My Crochet JW Anderson Cardigan

I can’t say why I decided to jump on the Harry Styles cardigan bandwagon, I feel way too old for this sort of game. Am I woollen spun mutton dressed as soft worsted lamb? I can’t help it, sometimes I am filled with creative urges and can’t rest until I have rummaged through the yarn stash to find what will satisfy them.

Let me first state a disclaimer: I have not intended to create a step-by-step pattern/tutorial. Think of it more as a chat with detail. If you have crochet experience and you want make yourself a chunky-ish crochet cardigan then there is enough information written here, and discussed in the YouTube video (click on the pic above to go to the episode), to ensure that you can make it happily. You’ll be tangled in yarn, but hopefully, you’ll also be happy. I assume you know crochet and are not brand new to my absolute favourite of crafts.

Right, I’m not going to fuss. Let’s just get straight on it. Please read on for all the good stuff.

The ultimate comfort combo of slippers n cardi.

You Will Need:

Loads of aran weight yarn in the colours of your choice. Whether working as individual squares or all in one piece, you’ll want 12 grams per square (I weighed a couple of swatch squares and they weighed 11 point something).

I used a 6mm hook. Normally I’d use a 5 or 5.5mm hook for aran weight as I have a loose tension but I wanted this cardi to have a drapier finish.

5 buttons. (Mine are 3cm diameter).

Needle for seaming together and weaving in a bajillion ends.

Fun Cardi Facts:

My finished cardigan measures: Length: 55cm / 21.5 inches. Width of body: 63cm / 25 inches. Sleeve length: 58cm / 23 inches. Sleeve circumference: 36cm / 14 inches. I am a UK size 10 and this would still have lots of positive ease if you’re a UK 14. After that I reckon the fit would change and you should consider adjusting your square sizes. Any smaller than a size 10 and you might find it’s too big so make each square smaller.

Each square is 18 stitches by 13 rows. To size up or down, it’s about 1 row and 2 stitches per cm (just under half an inch) so add or subtract that amount to change the sizes.

My squares are 5×5 inches.

The stitches I used were mostly UK half trebles (US hdc). Where I write “HT” on the chart below, that stands for Hounds Tooth stitch (must make a tutorial for this myself but there are loads on YouTube already), “FLO” stands for front loop only. I am linking to a scarf tutorial of mine HERE. It uses the same technique.

For the animal print squares I went to Lottie & Albert for inspiration. Lindsay has a free chart that creates a much larger piece of crochet with tr sts rather than htr.

I began my pieces with a foundationless half treble (US hdc). This was a good base to then begin the colour work of the squares. Using the same colour as the ribbing helps to ensure it looks like a cohesive join too. Multiply the number of stitches per square by the amount of squares. Working on one giant piece like I did? Then it’s a foundation of 162. The sleeves were 54.

The ribbing is made in a similar way to the FLO stitch I use. Again, use the scarf tute HERE. I chained 13 for the waist band and 10 for the cuffs. Cuffs are 26 rows, no idea what the waist band is and there’s no way I’m counting them all (soz!) but it’s about 4 inches shorter than the main body piece. This brings it in to make it a better shape. It’s a technique I’ve robbed from my mate Heather of HG Designs Crochet.

The button band is a starter of 9ch and is worked onto the cardigan directly using an interesting technique that should be part of every crocheter’s repertoire. Rather than me type out an explanation, I suggest you watch the vid, it’s all there.

Step By Step Basics:

  1. Make pieces.
  2. Attach ribbing to main body.
  3. Seam sleeves & then add cuffs.
  4. Join at shoulders.
  5. Make button band/collar (see the vid, I show how).
  6. Attach sleeves. Use plenty of stitch markers to help with easing them in. Double check you’re not going to sew them on inside out like I did the first time!
  7. Sew on buttons.

Charts:

Neck Shaping:

You don’t have to shape at the neck like I did. But if you find it terribly flattering and can’t live without it, once you hit the last/top squares at the neck (the triangley ones indicated above), it’s a simple matter of one decrease per row. I say “simple”, I actually made it much harder for myself by having both squares be patterny. If you don’t fancy a decrease on the animal print colour work, or the hounds tooth square. Change them to a plain htr. It might save your last semblance of sanity.

Animal print rather than a houndstooth print.

Last Few Bits:

OK, I think that’s it. Please do let me know if you have any questions. I’ll try and help if I can but as I said before, this is aimed at those with at least the basics of crochet under their belt.

You wouldn’t believe the amount of work that goes into even doing this kind of casual outline of a pattern. Come and join me on Patreon and/or buy me Ko-fi !! Thank you!!

When you’ve made yourself an awesome cardi, please do let me know. The easiest thing to do is find me on Instagram as @zeendandroger

Right, I’m off to work on my next outstanding piece of crochet. See you soon. xxx

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Did you really read it all?!

Easy Chunky Scarf: Free Crochet Pattern

Like chunky knits? Then this is the craft project for you! Try making my really simple crochet scarf. It’s made using just one easy stitch but, with super chunky yarn and colour blocking it looks completely awesome!

Make this warm and woolly scarf using the written pattern below And there’s a video tutorial to accompany it. Pop across to my YouTube channel HERE or click on the picture above to go straight to learning how to crochet.

Before I kick off with the pattern, I’m going to tell you that there is a small and perfectly formed Patreon crochet community for Zeens and Roger and also a Ko-Fi account. Patrons get exclusive content every month; ko-fi spenders are helping out by raising cash for a new, better camera so that photography improves and video quality on the tutorials and podcasts is clearer.

Go to Patreon HERE and Ko-Fi HERE. I will be forever grateful. Cheers. x

Spot the cat

Pattern

Notes

  • The written pattern is in US terminology as it seems more people use that than UK. Substitute for 1htr instead if you only speak in UK terms.
  • For a neater finish work the first row into the back bumps of the chain.
  • I used a 9mm hook and super chunky yarn.
  • I decided on seven balls of yarn for this scarf.
  • If your tension is really loose try an 8 or 8.5mm hook instead. Tight? go up to a 10.

You’ll need four balls of King Cole Timeless (90% acrylic, 10% alpaca, 93yds/85m/100g): Turquoise, Grey, Rose Petal and Mustard and three balls of King Cole Explorer (80% acrylic, 20% wool, 87yds/80m/100g): Hawkins, Drake & Earhart. (Full disclosure, I received the yarn for free as I’m an ambassador for King Cole).

Chain 29

Row 1: 1hdc in second ch from hook, hdc to end, turn. [28 sts]

Row 2: 1ch, hdc in front 3rd loop to end, turn.

Rep Row 2, changing colour every 20 rows. Alternate solid colours with variegated colours. That’s it!!

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Z&R Crochet Podcast 81. Inspired for Autumn

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.

To watch this crochet extravaganza, please do click on the picture above. This will take you directly to the episode on YouTube. Oorrrr, the whole channel is HERE.

Thank you xxx

Links:

I am enjoying working with John Arbon Textiles Yarnadelic at the moment. I’ll share the project when I’m done!

I have extra good stuff on Patreon if you fancy giving a monthly subscription a try. So far Patrons have received at least one free pattern per month and usually there’s an extra, more focused video too. Not to mention opportunities to name designs and get involved in other ways….

Or, if that’s a bit much, you can buy me a coffee HERE (it’d be tea actually but you know, it’s Ko-fi not Ko-tea)

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Ruffled Feathers appears in issue 128 of Inside Crochet magazine
My Ticking Mitts appear in issue 128 of Inside Crochet
Don’t ask, I just don’t know….

How to make Tassels

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!

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Easy to make Tassels

Z&RCrochet Podcast 80. Gathering Dust

Hi! Welcome to episode 80 of the Zeens and Roger Crochet Podcast! To watch the episode, click on the pic above or go HERE to my YouTube channel. Thanks

Oh, and don’t forget, there is a FLASH SALE over on Ravelry and Etsy until midnight on Sunday 6th September.

Links:

HG Designs on YouTube. I’m giving away one copy of Heather’s latest jumper design, Revival on the episode, watch to find out how to win!

Free Granny Square pattern

Free C2C Needle case pattern

Throwing Shapes is available on Ravelry and Etsy, (any moment now) Lovecrafts

If you’re on Instagram, follow me HERE. Then check out #YarnFriendsRock for daily prompts throughout this September challenge hosted by @Hookonepurlone et al

Do you want to support me in extra ways? Patreon is HERE, Buy me a ko-fi HERE and don’t forget to shout out about the free patterns you’ve made! Thank you so much xx

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C2C Needlecase. Free Pattern
Giant Red
Throwing Shapes
Free Granny Square pattern

C2C Needle Case. Free Crochet Pattern

I had a chat with my Patrons the 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 HERE or you can get more in depth patterns on Ravelry & Etsy

If this is a pattern you’ve enjoyed then please do think about jumping across to Patreon where (amongst other things) you get a say on the patterns I publish. Or perhaps you’d like to support me by giving a few quid on Ko-fi

Pattern

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!

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Viral. A Free Granny Square Pattern

A quick crochet pattern for you should you wish to have some granny square fun! I love these squares and I have had to stop myself from making them. They’re extremely addictive!

You can download the pdf pattern right here:

Let me know if you make some, I’d love to see. Cheers! x

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Z&R Crochet Podcast 79. Place Your Bets

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

Links:

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 out NOW and there is 20% off until the 31st of August on Ravelry and Etsy. It is also available from LoveCrafts. Read the story about it and its team mates HERE.

Join the Patreon gang! Please pop over and have a look HERE.

Failing that, feel free to buy me a coffee on KO-Fi (although it actually won’t be a coffee cos I don’t like it! – I’m saving up for a new camera so I can record a better quality podcast).

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Thank you xxx

Pattern coming soon. x

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Days of Summer: A Crochet Shawl Pattern

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, Etsy and in a day or two it’ll be up on Lovecrafts. 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.

Check out the others in the collection below…

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Emergence of Spring
Harvest Moon
Waking Winter

Granny Market Bag Pattern

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.

https://zeensandroger.com/2019/03/15/free-crochet-pattern-granny-market-bag/

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.

Hope you like it. Hope you make one! Cheers. x

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