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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Z&R Crochet Podcast 78. Very Fluffy

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 HERE or click on the pic above to watch 78.

Links:

Encanto wrap by Claudia

Keep your eyes peeled for Revival. Heather’s YouTube channel is HERE

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Z&R Crochet Podcast 77. Pervy Voyeur

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!

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Cheers! xxx

Z&R Crochet Podcast. We Don’t Need Roads

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.

Links:

HGDesigns YouTube channel

The Acre Pullover

For purchasing my patterns: Etsy, LoveCrafts, and if you’re still using it, Ravelry. (I forgot to mention, the Sage Shrug has 20% off over on Etsy & Ravelry until the 7th of July.

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The skirt I made is this one: https://www.lovesewingmag.co.uk/product/wendy-ward-essential-skirt/

Playing with the ends of my grannies

Z&R Crochet Podcast 75. Frogged

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

Links:

I think you should watch Claudia’s (Crochet Luna!) interview with Kristy Glass Knits. It is HERE.

The Zelda wrap is available to buy on Ravelry and Etsy. There is 20% off until the 10th of June. The video tutorial is HERE.

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The Acre pullover from Pompom Quarterly

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See you in a few weeks! x

I didn’t take any more photos this week… 😦

Z&R Crochet Podcast 74. Next Row

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….

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Find me in the following places: Instagram, Ravelry, Etsy, Pinterest, Facebook

Support me on Patreon! Thank you! So far, Patrons have had first dibs at pattern testing, free patterns and big discounts. What’s next? Got a suggestion?

The blanket book by Ana Morais Soares is available on Amazon

Zali Zigzag chevron tutorial by Meet me at Mike’s

My beautiful Craft Slut bag and pin is from Fickle Craftroom

My cool new T-shirt is from @thefibrelounge

The winter issue of PomPom is no.31. I am making the Acre pullover with Malabrigo Mechita.

Loads of pictures below… keep scrolling!

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Cheers! x

Z&R Crochet Podcast 73. Loads of Yarn!

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

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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!

Support me on Patreon if you fancy!

Stop, Drop and Pop shawl

Zali Zigzag chevron by Meet me at Mikes

The Acre Sweater by Judith Brand featured in issue 31 of Pompom quarterly. Crochet Luna is co-hosting a CAL starting the 1st of May.

The Global Hookup – A monthly Zoom chat run by Fay of the Crochet Circle Podcast

Folkstone Harbour Yarn

Thanks! x

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Z&R Crochet Podcast 72. Smell the Trill

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.

Links and pics:

Zeens & Roger on Insta

Z&R on Patreon

Forager’s shawl

Stop, Drop & Pop shawl by the Crochet Project

I’m wearing the Dreamy Oversized cardi by Lauren Aston

Then The Loose Leaf sweater from My Crochet Wardobe by Cassie Ward

Cosy Crochet Blankets to Snuggle Under by Ana Morais Soares

Spectrum Fibre, Birdstreet UK, The Wool Kitchen, Loom, Somerset Yarns

The Marriner yarn is Aran Fleck with Tweed in shade 1502

Z&R Crochet Podcast 71. Squishy Old Bananas

Time for a fortnightly catch up already. Hope you’re well. Please click on the above picture to go to the latest episode or go HERE to YouTube for all my crochet related vids.

This episode includes me talking nonsense about really boring things. But there is hopefully enough crochet to keep you entertained for forty mins. Thanks so much for watching.

Not much in the way of links this week, most of the projects have been talked about in previous episodes or they’re not ready to be linked yet…

The Marriner yarn is Aran Fleck with Tweed in shade 1502.

Happy Frog free pattern.

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fighting frogs.