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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

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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.

Don’t forget to add the Chevrons and Stripes Slouchy Hat to your Ravelry queue or favorites here!

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

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.

Don’t forget to add the Chevrons and Stripes Slouchy Hat to your Ravelry queue or favorites here!

© 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, the tutorial, 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!

Free pattern: Gradient Shells Scarf (with styling suggestions)

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!).

Gradient Shells Scarf, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

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The Gradient Shells Scarf is a great last minute gift. It’s crocheted with two skeins of Knit Picks Chroma Worsted, a self-striping yarn. The yarn does all the work of striping the scarf for you, so you don’t have to change colors or weave in lots of ends.

Gradient Shells Scarf, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Unlike many shell stitch pattern scarves, this one has straight edges on both sides, making it a great unisex pattern.

I wanted to keep it to a two-skein project. Since this scarf ended up a little shorter than most, I thought I’d try some styling variations. I checked out the Scarf Knot Master List on Scarves.net, and tried The Girly Windsor,

Gradient Shells Scarf, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

and the Scarf Boa.

Gradient Shells Scarf, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

I think both look great, as does the traditional wrap,

Gradient Shells Scarf, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

and the over the shoulder wrap.

Gradient Shells Scarf, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

I don’t think this colorway, Parakeet, is still available, but there are many fabulous colorways available in Knit Picks Chroma Worsted. Chroma is also available in a fingering weight version!

Don’t forget to add the Gradient Shells Scarf to your Ravelry queue or favorites here!

Gradient Shells Scarf

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

  02-easy 50US terms 504-medium 50 This unisex scarf works up quickly with self-striping yarn. 

 

Finished Size

Adult: 6.5” (16.5 cm) wide x 53” (134.5 cm).

Materials

  • Knit Picks Chroma Worsted (70% wool/30%n nylon, 3.5 oz/100 g, 198 yd/181 m) – 2 skeins in 26181 Parakeet, or approximately 390 yd (357 m) in any medium weight, self-striping yarn.
  • US I-9/5.5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

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Gauge

17 sts x 8.5 rows in pattern = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Gradient Shells Scarf, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

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

  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • dc5tog – double crochet 5 sts together✪ (decreases 4 sts, worked over 5 sts)
  • ea – each
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Special Stitch Pattern

  • dc5tog – double crochet 5 sts together (decreases 4 sts, worked over 5 sts) – (Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops) 5 times, yo and draw through 6 loops.

Gradient Shells Scarf, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Pattern Notes

  • For best results, start the scarf at the beginning of a color repeat. When adding on a new skein of yarn, start at the beginning of the same or next color repeat to continue striping pattern.

Gradient Shells Scarf, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Pattern Instructions

Scarf

  • Ch 32.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1, sc in next ch and ea ch across. (31 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, *sk 2 sts, 5 dc in next st, sk 2 sts, sc in next st; rep from * across.
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), 2 dc in same st, *sk 2 sts, sc in next st, sk 2 sts,** 5 dc in next; rep from * across to last 6 sts, rep from * to ** once, 3 dc in last st.
  • Rep Rows 2 & 3 56 times, or until scarf measures approximately 52” (132 cm).
  • Row 4: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 2, dc5tog, ch 2, sc in next st; rep from * across.
  • Row 5: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in ea st across. Fasten off.

Finishing

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

Don’t forget to add the Gradient Shells Scarf to your Ravelry queue or favorites here!

© 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, the tutorial, 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/2014/11/28/free-pattern-gradient-shells-scarf-with-styling-suggestions. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Gradient Shells Scarf, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Indie Design Gift-a-Long 2014: Last Minute Gifts

I’m finishing my series of roundups featuring designs from the Indie Design Gift-a-Long, an awesome virtual event on Ravelry happening through December 31, 2014. All of these patterns are 25% off through 11:59 p.m. Eastern tonight with coupon code giftalong2014! In addition to this sale, the Indie Design Gift-a-Long includes a massive knit-and crochet-a-long, and phenomenal prizes.

Earlier this week, I shared roundups of some of my favorite crochet designs in the Gift-a-Long sale bundles: 9 patterns for men12 crochet lace patterns9 neckwarmers, and 12 crochet hats. (You can find even more great patterns on the Pinterest board I set up of all the crochet patterns on sale.) Today, I’m sharing 16 great last minute gifts. Each of these projects is relatively small and/or holiday related, so these would make great last minute holiday gifts.

Links to the patterns and designers are below the gallery. All images are copyright the designer unless otherwise noted.

Top row: La Villa Lace Fingerless Gloves by Betty Fay Wallace, Sweet Shells Purse by Melinda Miller, Snegurochka Mitts by Yuliya Tkacheva, Swift Kick Boot Cuffs by Janet Brani.

Second row: Crochet Splat Cat Coaster by cheezombieHardware Heaven – Boot Spats & Wrist Warmers by Sarah Jane, Cat Santa Hat by Akua Lezli Hope, Crocheted Vintage Rose Bracelet by Maya Kuzman.

Third row: Stash Pillow by Beth Graham, Dreidel Bowl by Lindsey Stephens, Mill Run Mitts by Amy Maceyko, Reindeer Baby Hat by Denise Balvanz.

Bottom row: Summer Girl Crocheted Headband by Monika Sirna, Mendeleev Vest by Debbie Sullivan, Tunisian Cat by Jennifer Raymond, Unraveled Sheep Bookmark by Justyna Kacprzak.

I hope you enjoyed this series, and I look forward to seeing you in the Indie Design Gift-a-Long group on Ravelry!

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Free pattern: A Lil’ Something Sparkly Cowl

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!).

A Lil Something Sparkly Cowl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

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Today’s free pattern is A Lil’ Something Sparkly Cowl. This infinity cowl/circle scarf makes a statement by combining Cascade Yarns Cherub Aran Sparkle (a yarn with just the right amount of metallic thread) and a crossed puff stitch to create just the right amount of texture.

A Lil Something Sparkly Cowl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Don’t forget to add A Lil’ Something Sparkly Cowl pattern to your queue or favorites on Ravelry here!

A Lil’ Something Sparkly Cowl

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

03-intermediate

US terms 50

4-medium 50

This infinity cowl is perfect for adding a little sparkle and just the right textural accent to highlight your style.

A Lil Something Sparkly Cowl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Finished Size

50” (127 cm) circumference x 4.5” (11.5 cm) height.

Materials                                                                                                                             

  • Cascade Yarns Cherub Aran Sparkle (54% nylon/42% acrylic/4% metallic, 3.5 oz/100 g, 240 yd/219.5 m) – 1 skein each in 205 Coral (CA) and 201 White (CB), or approximately 240 yd (219.5 m) in CA and 100 yd (91.5 m) in CB in any light medium weight metallic yarn.
  • US G-6/4 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 16 sts x 13.5 rows in pattern = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

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

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • cpf – crossed puff st✪
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

A Lil Something Sparkly Cowl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Special Stitch Pattern

  • cpf = crossed puff st (worked over 2 sts) = Sk 1 st, *yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, (yo, insert hook in same st, yo and draw up a loop) twice, yo and draw through all 7 loops on hook, rep from * in skipped st.

Pattern Notes

Cowl is crocheted in the round and is reversible.

Pattern Instructions

Cowl

  • With CA, ch 203.
  • Set Up Row: Turn, sk first ch, sc in next st and in ea st across. Being careful not to twist, join with sl st to top of first sc and begin working in rounds. (202 sts)
  • Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), dc in next st, *cpf over next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first ch 3.
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st and in ea st around, join with sl st to top of first sc.
  • Rnd 3: Ch 2, *cpf over next 2 sts, dc in ea of next 2 sts; rep from * around to last 2 sts, cpf over next 2 sts, join with sl st to top of first cpf.
  • Rnd 4: Rep Rnd 2.
  • Rnds 5 – 7: Rep Rnds 1-3, changing to CB with sl st at end of Rnd 3. Fasten off CA.
  • Rnd 8: Rep Rnd 2.
  • Rnd 9: Ch 3, dc in next st, *cpf over next 2 sts, dc in next 6 sts; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first ch 3.
  • Rnd 10: Rep Rnd 2.
  • Rnd 11: Ch 2, *cpf over next 2 sts, dc in next 6 sts; rep from * around to last 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, join with sl st to top of first cpf.
  • Rnd 12: Rep Rnd 2, changing to CA with sl st at end of Rnd. Fasten off CB.
  • Rnd 13: Ch 3, dc in next 5 sts, *cpf over next 2 sts, dc in next 6 sts; rep from * around to last 6 sts, cpf over next 2 sts, dc in next 4 sts, join with sl st to top of first ch 3.
  • Rnd 14: Rep Rnd 2. Fasten off CA.

A Lil Something Sparkly Cowl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Finishing

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

Don’t forget to add A Lil’ Something Sparkly Cowl pattern to your queue or favorites on Ravelry here!

© 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, the tutorial, 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/2014/11/21/free-pattern-a-lil-something-sparkly-cowl. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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I’m participating in BlogHer’s National Blog Post Month (also known as NaBloPoMo) by blogging daily through November, 2014.

5 Tips for Holiday Crafting Success

Right now, many crocheters and knitters are revving up for the holiday crafting season. Unfortunately, this time of year can be filled with late nights, repetitive stress injuries, and disappointment. In the hopes of sparing you these dramas, I’m sharing my 5 tips for holiday crafting success.

5 Tips for Holiday Crafting Success by Underground Crafter

1) Create gifts only for those who are “worthy”

It can be tempting to make handmade gifts for everyone on your holiday gift list. If you love your craft and are skilled, often the fruits of your labor are more valuable than any gift you can afford to buy. But there are two realities you should consider before trying to crochet or knit gifts for everyone on your life.

  1. You are only one person with a finite amount of time.
  2. Not everyone is truly crochet- or knit-worthy.

By knocking the non-worthy off your list, you can manage your holiday crafting time more realistically, and increase the odds that the gift will actually be appreciated. When your gifts are appreciated, neither you nor the recipient is disappointed, so everyone wins!

What are some signs of a knit- or crochet-worthy recipient?

  • S/he has enjoyed and used previous handmade items you’ve gifted, or
  • S/he is also a crafter, and appreciates the skill and labor that goes into a handmade gift, or
  • S/he has complemented your work and seems to grasp that handmade gifts are difficult to produce!

2) Make a list – and check it (at least) twice

I usually start with 3 lists for holiday crafting: the must-makes, the maybe-makes, and the if-I-have-extra-timers.

The must-makes are the gifts at the top of my production schedule. The recipients are the most “worthy,” I have a clear idea of the project I plan to make, and the yarn is already in my stash or readily available. These are the projects I start right away.

The maybe-makes are the next tier of gifts. Perhaps the recipient is not as “worthy,” or I’m not quite sure what to crochet or knit, or I don’t have a suitable yarn, or, the recipient is really looking forward to another (non-handcrafted) gift. These are the projects I may (or may not) start once the must-makes are finished.

The if-I-have-extra-timers are the last tier of gifts. These include projects for people I don’t always exchange gifts with and quick and easy projects that can be used as gift wrap or embellishment. For instance, if I have the time, I may crochet a set of washcloths to go with a luxury bath kit, or coasters to go with a set of gourmet jams.

The lists keep me on track throughout the holiday crafting season, and I frequently make adjustments. I may find a perfect gift for someone while shopping, and decide to take them off the must-makes list, for example. Then, I may move up a project from the maybe-makes list.

And, of course, it helps to be realistic about your lists. Think about how much time is left before the holidays and what else is going on in your life during this time of year before even adding projects or recipients to the lists.

3) Remember the recipient

This tip may seem simple but it can be a difficult one to keep at the forefront of your mind, particularly if you spot a project that you’d love to create. The best handmade gifts are the ones that are enjoyed by the recipients, so taking some time to consider his/her needs, interests, and preferences before picking up the hook or needles can really make the holiday crafting season go much smoother and spare you (and the recipient) some hurt feelings down the line.

The key things to consider are project type, color, fiber, and care instructions. Your cousin who doesn’t wear jewelry will probably not love those crocheted earrings, even if they are lovely. Your friend with a very specific color scheme in her apartment will probably never display that stunning blanket (in a clashing color) that you labored over for weeks. Your uncle that is allergic to wool (or *thinks* he’s allergic to wool) will tuck that wool scarf in the back of the closet (even if it’s Merino!). And, your son who can barely do his own laundry will not be hand washing anything in the near future, so please use machine washable yarns.

4) Take breaks

Especially if your lists are long, it can be tempting to crochet or knit during every spare hour of every day through the holidays. But remember to be kind to your body. Repetitive stress injuries can make it impossible for you to enjoy your favorite craft again, so to avoid them be sure to take frequent breaks from your crafting (at least every half hour). Stretching, especially your neck and hands, can also keep you flexible and comfortable.

5) Add in something fun!

I frequently hear from crafters who dread this time of year. Gift making becomes an albatross around the neck, or a hated obligation. If you feel this way, drop as many projects from your lists as you need to and remember, you don’t owe anyone a handmade gift. Make some fun projects – for yourself, for gifts, or for charity – so you can remember why you love to crochet or knit in the first place.

NaBloPoMo

I’m participating in BlogHer’s National Blog Post Month (also known as NaBloPoMo) by blogging daily through November, 2014.