I’m so excited to share my new favorite cold weather accessory with you! The Hug for a Long Commute crochet pattern makes a cozy but visually interesting accessory you can wear on your next adventure (or on your next commute to work or school). You can style this project as a triangular scarf or as a shawl.
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If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this sneak peek of the Hug for a Long Commute back in September.
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I was on a hat #crocheting spree for a few weeks and now it seems to be shawls. I am trying out a new-to-me #yarn, @universal_yarn Classic Shades Frenzy in Urban Transit. As someone who’s business is pretty much named after urban transit (that’s where I’m crafting underground, after all), I had to try this colorway. I am loving the greens, purples, and even (dare I say) the yellows. I have purposely arranged this WIP so that you can’t tell how the finished shawl is shaped. I like a little mystery, after all. #igotitfree #undergroundcrafter #universalyarn #universalclassicshadesfrenzy #crochetblogers #crochetersgonnacrochet #crochetersofig #crochetersofinstagram #crocheted #crochet #instacrochet #hookedoncrochet2018 #makersgonnamake
Let me tell you a bit about my inspiration! Earlier this year, I connected with Universal Yarn and they sent me some Universal Classic Shades Frenzy yarn to try out. When I was looking through the colorways, I saw this one called Urban Transit and as a Native New Yorker who has been riding the subways since I was a wee one, I knew I had to try it. At first, the colors didn’t really seem like “me” (where’s my pink? where’s my Caribbean sea blue?), but the yarn quickly grew on me.
It’s a bulky yarn, but on the thinner side of bulky. The colors are a wonderful blend! Originally, I planned to design a crochet version of Martina Behm’s Hitchhiker shawl, which has an asymmetrical shape. As I got deeper and deeper into the project, I knew it had to have more of a triangular shape. Because that’s my favorite shawl shape, and I was definitely going to be keeping this!
The weather has recently gotten very cold here, so this weekend, I washed the Hug for a Long Commute for the first time. It emerged from the dryer super soft and I’ve been wearing it everyday.
I’ve received quite a few compliments, especially from my friends who are more into yellows and greens.
I love that this can be worn as a triangular scarf, or pinned in place like a shawl. Maybe I’ll try that once the weather warms up again! Now, I’m glad I ventured outside of my color comfort zone.
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Hug for a Long Commute
Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter
This pattern was updated 1/10/2019 to correct an error in the decrease section.
Wrap yourself in a cozy but visually interesting hug before your next adventure. Style it as a scarf or as a shawl.
- Adult: 62” (157.5 cm) wingspan x 12.75” (32.5 cm) spine.
- Universal Classic Shades Frenzy yarn (70% acrylic/30% wool, 3.5 oz/100 g, 159 yd/145 m) – 3 skeins in 907 Urban Transit, or approximately 370 yd (338.5 m) in any bulky weight yarn.
- US K-10.5/6.5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
- Yarn needle.
- Stitch marker (optional).
- 16 hdc = 4” (10 cm) across. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- BL – back (third) loop only – Moogly has a helpful video tutorial for identifying the third loop in half double crochet here.
- ch – chain
- dec – decrease – [Yo, insert hook in third loop of next st, yo and draw up a loop] twice, yo and draw through all 5 loops on hook. This decrease is a variation on the hdc2tog with the hook inserted in the third loop. Whistle and Ivy has a helpful video tutorial for the hdc2tog here.
- ea – each
- hdc – half double crochet
- rep – repeat
- sk – skip
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- yo – yarn over
- *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
-  Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.
- Ch 1 at beginning of Rows does not count as a stitch.
- Some crocheters find it helpful to place stitch marker at the end of Row 2, to indicate the side
of the project that has increases and decreases.
Increase to midpoint
- Ch 3.
- Row 1: Turn, sk 2 ch (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in next ch. (3 sts)
- Row 2: Turn, ch 1, hdcBL in first 2 sts, 2 hdcBL in next st. (4 sts)
- Row 3: Turn, ch 1, 2 hdcBL in first st, hdcBL in ea st across. (5 sts)
- Row 4: Turn, ch 1, hdcBL in first st and ea st across to last st, 2 hdcBL in last st. (6 sts)
- Row 5: Rep Row 3. (7 sts)
- Row 6: Rep Row 4. (8 sts)
- Row 7: Turn, ch 1, hdcBL in first 3 sts, 2 hdcBL, sk 4 sts. (5 sts)
- Row 8: Turn, ch 1, 2 hdcBL in first st, hdcBL in ea st across. (Increases by 1 st)
- Row 9: Turn, ch 1, hdcBL in first st and in ea st across to last st, 2 hdcBL in last st. (Increases by 1 st)
- Rows 10-13: Rep Row 8-9 twice.
- Row 14: Turn, ch 1, 2 hdcBL in first st, hdcBL in ea st to last st, 2 hdcBL in last st. (Increases by 2 sts)
- Row 15: Turn, ch 1, hdcBL in first st and in ea st across to last 5 sts, 2 hdcBL in next st, sk 4 sts. (Decreases by 3 sts)
- Rep Rows 8-15, ending last rep after Row 13, until project measures approximately 30”/76 cm, or approximately half of desired finished wingspan/length.
Decrease to endpoint
- Row 16: Turn, ch 1, dec in first 2 sts, hdcBL in ea st across. (Decreases by 1 st)
- Row 17: Turn, ch 1, hdcBL in first st and in ea st across to last 2 sts, dec in last 2 sts. (Decreases by 1 st)
- Row 18-21: Rep Rows 16-17 twice.
- Row 22: Turn, ch 1, dec in first 2 sts, hdcBL in ea st across to last 2 sts, dec in last 2 sts. (Decreases by 2 sts)
- Row 23: Turn, ch 1, hdcBL in ea st across.
- Row 24: Turn, ch 5, turn, sk first ch, hdc in next 4 ch, hdcBL across row. (Increases by 4 sts)
- Row 25: Rep Row 17.
- Rows 26-29: Rep Rows 16-17 twice.
- Row 30: Rep Row 16.
- Row 31: Rep Rows 22.
- Row 32: Rep Row 24.
- Rep Rows 25-32, ending after Row 30 when 3 sts remain. Fasten off.
- With yarn needle, weave in ends.