Crochet Bobble Edging: Video Tutorial

Finally!! I promised this months ago and here we are, I have pulled my finger out and made a tutorial for my crochet bobble edging. Rejoice!! It’s over on YouTube, the pic above is the link but feel free to travel HERE to the whole channel.

You can add this edging to pretty much any blanket, scarf, cushion etc. If the multiples don’t work then I’m all in favour of wangling it so that they do! Crochet is not offended by mild cheating. But for you sticklers out there it’s mults of 3, plus 1 and the corners [my corners are (2tr, 2ch, 2tr)].

For the swatch in the video and the rainbow edged striped blanket pictured here, I used Lucy’s Attic 24’s Granny Stripe tutorial. For more details of making a rainbow edged blanket I have a tutorial for that too! It’s HERE.

Just in case you want to know, I used some random acrylic dk and a 3.75mm hook, which might be a bit small if you have a tight tension.

I first came up with a version of it when I made Sandra’s Cherry Heart A Touch of Spice blanket. (This seems like a lifetime ago!). At the time I made a photo tutorial. It’s just ever so slightly different but it will help here if you want pics.

I’ve also used it on my crazy chevron blanket

 I’m currently slogging through it on this rainbow edged blanket

What do you reckon? I can tell you that it’s time consuming, and on a giant blanket you might get a bit miffed of having it take so long. However, it’s worth persevering as it looks great!

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Zeens and Roger Crochet Podcast. Episode 37

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Right, links are below. Please ask away if there’s something else you would like to know. Do click on the picture above to go directly to the latest episode of my crochet podcast or go HERE for the whole shebang. Cheers. x

Crochet Your Fade. Pop over and have a read of my blog post to find out more.

Episode 36. All my Fo’s are discussed in the previous episode. Rather than repeat myself, you might want to check out further info by watching.

Qing Fibre. Seriously gorgeous yarn. Swoon.

Here is the C2C blog post with all the info you need to make your own. Not a pattern necessarily, but a recipe.

C2C Pinterest board. In anticipation of the Crochetalong I’ve been busy collecting pictures

The Mount Tremper Sweater.

And finally, please watch just one minute of the Grocery Girls from Episode 61. Jump to 1 hour and 11 minutes for a fabulous PSA!

If there is something I’ve missed, give me a shout and I’ll do my best to help. x

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Crochet Your Fade

Another day, another crochet shawl. I really don’t need this many shawls. No one does. I daren’t count how many I have. It doesn’t matter. That’s not the point. It won’t stop me making more; you never know when the next one will be “it”. You know the one, your new favourite and the one you’ll wear all year if you can. There must be “it” shawls for everyone, yes? I know there must be because I’ve found the next “it” shawl!  It’s the Crochet Your Fade by Julme of My Square Hat. Crocheters have a new shawl to rival the very best of knitted shawls!

I made mine as a pattern test for Julme. Nearly a year ago, I saw her post a pic of her new design on Instagram and knew I had to make it. A few months ago we “met” during an online Global Hookup (check out The Crochet Circle Podcast for news about what and when these occur). When she said it was nearly ready I casually offered to test it.  Of course, once I’d done that, I was immediately planning what projects to ditch in favour of this fancy fading shawl.

It is very much like Andrea Mowry’s Find Your Fade, which got bonkersly popular a couple of years ago. Whilst, this crochet version takes inspiration from the original, the stitches are unique. I have no clue about other things to compare and contrast because I’m not much of a knitter (although, thanks to a recent workshop I attended, I can now do both English and Continental style!! Goooo me!!). I have reason to believe that this isn’t as big as the FYF; everyone said that one was huge. This one is long but it doesn’t swamp. The CYF didn’t take very long either and I think it’d be quicker to work up than knitting. Everything crochet is quicker, isn’t it?! One day I would very much love to make that gorgeous, shlankety knitted number but I need to get good with the sticks first. This hooked up version has tempered my Fade urges temporarily, for which I am very grateful.

I used a mixture of different yarns, probably breaking some rules in the process. They were all 4ply and all from independent yarn dyers but the contents of each skein was a different make-up. I ended up with silky high twists next to earthy BFLs next to superwash merinos, and speckles against tonals against splodge colourways (what’s the technical term here, please!?). Basically, I put together a hotchpotch of yarn that was already in stash. If I had a hank hidden away for a future project, it got pulled out for this. Future projects be damned. None of them were safe. I also unearthed leftovers from my own fade design, Holey Smokes! (I now feel like  massive loser, Holey Smokes! isn’t a patch on the Crochet Your Fade).

Last week we went for a jaunt up on Dartmoor. Hound Tor is our favourite part. The boys love scrambling over the tor, which is popular with rock climbers. I didn’t know what the weather would be like up there. It’s only a forty minute drive away but that place is in a world of its own. I took my shawl thinking I might need it. Also took the camera for family snaps and persuaded Husband to take eleventy hundred pics of me with my new crochet fave.

So it has had its first outing and I’m very happy! I think it’s the first of many outings but to be honest, I just like looking at it when it’s hanging on the coat rack!

Here are the yarns I used: looking top to bottom we have: Galactic by Somerset Yarns, Lawn Flamingo by Wanderlust Hues (a gift from by friend Claudia of Crochet Luna), Georgia Rose by Hedgerow Yarns (a birthday present to myself!), I can’t remember what the next one is called but it’s Hand dyed by Kate (it was supposed to go in a second Holey Smokes! but I fell out of love with my own design), Midnight Rave is another Somerset Yarns (from my original Holey Smokes!) and lastly, a beautiful shade of blue from a set of minis I got from Devon Sun Yarns at last year’s Stitch Fest South West in Totnes. Phew!

Right, I’m off to find the next “it” shawl… 😀

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Hotchpotch C2C Crochet bag

Do you like my new crochet bag!?! I love love love it!! It is made using the corner to corner stitch (or C2C as it’s often called) and is based on the Granny Hotchpotch bag I made a couple of months ago. I don’t think I wrote a blog post about that bag, which is a shame because it is lovely. Here it is…

The idea for both bags is for them to be the ultimate stash busters. You know the sort of thing, all those scraps you saved and don’t know what to do with but don’t want to throw away. I tied loads of them together using the magic knot and just got hooking.

Both the bags are made using my leftovers of Paintbox Simply Aran acrylic but you can use pretty much any yarn you want. It’s a hotchpotch of stuff, see?!

Below I will add a photo of the notes I scribbled to give you a better idea of what’s what. I’m not writing a specific pattern for this one. But before you disappear I will tell you where to find what else you might need/want…

  • For a video tutorial on how to make a small version of the granny bag go HERE. I give a bit of advice about lining (and zips!) too.
  • To hear me gush about the C2C version, go here to YouTube
  • To hear me go into a bit more detail about the granny version go HERE
  • I bought the bag straps from Amazon. Blue ones HERE. Brown ones HERE
  • Adding the handles is just a question of a few stitches through the holes. You will probably need to reinforce these by stitching through a layer of lining too.
  • Lengths of yarn: I saved the shorter ones for each end of the ball as that’s where the shorter rows will fall. Some in the middle might’ve been 4 or 5 gram balls (at a guess) but keep ’em all different for the best look.
  • I have started a board on Pinterest especially for Corner to Corner crochet – I love it that much!
  • For a more thorough C2C bag pattern I have one for sale in Ravelry. It has photo tutorials on the C2C stitch, how to line the bag and add the magnetic clasp.

These are the ones I have on Ravelry. There are 3 bag designs in one pattern.

I haven’t got a muffin top usually. It’s just bulky material as this top is actually a dress!

Right, the notes are extremely basic but I reckon you’ll be able to glean most of the info you need from them. Give us a shout if they befuddle, baffle or bemuse.

If you make a bag of your own, don’t forget to get in touch to tell me all about it! #zeensandroger @zeensandroger over of IG. Sharing a free pattern, no matter how casual it may seem, takes a lot of work. Seeing credit given will always put a smile of the desginer’s face. 😀

You may be interested to know that I’m going to host a C2C Crochetalong in the autumn. I will come back with more info about that nearer the time. All I know is that it’ll be a blast! Cheers. x

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Zeens & Roger Crochet Podcast. Episode 36!

Long time no see! Going OK?! …. Right, I’m getting stuck right in. Here is Episode 36 of the Zeens & Roger Crochet Podcast / Vlogcast (same thing, innit?!). Click on the pic above to go directly to the episode. Check out the whole YouTube channel HERE.

I haven’t taken up to date pics but there are a couple of progress shots below. And the links to stuff are… :

John Arbon Knit By Numbers 4ply.

Wool on the Exe – LYS

Yarndale. You’ve probs heard of it!

The Crochet Your Fade shawl is coming soon via Julme/MY Square Hat on Ravlery. HERE.

C2C dreaming…. Here is my C2C Pinterest board. Got any pics? Send them my way.

Somerset Yarns. Great colour ways.

Knitcrate. I forgot to mention that if you fancy a subscription box more than I do, ZEENSANDROGER20 is the code you need to get a discount off your first box.

You can find me in the following places: Instagram, Ravelry, Facebook, Pinterest.

Cheers. X

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August Garden

Hello! It has been aaaages! How’s it going? I haven’t written for nearly a month! I’ve been working on crochet commissions and hanging out with the boys as the summer holidays have started. I wanted to write a garden update a week or two ago but either we weren’t here or the light wasn’t right for photo taking. I’ve given up on waiting to take more pictures so I’m sharing what I have manged to snap.

Flowers first. I’m thrilled that the white anemone has bloomed for the first time. I bought it about four years ago and planted it down at the very bottom of the garden. It had never been happy there and not once did I see a flower after its  first year. I dug it up last year and plonked it in a pot to live nearer the house. Hey presto! Flowers! I love anemones. I don’t suppose they’re anything special but I don’t care. They’re definitely a favourite.

See? I have a pink one too! These flowers have always been happy sharing a corner with ferns.

This plumbago lives next to the pink anemone and the ferns. It looks like the ferns are spreading and will swamp it. I ought to move it but don’t know where it could go. Given the opportunity, I think this could get much much bigger. Where would it be happiest? The borders are where I do a lot of guess work. I’ll do some research.

Then there are the patio plants. This is what I was waiting to capture; none of these photos really show what’s what. Maybe it’s a good thing there are no other images, it isn’t the best bunch of pots I’ve ever had. The prolonged high temps made things leggy and sparse. But the boys chose this year’s plants and they chose bright things. The flowers that have come out really do make an impact. Sort of. All the summer’s rain seems to have fallen in this single past week. I wonder if it’ll pep things up. Then I can ask the sun to come for a photo opportunity! Quick, please, before the autumn comes!

Veg patch. I’ve been much better at keeping things tidy this year. It helps to have more plants waiting in the wings. There has been no room for laziness. Once the mange tout was over, once I’d pulled up all the (sadly, maggotty) carrots and eaten all the broad beans, I pulled it all out to make room for leeks and purple sprouting.

I got the leek seedlings from my step dad and the purple sprouting from the garden centre. I have tried growing both from seed before but I no longer see the point. I didn’t like the tangle of microscopic leeks that you had to wrangle (and you get too many – even without sowing them all). And caterpillars ate all my PS babies (I can’t be bothered to keep typing purple sprouting). I don’t feel the need to cheat in the garden all that often but there are times when it works out for the best. Courgettes, for example, I buy two plants each year because you don’t need more than that. Even if you made all the chutney and cake to feed an entire town, there would still be a magic porridge pot of mini marrows.

Anyway, I made a PS net house.  Three sodding hours it took me to build! I had to sew the netting together at the joins, which took ages. But, I have noticed lots of healthy growth and no butterflies. I was told to build it high as butterflies drop their eggs like bombs! Cheeky buggers. I’ve had to make a few repairs already as the cat has seen it as a daily challenge to break and enter. Pfft. I am hoping my efforts will be rewarded with the gloriousness of the best vegetable in the whole world! (Now that I’ve written that I realise that they’re all my favourite vegetables. I’m growing all my favourites! Of course I am, I wouldn’t grow ones I didn’t like, duh).

Finally. Have you ever happened upon a mystery squash? There’s one in the herb bed. I thought it was going to be a butternut. It’s not. I grew them once so wondered if it was a rogue seed.  The other option is it’s a pumpkin. I grew mini pumpkins about five years ago. This isn’t mini. Whilst it isn’t orange, I’m guessing it’s a Halloween job. Last year I chucked the carved ones on the veg bed to rot down. There must have been seeds  left in one of them. Do they turn orange at a later date? Squash Watch is a thing now.

Oh, hang on the rain has stopped. Right, I’m off outside. Whilst I’m gone, let me know what’s going on in your patch? Cheers. x

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Zeens & Roger: Crochet Podcast 35!

Another two weeks have passed and that means it crochet podcast (vlogcast) time! This one is much bigger than I thought it’d be, there are lots of things to share. Get the kettle on, grab something crafty to work on, and sit down for some crochet chat. Click on the pic above to travel to the episode or check out my YouTube channel HERE. And don’t forget to take a peek at some of the photos below for a quick idea of what’s what. Ta very much. x

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Here are some links to things you might want to know more about:

Rapture. My new shawl design is out! Please go HERE for the blog post all about it. Or go to Ravelry HERE to get straight to the pattern.

Smoke on the Water. Another new shawl release! No wonder I’ve felt busy! Blog post is HERE, the pattern over on Ravelry is HERE.

Olann and. A free online magazine all about the love of wool! HERE is the link you need to get the Granny Market bag free pattern.

The Geo Rainbow C2C bag. I’ve now released this an independent pattern. It originally featured in the celebratory issue 100 of my fave crochet magazine: Inside Crochet.

John Arbon Textiles. Knit by Numbers.

Hotch Potch Granny. More info about that granny bag I flashed!

Knitcrate. If you’d like to sign up to their subscription boxes you can get a 20% discount off your first box with the code ZEENSANDROGER20. It’s a pretty reasonable price anyway but a little discount is always a nice thing 😀

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The Rapture Shawl. It’s Here!!

My latest crochet shawl design has been released into the wild!! Hurray! It’s doozy too. Have you seen crochet brioche yet? I am completely in love with it!

Over the last few months Rapture has made appearances on the YouTube podcast but I don’t think I’ve made mention of it here. Do you like it?! It has been such a total joy to work on but the relief that I’m at publication point is huge!

To get yourself a copy go HERE to Ravelry!

Want to know more about Rapture? Read on…

I started making it in March after I’d been to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. Three of the skeins I used came from yarn I picked up there. I knew that they’d be a crescent shawl when I saw them together, I just knew! Rapture is the second in a possible trilogy of shawls that use a snazzy brioche style border (The first shawl is One Way of Another, which was featured in issue 102 of Inside Crochet magazine and soon to be released on Ravelry – see the bottom of this post for a pic. As for the third shawl? I might try swatching for that tonight… I hope my idea works… Can you guess it’s name?).

Brioche is huge in knitting right now and I can see why, it looks amazing. I love the colour-play that can be achieved, and I love that it lays perpendicular to other rows of stitches. And whilst it’s everywhere in knitting it’s not every where in crochet. Yet. However, over the last year or so I have seen it creeping into creative designer’s work.

There are a couple of different ways you can achieve the look but mostly it’s a form of interlocking crochet. Check out Addydae Designs squishy socks, Miss Neriss’ fab hatMamachee’s cute cowl, or have a look at this selection on Ravelry (I typed in brioche crochet and these are the ones that came up!).

Once I’d made it, it took a while to write up the instructions. It was a mammoth task; the border required a lot of working out. Don’t worry though, it’s pretty *easy to crochet up, just a bugger to write down! It’s been through rigorous tech editing [big thanks to Deb from Find me Knitting] and testing too [thanks testing crew!!], I didn’t want any mistakes creeping through.

I have tried my absolute best to cover all bases. There is a chart where I think it’s useful to have a chart, a table of stitch counts & colour changes, and for the border I have made a video tutorial as I think it’s sometimes easier to show you how it’s done rather than make you read all the text (although that text is super important, you do need to read it!! Haha!).

* It is quite easy but this shawl is probably suited to a confident intermediate crocheter.

For this pattern, I want you to have a fun and relaxing time whilst you create your shawl. As such, there aren’t many places where you have to count out stitches. Once the set up rows are done, the main body of the shawl can be done in a fairly free way. Once you’ve set up the first row of the edging, there’s really very little counting you need to do. Mind you, if you’re a stickler for a stitch count, it’s there for you to follow.

Anything else I need to tell you? Hmm, I don’t think so but please get in touch if you have any questions, I’ve love to hear from you. And once you’ve made yours, please add it to Ravelry, I would very much appreciate it. There’s always Instagram too… #zeensandroger

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One Way or Another. A triangle shaped shawl.

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Granny Market Bag. Free Crochet Pattern

If you’re a bag lady like me, you might be interested to learn that I have a new granny market bag pattern in the latest issue of Olann and magazine. (I’m not even going to mention the fact that it’s made of granny stitches, or the fact that I said I’d back off granny for a bit).

Olann and is a fabulous online magazine and it’s completely free! It’s a brilliant and beautiful resource for all kinds of yarny goodness. Whether you’re a crocheter, knitter or an all round fan of fibre and crafts, you’ll definitely find something in there that you’ll like.  I’m coming off like an annoying ad (soz about that), I don’t mean to, honest, I just happen to really like this magazine; the fact that it’s free is amazing. One of my favourite things is that crochet is so heartily included within the issues. No second class status for us hook wielding folk!

Please go HERE, which takes you directly to the pattern.

I wish I’d had the wherewithal to take another picture so you could see its rounded granny bottom. However, fear not! If you pop over to find the pattern you get to see a couple more pics, and another variation of colours with different striping too!

Deirdre and Lora also have a podcast on YouTube that you might fancy checking out. There’s usually plenty of giggles and a good selection of things they’ve made. Thanks go to Fay from the Crochet Circle Podcast for introducing me to them!

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Smoke on the Water. A New Crochet Shawl!

I have a new pattern out! Yay! Do you remember my crochet fade shawl, Holey Smokes!? Well this one is has evolved from that. Lacy sections of crochet combined with gorgeous texture always  looks beautiful so that stays, it’s in the original and it’s in this. I love a triangle shawl but wanted something that wasn’t as deep as the original so I’ve played around with shaping. I was also desperate to try a Scheepjes Whirl and needed an excuse to buy one! I thought Holey Smokes! would work well with this yarn but as I wanted to try a shallower shawl design, I’ve come up with a new take. Therefore, we now have Smoke on the Water! This also has a simple yet pretty border, which is a lovely new feature.

This pattern includes the written instructions, a chart diagram, oh so important stitch counts and step-by-step photographs of the main stitch used. For the more visual learner there’s a YouTube tutorial demonstrating the crossed treble stitch. All the info you need is in the pattern; want to get yourself a copy?

Head over to RAVELRY NOW for a 20% discount!! (until July 25th)

It’s a large shawl (my favourite kind!), that uses most of one Scheepjes Whirl but you can always make a shawlette by leaving out the final pattern repeat and adding the border sooner.

What do you think? If you make one, please do add it to your project page on Ravelry, it’s a great to see your makes!

Check out more pictures below…

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