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A Guide to CROJO RETRO

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