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Free pattern: Seventh Inning Stretch

Seventh Inning Stretch free #crochet pattern and #tutorial by Marie Segares @ucrafterTwo weekends ago, I went to see the Mets play the Pittsburgh Pirates. This wasn’t just any old baseball game, though. It was part of Stitch N’ Pitch, an annual series of yarn- and thread-friendly events at baseball games around the country associated with The National Needlearts Association.

This post contains affiliate links. The yarn for the samples was generously provided by Lion Brand.

I’ve attended Stitch N’ Pitch games in the past with my friends, but this year’s game was different. It was sponsored by Lion Brand Yarn, and so I got the chance to sit next to two of my favorite crochet bloggers, Jessie from Jessie At Home (who I had never met before in real life) and Amy from The Stitchin’ Mommy (who I met back in March when I interviewed her for my podcast).

Knowing that I would be in the presence of crochet greatness had me thinking that I should make something special for the game. I know from past experience that the weather is rarely conducive to crocheting at the stadium, and that neither of the friends who were joining me at the game would be too excited about crocheting in the heat.

While I was contemplating what to make, I came across this blog post by Lion Brand that shares the best options for combining Lion Brand Hometown USA yarns to match your favorite baseball team colors. Pretty soon, an idea was born, and today I’m sharing that pattern with you! These little flags are small enough to fit into your bag for game day and actually make cheering a bit easier (because who really wants to clap in the intense heat?).

You can read more about the fun we had at the game on Jessie At Home here and on The Stitchin’ Mommy here. The short version is that Lion Brand gave us awesome goodie bags, it started out swelteringly hot, we sang for Shira Blumenthal (I’ll link up the video when it’s posted), it rained heavily causing a game delay, and then the Mets lost. Perhaps due to heat exhaustion, I forgot to take pictures while we were there, so I’m grateful that Amy took a selfie of us.

Jessie, Amy, and me at Stitch N' Pitch 2015. Photo (c) Amy Ramnarine.

Jessie, Amy, and me at Stitch N’ Pitch 2015. Photo (c) Amy Ramnarine.

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Seventh Inning Stretch

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Seventh Inning Stretch free #crochet pattern and #tutorial by Marie Segares @ucrafter02-easy 50US terms 506-superbulkyRoot for your favorite sports team with a crocheted mini flag! Use a dowel to provide structure.

Finished Size

  • Exact size is not critical for this project. Instructions for adjusting size are included.

Materials for 3 mini flags

Gauge

  • Gauge is not important for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BL – back loop only
  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • ea – each
  • FL – front loop only
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Rep after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • Use a smaller crochet hook than you typically use for the yarn. Keep your stitches tight so the flag portion will be stiff.
  • Not a Mets Fan? Lion Brand Yarn lists the color combinations of Hometown USA for different Major League Baseball teams in this blog post.

Pattern Instructions

Prepare mini flag poles

  • With hand saw, cut dowel into thirds at 12” (30.5 cm) intervals. Set aside. (Designer note: I’m not so handy with a saw, so MC did this for me.)

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Flag (Make 3)

  • With CA, ch 2.
  • Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch (counts as ch-1 sp here only), sc in next ch. (1 st)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in ch-1 sp. (3 sts)
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in ea st across. (Increases by 1 st ea row.)
  • Rep Row 3 until you have 19 sts, or until final row reaches your desired width for the flag. Fasten off.

Flag pole covers (Make 3)

  • With CB, ch 36 (or make a chain that is slightly longer than your prepared dowel).
  • Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, sc in next ch and ea ch across. (35 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in same st and ea st across.
  • Row 3: Rep Row 2 once (or until cover can wrap half way around dowel).

Join flag to cover

  • Row 4: Turn, ch 1, sc in same st and next st. Line up last row of flag with next st. *Insert hook through BL of next st on cover and FL of next st on flag, sc through both layers; rep from * across to end of flag. Sc in ea st across to end of row. (See photo tutorial below the pattern.)
  • Row 5: Rep Row 2 once (or until piece is long enough to wrap around dowel). Fasten off with a yarn tail approximately 30” (76 cm) long for seaming.

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Assembly

  • Place dowel in center of cover. With yarn needle and long yarn tail, whipstitch to seam.

Finishing

  • Weave in yarn tails on inside of flag cover. Fasten off. Spray blog flag to sharpen point if desired.
© 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, 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/2015/08/25/free-pattern-seventh-inning-stretch. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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The photo tutorial continues below.

Joining and Assembly Tutorial

Join flag to cover

Row 4: Turn, ch 1, sc in same st and next st. Line up last row of flag with next st. *Insert hook through BL of next st on cover and FL of next st on flag, sc through both layers.

Seventh Inning Stretch free #crochet pattern and #tutorial by Marie Segares @ucrafter

Insert hook through BL of next st on cover and FL of next st on flag.

Seventh Inning Stretch free #crochet pattern and #tutorial by Marie Segares @ucrafter

Yarn over.

Seventh Inning Stretch free #crochet pattern and #tutorial by Marie Segares @ucrafter

Draw up a loop through both layers.

Seventh Inning Stretch free #crochet pattern and #tutorial by Marie Segares @ucrafter

Yarn over and draw through 2 loops to finish sc.

Rep from * across to end of flag.

Seventh Inning Stretch free #crochet pattern and #tutorial by Marie Segares @ucrafter

Repeat 4 steps above across to end of flag.

Sc in ea st across to end of row.

Row 5: Rep Row 2 once (or until piece is long enough to wrap around dowel). Fasten off with a yarn tail approximately 30” (76 cm) long for seaming.

Assembly

Place dowel in center of cover.

Seventh Inning Stretch free #crochet pattern and #tutorial by Marie Segares @ucrafter

Be sure the flag is on the outside.

With yarn needle and long yarn tail, whipstitch to seam.

Seventh Inning Stretch free #crochet pattern and #tutorial by Marie Segares @ucrafter

To whipstitch, thread yarn needle with yarn tail. Insert needle under both loops of corresponding stitches on each side of cover.

Seventh Inning Stretch free #crochet pattern and #tutorial by Marie Segares @ucrafter

Pull yarn through, and then insert needle again into next corresponding stitches.

Seventh Inning Stretch free #crochet pattern and #tutorial by Marie Segares @ucrafter

Continue working across until dowel is covered. You can find a more detailed whipstitch tutorial in this blog post.

Seventh Inning Stretch free #crochet pattern and #tutorial by Marie Segares @ucrafter

Don’t forget to seam the corners. You can use the yarn tail from your foundation chain to seam the other side closed.

© 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, 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/2015/08/25/free-pattern-seventh-inning-stretch. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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#FlashbackFriday Crochet Link Blast: Week 18: Metallic!

#FlashbackFriday #LinkBlast: Roundup of 15 free #crochet patterns using metallic #yarn or thread, curated by Marie Segares @ucrafterOn Fridays, I share a link blast on G+, Twitter and Facebook to get you excited about crocheting all weekend! In keeping with the #FlashbackFriday meme, I’m sharing patterns were first released at least 12 months ago.

Today, I’m sharing a roundup of 15 free crochet patterns using metallic yarn or thread. These projects are great for adding some sparkle to your project. All photos are used with permission of the respective designer.

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Roundup of 15 free #crochet patterns using metallic #yarn or thread, curated by Marie Segares @ucrafter

A Little Bit of Bling Shawl (photo 8), free crochet pattern by @ucrafter (that’s me!): This lacy shawl works up quickly holding two strands of yarn together, including a metallic yarn!

A Little Bit of Bling Shawl, free crochet pattern by @ucrafter

A Little Bit of Bling Shawl, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares.

Angel Wings and Halo, free crochet pattern by @Cre8tionCrochet: This adorable photo prop is made with Aunt Lydia’s Fashion Crochet Cotton in Natural/Gold for a metallic halo.

Uniquely Yours Headband/Earwarmer/Neckwarmer (photo 6), free crochet pattern by @hookdhaberdashr: This pattern includes several customization options so you can make it “uniquely yours.”

Stardust Hat, free crochet pattern via @LionBrandYarn (Sign in required.): This textured hat is made holding one strand of Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice and one strand of Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour together.

Moroccan Midnight Slouch Hat (photo 5), free crochet pattern by @mooglyblog: This pattern is part of a set in Red Heart Boutique Midnight yarn that includes the Moroccan Midnight Cowl and the Moroccan Midnight Fingerless Mitts.

Granny Star (photo 1), free crochet pattern by @stitchin_mommy: This pattern is great as an adorable applique or as part of a the Star Granny Square in Red Heart Shimmer.

CraftsyVintage Tulip Sun Hat (photo 9), free crochet pattern by @MNECrafts: This pretty hat in Red Heart Shimmer is available in both child and adult sizes.

Crochet Cable Headband Easy Fit (photo 2), free crochet pattern by @Myhobbyiscroche: This pattern in Red Heart Shimmer includes a photo tutorial for the cable.

Granny Edge Slouch Hat, free crochet pattern by Cathy Wood: This pattern features a video tutorial by @bobwilson123.

Rugby Scarf (photo 4), free crochet pattern by @LittleMCrochet: This pattern balances out the metallic yarn by alternating with a simple yarn.

Tunisian Crochet Berry Stitch (photo 3), free crochet tutorial by @DearestDebiThis video tutorial features this beautiful stitch in Red Heart Shimmer.


Easy Crochet Wristers, free crochet pattern by @Mamas2hands via @RedHeartYarns: These pretty wristers are made in Red Heart Shimmer.

Sparkly Buttoned Cowl (photo 7), free crochet pattern by @LittleMCrochet: This sparkly cowl is crocheted holding two strands of Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour together.

Hairpin Lace Mobius Wrap, free crochet pattern by Julie Oparka via @LionBrandYarn (Sign in required.): This delicate and beautiful wrap in Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour together is also available in Julie’s book, Crochet-opedia: The Only Crochet Reference You’ll Ever Need.

Wrapped in Blue (photo 10), free crochet pattern by @Jessie_AtHome: This asymmetrical wrap is made with just one skein of Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour.

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Free pattern: Diagonal Box Stitch Square (Mystery Lapghan CAL)

Diagonal Box Stitch Square, free 6" (15 cm) crochet pattern with video tutorial by Marie Segares @ucrafter. Part of the Mystery Lapghan CAL 2015 - 36 free crochet patterns for 6" squares!

Last month, I shared the Diagonal Rainbows Baby Blanket pattern with you. I had so much fun using this variation of the diagonal box stitch (also known as the corner-to-corner or c2c technique), that I decided to design a 6″ (15 cm) square using it.

This square is my first contribution to the Mystery Lapghan Crochet-a-long, a fun crochet event featuring 36 6″ (15 cm) squares by 30 crochet designers.

This post contains affiliate linksThe yarn for the sample was generously provided by Lion Brand.

Mystery Lapghan Crochet-a-long featuring 29 #crochet designers and 36 free patterns for 6" (15 cm) squares. Join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/488215101349495/You can read more about the CAL here, or join the Facebook group to chat with participating crocheters.

The great thing about using this pattern for the CAL is that it can easily be adjusted to match your specific gauge. I included a video tutorial at the bottom of the post in case you are new to corner-to-corner crocheting. I used different hook sizes for the sample square pictured above and the one in the video, and each required a different number of rows to reach the same size. You can make similar adjustments to your own square!

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Diagonal Box Stitch Square

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 504-medium 50This adjustable crochet blanket pattern looks great in planned colors or as a scrap blanket.

Finished Size

  • Adjustable. Photographed sample is 6” (15 cm) square.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Heartland (100% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100 g, 170 yd/156 m) – 1 skein each in 169 Shenandoah (CA) and 109 Olympic (CB), or approximately 30 yds (27 m) each in CA and CB in any medium weight yarn.
  • US Size I-9/5.5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

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Gauge

  • Finished Square = 6” (15 cm) in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

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

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Pattern Notes

  • Square is crocheted in one piece in rows from corner to corner using a variation of the diagonal box stitch.
  • Stitch pattern is reversible, so choose best side as right (front) side before joining to other squares
  • To adjust size, continue repeating Row 3 until straight edge reaches your desired length.

Pattern Instructions

  • With CA, ch 5.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 3 (counts as ch-3 sp), dc in next 2 ch. (1 box)
  • Row 2: Ch 5, turn, sk 3 sts, dc in next 2 st, (sl st, ch 3, 2 dc) in ch-3 sp of previous row. (2 boxes)

Increase to center

  • Row 3: Ch 5, turn, sk 3 sts, dc in next 2 st, *(sl st, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch-3 sp of previous row; rep from * across. (Increases by 1 box ea row)
  • Rows 4-8: Rep Row 3, 5 times.
  • Row 9: Rep Row 3, changing to CB in last yo of final st of row. Fasten off CA.

Decrease to end

  • Row 10: Turn, sl st in first 2 sts, *(sl st, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch-3 sp of previous row; rep from * across to last ch-3 sp, sl st in ch-3 sp. (Decreases by 1 box ea row)
  • Rows 11-16: Rep Row 10, 6 times.
  • Row 17: Rep Row 10. Fasten off CB.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends. Spray block if necessary.
© 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/2015/08/19/free-pattern-diagonal-box-stitch-square-mystery-lapghan-cal/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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