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Crojoretro

A Guide to CROJO RETRO

This post was written in March 2020 but you can still receive the patterns for this project by signing up to my newsletter here: https://www.themercerie.co.uk/newsletter/

If you’ve landed on this page my guess is that you’re looking for distraction or respite – or you’ve found your way here accidentally. Either way – thank you for coming, and welcome.

I don’t mind admitting that at the best of times I feel a little awkward explaining what I do.

“Hello, my name is Sue and I crochet for a living” isn’t the most inspiring elevator pitch.

So right now when I see the amazing people working on the front line of this global crisis I feel thankful and grateful, and ever so slightly guilty that I’m stuck at home fiddling with wool.

BUT – I also believe that whatever one chooses to do in life should be done with passion, authenticity and generosity. So all I can do right now is work to my strengths and bring a little colour and joy into our creative community.

I’m currently working on a brand new crochet design; CROJO RETRO. It’s growing organically. I can’t show you a picture of the finished product, I don’t know how much yarn I’ll need and like most adventures into the unknown it’s already filling me with a mixture of excitement and anxiety.

Consider it a ‘mystery blanket’  – the difference is that it’s still a bit of a mystery to the designer.

This isn’t completely new territory for me, so I’ll try to reassure you (and me) that it will all be OK. You may be familiar with my WALLFLOWERS blanket, this started life in a similar way.

I’ve been privileged to work with some truly wonderful people in all the venues I teach in, but there’s a particular group of ladies at Norfolk Yarn who I think of as The Pioneers (you know who you are!) and they are the reason Wallflowers was created.

They committed to a project before they knew what it would be. They invested huge amounts of time, and fair bit of money, embarking on a project with no end game in site. But they took a leap of faith, stayed with me, supported each other and eventually emerged the other side with something I could never of imagined.

Everyone knew I was pretty much making it up as I went along….it was scary and a completely new way of working for me. But what I learnt from this strategy was that sometimes you just have to be led by instinct, discovering things as you go and that knowing the result before you’ve even started can be like reading the last chapter of a book first.

My new project: CROJO RETRO requires a similar approach –  which won’t be for everyone but if you’re up for a challenge, have a curious mind and some time on your hands I’d LOVE you to join me in this adventure……

So here’s how we’ll roll:

To join in all you need to do is sign up for my newsletter, because that’s how you’ll receive the patterns. You can register here:  But you do need to register yourself, please don’t ask me to do it for you as I still need to follow data protection laws.

Please share images across all your social media platforms with the hashtag  #crojoretro

But please don’t share patterns – anyone can receive the patterns but they do need to subscribe.

Anyone can join in at any time. I’ll include links to all the patterns and videos in every email but I won’t back date emails. Please don’t ask me to do this as it’s really time consuming.

I don’t know when the project will end but when it does I won’t mail out any more patterns. Eventually the pattern will find it’s way on to Ravelry so everyone will be able to access it (that’s the plan anyway)

I’ll send the pattern out in instalments via mailchimp. Make sure you add me to your contacts list or your emails may end up in your junk box!

I’ll mail the patterns out when they’re done. If you haven’t received the next instalment it means I’m not there yet! I don’t know how often I’ll mail the patterns out- or how many there’ll be. But I’ll aim for at least one a week. Wherever I can I’ll include links to videos.

I use UK terminology and a combination of words and stitch diagrams. If you use US terminology it might be a good idea to source a conversion chart as I’ll only use UK terms in the patterns.

The project is designed to be a stash buster – which means you simply use whatever yarn you have at home or can get hold of. I don’t sell yarn myself. If you have lots of 4ply – use that, if you only have DK, use that…. And clearly I won’t be able to advise you on yardage but here’s a list of what I’m using to start with, and I have about 2 balls of each colour…….

ROWAN FELTED TWEED

  • 50% wool 25% Alpaca 25% viscose
  • 50gm balls
  • Approx Length 175m
  • 3.75 or 4mm hook
  • It’s a light weight DK with a knitted tension of 22-24st x 30-32rws

FLOWER COLOURS

Zinnia: 00198 (orange)

Rage: 00150 (red)

Barbara: 00200 (pink)

Pink Bliss: 00199 (mid pink)

Frozen: 00185 (pale pink)

Mineral: 00181 (yellow)

LEAF COLOURS

Avocado: 00161 (green)

Watery: 00152 (blue/green)

Eden: 00209 (pale blue/green)

BACKGROUND COLOURS

Seafarer: 00170 (nearly black)

Carbon: 00159 (dark grey)

Bottle Green: 00207 (um….bottle green colour)

I’m using a 3.75mm hook and I’ll provide you with my tension readings as we go.

Do make sure you read everything I send you thoroughly, I’ll try my best to help everyone but like many people I’m juggling home schooling, transitioning to new technologies (only one shared laptop), and trying to stay sane…..so there will be times when I’ll be turning the screens off and retreating to my garden.

Please don’t be offended if I don’t reply to your questions immediately.

Also, given the immediacy of this project there isn’t time for me to ‘proof’ the pattern – I’ll do my best but please be forgiving of any mistakes – I’ll welcome help, advice and feedback but it must be delivered with kindness. I reserve the right to block and remove anyone who can’t conform to this standard.

This probably isn’t the right project for you if you fit into any of the following categories:

1) You’re a crochet beginner (unless you have someone at home or online to help you).

2) You like to know exactly what your finished product will look like and  how much yarn you’ll need.

3) You’re ‘high maintenance’ – that means you need lots of personal attention!

4) You find it difficult being polite online.

But it IS the perfect project if you fit into any of these categories:

1) You’re a fairly competent crocheter and up for a challenge.

2) You enjoy an adventure and can take a ‘leap of faith’.

3) You are kind, curious and creative.

4) You have a mountain of yarn to work your way through

Are you still there…..?

THANK YOU for accompanying me on this new adventure, I can’t wait to get started – look out for the first instalment landing in your inbox very soon….

Stay safe, stay at home and stay connected xxx

This Post Has 52 Comments

    1. Crojo Rétro est une pure merveille, je rêve de le réalisé, j’adore ses couleurs, ses motifs, il est trop trop beau.
      Merci merci de tout coeur, je crochete depyis l’âge de 7 ans. Pour moi crocheter est un pur bonheur

    2. I am french woman and my english is not good I am verry sorry ! I am a beginner in crochet and I don’t know if it is possible for me, but I in love with your crojo retro !

      1. Hello Anne Marie, You are welcome to sign up to the Newsletter to receive the Crojoretro patterns for free. If you have any questions, you are welcome to email us. Thanks you for your lovely comments.

  1. Hi Sue, I’d like to have a go of this. Is it ok to start after your project is completed? I recently made a small hexagon rug for my granddaughter and i so enjoyed creating colour combinations. I was very excited when i stumbled across you instagram page.
    Hook is waiting patiently,
    Regards
    Carmen, Croydon, Australia

  2. Hello Sue,
    If it is still possible, I would like to participate in the CROJO RETRO adventure. I have a curious mind and some spare time and I really love your crochet work.
    Yours truly.
    Corinne

  3. Hi! I am signed up for the newsletter. Can you send the links to the crojo retro patterns! I am so excited to start

    1. Hi Karen, thanks for signing up and you’ll receive all the patterns so far when I next send out my emails. Be sure to add me to your contacts list so my emails don’t get caught in spam filters! best wishes, Sue

  4. Hello,

    Your work is so vibrant and beautiful. I’ve just up for you newsletter, I was wondering if it’s possible to have your patterns so far as you mentioned to Amanda.

    Thank you

  5. grazie Sue,oggi ho ricevuto la mia prima mail sono felice di averti trovato ,sono crochetteure da sempre e non mi stanco mai di imparare i tuoi fiori mi hanno rapita…buon tutto e complimenti

  6. Please, please, purty please, may I have the Crojo Retro pattern? Would love to join you all in this exciting adventure !!! TADAAAA !!!✌️‍♀️

  7. There is an old saying ‘better late than never’. I have only just discovered you and your Crojo Retro – I have signed up to the newsletter and cannot wait to get going. This is what I have been looking for. You are a star! Thank you for being so creative and sharing it.

  8. Your work is absolutely beautiful!!! I have a friend, who gardening & flowers is a huge part of her life. She recently married and I’ve been searching for a pattern to make her a gift.
    I’ve seen many gorgeous patterns, but when I laid eyes on your crojoretro, I just knew this is ‘the one’.
    I just signed up for the newsletter, hopefully I’m not too late.
    Thank you!

    1. Hi, thank you so much! I sent you the patterns yesterday – I hope your received them OK, and enjoy working on Crojoretro. x

  9. Oh my….. I want to do this crojo retro too…. absolutely gorgeous. Your colour choices AGAIN are just incredible. So I have signed up to get the newsletter but wasn’t quite understanding how I would get the patterns up to now? (I’m blaming my mushy brain on menopause..)

  10. I have just read all about you in the EDP. And lovely to see the Crojoretro in different colour ways. You must have loved experimenting with your pattern. I have signed up to the newsletter.

    1. Hi Cecilie, thank you for taking the time to contact me – and for signing up to my newsletter. You’ll receive a copy of the patterns and my newsletter shortly. best wishes, Sue

  11. What a great an beautiful pattern!
    I was in the newsletter that i get part 16 of the pattern. Is it possible to have the other parts or am i to late.

    Greetings Gerrie

  12. Hello. I love the idea of choosing such vibrating colours. Gorgeous. Please sign me up.
    Crochet projects certainly help me and my friends get through this difficult (unprecedented) time. Many thanks ladies.

  13. Hi . I have just stumbled across your beautiful design for crojoretro. I would love to give it a go! I’ve signed up and am ready, willing and hopefully able.
    Jenny

  14. Hello Sue, Just love this idea, am I too late??? Signed up yesterday for the newsletter and am crazy about not knowing exactly where things go!! Should I just order up some more yarn and jump in? Your work is beautiful!! Thanks much, Joan

    1. Hi Joan – definitely not too late! I’m sending some emails today so look out for one from me. 🙂 x

  15. Hi I would love to have a go at this project. I have just signed up for your newsletter so if I can still get involved I’d love some catch up patterns. Gorgeous idea and beautiful colours

  16. Hello Sue,
    I just subscribed to your newsletter…..am I too late to receive the pattern info for this Crojo retro project? Thanks in advance.

  17. Hello Sue Email came today. Tango you. & Thank you for the smile on my face. I look forward to busting my stash. Thank you xxx

  18. Hi Sue, I discovered your work and saw your CROJO RETRO late last year and loved it but thought I’d probably missed the boat. I came back to look today, read a little further and realised maybe I haven’t. If it’s still possible, I would love to join in your adventure.

    1. Of course! So pleased you love it. Sign up to my Newsletter and you will receive the patterns when I next send out a blog.

  19. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. I came vía Instagram because a friend, chuculetinha shared your account.
    Greetings from Gijón, Spain

  20. Thank you for sharing all of your feelings and concerns for us. It is very kind of you to take this time to explain us. Kind regards from ARgentina

  21. Bottle Green: 00207 (um….bottle green colour)
    Something to tell about this color:
    Here, in Argentina, we have a colour named “VERDE BOTELLA” -´bottle green´

    Long time ago our milk was ¨packaged¨ in GREEN colored glass bottles. It was a dark but transparent color green. Those bottles don´t exist now, but several were used for decoration.

    Kind regards!!

  22. God day.
    I love ur work and I love ur Writing! U like the Fairy crochet lady Im wery glad for you you did this because we need more hidden tallents in the World. Even for crochet. It may simple, but I like to belive simple is always the best. And this is not simple work. It’s art, its from your Heart. This is you. And I love it Thank you for showing ur Beautiful side. ❤❤

    1. Hello Elin, thank you for your kind words. So, pleased to hear you love crochet. Be sure to follow The Mercerie on Instagram to see all the beautiful creations!

  23. Hi Sue, I signed up just near the end of crojo retro but didnt catch all the videos and now I am having trouble working the leaves, can you reconnect me to the last crojo newsletter?

    1. Hi Cindy, I’ve just sent you the last Crojoretro Email again, and you’ll find all the patterns you need in it. Check all your inboxes including junk and spam! best wishes. Sue

  24. Buenas tardes, me encantaría hacer esta manta… Como puedo conseguir los patrones.
    Muchísimas gracias

  25. Oh my!! I just fell in love with the categories, haha. I’m here, perfect fit and in need of a good challenge

  26. Just when I decided to scale down on the amount of crochet projects (I’m a sucker for blankets especially) and got rid of all my yarn except for my favorite brand I FOUND THIS!

    So far for good intentions Subscibed to the newsletter immediately, ordered yarn (with a wild guess on the amount needed) and am now as excited as a kid on christmas eve. I was a bit down for the extended lockdown in my part of the world but oh man, you made me so happy

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