Free pattern: Child’s Ombré Pullover Vest

Child's Ombré Pullover Vest, free crochet pattern in Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool by Underground Crafter | This oversized, boxy project is perfect for donation to Wool-Aid, a charity that helps children in the coldest parts of the world.In each month’s charity spotlight, I’ll be introducing a charity that accepts crochet or knitting projects for donation along with a free pattern, so read on for details.



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June’s Featured Charity: Wool-Aid, Inc.

If you enjoy crocheting with wool AND crafting for charity, then this month’s charity just might be the perfect one for you to work with! Wool-Aid got its start as a Ravelry group and has grown into a non-profit organization. Wool-Aid crafters make crochet or knit blankets, accessories, and garments for children in some of the most frigid environments around the world, including Tibet, Alaska, and Mongolia. Wool-Aid also work with displaced children from Afghanistan, Syria, and other countries.

Child's Ombré Pullover Vest, free crochet pattern in Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool by Underground Crafter | This oversized, boxy project is perfect for donation to Wool-Aid, a charity that helps children in the coldest parts of the world.As the name suggests, Wool-Aid requires all projects collected and distributed through their organization to be at least 80% wool. Because wool stays warm and retains body heat when wet, it’s perfect for children who may encounter rain or snow. Although more expensive than synthetic fibers like acrylic (which get cold when wet), wool is usually affordable for making larger projects to donate. Wool is also very durable, so your donation can be passed along to younger children after it’s outgrown by the first recipient.

Wool-Aid accepts donations for hats, knitted socks, sweaters, vests, mittens, and blankets. Except for socks, all the other projects can be either crocheted or knit. You can find out about Wool-Aid’s current donation priorities here.

Other than the requirement that every project be at least 80% wool, Wool-Aid has few other requirements. They do ask crafters to avoid white and minmize light colors. They also note that 100% acrylic yarns and novelty yarns should not be used at all, even as an accent.

You can get more information about Wool-Aid on their website, including project guidelines and Wool-Aid tags, answers to frequently asked questions, how to donate, and more.


Tips for Making Great Wool-Aid Projects

For this month’s project, I decided to make a pullover vest. Wool-Aid has its own sweater sizing chart because oversized projects help to keep backsides warmer. Remember that your yarn should be at least 80% wool. Minimize light colors so garments look cleaner longer.

Here are two other Underground Crafter free crochet patterns that would make great projects for Wool-Aid:

Faux Mistake Rib Watchman's Cap, free #crochet pattern in 8 sizes (newborn through adult large) by Marie Segares @ucrafterTadley's Diagonal Blanket, free double-ended crochet pattern by Underground CrafterDon’t forget to share a picture on Ravelry or with my Facebook page if you make one!

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Child’s Ombré Pullover Vest

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 504-medium 50This oversized, boxy vest will keep a little one warm.

Finished Size

  • Child: Size 6: 28″ (71 cm) finished chest circumference x 18″ (46 cm) long.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool (8 oz/227 g/465 yd/425 m/100% pure virgin wool) – 1 skein ea in 126 Nature’s Brown (CA) and 123 Oatmeal (CB), or approximately 465 yd (425 m) in ea of 2 colors in any medium weight wool yarn.

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  • US Size K-10.5 (6.5 mm) crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 11 hdc x 9 rows = 4” (10 cm). For best fit, always check your gauge.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Rep instructions after asterisks as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • Entire vest is worked holding 2 strands of yarn together.
  • Ch 2 at beginning of rows do not count as stitches.
  • Drop shoulder vest is constructed from back and front panels which are crocheted flat in rows and then seamed together. Since pattern is reversible, choose your favorite side of ea piece as “right side.”

Pattern Instructions

Pullover Vest

Back Panel

  • Holding 2 strands of CA together, ch 39.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, hdc in next st and ea st across. (38 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 2, hdc in same st and ea st across.
  • Rows 3-6: Rep Row 2, 4 more times.
  • Row 7: Rep Row 2, changing to 1 strand ea of CA and CB in last yo of final hdc of row.
  • Rows 8-13: Rep Row 2, 6 more times.
  • Row 14: Rep Row 2, changing to 2 strands of CB in last yo of final hdc of row.
  • Rows 15-21: Rep Rows 2-7.
  • Rows 22-27: Rep Row 2, 6 more times.
  • Row 28: Rep Row 2, changing to 2 strands of CA in last yo of final hdc of row.
  • Rows 29-35: Rep Row 2-7.
  • Rows 36-42: Rep Row 2, 7 more times. Fasten off.

Front Panel

  • Follow instructions for Back Panel through Row 38.

Child's Ombré Pullover Vest, free crochet pattern in Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool by Underground Crafter | This oversized, boxy project is perfect for donation to Wool-Aid, a charity that helps children in the coldest parts of the world.Shape first side of neckline

  • Row 39: Turn, ch 2, hdc in same st and next 9 sts, sc in next 2 sts. (12 sts + 26 unworked sts)
  • Row 40: Turn, ch 1, sl st in same st and next st, hdc in next 10 sts.
  • Row 41: Turn, ch 2, hdc in same st and next 9 sts, sl st in next 2 sts.
  • Row 42: Rep Row 40 once. Fasten off.

Shape second side of neckline

  • Row 43: With 1 strand ea of CA and CB, turn, join with sl st to unworked side of Row 39, ch 2, hdc in same st and next 9 sts, sc in next 2 sts. (12 sts + 14 unworked sts in center + 12 sts on other side)
  • Rows 44-45: Rep Rows 40-41.
  • Row 46: Turn, ch 2, hdc in same st and next 9 sts, sl st in next 2 sts, work 2 sc evenly around sides of next 4 rows, sl st in next 14 skipped sts from Row 39, work 2 sc evenly around sides of next 4 rows, sl st in next 2 sts, hdc in next 10 sts. Fasten off. (42 sts)

Child's Ombré Pullover Vest, free crochet pattern in Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool by Underground Crafter | This oversized, boxy project is perfect for donation to Wool-Aid, a charity that helps children in the coldest parts of the world.Assemble front and back panels

  • Position pieces with wrong sides facing to seam on right sides.
  • Line up panels and join 2 strands of CB with sl st through both pieces at Row 1.
  • Working across long edge from Row 1 towards neckline, line up rows and work sc seam through both sides of rows of both pieces until 7″ (18 cm) remains unworked. (You can find a tutorial for working a single crochet seam here.) Fasten off.
  • Rep across other long edge, leaving top 7″ (18 cm) of long side of ea piece unseamed for arm opening.
  • Join 2 strands of CB with sl st at top shoulder.
  • Working across short edge across shoulders, line up sts and work sc seam through next 12 sts through both pieces.
  • Working only across back panel, sl st in ea of next 14 sts, leaving neck open.
  • Continue working sc seam through next 12 sts through both pieces. Fasten off.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
© 2016 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 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/2016/06/01/free-pattern-childs-ombre-pullover-vest. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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#Crochet #TipsTuesday: How To Find Great Yarn Stores on Your Next Trip

How to find great #yarn stores on your next trip | #TipsTuesday on Underground Crafter #crochet #knittingBack in March, I traveled to Atlanta for work. I got into town a bit early, so I had the chance to visit a local yarn shop, Needle Nook.

My haul from Atlanta. | How to find great #yarn stores on your next trip | #TipsTuesday on Underground Crafter #crochet #knitting
My haul from Atlanta.

My journey on public transportation from the hotel took a bit longer than I planned, but the woman was kind enough to let me in although the store had just closed. I discovered a beautiful regional yarn, Sprout by The Fiber Seed, and I also picked up a finger stitch counter. (The buttons are from the Tuesday Morning located in the same strip mall.) Outside of the shop, I started chatting with a local customer and she showed me some stunning projects she had just finished.


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This experience is just one of many great ones I’ve had while traveling, so in this post, I’m sharing 6 ways to find yarn stores while on vacation or trips for work.

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But first, why visit yarn shops while you’re traveling?

Besides the fact that you can (almost) never have too much yarn? There are so many reasons to visit local yarn shops away from home, but here are some of my favorites.

  • You can discover yarns that aren’t available in your local area. Ask if the shop has a section for local or regional yarns, or if they have any exclusive colorways. Then you can get a souvenir while adding to your stash!
  • You can meet local crocheters and knitters. Locals can share suggestions that can help you with the rest of your trip, including advice on restaurants, attractions, or events.
  • You can visit neighborhoods you might have otherwise missed. Some yarn shops are off the beaten path for tourists, so you’ll get the chance to see parts of the area that wouldn’t have otherwise been on your itinerary.
  • You can contribute to the local economy. You can support the communities you travel to by shopping at small businesses.
  • You can have fun. Because it’s a yarn shop!
  • You can bring friends or spend time alone. If you’re shopping with other crocheters or knitters, a trip to a yarn shop can be a great bonding experience. If you need a break from your travel companions, you can tell them to enjoy their favorite hobbies while you check out local yarn shops.

Now that you’re convinced, here are 6 ways to find great yarn stores while traveling.

ILK 300x250b February 2016 BannersDo some research before leaving home

If you have the time, doing some research up front can help you plan your trip and give you a head start on making new friends. It can also help you separate the subpar yarn shops from the great ones so you don’t waste your time. Here are 4 ways you can do some research before you start your trip.

  • Ask in Facebook groups. If you’re in crochet or knitting groups on Facebook, mention that you’ll be traveling and ask members for suggestions for the best yarn shops in the area.
  • Find local Ravelry groups. Click on the groups tab and either search for the name of the place you’ll be visiting or browse local groups.

How to find great #yarn stores on your next trip | #TipsTuesday on Underground Crafter #crochet #knitting

Groups in large metropolitan areas may already have a list of suggestions posted, like this one posted in the New York City Knitters Ravelry group.

How to find great #yarn stores on your next trip | #TipsTuesday on Underground Crafter #crochet #knitting

If not, you can start a new thread asking for recommendations.

  • Use hashtags on Instagram or Twitter. If you’re active on Instagram or Twitter, ask about #yarn shops and be sure to use popular hashtags for place you’ll be visiting. You can also tag any locals you know already, or the local tourism office.
  • Ask your favorite crochet and knitting authors, bloggers, YouTubers, etc. If your favorites live in an area where you plan to visit, ask for recommendations. Some bloggers even have a list of favorite local yarn shops already, like my Visitor’s Guide to New York City Yarn Shops.

Keep in mind internet safety as you ask for suggestions. It’s probably not a good idea to announce to everyone on Facebook the exact dates when you won’t be home, but it’s probably alright to ask, “I’ll be in Salt Lake City in April. Do you have a favorite local yarn shops to recommend?”

If you don’t have time for research before your trip

Don’t despair if you got wrapped up in life before your trip. Once you get to your destination, here are two ways to get fast results.

  • Do a quick web search. Type “best yarn shops in DESTINATION” into your favorite search engine.
  • Use YarnPlaces. YarnPlaces is a website that helps you “find places and events related to knitting and crochet.” You can search for yarn shops, fiber farms, fiber mills, events, and more. You can learn more about YarnPlaces in this interview with its founder, Cindy. KnitMap and the Daily Knitter Yarn Shop Locator have similar search features.

For best results, click through to the store and call to verify the hours before you head over!

What are your favorite ways to discover new yarn shops when traveling?

Interview with crochet designer, Olivia Silva, and free crochet pattern roundup

Interview with Olivia Silva from Pitusas y Petetes and #crochet pattern roundup on Underground Crafter | #HispanicHeritageMonth #HHMI’m sharing the fourth interview in this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month series with Olivia Silva from Pitusas y Petetes. Olivia is a Galician crochet designer. I’ll also be including a roundup of my 5 favorite free crochet patterns from Olivia’s collection!

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Olivia can be found online on her website and blog, as well as on Etsy (where she sells patterns, purse frames, and yarn), Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Ravelry. All images are used with permission and are copyright Pitusas y Petetes. Please note this interview was translated from Spanish to English.

Little Lucas, free crochet pattern in English and Spanish with detailed progress photos by Pitusas y Petetes.
Little Lucas, free crochet pattern in English and Spanish with detailed progress photos by Pitusas y Petetes.

Underground Crafter (UC): How did you first learn to crochet and knit?

Olivia: During my childhood, I remember my mother was always teaching me the things she learned to do, specially crocheting, knitting and sewing.

I come from a modest family and I only had one doll to play with, so I made her clothes. I would make her pretty dresses with fabric and would knit and crochet her sweaters and hats… She was the prettiest and best dressed in the world. 😉

From there, I grew fond of any type of craft as I grew up. I’m a self-educated person and I’m in constant learning, and I have been adapting my knowledge and experience to contemporary designs.

Social CrochetingUC: What inspired you to start designing?

Olivia: It never occurred to me to make my own designs, I always took designs from the web, blogs, magazines… and, I would have millions of ideas in my head, until one day I started creating my own designs. By starting from the same base and modifying specific stitches, you can create a variety of original designs… You just have to be a Little creative and visualize what you want to do before doing it, aside from knowing many stitches.

I recommend to every person that starts doing crochet that they shouldn’t settle for the basic stitches, that they dare to experiment and create with more elaborate stitches. More possibilities will arise and from a simple design, they will be able to make something amazing.

Manta de Apego (Security Blanket), free crochet pattern in Spanish by Pitusas y Petetes.
Manta de Apego (Security Blanket), free crochet pattern in Spanish by Pitusas y Petetes.

UC: Although you have variety in your patterns, you definitely have a lot of coin purse patterns. What do you enjoy about designing coin purses?

Olivia: I started crafting simple purses and I would only change the color or the clasp. Little by little, I started combining new stitches, from simple ones to more elaborate ones, trying types of threads, and doing pretty decorations… From my notes, I went on to do my own graphics and I thought it would be a good idea to share my designs with others since there were no original designs in the internet. That’s how my presence on Etsy started. That’s where you can find the patterns. I also share some free designs on the blog, which I invite you to visit.

I feel very proud knowing that in some part of the world, someone is making a purse with one of my patterns.

ILC October 2015 squareUC: Do you plan to add knitting patterns in the future?

Olivia: Although I’m more focused in crochet, I really like knitting. For now, I haven’t got the time to make my own designs but, little by little I hope to be able to get more into this task and share it with my followers.

Right now I am immersed in my own amigurumi designs. It is one of my passions. Since I made the first one, it has been impossible for me to stop. I also translate patterns from other languages… I just love challenges. (*^^*)

Basic Coin Purse, free crochet pattern in Spanish with international stitch symbols by Pitusas y Petetes.
Basic Coin Purse, free crochet pattern in Spanish with international stitch symbols by Pitusas y Petetes.

UC: Most of your patterns are available in English and Spanish. What do you see as the benefits of writing bilingual patterns?

Olivia: I think it is amazing, I am Spanish and my level of English is kind of bad but it is not necessary to dominate it to be able to understand the explanations and graphics in another language.

Symbols are the same in both languages and abbreviations are very simple to understand, so it hasn’t been difficult for me to translate my patterns to English and, at the same time, other patterns from English to Spanish. And it has been a wise move since I have been able to reach the entire world thanks to this language. Otherwise it would’ve been impossible.

UC: Where do you find your creative inspiration?

Olivia: Inspiration is anywhere: old magazines, the streets, nature, even in dreams, yes! When I sleep I come up with a lot of things. 😉

Also pn blogs, Pinterest, and pn social networks there is a lot of inspiration, and in my favorite app, Instagram, where I have been able to find people that make amazing works.

Vintage Coin Purse, free crochet pattern in English and Spanish with international stitch symbols by Pitusas y Petetes.
Vintage Coin Purse, free crochet pattern in English and Spanish with international stitch symbols by Pitusas y Petetes.

UC: What was the crochet scene like in Galicia when you were growing up? How does that compare to the yarn crafts scene in Galicia today? Does your cultural background influence your crafting? If so, how?

Olivia: In the past, crochet was very simple. Housewives and grandmothers did it, and basically they made rugs, blankets, curtains, towel stitches, cloths, etc… it was all very basic for daily life use in any household.

Some time ago, they stopped doing this craft since it was seen as something from the past, it was related to traditions of village people, and it was even despised. Because of that, many young generations haven’t been lucky to learn this beautiful craft from their mothers or grandmothers.

Recently, it has been coming back into fashion. It’s even well looked upon that you know how to do these crafts, there are groups who share experiences, there are blogs and web pages about this topic, there is a great variety of products for crochet, and it grows more and more every day.

It is also true that thanks to technology many young people have become interested in learning crochet, and today you can find people crocheting in any geographical place… it’s amazing and it makes me very happy.

Crochet Bracelet, free crochet pattern in Spanish with photo tutorial and international stitch symbols by Pitusas y Petetes.
Crochet Bracelet, free crochet pattern in Spanish with photo tutorial and international stitch symbols by Pitusas y Petetes.

UC: Which is your favorite book in your crochet collection?

Olivia: I have to confess I don’t have a specific book about crochet. I know there are many good books about it, but I’ve already confirmed that there are others which are very bad and hard to understand (specially for beginners) and of very bad taste (with horrible designs I would never make myself).

However, I am a big crocheting magazine consumer; I have a great collection of both Spanish and Portuguese magazines.

For people who want to start in this world of crochet, this is a good way to start. They can learn to form the basics to more elaborate stitches, patterns are usually well explained, and also the price of the magazines is very affordable.

UC: Are there any Spanish- or English- language crochet/crafty blogs or websites you visit regularly for inspiration or community?

Olivia: There are very good and creative blogs in Spanish but I usually look over to foreign blogs, in any language, from Americans to Russians. There is much activity in this world. For that I really like to use Pinterest. From a photo, I start to look for information about it, where it comes from, whose is it, if it has a blog… and if the place seems interesting, I stay and become a faithful follower.

Another interesting site is Ravelry. It has all types of projects and you can interact with people that have your same interests. Etsy is also a great source of inspiration. There are amazing designers, and it’s also a great to collaborate with your designers so they continue to make great things. That’s one of my guilty pleasures every now and then. Instead of buying me two coffees, I buy a pattern and make a designer happy.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by, Olivia, and sharing your work with us! What’s your favorite pattern by Olivia? You can find the her designs on Etsy.