Chunky Knit Cowl Pattern: Rustic Hooded Cowl

Free knitting pattern: Rustic Hooded Cowl in Lion Brand Mandala Thick & Quick yarn by Underground Crafter | woman wearing textured, hooded cowl looking to the left

The Rustic Hooded Cowl is a textured, chunky knit cowl pattern that you can knit seamlessly in the round, or knit flat on straight needles and then seam. It’s a versatile, unisex hooded cowl that works up quickly in a super bulky, self-striping yarn that does the colorwork for you. The simple, textured stitch pattern is perfect for beginners, or for more advanced knitters looking for a project to work on while distracted.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Yarn for the sample was generously provided by Lion Brand. Camera and vinyl backdrop were generously provided by B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio.

Free knitting pattern: Rustic Hooded Cowl in Lion Brand Mandala Thick & Quick yarn by Underground Crafter | textured chunky knit cowl on faux brick background

I used a new-to-me yarn, Lion Brand Mandala Thick & Quick, for my version. It’s a soft, easy care, self-striping yarn that does the colorwork for you. This chunky knit accessory can be worn as a cowl…

Free knitting pattern: Rustic Hooded Cowl in Lion Brand Mandala Thick & Quick yarn by Underground Crafter | smiling woman wearing textured, hooded cowl

…or as a hooded cowl.

Free knitting pattern: Rustic Hooded Cowl in Lion Brand Mandala Thick & Quick yarn by Underground Crafter | smiling woman wearing textured, hooded cowl looking to the right

I used a simple, meditative stitch pattern. The pattern naturally rolls at the top and bottom edge because of the stockinette stitch. If you’d like to remove the roll, you can block your hooded cowl after you finish it.

Free knitting pattern: Rustic Hooded Cowl in Lion Brand Mandala Thick & Quick yarn by Underground Crafter | textured chunky knit cowl on faux brick background

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Rustic Hooded Cowl

Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter

Free knitting pattern: Rustic Hooded Cowl in Lion Brand Mandala Thick & Quick yarn by Underground Crafter | woman wearing textured, hooded cowl looking to the left

This versatile, unisex hooded cowl works up quickly in a super bulky, self-striping yarn that does the colorwork for you. The simple, textured stitch pattern is perfect for beginners, or for more advanced knitters looking for a project to work on while distracted. The chunky knit cowl pattern includes instructions for working seamlessly in the round and for knitting flat on straight needles and then seaming. This is the eleventh pattern in the Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL Corner.

Finished Size

  • Adult: 26” (66 cm) circumference x 15” (38 cm) height.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Mandala Thick & Quick yarn (100% acrylic, 5.3 oz/150 g, 87 yd/79 m) – 2 skeins in 203 Stairwell, or approximately 174 yd (158 m) in any super bulky weight yarn.
  • US 13/9 mm circular knitting needles, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
  • Yarn needle.
  • Stitch marker.

Gauge

  • 9 sts = 4” (10 cm) across in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BO – bind off
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • pm – place stitch marker
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • RS – right (front) side
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Instructions

Hooded Cowl – Knit flat on straight needles version

  • CO 61 sts, or any multiple of 5 sts, + 6 sts.
  • Row 1: (RS) K across.
  • Row 2: P across.
  • Rows 3-4: Rep Rows 1-2.
  • Row 5: *K1, p4; rep from * across to last st, k1.
  • Row 6: Rep Row 5.
  • Rep Rows 1-6 until hooded cowl measures approximately 15” (38 cm) long, or approximately desired height, ending after a repeat of Row 4.
  • BO in pattern for Row 1. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 24”/61 cm) for seaming.
  • Thread yarn needle with long yarn tail. Fold cowl with RS together. With yarn needle, seam closed with mattress stitch. If you’re new to the mattress stitch, you can find a photo tutorial here.
  • Continue on to Finishing.

Hooded Cowl – Knit in the round on circular needles version

  • CO 60 sts, or any multiple of 5 sts.
  • Set Up Row: (RS) K across, pm, being careful not to twist begin working in the round.
  • Rnd 1: K around.
  • Rnds 2-3: Rep Rnd 1 twice.
  • Rnd 4: *K1, p4; rep from * around.
  • Rnd 5: Rep Rnd 4.
  • Rnd 6: Rep Rnd 1.
  • Rep Rnds 1-6 until hooded cowl measures approximately 15” (38 cm) long, or approximately desired height, ending after a repeat of Rnd 3.
  • BO in pattern for Rnd 1. Fasten off.
  • Continue on to Finishing.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside (wrong side) of cowl.
  • If desired, spray or wet block to reduce curl on edges.
© 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/2019/05/23/knitting-pattern-rustic-hooded-cowl/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Maker Photo Month Instagram Challenge 2019

Maker Photo Month Instagram Challenge 2019 with Underground Crafter

Did you know that May is National Photography Month (and has been since 1987)? That’s ok, I didn’t know it either until just a few days ago! I’m going to take advantage of the timing of getting a new camera a few weeks ago and focus (pun intended) on building my craft photography skills during May. I’d love it if you’d join in with me!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This post is part of an ongoing collaboration with B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio, but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Materials in this post were provided by Baby Lock, B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio, Fully Spun, and Pastiche Accessories.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you may have seen several Stories about a collaboration I’m doing with B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio. B&H is a business just about a mile and half away from my apartment, and they also happen to be one of the largest retailers of photography and video (and audio) equipment in the United States. Though they ship around the world, to me B&H is a local business that I’ve known about for all of my life.

Maker Photo Month Instagram Challenge 2019 with Underground Crafter - Marie with shipment from B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio

I’m super excited to be collaborating with them because I’m always trying to improve my photography so I can show even better pictures of my projects and make video tutorials that people can hear and enjoy. One of the highlights of this amazing pile of equipment B&H sent me is the Sony Alpha a6000, a mirrorless camera.

If you’ve never used a mirrorless camera before, don’t worry! None of the 99 people who responded to my Instagram Story quiz had ever used one before, either.

Maker Photo Month Instagram Challenge 2019 with Underground Crafter - Instagram Story Sony Alpha a6000 mirrorless camera question collage

This video by Sony is pretty helpful in explaining the difference between mirrorless cameras and DSLRs, if you’d like to nerd out on photography stuff along with me.

Since I have a new camera and I’ll need to take actual photos to test out all of its features and settings, I thought it might be a good time for another Instagram Challenge.

Maker Photo Month Instagram Challenge 2019 with Underground Crafter - Sony Alpha a6000 and pretty yarn stuff

What is the Maker Photo Month Instagram Challenge?

Every day in May, 2019, celebrate your love of making along with National Photography Month by following a photo prompt for Instagram. All crafts are welcome! You can see all 31 prompts in the image at the top of this post if you want to get a head start.

How Can I Join In?

To join in, share a picture on Instagram that was inspired by the prompt for that day using the hashtag #MakerPhotoMonth. So, for example, share an “About me” picture on May 1 and a “Close up” picture on May 4. This is a fun challenge where we can (virtually) meet other makers, get comfortable with our cameras (including phone and tablet cameras), and show off our crafty creations, so please don’t stress too much about getting everything “perfect” — I know my pictures won’t be perfect, either. Also, remember that you can always write in your note on Instagram to share how your picture relates to the prompt. You can participate for one day, a few days, or every day in the month.

It would be awesome if you could follow meon Instagram, too. You can also follow the #MakerPhotoMonth hashtag here to keep up with all the pictures everyone is posting.

What If I’m Not on Instagram?

I got a late start on Instagram, too. It’s fun and I’d love to see you there! But if Instagram’s not for you for whatever reason, you can still join along on your blog or social media platform of choice.

31 Free Quilt-Inspired Crochet and Knitting Patterns

31 Free Quilt-Inspired Crochet and Knitting Patterns via Underground Crafter

I love the look of quilting and I know that many crocheters and knitters do, too. If you’d like to mimic your favorite patchwork and quilted looks in your next crochet or knitting project, then you’ll find something to love in this roundup of 31 free quilt-inspired crochet and knitting patterns, including 23 free crochet patterns and 8 free knitting patterns.

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31 Free Quilt-Inspired Crochet and Knitting Patterns

Roundup by Underground Crafter

31 Free Quilt-Inspired Crochet and Knitting Patterns via Underground Crafter

23 Free Crochet Patterns

These patterns include blankets (of course!), wall hangings, and pillows.

31 Free Quilt-Inspired Crochet and Knitting Patterns via Underground Crafter - crochet pattern collage

Left column, from top to bottom:

Second column, from top to bottom:

Center column, from top to bottom:

Fourth column, from top to bottom:

You can find several patterns on AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns that are designed to look like classic quilt blocks, including:

Right column, from top to bottom:

And…

8 Free Knitting Patterns

I didn’t forget the knitters! These patterns are shown clockwise from top left.C

31 Free Quilt-Inspired Crochet and Knitting Patterns via Underground Crafter - knitting pattern collage

Looking for more crochet and knitting inspiration? Follow my Crochet and Knit Blankets board on Pinterest!

Knitting Pattern: Garter Ridge Headband

Garter Ridge Headband, free knitting pattern in Lion Brand Stitchbird yarn by Underground Crafter

The Garter Ridge Headband combines a simple, textured stitch to allow the color-changing, netted yarn to shine. This is the eighth pattern in the Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL Corner and it works up quickly to make a great last-minute gift, or even a last-minute earwarmer for a cold snap.

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 Lion Brand and Clover USA.

The weather has been warming up in New York City, but it is still dipping regularly below 40 degrees. I don’t quite feel that a hat is necessary, but some nights after work, I still want to cover my ears.

Garter Ridge Headband, free knitting pattern in Lion Brand Stitchbird yarn by Underground Crafter on smiling woman

Recently, I got the chance to try a new-to-me yarn, Lion Brand Stitchbird. It has a black netting over the fiber which is light and airy, like roving. The yarn changes color in unexpected ways. I really enjoyed working with it, but I knew that a complicated stitch pattern would get “lost” in the yarn…

Garter Ridge Headband, free knitting pattern in Lion Brand Stitchbird yarn by Underground Crafter on smiling woman

I decided to use one of my favorite classic stitch patterns, the garter ridge. (I’ve previously used it in a square in the Anthology Blanket here, and in the Garter Ridge Dishcloth here.)

I used my Clover Takumi Bamboo Circular needles for this project because they are gentle on my hands. In the winter months and in transitional weather, metal needles are not as comfortable for me.

Garter Ridge Headband, free knitting pattern in Lion Brand Stitchbird yarn by Underground Crafter in progress on Clover Takumi bamboo knitting needles

If you’re just hearing about the Finishing Touches Knit Along, you can get all the details including the schedule and how to win prizes from Lion Brand, Clover USA, and Search Press North America in this blog post.

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  • You can join in by knitting the patterns as you have time.
  • By the end of the KAL, you’ll have up to 24 knitted projects. You’ll also have the chance to win great prizes!
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If you make your own Garter Ridge Headband, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Garter Ridge Headband

Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter

Garter Ridge Headband, free knitting pattern in Lion Brand Stitchbird yarn by Underground Crafter

This headband works up quickly in a bulky yarn. A simple, textured stitch pattern allows a special yarn to shine. This is the eighth pattern in the Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL Corner.

Finished Size

  • Adult: 20” (51 cm) headband circumference x 3” (7.5 cm) height. See Pattern Notes for instructions for customizing size.

Materials

Gauge

  • 11 sts = 3” (7.5 cm) across in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BO – bind off
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • rep – repeat
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sl – slip stitch knitwise
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • A video tutorial for this stitch pattern is available at the end of this pattern.
  • A tutorial for seaming with the mattress stitch is available here.
  • To customize this headband pattern to a different finished size:
    • The cast on stitches will determine the height of the headband. Adjust your cast on stitches in multiples of 4 sts, + 3 sts so that it is as wide as you want your headband to be.
    • The length will determine the circumference of the headband. I recommend 1” – 2” (2.5 cm – 5 cm) of negative ease for headbands. This means that the headband will measure 1” – 2” (2.5 cm – 5 cm) smaller than the circumference of the head you want it to fit.
    • If you want to make the headband for someone whose head you can’t measure, my preferred hat sizing chart is this one from Top Toppers. Remember that this lists head circumference, not headband circumference.

Pattern Instructions

Headband

  • CO 11 sts, or any multiple of 4 sts, + 3 sts.
  • Row 1: (RS) Sl 1, *p1, k3; rep from * across to last 2 sts, p2.
  • Row 2: Sl 1, k1, *p3, k1; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 3: Rep Row 1.
  • Row 4: Sl 1, k to last st, p1.
  • Rep Rows 1-4 until headband measures approximately 20” (51 cm) long, or approximately the desired finished headband circumference, ending after a repeat for Row 3.
  • BO in pattern for Row 4. Fasten off with a long yarn tail for seaming, approximately 12” (30.5 cm) long.

Assembly and Finishing

  • Thread yarn needle with long yarn tail. With wrong (back) sides facing, seam short edges together using the mattress stitch (see Pattern Notes).
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside of headband.
© 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/2019/04/11/knitting-pattern-garter-ridge-headband/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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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