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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!

Follow Underground Crafter’s board Crochet Pattern Roundups on Pinterest.

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!

New Patterns in February 2015 Issue of I Like Crochet!

I’m excited to share two new crochet pattern releases!

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Both are in the February, 2015 issue of I Like Crochet, a relatively new digital crochet magazine that is available for your desktop or iPad. New issues are released every two months.

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My first pattern in the issue is the Scrappy Shells Blanket.

Scrappy Shells Blanket, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Image (c) ILikeCrochet.com.

Although you could definitely make a scrappy stashbusting project with this pattern, I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in seven colors for the sample.

Scrappy Shells Blanket, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

I love the way it turned out! As you may have noticed, I love asymmetry, and I’ve included an asymmetrical edging on just one side of the blanket.

Scrappy Shells Blanket, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

My second pattern is the Shimmery Valentine Bangles.

Shimmery Valentine Bangles, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter.

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These are super quick and easy to make and are a fun project for teens. I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour in 3 colors to add some bling for my samples.

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One of the things I love about I Like Crochet is how many patterns are included in each issue (more than 30). My favorites from this issue are Nazanin Fard‘s Berry Sherbet Shawl, Beth Graham‘s Scraptastic Log Cabin Blanket, Olivia Kent‘s Cherry Tart Cowl, Patti Notestine‘s Forever in Love Slippers (available in 3 sizes), Dora Ohrenstein‘s Plum Raspberry Pullover (available in 4 sizes), and Suzanne Visch‘s Lime-Trimmed Cardigan (available in 5 infant and toddler sizes).

There’s also a great tutorial for the spike cluster stitch along with a pattern for the Spike Cluster Clutch (also by Dora Ohrenstein).

You can find the table of contents for the February, 2015 issue here. What’s your favorite pattern in the issue?

Free pattern: Glimmer Glamour 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!).

Glimmer Glamour Scarf, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

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Today’s pattern is the Glimmer Glamour Scarf. This skinny scarf is crocheted with a metallic yarn that adds some pizzazz to your outfit. Made with just two skeins of Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour yarn, this scarf can be styled several ways. This project crochets up quickly and the traveling bobble v-stitch pattern will keep you on your toes and add a little texture.

I checked out the great tutorials for scarf styling over at Scarves Dot Net, and I’m including a few of my favorites for this scarf.

There’s the Girly Windsor

 

 

…and the Carmen Miranda

…and the Loop and Tuck or the Loose Wrap (right).

This scarf also gave me a chance to share another #scarfie – Lion Brand‘s hashtag for a scarf-wearing selfie.

#scarfie Glimmer Glamour Scarf, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter
One of my #scarfie pictures, with the Carmen Miranda scarf knot.

Don’t forget to add the Glimmer Glamour Scarf to your Ravelry queue or favorites!

Glimmer Glamour Scarf

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

03-intermediateUS terms 503-light 50Add some pizzazz to any outfit with this textured skinny scarf crocheted with just 2 skeins of metallic yarn.

Finished Size

  • Adult: 67” (170 cm) long x 4” (10 cm) wide after blocking.

Materials

    • Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour (96% acrylic/4% polyester, 1.75 oz/50 g, 202 yd/185 m) – 1 skein ea in 150 Platinum (CA) and 195 Rhinestone Pink (CB), or approximately 202 yd (185 m) each in CA and CB in any light weight, metallic yarn.
    • US G-6/4 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
    • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 19 sts x 13 rows in pattern = 4” (10 cm) before blocking. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

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

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • bob – bobble✪
  • bob-v-st – bobble v-st✪
  • cdc – crossed dc✪
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sp(s) – space(s)
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • v-st – v-stitch✪
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Special Stitch Patterns

  • bob – bobble – (Yo, insert hook in st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops) 4 times, yo and draw through 5 loops on hook.
  • bob-v-st – bobble v-st – (Bob, ch 1, bob) in same st or sp.
  • cdc – crossed dc – Sk next st, dc in next st, dc in skipped st. (Worked over 2 sts.)
  • v-st – v-stitch – (Dc, ch 1, dc) in indicated st or sp.

Pattern Notes

  • Change color in last yo of last st in row as indicated.
  • This scarf uses almost exactly 1 skein of yarn in each color. If your gauge is different than indicated, you may use more yarn. One way to conserve yarn and keep this a 2 skein project is to use a smaller bob in your bob v-st (with 3 repeats instead of 4).

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Pattern Instructions

Scarf

  • With CA, ch 303. (Alternately, start with 302 foundation sc sts and sk Row 1.)
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch and ea ch across. (302 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), *(sk 1 st, v-st in next st, sk 1 st) 4 times, sk 1 st, bob-v-st in next st, sk 1 st; rep from * across to last st, dc in last st changing to CB.
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 3, v-st in next ch-1 sp, *bob-v-st in next ch-1 sp, v-st in next 4 ch-1 sps; rep from * across to last 4 ch-1 sps; bob-v-st in next ch-1 sp, v-st in last 3 ch-1 sps, dc in last st changing to CA.
  • Row 4: Turn, ch 3, v-st in next 2 ch-1 sps, *bob-v-st in next ch-1 sp, v-st in next 4 ch-1 sps; rep from * across to last 2 ch-1 sps, v-st in last 2 ch-1 sps, dc in last st changing to CB.
  • Row 5: Turn, ch 1, sc in same st and in ea st and ch-1 sp across.
  • Row 6: Turn, ch 3, cdc across to last st, dc in last st.
  • Row 7: Turn, ch 1, sc in same st and in ea st across.
  • Row 8: Rep Row 6.
  • Row 9: Rep Row 7, changing to CA.
  • Row 10: Turn, ch 3, sk 1 st, v-st in next st, *sk 1 st, bob-v-st in next st, sk 1 st,** (sk 1 st, v-st in next st, sk 1 st) 4 times; rep from * across to last 13 sts; rep from * to ** once, (sk 1 st, v-st next st, sk 1 st) 3 times, dc in last st changing to CB.
  • Row 11: Turn, ch 3, v-st in ea of next 3 ch-1 sp, *bob-v-st in next ch-1 sp, v-st in next 4 ch-1 sps; rep from * across to last 2 ch-1 sps; bob-v-st in next ch-1 sp, v-st in last ch-1 sp, dc in last st changing to CA.
  • Row 12: Turn, ch 3, v-st in next 4 ch-1 sp, *bob-v-st in next ch-1 sp, v-st in next 4 ch-1 sps; rep from * across to last ch-1 sp; bob-v-st in last ch-1 sp, dc in last st.
  • Row 13: Rep Row 5. Fasten off.

Finishing

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

If you like the Glimmer Glamour Scarf, add it 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/2014/12/19/free-pattern-glimmer-glamour-scarf. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

New crochet pattern: Diagonal Stripes Messenger Bag

I’m continuing my series of new pattern releases today by sharing the Diagonal Stripes Messenger Bag.

Diagonal Stripes Messenger Bag, Tunisian crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

This Tunisian crochet pattern is made with Lion Brand Yarns Alpine Wool, a great wool roving style yarn.

Diagonal Stripes Messenger Bag, Tunisian crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

The front and back panels of the bag are crocheted on the bias. If you’re new to Tunisian crochet, you will learn to increase, decrease, and change colors through this project. And, if you’re a more experienced Tunisian crocheter, this project will keep you engaged with the color changes and construction.

You can find the Diagonal Stripes Messenger Bag pattern for sale on Ravelry.

NaBloPoMo

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

Free pattern: Go West, Young Man Scarf

I’m excited to share a new pattern for an extra long scarf, just as the temperatures are really dropping.

Go West, Young Man Scarf, free crochet pattern for unisex scarf by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

The Go West, Young Man Scarf makes a great gift for a special guy in your life. (It also works for the ladies – it’s super thick and textured!)

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Go West, Young Man Scarf, free crochet pattern for unisex scarf by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Alternating post stitches create the look of directional arrows pointing westwards. Holding two strands of yarn together creates a tweedy look while also making this scarf extra warm to protect against a harsh winter.

I even took a #scarfie – Lion Brand‘s hashtag for a scarf-wearing selfie. It’s harder than you would think with a DSLR (sorry, kids, I don’t have a smartphone, so it’s the best way for selfies to happen in my world).

Go West, Young Man Scarf, free #crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter #scarfieI have a carefully positioned shawl pin from Michelle’s Assortment to close the tiny gap that usually forms between the wrap around part of the scarf and the hanging ends.

If you like the pattern, add it to your favorites or your queue on Ravelry! Enjoy!

Go West, Young Man Scarf

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

03-intermediate

US terms 50

4-medium 50

This extra long scarf makes a great gift for a special guy in your life (and it works for the ladies, too!).

Go West, Young Man Scarf, free crochet pattern for unisex scarf by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Finished Size

  • 6″ (15 cm) wide x 66″ (168 cm) long.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool (100% wool, 8 oz/227 g, 465 yd/425 m) – 2 skeins in Maple Tweed, or approximately 820 yd (750 m) in any medium weight yarn.
  • US L-11/8 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
  • Yarn needle.
  • Stitch marker.

Gauge

  • 15 sts x 15 rows in pattern = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

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

  • ch – chain
  • FPdtr – front post double treble✪
  • pf – puff stitch ✪
  • pm – place marker
  • rep – repeat
  • rm – remove marker
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Special Stitch Patterns

  • FPdtr = front post double treble = Yo 3 times, insert hook from front around post back to front of st 2 rows prior, yo and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops) 4 times, sk st behind FPdtr on current row.
  • Pf = puff stitch = *Insert hook in ch-1 sp, yo and draw up a loop;** yo and rep from * to ** once, yo and draw through 4 loops on hook.

Want to improve your crochet skills? Check out the new Craftsy class: See It, Crochet It: Reading Diagrams (with Charles Voth).

Go West, Young Man Scarf, free crochet pattern for unisex scarf by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Wrap it up with a shawl pin, like this one from Michelle’s Assortment, as a gift!

Pattern Notes

  • Entire scarf is worked holding 2 strands of yarn together.

Pattern Instructions

Scarf

  • Ch 255.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 st, sc in next st and in ea st across. (254 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and next st, pm around last sc, sc in ea st across.
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in ea st across.
  • Row 4: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in next 5 sts, FPdtr around marked st, rm, *sc in next 5 sts, sk 5 sts 2 rows below and FPdtr around next st 2 rows below; rep from * across to last st, sc in last st.
  • Row 5: Rep Row 3.
  • Row 6: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, FPdtr around FPdtr 2 rows below, *sc in next 5 sts, FPdtr around FPdtr 2 rows below; rep from * across to last 6 sts, sc in next 6 sts.
  • Rows 7-9: Rep Row 3, 3 times.
  • Rows 10-14: Rep Rows 2-6.
  • Rows 15-18: Rep Row 3, 4 times.
  • Row 19: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 1, sk 1, sc in next st; rep from * across to last st, (ch 1, sc) in last st. (255 sts)
  • Row 20: Turn, ch 1, sc in first sc, *pf in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 1; rep from * across to last ch-1 sp, pf in ch-1 sp, sc in last st. Fasten off.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.

Don’t forget to favorite the Go West, Young Man Scarf on Ravelry!

© 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/2014/10/31/free-pattern-go-west-young-man-scarf/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!