Free pattern: Serape Shawl

Serape Shawl, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter. This beginner-friendly rectangular shawl is perfect for keeping warm and makes a great prayer/comfort shawl, too. Wearing the Serape Shawl is like wrapping yourself up in a great big hug. (Can you tell I’m smiling underneath it?)

This post contains affiliate links. Yarn for the sample was generously provided by WEBS/Valley Yarns.

If you like simple projects – some might call it “mindless” crochet – or, if you’re a beginner looking for your first “big” project, then the Serape Shawl is perfect for you.

The sample is made with Valley Yarns Charlemont, a lusciously soft blend of superwash Merino wool, mulberry silk, and polyamide. This yarn has phenomenal drape, but so does the stitch pattern.

This shawl is very long and wide, so it’s perfect for a prayer or comfort shawl.

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Serape Shawl

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 501_superfineThe special stitch creates an interesting texture and a gentle drape for this rectangular shawl.

 

Finished Size

  • 70” (178 cm) long x 13.5” (34.5 cm) wide before blocking

Materials

  • Valley Yarns Charlemont (60% Merino/20% polyamide, 20% silk, 3.5 oz/100 g, 439 yd/401.5 m) – 3 skeins Purple Passion (CA), 1 skein Natural (CB), and 1 skein Burgundy (CC), or approximately 1,790 yd (1,637 m) in any sock weight yarn.
  • US F-5/3.75 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 26 sts x 11 rows in pattern = 4” (10 cm) when pinned flat but not blocked. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

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Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • ch – chain
  • cv-st – crossed v-stitch – Sk 2 sts, dc in next st, ch 1, dc in first of skipped sts working over last dc. (Uses 3 sts)
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • t-ch – turning chain
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Instructions

Shawl

  • With CA, ch 434 (or any multiple of 4 sts, + 1 st).
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1, sc in next st and in ea st across. (433 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), *cv-st, dc in next st; rep from * across.
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 3, dc in same st, sk 1, *dc in next ch-1 sp, cv-st; rep from * to last 3 sts, dc in ch-1 sp, sk 1, 2 dc in t-ch.
  • Row 4: Turn, ch 3, *cv-st,** dc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * across, ending last rep at ** with 1 st remaining, dc in t-ch.
  • Rows 5-10: Rep Rows 3-4 3 times.
  • Row 11: Rep Row 3, changing to CB in final yo of last st. Fasten off CA.
  • Row 12: Rep Row 4.
  • Row 13: Rep Row 3, changing to CC in final yo of last st. Fasten off CB.
  • Row 14: Rep Row 4.
  • Rows 15-16: Rep Rows 3-4.
  • Row 17: Rep Row 3.
  • Row 18: Rep Row 4, changing to CB in final yo of last st. Fasten off CC.
  • Row 19: Rep Row 3.
  • Row 20: Rep Row 4, changing to CA in final yo of last st. Fasten off CB.
  • Row 21: Rep Row 3.
  • Row 22: Rep Row 4, changing to CB in final yo of last st. Fasten off CA.

Hooded Scarves to Crochet

  • Row 23: Rep Row 3.
  • Row 24: Rep Row 4, changing to CC in final yo of last st. Fasten off CB.
  • Rows 25-28: Rep Rows 3-4 twice.
  • Row 29: Rep Row 3, changing to CB in final yo of last st. Fasten off CC.
  • Row 30: Rep Row 4.
  • Row 31: Rep Row 3, changing to CA in final yo of last st. Fasten off CB.
  • Row 32: Rep Row 4.
  • Rows 33-40: Rep Rows 3-4 4 times.
  • Row 41: Rep Row 3.
  • Row 42: Turn, ch 1, sc in ea st and ch-1 sp across. Fasten off CA.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends. Spray block if necessary.
© 2014, 2016 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: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2016/02/02/free-pattern-serape-shawl/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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Crochet Pattern: Cupcake Hat in 3 sizes (crochet version)

Cupcake Hat, free #crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter in newborn, infant, and toddler sizes.Earlier this year, I shared the free knitting pattern for the Cupcake Hat.

Cupcake Hat (#crochet at left, #knitting at right), free patterns by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter.
Cupcake Hat, free pattern. Crochet version at left; knitting version at right.

Since then, I’ve had requests for the crochet version, and here it is!

This post contains affiliate links. Yarn for the sample was generously provided by Valley Yarns.

You can change the “flavors” of the cupcake by switching up the yarn colors. Color A is the “cake” and Color B is the “frosting.”

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Cupcake Hat

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

03-intermediateUS terms 504-medium 50This cute hat makes the perfect gift for a little girl.

 

Finished Sizes

  • Newborn (Infant, Toddler).
    • Newborn: 14″ circumference, 5” height.
    • Infant: 16” circumference, 6” height.
    • Toddler: 18” circumference, 7” height.

Materials

  • Valley Yarn Valley Superwash (1.75 oz/50 g/97 yds/89 m/100% superwash Merino wool) – 1 (1, 2) skeins each in 545 Brownie (CA) and 263 Misty Lilac (CB), or approximately 97 yds/89 m (97 yds/89 m, 194 yds/178 m) in each of 2 colors in any machine washable medium weight yarn.
  • US Size H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.


Yarn

Gauge

  • Through Rnd 6 in pattern = 4” (10 cm). For best fit, always check your gauge.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • bob – bobble – *Yo, insert hook in st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops; rep from * in same st 5 more times, yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook.
  • BPdc – back post double crochet – Yo, insert hook from back around front to back of st in previous round, yo and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops) twice. Skip st behind BPdc. (A video tutorial for this stitch is available here.)
  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • FPdc – front post double crochet – Yo, insert hook from front around back to front of st in previous round, yo and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops) twice. Skip st behind FPdc. (A video tutorial for this stitch is available here.)
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Note

  • Hat is crocheted in the round from crown to brim.
  • CA is “cake” color and CB is “frosting” color.

Pattern Instructions

Hat

Shape “frosting” crown

  • Beginning at crown using CB, start with magic adjustable ring. (Oombawka Design Crochet has a great magic ring tutorial here.)
  • Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), 11 dc in ring, join with sl st to top of first ch 3, pull yarn tail tightly to close ring. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, starting in same st as join, *2 sc in same st, (sc, bob) in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 3: Ch 3, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around to last st, 2 dc in last st, join with sl st to top of first ch 3. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 4: Ch 1, starting in same st as join, *sc in next 2 sts, bob between same and next st, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (40 sts)
  • Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first ch 3. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 6: Ch 1, starting in same st as join, *2 sc in next st, bob in next st, sc in next 2 sts, bob in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (56 sts) NEWBORN SIZE ONLY: Continue on to Brim.
  • Rnd 7: Ch 3, dc in next 5 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 6 sts, 2 dc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first ch 3. (64 sts)
  • Rnd 8: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 2 sts, bob in next st, sc in next 3 sts, (bob, sc) in next st, *(sc in next 3 sts, bob in next st) twice, (bob, sc) in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (72 sts) INFANT SIZE ONLY: Continue on to Brim.
  • Rnd 9: Ch 3, dc in next 8 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 9 sts, 2 dc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first ch 3. (80 sts)
  • Rnd 10: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 3 sts, bob in next st, sc in next 4 sts, (bob, sc) in next st, *(sc in next 4 sts, bob in next st) twice, (bob, sc) in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (88 sts) TODDLER SIZE ONLY: Continue on to Brim.

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  • Rnd 1: Ch 3, dc in each st around, join with sl st to top of first ch 3.
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 4 sts, bob in next st, *sc in next 5 sts, bob in next st; rep from * around, join CA with sl st to first sc. Fasten off CB.
  • Rnd 3: Rep Rnd 1.
  • Rnd 4: *FPdc around next 2 sts, BPdc around next 2 sts; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first FPdc.
  • Rep Rnd 4 until hat measures approximately 5”/13 cm (6”/15 cm, 7”/18 cm) from beginning.
  • Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in same and in each st around, join with sl st to top of first sc. Fasten off.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in yarn tails on inside of hat.
© 2014, 2015 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: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2015/11/27/free-pattern-cupcake-hat-in-3-sizes-crochet-version. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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New crochet pattern: Serape Shawl

I’m wrapping up (pun intended) my series of new pattern releases today with the Serape Shawl crochet pattern. Updated: This pattern is now available free here.

Serape Shawl, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground CrafterThis jumbo rectangular shawl is perfect for snuggling under on a cold day. It’s crocheted with Valley Yarns Charlemont, a silky smooth blend of merino wool, mulberry silk, and polyamide.

Serape Shawl, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground CrafterThe finished shawl measures 70” (178 cm) long x 13.5” (34.5 cm) wide before blocking, and is made with one skein each in Natural and Burgundy, and two skeins of Purple Passion. As you can guess from the title, the shawl is inspired by Mexican serapes, long blanket-like shawls.

Serape Shawl, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground CrafterI loved the stitch pattern I crocheted this in – it definitely made the project move quickly, even though it was large.

You can find the Serape Shawl pattern here.

NaBloPoMo

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

Frantic Holiday Crafting Update

YOP3 sheep

On December 1, I set a goal of finishing a project every other day in December.  With just a few days to go, I’m happy to say that I did pretty well.

First off, I finished three secret for future publication.  (You can read vague details on my Ravelry project pages here, here, and here.)  I can’t show pictures of the finished projects, but I can share the yummy yarns that I used.

Yarn collage

All of these were new-to-me yarns, and I really enjoyed discovering each one!  On the left is Imperial Yarns Columbia, which is a great workhorse yarn, but with a bit more softness than you would expect for a sturdy, worsted weight, wool.  In the center is Rowan Big Wool, which has a delightful feel as well, and it works up very quickly since it’s a super bulky yarn.  And on the right is Valley Yarns Valley Superwash.  The colors in real life are much richer than what you see on the screen.

And then there are the projects I already shared on the blog, a crescent shawl I made for my sister with Mountain Colors Twizzle, which has stunning colors and a scrumptiously soft feel (thanks to the silk content); the plain, ribbed hat I knit for MC using Studio Donegal Soft Donegal; and the brimmed hat I crocheted for my friend using Patons Shetland Chunky.

I did manage two other finishes in December.  Both were inadequately photographed in the holiday rush.  The first was a lap blanket for my grandpa, crocheted with two strands of what Ravelry calls “vintage” Bernat Softee Chunky that I bought at the famous Smiley’s Manhattan yarn sale.

Grandpa lap blanket

I created an ombre effect by changing the strands I held together for each row.  I also made a little heart motif on some of the squares, since my grandpa just had a pacemaker installed.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to make new projects for my other relatives, so I dug through my collection to find some existing projects to gift.

Holiday gift Collage

I gave my grandma the original sample of my Pineapples for Everyone Shawl pattern, my uncle the hat I originally knit for MC (that was deemed “too fussy”), and my aunt a cowl I made as part of a CAL in January.

And then on Christmas Day, I did the last finishing touches (but forgot to photograph them) on the headband for my sister’s boyfriend.  It’s something he could wear to a football game in his current home (New Orleans) or in the new city he’ll be moving to after graduation (Houston).  Each side has a different flavor.

Geaux Saints I am a Texan

At this point, I’m averaging something closer to a finish every 3 days, which isn’t bad for the holiday season.  And, I’m on my way to (hopefully) finishing ten projects by the end of the month.

I have one more secret project to knit.  The yarn, HiKoo Simpliworsted, was a bit delayed in arriving and it looks lovely.

SimpliWorsted

And I received a fabulous gift from Kim Guzman (interviewed here) on Christmas Eve.  She sent me some of her famous apple butter (yum!) and packed the box with yarn (the now discontinued NaturallyCaron.com Country).  So with that, I started a baby blanket for my cousin (who, according to Facebook, may already be in labor).

Heart blanket thru 2013-12-27

This is a refinement of the pattern I made for my grandpa, where the hearts are a bit pointier and the squares are easier to join as you go.  The color that looks brown in the picture is actually a dark purple.

In other yarn related news, my sister gave me some yarn from her recent trip to Montenegro for Christmas.

Ana yarn

It’s now official that my yarn stash is better traveled than I am, since I also have skeins from Italy and Patagonia.

How did your holiday crafting go?

For more Year of Projects posts, visit this thread on Ravelry.

Frantic Holiday Crafting: Finish 3

It’s amazing how a little challenge can make your fingers fly.

Nice boring hat blog

This is a nice, boring hat for my special guy that I just finished.  I used the same yarn to make a slightly fancier hat a few weeks ago, but in using my secret knit testing tactic (asking him to “try on a hat” to see if it would fit someone else), I discovered it was too fancy for his tastes.  I knew the yarn, Studio Donegal Soft Donegal in Charcoal, would be perfect for him, though.

Grey days

I’ve been wearing “the fancy hat” though it’s a bit big on me, but I may give it to my uncle for Christmas.  After all, I’m less than 20 days away and with many unfinished gifts.

Since I set a challenge to myself last Sunday of finishing a holiday project every two days, I haven’t exactly met my goal.  But I have finished three projects.  (You can see the others here and here.) I feel like I’m on track, and, like most crocheters/knitters, I have a stash of finished items hanging around that can be gifted if necessary.

Some amazing yarn arrived in the mail on Friday for two upcoming designs that will be published in a magazine next year.

Imperial Yarn

I’m loving the feel of this Imperial Yarn Columbia 2-Ply.  I’ll be knitting up a secret project with it next.  One of the great joys of being a designer is having the opportunity to use all kinds of wonderful yarns that I wouldn’t usually have access to.  I’ve been wanting to try Imperial Yarn for a while and it isn’t disappointing.

Valley Yarns

I’ve also been eager to try Valley Yarns out.  Some of the students in one of my knitting classes took a field trip to WEBS in the summer, and I didn’t go because I’m trying to bust my stash.  Luckily, I get to sample the Valley Superwash now, so I don’t have to be too jealous!

I’m having some problems reading comments on my blog right now, but I’m hoping they are still coming through.  If I don’t respond to your comment, it hasn’t been fixed yet.

You can find links to more Year of Projects posts on Ravelry here.