Crafty Love Link Party 44 (April, 2019)

Crafty Love Link Party 44 (April, 2019)

April’s here and that means it’s time for another Crafty Love Link Party. Our highlights from last month includes five free crochet patterns, so read on for details

Welcome to the Crafty Love Link Party!

Welcome to our 44th Crafty Love Link Party! Every month, the Crafty Love Link Party will open up on the first Thursday at 1:00 a.m. Eastern and close on the last Thursday at 11:55 p.m. Eastern. Share your latest crafty projects, patterns, tutorials, tips, and WIPs, and be sure to stop by and leave comments on other projects, too!

Crafty Love Link Party 44

These are the five most clicked posts from last month’s party. All five are free crochet patterns!

  • Horse and Donkey Crochet Along by Grace and Yarn: Stephanie’s crochet along is over but you can still get both free crochet patterns.
  • Cascading Icicles Beanie by Caitlin’s Contagious Creations: Caitlin’s free crochet pattern is available in two sizes and includes detailed progress photos.
  • Tunic Tee by Winding Road Crochet: Lindsey’s free crochet pattern is available in six sizes.
  • Butterfly C2C Square Easter Blanket Crochet Along by Nana’s Crafty Home: This crochet along includes 9 free patterns for pixel squares made using corner-to-corner crochet.
  • Peek-a-Boo Blanket by Cute As A Button Crochet: Esther’s free crochet pattern works up quickly in a super bulky yarn.

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Crochet Pattern: Sweet Stratus Tunisian Baby Blanket by Crochetpreneur

Free crochet pattern: Sweet Stratus Tunisian Baby Blanket free crochet pattern in Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky yarn by Made with a Twist by Crochetpreneur for Underground Crafter

A crochet baby blanket is one of my favorite projects to make and gift. I’m so excited to share this surprisingly simple Tunisian crochet pattern as a guest post by Crochetpreneur. Stripes and neutral colors combine to make a bold yet cuddly blanket.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Photos in this post are © Made with a Twist by Crochetpreneur and are used with permission. Yarn for this project was generously provided by Paintbox Yarns.

About Pam Grice

Pam Grice Made with a Twist Crochetprenreur

Pam Grice is the part psychotherapist, part crochet designer, and full-on-cheerleader behind the Crochetpreneur blog where she combines her wisdom as a counselor and experience as a six-figure Etsy artisan to help other makers find the personal and financial freedom that comes from having a successful crochet business. When she’s not coaching, counseling, or crocheting (she loves alliteration), Pam spends her days caring for her newly-toddling grandson. She is an introvert who loves people, an encourager, a solution-finder, and a creative-thinker who spent more time reading encyclopedias and playing with yarn as a child than was probably normal. And, while she never did marry Donny Osmond, she’s thankful to have crafted a life she loves with her husband, Kev, and their two neurotic rescue pups.

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Sweet Stratus Tunisian Baby Blanket

Crochet Pattern by Made with a Twist by Crochetpreneur

Free crochet pattern: Sweet Stratus Tunisian Baby Blanket free crochet pattern in Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky yarn by Made with a Twist by Crochetpreneur for Underground Crafter

Materials:

  • 1375 yards Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky, size (5) bulky (3.5 oz./100g, 149 yds/136 m, 100% acrylic)
    • Color A: 700 yds/ 640 m (5 skeins) I used Champagne White.
    • Color B: 225 yds / 206 m (2 skeins) I used Stormy Grey
    • Color C: 225 yds / 206 m (2 skeins) I used Slate Grey
    • Color D: 225 yds / 206 m (2 skeins) I used Granite Grey
    • Tunisian crochet hook US size M (9.00 mm) with a 24” cord
    • Crochet hook US size L (8.00 mm)
    • Tapestry needle
    • Tape measure
    • Scissors
    • Blocking supplies

Abbreviations:

  • BPDC – back-post double crochet – A video tutorial for this stitch is available here.
  • CH – chain
  • DC – double crochet
  • F(FP) – forward pass – See Special Stitches below.
  • FPDC – front-post double crochet – A video tutorial for this stitch is available here.
  • HDC – half-double crochet
  • Rep – repeat
  • R(RP) – return pass – See Special Stitches below.
  • SC – single crochet
  • SLST – slip stitch                
  • SP – space                           
  • ST(S) – stitch(es)
  • TSS – Tunisian simple stitch – See Special Stitches below. A video tutorial is available at the end of this post.
  • YO – yarn over
Free crochet pattern: Sweet Stratus Tunisian Baby Blanket free crochet pattern in Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky yarn by Made with a Twist by Crochetpreneur for Underground Crafter

Notes:

  • No matter your skill level, read through pattern before beginning your work.
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • US Terminology
  • To adjust width: Increase or decrease starting chain by multiples of 4 + 1.
  • To adjust length: Increase or decrease completed rows by multiples of 4.
  • As you begin to work the rows, they will roll. This will be neutralized once we add the border. So, don’t worry about it too much.
  • It’s your choice whether you’d like to cut the yarn when switching colors or carry it along the edge. If you carry it up the piece, be sure to catch all strands as the rows go up and hide them when working the first round of the border.
Free crochet pattern: Sweet Stratus Tunisian Baby Blanket free crochet pattern in Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky yarn by Made with a Twist by Crochetpreneur for Underground Crafter

Gauge:  11 stitches x 9 rows = 4” (10.15 cm) sq.

Finished Measurements:

  • After blocking:
    • Approx. 33” x 43” (83.8 cm x 109.2 cm), before border.
    • Approx. 38” x 48” (96.5 cm x 121.9 cm), finished.
Free crochet pattern: Sweet Stratus Tunisian Baby Blanket free crochet pattern in Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky yarn by Made with a Twist by Crochetpreneur for Underground Crafter

Special Stitches:

Tunisian Simple Stitch

  • Chain the required number of stitches.
  • TSS Foundation Row: With last chain still on the hook, insert hook in the back bump of the second CH from hook, pull up a loop. Pull up a loop in the back bump, picking up STS, in each CH across.
  • TSS Return Pass (TSS RP): CH1, *YO, pull through 2 loops on hook*; rep from * to * until 1 loop remains on hook.
  • TSS Forward Pass (TSS FP): Insert hook in 2nd vertical bar from hook, YO, pull up loop, *insert hook in next vertical bar, YO, pull up loop*, rep from * to * to last st, put hook through both vertical bars on edge, YO, pull up loop.
  • Complete row with a TSS RP.
  • A video tutorial is available at the end of this post.
Free crochet pattern: Sweet Stratus Tunisian Baby Blanket free crochet pattern in Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky yarn by Made with a Twist by Crochetpreneur for Underground Crafter

Pattern:

  • With Color A and Tunisian crochet hook, CH 93.
  • Row 1F: Skipping the first CH, pull up a loop in the back bump of each CH. (93 loops on hook)
  • 1R: CH1, *YO, pull through 2 loops,* rep * to * until 1 loop remains.
  • Row 2F: With A, work TSS FP.
  • 2R: With B, work TSS RP.
  • Row 3F: With B, work TSS FP.
  • 3R: With B, work TSS RP.
  • Row 4F: With B, work TSS FP.
  • 4R: With C, work TSS RP.
  • Row 5F: With C, work TSS FP.
  • 5R: With C, work TSS RP.
  • Row 6F: With C, work TSS FP.
  • 6R: With D, work TSS RP.
  • Row 7F: With D, work TSS FP.
  • 7R: With D, work TSS RP.
  • Row 8F: With D, work TSS FP.
  • 8R: With A, work TSS RP.
  • Row 9F: With A, work TSS FP.
  • 9R: With A, work TSS RP.
  • Row 10F: With A, work TSS FP.
  • 10R: With B, work TSS RP.
  • Row 11F: With B, work TSS FP.
  • 11R: With B, work TSS RP.
  • Row 12F: With B, work TSS FP.
  • 12R: With C, work TSS RP.
  • Row 13F: With C, work TSS FP.
  • 13R: With C, work TSS RP.
  • Row 14F: With C, work TSS FP.
  • 14R: With D, work TSS RP.
  • Row 15F: With D, work TSS FP.
  • 15R: With D, work TSS RP.
  • Row 16F: With D, work TSS FP.
  • 16R: With A, work TSS RP.
  • Rows 17 – 96: Rep rows 9 – 16 ten more times.
  • Bind Off: With A, SLST loosely in each bar across.
  • Finish off.
Free crochet pattern: Sweet Stratus Tunisian Baby Blanket free crochet pattern in Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky yarn by Made with a Twist by Crochetpreneur for Underground Crafter

Border

  • With A and 8.00 mm hook, join with a SLST to the first ST to the left (or, if working left-handed, to the right) of any corner.
  • Round 1: CH1. HDC in same ST. *HDC in each ST along the row. CH3 to create a corner ST. Turn work 90 degrees and work along next edge,* Rep from * to * 3 more times. SLST to beginning HDC to join. You will have 92 STS along short edges, 96 STS along long edges, and a CH-3 at each corner
  • Round 2: CH2 (does not count as a ST, here and throughout), [FPDC in first HDC, *BPDC, BPDC, FPDC, FPDC,* rep from * to * until 3 stitches remain to corner, BPDC, BPDC, FPDC, (HDC, CH1, HDC) in the corner space], rep from [ to ] three more times. Join with SLST to top of beginning FPDC.
  • Round 3: CH2, [FPDC in first st, *BPDC, BPDC, FPDC, FPDC,* rep from * to * to corner, (HDC, CH1, HDC) in corner space], FPDC], rep from [ to ] three more times. Join with a SLST to top of beginning FPDC.
  • Round 4: CH2, [FPDC in first st, *BPDC, BPDC, FPDC, FPDC,* rep from * to * until one ST remains, BPDC, (HDC, CH1, HDC) in corner space], BPDC, FPDC], rep from [ to ] three more times. Join with a SLST to top of beginning FPDC.
  • Round 5: CH2,  [FPDC in first st, *BPDC, BPDC, FPDC, FPDC,* rep from * to * until two STS remain BPDC, BPDC, (HDC, CH1, HDC) in corner space], BPDC, BPDC, FPDC], rep from [ to ] three more times. Join with a SLST to top of beginning FPDC.
  • Finish off and tuck ends.
  • Wet block and allow to dry.
  • Enjoy!
© 2019 by Pam Grice (Made with a Twist by Crochetpreneur) and published with permission by 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 Pam’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:
https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/04/03/crochet-pattern-sweet-stratus-tunisian-baby-blanket-by-crochetpreneur/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Crochet Pattern: Zebra Pocket Pillow

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter

I’m kicking off the second annual Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central with the Zebra Pocket Pillow! This crocheted amigurumi pillow has a pocket panel that you can use as gift wrap, to tote a favorite book, or to store your tablet.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Materials for the sample were generously provided by Clover USA, Fairfield World, and Red Heart.

Last year, I made the Lion Pocket Pillow for the first Softie CAL and I kind of felt like he needed a buddy.

Free crochet pattern: Lion Pocket Pillow in Red Heart Super Saver yarn and stuffed with Fairfield Original Poly-Fil by Underground Crafter. This pattern is one of 10 free crochet patterns by 10 designers in the 2018 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central

Since the basics of the panel shapes would be the same, I decided to add some interest with stripes, and that’s where the idea for the Zebra Pocket Pillow was born.

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - back pocket

Just like its Lion Pocket Pillow pal, the Zebra Pocket Pillow has a generous pocket panel. This is great for encouraging your littles to read, for including a small gift, or for putting a tablet out of reach.

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - back pocket

For this year’s Softie CAL, Fairfield World generously provided all of the participating designers with Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill. This happens to be one of my favorite fiber fillings to use for making crocheted softies.

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - Marie with fiber fill bag

It’s coarser and denser than the standard Poly-Fil. That means it doesn’t “fluff out” as much when you are stuffing your project. It helps because then you aren’t accidentally crocheting your Poly-Fil onto the right side of your projects.

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - comparing fiber fillings

If you’re just hearing about the Softie Crochet Along, you can get all the details here.

  • You can join in by crocheting the patterns as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #CALCentral on all social media. If you use Fairfield World Poly-Fil for your project, tag @fairfieldworld and use #fairfieldworld, too.
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the CAL Central Facebook group or visit this thread in the CAL Central Ravelry group.
  • By the end of the CAL, you’ll have up to 10 awesome projects. Make adorable softies while having fun with us! Enter here to win one of the great end-of-CAL giveaway prizes!
  • Use this button below on your Ravelry project pages or elsewhere on social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.
2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter

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Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter

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Zebra Pocket Pillow

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Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter

Stripes, facial features, and a mane add character to a simple, stuffed pillow. The pocket on the back can be used to hide a gift or to keep a book safe during travels.

Finished Size

  • Pillow: 10” (25.5 cm) wide x 12” (30.5 cm) tall before stuffing.

Materials

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - supplies

Gauge

  • 18 sc x 20 rows = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this pattern but stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • pm – place stitch marker
  • Rnd(s) – Rounds
  • sc  – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo  – yarn over
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • Front Panel, Back Panel, Pocket Panel, and Ears are crocheted flat in rows.
  • Eyes and Muzzle are crocheted in unjoined spirals in the round. Move stitch markers up each round to mark position of last stitch.
  • Mane is crocheted in the round when joining layers with single crochet seam. A helpful photo tutorial for seaming with single crochet is available here.
  • When choosing colors, note that CA and CB are used for Panel stripes. CA is used for Eyes. CB is used for the Muzzle and Ears.
  • Change colors in the last yarn over of the final single crochet of designated rows. Moogly has a helpful video tutorial here.
  • Oombawka Design has a helpful magic adjustable ring tutorial here.
  • If you are crocheting in low light conditions, you may find black yarn difficult to work with. Choose two high contrast colors instead of black and white to make it easier to see your stitches.

Pattern Instructions

Front and Back Panels (Make 2)

  • With CA, ch 46.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch and in each ch across. (45 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across, changing to CB in last yo of final sc (see Pattern Notes).
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across.
  • Row 4: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across, changing to CA in last yo of final sc.
  • Row 5: Repeat Row 3.
  • Rows 6-57: Repeat Rows 2-5  – 13 times, or until Panel measures approximately 12” (30.5 cm) tall, ending after Row 5. Fasten off.

Pocket Panel

  • Repeat instructions for Front Panel until Pocket Panel measures approximately 7” (18 cm), ending after Row 3 or Row 5. Fasten off.

Muzzle

  • With CB, start with magic adjustable ring (see Pattern Notes).
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, pull yarn tightly to close ring, pm in last st to mark position. (6 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea st around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; repeat from * around. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts; repeat from * around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 5: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts; repeat from * around. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 6: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts; repeat from * around. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 7: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts; repeat from * around. (42 sts)
  • Rnd 8: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 sts; repeat from * around. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 9: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 7 sts; repeat from * around. (54 sts)
  • Rnd 10:  Sc in each st around.
  • Rnd 11: Repeat Rnd 10. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 1 yd/1 m) for joining.
  • Position the craft nose at the top of the Muzzle and secure with washer.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends of starting yarn from magic circle on back of Muzzle.
Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter

Ears (Make 2)

  • With CB, ch 2.
  • Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, 2 sc in next ch. (2 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, 2 sc in next st. (3 sts)
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across to last st, 2 sc in last st. (Increases by 1 st)
  • Rows 4-16: Repeat Row 3 – 13 times, ending with 17 sts. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 1 yd/1 m) for joining.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends of starting yarn on back of Ears.

Eyes (Make 2)

  • With CA, ch 4.
  • Rnd 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, 2 sc in next ch, sc in next ch, 4 sc in next ch, turn to work along underside of foundation chain, sc in next ch, 2 sc in first ch, pm in last st to mark position. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, sl st to first st to join.
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 1 yd/1 m) for joining.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends of starting yarn on back of Eye.

Decorate Face

  • Using locking stitch markers, pin Eyes, Muzzle, and Ears on Front Panel using pictures as a guide.
Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - positioning face
  • Once satisfied with positioning, place safety eyes in crocheted eyes. Attach by firmly securing washers on back.
Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - decorating face
  • With yarn needle and yarn tail, sew Eyes to Front Panel. With yarn needle, weave in ends from Eyes on back of Front Panel.
  • With yarn needle and yarn tail, sew Muzzle to Front Panel, leaving about 2” (5 cm) unseamed. Stuff Muzzle firmly and continue to sew Muzzle to Front Panel. With yarn needle, weave in ends from Muzzle on back of Front Panel.
Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - stuffing muzzle
  • With yarn needle and yarn tail, sew the lower edge (final row) of each Ear to Front Panel, shaping each Ear so that it is curved. With yarn needle, weave in ends from Ears on back of Front Panel.

Assemble Pillow and Add Mane

  • With locking stitch markers, pin the Panels together as follows. Position right side of Front Panel with face up on top, with Back Panel underneath, and the Pocket Panel at the bottom.
Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - assembling panels
  • With right side of Front Panel (face) facing you, join CB with sl st at bottom of Front Panel. Lining up stitches and working through all layers, begin working a single crochet seam (see Pattern Notes). Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 44 sts, turn to work along long edge and begin to crochet Mane, [sc in side of next row, ch 6] across to final row of Front Panel, turn to work along top of Front Panel, [sc in next st, ch 6] across top of Front Panel, turn to work along long edge, [sc in side of next row, ch 6] across to Front Panel until approximately 4” (10 cm) remain. Stuff pillow firmly with Poly-Fil. Continue to seam side of long edge by working [sc in side of next row, ch 6] across, sl st to join to first sc.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave any remaining ends into inside of pillow.
© 2019 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: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/04/01/crochet-pattern-zebra-pocket-pillow. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Announcing the Second Annual Softie Crochet Along!

2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter

The Softie Crochet Along is the second crochet along of 2019 hosted in the CAL Central Facebook and Ravelry groups. We’ve brought together ten of the top crochet designers out there to bring you free crochet patterns for softies. Five of our favorite companies are providing prizes for our end-of-CAL giveaway. Join us to make great amigurumi projects to cuddly and play with, chat with other crocheters, and enter to win fabulous prizes!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links.

This is the main post for 2019 Softie crochet along. Read on for more details including:

  • How the 2019 Softie Crochet Along Works,
  • How To Join the 2019 Softie CAL,
  • 2019 Softie Crochet Along Schedule,
  • 2019 Softie CAL End-of-CAL Giveaway Prizes, and
  • Enter the 2019 Softie CAL End-of-CAL Giveaway.

How the 2019 Softie Crochet Along Works

2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter

Every Monday from April 1 through June 3, 2019, we’ll share a free crochet pattern for a softie! You can make fun softie projects to keep, for gifts, or to donate to charity while chatting with other crocheters in our groups and sharing your projects to win giveaway prizes!

Fairfield World has generously provided all of the participating designers with Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill to use in their softies. They will also be also be awarding the grand prize, a 5 lb. box of Poly-Fil and two Poly-Fil Basic 16” x 16” Pillow Inserts, to the crocheter whose project gets the most votes!

Clover USA, Search Press North America, LeitherCo, and Morgan’s Mane have also generously provided us with prizes for this CAL. Share your completed project pictures in this post (scroll down for details)by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, June 10, 2019 to enter for your chance to win!

How To Join the 2019 Softie CAL

  • You can join in by crocheting the patterns as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #CALCentral on all social media. If you use Fairfield World Poly-Fil for your project, tag @fairfieldworld and use #fairfieldworld, too.
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the CAL Central Facebook group or visit this thread in the CAL Central Ravelry group.
  • By the end of the CAL, you’ll have up to 10 awesome projects. Make adorable softies while having fun with us!
  • Use this button below on your Ravelry project pages or elsewhere on social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.
2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter

2019 Softie Crochet Along Schedule

This list will be updated during the CAL to include links to each pattern as it is released.

2019 Softie CAL End-of-CAL Giveaway Prizes

We work hard to find the best crochet along prizes from around the web for each CAL Central Crochet Along. Read on for more details about the prizes and how to enter for your chance to win.

The most popular project will win the grand prize from Fairfield World: a 5 lb. box of Poly-Fil and two Poly-Fil Basic 16” x 16” Pillow Inserts. Show your support by following Fairfield World on Instagram | Facebook.

2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter - Fairfield World Prize

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Baby Lock Jubilant review

Baby Lock Jubilant review by Underground Crafter - Whether you’re looking for a portable sewing machine to take to classes or craft nights, or a small but full-featured machine that doesn’t take up too much space at home, or a sturdy, yet affordable sewing machine, you’ll find something to love about the Baby Lock Jubilant.

Whether you’re looking for a portable sewing machine to take to classes or craft nights, or a small but full-featured machine that doesn’t take up too much space at home, or a sturdy, yet affordable sewing machine, you’ll find something to love about the Baby Lock Jubilant. In this post, I’m going to share my review based on using the machine regularly for four months.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. A Baby Lock Jubilant sewing machine, accessories, and Madeira thread were provided to me by Tacony. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.

Baby Lock Jubilant review by Underground Crafter - Whether you’re looking for a portable sewing machine to take to classes or craft nights, or a small but full-featured machine that doesn’t take up too much space at home, or a sturdy, yet affordable sewing machine, you’ll find something to love about the Baby Lock Jubilant.

Why Baby Lock?

If you came to this post hoping to find the perfect machine for you, I think I can help! Last summer, I started looking for a new sewing machine and I found myself searching for “best portable sewing machine” and “best light-weight sewing machine” online. I found a lot of really interesting posts, but I noticed right away that none of them were written by people who had actually USED the machines they were recommending! Instead, these posts were a bunch of affiliate links to sewing machines sold on Amazon or elsewhere online written by bloggers hoping to earn commission on each sale.

This was super disheartening to me because not every sewing machine is as good in reality as it sounds in its Amazon or big box store description! I started doing more and more research and I kept coming back to Baby Lock. I have been the proud owner of a Baby Lock Quilter’s Choice since the mid-2000s and I’ve used other Baby Lock models in sewing classes at the Snap conference.

How to Make a Fabric Basket class | Snap! conference 2016 wrap up on Underground Crafter
Some Baby Lock goodies from a class I took at Snap!

I love my Quilter’s Choice, but I bought it when I lived alone in a larger apartment and had a quilting table set up. Once I moved in with MC, the machine was used less and less because I just didn’t have the space to set it up. I do most of my sewing outside of my apartment now, and the Quilter’s Choice was far too heavy to be truly portable for someone like me who relies on public transportation. And, thus, I sewed less and less each year.

Baby Lock Jubilant review by Underground Crafter - Whether you’re looking for a portable sewing machine to take to classes or craft nights, or a small but full-featured machine that doesn’t take up too much space at home, or a sturdy, yet affordable sewing machine, you’ll find something to love about the Baby Lock Jubilant. - Jubilant with thread and presser feet

I reached out to Baby Lock in the fall and they agreed to provide me with the Jubilant, several quilting accessories, and plenty of Madeira thread if I would write an honest review and share several sewing posts during the year. You can see all my sewing posts where I used the Jubilant here. In case you’re wondering, my Quilter’s Choice has found a new home as my mom’s sewing machine. It still works great!

About the Jubilant

It turns out that the Jubilant is quite literally the “perfect” machine for me, according to Baby Lock’s Match Maker.

Baby Lock Jubilant review by Underground Crafter - Whether you’re looking for a portable sewing machine to take to classes or craft nights, or a small but full-featured machine that doesn’t take up too much space at home, or a sturdy, yet affordable sewing machine, you’ll find something to love about the Baby Lock Jubilant. - Match-Maker screen shot

You can take the quiz to find your perfect Baby Lock here. The Jubilant is one of seven machines in Baby Lock’s Genuine Collection. This collection includes affordable machines, portable machines, and beginner-friendly machines. You can see them in action in this short video from Baby Lock.

While all of Baby Lock’s machines are sold through local sewing machine dealers, most of the Genuine Collection machines (except for the Brilliant and the Accomplish) are also sold online through Nancy’s Notions and other retailers, like Sewing Machines Plus (and, yes, that is an affiliate link).

So what makes the Jubilant special? It’s very light weight at under 15 pounds/7 kg. The Genuine Collection machine tote is what I use to carry my Jubilant around. Here’s I am on the bus with my Jubilant.

Baby Lock Jubilant review by Underground Crafter - Whether you’re looking for a portable sewing machine to take to classes or craft nights, or a small but full-featured machine that doesn’t take up too much space at home, or a sturdy, yet affordable sewing machine, you’ll find something to love about the Baby Lock Jubilant. - Jubilant in tote

I can fit the machine in the tote comfortably on my lap. Inside of the tote, there’s enough room for my fabric (which is in the canvas tote bag), the manual, and a project book. The tote also has a large front pocket where I can keep my fabric scissors, thread, and other supplies like fabric markers.

You can watch my unboxing video to see what’s included in the Jubilant box and the other accessories I have, like the extension table and Quilting Foot Kit. Even though I just posted the video last week, it was actually filmed about four months ago (#becauselife). If you can’t see the video below, click here to watch it on YouTube.

In spite of its light weight, the Jubilant has a lot of features. Here are some of my favorites.

  • 80 built in stitches. While I will probably never use all 80, it does have my favorites including straight stitches in 3 different positions, 4 types of zig zag stitches, and 4 types of overcasting stitches (like the one I used for the Simple Stamped Napkins). Some of the stitches that I haven’t used yet but plan to try out soon are the hand-look quilting stitch, some of the 8 buttonhole stitches, and the decorative cross stitches and satin stitches.
Simple Stamped Napkins, free sewing pattern with Ann Butler ColorBox Crafter's ink and Unity Stamp Company stamps by Underground Crafter
  • Free arm capability and retractable feed dogs. I like that I have the free arm if I want to work on sewing sleeve cuffs or hems (yes, I do aspire to one day sew garments!) and that I can lower the feed dogs if I want to do some free motion quilting. I can also add an extension table for quilting.
Baby Lock Jubilant review by Underground Crafter - Whether you’re looking for a portable sewing machine to take to classes or craft nights, or a small but full-featured machine that doesn’t take up too much space at home, or a sturdy, yet affordable sewing machine, you’ll find something to love about the Baby Lock Jubilant. - Jubilant with extension table
  • Built-in needle threader and lighting. My eyes are not what they were 20 or even 10 years ago. Having help threading the needle is the difference between sewing or not sewing for me. Having the light is great because even if the room I’m sewing in is dark, I can still get illumination around my stitching.
Baby Lock Jubilant review by Underground Crafter - Whether you’re looking for a portable sewing machine to take to classes or craft nights, or a small but full-featured machine that doesn’t take up too much space at home, or a sturdy, yet affordable sewing machine, you’ll find something to love about the Baby Lock Jubilant. - Jubilant with light
  • Start/Stop Button and Reverse Stitch Button: I’ve been so spoiled by Baby Lock machines for the past 10+ years that I didn’t realize all sewing machines don’t come with a Start/Stop Button until recently. If you’re new to a Start/Stop Button, it is amazing! Basically, you can use this button to control your machine instead of the foot pedal. It’s great if you having pets or young ones underfoot, or if your feet hurt, or if you want to make your Jubilant even lighter for your next trip. The Reverse Stitch Button is great for securing your stitches at the start and end of your project.
  • 7 included presser feet, plus many more available. The machine comes with 7 presser feet. I use the J zigzag foot the most. I also have the Baby Lock Quilting Foot Kit. You can see a complete list of compatible presser feet and accessories here.
  • Portability. It’s not just the light weight that makes the Jubilant portable. Other portability features are the handle; the measurements on the needle plate that help you see your seam allowance; the accessory compartment where you can store extra bobbins, seam ripper, presser feet, etc. when traveling; the built-in lighting that lets you sew even in lower light conditions; and the Start/Stop Button that lets you leave your foot pedal at home. The LCD screen also tells you which presser foot to use with a particular stitch so you don’t need to carry the manual with you.

Since every sewist is different, the Jubilant may have other features I haven’t mentioned that are perfect for you. You can read more about it on Baby Lock’s website.

So far, I haven’t come up against any problems with the Jubilant. I keep the manual in the tote and the troubleshooting section has covered every question I had. Baby Lock also has online classes that help you get to know your own machine and how to maintain it and understand its features.

Finding the Right Machine for You

I’ve been sewing for years, but when bought my first sewing machine back in 2005, I had no idea what I was looking for. I ordered several machines online and ended up having to return or resell them because they didn’t have the right features, were too hard to maintain, or were not in good shape. Now I know enough about my preferences to take a quiz, but how do you find out what’s right for you if you’re new to sewing?

One of the best ways to find your perfect machine is to talk with a sewing machine dealer. Dealers know A LOT about each machine they stock and they will ask you questions about how you plan to use the machine, your budget, and your preferences. Last week, I visited one of my local Baby Lock dealers, Pieceful Quilting.

Baby Lock Jubilant review by Underground Crafter - Whether you’re looking for a portable sewing machine to take to classes or craft nights, or a small but full-featured machine that doesn’t take up too much space at home, or a sturdy, yet affordable sewing machine, you’ll find something to love about the Baby Lock Jubilant. - Pieceful Quilting collage

Check out the Facebook Live I did in the shop and you can see what it’s like to speak with your local dealer. If you can’t see the video below, watch it here on Facebook.

Buying from a local dealer also connects you to the people who will help you maintain your machine. Most sewing machine dealers offer free classes or one-on-one lessons to help you get to know how to use your machine. And, many sewing machine dealers sell fabric, books, and notions, or offer sewing classes, or have fun events, or all three!

Baby Lock Jubilant review by Underground Crafter - Whether you’re looking for a portable sewing machine to take to classes or craft nights, or a small but full-featured machine that doesn’t take up too much space at home, or a sturdy, yet affordable sewing machine, you’ll find something to love about the Baby Lock Jubilant. - Pieceful Quilting collage
At Pieceful Quilting. Clockwise from top left: the Baby Lock demonstration area, cute notions, beautiful batik fabrics, books, quilt patterns that are local, and more fabric.

You can find your local dealer by clicking on the “Find a Retailer” button at the top of Baby Lock’s website.

What If I Don’t Have a Local Dealer?

Not everyone lives in a major metropolitan area with several local dealers to choose from like I do. As I mentioned before, five of the machines in Baby Lock’s Genuine Collection of affordable, portable, and beginner-friendly sewing machines (and a serger) are also sold online through Nancy’s Notions and other local sewing machine dealers, like Sewing Machines Plus. If you buy online from a dealer, be sure to email your questions or call and talk to them. They will give you plenty of recommendations and suggestions before you place your order online.

I hope this post has helped you to see why I think the Baby Lock Jubilant is the best portable sewing machine on the market today for sewists and quilters. If you have any questions about the Jubilant, ask me in the comments, via email, or on social media.