Indie Design Gift-a-Long 2014: Crochet Hat Roundup

I’m continuing my series of roundups highlighting designs from the Indie Design Gift-a-Long, an awesome virtual event on Ravelry happening through December 31, 2014. This event includes tons of knit-and crochet-a-longs, (along with some amazing prizes and chatter) along with a great sale (that ends Friday).

So far, I shared three roundups of some of my favorite crochet designs in the Gift-a-Long sale bundles: 9 patterns for men12 crochet lace patterns, and 9 neckwarmers. (You can find even more great patterns on the Pinterest board I set up of all the crochet patterns on sale.) Each of these patterns is 25% off through Friday, November 21, 2014 with coupon code giftalong2014.

Today, I’m sharing a roundup of 10 of my favorite Gift-a-Long crochet patterns for hats. Unless otherwise noted, images are copyright the designers.

Links to the pattern and designer pages are below, listed from left to right.

Top row: Cinnamon Sticks Hat by Lindsey Stephens, Granny Stitch Hat by Corley Groves, Library Window Watchcap by Christine Guest.

Second row: Textured Tam by Leslie Rueff, A Flower for Annabelle by Elisha Cram, Acacia Cloche/Beanie by Sarah Jane.

Third row: Daisy Hat by Akua Lezli Hope, Big Kahuna by Darleen Hopkins, La Villa Lace Brim Slouch Hat by Betty Fay Wallace.

Bottom row: Bus Stop Hat by Sonja Otto, Duomo Cap by Beth Graham, La Mar Hat by Yuliya Tkacheva.

I also have three crochet hats in my Gift-a-Long sale bundle, the Ruth Cloche, the Weekend in the Alps Hat, and the Twisted Cable Hat.

Have you found any great patterns or new-to-you designers through the Indie Design Gift-a-Long?

I’m participating in BlogHer’s National Blog Post Month (also known as NaBloPoMo) by blogging daily through November, 2014.

New crochet patterns in Dream in Color yarns!

I love Dream in Color! Ok, now that I’ve gotten that statement out of the way, let me tell you about two crochet patterns I’ve just released featuring two different Dream in Color yarns.

Both patterns continue the series of designs I’ve been working on that are influenced by the pioneering women of flight. The first one is the Ruth Cloche in Dream in Color Classy.

Ruth Cloche, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter.Classy is one of my favorite yarns (and has been since 2011, according to this blog post). It’s a soft superwash Merino wool yarn and it’s what I consider a true worsted (medium weight) yarn in that it isn’t too thin or too bulky. And, like all the yarns from Dream in Color, it’s beautifully hand dyed and washes well.

This design was influenced by Ruth Elder, who was both an aviatrix and a film actress. She had a great sense of style and I was completely draw to this series of photographs of her from 1928, including the one below where she’s sporting a cloche. (You can find more great pictures of her on my Ruth Elder Pinterest board.)

Ruth Elder, pioneering aviatrix and film actress, on Underground Crafter blog
Ruth Elder at the State House, Boston. Image via Boston Public Library’s Flickr stream. Photographer: Leslie Jones.

My friend, Carlota Zimmerman from the Creativity Yenta, seemed to channel her inner Flapper in these pictures.

Ruth Cloche, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter.
And the great sign at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodome really draws out the colorway (Visual Purple) of the yarn.

The Ruth Cloche has a subtle stitch pattern which adds some textural interest while letting the stunning hand dyed Dream in Color Classy shine! It’s now available for sale on Ravelry here. Dream in Color shared it on their Facebook page here.

The next pattern is inspired by Louise Thaden, who I talk more about in this post.

Thaden's Asymmetrical Shawl, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground CrafterThe Thaden’s Asymmetrical Shawl is crocheted with one skein of Jilly Lace in Wineberry. When I first contacted Dream in Color about the design, they recommended that I use Jilly Lace, which was new on the market at the time so I had never tried it before.

Thaden's Asymmentrical Shawl crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground CrafterI’m so glad they suggested this yarn! Jilly Lace is a beautiful, superwash Merino wool lace weight yarn. Unlike some lace weight yarns I’ve worked with, it winds into a cake really easily from the hank. It’s got a great drape and, of course, like all Dream in Color yarns, the dyeing is just stunning.

Thaden's Asymmetrical Shawl crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground CrafterThis shawl has a scalene triangle shape and an asymmetrical border. I featured a simple stitch pattern that includes eyelets and crossed stitches for an interesting texture that doesn’t distract from the colorway. You can buy Thaden’s Asymmetrical Shawl on Ravelry here. Dream in Color featured it on their Facebook page here.

Both patterns are one-skein projects, so if you’ve been considering trying out Dream in Color Classy or Jilly Lace, these are great projects to test out the yarn with! Enjoy.



I’m participating in BlogHer’s National Blog Post Month (also known as NaBloPoMo) by blogging daily through November, 2014.