I really do enjoy writing about indie designers like Jessica Underwood of Stitching Together. Her work is fantastic.! Though her website has been up not quite a year now, she has been creating and crocheting her own patterns for years. Normally I do this blog on Saturday but life interrupted so here I am, on Tuesday.
Jessica Underwood has a flare for designs that are modern but harken to the traditional. With her husband, three small kids, three cats, and a job she still finds time to design patterns, create photo tutorials and develop helpful organizational tools for crocheters. I don't think I could ever be that organized. (even now at my age LOL)
Before discussing the amazing designs of Jessica Underwood I'd just like to point out that she has developed a gift planner to help those of us who are avid fiber artists plan gifts for our friends and loved ones. You can get the planner by signing up here.
I've been knitting and crocheting for years however, the knit/crochet world never stands still. There is always someone developing a new design, technique, tool, bit of software, and, while "there's nothing new under the sun" as a wise man once said, there's always a new way to do it! There is one skill that I have yet to manage and Jessica Underwood has the answer. A photo tutorial on How to Crochet the Single Crochet Rib Stitch! I'm a visual learner and while video tutorials are great, for me there's nothing like a frame by frame photo tutorial as an aid. The Single Crochet Rib Stitch is used in so many patterns that I would like to make but was... you guessed it, afraid to try :) No longer! Also there is a bit of a tutorial and some tips on Tapestry Crochet. I think I understand a little bit more about Tapestry Crochet after reading Jessica Underwood's 5 Tapestry Crochet Tips. For myself, Tapestry Crochet is way down on my to do list. Only because I have a boat load of commissions to finish. You can see the photos of the Tapestry Crochet process in the Buffalo Check Crochet Pillow Cover pattern.
There are several great Stitching Together clothing and accessory patterns for kids and adults. I want to start with the adult projects first because I love the story behind the Rival Crochet Infinity Scarf. I know how big the whole sports teams rivalries can be. I grew up in Central New York and have been a Syracuse Orange fan for many years. My parents now live in Ohio and have become Ohio State Fans (really?) much like Jessica Underwood's husband. I still live in New York and still cheer for my Orangemen. I give my dad a bit of a ribbing for "switching allegiance" but still.. when living in Ohio maybe do as the Ohio natives do! Can you relate? (I'm for sure making this scarf in orange and blue, without doubt)
I think my readers will appreciate the other great projects for adults from Stitching Together. A few of these would be excellent for the charities with which I am involved so I'm excited!
With three children of her own, Jessica Underwood has some seriously adorable patterns for kids. (the adorable models for these adorable patterns are priceless) Crocheting for little ones is just a blast. It's my own bread and butter therefore, these patterns have gone into my Ravelry library for future use!
I want to point out that there are other patterns that I have not posted to today's blog. You'll need to go check the blog for yourself! Also visit one of Stitching Together's social media pages. While you are there thank Jessica Underwood for her great work and for keeping her patterns free of charge. If you make something for charity using Stitching Together patterns, you might also let Jessica Underwood know that you've helped someone else because of her generosity.
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