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#FlashbackFriday Crochet Link Blast: Week 3: Kitchen

Roundup of over 25 free crochet patterns for the kitchen on Underground Crafter

On 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 kitchen picks! There are over 30 patterns in all!

All patterns and tutorials are free unless otherwise noted. All photos are copyright the respective designers and used with permission.

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Filet Table Runners

Filet Table Runners pattern booklet by Joyce Geisler for sale on @LeisureArtsInc. Threadies will love decorating their kitchens with these table runners! Add all 8 patterns to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Granny Square Apron, free crochet pattern by Sara Freisberg.

Granny Square Apron, free crochet pattern by Sara Freisberg.

Granny Square Apron by @TangledHappy: This quick and easy apron will add some flare to your cooking routine. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Set of Ombre Coasters, free crochet pattern and photo tutorial by Marinke Slump.

Set of Ombre Coasters, free crochet pattern and photo tutorial by Marinke Slump.

Bread Basket kit, for sale on @beCraftsy. Free crochet pattern by @mymountainus is available here. This basket would make a great centerpiece for an eat-in kitchen table! Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Ripple Puff Cleaning Cloth, free crochet pattern by Tamara Kelly.

Ripple Puff Cleaning Cloth, free crochet pattern by Tamara Kelly.

Cozies and Mug Hugs

Easter Crochet Fishes by @MYpicot: These adorable hard boiled egg cozies will brighten up lunchtime year round. This pattern uses international crochet stitch symbols. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Basketweave Cup Cozy, free crochet pattern by One Dog Woof.

Basketweave Cup Cozy, free crochet pattern by One Dog Woof.

Basketweave Cup Cozy by @1dogwoof: This one fits a Starbucks style cup, so it’s perfect for those of you without a coffee maker. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Textured Coffee Mug Hug, free crochet pattern by Articles of a Domestic Goddess.

Textured Coffee Mug Hug, free crochet pattern by Articles of a Domestic Goddess.

Textured Coffee Mug Cozy by @ArtofaDG: I love the gentle texture combined with the button! Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Good Night Mug Hug by Michele Wilcox on @RedHeartYarns: This cute mug hug is perfect for a late night cup of tea or hot milk. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Leah's Tea Rose Cozies, free crochet pattern by Leah Maxwell.

Leah’s Tea Rose Cozies, free crochet pattern by Leah Maxwell.

Leah’s Rose Tea Cosies by Leah Maxwell: Big roses add a striking look to your teapot! Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Coffee Cup Cozy, free crochet pattern by Mistie Bush.

Coffee Cup Cozy, free crochet pattern by Mistie Bush.

Coffee Cup Cozy by @CrochetAmerican: This simple cozies can be easily customized with different color yarn. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites hereI previously shared a roundup of Mistie Bush’s free crochet patterns here.

Criss-Cross Reversible Mug Cozy, free crochet pattern by CrochetN'Crafts.

Criss-Cross Reversible Mug Cozy, free crochet pattern by CrochetN’Crafts.

Criss-Cross Reversible Mug Cozy by @crochetncrafts: This easy pattern makes a great last minute gift. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites hereI previously interviewed Rhelena from CrochetN’Crafts and shared a roundup of her free crochet patterns here.

Twisted Stitches Coffee Cozy, free crochet pattern by Beatrice Ryan Designs.

Twisted Stitches Coffee Cozy, free crochet pattern by Beatrice Ryan Designs.

Twisted Stitches Coffee Cozy by @BeaRyanDesigns: There are already several variations in the picture, but this design is just calling out for you to add your own! Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Personalized Mother's Day Gifts

 

Coasters and Potholders

Flower Coasters, free crochet pattern by Janaya Chouinard.

Flower Coasters, free crochet pattern by Janaya Chouinard.

Flower Coasters by @CharmedByEwe: These also make great face scrubbies. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Bean Stitch Coasters, free crochet pattern with photo and video tutorials by Meladora's Creations.

Bean Stitch Coasters, free crochet pattern with photo and video tutorials by Meladora’s Creations.

Bean Stitch Coasters by @MeladoraCrochet: This pattern includes both video and photo tutorials. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Platypus Potholder, free crochet pattern by Cordelia Serene.

Platypus Potholder, free crochet pattern by Cordelia Serene.

Platypus Potholder by Cordelia Serene: This cute potholder features one of my favorite mammals and will bring a smile to your face. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Chain Stitch Coasters, free crochet pattern by Sarah Zimmerman.

Chain Stitch Coasters, free crochet pattern by Sarah Zimmerman.

Chain Stitch Coasters by @RepeatCrafterMe: These coasters are a great beginner project since they are constructed with a hot glue gun. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Roller Coasters, free crochet pattern by Haak Maar Raak.

Roller Coasters, free crochet pattern and tutorial by Haak Maar Raak.

Roller Coasters by @HaakMaarRaak: This crochet pattern also includes a tutorial for the surface embroidery. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Vintage Coasters, free crochet pattern by Anabelia Handmade.

Vintage Coasters, free crochet pattern by Anabelia Handmade.

Vintage Coasters by Anabelia Handmade: These stunning thread crochet coasters have a delightful look. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Coffee Hot Pad, free crochet pattern by Sara Sach.

Coffee Hot Pad, free crochet pattern by Sara Sach.

Coffee Cup Hot Pad by @PoshPoochDesign: This is the perfect gift for your favorite caffeine addict, er, um, I mean, your favorite coffee lover. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Tutti Frutti Potholders, free crochet pattern and tutorial by Marinke Slump.

Tutti Frutti Potholders, free crochet pattern and tutorial by Marinke Slump.

Set of Ombre Coasters (add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here) and Tutti Frutti Potholders (add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here) by @acreativebeing: These patterns include photo tutorials and options for customization.

Wiggle It Crochet Trivet and Dishcloth Set, free crochet pattern by Tamara Kelly.

Wiggle It Crochet Trivet and Dishcloth Set, free crochet pattern by Tamara Kelly.

Wiggle It Trivet and Dishcloth Set by @mooglyblog: This set adds bright colors and texture to your kitchen. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites hereI previously shared an interview with Tamara Kelly here.

RSS Feed Potholder, free crochet pattern by Book People Studio.

RSS Feed Potholder, free crochet pattern by Book People Studio.

RSS Potholder by Book People Studio: This makes a great gift for your favorite blog or podcast lover! Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Towels, Scrubbies, and Cloths

Spring Granny Dishcloth, free crochet pattern by Tia Davis.

Spring Granny Dishcloth, free crochet pattern by Tia Davis.

Spring Granny Dishcloth by @CrochetRochelle on @craftown: These brightly colored dishcloths will make dishwashing less of a chore. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Crochet Edged Tea Towels, free crochet pattern by Kara Gunza.

Crochet Edged Tea Towels, free crochet pattern by Kara Gunza.

Crochet Edged Tea Towel by @petalstopicots: Customize your store bought tea towels with a lovely crochet edging! Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Sigmund Wash Cloth, free crochet pattern by Snappy Tots.

Sigmund Wash Cloth, free crochet pattern by Snappy Tots.

Sigmund Wash Cloth by @SnappyTots: This cute washcloth pattern includes a photo tutorial. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Cross-Stitched Cloths Kitfor sale on @beCraftsy. Free crochet pattern by @LionBrandYarn is available here. This simple pattern has a vintage look. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Tartan Plaid Wash Cloths by @HappyBerryUK: There is a video tutorial, as well as a written pattern, for crocheting these cheery washcloths. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Cotton Pot Holder with a Flower, free crochet pattern by What You Sow.

Cotton Pot Holder with a Flower, free crochet pattern and tutorial by What You Sow.

Cotton Pot Holder with a Flower by @whatyousow: This pattern includes a step-by-step photo tutorial. Add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Strawberry Basket Tunisian Dishcloth, free crochet pattern by Tamara Kelly.

Strawberry Basket Tunisian Dishcloth, free crochet pattern by Tamara Kelly.

Ripple Puff Cleaning Cloth (add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here); Rainbow Flower Scrubby Dishcloth (add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here); and Strawberry Basket Tunisian Dishcloth (add to your Ravelry queue or favorites here) by @mooglyblog: These patterns are a great way to add color to your kitchen!

Rainbow Flower Scrubby Dishcloth, free crochet pattern by Tamara Kelly,

Rainbow Flower Scrubby Dishcloth, free crochet pattern by Tamara Kelly,

I hope you enjoyed this roundup of free crochet patterns for the kitchen! If you like crochet home decor, check out my Crochet for Home Pinterest board!

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#FlashbackFriday Crochet Link Blast: Week 2: Softies

#FlashbackFriday crochet link blast by @ucrafter: softies

On 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 softies picks! All patterns and tutorials are free unless otherwise noted. All photos are copyright the respective designers and used with permission.

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Gift Pocket Bear, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares.

Gift Pocket Bear, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares.

Tessie Bear, free crochet pattern by Deborah Ziegler.

Tessie Bear, free crochet pattern by Deborah Ziegler.

Owlet Lovey, free crochet pattern by Jessie Rayot.

Owlet Lovey, free crochet pattern by Jessie Rayot.

Logan Baby Pig AmiPal, free crochet pattern by Mary Walker.

Logan Baby Pig AmiPal, free crochet pattern by Mary Walker.

Kaguya Hime Kokeshi Doll, free crochet pattern by The Sun and the Turtle.

Kaguya Hime Kokeshi Doll, free crochet pattern by The Sun and the Turtle.

Gema my kokeshi doll, free crochet pattern by Teresa Alvarez.

Gema my kokeshi doll, free crochet pattern by Teresa Alvarez.

Baby Duck, free crochet pattern by Corina Gray.

Baby Duck, free crochet pattern by Corina Gray.

Puppy Lovie, free crochet pattern by Sara Sach.

Puppy Lovie, free crochet pattern by Sara Sach.

Find more amigurumi books on Leisure Arts!

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Rainbow Rachael Doll, free crochet pattern by Beatrice Ryan Designs.

Rainbow Rachael Doll, free crochet pattern by Beatrice Ryan Designs.

Napolion Lion, free crochet pattern by Dedri Uys.

Napolion Lion, free crochet pattern by Dedri Uys.

Mike the Monster, free crochet pattern by Stacey Trock.

Mike the Monster, free crochet pattern by Stacey Trock.

Kelly's Teddy and Ball, free crochet pattern by Rebeckah Ferger.

Kelly’s Teddy and Ball, free crochet pattern by Rebeckah Ferger.

Easy Amigurumi Bunny, free crochet pattern by Sara Freisberg.

Easy Amigurumi Bunny, free crochet pattern by Sara Freisberg.

Dog Woobie, free crochet pattern by Posh Pooch Designs.

Dog Woobie, free crochet pattern by Posh Pooch Designs.

Baby Bunny, free crochet pattern by Celina Lane.

Baby Bunny, free crochet pattern by Celina Lane.

Design Your Own Monster Class, online crochet class on Craftsy!

Chenille Stuffed Easter Bunny, free crochet pattern by Kim Guzman.

Chenille Stuffed Easter Bunny, free crochet pattern by Kim Guzman.

Leonard & Lucy, free crochet pattern by Deborah Ziegler.

Leonard & Lucy, free crochet pattern by Deborah Ziegler.

I hope you enjoyed this roundup of free crochet softies patterns! If you like crochet lace, check out my Amigurumi – Crochet Pinterest board!

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#FlashbackFriday Crochet Link Blast: Week 1: Lace

#FlashbackFriday crochet link blast by @ucrafter: lace

On 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 lace picks (along with a time-sensitive coupon code for a free Ravelry download)! All patterns and tutorials are free unless otherwise noted. All photos are copyright the respective designers and used with permission.

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  • Visit to the Kantcentrum, a beginner Bruges lace pattern with a photo tutorial by @UCrafter (me)! This crochet pattern is usually for sale but for the next 24 hours, this pattern will be free on Ravelry with coupon code #FFLace (through 3 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, April 11, 2015)!
Visit to the Kantcentrum, crochet pattern by Marie Segares.

Visit to the Kantcentrum, crochet pattern by Marie Segares.

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Vintage Ruffled Coaster, free crochet pattern on the Crochet Memories Blog.

Vintage Ruffled Coaster, free crochet pattern on the Crochet Memories Blog.

Butterflies Shawl, free crochet pattern by Cheri McEwen.

Butterflies Shawl, free crochet pattern by Cheri McEwen.

Waves Scarf, free crochet pattern by Kim Guzman.

Waves Scarf, free crochet pattern by Kim Guzman.

Shell Baby Slippers, free crochet pattern by Rebeckahs Treasures.

Shell Baby Slippers, free crochet pattern by Rebeckah’s Treasures.

Mayan Sunset Shawl, free crochet pattern by Jaime George.

Mayan Sunset Shawl, free crochet pattern by Jaime George.

Extended Ripple, free crochet pattern by Jessie at Home.

Extended Ripple, free crochet pattern by Jessie at Home.

Broomstick Lace Baby Blanket, free crochet pattern and photo tutorial by Simply Collectible.

Broomstick Lace Baby Blanket, free crochet pattern and photo tutorial by Simply Collectible.

Spider Lace Throw, free crochet pattern by Heather Tucker.

Spider Lace Throw, free crochet pattern by Heather Tucker.

Penelope Shawl, free crochet pattern by Carolyn Christmas.

Penelope Shawl, free crochet pattern by Carolyn Christmas.

Easy Star Stitch Baby Blanket, free crochet pattern by AG Handmades.

Easy Star Stitch Baby Blanket, free crochet pattern by AG Handmades.

Bohemian Rhapsody Dress, free crochet pattern by High Strung Designs.

Bohemian Rhapsody Dress, free crochet pattern by High Strung Designs.

 I hope you enjoyed this roundup of free crochet lace patterns! If you like crochet lace, check out my Crochet Lace Pinterest board!

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April, 2015 Crochet Specialty of the Month: Broomstick Lace Crochet

Underground Crafter Crochet Specialty of the Month 2015

Welcome to my themed blog series, Crochet Specialty of the Month! Each month in 2015, I’ll feature a specialized crochet technique, stitch pattern, or project type through several posts.

I first discovered broomstick lace back in 2007. I was taking the Craft Yarn Council’s Certified Instructors Program in Crochet at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Arnetta Kenney, the fabulous instructor, gave us a sampling of different crochet techniques including broomstick lace.

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After the class,  I forgot about broomstick lace for a while. It was a tough time for me because my grandmother became ill and passed away shortly afterwards. She was my first crochet teacher and she inspired my love of the craft. One of the books I inherited from her happened to have a very well illustrated broomstick lace tutorial, which I later used to refresh my memory about Arnetta’s lesson.

Crocheting for Pleasure from my grandmother's collection.

Crocheting for Pleasure from my grandmother’s collection. You can read more about it in this post.

So, what is broomstick lace anyway?

Broomstick lace is a technique where you form loops with the aid of an object with a large diameter – such as a broomstick, knitting needle, large emory board, or folded cardboard – and then crochet into these loops to create lace. It’s also sometimes called jiffy lace.

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What’s special about broomstick lace?

To make broomstick lace, you only need to know basic crochet stitches, such as the chain and single crochet, but it looks much more complex.

Many broomstick lace patterns can be crocheted without turning with the right side facing.

To see more examples, check out my growing Broomstick Lace Crochet Pinterest board!

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Free Broomstick Lace Crochet Tutorials for Beginners Roundup

Roundup of 7 free broomstick lace tutorials for beginners on Underground Crafter

There are many great beginner broomstick lace tutorials online! Here are a few of my favorites.

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  • Crochet Spot has a series of beginner and intermediate broomstick lace photo tutorials that you can access from this page. Each tutorial included step-by-step photos for righties and lefties.
From Crochet Spot's broomstick lace tutorials. Photo (c) Crochet Spot. Used with permission.

From Crochet Spot’s broomstick lace tutorials. Photo (c) Crochet Spot. Used with permission.

Beyond Basic Broomstick Lace Class on Craftsy!

I hope you enjoyed this post! I’ll be back later this month to share more broomstick lace crochet fun!

Have you tried broomstick lace crochet? If not, do you plan to try it now?

10 Ways to Spread the Love of Crochet during NatCroMo!

Are you ready to have a great month celebrating crochet? I know I am!

March is (Inter)National Crochet Month, and I’m thrilled to share my love of crochet with pretty much anyone who is willing to listen! I’m also excited to kick off Crochetville’s 2015 NatCroMo Designer Blog Tour! Visit Crochetville here to see the daily schedule of blog stops, learn more about the featured charity, Halos of Hope, and find out more about the daily giveaways.

I’ll be sharing my own special gift for readers at the end of this post, so read on for details!

10 Ways to Spread the Love of Crochet During National Crochet Month on Underground Crafter

I love celebrating (Inter)National Crochet Month every March, and I know a lot of other crocheters feel the same way. Here’s a list of 10 ways you can spread the love of crochet during March (and all year round).

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Share, share, share!

There’s plenty of eye candy on display during NatCroMo so it’s easy to share! Set up a special Pinterest board, share links on your preferred social media platforms, or create roundups of your favorites on your blog.

I have over 30 crochet boards on Pinterest, including this one you may enjoy!

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Show appreciation

Do you have a favorite crochet blogger, designer, author, or teacher? What about a crochet-friendly local yarn shop (LYS) or yarn company? Is there a crochet book, hook, or magazine that you love? Show your appreciation by commenting or reaching out on social media, making recommendations to your friends, or writing reviews.

Start a crochet circle in your community

March is the perfect time to start a local crochet circle. Crochet circles are great ways to meet people and have fun together while crocheting.

I’ll be sharing my tips for starting a crochet circle on the blog on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (I was going to share my tips tomorrow, but I’m hosting a giveaway instead, HINT HINT.)

Share your skills

Teach a friend to crochet or host a lunchtime class at work; volunteer to teach children, seniors, or hospital patients; or ask to lead a stitch demonstration at your next crochet guild meeting. You’ll have fun sharing your love of crochet and you may inspire someone else to pick up the hook!

Make a gift

Crochet an unexpected gift for a loved one. To keep the experience stress free, make it a surprise and choose a project you’ll enjoy making!

Wear your own crochet

If you gift more crochet projects than you keep, make something extra special for yourself and be sure to wear it to display your crochet pride!

Donate to charity

Contribute to a local or national charity by donating yarn or hooks, or crocheting blankets, chemo caps, or other items for distribution. Crochetville’s featured NatCroMo charity, Halos of Hope, lists their donation guidelines for chemo caps here. You can find other organizations that accept crochet donations through…

Always check with the charity to make sure the information is up-to-date before delivering a project.

Crochet in public

Take your hook outdoors and crochet on public transportation, in the library, at a coffeehouse, or wherever people spend time outdoors in your community. Be prepared to chat with strangers about what you’re working on, and don’t be shy about explaining that knitting is the one with two needles.

Learn something new

With all the excitement surrounding crochet this month, it’s a great time to learn something new. Pick up a new stitch, learn a new technique, or even try out a new project to keep up your enthusiasm for crochet.

Geek out on crochet gear

Visit Café Press or Zazzle and add a crochet t-shirt, bag, bumper sticker, mug, or other conversation starter to your collection!

Some of my favorite crochet-themed shops are:

What other suggestions do you have for spreading the love of crochet during NatCroMo?

I’ll be celebrating NatCroMo all month long on the Underground Crafter with great giveaways, interviews with crochet designers, and more! To start the month off right, I’m sharing a coupon code with my readers:

Use coupon code natcromo15 to download one free crochet pattern or ebook of your choice from my Ravelry shop through Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.

Enjoy!

NaBloPoMo BlogHer 2015-03

I’m participating in BlogHer’s National Blog Post Month (also known as NaBloPoMo) by blogging daily through March, 2015.