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

I’ve been highlighting some designs from the Indie Design Gift-a-Long, an awesome virtual event on Ravelry that celebrates patterns by indie designers with a sale, knit- and crochet-a-longs, and tons of prizes and chat.

Yesterday, I shared a roundup of my favorite 9 crochet patterns for men in the Gift-a-Long, along with a link to the Pinterest board I set up of all the crochet patterns on sale. Each of these patterns is 25% off through November 21 with coupon code giftalong2014.

Today, I’m sharing a roundup of 12 of my favorite Gift-a-Long patterns that feature crochet lace. Unless otherwise noted, images are copyright the designers.

You can find direct links to the designers and patterns below (listed from left to right).

Top row: Allegro Wrap by Melinda MillerFilet à Papillons Shawl by Lindsey Stephens, Walden by Sara Peterson.

Second row: Phosphene by Marnie MacLean, Autumnal Cowl by Loraine Birchall, The Secret Garden by Lily Go.

Third row: Soft as Butter by Sarah Jane, Ink Ripples by Elena Fedetova, Bridges Wrap and Scarf by Akua Lezli Hope.

Bottom row: Reserved Seating Wrap by Janet Brani, Stitch Sampler Cowl by Beth Graham, and Nacogdoches Night Scarf by Betty Fay Wallace.

Self-promo alert: I have two patterns including lace, Thaden’s Asymmetrical Shawl and Visit to the Kantcentrum, in my Gift-a-Long sale bundle.

If you’re looking for more great crochet lace patterns, check out my Crochet Lace Pinterest board.

Follow Underground Crafter’s board Crochet Lace on Pinterest.

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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.

 

NaBloPoMo

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