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

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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.

* Written in UK terms (where it says tr, that’s a US dc, a UK DC is a US sc)

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 granny square pattern for when you want to have some granny square fun! I love these crochet squares and I have had to stop myself from making more and more of them. They’re extremely addictive!

Pattern

Notes: 

  • When making tr in the rows/ch-sps below, donโ€™t pull up the yarn too tight.
  • You need a 4mm (US G/6) hook and scrap dk acrylic or your own choice of yarn.
  • 3ch counts as 1tr stitch (US dc).
  • 2ch counts as 1htr stitch )US hdc).
  • Written in UK terms.
  • For rnd 3, when making the tr into rnd 1 , pull the loop up to the height of rnd 3. Complete as a normal tr.
  • Change colour on the last yrh of the htr join.

Special stitches:ย 
htr join: yrh (yarn round hook), insert hook in top of 3ch, yrh, pull through, yrh, pull through all 3 loops.

With YA chain 5 and join with a sl st.
Rnd 1: 3ch, 2tr, (2ch, 3tr) three times, htr join.

Rnd 2: 3ch, 2tr in ch-sp, *1ch, (3tr, 2ch, 3tr) in corner sp; rep from * twice, 3tr in ch-sp, 1htr join changing colour to YB on the last pull through (yrh). 

Rnd 3: 3ch, 1tr in 2ch-sp of rnd 1, 1tr, *1ch, (1tr in 1ch-sp, 1tr in middle tr of rnd 1, 1tr) in 1ch-sp, 1ch, (1tr, 1tr in ch-sp of rnd 1, 1tr, 2ch, 1tr, 1tr in ch-sp of rnd 1, 1tr, ) in corner ch-sp; rep from * twice, 1ch, (1tr in 1ch-sp, 1tr in middle tr of rnd 1, 1tr) in 1ch-sp, 1ch, 1tr, 1tr in ch-sp of rnd 1, 1tr, 1htr join.

Rnd 4: 3ch, 2tr in ch-sp, *1ch, [3tr in next 1ch-sp, 1ch] twice, **(3tr, 2ch, 3tr) in 2ch-sp; rep from *three times ending final rep at **, 3tr in corner ch-sp, 1htr join changing colour to YC on last pull through.

Rnd 5: 2ch, 1htr in corner ch-sp, htr to corner, *(2htr, 2ch, 2htr) in 2ch-sp, htr to corner; rep from twice, 2htr in corner ch-sp, 2ch and join with a sl st to top of 2ch.

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!

Please consider buying me a coffee with Ko-fi HERE (it won’t be coffee because I’m not keen, it’ll be added towards new equipment for the podcast and other crochet endeavours. Cheers)

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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Check out Heather’s podcast HERE.

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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.

For ad hoc extras, freebies and different opportunities, please consider supporting me on Patreon. Thank you. x

The Acre pullover from Pompom Quarterly

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See you in a few weeks! x

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