Expand Your Crochet and Knitting Skills with Craftsy Classes

Every year, I try to boost my own crafting skills by taking classes, reading books, and challenging myself to learn new things. It’s easy to make the same projects over and over, but sometimes that causes us to lose our passion for the crafts that we love.

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I’m lucky enough to live in New York City, so I have access to many amazing yarn shops, teachers, and events. But not everyone has so many crochet and knitting resources at their fingertips, and even I struggle with finding the time for it all.

Enter Craftsy. In addition to being a marketplace for patterns and crafting supplies, Craftsy also offers an incredible array of online classes in crochet, knitting, sewing, baking, photography, and pretty much every other craft imaginable. You can keep your skills fresh by taking classes on your schedule.

Expand Your #Crochet and #Knitting Skills with Craftsy Classes on Underground CrafterNow, some people may worry about taking classes online, but I’ve taken several Craftsy classes myself, and I’ve even shared class reviews and interviews with several Craftsy instructors before:

Dora Ohrenstein's Custom-Fit Tunisian Crochet Craftsy class reviewed by Underground Crafter
My review of Custom-Fit Tunisian Crochet, taught by Dora Ohrenstein. Image © Craftsy.
Everything you ever needed to know about tapestry needles and new Seaming Crochet Craftsy class - guest post by Lindsey Stephens on Underground Crafter
Guest post by Lindsey Stephens, teacher of Seaming Crochet. Image © Craftsy.
Interview with Beth Graham, teacher of Fun & Fantastic Textured Crochet Stitches, on the Crochet Guild of America blog.
Interview with Beth Graham, teacher of Fun & Fantastic Textured Crochet Stitches, on the Crochet Guild of America blog.

I have my eye on some other classes, too.


Have you ever wondered what Craftsy classes other people are taking?

Not only have I taken Craftsy classes and enjoyed them, but so have other Underground Crafter readers. Recently, Craftsy shared a list with me of all the classes Underground Crafter readers have bought through my affiliate links, and today I’m sharing that list with you!

Most-Purchased Crochet Classes by Underground Crafter Readers

  1. Quick & Easy Crochet Cowls, taught by Tamara Kelly (read my interview with Tamara here),
  2. Crocheting in the Round: Mix & Match Hats, taught by Stacey Trock (read my interview with Stacey here),
  3. Improve Your Crochet: Essential Techniques, taught by Edie Eckman,
  4. Mastering Foundation Crochet Stitches, taught by Marty Miller,
  5. Save Our Stitches: Fixing Crochet Mistakes, taught by Andi Smith,
  6. Professional Finishing for Perfect Crochet, taught by Linda Permann,
  7. Crochet: Beyond Rectangles, taught by Linda Permann,
  8. See It, Crochet It: Reading Diagrams, taught by Charles Voth (read my interview with Charles here), and
  9. Crochet Mittens & Fingerless Gloves, taught by Brenda K.B. Anderson.

Most-Purchased Knitting Classes by Underground Crafter Readers

  1. Stranded Colorwork: The Basics and Beyond, taught by Sunne Meyer,
  2. Estonian Lace Explained, taught by Nancy Bush,
  3. Knit This: Mastering Lace Shawls, taught by Laura Nelkin,
  4. Knitting with Beads, taught by Laura Nelkin,
  5. Lace From the Inside Out: Advancing Lace Techniques, taught by Laura Nelkin,
  6. Improve Your Knitting: Alternative Methods and Styles , taught by Patty Lyons,
  7. Explorations in Cables, taught by Patty Lyons,
  8. Lace Knitting: Basics and Beyond, taught by Eunny Jang,
  9. Knit Lab: In the Round, taught by Stefanie Japel,
  10. Essential Techniques Every Knitter Should Know, taught by Sally Melville,
  11. Color Patterning With Hand-Dyed Yarns, taught by Laura Bryant,
  12. Twined Knitting, taught by Beth Brown Reinsel,
  13. Knit Original Toe-Up Socks, taught by Donna Druchunas,
  14. Next Steps in Fair Isle: Mittens & Hat, taught by Donna Druchunas,
  15. Celtic Cables, taught by Carol Feller,
  16. Essential Short Row Techniques, taught by Carol Feller,
  17. Perfect Knits Every Time: Understanding Knitting Patterns, taught by Kate Atherley,
  18. My First Infinity Scarf, taught by Vicki Square,
  19. My First Sweater, taught by Amy Ross,
  20. Mittens and Gloves Galore, taught by Marly Bird, and
  21. Knit Faster with Portugese Knitting, taught by Andrea Wong.

And, since I said I wanted to do more sewing in 2016,

Most-Purchased Sewing Classes by Underground Crafter Readers

  1. Building Better Bags: Interfacing & Structure, taught by Sara Lawson,
  2. Serger Solutions: Troubleshooting Techniques, taught by Sara Snuggerud,
  3. Zip It Up: Easy Techniques for Zippered Bags, taught by Joan Hawley,
  4. Sewing Designer Details with Simplicty, taught by Joy Macdonell.

What Craftsy classes have you taken? Which ones are on your wish list?

#FlashbackFriday Crochet Link Blast: Week 4: Mitts

#FlashbackFriday crochet link blast by @ucrafter: mittsOn Fridays, I share a link blast on Twitter and Facebook to get you excited about crocheting all weekend! Keeping with the #FlashbackFriday meme, I’m sharing patterns were first released at least 12 months ago.

Here’s an archive of this week’s crochet mitts pattern picks! There are 20+ free crochet patterns included.

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Fingerless Mitts crochet pattern roundup by Underground Crafter includes over 20 free crochet patternsAll patterns and tutorials are free unless otherwise noted. All photos are copyright the respective designers and used with permission.

Elementary Mittens (#1) is a simple set of mitts with a cabled thumbhole by Tanja Osswald (for sale).

Granny Square Fingerless Gloves by @Menghsays bring your love of granny squares into the realm of accessories with a sport weight yarn.

X Stitch Fingerless Gloves (#2) by @PatternParadise is part of a series of patterns Maria Bittner designed using her Modified X Stitch tutorial.


Comet (#8) is a stunning set of two color mitts made with slip stitches by Tanja Osswald (for sale).

Pretty Wrist Warmers@PatonsYarns are crocheted with sock yarn and feature a lacy border.

Neon Love Mitts by @meghanaf in @pompommag are puffy and bright, and a great way to add some cheer on a cloudy day.

Rapunzel (#11) is a set of mittens featuring a braid by Tanja Osswald (for sale).

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Memphis Fingerless Gloves by @FemmeFibers in the @Yarnspirations1 archive is a beautiful pair of (nearly) elbow length fingerless gloves.

All Grown Up Armwarmers (#13) by @mooglyblog is a set of striped, fingerless armwarmers available in two sizes. This pattern includes a photo tutorial and links to a video tutorial. Don’t forget to check out the matching All Grown Up Striped Slouch Hat. You can read my interview with Tamara here.

The Flora Mitts Kit (for sale) on @beCraftsy includes @lindamade‘s pattern for a lacy, yet textured, set of mitts including floral motifs.

The Parisian Mitts by Linda Cyr in @RedHeartYarns have eyelets, making them suitable for spring.

Doral Wristlets (#9) is a lacy set of wristlets designed by @KristinOmdahl.

Helleborus by @StitchStory are lovely fingerless mitts decorated with flowers and leaves. Includes link to a video tutorial.


Easy Crochet Fingerless Gloves (#12) by @bobwilson123 includes a complete 2-part video tutorial.

Puff Stitch Fingerless Gloves by Olivia Kent. This pattern features one of my favorite stitches along with a photo tutorial.

The Twisted Cable Fingerless Mitts Kit (for sale) on @beCraftsy includes Jennifer Ozses‘s pattern for set of mitts with a winding cable.

Chiq Texture Gloves (#3) by @CrochetChiq have a great ribbon detail. The pattern also includes both a video and photo tutorial.

Paws by @strongandstone is a set of unisex, striped mitts. This set matches the (for sale) Grizzly hat pattern.

Quick Mitts (#7) by @SnappyTots is a great pattern if you’d like to make mitts for the whole family. It includes 5 sizes and optional pocket, mitten keeper, and flower details.

To My Love Fingerless Mitts by Luba Davies is a set of beaded crochet mitts with a big heart!

Butterfly Stitch Fingerless Gloves (#6) is a lacy set with written instructions along with both video and photo tutorials by @MeladoraCrochet.

Must Be a Lady Fingerless Gloves (#5) is a beautiful and feminine set of fingerless gloves by @countrywillow12.

The Brooklyn Crochet Fingerless Mitts Kit (for sale) on @beCraftsy includes the CrochetDreamz pattern for a lovely pair of mitts adorned with wood buttons. You can also get the pattern for free here.

Have some fun with colorwork with the Fair Isle Fingerless Mitts on @Yarnspirations1.

The Angel Stitch Fingerless Gloves (#15) pattern by @MeladoraCrochet features a lovely textured stitch pattern and includes both written instructions and video and photo tutorials.

Bead Stitch Fingerless Gloves (#14) by @crochetncrafts have a great texture that really pops!

Cross-Over Long DC Fingerless Gloves is a lacy set with matching hat, cowl, and cell phone holder/coin purse patterns by @crochetncrafts.

Stripy Mitts (#10) by @sandracherryhrt are guaranteed to put a smile on your face while also helping you use those yarn remnants and odd ball buttons! Includes a photo tutorial.

Practice several stitches with the Shells and Bobbles Fingerless Gloves (#4) by @BeaRyanDesigns.

If you enjoyed this crochet link blast/roundup, you may also like my Crochet Accessories for Women Pinterest board!

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Interview with Jennifer Dickerson from Fiber Flux

Interview with crochet & knitting designer & blogger Jennifer Dickerson from Fiber Flux on Underground Crafter

I’m finally back on track with my posts for (Inter)National Crochet Month, and today I’m sharing an interview with one of my favorite crochet (and knitting!) bloggers and designers, Jennifer Dickerson from Fiber Flux. Back in January, I was honored to be interviewed by Jennifer on her blog, and of course when NatCroMo came around, I wanted to share her story with you all.

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Jennifer can be found online at Fiber Flux, as well as on FacebookGoogle+Pinterest, Ravelry (as iheartfiber and on her designer page), Twitter, and YouTube. I’m also including a roundup of my favorite free crochet patterns from Fiber Flux (as well as one free knitting pattern thrown in for good measure!). All images are used with permission and are copyright Jennifer Dickerson/Fiber Flux.

Jennifer says,

Thanks so much, Marie, for having me here on your awesome site!  I have a lot of admiration for you as a crafter and business person and am honored to be here today.

Thank YOU so much for stopping by, Jennifer!

Free pattern roundup & Interview with crochet & knitting designer & blogger Jennifer Dickerson from Fiber Flux on Underground Crafter
Jennifer Dickerson.

Underground Crafter (UC): How did you first learn to crochet?

Jennifer: I taught myself to knit years before I learned to crochet.  Being a member of Ravelry, I often would come across gorgeous examples of crochet.  I wanted to learn for quite some time and a lovely (and very patient) aunt of mine who is a very experienced and talented crocheter taught me the very basic stitches.  She is known in our family as the “afghan queen” and was the perfect teacher.  After that I was quite taken with the craft and have had the crochet bug ever since!

Free pattern roundup & Interview with crochet & knitting designer & blogger Jennifer Dickerson from Fiber Flux on Underground Crafter
Alpine View Wrap, free crochet pattern on Fiber Flux.

UC: What inspired you to start designing? 

Jennifer: It is really amazing all of the things you can do with some yarn.  My very first pattern, Lightning Fast NICU and Preemie Hats, was created because I wanted to make a large donation of little hats to a local hospital.  As a mother, I love the idea of wrapping the tiniest babies in something lovingly handmade.

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From there, I began making other things inspired by the people around me and from that came a scarf for a loved one, a hospice shawl, and lots more.  I still design each of my patterns with someone in mind as I am creating them.

Free pattern roundup & Interview with crochet & knitting designer & blogger Jennifer Dickerson from Fiber Flux on Underground Crafter
Raspberry Sorbet Button Cowl, a free knitting pattern on Fiber Flux.

UC: Although you have a lot of variety in your patterns, you definitely have quite a few cowls and scarves. What do you enjoy about designing neckwarmers?

Jennifer: I am somewhat of a scarf and cowl fanatic.  From early fall to mid spring, I honestly wear one every single day!  I have very heavy ones for the coldest of days and lighter ones for the house and when it warms up a bit (hopefully that will be soon!).  One of my blog friends even dubbed me the scarf queen at one time!  When I get together with friends and family, I will often send them home with a scarf around their neck too.  I love to wrap those I care about with a warm wooly neck hug.

Free pattern roundup & Interview with crochet & knitting designer & blogger Jennifer Dickerson from Fiber Flux on Underground Crafter
Pumpkins on a Fence Scarf, free crochet pattern on Fiber Flux.

UC: You have tons of videos available on YouTube. How’d you get started filming videos and they’re numbered in episodes. What’s your approach to sharing videos with your fans?

Jennifer: Actually I make videos entirely because of my readers.  They have been asking me for years (yes, years!) to make videos of my projects.  I launched my YouTube channel in the fall of 2013 and have had a great time exploring this fun way of sharing information.  I have the most awesome readers and they have been very supportive and appreciative of my new endeavor.  I often accompany a video along with my written patterns, so that people can refer to it if they get stuck or need additional information.

Free pattern roundup & Interview with crochet & knitting designer & blogger Jennifer Dickerson from Fiber Flux on Underground Crafter
Philomena Shawlette, free crochet pattern on Fiber Flux.

UC: In addition to crochet, you also share knitting and embroidery patterns and tips on your blog. As a multi-craftual lady, how do you divide your time between these different crafts? Do you have a favorite?

Jennifer: Percentage-wise I definitely have more crochet patterns and videos, but I definitely find joy doing both.  Crochet and knitting are so similar in many ways, but just different enough, so when I feel stuck or need to take a break from one craft, I will often switch and pick up a pair of needles or vice versa.

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I am thankful for both of them because it often will help me “reset” my creative button from time to time.  I will always knit and I will always crochet. They are both such a big part of my life!

Free pattern roundup & Interview with crochet & knitting designer & blogger Jennifer Dickerson from Fiber Flux on Underground Crafter
Ocean Air Scarf, free crochet pattern on Fiber Flux.

UC: Where do you generally find your creative inspiration?

Jennifer: I suppose many crafty people can relate to this, but I really do find inspiration everywhere…colors of produce at the farmer’s market, the high fashion runway, the local yarn shop, the way a particular fabric drapes over a shoulder, the juxtaposition of texture.  My background in art certainly helps me make creative decisions too…prior to being part of the yarn world, I was a painter, making large abstract paintings and showing them in local galleries.  This training in classical art making with regards to color theory, composition, perspective, etc. most definitely influences me as a designer too.

Free pattern roundup & Interview with crochet & knitting designer & blogger Jennifer Dickerson from Fiber Flux on Underground Crafter
Crochet Class Cowl, a free crochet pattern on Fiber Flux.

UC: What is your favorite crochet book in your collection?

Jennifer: I am a bit of a book collector…I have piles and piles of them and enjoy flipping through them often.  I love Sarah London‘s use of color and pretty much anything from Linda Permann.

Laurinda Reddig‘s latest book (that I had the pleasure to review recently) has been an exciting read too.  My stitch dictionaries get a lot of milage are are jam packed with post-it notes, full of things scribbled in the margins, and most of the corners are folded in to mark a spot. (UC comment: I’ve previously reviewed Sarah’s book here and Laurinda’s books here and here.)

Free pattern roundup & Interview with crochet & knitting designer & blogger Jennifer Dickerson from Fiber Flux on Underground Crafter
Cherries in Bloom Infinity Scarf, free crochet pattern on Fiber Flux.

UC: Do you have any crochet/crafty blogs or websites you visit regularly for inspiration or community?

Jennifer: To get a big picture view of what is going on in the craft word at any given time, I am a frequent visitor of Ravelry and craftgawker.  I just love to peruse the beautiful handiwork and see the collective beauty of so much talent!  I am so grateful to have made friends with lots of other bloggy stitchers who inspire me not only with their talents, but their wisdom and business savvy as well…I find myself hopping onto their blogs regularly too.

Free pattern roundup & Interview with crochet & knitting designer & blogger Jennifer Dickerson from Fiber Flux on Underground Crafter
Renaissance Button Wrap, free crochet pattern on Fiber Flux.

UC: How are you celebrating NatCroMo this year?

Jennifer: My crochet hook is pretty much an extension of my hand, I will most likely be doing what I already do on a daily basis…crochet, crochet, and more crochet!

Thanks again for stopping by, Jennifer! I’m looking forward to oodles more videos on your YouTube channel.

And, if you like neckwarmers as much as Jennifer and I do, you may want to check out my Crochet Neckwarmers Pinterest board!

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