Hello Summer Tapestry Crochet Pillow Pattern by E’Claire Makery

Hello Summer Pillow, free tapestry crochet pattern by E'Claire Makery for Underground Crafter - handmade pillow with sun and words "hello summer" in tapestry crochet held in arms in front of greenery

Have you been loving all the modern tapestry crochet patterns? Then you’ll want to bust out your hook to get started on the Hello Summer Pillow! I’m so excited to share another beautiful pattern by guest contributor, Claire from E’Claire Makery. Bring a touch of summer inside with this modern, tapestry crochet pillow! (And, if you’re a tapestry crochet newbie, don’t worry. Claire’s got you covered with her Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet!)

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About E’Claire Makery

Claire Goodale is the owner, designer, and maker behind E’Claire Makery. When she’s not obsessing over yarn and coming up with patterns, you can find her out exploring, baking, watching superhero shows, and enjoying her newly married life with her husband Stephen. As a maker, her goal is to create patterns and tutorials, and share design and business tips to help give crocheters the confidence to create.

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Hello Summer Pillow

Tapestry Crochet Pattern by E’Claire Makery

Hello Summer Pillow, free tapestry crochet pattern by E'Claire Makery for Underground Crafter

Finished Dimensions

  • 15” x 15” (38 cm x 38 cm) square

Gauge

  • For front panel – 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm) square using half double crochets: 14 sts x 9 rows
  • For back panel – 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm) square using double crochets: 11 sts x 7 rows

Supplies

Hello Summer Pillow, free tapestry crochet pattern by E'Claire Makery for Underground Crafter - handmade pillow with sun and words "hello summer" in tapestry crochet held in arms in front of greenery

Stitches Used/Abbreviations

  • Ch = Chain
  • Dc = Double Crochet
  • Hdc = Half Double Crochet
  • RS = Right Side
  • WS = Wrong Side

Pattern Notes

  • This pattern is made using US crochet terminology.
  • The pattern involves color changes using tapestry crochet. Experience with color work is recommended, but if you’re a beginner to tapestry crochet than you can totally do it! If you’ve never done tapestry crochet before, I’ve created a beginner’s guide to tapestry crochet that shows you how to do it. See the written and photo tutorial at The Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet.
  • I recommend reading through the pattern completely before beginning just to make sure that you understand everything in the pattern.
  • Color changes happen are indicated by the color appearing in parentheses. See color graph in paid pdf for full picture of the color changes. Buy the paid pdf on Ravelry or Etsy.
  • Turn and ch 1 at the beginning of Rows 2-40 on front panel. Ch 1 does not count as a stitch.

Pattern Instructions

Hello Summer Pillow, free tapestry crochet pattern by E'Claire Makery for Underground Crafter - handmade pillow with sun and words "hello summer" in tapestry crochet held in arms in front of greenery

Front Panel

  • Ch 57, turn, skip 1 ch.
  • Row 1 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 56
  • Row 2 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 37, (Cream) hdc 19
  • Row 3 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 20, (Yellow) hdc 36
  • Row 4 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 24, (Cream) hdc 32
  • Row 5 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 29, (Yellow) hdc 27
  • Row 6 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 30, (Cream) hdc 26
  • Row 7 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 6, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 5, (Pink) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 9
  • Row 8 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 8, (Pink) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 6
  • Row 9 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 7, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 7, (Yellow) hdc 7
  • Row 10 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 7, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 7
  • Row 11 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 8, (Pink) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 7
  • Row 12 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 9, (Pink) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 1, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 1, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 7
  • Row 13 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 7, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 7, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 7, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 8
  • Row 14 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 8, (Pink) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 6
  • Row 15 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 6, (Pink) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 7
  • Row 16 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 7, (Pink) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 7
  • Row 17 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 24, (Yellow) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 7, (Yellow) hdc 7
  • Row 18 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 8, (Pink) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 22
  • Row 19 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 21, (Yellow) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 5, (Pink) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 9
  • Row 20 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 14, (Cream) hdc 6, (Yellow) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 21
  • Row 21 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 29, (Yellow) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 7, (Yellow) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 8
  • Row 22 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 7, (Cream) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 7, (Cream) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 28
  • Row 23 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 25, (Yellow) hdc 7, (Cream) hdc 6, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 7, (Yellow) hdc 7
  • Row 24 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 11
  • Row 25 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 10, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 3
  • Row 26 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 9
  • Row 27 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 9, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 2
  • Row 28 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 7, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 9
  • Row 29 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 9, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 7, (Cream) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 6, (Yellow) hdc 2
  • Row 30 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 6, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 9
  • Row 31 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 9, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 6, (Yellow) hdc 3
  • Row 32 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 6, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 5, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 10
  • Row 33 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 11, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 6, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 7, (Yellow) hdc 3
  • Row 34 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 8, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 35
  • Row 35 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 40, (Yellow) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 8, (Yellow) hdc 3
  • Row 36 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 9, (Yellow) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 39
  • Row 37 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 37, (Yellow) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 10, (Yellow) hdc 3
  • Row 38 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 52
  • Row 39 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 52, (Yellow) hdc 4
  • Row 40 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 52
Hello Summer Pillow, free tapestry crochet pattern by E'Claire Makery for Underground Crafter - handmade pillow with sun and words "hello summer" in tapestry crochet held in arms in front of greenery

Back Panel

  • Using the Red Heart Soft Essentials and Red Heart Unforgettable yarns held together (you can also hold two worsted weight yarns together if you aren’t using these two), begin Row 1.
  • Row 1: ch 46, starting in 3rd ch from hook dc 44
  • Row 2-27: ch 2, turn, dc 44
  • Fasten off and weave in ends.
Hello Summer Pillow, free tapestry crochet pattern by E'Claire Makery for Underground Crafter - multicolored crochet pillow held in hand in front of greenery

Assembly

  • Put two panels together right sides together, and sew them to each other. When you’re almost done, stuff pillow with stuffing and then finish closing up. If you are using a pillow form instead of stuffing, you can sew up the sides and the bottom, place the pillow form inside the pillowcase, and finishing by sewing up the top.
© 2019 by Claire Goodale (E’Claire Makery) 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 Claire’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/2019/07/22/hello-summer-tapestry-crochet-pillow-pattern-by-eclaire-makery/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

New Year, New Skill CAL Week 3: Tapestry Crochet

New Year, New Skill Crochet-a-Long with CAL Central - January 16 - March 6, 2017 - Week 3: Tapestry Crochet featuring patterns by Creative Threads by Leah, Rebeckah's Treasures, and The Yarn & Hook | Visit CAL Central on Facebook or Ravelry for more details

Tapestry crochet is such a fun way to experiment with colors! It’s our focus for Week 3 of the New Year, New Skill crochet-a-long. This week features three different tapestry crochet patterns. (If you’re just hearing about the CAL, you can find more details and a regularly updated schedule here.)

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Week 3: Tapestry Crochet

Tapestry crochet uses simple stitches to create multi-color projects. Tapestry crochet allows you to use multiple colors in the same row by crocheting over the unused color. You can learn more about tapestry crochet here and find a roundup featuring 15 free tapestry crochet patterns here.

How to join the New Year, New Skill CAL

  • Get the full schedule 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 #calcentralcrochet on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join our Facebook or Ravelry groups.
  • Each week, our featured designers will be available to answer questions in our groups and to share some of their other work with you.
  • By the end of the CAL you’ll have up to 26 beautiful projects and will have learned or mastered 7 different skills.


New Year, New Skill Week 3 Patterns

Choose one (or more) of these patterns to help you learn or master tapestry crochet!

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Interview with crochet designer, Kim from Lakeside Loops

Today, I’m sharing an interview with Kim from Lakeside Loops. Kim is an emerging crochet designer who specializes in tapestry crochet, along with a roundup of five of my favorite crochet patterns from her collection.

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You can find Kim online on the Lakeside Loops website, and on Etsy, Facebook, Instagram, and Ravelry (as LakesideLoops and on her designer page). Images are copyright Lakeside Loops and used with permission.

Interview with Lakeside Loops, crochet designer, on Underground Crafter
Kim from Lakeside Loops.

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

Kim: My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was about 10 years old.  I hadn’t crocheted for a many years when I suddenly found myself on bed rest while pregnant with my first daughter and needed something to keep me busy.  I found my grandmothers old hooks and my husband bought me some yarn . . Three baby blankets later, I was ‘hooked’ again.

Cooper Chevron Cowl, crochet pattern by Lakeside Loops for sale on Ravelry and Etsy.
Cooper Chevron Cowl, tapestry crochet pattern for sale on Etsy.

UC: What inspired you to start designing?

Kim: I have always created my own crochet patterns, but it wasn’t until I was home caring for our two wonderful daughters full time that I had the motivation to finally try and sell my designs.  My family inspires me to not only create pieces but to try and earn from those designs.

I was very nervous to launch my first pattern (what if no one was interested, what if I made a mistake, etc.), but a few months and 350+ combined Etsy & Ravelry sales later, I love what I’m doing.  It’s become my passion and I feel so blessed to be providing for my family in a small way from this.

Dylan Deer Silhouette by Lakeside Loops, tapestry crochet pattern for sale on Etsy
Dylan Deer Silhouette, tapestry crochet pattern for sale on Etsy.

UC: Many of your patterns use the tapestry crochet technique. How were you introduced to tapestry crochet, and what do you enjoy about designing with it?

Kim: My grandmother taught me how to change colors when crocheting.  I am inspired by knit designs that have silhouettes/patterns in them.  My first tapestry crochet piece was the Dylan Deer Silhouette Hat; I must have tried 20 or more versions of that pattern before I got the silhouette just right (or right to me anyway) and it was so satisfying.

Crochet Hats and Wraps for Baby

Tapestry crochet opens up a whole new world of design for me . . Suddenly it’s not just about shape but also pattern (chevron, polka dots, silhouettes, etc.).

Carter Cable Cowl, crochet pattern by Lakeside Loops for sale on Ravelry and Etsy.
Carter Cable Crochet Cowl pattern for sale on Etsy.

UC: What are your favorite projects to design?

Kim: Obviously I love designing pieces for my girls.  They get so excited when I make them a new hat or scarf.  I’m also really inspired by knit pieces . . . I love trying to make crochet pieces that typically would only be possible to create with knitting needles (cables, silhouettes, etc).

Camdyn Cable Cowl, crochet pattern by Lakeside Loops for sale on Ravelry and Etsy.
Camdyn Cable Cowl, crochet pattern for sale on Etsy.

UC: In a little over 9 months, your Etsy shop has had more than 250 sales. What tips for success can you share for designers considering opening an Etsy shop?

Kim: I am so very grateful for the sales I’ve had so far.  I did a lot or research before listing my first pattern and the best tip I found was to use high quality pictures that really showcase your work from various angles.  Social media has also played a huge role in my success so far. I have been fortunate enough to make a lot of friends on Instagram (@LakesideLoops has 2500+ followers), and I’m working on connecting on Facebook and other social media channels as well.  Having friends/followers means that when I post a new pattern I can get the word out to potential buyers right away . . I don’t have to wait for them to stumble upon my design on Etsy.  I am also grateful for the wonderful reviews, reposts, and kind shares Lakeside Loops has had.  It obviously helps build confidence for potential buyers when they see others have liked my crochet patterns.

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

Kim:  I’m ashamed to say I only own one crochet book: Itty Bitty Animals by Sheila Leslie. It has designs for small stuffed animals.  My girls have a whole collection of little creatures now.  I do enjoy buying patterns from other designers on Etsy, though.

Aspen Animal Leg Warmers/Boot Cuffs, crochet pattern by Lakeside Loops for sale on Etsy.
Aspen Animal Leg Warmers/Boot Cuffs, tapestry crochet pattern for sale on Etsy.

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

Kim: Instagram is a favorite of mine, I follow a lot of wonderful artists and up and coming shops that inspire me.  Etsy and Ravelry have also been great places to connect with other designers and crocheters.

UC: What are your plans for future designs? 

Kim: I will have crochet patterns for more leg warmers, scarfs, head warmers, and mittens listed very soon.  I am also planning crochet patterns for modern household and children’s pieces (like pillows, ottomans, place-mats, and rugs) for Spring.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story, Kim!

Book Review and Giveaway: Tapestry Crochet by Renate Kirkpatrick

Underground Crafter Crochet Specialty of the Month Tapestry February 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.

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Today, I’m excited to share a review of Australian crochet designer and teacher Renate Kirkpatrick‘s Tapestry Crochet: 64 Playful Patterns for Children (Milner Craft Series) as well as a giveaway for a copy of the book, courtesy of Sterling Publishing.

Tapestry Crochet by Renate Kirkpatrick

I’m a big fan of Renate’s work. I had the pleasure of interviewing her back in 2011 here, and I’ve also included her Crochet Techniques (Milner Craft Series) on my list of Must-Have Beginner Crochet Books. So it’s perhaps no surprise that I also enjoyed Tapestry Crochet.

Renate’s purpose with this booklet is to introduce her readers (and students) to a new technique through a sampler rug (that’s a blanket to U.S. readers). She opens the booklet by describing 3 different crochet colorwork techniques – intarsia, tapestry, and jacquard. Interestingly, she describes jacquard as what we call tapestry crochet in the States – where the unused color is worked over.

Renate then shares an 5-page Crochet Fundamentals section which includes tips for changing colors, maintaining tension with frequent color changes, reading grids, finishing, and blocking. A 6-page How to Work the Squares section includes general instructions for the squares and edging, tips for joining, and illustrated instructions for double crochet (U.S. single crochet) and crab stitch.

The rest of the booklet includes 64 full-color charts for squares. Each chart also includes a photograph of the finished square. Renate includes a handful of numbers and letters (1, 2, 3, and A, B, C), but most of the charts are more detailed graphics including signs, people, transportation, food, household items, and animals. Most charts include multiple colors. Each chart includes a full count of rows and stitches, directional arrows to remind you of how to read the chart for alternating rows, and numbered counts for each group of colors within a row – basically, everything you need to keep track of your color changes ;).

This is a great booklet for a crocheter interested in trying out color changes using tapestry crochet or other colorwork methods. It’s also a great book for a crocheter who enjoys making blankets or gifts for children, since the patterns come together to make a great baby blanket. Because each square includes the same number of stitches, the squares are easy to mix and match with each other, or with your own designs.

The booklet is shorter than some of Renate’s previous books, and it doesn’t include as much detail. However, since tapestry crochet (and other methods of changing colors using single crochet stitches) is much more straightforward than the topics covered in her other books, I think the length is appropriate. As with other (mostly) pattern books, your enjoyment will be increased if you like the included patterns. Unfortunately, the square patterns are not listed on Renate’s Ravelry page, but she does share images of 24 of the squares on her website here.

I would recommend this booklet to a beginner crocheter who wants to start experimenting with color, or a more advanced crocheter who enjoys tapestry crochet and/or making blankets.

I’m pleased to offer a giveaway for a copy of Tapestry Crochet: 64 Playful Patterns for Children (Milner Craft Series) today, courtesy of Sterling Publishing. The giveaway is open to U.S. readers only. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 for your chance to win.

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Interview with crochet designer, Liz McQueen, from Playin’ Hooky Designs

Underground Crafter Crochet Specialty of the Month Tapestry February 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.

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Today, I’m sharing an interview with Liz McQueen, the crochet designer from Playin’ Hooky Designs. Liz focuses on hats for an active lifestyle, and she also has a series of graphed tapestry crochet designs. I thought she’d be a great person to interview about tapestry crochet! I also included a roundup of five of my favorite patterns from Liz’s collection.

You can find Liz online on the Playin’ Hooky Designs website and blog, on CraftsyEtsy, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Ravelry (as PlayinHooky and on her designer page), and Twitter. You can sign up for her newsletter here. All images are copyright Liz McQueen and used with permission.

Interview with crochet designer Liz McQueen with pattern roundup on Underground Crafter
Liz McQueen, owner of Playin’ Hooky Designs.

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

Liz: My sister-in-law introduced me to crochet during Thanksgiving break, 2006. I was pregnant with my oldest daughter and doing my best to avoid scraping the sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce off all the dirty dishes.

Technically she taught me to knit first but my mind wouldn’t wrap around the whole “two needles” thing. So I picked up one of her hooks. I mastered a few basic stitches and literally didn’t put down my little yellow swatch for the rest of the weekend.

Offshore Beanie Liz McQueen
Offshore Beanie, for sale on Etsy.

UC: What inspired you to start designing?

Liz: When I first started, I stuck to flat things, scarves and blankets mostly. But I got bored. I latched onto hats pretty early. They’re versatile, fun, and most importantly (for those of us with kids) they don’t take a month to finish! Within the year I was designing my own patterns. Originally I started making and selling hats for babies and kids. I came to realize there was a gap in the market for fun, ski-inspired beanies for grown-ups and kids. I knew I could have a LOT of fun, and it turns out I was right!

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I wanted to create a brand that would stand out. The name “Playin’ Hooky Designs” came to me as I was playing around with crochet-type words (for you non-yarnies, crocheters use one hook, while knitters use two needles). As soon as I said it to myself I knew it was perfect. The skull and cross hooks followed as a way to represent my exciting, edgy style.

Snowflake Color Grid Hat Liz McQueen
Snowflake Color Grid, a charted pattern for sale to use with the Graph Beanie pattern.

UC: Several of your hat designs are graphed and use the tapestry crochet technique. How were you introduced to graphs and tapestry crochet, and why did you start designing with these methods?

Liz: I’ve always had fun playing with color and different texture. My first tapestry crochet endeavor was my Old School Beanie. But I’ve fallen in love with it through my Graph Beanie. Kimberly Ragsdale from Oikos Handmade and I teamed up to write the pattern and then separately create our own color graphs for every occasion. I love being able to create a new graph for a totally different look to the hat. I’ve also played with using tapestry crochet on my Playin’ Hooky Discs (Frisbees).

Playin Hooky Disc Liz McQueen
Playin Hooky Disc, a for sale crochet frisbee pattern.

UC: Most of your designs are for hats. What do you enjoy about designing hats?

Liz: It all comes down to attention span, haha. My first real project was a baby blanket for my daughter. Finishing it made me realize that I have a bad case of crochet ADD. I like too many different textures and colors to spend more than a day or two on a single item. I’m also too organized (some call it OCD) to have more than one WIP at a time. So I stick to my hats, headbands, and the occasional cowl. And as much as I hate to admit it, I actually really like figuring out the math of patterns in the round.

Old School Beanie Liz McQueen
Old School Beanie, for sale on Etsy.

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

Liz: My favorite books are Stitch ‘N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller – the one that made me fall in love with crochet – and Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain – something I love seeing and wish I had more time to do.

Along Came a Spider Beanie Liz McQueen
Along Came a Spider Beanie, a for sale crochet pattern.

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

Liz: I have a few that stand out like Moogly and Repeat Crafter Me, but mostly I’d rather cruise on Pinterest and find individual projects or ideas that I love.

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your story with us, Liz!