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!
Hello there, how are you?! After a few weeks of being podcast free I thought it was time to make my triumphant return… For Episode 76, please click on the image above. For access to the whole of the Zeens and Roger crochet channel, you’ll find that by going HERE to YouTube.
Hi, how are you? Welcome to Episode 75 of my crochet podcast. If you want to jump straight to the episode, then please click on the pic above. However, if you would like to peruse the rest of my crochety YouTube channel, then go HERE. Cheers. x
I think you should watch Claudia’s (Crochet Luna!) interview with Kristy Glass Knits. It is HERE.
Two weeks fly by, don’t they?! Here is Episode 74 already. Please click on the above picture to go directly to the episode or go HERE to YouTube crochet goodness. It became apparent on the edit that I may have PMT in this video, I have some strong opinions….
How is lockdown treating you? Here is episode 73 of this crochet podcast, I hope you enjoy it and that it gives you something to do whilst you wait for everything to ease. Please hit the pic above to go directly to the episode or go HERE to my YouTube channel. Thank you x
It’s my birthday on Monday. To celebrate there is a 20% discount of Ravelry and Etsy until midnight on the 4th. It’s a flash sale, hope you don’t miss it!
Hi! I hope you’re well. I hope today’s episode is a positive distraction. Insincere apologies for my underarm flashes. To be honest, if you find it offensive, meh, whatever… Let’s move on to the crochet, shall we?! Sooo, click on the image above for the episode. Go HERE for all the YouTube good stuff.