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Market shopper crochet bag

Market shopper crochet bag

Market shopper crochet bag

Who wouldn’t want to go to the market with this super cute boho shopper bag?!, I have made many bags in my design career but this one has stolen my heart!, I worked over 3 weeks on it! I did and undid plenty of times until I figure out what I wanted it to look like, I am now very happy with the result!. The Hemp twine reminds me of those Saturday morning going to the market with my grandfather, he was disabled so I had to carry the bag for him, it was very much this shape, I added the colour cotton yarn because I really wanted a boho style to it. This bag is easy to make, and it works up fast! happy farmer’s market! 🙂

market shopper crochet bag

This market shopper crochet bag pattern is easy to make and the materials are quite affordable, I got a big ball of hemp twine from the garden center, I would say it is more or less the same size as the worsted cotton I used for the colours, this way it is quite simple to make it. I call it shopper bag but that doesn’t mean you cannot use it for the beach or to carry your book to the coffee shop for a lazy Sunday morning brunch!

You can find the pattern on all my shops, fancy getting a free pattern when you buy this one?, visit Ravelry give it a heart (add to favourites), once you buy the pattern use the coupon ‘onefree’ to get any of my single patterns for free!

 The market shopper is also on my Etsy and Craftsy shops. If you fancy making this type of boho bags, I have few more patterns on my shops, check them out here

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Spring layer up pullover

Spring layer up pullover crochet pattern

spring layer pullover crochet pattern

I like to wear layers, this crochet pullover pattern is my answer to the spring in London, spring in the city is a messy affair, it can get quite cold, sunny and mostly rainy!, you kind of have to prepare for any type of weather!, layering up is my way of coping with the weather, I like to wear this crochet pullover… well over my dresses, it makes the outfit look new!

spring layer pullover crochet pattern

Get the pattern for only $3!

This pattern uses a limited number of stitches, it is seamless and it is worked from the top down, I have written only one size S/M but I give instructions of how to make it larger or smaller.

I used two types of yarn a worsted weight yarn (aran) and a light worsted weight one (dk), with a H hook (5mm), the pullover is meant to be oversize for maximum comfort.

I made the sample and wrote the pattern on a weekend, so I would say it will take a couple of sittings, or a couple of movies in my case!, to finnish it!, have something to do this weekend?, fancy making it? well you can get it now for only $3 on Ravelry and Craftsy!

Spring layer up pullover

I have a few new projects coming up in the next weeks, I will be releasing three new knitting patterns very soon and three new crochet patterns too!, I have decided to reward all the people that follow me via email, so if you are interested in getting a really good deal on all of these new patterns sign up here for my newsletter

 

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It’s my birthday! you get 46% off! (guess how old am I? :)

It’s my birthday! you get 46% off!, guess how old am I?

LuzPatterns.com 46% off discount

Hi lovelies!

Every year I do the same thing, you get the discount according to my age! getting older so getting a bigger discount! this year is 46% off all my patterns on Etsy and Ravelry, enter code “birthday”, on both shops to get your discount!

Offer runs all the weekend! 19th and 20th of March!

Happy Crocheting and Knitting!

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New loop cowl crochet pattern

loop crochet pattern

I have been working on this new loop cowl crochet pattern for a while now, lately I seem to be working in a few things at the same time, I changed the stitching for this cowl pattern a few times! I wanted to be very structural almost architectural.

One of my favourite things about crochet is the fact that you can do so many textures, I think I would have prefer it to be a bit more bulky, maybe I will be making it in a much bulkier yarn next time!

New loop cowl crochet pattern

I am happy with the results tho, I think it looks very different for other cowls I have made, I like the fact that it is very snug in the neck, and if you choose your yarn appropriately this could become the best handmade piece you ever made!

New loop cowl crochet pattern

As always you can find it in all my shops, Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy

Wishing you all a lovely weekend! crochet you later!

Luz xx

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Natcromo offer buy 3 bags pattern get 1 free!

Natcromo offer buy 3 bags pattern get 1 free!

Natcromo offer buy 3 bags pattern get 1 free!

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Good Morning all!

To celebrate Natcromo (National crochet month), I am offering a great deal all month!. Simply visit my Ravelry shop and add 4 of my bags patterns on your shopping cart, you will automatically get an extra pattern for free!

Today I am a very lucky crochet designer! I have been featured in Crochetville, one of the most influential crochet websites online!

Amy and Donna, the lovely ladies who run the site, have been kind enough to include my brand within their NATCROMO blog tour. I am very honored to be among these designers!. The blog tour includes some of the best in the industry, make sure you visit this month for a good pick on what is going on in the beautiful world or crochet!

Natcromo offer buy 3 bags pattern get 1 free!

Some of my bags patterns are for very beginners, you can make the shopper’s (second row fourth picture) or a very stylish messenger bag (second row, second bag), or if you really want a bit of a challenge you could do the boho bag (third row, second bag). Whatever you decide to make I hope you enjoy the National Crochet Month! I particularly think is crochet month should be every month!

Best Wishes

Luz

 

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DIY upcycled leather tote bag pattern

DIY upcycled leather tote bag pattern

DIY upcycled leather tote bag pattern

A while back, I made diy upcycled leather tote out of a leather coat. I have been contacted quite a few times over this project, quite a few of my blog followers wanted to make something similar, but the common thread was that the project was a bit complicated for some sewers.

Most people love the idea of turning an old coat into something useful so I decided to make this tote. The design is quite simple but with the addition of the leather makes the bag a total different item, this is a more modern urban bag.

DIY upcycled leather tote bag pattern

Wearing this diy leather tote is a fashion statement!, for most part I don’t follow fashion as I used to, I am getting older and I now know what I like and what I don’t, I don’t need anyone else telling me what is it.

This is the reason I like this tote, it is so practical, fashionable, really good looking and fashion conscious, also who says DIY pieces are not upto the standard of shop bought stuff?, I ruled my life by the moto: “you are as good as what you make”, that goes for everything, food, diy, crocheting, sewing, motherhood, friendships… if you put the effort into it then it better be worth it!

DIY upcycled leather tote bag pattern

When it comes to put things together, I quite like to have fun!, who says you cannot have a lace printed cotton fabric for the lining?
DIY upcycled leather tote bag pattern

This is already my favourite bag! you can see it in this picture but in real live she is on my shoulder!, you can buy the sewing pattern from my Etsy shop and Craftsy shops, I wish I could list it on Ravelry but there was yarn business in the making of this bag! 🙂

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DIY cozy knitted blanket

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Hello all, I wanted to share this diy knitted blanket I have worked on over Christmas, there was a lot of watching movies so I sneaked a bit (or a lot!) of knitting whilst watching!

A long time ago I bought an assorted pack of yarn from Yeoman yarns, it it there was a couple of different colours of red, blues, and creams wool, I didn’t really know what to do them and so there were in a big box unopened

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I always think the when the inspiration strikes I will be ready! As I said over Christmas there was a lot of hanging around eating and being merry so when I opened the box I was delighted to see what was inside!, I used up three full cones of yarn!, plus a few skeins of wool that were hanging around, this is now my favourite piece of textile that I have made, it is not fancy, it is not even that clever but you know what it is?

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Mine!

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Hello 🙂Big knitted blanket - 1 (1)

This is how I work in my living room!, the kids are allowed under it when there is no eating or drinking around it!, I just loved knitting this blanket, there was just knitting and purling and adding the colours as I pleased, mindless and calming… I have not got into the colouring books for adults so this is my version of ‘just keeping my mind busy’

I hope you enjoy this post, if you do please leave a comment below telling me what is it that you do just to keep your mind busy/calm?

Have a great day! even if it is raining outside… there is always a knitting/crocheting/sewing/cooking lovely thing to do! 🙂

Luz xx

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Healthy food at home

Beetroot soupI have been posting on instagram the food that we eat at home. Healthy for most part and vegan for most part too, my kids eat anything but me and my partner have decided to give vegan food a go, and I must say it has been quite delicious!.

This little post is meant to serve you as inspiration if you want to start eating a bit more healthy but don’t know where to start, I found the above beetroot soup the most satisfying yet!
Black bean curry - 1

About the Black bean curry above my 8 year old son said: “This is actually really good!” it had so much spinach and sweet garden peas, I can see why he liked it!breakfast - 1Above is my morning starter, I cannot function without a big warm fruity bowl of porridge and fruits, every day might change, sometimes is berries, sometimes is bananas… whatever is on the fruit bowl!

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Lentils with hummus and baby corn, a very satisfying lunch!, sometimes I am really hungry at lunch! so this is what goes down!

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For after school, I baked some banana muffins, probably the only way my son eats bananas! the girls eats them as pudding but Hector does not like them!, ate 2 muffins tho… 🙂

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Mushrooms and yellow split peas, this really excites me! really does!, I can eat mushrooms all day, seriously! specially when pan fry with herbs!

Anyway, if you are interested in the recipes leave a comment and I will try my best to upload them here!

Have a great weekend and don’t forget my crochet pattern giveaway this weekend!

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Boho bag pattern giveaway UPDATE

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Hello everyone!,

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED, you can find this lovely boho crochet bag pattern on my Etsy shop, Ravelry and Craftsy as always!

Time for a boho bag crochet pattern giveaway! Yeeeeyyyyy! I have been crocheting quite a bit lately but not really posting my new makings! I thought maybe you would like this boho bag crochet pattern for free? yes?

Boho bag crochet pattern
Boho bag crochet pattern

Well, let me know, if you fancy one of 5 copies going for free this Saturday the 7th of Feb, I will pick the winners at 8pm GMT.

To enter just go to the pattern’s page in Ravelry, give it a heart, give one other of my patterns a heart and come here and leave me a comment, that simple!

UPDATE: THE WINNERS ARE:

Collette Griffith

Denise Ossello

Jill Dupre

Sone and

larri strautman, 

I will be sending you all the pattern tomorrow morning! Congratulations and thanks you so much for taking part!

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Crochet tips from Your favourite crochet designers

I asked a group of very talented crochet designers: What is the best crochet pattern for new crocheters, and their best tip for total beginners, and this what they have to say.

First up is Julie of Accrochet, I love the shapes that Julie creates in her garments and her playful attitude! she says: “For Tunisian I’d say this one because you don’t need a special tool the Ocean Geometric scarf

Accrochet ocean geometric scarf

“For standard crochet I would say this free cup cozy

Accrochet mug cover

Next is Ana of Accessorice here you can find a lovely collection of patterns, very elegant and very wearable, she suggests a very stylish and very simple boots cuffs, you can find the pattern on her ravelry

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Her fingerless mittens are also very cute and super simple project

Accrochet fingerless mittens

Next is Charissa Ragsdale of madmadme, I think Charissa has a deep understanding of colour!, her patterns are vibrant, she suggests:

“I think the best beginning crochet project is definitely a market bag. Market bags work up in one to two sittings, they are immediately useful and as folks stop you to ask you where you got it or how you made it, you get quite a sense of accomplishment. Not to mention, who doesn’t want to turn head while grocery shopping? As a mom with three kids in the house, I spend a lot of time at the grocery store. It’s kind of my catwalk. ”

madmadme market bag

Last but not least is the lovely Hanna Cross from hanjancrochet, in her shop you can find patterns for the whole family and even some super cute amigurumi too!

She says:” This waffle blanket would be my suggestion for a total beginner from my store, as it only uses the one stitch and is so repetitive that is great for getting rhythm and really practising tension.”

Hanna cross blanket

I would like to thank all the designers who took part on this blog post, they are truly great crochet designers, if you would like for me to feature your favourite designer please let me know in the comments!

Have a lovely weekend!

Luz xx

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