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New Patterns in February, 2016 Issue of I Like Crochet

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ILC-February 2016-coverI’ve mentioned before how much I enjoy I Like Crochet magazine. I’ve had the pleasure of designing patterns and writing articles for several issues of this digital magazine since it launched in 2014.


I recently designed two patterns for the February, 2016 issue. (All photos in this post are © I Like Crochet and used with permission.)

The Hearts and Kisses Cowl is a great project for Valentine’s Day, or just to keep warm on a chilly afternoon.

Hearts and Kisses Cowl, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter in February, 2016 issue of I Like Crochet.This buttoned cowl is crocheted flat, with heart appliques added for visual interest.

Hearts and Kisses Cowl, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter in February, 2016 issue of I Like Crochet.My version was crocheted with one skein each of Patons Classic Wool Worsted yarn in Orchid and Wisteria. You can add it to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

The Hooked Haberdasher

The other pattern I designed for this issue is the Oceanic Chevron Pillow.

Oceanic Chevron Pillow, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter in February, 2016 issue of I Like Crochet.I don’t think my love of chevrons and ripples is a secret…

Oceanic Chevron Pillow, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter in February, 2016 issue of I Like Crochet.The same could probably be said for my fascination with buttons. This was made with one skein each of Lion Brand Heartland in Glacier Bay and Olympic. I used a 12″ (30.5 cm) pillow form, but you could stuff the pillowcase with fiber filling instead. Add the Oceanic Chevron Pillow to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

There are almost 30 other designs in this issue, but I’ve picked out three favorites.

Pineapple Lace Wrap, crochet pattern by Kristen TenDyke, in February, 2016 issue of I Like Crochet.

Pineapple Lace Wrap, crochet pattern by Kristen TenDyke in the February, 2016 issue of I Like Crochet.

Fantasic Plum Colorwork Set, crochet pattern by Sarah Jane, in February, 2016 issue of I Like Crochet.

Fantasic Plum Colorwork Set, crochet pattern by Sarah Jane, in February, 2016 issue of I Like Crochet. You can read my interview with Sarah Jane here.

Snow Blossom Shawl, crochet pattern by Laura Krzak, in February, 2016 issue of I Like Crochet.

Snow Blossom Shawl, crochet pattern by Laura Krzak, in February, 2016 issue of I Like Crochet.

You can find the table of contents for the February, 2016 issue of I Like Crochet here, or subscribe to the digital magazine here. Issues are released 6 times a year, and each one is packed with at least 28 patterns as well as tutorials and articles.

2012 Year in Review: Frog Fest!

I’m not the type of crocheter (or knitter) who feels the need to complete every project I start.  Sometimes I start a project for stress relief, other times I make a bad yarn choice, and then there are times when the project just isn’t really something I want to work on anymore.

Today, I’m celebrating all those creations that actually made it as far as into my Ravelry projects but were later unraveled.  While I actually unraveled 12 projects in 2012 (freaky, huh?), I’m just going to talk about the three most significant ones today.

If you followed my second Year of Projects posts, you may remember that I was working on my first pair of knit socks.

I started these during the Ravellenic Games, hoping that would be the push I needed to actually get excited about making knitted socks.  I love looking at other people’s knit socks and I love wearing hand-knit socks, but something about actually knitting socks never seemed all that appealing to me.

I think I’ll stick with crochet socks.  I’m not all that comfortable knitting with small needles or with lightweight yarn and I just don’t feel committed to spending the amount of time needed to knit a single pair of socks.

Another learning experience was the slip stitch scarf I started for the Red Scarf Project.  Vashti Braha‘s newsletters got me very excited about using more slip stitches in my projects.  Unfortunately, I didn’t really think this one through.

Let’s just say that the combination of not so great quality acrylic yarn, watching a movie while crocheting, and slip stitches is not a good one.  I decided to unravel this, along with a Christmas stocking I made last year (in red wool)…

…and give slip stitch crochet another try in wool in 2013.

 

I think the addition of this hook I found at a shop near my job, which looks like a pjoning hook, will also help to make the stitches more even.

And finally, there’s the Pineapple Doily Shawl I started.

Several students in my crochet class were working on it, and I decided to start one, too.  I don’t usually work on projects with my students (besides a little swatch I make in class), and this experience hasn’t encouraged me to make it a habit.

I inherited this yarn from my grandmother and I eventually want to make it into something special for my mom.  So far, the perfect project for this yarn hasn’t revealed itself.

 

Do you unravel projects, do you always finish what you start, or do you abandon projects that aren’t working out?

Good news!

This past week, I’ve gotten great news on several different fronts, and I really wanted to share the excitement with my readers!

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New Patterns

On Tuesday, two of my designs were released in new pattern books: Quick and Simple Crochet Scarves: 9 Designs from Up-and-Coming Designers! and Quick and Simple Crochet Hats: 8 Designs from Up-and-Coming Designers!  I have one design in each book.  You can buy the books through Jo-ann Fabric and Craft Stores or online.  The interesting thing about this book series is that it features indie designers and the designers retain the rights to sell the patterns individually online.

© F+W Media (Photos by Corrie Shaffeld of 1326 Studios)

The Wide Ripple Scarf is one of my first self-published patterns.  I made this version using just over two skeins of Stitch Nation Bamboo Ewe in Periwinkle.  I love the long length, and you may have noticed that I’m a big fan of ripples.

I designed the Twisted Cable Hat because I love the look of mini cables and twisted stitches.  My version was made with just over one skein of Patons Classic Wool in Leaf Green.  It is super warm and thick because of the way it is crocheted.  I haven’t decided yet when I’ll offer a PDF version of this pattern.

Kollabora also published another one of the secret projects I made for their display at Vogue Knitting Live in Chicago.

(C) Kollabora. The pattern is actually crocheted even though the model is holding knitting needles ;).

The Lattice Shell Tunic is available as a free pattern on their website.  (Side note: The schematic hasn’t been uploaded yet, so if you’re getting started on the project, let me know and I can email it to you.)  The small is a great one skein project using a jumbo skein of Kollabora’s Nora’s Pantry yarn, which is a soft alpaca.

It’s always fun to see your designs published, but there was other great news this week…

 

Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival

I’ll be teaching two classes at the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival in March, and my mom and I have decided to make it a weekend road trip!  I’m really looking forward to spending a few days out of town with my mom.  I booked the hotel this week and am already thinking about what to pack.  (Can you tell I don’t travel much??)  I’ve been wanting to check out Pittsburgh for a while, so this is a great opportunity.   And, since my mom is driving us up, we’ll have a car to get around town with, too.

Knitting Cables 101 (left) and Bruges Lace Basics (right).

If you’re in the area (or are planning a road trip, like me), I’d love to see you at either of my classes: Knitting Cables 101 on Saturday morning or the Bruges Lace Basics Stitch Sampler on Sunday afternoon.  Also, if you have any Pittsburgh tourist suggestions, let me know!

But wait, there’s more good news!

 

Press Pass

 

I was granted a press pass to Vogue Knitting Live in New York City!  You may remember that I went last year and had a lot of fun.  I later interviewed two vendors I met in the Marketplace: Liz Cooper from Seabury Organizers (here) and Vivian Osborne from Arctic Qiviut (here).  I’m thrilled to be able to spend three days focused on yarn in my home town.  I’m looking forward to blogging and Tweeting from the event!

Awesome Crochet Blog Award

And as if I hadn’t already had enough excitement for the week, yesterday I learned that I won the 2012 Awesome Crochet Blog Award for Best Interviews from Kathryn at Crochet Concupiscence!

When I won the award last year, I was thrilled, but this year I’m even more excited.  It may not be evident, but I put a lot of work into my interviews – probably more time than for any other type of post.  But (even without these two awesome awards!!) it is completely worth it because I learn so much from the interviewees and I’ve been able to “meet” some of my crochet heroes by contacting them for an interview.

When I started blogging, I naively thought interviews would be a good way to have content on days when I didn’t know what to blog about.  You know how they say that ignorance is bliss?  If I would have known then what I know now about interviewing, I might have never started ;).  About half of the people I contact may never respond while others may be interested but aren’t available to answer the questions for months because their schedules are so tight.  Each interview can require hours of research before I even write the questions – everything from reading the interviewee’s books to searching the web for information about their background.  Once the interview answers are returned, taking the time to organize the pictures and links for the posts, as well as editing out typos and adding in my own comments, adds in another hour or two.  I feel so honored that Kathryn would highlight my interviews again this year, and I hope you’ve all enjoyed them.  You can find all my interviews here.  (I’m also planning a recap of my favorite interviews from this year later this month.)

This has been an amazing week for me, and I hope yours has gone just as well!