Z&R Crochet Podcast 63. Willing to Make it Twice

Hello again! I hope you’re well? Episode 63 has WIPs galore as well as a couple of little FOs. There are two Giveaways as well. And finally, I can talk without the fear of getting cut off every four minutes! Hoo-bloody-ray.

Please hit the pic above to go directly to the episode or visit all of the Z&R YouTube channel HERE for more crochet podcasts / vlogcasts as well as plenty of crochet video tutorials. Ta very much. x

Links:

I had every intention of telling you that I was wearing the Mount Tremper Sweater but totally forgot. I mentioned in the previous episode and thought I should give it an outing before making my mind up whether to frog it or not (probs no point really).

The fabric is from Wool Warehouse, which you probably already know and then Cloth & Candy, which is a lovely online store that Shirley Rainbow told me about.

Granny Xmas hat pattern. 20% off in Ravelry until the 8th of December. No code needed.

The ZZ Block Corner to Corner blanket

Kirk & Roger hooks on Etsy.

Ruffle Rose Free Crochet Pattern.

The yarn for my new design is being mostly made in 50g skeins from Siobahn’s Crafts.

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New bits!
Kirk and Roger hooks
ZZ Block Blanket

Ruffle Rose Brooch. Quick Crochet Make

Christmas is one month away. One month is sure to whizz by! Are you making presents? Crochet Christmas pressies are always good. Ones that take less than half an hour to knock up are even better.

This Rose Ruffle brooch featured last year, in issue 107 of Inside Crochet. It was a Christmas issue so it seems apt that I’m releasing it here, in time for Christmas again! It is such a speedy project; you could make loads and still have time to make Santa Hats with matching garlands (20% off Ravelry until December 8th), Baubles (free pattern and an accompanying video tutorial HERE). And lots of other things too, I suppose!

Image from issue 107 of Inside Crochet

The brooch is made in one long piece and spiralled around into shape. A few stitches with a needle and the tail ends secures everything in place. Then sew on the brooch back. It’s pretty simple.

Whilst the pattern tells you to change colour during Row 1, you don’t have to. You can make them in all one colour if preferred.

Oh, because it was published in a UK magazine, the terms are UK crochet stitches. It is pretty easy to translate: A UK dc is a US sc, a UK tr is a US dc and so on…

Pattern:

Materials.

● Sublime baby cashmere merino silk dk (75% extra fine merino, 20% silk, 5% cashmere), 50g/116m/127yd, 1 ball of Dusty Pink (346) & 1 ball of Twinkle (491). You can stash bust any other dk weight yarn. I’ve made them in aran too and the result is similar.

● Twilley’s Washable Goldfingering (80% viscose, 20% metallised polyester), 25g/100m, 1 ball in antique gold (shade 4). I have also found sparkly yarn in Aldi before now.

● 4 mm hook

● 3cm brooch back

● Needle

Measures: 8cm/3.5in

With Yarn A chain 31

Row 1: 5dc in 2nd ch from hook, 5dc in next st, [5htr in next st] 5 times, [6tr in next st] 7 times, [6dtr in next st] four times, change colour to YB, [6dtr in next st] four times, 7dtr in next st] 8 times, do not turn. [181st] 

Row 2: Attach YC to the first st of Row 1 (leave a tail), 1dc BLO in each stitch to end, fasten off.

Coil the crochet around on itself, securing with stitches with a needle and yarn tail as you go (begin with the end of smaller petals). Sew on the brooch back. Make loads.

When you’re done, don’t forget to add it to your projects page on Ravelry!! Ta very much. x

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PS if you want to make a small batch for your local Christmas fair or something then that’s fine. But please let me know; I’m nosey and really want to see!

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Z&R Crochet Podcast 62. Eager Beaver

Hi! I trust you’re well? After a break of a few weeks I have returned with the latest crochet podcast. Head on over to YouTube to watch! Click on the pic above to go directly to the episode. Links and pics are below. If I’ve missed something, or you have a query, please do give me a shout. Thanks ever so much. X

Links:

Kinesis Sweater by We are Knitters

The Betty Boyfriend Sweater

Stitchfest South West

Kirk &Roger hooks are on Etsy

Cloud Nine Jumper by Iron Lamb

Christmas Granny Hat. there’s 20% off Ravelry until Sunday 8th December

ZZ Block C2C baby blanket

The Frost Shawl by Hannah of the Cozy Crochet Cottage

Patreon. your support would be amazing! Thank you

Find me on Instagram HERE!

Snow Leopard Designs. Fab handmade, up-cycled wrist warmers

Siobhans’s Craft

Dina’s Home of Crafts

I got my Lykke hooks from Cat & Sparrow

Unbelievawool

Z&R Crochet Podcast 61. Not A Great Deal

Hello! This crochet podcast is pretty short. Camera issues have caused problems again! Therefore, I kept it short and sweet. Hope that’s OK, will endeavor to pull my finger out. Please click on the pic above to go to the episode, or go HERE to YouTube for the whole lot.

Links:

Patreon

All the Fun of the Fair. The pattern is on Ravelry HERE. There is a 20% discount until October 27th. Ta very much

The market bag I keep bleating on about is HERE

The Betty Boyfriend Sweater.

Goodness, that’s all this time. It’s not much is it?!

Z&R Crochet Podcast 60! Bravely Soldiering On

Hello, how are you?! I’m fine. Just squeezing it all and getting in a flap as usual. Episode 60! Sixty episodes of my daft crochet podcast! Who would have thought it?! I am still loving every minute of it though and I hope you enjoy it too! Thank you so much for hanging out with me.

All my vids (both podcasts and tutorials) are HERE on YouTube. Links and pics to things I chat about in this episode are below.

Links:

My designs in Ravelry

Your support on Patreon would be awesome. The link is HERE.

Make some crochet owls with my tutorial on YouTube and the written pattern HERE.

The Mya shawl by Helda Panagary

Must. Make. The. Betty. Boyfriend. Sweater!! It is right up my street! Find the pattern by Talia’s Crochet Creations HERE.

Stitchfest Southwest. A Totnes yarn festival

The Encanto wrap by Crochet Luna

My spider tute is HERE

The Kinesis Sweater by We Are Knitters is coming along nicely!

The Lorax scarf is now only on Ravelry and Lovecrafts. I will work out the Etsy fail soon.

Thanks to  The Secret Yarnery for the Saturday shoutout! x

Don’t forget to find me on Insta

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Mya by Helda Panagary

Owl decorations

Blocking Mya

Knitting!

Encanto by Crochet Luna

Betty Boyfriend sweater by Talia’s Crochet Creations

Sad because of FOMO

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Crochet Owl Decoration. Free pattern.

This is from one of my first ever published patterns here on the blog. The other day I looked back at it and ugh, it was so badly written. I had very little pattern writing experience in 2015 and it shows!! I am keeping the original blog post up, mostly for laughs, but also because I don’t see why I should hide it. Yes, I have improved quite a bit but the whole point of this blog is to record what I’ve been up to. I won’t edit that.

To accompany the updated pattern I also recorded a free video tutorial for my YouTube channel. Click on the pic above to go directly to the tutorial.

 

If you would like to support my crochet adventures, please consider subscribing to Patreon.

Or if you would prefer, for the price of a cup of coffee you can buy one of my other patterns from Ravelry or Lovecrafts. Thanks ever so much. x

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Materials:

  • Small amounts of DK yarn in coordinating colours
  • 3mm (C/2) hook
  • Stuffing
  • Fabric for lining approx 20cmx20cm
  • Buttons, felt pieces and embroidery thread for eyes
  • Sewing needle & darning needle

Abbreviations:

2trtog 2 treble sts together (US 2dctog) st(s) stitch(es) sp(s) space(s) ch chain ch-sp chain space htr  half treble crochet (US hdc) sl st slip stitch tr treble (US double crochet) rep repeat beg beginning

Special Stitches: 

2trtog: Yarn over, insert hook into st, yarn over and pull through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, insert hook into same st, yarn over and pull through (4 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.

Notes:

  • Don’t crochet over your tail ends as you go or you will see them in your finished owl. Sew them in after you’ve completed the body.
  • Instructions are written in UK terms.
  • No turns at the end of the rounds.
  • The “2ch, 1tr” at the beg of rounds counts as a 2trtog.

Owl Body:

Chain 4 and join with a sl st or make a magic ring.

Rnd 1: 2ch, 1tr into circle, 1ch, (2trtog, 1ch) seven times, join with a sl st to the top of the first 2trtog. [8 2trtog]

Rnd 2: Sl st in next ch-sp, (2ch, 1tr, 1ch, 2trtog) into same ch-sp, 1ch,  *(2trtog, 1ch, 2trtog, 1ch) in next ch-sp; rep from around, join with a sl st to the top of the first 2trtog, fasten off. [16 2trtog]

Rnd 3: Join new colour with sl st in any ch-sp, 2ch, 1tr in first ch-sp, 1 ch,  *2trtog in next ch-sp, 1ch; rep from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the first 2trtog, fasten off.

Rnd 4 – 6: Repeat Rnd 3, changing colour each round.

Rnd 7: Sl st into any ch-sp, 3ch (counts as 1tr), 1tr in same ch-sp, 2tr in each ch-sp around, join with a sl st to the top of the 3ch. [32st]

Rnd 8: 2ch (counts as 1htr), 1htr in the top of each st around, join with a sl st to the top of the 2ch.

Rnd 9 -10: Repeat Rnd 8.

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing head closed.

Turn inside out and using a darning needle, weave ends. Turn back the right way. Take the scrap of fabric and place inside the owl and stuff. Tuck in fabric neatly. Whip stitch the top closed using a darning needle and the long tail.

Eyes

Cut out circles of felt, sew buttons to the felt and using contrasting embroidery thread sew to the owls face. (Separate out two strands from the thread to give a finer stitch).

Beak

Using a darning needle, stitch on a beak with yarn. First, stitch on a triangle shape, then use five or six more vertical stitches to fill in the space. Finish it off with a couple of horizontal stitches across the top of the beak. Or stitch/glue on a little triangle of felt!

Wings

Chain 9.

1htr in 3rd ch from hook, htr in next st, 1tr in each of the next 3 sts, htr in next st, (1dc, 3ch, 1dc) in last st, turn work to crochet down the other side of the chains: 1htr, 3tr, 2htr, sl st to the top of the first st. Fasten off leaving a tail for sewing wing to body.

Other options

Tufty ears: use a crochet hook to pull three 10cm strands of yarn through the corners of the owl’s ears, take the ends of the yarn and poke through the loop. Pull tight. Trim.

Crochet a hanging loop by attaching yarn to the top of his head with a sl st, ch25 and sl st to join to head. Sew in ends

Don’t forget to add your owls to Ravelry and tag #zeensandroger over on Instagram. Cheers!

Copyright Rosina Northcott. 2019.  zeensandroger.com

This pattern remains the property of Rosina Northcott/Zeens and Roger at all times and is for your own personal use only.  Please respect my work and do not copy, reproduce, redistribute or re-sell this pattern.  

 

Z&R Crochet Podcast 59. Le Gasp!

Hello! I hope you’re well!? I really enjoyed putting this episode together, I hope you enjoy watching 😀

As usual, click on the image above to go to Episode 59 of the latest crochet chat, or if you fancy going back to previous episodes or checking out some crochet tutorials, go HERE to my YouTube channel. Ta very much!

In this episode I reveal the name of last episode’s Giveaway and there’s a new Giveaway too!!

If you would like to support me further then ways you can do that are: spreading the word (tell others I’m here!), buying a pattern/s for one of my designs or, if you’re hardcore, signing up to Patreon!

Links and pictures for all things Episode 59 are below…

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The Claudia Cowl is my latest design release for sale on Ravelry (and soon Lovecrafts and Etsy – keep your eyes peeled). For YouTube viewers, the pattern is free with the code I reveal in the episode. The code is valid until the end of October. I used a skein of 4ply yarn from Doulton Border Leicester, gifted to me by the lovely Claudia of CrochetLuna.

Speaking of Claudia, I have the Encanto wrap to make! Yarn is chosen and ready to go!!

The Sewing Room, Ottery St Mary.

I am working on the Mya shawl by Helda Panagary. I love it!! I’m using yarn from Rusty Ferret and Beehive Yarns.

The Star Cluster Tee. I used the recommended yarn from Hobbii.

The Forest Valley Shawl by Christina Hadderingh

I am knitting the Kinesis Sweater by We are Knitters. I am in love with it but it might be too small….

I have rewritten my old owl pattern because it’s terribly done. I’ll write a blog post for the new version soon but I’ll be keeping the old one available HERE. Go forth and be embarrassed on my behalf!

Anything I’ve missed? Give me a shout. Cheers. x

Claudia Cowl

Owls. Video tutorial coming soon.

The Star Cluster Tee

Kinesis Sweater from We Are Knitters

Forest Valley Shawl

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