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#FlashbackFriday Crochet Link Blast: Week 5: Last Minute Gifts for Mom

#FlashbackFriday crochet link blast by @ucrafter: Roundup of over 30 free crochet patterns for last minute gifts for Mom

On Fridays, I share a link blast on Twitter and Facebook to get you excited about crocheting all weekend! Keeping with the #FlashbackFriday meme, I’m sharing patterns were first released at least 12 months ago.

We all have the best of intentions, but sometimes we might not start that Mother’s Day gift until the last minute. This week, I’ve compiled over 30 free crochet patterns perfect for a last minute gift for Mom.

All patterns and tutorials are free unless otherwise noted. All photos are used with permission and are copyright the respective designers unless otherwise noted.

Last minute crochet gifts for mom roundup by Underground Crafter including links to over 30 free patterns

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Guinevere Scarflette (#14) by @LauraDryad on @CascadeYarns’s website: A lovely open work scarflette that mom can use to keep her shoulders cozy in summer air conditioning!

Skinny Swanky Scarf (not pictured) by @GrammyDirlam: A perfect last minute project when you have multiple moms on your list! One skein of Red Heart Swanky makes 3 scarves, so you can make one for mom, one for mother-in-law, and one for you!

Crochet Flower Purse (not pictured) by @naztazia: Includes both video and written pattern, and a tutorial for adding in the lining!

Bow Necklace & Bracelet (#16) by Shelby Allaho: This matching necklace and bracelet make a beautiful quick gift!

Mother’s Day Desk Set (#4) by @PatternParadise: Decorate mom’s home office with this quick-to-make set – also a great stash buster!

Cute & Easy Squared Pouch (#9) by @ShyamaNivas: Use your granny squares to make a cute pouch to wrap your Mother’s Day gift!

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A Garden of Fedoras (not pictured) by @CrochetKitten: This fedora includes a little daffodil embellishment to add a more feminine look.

Shine On Sun Hat (not pictured) by @Jessie_AtHome: This hat will keep your mom’s skin young in the sun!

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Mod Stripes Rice Bag (not pictured) by @mooglyblog in @ILikeCrochet: (PAID) This quick project for a microwavable rice bag will help sooth your mom’s muscles after a long day! Check out my interview with Tamara here.

Floral Moss Stitch Hat (not pictured) by @Ashton11etsy in @ILikeCrochet: (PAID) This breezy hat is great for spring, and the flower will be appreciated by mom!

Hypnotic Heart Slouch Hat (#11) by @Myhobbyiscroche: This lovely slouch looks great in one color or as many as three! There’s also a matching cowl with a photo tutorial.

Market Tote Bag (#19)by Little Monkeys Crochet: If your mom likes practical gifts, this utilitarian but lovely market tote bag is a sure fit! You can read my interview with Rebecca here.

Color Block Slouch Hat (#6) by @tiastones via @craftown: Crochet a dramatic look for your mom with this color blocked hat!

Linked Headband (not pictured) by @crochetncrafts: This beautiful thread headband pattern includes a photo tutorial. Check out my interview with Rhelena here!

Bead Stitch Gift Card Case (#13) by @crochetncrafts: If you’re really pressed for time, customize a gift card for your mom with this lovely case!

Granny’s Market Apron (#18) by @TangledHappy: This pocket apron is a great gift for a mom on the go, and includes a photo tutorial for the assembly.

Pineapples for Everyone Shawl (#1) by @ucrafter (me!): If you are a fast crocheter, this shawl works up quickly. I made the original sample as a last minute Mother’s Day gift for my mom (smile).

Seven Eleven Wire and Bead Crochet Earrings (#17) by @KristinOmdahl: This video tutorial will show you how to create bead and wire crochet earrings in under an hour!

Sassy Ruffle Bag (#8) by @KTandtheSquid: This bag using Red Heart Sassy Fabric is sure to grab attention! Check out my interview with Katy here.

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Coral Blossom Necklace (#3) by @fiberflux: This lovely beaded necklace pattern includes both a photo and video tutorial. You can read my interview with Jennifer from Fiber Flux here.

A Mother’s Purse (not pictured) by @stitch11_corina: This delightful striped purse is perfect for holding just the necessities.

Chain Necklace (not pictured) by @Jessie_AtHome: This project is easy enough for a beginning crocheter and it includes both a photo and video tutorial.

Adult Spring Hat with Spring Blossoms (not pictured) by @Cre8tionCrochet: This lovely bonnet is adorned with pretty flowers.

Fitted Slippers (#10) by @Cre8tionCrochet: These slippers include several patterns for customization to make them perfect for your mom!

Facial Cleansing Pads (not pictured) by Becky Ferris: These quick and easy cleansing pads combined with a soap basket or spa gift card would make a great Mother’s Day gift!

Watermelon Coin Purse (#7) by @RepeatCrafterMe: This little change purse has a delightful crocheted in zipper.

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Crochet Flower Purse (#20) by @MeladoraCrochet: The pattern for this floral hobo bag includes both photo and video tutorials.

Summer Checkers Tote (#12) by @ELKStudio_: Customize this delightful bag with a handmade or vintage button!

Lacy Cross (not pictured) by @petalstopicots: This would be a wonderful bookmark for a mom who reads the Christian books frequently.

Circle-in-a-Square Motif Pillow (#15) by @gourmetcrochet in @crochetmagazine: Crochet the center circles in contrasting colors suited to your mom’s décor to brighten any room. Check out my interview with Carolyn here.

Kaleidoscope Hot Pads (not pictured) by @crochetmemories: These striking hot pads are a great gift for any mom who loves to cook!

Cupcake Container (#5) by @anabelletracy: This adorable cupcake would make a great notions container for any mom that sews.

Tea Bag Holder (not pictured) by Fabi Woerner: If your mom is a tea lover, these bag holders would pair well with an exotic tea blend! You can read my interview with Fabi here.

Little Star Dish Cloth (not pictured) by Elizabeth Ann White: This cute pattern also works as a wash cloth and could be combined with luxury bath bombs or bath salts.

Beaded Friendship Bracelet (#2) by @1dogwoof: Make a matching friendship bracelet to share with your mom!

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May, 2015 Crochet Speciality of the Month: Hairpin Lace

Hairpin Lace, the Crochet Speciality of the Month for May, 2015 on Underground Crafter
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.

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I can’t remember when I first heard about hairpin lace, but my first official introduction to actually trying it was back in 2011-2012 when I was blogging my way through the book, Crochet Master Class: Lessons and Projects from Today’s Top Crocheters.

Crochet Master Class

Hairpin lace seemed the most daunting of any from the book. I actually tried several tutorials unsuccessfully before finally learning how to make a hairpin lace strip. Once I actually “got it,” I realized that hairpin lace is actually deceptively simple. (Maybe I was overthinking it!)

My very first hairpin lace crochet project from 2012!

My very first completed hairpin lace crochet project, the Hairpin Lace Coaster by Ferosa Harold!

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So, what is hairpin lace anyway?

Hairpin lace is a crochet technique where you form loops with the aid of an object alternatively called a hairpin lace “loom” or “tool” by different manufacturers. Yarn is wrapped around the loom and then secured as a “strip” of loops with single crochet. Once the strip is the desired length, it is removed from the loom and can be joined to other strips or crocheted to the rest of your project.

Hairpin lace got its name because apparently, back in the day, U-shaped hairpins were used as the loom.

Learn to Crochet Lace: Hairpin, Broomstick & Bruges Class DVDWhat’s special about hairpin lace?

To make hairpin lace, you only need to know single crochet and have access to a hairpin lace loom, but it creates very complex looking projects. (Basically, you will impress everyone with your hairpin lace!)

Hairpin lace also allows you to make very open work designs.

A Clover hairpin lace loom with active stitches on it.

A Clover Hair Pin Lace Tool with active stitches on it.

To see more examples of hairpin lace, check out my growing Hairpin Lace Crochet Pinterest board!

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Free Hairpin Lace Crochet Tutorials for Beginners Roundup

If you’d like to try out hairpin lace, here four free tutorials to get you started!

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  • I learned hairpin lace through the Hairpin Lace Coaster pattern and tutorial by Ferosa Harold. The pattern includes a photo tutorial for both righties and lefties. I like this tutorial because the project is small and easy to complete so you can quickly master the technique.
  • My favorite hairpin lace loom is the Clover Hair Pin Lace Tool. (Spoiler alert: I’ll be sharing a giveaway for this great device in a few weeks!). You can watch the Clover video tutorial for using their tool here.
  • Jennifer Hansen is well known for her hairpin lace designs, and here is her video tutorial for making a basic hairpin lace strip.
  • Red Heart Yarns has a hairpin lace video tutorial featuring the Susan Bates Hairpin Lace Loom.

I hope you enjoyed this post! I’ll be back later this month to share more hairpin lace crochet fun, including 3 great giveaways!

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

#FlashbackFriday Crochet Link Blast: Week 4: Mitts

#FlashbackFriday crochet link blast by @ucrafter: mitts

On Fridays, I share a link blast on Twitter and Facebook to get you excited about crocheting all weekend! Keeping with the #FlashbackFriday meme, I’m sharing patterns were first released at least 12 months ago.

Here’s an archive of this week’s crochet mitts pattern picks! There are 20+ free crochet patterns included.

Fingerless Mitts crochet pattern roundup by Underground Crafter includes over 20 free crochet patterns

All patterns and tutorials are free unless otherwise noted. All photos are copyright the respective designers and used with permission.

Elementary Mittens (#1) is a simple set of mitts with a cabled thumbhole by Tanja Osswald (for sale).

Granny Square Fingerless Gloves by @Menghsays bring your love of granny squares into the realm of accessories with a sport weight yarn.

X Stitch Fingerless Gloves (#2) by @PatternParadise is part of a series of patterns Maria Bittner designed using her Modified X Stitch tutorial.

Comet (#8) is a stunning set of two color mitts made with slip stitches by Tanja Osswald (for sale).

Pretty Wrist Warmers@PatonsYarns are crocheted with sock yarn and feature a lacy border.

Neon Love Mitts by @meghanaf in @pompommag are puffy and bright, and a great way to add some cheer on a cloudy day.

Rapunzel (#11) is a set of mittens featuring a braid by Tanja Osswald (for sale).

Memphis Fingerless Gloves by @FemmeFibers in the @Yarnspirations1 archive is a beautiful pair of (nearly) elbow length fingerless gloves.

All Grown Up Armwarmers (#13) by @mooglyblog is a set of striped, fingerless armwarmers available in two sizes. This pattern includes a photo tutorial and links to a video tutorial. Don’t forget to check out the matching All Grown Up Striped Slouch Hat. You can read my interview with Tamara here.

 

The Flora Mitts Kit (for sale) on @beCraftsy includes @lindamade‘s pattern for a lacy, yet textured, set of mitts including floral motifs.

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The Parisian Mitts by Linda Cyr in @RedHeartYarns have eyelets, making them suitable for spring.

Doral Wristlets (#9) is a lacy set of wristlets designed by @KristinOmdahl.

Helleborus by @StitchStory are lovely fingerless mitts decorated with flowers and leaves. Includes link to a video tutorial.

Easy Crochet Fingerless Gloves (#12) by @bobwilson123 includes a complete 2-part video tutorial.

Puff Stitch Fingerless Gloves by Olivia Kent. This pattern features one of my favorite stitches along with a photo tutorial.

The Twisted Cable Fingerless Mitts Kit (for sale) on @beCraftsy includes Jennifer Ozses‘s pattern for set of mitts with a winding cable.

Chiq Texture Gloves (#3) by @CrochetChiq have a great ribbon detail. The pattern also includes both a video and photo tutorial.

Paws by @strongandstone is a set of unisex, striped mitts. This set matches the (for sale) Grizzly hat pattern.

Quick Mitts (#7) by @SnappyTots is a great pattern if you’d like to make mitts for the whole family. It includes 5 sizes and optional pocket, mitten keeper, and flower details.

To My Love Fingerless Mitts by Luba Davies is a set of beaded crochet mitts with a big heart!

Butterfly Stitch Fingerless Gloves (#6) is a lacy set with written instructions along with both video and photo tutorials by @MeladoraCrochet.

Must Be a Lady Fingerless Gloves (#5) is a beautiful and feminine set of fingerless gloves by @countrywillow12.

The Brooklyn Crochet Fingerless Mitts Kit (for sale) on @beCraftsy includes the CrochetDreamz pattern for a lovely pair of mitts adorned with wood buttons. You can also get the pattern for free here.

Have some fun with colorwork with the Fair Isle Fingerless Mitts on @Yarnspirations1.

The Angel Stitch Fingerless Gloves (#15) pattern by @MeladoraCrochet features a lovely textured stitch pattern and includes both written instructions and video and photo tutorials.

Bead Stitch Fingerless Gloves (#14) by @crochetncrafts have a great texture that really pops!

Cross-Over Long DC Fingerless Gloves is a lacy set with matching hat, cowl, and cell phone holder/coin purse patterns by @crochetncrafts.

Stripy Mitts (#10) by @sandracherryhrt are guaranteed to put a smile on your face while also helping you use those yarn remnants and odd ball buttons! Includes a photo tutorial.

Practice several stitches with the Shells and Bobbles Fingerless Gloves (#4) by @BeaRyanDesigns.

If you enjoyed this crochet link blast/roundup, you may also like my Crochet Accessories for Women Pinterest board!

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Broomstick Lace Crochet Pattern Roundup

Broomstick Lace crochet pattern roundup on Underground Crafter - over 30 patterns, including 20+ free patterns!
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.

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I’m wrapping up this month’s series on broomstick lace with a roundup of over 30 great broomstick lace patterns, including more than 20 free patterns. If you’re new to broomstick lace, don’t forget to check out my roundup of free beginner broomstick lace tutorials here.

All patterns are free unless otherwise noted. All photos are used with permission and are copyright the respective designer unless otherwise noted.

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and step-by-step photo tutorial by Underground Crafter.

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and step-by-step photo tutorial by Underground Crafter.

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl by Marie Segares (me!): I get so many compliments on this shawl whenever I wear it, and I’m sure you will, too! As an added bonus, if you’re new to broomstick lace, it includes a step-by-step photo tutorial. Add it to your Ravelry queue or favorites here.

Glamour Broomstick Lace Jacket, crochet pattern by Glamour 4 You (for sale).

Glamour Broomstick Lace Jacket, crochet pattern by Glamour 4 You (for sale).

Glamour Broomstick Lace Jacket by Glamour 4 You/@Glamour4You: This for sale pattern creates a stunning garment with fabulous button detailing.

Broomstick Lace Capelet, crocet pattern by Rachel Choi/Crochet Spot (for sale).

Broomstick Lace Capelet, crocet pattern by Rachel Choi/Crochet Spot (for sale).

Broomstick Lace Capelet by Rachel Choi/@CrochetSpot: Broomstick lace makes a light and airy capelet. This for sale pattern is crocheted in the round.

Chica Mala, broomstick lace crochet pattern by Tammy Hildebrand published in Crochet Wraps Every Which Way.

Chica Mala, broomstick lace crochet pattern by Tammy Hildebrand published in Crochet Wraps Every Which Way.

Chica Mala Shawl by Tammy Hildebrand/@HotLavaCrochet: This is just one of several stunning shawls using broomstick lace that are included in the Crochet Wraps Every Which Way: 18 Original Patterns in 6 Techniques. You can read my review of the book here and my interview with Tammy here.

Peacock Lace Beanie, broomstick lace crochet pattern by Crystalized Designs (for sale).

Peacock Lace Beanie, broomstick lace crochet pattern by Crystalized Designs (for sale).

Peacock Lace Beanie by Crystalized Designs/@CrystalizedForU: This for sale hat pattern includes instructions for making a slouchy version, too. If you love Crystal’s designs but want to try a free pattern first, check out her Broomstick Lace Scarf. You can read more about Crystal and her love of broomstick lace in this interview.

Broomstick Offset Shawlette by Michelle Arellano/@daintyloopsThis for sale pattern for a triangular broomstick lace shawl with fringe is very fashion forward!

Ocean Vista Dress by Andrea Graciarena/@AGmode: This stunning dress uses Tunisian crochet and broomstick lace!

Watercolour Whisper Pullover, broomstick lace crochet pattern by Angela Best (for sale).

Watercolour Whisper Pullover, broomstick lace crochet pattern by Angela Best (for sale).

Watercolour Whisper Pullover by Angela Best: This for sale airy pullover pattern has delightful broomstick lace details on the collar and sleeves!

Broomstick Lace Clutch by Julie Oparka/@RedBerryCrochet: This pattern originally appeared in Crochet-opedia: The Only Crochet Reference You’ll Ever Need.

Cozy Crimson Hat and Neckwarmer by DROPS Design/@Garnstudio: This slouchy hat and cozy cowl make a great set!

Take your broomstick lace to the next level with Craftsy’s Beyond Basic Broomstick Lace Class!

Broomstick Lace Crochet Shell by Doris Chan / @dorisjchan on @LionBrandYarn: This delicate tank would be a great summer project!

Ember Scarf Heidi Nieling

Ember Scarf, a broomstick lace crochet pattern by Heidi Nieling (for sale).

Ember Scarf by Heidi Nieling / @Speckless: I love the unique shape of this tassled broomstick lace scarf (for sale).

Baby in Bloom Sweater, free broomstick lace crochet pattern by Tamara Kelly.

Baby in Bloom Sweater, free broomstick lace crochet pattern by Tamara Kelly.

Baby in Bloom Sweater by Tamara Kelly / @mooglyblog: This adorable pattern is available in 3 sizes (0-3 months, 6-9 months, and 12 months) and includes a link to a video tutorial. There’s also a matching Baby in Bloom Bonnet pattern! You can find my interview with Tamara here.

Broomstick Lace Infinity Scarf, free crochet pattern and video tutorial by B.hooked Crochet.

Broomstick Lace Infinity Scarf, free crochet pattern and video tutorial by B.hooked Crochet.

Broomstick Lace Infinity Scarf by B.hooked Crochet / @BHookedCrochet: This simple scarf pattern is a great introduction to broomstick lace and it includes a video tutorial.

Broomstick Lace Wrap, free crochet pattern by Rhelena from CrochetN'Crafts.

Broomstick Lace Wrap, free crochet pattern by Rhelena from CrochetN’Crafts.

Broomstick Lace Wrap by Rhelena from CrochetN’Crafts / @crochetncrafts: This lovely wrap includes a beautiful edging. You can find my interview with Rhelena here.

Horn of the Moon, crochet pattern featuring broomstick lace by Jennifer Raymond (for sale).

Horn of the Moon, crochet pattern featuring broomstick lace by Jennifer Raymond (for sale).

Horn of the Moon by Jennifer Raymond / @tinkingturtle: This for sale shawl pattern features broomstick lace and it’s also a one-skein project! You can read my interview with Jennifer here.

Hugs and Kisses Hat Scarf Set by Visch. Published in I Like Crochet. Image (c) I Like Crochet.

Hugs and Kisses Hat Scarf Set by Susan Visch. Published in I Like Crochet. Image (c) I Like Crochet.

Hugs and Kisses Hat and Scarf Set by Susan Visch: This lovely set is available for sale in the December, 2014 issue of I Like Crochet digital magazine. @ILikeCrochet

Helen Mittens Tanja Osswald

Helen Mittens, broomstick lace and slip stitch crochet pattern by Tanja Osswald (for sale).

Helen Mittens by Tanja Osswald: This lovely for sale pattern combines broomstick lace and slip stitch crochet to create a lovely pair of mitts!

Spring Lace Infinity Scarf, broomstick lace crochet pattern by Tamara Kelly published in I Like Crochet. Image (c) I Like Crochet.

Spring Lace Infinity Scarf, broomstick lace crochet pattern by Tamara Kelly published in I Like Crochet. Image (c) I Like Crochet.

Spring Lace Infinity Scarf by Tamara Kelly / @mooglyblog: This light as a feather infinity scarf is a perfect spring accessory. It’s available for sale in the Spring, 2015 issue of I Like Crochet digital magazine.  @ILikeCrochet

Lavender Touch Cardigan by Drops Design / @Garnstudio: This cozy cardigan keeps you warm and includes front pockets. If you prefer a closed front, check out the Lavender Touch, a broomstick lace and crochet pullover.

Kim Guzman has several broomstick lace patterns, and has also popularized drop stitch crochet, a variation on broomstick lace. You can learn more about it in this video tutorial or in her book, Learn Drop Stitch Crochet. I previously interviewed Kim here.

Learn Drop Stitch Crochet

Learn Drop Stitch Crochet by Kim Guzman. Click to buy!

Some of my favorite free broomstick lace patterns by Kim include:

  • Rosaline Kimono Tunic, a beautiful, lacy, oversized tunic, is meant to be worn over a swim suit or tank in the summer. This uses the drop stitch crochet variation.
Rosaline Kimono Tunic, free drop stitch crochet pattern by Kim Guzman.

Rosaline Kimono Tunic, free drop stitch crochet pattern by Kim Guzman.

Broomstick Lace Summer Romper, free crochet pattern by Kim Guzman.

Broomstick Lace Summer Romper, free crochet pattern by Kim Guzman.

  • Spring Shawl, where the broomstick lace eyelets create a stunning look when worked horizontally.
Spring Shawl, free broomstick lace crochet pattern by Kim Guzman.

Spring Shawl, free broomstick lace crochet pattern by Kim Guzman.

  • Friendship Shawl, a dramatic triangular shawl that also includes detailed border.
Friendship Shawl, free broomstick lace crochet pattern by Kim Guzman. Image (c) Caron International Yarns.

Friendship Shawl, free broomstick lace crochet pattern by Kim Guzman. Image (c) Caron International Yarns.

Kati Donahue is another designer who really enjoys broomstick lace! She has recently developed several broomstick lace video tutorials, as well, which you can find here on her YouTube channel.

Some of my favorite broomstick lace patterns from Kati’s collection are:

Broomstick Lace Fingerless Gloves, crochet pattern by Kati Donahue (for sale).

Broomstick Lace Fingerless Gloves, crochet pattern by Kati Donahue (for sale).

Broomstick Lace Ornament, free crochet pattern by Kati Donahue.

Broomstick Lace Ornament, free crochet pattern by Kati Donahue.

Unforgettable Broomstick Lace Shawl, free crochet pattern by Kati Donahue.

Unforgettable Broomstick Lace Shawl, free crochet pattern by Kati Donahue.

  • Marie Louise Poncho, a pattern sized for children with instructions on customizing to an adult size.
Marie Louise Poncho, free crochet pattern by Kati Donahue.

Marie Louise Poncho, free crochet pattern by Kati Donahue.

Jessica's Broomstick Lace Hat, crochet pattern by Kati Donahue (for sale).

Jessica’s Broomstick Lace Hat, crochet pattern by Kati Donahue (for sale).

Crochet Kitten is another designer that has several patterns featuring broomstick lace. (She also has a great tutorial series, the Beginner’s Guide to Broomstick Lace.) My favorites from her broomstick lace collection are:

Broomstick Lace Travel Hook Clutch Crochet Kitten

Broomstick Lace Travel Hook Clutch, free crochet pattern by Crochet Kitten.

Pin-Up Mamas Hair Wrap Crochet Kitten

Pin-Up Mama’s Hair Wrap, free broomstick lace crochet pattern by Crochet Kitten.

Boho Broomstick Lace Hat

Boho Broomstick Lace Hat, free crochet pattern by Crochet Kitten.

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Interview with Jennifer Raymond from Tinking Turtle Designs

Underground Crafter Crochet Specialty of the Month 2015
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.

As part of this month’s focus on broomstick lace, I’m sharing an interview today with Jennifer Raymond (formerly Jennifer Crowley) from Tinking Turtle Designs. Jennifer is Virginia-based crochet and knitting designer and teacher, and she happens to have a great fondness for the broomstick lace technique!

You can find Jennifer online on the Tinking Turtle Designs website, and on Facebook, Pinterest, Ravelry, and Twitter. I’m also sharing a roundup of my seven favorite crochet patterns (and one free knitting pattern) from Jennifer’s collection. All photos are used with permission, and are copyright Jennifer Raymond/Tinking Turtle Designs unless otherwise noted.

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Jennifer Raymond.

Jennifer Raymond.

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

Jennifer: I first learned to crochet when I was 6 or 7, from a babysitter that used to help my mother.  She taught me.  It wasn’t until I was in high school that I learned about things like gauge and patterns.  I just looked at what I wanted to make and then made things.

Witchlace by Jennifer Raymond Knit Picks

Witchlace, a crochet sweater design by Jennifer Raymond featuring a broomstick lace yoke. Photo (c) Knit Picks.

UC: What inspired you to start designing?

Jennifer: My husband (then boyfriend) started encouraging me after college to look into how I could take my passion and make it my career.  I’d just finished working for an office job that didn’t quite work, and I began to start researching how I could make it work.  You see, I’ve always been the sort of person to deviate from the directions, even when I don’t know what I’m doing.

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About the same time I was lucky to stumble across someone who had been in the industry in the late 80’s and early 90’s, who was willing to help guide me and help me present myself as a professional.

Points of Interest, a crochet pattern by Jennifer Raymond available in Quick & Easy Crochet Accessories. Photo (c) Annie's.

Points of Interest, a crochet pattern by Jennifer Raymond available in Quick & Easy Crochet Accessories. Photo (c) Annie’s.

Quick & Easy Crochet AccessoriesUC: Several of your patterns include broomstick lace. How were you introduced to broomstick lace, and what do you enjoy about designing with it?

Jennifer: I first learned to work broomstick lace in college.  I’ve always been hungry to learn new things, and I was reading up on obscure crochet techniques.  I came across it, and taught myself.  Later I availed myself of others who knew more about broomstick.

I love the way broomstick is so approachable to beginners: truly, if you know how to chain and single crochet, you can learn how to work broomstick.  I also love how it makes it look like you know how to do more difficult techniques than what it actually is.  I also simply love the look of the lace.  Hence my two patterns, Horn of the Moon and Sunburst Shawl.  I have several other patterns with broomstick I’m working on!

Horn of the Moon, crochet pattern featuring broomstick lace by Jennifer Raymond.

Horn of the Moon, crochet pattern featuring broomstick lace by Jennifer Raymond.

UC: You’re multi-craftual. Do you have a favorite craft or does that depend on the project or season?

Jennifer: I love knitting and crochet for different reasons: they both do different things well.  They also speak to different parts of my designing brain.  My crochet designs tend to play with color and simple shapes, in addition to fun riffs on older techniques.  Meanwhile, my knit designs tend to be playing more with stitches and how they relate to each other.

As a businesswoman, knowing how to knit and crochet means I’m able to work between two markets, and be able to function and speak to both knitters and crocheters.  Instructors who are very strong in both crafts are rare, and designers even more-so.  I think it gives me an edge.  I also get bored easily, so being able to do both means I can follow where my curiosity leads.

One Salt Sea, a hairpin lace crochet pattern by Jennifer Raymond.

One Salt Sea, a hairpin lace crochet pattern by Jennifer Raymond.

UC: You teach knitting and crochet, as well as a class on making a duct tape dress form! Tell us what inspired you to create that class and where we might see it this year?

Jennifer: The duct tape dress form class is a skill that is more common in the sewing world.  I often find there are great things to learn from other crafts to bring back to knitting and crochet – this is one of them.  Using a dress form for your knitting or crochet work can open up a bunch of opportunities.  It also helps a lot of people “get real” with their measurements – which only means that people are able to make garments that look better on them!

Crocheting in Circles

I’ll be teaching the Duct Tape Dress Form class this spring in a variety of places: Fibre Space, in Old Town Alexandria, VA as well as at the Carolina Fiber Fest.  If you’re interested in it, or any of my other classes, you should check out my calendar… I’m currently filling in my spring dates!

Stained Glass Rug, free crochet pattern by Jennifer Raymond.

Stained Glass Rug, free crochet pattern by Jennifer Raymond.

UC: What are your favorite crochet and knitting books in your collection?

Jennifer: I love Barbara Walker’s stitch dictionaries.

I also am currently in love with Rena Crocket’s Flawless Knit Repair, which my father recently got me.  It represents both a book I desperately wanted and some that only my father could find – I’d been looking for it for nearly six months.

I also love historical knitting patterns, and have a huge collection.  It’s great inspiration to look at the old patterns and then create interesting riffs on them – like I did with Mary’s Rose Camisole.

Sunburst Shawl, crochet pattern by Jennifer Raymond. Photo (c) Brittany Tyler.

Sunburst Shawl, crochet pattern featuring broomstick lace by Jennifer Raymond. Photo (c) Brittany Tyler.

UC: Do you have any crafty blogs or websites you visit regularly for inspiration or community?

Jennifer: Ravelry is the big one.  I love Ravelry so much for both the community and also for information.  I love it so much, I taught an electronic class on Interweave titled Ravelry 101.  I’ll be teaching a second class, also on Ravelry.  The best part?  They both are accessible to watch whenever you want.

I also find a variety of blogs particularly helpful, though it’s hard to pick out just one.

Newport, a crochet sweater pattern by Jennifer Raymond. Photo (c) Classic Elite Yarn.

Newport, a crochet sweater pattern by Jennifer Raymond. Photo (c) Classic Elite Yarn.

UC: What’s the tool you use the most when crocheting or knitting?

Jennifer: I love locking stitch markers, and I’ve talked about it on my blog quite a bit.  I find them immeasurably helpful for a variety of tasks both related to knitting and crochet, and those outside of the craft zone.  Pinning things together, holding your crochet stitch so it doesn’t unravel, holding a dropped stitch in knitting, using them as a cable needle… I just think they’re a perfect little tool that makes your life so much easier.

Octopodes, a free knitting pattern by Jennifer Raymond, available on Knitty.

Octopodes, a free knitting pattern by Jennifer Raymond, available on Knitty.

Thanks so much for stopping by, Jennifer, and for sharing your story and your love of broomstick lace!