Free pattern: Puff-y Stripes Scarf

Puff-y Stripes Scarf, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

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Back in 2014, I fell in love with four skeins of hand dyed yarn from Feederbrook Farm at Vogue Knitting Live, including these two.

Feederbrook Farm Shepherd Spun yarn | Puff-y Stripes Scarf, free #crochet pattern by Underground CrafterI had several ideas for the yarn over the past two years, but none really called out to me until a few weeks ago. I always knew I would alternate the solid color with the multicolor yarn, but it wasn’t until I actually started crocheting that I realized that the multicolor yarn was actually self-striping yarn. (You can learn more about the features of different types of multicolor yarns in this post.)

Puff-y Stripes Scarf, free #crochet pattern by Underground CrafterThis made the scarf even more dramatic than what I had envisioned when I was writing out the stitch pattern.

A few notes about the pattern: This yarn is now discontinued, but you can easily substitute any coordinating solid and self-striping yarn. A handspun yarn, like this Shepherd Spun, will add even more texture. And, while I’ve listed this as an intermediate pattern, an adventurous beginner can easily complete it. Enjoy!

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Puff-y Stripes Scarf

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

03-intermediateUS terms 504-medium 50Play with color and texture in this unisex scarf. Choose a solid yarn and a coordinating self-striping (or long color repeat) yarn.

 

Finished Size

  • Adult: 5” (13 cm) wide x 53” (134.5 cm) long unblocked. 5” (13 cm) wide x 54.5” (138.5 cm) long blocked.

Materials

  • Feederbrook Farm Shepherd Spun (3 oz/88 g/160 yds/146 m/100% wool) – 1 skein ea in self-striping colorway (CA) and solid colorway (CB), or approximately 160 yds (146 m) in ea of 2 colors in any medium weight.
  • US Size I-9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 14 sts x 11 rows = 4” (10 cm) in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Hooded Scarves to Crochet

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • ea – each
  • esc – extended single crochet – Insert hook in st or sp, yo and draw up a loop, ch 1, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook.
  • FL – front loop only
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • pf – 3-repeat puff stitch – (Yo, insert hook in st or sp, yo and draw up a loop) 3 times in same st or sp, yo and draw through all 7 loops on hook.
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Rep instructions after asterisks as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • Carry unworked colors up side of scarf unless otherwise instructed. These tails will be covered by border.
  • To create a similar look with different yarn, use any self-striping yarn for CA and any coordinating (or contrasting) solid yarn for CB.
  • Scarf is worked flat in rows. Border is worked in the round.

ILC 300x250b April 2016Pattern Instructions

Scarf

  • With CA, ch 18, or any even number of sts.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch and ea ch across. (17 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, escFL in first st and ea st across.
  • Rows 3-4: Rep Row 2 twice.
  • Row 5: Rep Row 2, changing to CB in last yo of final escFL.
  • Row 6: Turn, ch 1, escFL in first st, ch 1, sk 1 st, *pf in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st; rep from * across to last st, escFL in last st.
  • Row 7: Turn, ch 1, escFL in first st, *pf in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 1 st; rep from * across to last ch-1 sp, pf in next ch-1 sp, escFL in next st, changing to CA in last yo.
  • Row 8: Turn, ch 1, escFL in same st and next st, *esc in next ch-1 sp, escFL in next st; rep from * across to last st, escFL in last st.
  • Rows 9-10: Rep Row 2 twice.
  • Row 11: Rep Row 5.
  • Rows 12-13: Rep Rows 6-7.
  • Rep Rows 8-13 until scarf measures approximately 53” (134.5 cm) long. Fasten off CB.
  • Rows 14-16: Rep Row 2 – 3 times.
  • Row 17: Turn, ch 1, sc in same st and ea st across, changing to CB in last yo of final sc. Fasten off CA.

Border

  • Round 1: Turn to work across long edge, ch 2 (counts as first hdc), hdc in side of same row and ea row across to first row, 2 hdc in side of first row, ch 2, turn to work across short edge, hdc in ea st across unworked side of foundation chain, ch 2, turn to work across long edge, 2 hdc in side of first row while working over yarn tails, hdc in side of ea row while working over yarn tails across to last row, 2 hdc in side of last row, ch 2, hdc in ea st across last row, ch 2, join with sl st to top of first ch 2. Fasten off.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends. Spray block if desired.
© 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/2016/04/06/free-pattern-puff-y-stripes-scarf/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Crochet Pattern: A Little Bit of Bling Shawl

A Little Bit of Bling shawl, free crochet pattern by Underground CrafterLast January, I crocheted some samples for the Kollabora booth at Vogue Knitting Live.

One was this shawl. Kollabora was looking for something that really stood out in the booth, and I held two strands of yarn together – a metallic and a mohair yarn. I’m really excited to be able to share the pattern for A Little Bit of Bling Shawl with you today. It’s a great project for the last days of summer – it’s quick and airy, but the long fringes provide good coverage in case it gets chilly.

A Little Bit of Bling Shawl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

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This summer, I spent a great afternoon with my friend Carlota Zimmerman from the Creativity Yenta (interviewed here). In addition to being a contributing blogger for the Huffington Post, she’s a great model! After a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, we went to Central Park to take some pictures, and Carlota had some great poses wearing this fun and flirty design. (Her tagline isn’t “Just your average sexy force of nature” for nothing!)

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A Little Bit of Bling Shawl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

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A Little Bit of Bling Shawl, free crochet pattern by Underground CrafterA Little Bit of Bling Shawl

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Updated October 4, 2014

02-easy 50 3-light 50 US terms 50This quick and easy triangular shawl makes a great transitional weather accessory. The metallic yarn brightens up any outfit! Adjust the length of the fringe to fit your personal style.

Finished Size: Adjustable. Photographed sample is 50” (127 cm) wingspan length, 13.5” (34 cm) spine length, excluding fringe.

Materials:

  • Galler Yarns Kismet (87% polyester/13% nylon, 8 oz/227 g/1,400 yds/1,280 m) – 1 cone in 901 Silver, or approximately 300 yds (274 m) in any metallic, light weight yarn.
  • Galler Yarns Flore II (75% Kid Mohair/15% Wool/10% Nylon, 1.75 oz/50 g/100 yds/91 m/) – 3 skeins in 1005 Ocean, or approximately 300 yds (274 m) in any light weight mohair blend yarn.
  • L-11/8 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge: 10 fdc = 4” (10 cm) across.  Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

  • beg fdc – beginning foundation double crochet – Ch 4, turn, sk 3 sts, yo, insert hook in next ch, yo and draw up a loop, yo and pull through 1 loop (counts as ch 1), [yo and draw through 2 loops] twice.
  • ch – chain
  • fdc – foundation double crochet – Yo, insert hook in ch 1 from previous st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and pull through 1 loop (counts as ch 1), [yo and draw through 2 loops] twice.
  • ea – each
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

A Little Bit of Bling Shawl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Pattern Notes:

  • Entire shawl is crocheted holding one strand of ea yarn together.
  • Shawl is worked from top (long) edge with steady decreases to point.

Pattern Instructions:

Shawl

  • Holding one strand of ea yarn, beg fdc, 103 fdc. (104 sts) (To adjust size, fdc in multiples of 4 sts until the appropriate length for long edge is reached.)
  • Row 1: Turn, *ch 5, sk 3 sts, sc in next st; rep from * across. (26 ch-5 sp)
  • Row 2: Turn, *ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp; rep from * across.
  • Row 3: Turn, sl st in ea of first 3 ch in first ch-5 sp, *ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp; rep from * across to last ch-5 sp, sk last ch-5 sp. (Decreases 2 sets of ch-5 sp)
  • Row 4: Rep Row 2.
  • Rep Rows 3 & 4 until 2 ch-5 sp remain, ending after Row 4.
  • Row 5: Turn, sl st in ea of first 3 ch in first ch-5 sp, ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp. Fasten off. (1 ch-5 sp)
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.  Spray block if necessary.

A Little Bit of Bling Shawl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

 

Make and attach fringe

  • For each fringe, hold one strand of each yarn together and cut strands to 40” (100 cm).
  • To attach fringe using crochet hook, insert hook into st or sp indicated below.  With fringe strands folded in half, insert hook into fold (center) of strands, pull up a loose loop in st or sp. Yo with both halves of the fringe strands and pull through the loop. Tighten loop to hold fringe in place.
  • Starting from top corner, use crochet hook to join fringe to third ch of first ch-5 sp. Working across angled edge, *sk next ch-5 sp, join fringe in next ch-5 sp; rep from * across edge until 2 ch-5 sp before center point.   Attach 2 strands of fringe (2 strands of ea yarn/4 strands of yarn) to center point, sk next ch-5 sp, rep from * along edge. Trim fringe as necessary.

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© 2014 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use it 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/2014/09/01/free-pattern-a-little-bit-of-bling-shawl. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

A Little Bit of Bling Shawl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Vogue Knitting Live 2014: Day 3 and Stash Musings

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Today was the last day of Vogue Knitting Live, and I felt a bit under the weather (perhaps that cold shower yesterday was to blame).  I did actually take my obligatory pre-event picture, but I looked so grumpy that I decided not to post it.  I was wearing my All Weather Cowl (you know, the one that brought me fame and fortune), which turned out to be just right because I could wear it indoors comfortably.

I had a chance to interview Sally Melville today, as well as catch the back end of her lecture on Creativity.  She had some fabulous samples on display, including several sizes of the lovely L’Enveloppe.  Sally was wearing her own version over a stunning coat with a coordinating pair of Fluevogs.

blog VKL NYC 2014 Sally Melville

I walked through the Marketplace one last time before saying goodbye to Vogue Knitting Live for 2014.  Though it was extremely tempting, I managed just to touch the buttons at Dusty’s Vintage Buttons without buying anything.  (I think we all know that I have way too many buttons at home to buy them at random.  I have to at least pretend there’s a plan for using them first!)

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And then I visited the Feederbrook Farm booth.  Yesterday, in the rare quiet moments at the Michelle’s Assortment booth, I would look across at their yarns, and I ended up developing quite an attachment.  I decided on four skeins of Shepherd Spun, which is quite a bit of yarn for someone allegedly trying to reduce their stash.  In my defense, I fell in love with two of the hand dyed yarns, and rather than have them sit in my stash forever, I paired each with a coordinating solid.

blog Feederbrook Farm Mocha & Ava with shawl pin

These two are a bit out of my comfort zone, but I really was drawn to the skein on the bottom, called Ava, which is surprising because it isn’t in my typical colors.  And then I had to buy a coordinating Matryoshka pin from Michelle – I had been eyeing them, too, but couldn’t decide on a color until I had the yarn.

The other two skeins are much more “me” – purples, blues, and greens.

blog VKL NYC 2014 Feederbrook Farm Wia and Michelles Assortment shawl pin

This skein is called Win and is paired up with the shawl pin I picked up yesterday.

blog VKL NYC 2014 Michelles Assortment shawl pins

So after 3 days of Marketplace exposure, I ended the show with 3 shawl pins, and 5 skeins of yarn.

blog VKL NYC 2014 yarn haul

It was more than I (consciously) planned to spend, but I did happen to have cash left over, so apparently it was within the budget I had (subconsciously) created for the event.  I actually spent less than the cost of registering for a class, so in the end things seem to have worked out.

The charcoal Studio Donegal yarn in the center is already dedicated to being a cabled hat for my dad, and I have ideas about what I want to do with each of the other pairs.  But (head hanging in shame)…

I have yet to use any of the yarns I bought at last year’s Vogue Knitting Live.  (They’re pretty too, don’t you think?)

Vogue Knitting Live Yarn Haul

Partly it’s because I suffer from the “I must make something extra super fantabulous with yarn bought at a special event” syndrome, and the rest of it is because none of these lovelies are machine washable, which means they are unsuitable for most of my gift crafting.

I’m not going to feel too bad about buying five more skeins of yarn, since I did use over 19,000 yards of yarn (through both knitting and crocheting projects) last year.  I do, however, think it’s time to go through my stash again and see what I might be able to donate or sell.  Not only will that free up room for these five new skeins, but it will probably excite me about what I have on hand to use.

In my mind, I actually have new designs waiting for each of these pairs of yarn, but I think we all know that our initial ideas and our final plans don’t always align…

Vogue Knitting Live 2014: Day 2

VKL NYNY

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My second day at Vogue Knitting Live started off with no hot water at home (and who doesn’t love showering in cold water when it’s sleeting outside?).  In the rush to get out the door, I forgot to take the ceremonial pre-show picture of me in my handmade goodies.  (I was wearing my 2013 Temperature Scarf, which is perfect for cold weather.)

My first stop was an interview with the delightful Kate Atherley from Wise Hilda.  I should be posting it in a few weeks.  I asked her to pose with her two books, Beyond Knit & Purl and Knit Accessories.

blog VKL NYC 2014 Kate Atherley

Then I walked through the fashion and art exhibits.  I’m planning a separate post about these, so I’m sharing just one picture today.  This is a crocheted piece by fashion designer, Gabriela Serigatto.

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My next stop was the Marketplace.  I learned a lot from Rosemary Drysdale‘s Entrelac: The Essential Guide to Interlace Knitting, and she was signing books at the Vogue Knitting booth.

VKL NYC 2014 Rosemary Drysdale Autograph

From there, I snuck over to the Leilani Arts table.  You see, they sell this Soft Donegal yarn, which has become the favorite amongst the men in family: soft but charcoal (with a little tweed to keep my interest).

VKL NYC 2014 Studio Donegal

I promised my dad I’d make him a version of this cabled hat, so I needed another skein.  Melissa Leapman rung up my sale.

Then, I went to the Knitty City booth (it’s always a treat to see your favorite local yarn shop at an event) to get my copy of Knitwear Design Workshop: A Comprehensive Guide to Handknits signed by Shirley Paden.

VKL NYC 2014 Shirley Paden autograph

Shirley was really quite friendly and we had a nice chat about her class on Craftsy, which is a companion to the book, as well as the We Love Shirley Paden group on Ravelry.  (Shirley assures me she didn’t name the group!)  The group sounds like a lot of fun and they have even hosted three Design-a-Longs.

I had a few minutes after the book signing to watch the beginning of the Fiber Factor Fashion show.  I learned there will be KALs throughout 2014 and the next “season” will begin in 2015, but I missed the announcement of the winner.

blog VKL NYC 2014 Fiber Factor Rachel Henry Gates of Dawn

This stunning felted dress, Gates of Dawn by Rachel Henry, was one of my favorite Fiber Factor projects on display.

Believe it or not, I had time for two more quick stops before reaching my final VK Live destination.  I took a picture of Virginia from Yellowfarm (interviewed here), who I met at last year’s event.

blog VKL NYC 2014 YellowFarm Virginia

And, then I visited the Full Moon Farm booth, to snap a picture of Laura.  My interview with her will be coming up soon.  We met last year, too.

blog VKL NYC 2014 Full Moon Farm Laura

And then I headed off to the Michelle’s Assortment booth.

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I helped out in Michelle’s booth for a few hours in the afternoon, so she could stretch her legs and walk around the Marketplace for a bit.  It was a great opportunity to learn more about her creative process.  She’s sponsoring two months of prizes for my 2014 Sampler Mystery Knit-a-Long, so it was great to meet her in real life and see all of her awesome shawl pins, bookmarks, and stitch markers.

blog VKL NYC 2014 Michelle's Assortment circles

I particularly like Michelle’s round shawl pins.  It was also great to see her collaboration with other indie business owners.  Michelle had several samples from Ash Kearns on display to show off her shawl pins including Havelock (left) and Everton Lace Wrap (right), along with the print versions of the patterns.

blog VKL NYC 2014 Michelle's Assortment Ash Kearns samples

Of course, I couldn’t spend all that time in Michelle’s booth without falling in love with some shawl pins.  I was initially drawn in by the circles, I ended up choosing two straight pins for myself.

blog VKL NYC 2014 Michelle's Assortment goodies

These will definitely need to be re-shot in natural lighting because you can’t see the beauty in this picture.  I’m off to get some rest before Day 3!

Vogue Knitting Live 2014: Day 1

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I was thrilled to receive a press pass again this year to attend Vogue Knitting Live.  My big plans for Friday included possibly taking a class (depending on what was still open), and meeting a fellow blogger for dinner.

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I left home very excited this morning.  (Ok, my smile looks a little forced, but that’s because I was waiting for MC to snap the picture.  You’ll have to take it on faith that I was stoked!)  Unfortunately, things went a little haywire at work and I didn’t get to leave early.

I made it down to VK Live just in time to meet Tien.  I’ve been reading her blog, AutumnGeisha, for the past few years and when I found out that her husband got her tickets to come to New York for VK Live, I knew it was our chance to meet up.  The Marketplace was just opening and we had the chance to make our first run through.  (It turns out that we both like to scope out the shops first, then go back to make purchases.  I think it’s how we can convince ourselves that we aren’t buying too much yarn.)

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I also wanted to introduce myself to Michelle from Michelle’s Assortment.  I’m going to be helping out at her booth on the Fifth Floor in the Marketplace Saturday from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.  She is one of the sponsors of my 2014 Sampler Mystery Knit-a-Long.  Michelle will be providing a shawl pin as the March prize, and a set of 4 stitch markers as a fall prize.  They are even more beautiful in person than they are on her Etsy page, so the winners are in for some treats.

Tien bought a lovely Matryoshka doll shawl pin from Michelle, and then we were off to dinner at John’s Pizzeria. It was great to chat with Tien about blogging, designing, yarn, and other fun things.

You may be wondering where all the pictures are.  Confession: Tien let me leave my bag in her hotel room, and I forgot to take my camera out with me.  I promise tomorrow’s post will have some more pictures!