains affiliate linksThe yarn for the sample was generously provided by Imperial Yarn.

The Chevrons and Stripes Slouchy Hat is a great stash buster pattern. I used three partial skeins of the lovely Imperial Yarns Erin, a medium weight, sustainable wool yarn made in America. I really enjoyed working with the yarn to create a sample for a pattern that will appear in an upcoming magazine, and I had remnants left over in three different colors.

The pattern uses cluster stitches to create a raised chevron pattern.

Chevrons and Stripes Slouchy Hat, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

You could customize this hat by including more or fewer colors, based on what you have available in your stash, or to suit the preferences of the recipient.

Chevrons and Stripes Slouchy Hat, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

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Chevrons and Stripes Slouchy Hat

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

03-intermediate US terms 504-medium 50Create chevrons with traveling cluster stitches (bobbles) while crocheting this unisex slouchy hat. 

Finished Size

Adult: 19” (48 cm) circumference x 9.5” (24 cm) height.

Materials

  • Imperial Yarn Erin (100% wool, 4 oz/113 g, 225 yd/206 m) – 1 skein each in 314 Chocolate (CA), 01 Natural (CB), and 326 Denim Dusk (CC), or approximately 82 yd (75 m) in CA, 68 yd (62 m) in CB, and 82 yd (75 m) in CC in any medium weight yarn.
  • US H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • Through Rnd 4 in pattern = 4” (10 cm). For best results, always check your gauge.

Chevrons and Stripes Slouchy Hat, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

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

  • Beg cl – beginning cluster✪
  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • ch – chain
  • cl – cluster✪
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • FPsc – front post single crochet✪
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated. 

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Special Stitch Patterns

  • beg cl = beginning cluster = Ch 3, (yo, insert hook in ring, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops) twice, yo and draw through 3 loops on hook.
  • cl = cluster = (Yo, insert hook in ring, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops) 3 times, yo and draw through 4 loops on hook.
  • FPsc = front post single crochet = Insert hook from front around back to front of cl in previous round, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops, sk st behind FPsc.

Pattern Notes

  • Hat is crocheted in the round with right side facing out.
  • All stitches (except FPsc) are worked in back loop only unless otherwise noted.
  • Carry unworked color inside of hat unless noted.
  • Always skip stitch behind FPsc.

Chevrons and Stripes Slouchy Hat, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Pattern Instructions

Hat

  • Beginning at crown, with CA, start with magic adjustable ring. Planet June has a great magic ring tutorial here.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), 11 dc in ring, pull the yarn tail tightly to close ring, change to CB while joining to first ch 3 with sl st. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in same st and in ea st around, change to CC while joining to first sc with sl st. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, change to CB while joining to first ch 3 with sl st. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 4: Ch 1, beginning in same st *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * around, change to CA while joining to first sc with sl st. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next 3 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts; rep from * around, change to CB while joining to first ch 3 with sl st. (60 sts)
  • Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in same st and in ea st around, change to CC while joining to first sc with sl st.
  • Rnd 7: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next 5 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 5 sts; rep from * around, change to CB while joining to first ch 3 with sl st. (70 sts) Fasten off CC.
  • Rnd 8: Ch 1, beginning in same st, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 34 sts; rep from * around, change to CA while joining to first sc with sl st. (72 sts)
  • Rnd 9: Beg cl in same st, dc in next 5 sts, *cl in next st, dc in next 5 sts; rep from * around, change to CB while joining to top of beg cl with sl st.
  • Rnd 10: Ch 1, beginning in same st, *FPsc around next cl, sc in next 5 sts; rep from * around, change to CA while joining to top of first FPsc with sl st.
  • Rnd 11: Ch 3, *cl in next st, dc in next 3 sts, cl in next st,** dc in next st; rep from * around to last 5 sts, rep from * to **, change to CB while joining to top of first ch 3 with sl st.
  • Rnd 12: Ch 1, sc in same st, *Fpsc around next cl, sc in next 3 sts, FPsc around next cl,** sc in next st; rep from * around to last 5 sts, rep from * to **; change to CA while joining to top of first sc with sl st.
  • Rnd 13: Ch 3, dc in next st, *cl in next st, dc in next st, cl in next st, dc in next 3 sts; rep from * around to last 4 sts, (cl in next st, dc in next st) twice, change to CB while joining to top of first ch 3 with sl st.
  • Rnd 14: Ch 1, sc in same st and next st, *FPsc around next cl, sc in next st, FPsc around next cl, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * around to last 4 sts, (FPsc around next cl, sc in next st) twice, change to CA while joining to top of first sc with sl st.
  • Rnd 15: Ch 3, dc in next 2 sts, *cl in next st, dc in next 5 sts; rep from * around to last 3 sts, cl in next st, dc in next 2 sts, change to CB while joining to top of first ch 3 with sl st.
  • Rnd 16: Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 2 sts, *FPsc around next cl, sc in next 5 sts; rep from * around to last 3 sts, FPsc around next cl, sc in next 2 sts, change to CC while joining to top of first sc with sl st. Fasten off CA.

  • Rnd 17: Rep Rnd 9.
  • Rnd 18: Ch 1, beginning in same st, *FPsc around next cl, sc in next 6 sts; rep from * around, change to CC while joining to top of first FPsc with sl st.
  • Rnd 19: Rep Rnd 11.
  • Rnd 20: Ch 1, sc in same st, *Fpsc around next cl, sc in ea of next 3 sts, FPsc around next cl,** sc in next st; rep from * around to last 5 sts, rep from * to **; change to CC while joining to top of first sc with sl st.
  • Rnd 21: Rep Rnd 13.
  • Rnd 22: Ch 1, sc in same st and next st, *FPsc around next cl, sc in next st, FPsc around next cl, sc in ea of next 3 sts; rep from * around to last 4 sts, (FPsc around next cl, sc in next st) twice, change to CC while joining to top of first sc with sl st.
  • Rnd 23: Rep Rnd 15. Fasten off CC.
  • Rnd 24: Ch 1, sc in same st and in ea of next 2 sts, *FPsc around next cl, sc in ea of next 5 sts; rep from * around to last 3 sts, FPsc around next cl, sc in ea of next 2 sts, join with sl st to top of first sc.
  • Rnd 25: Ch 1, sc in same st and in ea st around. Fasten off CB.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends. Spray block if necessary.

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© 2014 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/2014/12/05/free-pattern-chevrons-and-stripes-slouchy-hat. Thanks for supporting indie designers!