“Little Lenny” Cushion

It’s safe to state I’m a bit on a roll when it comes to finishing projects, and boy-oh-boy does that feel good. Especially since I’ve accumulated quite the list of free patterns over the past year (the bookmaking year ;-)), that I – of course – still want to share here!

“Little Lenny” is one of them; I have nothing but fun memories linked to this cute little pattern. It was offered as a freebie for the workshops taught during the my book launch parties, and was part of the “Colorful Crochet”-book tour as well.

Twenty-five “Little Lennies” first became a rectangular cushion (project for CraftKitchen), and simply because I could not stop playing, another 25 recently became thís square and more colorful version of that. I really love both, and am happily sharing the free pattern with you: enjoy!

“Little Lenny Cushion”
(US terms used – a Dutch version of this pattern can be found here – short version of the pattern in English is here – to convert cm to inches, click here)

Stiches:
slst: slip stitch
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet

I’ve used a “join-as-you-go”-method to attach my squares; this is done in the last round (round 3). You’ll find this method described in the pattern as well as, plus some helpful photos. Of course you can join your squares any other way, if you like.

Things you’ll need:
Any (leftover) yarn, in a color combo that tickles your fancy (or suits your decor).
For the rectangular one I used:
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* Durable Cosy Fine (Rose 226, Deep Fuchsia 238, Lime 352, Ivory 326);
* 5 mm crochet hook, scissors, darning needle, cushion insert 60 cm x 40 cm.

You can easily attach your crochet front to a bought cushion, but if you want to sew your own, you’ll be needing fabric too:
– for the front:
* a piece of 42 cm x 42 cm, off-white (all measurements include a seam allowance);
* for the small strip (color matching the colors in your project):
1 piece measuring 5 cm x 42 cm;
* 1 piece of fabric matching the colors in your project: 19 cm x 42 cm.

– for the back:
– 2 x 50 cm x 42 cm (if you want to make a so called “envelope-style” back – handy tutorial here – for easy removal of your insert); if you do not want that, 1 piece of 62 cm x 42 cm will do.

For the colorful, square cushion I used:
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* Durable Cosy Fine, colors Coral 2190, Mandarin 2197, Honey 2179, Baby Blue 2124, Blue Grey 289, Turquoise 371, Ivory 326, Emerald 2135, Lime 352, Mint 2137, Deep Fuchsia 238, Vintage Pink 225, Raspberry 228, Rose 226, Violet 272;
* crochet hook 5,5 mm;
* cushion insert: 45 cm x 45 cm;
* fabric for the cushion cover (2 pieces of 47 cm x 47 cm)

“Little Lenny”-motif: crochet 25 (pattern in Dutch is right here)

round 1:  in a magic circle (or, chain 8, close with slip stitch in the 1st chain to form a ring): ch4 (=1st dc + ch1); * 1dc, ch1 **: repeat 14 more times, slip stitch into top of 1st stitch (= 3rd chain of the begin-ch4), pull circle/ring tight (16dc, including 1st ch3, and 16 ch1-spaces); fasten off, or – when you’re crocheting your square in 1 color – slip stitch into the next ch1-space;

round 2: (with same or new color – attach yarn in any ch-1-space of the previous round, or slip stitch into this space): ch5 (= 1st dc + ch2); * 1dc, ch2 **; repeat from * to ** 14 more times; slip stitch in top of 1st stitch (= 3rd chain of 5-begin-chains), your now see: 16dc and 16 chain2-spaces, fasten off, or when you’re crocheting your square in 1 color – slip stitch into the next ch2-space;

round 3: (with same or new color – start in any ch2-space of the previous round): * 1sc; in next ch2-space: 1 sc, 3hdc, 1sc; in next ch2-space: 1 sc; in next ch2-space: 2hdc, 1dc, ch2, 1dc, 2hdc (corner made) **; repeat from * to ** 3 more times; slst in 1st stitch, (16 sc, 28 hdc, 8 dc and 4 corners of ch2-spaces each); fasten off; sew in all your ends.

round 3 – Join-As-You-Go:
This round is crocheted as the regular round 3, but with a few changes – to make things easier, I’ve described this joining-round in full:

(with the same or a new color, slip stitch to/or attach yarn in the next ch2-space), crochet (sc, 3hdc, sc) in this ch2-space, sc in next ch2-space, in the next ch2-space: * (2hdc, dc, ch1, make the loop on your hook a bit bigger and remove your hook from the loop, put the hook – back to front – through the ch2-corner space of the motif you’re attaching your current square to (from hereon referred to as “motif 1”), put the loop back on your hook, pull this loop through the ch2-corner space of “motif 1”, chain 1, and continue crocheting on your current motif (from hereon called “motif 2”): dc, 2hdc); you’ve now succesfully attached the 1st corner of your motif 2 to a corner of motif 1;
sc in next ch2-space, in the next ch2-space you crochet (sc, 2hdc, remove your hook from the loop, put your hook back to front through the corresponding stitch of motif 1 – this is the 2nd hdc – put the loop back on your hook and crochet 1 more hdc in motif 2, sc): motif 2 attached in the middle of the square to motif 1, sc; sc in next ch2-space **;
repeat from * to **, attaching in (a) corner(s) and in the middle of (a) square(s) where needed; close this round with a slip stitch in the first sc; fasten off.

This “join-as-you-go”-method is called the “pull loop through”-method – a short, but great instruction video can be found here.
Tip: whenever you need to attach a square in a corner where 2 (or 3) squares have already been joined, you’ll want to put your hook through the joining-chain that lies on top of all the other joining-chains.

Happy crocheting all y’all – I’d love to see your “Little Lenny”-projects, so please share (via email: marianne@marrose-ccc.com , or under the hashtag #littlelennygrannysquare).

Love,
Marianne xx

“LANGetantjesetjesjaal”

The designer of this lovely scarf, one of the infamous “Borgo Babes” and a very sweet crafty friend, Lisette – aka “Tante Setje” / “Little auntie Set” in English – allowed me to translate the pattern for you in English and publish it here on the “maRRose-blog”, pretty cool, huh?

To celebrate “RitsIn” ‘s birthday, owners Evelien & Mieke threw an awesome yarn related birthday party in their delightful shop a few weeks ago, together with “Lang Yarns” and Lisette. I was one of the lucky girls to be invited to the party, so off to Zwolle I went one sunny fall afternoon.

All attendees were asked beforehand to pick a color combination using “Lang Yarns Merino+” and “Lang Yarns Viva Merino Fine”, and I picked “Merino+” color 152.0119 (shade chart here), and “Viva” color 941.0065 (all colors here).

Lisette, knowing all too well that crocheting a complicated pattern would not come to any crochet-fruition when a group of crafty friends meets, came up with this rather easy, yet very effective design, and YES, we all got a head start on the project PLUS talked, and talked, and talked some more while crocheting … ;-). Not only sweet and talented, but a smart cookie too, this wonderful ‘Tante Setje’!

And, no surprise: the scarf is an instant Instagram hit! The pattern itself is – as said – easy-peasy, but by using the two different kinds of yarn and colors, the outcome is rather fantastic! I absolutely love my “LANGetantjesetjesjaal”!
It’s wonderfully soft and a pleasure to wear, and seeing the many color combinations under the hashtag #LANGetantesetjesjaal”, I honestly want to start another one …

So, without further ado, if you’re Dutch and want to make this fab scarf: here is where you find Lisette’s pattern. Also, for you lovely Dutch people: a couple of the “LANGetantesetjesjaals” will be on display at “Echtstudio” this coming week during the “KreaDoe”-craft fair. “Echtstudio” will bring a vast supply of Lang Yarns “Merino+” and “Viva”, so you can get started on your scarf right away! Or … you can shop online right here!
You’ll find my “LANGetantesetjesjaal” there too – I’ll be bringing it with me to “KreaDoe”.
After you have admired the scarves and gorgeous “Lang Yarns” on display, please don’t forget to come and say “hi”: you’ll find me at the “CraftKitchen”-stand both Wednesday (with Lisanne) and Thursday (with Liza) – and the rest of the CK-team all other days!
Oh, and I’ve decided to extend the time to enter the giveaway to win two tickets for the fair with one more day; just visit this link, leave a comment, and you’re IN!

And here’s the pattern in English:

“Lisette’s ‘LANG’ scarf”
(US terminology used – all tutorial photos: copy right Lisette)

Things you’ll need:
3 balls of “Lang Yarns Merino+”,
3 balls of “Lang Yarns Viva,
(in any color combination)
5 mm or 6 mm crochet hook (your tension is key – I crocheted my scarf with a 6 mm hook), darning needle, scissors, tape measure

Size:
approx. 220 cm (tassels included) x approx. 20 cm

You can easily adjust the size of your scarf, as long as the stitches of your foundation chain are a multiple of 2.

ROW 1: chain 300 with the “Merino+”; in the second chain from your hook you crochet a single crochet; * crochet a chain, skip the next chain of your foundation chain, crochet a single crochet in the following chain of your foundation chain **; repeat from * to ** until there are 2 chains on your foundation chain left. Chain one, start making a single crochet, but finish the last part of this stitch with the “Viva”, thus fastening off the “Merino” and attaching the “Viva”. Turn your work.

ROW 2: chain 1, crochet a single crochet in the chain-space made in the previous row, * chain 1, single crochet in the next chain-space made in the previous row **; repeat from * to **; end this row with a single crochet in the first chain-space of your previous row, turn your work.

ROW 3: chain 1, crochet a single crochet in the chain-space of the previous row, * chain 1, single crochet in the next chain-space made in the previous row **; repeat from * to **; end this row with a single crochet in the first chain-space made in the previous row, but finish this stitch with the “Merino+” (just like you did in row 1 – this way you’re fastening off the “Viva”, and attaching the “Merino+”). Turn your work.

ROW 4-31: continue the routine as described above until you have crocheted 31 rows; remember to continuously crochet 1 row of the “Merino+” and 2 rows of the “Viva”.

ROW 32: chain 1 with the “Merino+”, crochet a slip stitch in every single crochet and chain-one space made in the previous row; fasten off.

Add tassels on both short sides of your scarf, using the “Merino+”.

Enjoy wearing your beautiful scarf!

Love,
Marianne xx

“Big Bobble Cowl” by Jacqueline

It seems as if I’ve only been going to crochet parties lately. Not that there’s anything wrong with this, or something to complain about: ‘au contraire’, it’s absolutely wonderful spending time with people that are passionate about the same things that you put your heart into. And besides, life’s too short to not grab every chance you have to celebrate and have fun, right?
Sunday September 10, 2017 three lovely ladies – Heleen, Jacqueline & Lotte – organized their first “Haken & Plukken-feest”.
The location where the party was held – pluktuin “Pluk”, in Haalderen –  and its setting was so beautiful: a huge garden of wildflowers, sitting next to a festively decorated and equally delightfully styled greenhouse, where we, a bunch of about 20 crochet-loving ladies, were treated to delicious cakes and a lunch buffet, yummie yarns, and gorgeous flowers, that we could all handpick ourselves.
The girls really outdid themselves in every possible way!

Jacqueline designed, especially for this occasion, a very nice cowl, the “Big Bobble Cowl”, and graciously allowed me to translate the pattern for you in English and post it here on my blog.
The Dutch pattern – called “The Big Bobble Col” – can be found on Lisanne’s blog / Draad & Praat (link here).
Immediately at the beginning of the party we were gifted two balls of LangYarns “Mila” – such a fab name 😉 – with which one cowl can be crocheted.
In the generous goodie bag we were sent home with I also found – amongst all kinds of lovely gifts – a ball of LangYarns “Mille Colori Big”, and I fell head over heals in love with its colors. I couldn’t wait to sink my hook into that awesome “thousand colors”-ball and crochet my cowl with it.And I love-love-love how it turned out!
To tell you the truth, I not always like variegated yarn when it is crocheted up (usually it is prettier when knitted with, imho), but this combination of yarn&pattern is just perfect! And so soft … I’m very happy with my “Big Bobble Cowl”! Oh, and how’s that cute label by Mez11?

The “Mille Colori Big” is a 50% virgin wool and a 50% polyacryl, 200 gramms, about 190 metres, suggested hook/needles size 9 mm.
I used a 10 mm hook for the cowl, and a 8 mm hook for the border.

So with a big “thank you” to Jacqueline, here’s her “Big Bobble Cowl” in English:

Materials:

  • 2 balls LangYarns “Mila Color Superwash” (or, 1 ball of the “Mille Colori Big”)
  • 8 mm hook
  • yarn/darning needle
  • scissors

Jacqueline used a crochet hook 2 sizes bigger than the one suggested for the “Mila”. The cowl is crocheted lengthwise in the bobble stitch pattern as described.
This way it is easy to adapt to maybe even a version that goes around your neck twice (in which case you’ll obviously need more yarn).

Stitches (US terms used):

chain | turning chain | single crochet | treble crochet | bobble stitch (a cluster of 6 treble crochet stitches, also referred to as: 6-trtog: 6 trebles crocheted together) *…** repeat the instructions between * and **

How to crochet the bobble stitch/6 trebles, crocheted together: 

* yarn over hook twice, insert hook in stitch or space indicated and pull up a loop (four loops on your hook). Yarn over and pull yarn through two loops (three loops remain on your hook). Again, make a yarn over and pull yarn through two loops (two loops remain on your hook **; repeat from * to ** 5 more times (7 loops on your hook); yarn over and pull through all 7 loops (1 6-tr-bobble / 6-trtog made).

Pattern:

Chain 22 (multiple of 4 + 1 + 1 turning chain).

Row 1
Crochet a single crochet in the 2nd chain from your hook; * chain 1, skip 1 stitch, 1 bobble stitch (= 6 trebles together), chain 1, skip 1 stitch, 1 single crochet **; repeat from * to ** four more times.

Row 2
Chain 4; * 1 single crochet in the stitch sitting on top of the bobble stitch from the previous row, chain 1, 1 bobble stitch in the single crochet stitch from the previous row, chain 1 **; repeat three more times from * to **; end this row with a treble crochet in the 1 single crochet stitch made in the previous row.

Row 3
1 turning chain; 1 single crochet in the treble crochet of the previous row; * chain 1, 1 bobble stitch in the single crochet stitch made in the previous row, chain 1, 1 single crochet in the bobble stitch made in the previous row **; repeat four times, and crochet the last single crochet stitch in the 3rd chain of the chain-4 from the previous row.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until your cowl fits comfortably around your neck.

Chart:

Fasten off, leaving a long end with which you can sew your piece of crochet into a cowl Sew in all ends, and single crochet all around the top and bottom of your cowl for a nice finishing touch. Add your own (leather) label to personalize your wonderfully warm & cozy cowl, and enjoy wearing it!Love,
Marianne xx