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February, 2015 Crochet Specialty of the Month: Tapestry Crochet

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.

Underground Crafter Crochet Specialty of the Month Tapestry February 2015

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Although I grew up seeing tapestry crochet projects (bags, especially) on the streets of New York, my first introduction to tapestry crochet patterns was through Carol Ventura.

Purrfect Kitties Go Round in Tapestry Crochet by Carol Ventura, from Leisure Arts' Afghans for All Reasons and All Seasons.

Purrfect Kitties Go Round in Tapestry Crochet, pattern by Carol Ventura, from Leisure Arts’ Afghans for All Reasons and All Seasons.

I was lucky enough to interview Dr. Ventura in 2012 as part of a series of posts I did about Crochet Master Class. If you are interested in learning more about tapestry crochet, check out her books, Tapestry Crochet, More Tapestry Crochet, and Bead & Felted Tapestry Crochet. This past fall, I also interviewed Andres Nevarez, another crochet designer who specializes in tapestry crochet.

Tempo Crochet Caps, tapestry crochet pattern by Andres Nevarez, published by Skacel. (Image (c) Skacel.)

Tempo Crochet Caps, tapestry crochet pattern by Andres Nevarez, published by Skacel. (Image (c) Skacel.)

So, what is tapestry crochet anyway?

Tapestry crochet is a method of using multiple colors in the same row by working over the unused color yarn rather than carrying or “floating” it. Because you are working over the unused color(s), you don’t have to weave in a lot of ends when you finish your project. At the same time, working over the colors can create a firmer fabric, so tapestry crochet makes great bags, bowls, and other projects that need to hold their shape.

What’s special about tapestry crochet?

Tapestry crochet uses basic crochet stitches (typically, single crochet) so it’s suitable for beginners. You can create stunning multi-color motifs using graphed/charted designs, and in many cases you don’t need to be able to read pattern abbreviations.

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

Follow Underground Crafter’s board Tapestry Crochet on Pinterest.

Free Tapestry Crochet Tutorials for Beginners Roundup

  • If you’d like to try tapestry crochet for the first time, I recommend starting with Carol Ventura’s website, Tapestry Crochet. Dr. Ventura has several videos and free patterns available that are perfect for tapestry crochet beginners. You can also find special tapestry crochet graph paper that will help you create your own designs!
  • Amy Solovay shared a photo tutorial on About.com. She included a free beginner checkerboard pattern.
  • Tamara Kelly has a video tutorial that explains the basics of tapestry crochet. The video demonstrates how to make a tapestry crochet project in the round or flat.
  • Kristin Omdahl has a video tutorial on the Red Heart Yarn YouTube channel that shows the difference between tapestry crochet and changing colors with floats. The patterns she works on in the tutorial are Sunset Throw and Desert Pillows, both by Marianne Forrestal .

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

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

Tuesday PIN-spiration Link Party Week 36

 This week, I’m thrilled to join Amy from The Stitchin’ Mommy and Rhondda from Oombawka Design for the Tuesday PIN-spiration Link Party! Read on for more details.

Tuesday PIN-spiration Link Party Week 36Welcome to the Tuesday PIN-spiration link party! Make sure to stop by and pin the projects that you love the most and check out the Tuesday PIN-spiration Pinterest Board!

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National Hat Day – Roundup of 10 free crochet patterns for women!

National Hat Day, roundup of 10 free crochet hat patterns by Underground Crafter

You didn’t think I’d forget the ladies, did you? After sharing my roundup of 7 free crochet patterns for men in celebration of National Hat Day, I took the time to pull together a roundup of some of my favorite free crochet hat patterns for women. I hope you are enjoying National Hat Day in style by wearing your own crochet creations or with hook in hand!

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Sea Breeze Summer Slouch by Lorene Haythorn Eppolite at Cre8tion Crochet: This beautiful hat is made with a reclaimed silk yarn, and Lorene has designed a matching Sea Breeze Summer Cowl (also free). Though it’s not summer where I am, perhaps it is where you are – or maybe you just want to get an early start on a lovely accessory.

Roundup of 10 free crochet hat patterns for women on Underground Crafter blog

Sea Breeze Summer Slouch by Lorene Haythorn Eppolite. Image (c) Lorene Haythorn Eppolite/Crea8tion Crochet.

Riptide Slouch Hat by Candy from Meladora’s Creations: Candy includes a written pattern along with right-handed and left-handed video tutorials, and progress photos to help you crochet this comfy slouchy.

Roundup of 10 free crochet hat patterns for women on Underground Crafter blog

Riptide Slouch Hat by Meladora’s Creations. Image (c) Meladora’s Creations.

Yarn Stash Busting Hat by Sara Sach at Posh Pooch Designs: If you’re like most crocheters, you have a ton of oddballs leftover from bigger projects. Why not put them to good use and crochet this hat?

Roundup of 10 free crochet hat patterns for women on Underground Crafter blog

Yarn Stash Busting Hat by Sara Sach. Image (c) Sara Sach/Posh Pooch Designs.

Amazing Grace Blissful Beanie by Elena Hunt at Beatrice Ryan Designs: This hat pattern includes instructions for both solid and striped versions. Elena wrote this pattern as part of a series raising awareness of breast cancer in memory of her friend. She invites you to make an extra hat to donate to anyone suffering from or recovering from cancer.

Roundup of 10 free crochet hat patterns for women on Underground Crafter blog

Amazing Grace Blissful Beanie by Beatrice Ryan Designs. Image (c) Beatrice Ryan Designs.

Sandy Slouch Hat by Rebecca Langford at Little Monkeys Crochet: You can pair this awesome slouchy hat with the Eggnog Cowl, a free, matching cowl pattern.

Roundup of 10 free crochet hat patterns for women on Underground Crafter blog

Sandy Slouch Hat by Rebecca Langford. Image (c) Little Monkeys Crochet.

Mystic Beanie by Kathy Lashley at ELK Studio: Kathy shares the pattern for a solid version of this hat, along with notes for changing it to a striped version. She also has several pictures showing variations that will really get your creative energy flowing.

Roundup of 10 free crochet hat patterns for women on Underground Crafter blog

Mystic Beanie by Kathy Lashley. Image (c) Kathy Lashley/ELK Studio.

Curtis Visor by Clare Sullivan at BobWilson123: This is super femme version of a visor would be great for an active lady. In addition to the video tutorial, you can also download a print version of the pattern here.

Roundup of 10 free crochet hat patterns for women on Underground Crafter blog

Curtis Visor by Clare Sullivan. Image (c) Clare Sullivan/BobWilson123.

Slouchy Beanie by Kristin Omdahl on Styled by Kristin: This beanie is a one-skein project made with a sport weight yarn. Kristin includes an all crochet option as well as a variation with a knit brim in the pattern.

Roundup of 10 free crochet hat patterns for women on Underground Crafter blog

Slouchy Beanie by Kristin Omdahl. Image (c) Kristin Omdahl.

Miss Nancy Not Knit Hat by Debi Dearest on Dearest Debi: This mock knit hat can be made as a slouchy (or shorter, to keep it a one-skein project) using bulky yarn. Debi links to a video tutorial for a special stitch technique.

Roundup of 10 free crochet hat patterns for women on Underground Crafter blog

Miss Nancy Not Knit Hat by Dearest Debi. Image (c) Debi Dearest.

And last, but definitely not least, is the Chevrons and Stripes Slouchy Hat by me. (Add it to your Ravelry favorites or queue here.) This is another great stashbuster. The sample is in three colors, but you can use more or less depending on the scraps you have on hand. The clusters form chevrons, which is my favorite part of the design.

Chevrons and Stripes Slouchy Hat, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Chevrons and Stripes Slouchy Hat by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter.

If you enjoyed this roundup, you may like my Crochet Accessories for Women board on Pinterest!

 

Indie Design Gift-a-Long 2014: Crochet Lace Roundup

I’ve been highlighting some designs from the Indie Design Gift-a-Long, an awesome virtual event on Ravelry that celebrates patterns by indie designers with a sale, knit- and crochet-a-longs, and tons of prizes and chat.

Yesterday, I shared a roundup of my favorite 9 crochet patterns for men in the Gift-a-Long, along with a link to the Pinterest board I set up of all the crochet patterns on sale. Each of these patterns is 25% off through November 21 with coupon code giftalong2014.

Today, I’m sharing a roundup of 12 of my favorite Gift-a-Long patterns that feature crochet lace. Unless otherwise noted, images are copyright the designers.

You can find direct links to the designers and patterns below (listed from left to right).

Top row: Allegro Wrap by Melinda MillerFilet à Papillons Shawl by Lindsey Stephens, Walden by Sara Peterson.

Second row: Phosphene by Marnie MacLean, Autumnal Cowl by Loraine Birchall, The Secret Garden by Lily Go.

Third row: Soft as Butter by Sarah Jane, Ink Ripples by Elena Fedetova, Bridges Wrap and Scarf by Akua Lezli Hope.

Bottom row: Reserved Seating Wrap by Janet Brani, Stitch Sampler Cowl by Beth Graham, and Nacogdoches Night Scarf by Betty Fay Wallace.

Self-promo alert: I have two patterns including lace, Thaden’s Asymmetrical Shawl and Visit to the Kantcentrum, in my Gift-a-Long sale bundle.

If you’re looking for more great crochet lace patterns, check out my Crochet Lace Pinterest board.

Follow Underground Crafter’s board Crochet Lace on Pinterest.

NaBloPoMo

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

Indie Design Gift-a-Long 2014: Spotlight on Crochet!

I mentioned last week that I was participating in the Indie Design Gift-a-Long, an awesome virtual event on Ravelry that celebrates patterns by indie designers with a sale, knit- and crochet-a-longs, and tons of prizes and chat.

There are almost 300 participating designers, most of whom have knitting patterns only, so I decided to make things a bit easier for all of you crochet lovers who want to participate (and buy patterns before the sale ends!) by creating a Pinterest board of all the crochet patterns on sale. Each of these patterns is 25% off through November 21 with coupon code giftalong2014.

Follow Underground Crafter’s board 2014 Ravelry Gift-A-Long: Crochet on Pinterest.

It turns out there are about 300 crochet patterns on sale, including several that would make great gifts for men. I know it’s tough to find patterns that men will love, so I thought I would share a roundup of 9 great patterns for men in this collection. All images are copyright the designer unless otherwise noted.

Purple Gold Scarf by Yuliya Tkacheva

9 Crochet Patterns for Men Roundup on Underground Crafter

Purple Gold Scarf by Yuliya Tkacheva

 

Scarf Go Round by Beth Graham (interviewed here)

9 Crochet Patterns for Men Roundup on Underground Crafter

Scarf Go Round by Beth Graham

Subliminal Message Scarf by Janet Brani

9 Crochet Patterns for Men Roundup on Underground Crafter

Subliminal Message Scarf by Janet Brani

Buttoned Cabled Cowl by Akua Lezli Hope Crocheted Goodin Cowl by Margaret Kendall

9 Crochet Patterns for Men Roundup on Underground Crafter

Buttoned Cabled Cowl by Akua Lezli Hope. Image (c) Knit Picks.

mister mister by Kati Mohr

9 Crochet Patterns for Men Roundup on Underground Crafter

mister mister by Kati Mohr

Diagonally Scarf and Shawl by Lindsey Stephens (interviewed here and here)

9 Crochet Patterns for Men Roundup on Underground Crafter

Diagonally Scarf and Shawl by Lindsey Stephens. Image (c) Vivian Aubrey Photography.

Gilbert’s Hat by Jessica Bolof

9 Crochet Patterns for Men Roundup on Underground Crafter

Gilbert’s Hat by Jessica Bolof

Cubed Hat by Darleen Hopkins

9 Crochet Patterns for Men Roundup on Underground Crafter

Cubed Hat by Darleen Hopkins

Crocheted Goodin Cowl by Margaret Kendall

9 Crochet Patterns for Men Roundup on Underground Crafter

Crocheted Goodin Cowl by Margaret Kendall

Self-promo alert: I also have a great bulky scarf that’s great for men, the Columns with Shells Scarf, in my Gift-a-Long sale bundle.

If you’re looking for more great patterns for men, check out my Crochet for Men Pinterest board. 

Follow Underground Crafter’s board Crochet for Men on Pinterest.

NaBloPoMo

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