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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.

Frantic Holiday Crafting: Finish 2

This is the second project I finished since I challenged myself to finish a project every two days in December.

OB hat

I crocheted this hat last night.  It’s for a friend of mine who bought one of my crocheted hats at a craft fair a few years ago.  We went to Smiley’s to shop for this yarn a few weeks ago.  She wanted a remake of the hat using black and grey yarn, and I held three strands of Patons Shetland Chunky together to make it.  It’s super cozy and made with a small brim, just as she requested.  I didn’t weave in the ends, though, because I’m not sure about the size and since she commissioned it, I want it to fit exactly as she wants.  (She lost the original before she could measure the circumference, and described the fit ans not too snug and not too loose.)  The next step is to schedule a fitting.

For more Finished Objects, visit Tami’s Amis.

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?