Hello and welcome to Episode 81 of the Zeens and Roger Crochet Vlogcast! How are you? I hope you enjoy the episode… Not much to link today but I will share some pics so you can get a quick idea of what I talk about.
Making tassels is like stepping into a fairy ring. You can make hundreds and only mere minutes will have passed. It turns out that making a video tutorial for tassels is pretty much the same. It took no time at all to make! For the video tutorial, please click on the picture above, which will take you to where you want to go. Or Go HERE for all my YouTube videos.
Boldly and confidently, I shall also add links to my Patreon HERE, and KO-Fi HERE. Both help to support my crochet adventures and go towards improving the quality of the content I put out. Cheers! x
Are you a tassel fan? It’s a highly addictive yarn sport!
I had a chat with my Patronsthe other day and they agreed that it was worth me publishing this quickest of quick crochet patterns. If you fancy a break from some crazy big WIPs, or you need to dip your toe back into crojo waters, then this is the ideal speedy crochet project. This one has been sat in the archives for a couple of years. I designed it for a specific publication but it was never chosen (standard stuff in the design game!).
I won’t mess about I’m just going to pop it down below. If you make this speedy DIY needlecase, please do let me know, I really love seeing projects made from the designs I share. Other freebies are HEREor you can get more in depth patterns on Ravelry & Etsy
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Things you need:
*3 mm hook, *dk acrylic, I used Stylecraft: 15g MC (Turquoise), 5g each CC 1 (Fuschia) & 2 (Lapis), *A button, *Felt 11×16 cm approx, plus extra if making a pocket, *Needle for sewing button and felt
Finished case measures approx: 7.5cm x 11cm
Row 1: With CC1 6ch, 1tr in 4th ch from hook, 1tr in next 2 sts, turn. [1 block]
Row 2: 6ch, 1tr in 4th ch from hook, 1tr in next 2 sts, sl st into the 3ch-sp of previous row, 3ch, 3tr into same 3ch-sp, turn. [2 blocks]
Row 3: 6ch, 1tr into 4th ch from hook, 1tr in next 2 sts, *sl st into next 3ch-sp of previous row, 3ch, 3tr in same 3ch-sp; rep from * to end, turn. [3 blocks etc]
Row 4 -8: Continue increasing as Row 3, change colour to MC at the end of row 4.
Row 9: Repeat Row 3, ending with 1sl st in the last 3ch-sp (ie. do not make the last block), turn.
Row 10: Sl st along the next 3 sts and into the first 3ch-sp, [3ch, 3tr] in same ch-sp, continue making blocks in each 3ch-sp to the end, turn.
Row 11: Rep row 9
Row 12: Rep row 10
Row 13 -19: Sl st along the next 3 sts and into the first 3ch-sp, [3ch, 3tr] in same ch-sp, continue making blocks, end with 1sl st into the last 3ch-sp, turn. Change to CC2 at the end of Row 15
To finish, sl st across the last 3 sts and into the corner, fasten off.
With right side facing, go around the edge of the work with dcs: 2dc in horizontal st, 1dc in each vertical tr, 3dc in each corner. At the centre of the right hand side, ch10 and join with a sl st and carry on with edging. Colour match as you go. Sew in ends. Sew on a button on the left hand side.
Hand stitch or glue felt to the inside. You could even add a little pocket!
Halllooooo! Episode 79 of my crochet podcast is here at last! I’m sure you were desperately waiting! Please see below for pics and links to projects discussed and other related things. To go directly to the episode, please hit the pic above to take you to the episode or go HERE to my YouTube channel. Ta very much. x
The recent granny market bag blog post is HERE. I talk about the alterations I made to the original pattern, which is linked in the post or you can find it in the Free Patterns page.
Days of Summer is finally here! It is the last crochet shawl pattern in a collection of four. This one is about two years late but I got there in the end!
I’m really pleased with the final result. I had struggled for ages to come up with a design that I was happy with and this one fits the bill perfectly because it wraps up all the motifs from the previous three shawls and uses the best of all of them!
It is available to buy on Ravelry, Etsyand in a day or two it’ll be up onLovecrafts. There is a 20% discount on Etsy and Ravelry only. The last day for that is August 31st 2020.
You might think it’s a bit daft releasing a shawl in a heatwave but at some point the late summer evenings will turn cool and you’ll be glad you had a shawl to wrap yourself in!
It was a real challenge to come up with a collection of designs. It made me think more about how designs come together and what links them. I wanted them to be complimentary companions but be different enough that you do actually want to make all four.
The first design, Emergence of Spring, was a release in Inside Crochet magazine in, I think, 2017. It’s a rectangle wrap that has a filet main body with pretty, contrasting ends. Something about that shawl made me want to make it some friends, so next up was Harvest Moon, a crescent shaped stripey shawl, that I’m still completely in love with. I used a similar edging that appeared in the Emergence of Spring but I tweaked it; made a few changes so that it wasn’t just an identikit copy. Then came Waking Winter. This is the one that I have worn the most (it does its job well by keeping me warm in winter). The filet theme remains in the use of eyelets throughout the pattern but is understated and simple.
That brings us up to date with Days of Summer. This final shawl brings all the elements together. The repeating motifs in the main body come from the edging used in the first two shawls and then there’s the delicate edging of Waking Winter. Different yet beautiful all the same. I like that concept.
I have many, many projects on my crochet list of “Have To Make” and this wasn’t on it. A couple of days ago it popped in my head that I must make a(nother) crochet market bag. I don’t know why it took priority over the commissions and other WIPs but I let it jump straight to the front of the crochet queue. Eh, it’s OK, it was super fast to work up and it’s now a finished object!
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I made it with a ball and a half of Stylecraft Naturals Bamboo & Cotton. I used an entire 100g ball of the green (label lost, dunno the colour name) and possibly half of the grey, which is called Night.
The pattern I used is one of my own. It’s the Granny Market Bag, which you can find HERE. There’s a link to download the pattern on that post. However, I made changes. Not only have I used different yarn, I went up to a 4mm hook and worked it loosely. If you are a tight crocheter, try a 4.5 or 5mm. To make it even more loose and holey like other market bags a chain was added between each of the granny clusters.
I made too many rows at first; it stretched to the floor when things were put in it. Painstakingly, the handles were unpicked and the top lopped off. I cut it because the threads used to sew on the handles were now fully integrated into the fabric. Hours of frogging were prevented by taking the scissors to it (I put all the bits on the compost bin). Therefore, please note that due to the looseness of this version of the pattern, you can stop the granny stripes at row 30 rather than row 40.
Then came a couple of rows on htr (that’s hdc for US readers) before finishing it off with crab stitch edging.
Too lazy to crochet the handles, I dug through stash and found bag handles purchased a couple of years ago from Amazon. I hate crocheting handles so this is the perfect answer. Anyone else find that it takes an absolute age to stitch not one, but two handles!? Ugh, booooooorrring.
Hi. OK so I didn’t get to do Yoga so here is the latest episode! (I turned up as did a few others but the instructor neglected to tell us she couldn’t access the hall….). Anyway, no yoga tonight means I could edit and upload the this crochet podcast! Every cloud… Check out my YouTube Channel HEREor click on the pic above to watch 78.
Hello, welcome to Episode 77 of the Zeens and Roger Crochet Podcast!! Let’s cut to the chase (it’s all there in the episode – go watch it, it’s fun. And I might even mention tortoise intercourse…). Click on the pic above for the episode or go HERE to YouTube. Fanx!