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Popular Zen Jacket


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This beloved crochet Zen Jacket is one of the most popular crochet patterns we've seen around. It's lightweight and you can make one for any season. This crochet shawl pattern uses a variety of different crochet stitches including basic single crochet, and slip stitch, but also some more intermediate crochet stitches such as v-stitch, fan stitch, and spike stitch. If you're ready to add this stunning shawl to your closet, then grab some lightweight yarn and get crocheting! Choose from three different sizes (Small-Medium, Large-XLarge, 2XLarge-3XLarge).

Popular Zen Jacket
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Crochet Hook: I/9 or 5.5 mm hook

Yarn Weight: (3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

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I would like to make the"Zen" jacket but the pattern is no longer available on line. Does anyone have the pattern?

The full pattern can be found here:

I made this a few months ago, and like some commenters here found it to be somewhat bulky. I don't know why, but the pattern I got doesn't have a yarn weight, but it cites a " Spa yarn that I was never able to find any information about, so I used a worsted weight yarn. I thought the pattern was easy enough, and would make one for friends or family if the wanted one... But I'd use a lighter (3weight) yarn! LOL Dawn Freeman

I made this about 2 years ago with a cotton yarn called "Spark" in a pale green with a green metallic thread running through it. I get compliments on it whenever I wear it. However, at the time it was called "Goddess Shawl". I'm not sure if the cotton thread was a 3 or 4. It did seem somewhat heavy though. And being short at 5'1" the shawl is a bit long but I still like it.

After I finished that jacket about a year ago, I was really disappointed. It was way too big, even though I followed the directions that matched my size. The armholes were huge and seemed out of place. A really bad experience. Considering the problems I've encountered with Doris Chan's patterns (extremely difficult to understand her directions), I am afraid to try another one of her patterns.

Love this patterm

Can anyone tell me what the nub is? It says to insert into the face of the chain and into the back of the nub. Help?

I would say the "nub" is the back side of the starting chain. We usually start by putting our hook in the 2 loops at of every chain, but if you look on the backside of the 2 loops you will see one bump or nub on the back. It wants you to crochet in the back side bump instead of the 2 loops on top. Hope this helps. Esther

This is an awesome jacket. Also could I have a link for the envy jacket (sweater) I only get other stuff when I try the link here. Thanks.

Love this pattern -- I made it about a year ago, but I'm still learning some of the crochet lingo, and now realize what the "3" means. The yarn I used was "4", (so it's bulky) and I used a variegated yarn. I love the pattern, but when I wear it, it looks like I've draped an afghan around me! I need to make another one, only with the right weight, and one color!

I made this and get tons of compliments on it all the time. I found the pattern easy to follow and found the way they have you make the fans interesting. Just follow what it says and you should be O.K. sometimes when I crochet things for the first time they don't make sense then I just have to work through it with paper and pencil one stitch at time and it will finally work its' self out as I think annick1960 found below.

I am currently working on this pattern and I have to say that their instructions are all over the place and very user-friendly. I've been doing crochet ever since I was a child, so I'm pretty knowledgeable about it. However, this pattern has been a real pain to figure out. I am now on row 12, (after doing the underarm row) and again, I am stuck on that row. I can't figure out how to do "....before underarm, FAN in next V, (I did that) but after that comes the problem..."skip next 2Fsc, sc in next sc, [skip next 3 sc, FAN in next sc, skip next 3 sc, sc in next sc] 2 times" I need help to figure out how to do that. The instructions provided do not make sense at all to me. Please help! Thanks.

oops, I meant to say "NOT user-friendly" in the first sentence.

I figured it out! When they say " skip next 2Fsc, sc in next sc..." they mean "skip next 2Fsc, sc in next Fsc". I wish they would be more consistent with their wording.

I loved this pattern I made one for my 15 year old and one for my granddaughter for a toddler size I used a size c hook and worked it in double crochet with the shells only having 5 dc in them.

Wasn't difficult at all. I used Simply Soft, so it came out a little thicker. And I wanted longer sleeves, so added two pattern repeats there. Already getting compliments.

Why is it when I click on the pattern it is not there? Where is it?

Yarn beats paper, unless it's paper yarn, I would defintily say crochet over paper, if you get the paper wet, it's ruined along with all of your hard work and time, but on the other hand, if you get crocheted fabrib wet, it dries and is still beautiful, and your work is still preserved for years to come, and in some cases getting the crochet fabric wet makes it evolve into a piece evem more beautiful. Crochet all the way, every day, or night, crochet is always right.

Crochet for sure!! Kind of funny -- I saved this pattern ages ago to make for me :) One day.

Crochet for me.

This is so pretty!! I like that it is lightweight.

I love crochet! That gets my vote!

crochet is what I do the most of, it is my stress relief.

I like crochet the best

Crochet wins with me! You can't wear paper, but you can decorate with crochet.

What a great project! I vote for crochet! Can't wait to make this!

I perfer papercrafting. I have been doing it for many years and have just started to learn crochet. It may be my favorite in the future.

I definitely vote for Crochet!

I vote for Crochet!!!!

this is a beautiful crochet project I think it should win over paper!

I love it!

I have crochet in my blood, so I HAVE to choose this crochet project!

I choose crochet!

I choose crochet over paper crafts. This is beautiful.

I vote for crochet over paper crafts. The paper craft is beautiful, but how long will it last. The crochet project is very versatile and will last for years.

Beautiful...I want one for me

This looks so cool. I really like the shape. Next project for sure.

Love this. Love crocheting.

loving this! I would love it in black with silver

My granddaughter was just asking me this weekend if I could make her something like this. Thanks, going for yarn now.

LOVE this pattern! Team Crochet!!! :-)

Love this shawl. Not a good enough crocheter to make it yet but hopefully one day I will be.

I really like this, but I don't know how to crochet, so my vote goes to paper crafting.

I take my crochet with me everywhere I go - even with me to work. This looks like it would not only be comfortable to wear but also fun to crochet.

Papercrafting is fun; but crocheting is definitely #1 in my book. Love this jacket; putting it on my list of things to try!

I always have a crochet project (or many) going. May have to add this to the huge pile of projects I want to do!

I love this...I love to crochet anything!!

If I had to choose between paper and crochet... I would choose crochet 99% of the time! There is NO CONTEST in my opinion, because paper crafts rarely keep the appreciation and enjoyment a crochet craft maintains for many years... even generations! And many paper crafts are only meant to last a short period of time. I love the look of this jacket and may make one as a gift to myself.

Beautiful pattern!

Crochet 98% - Paper Craft 2% I think crochet wins by a landslide ;-)

Crochet is for me, this is on my to do list.

This is beautiful! I can't wait to make it and wear it. Thank you for the many patterns you make available to us.

I think this is beautiful .

I love this pretty color for the zen jacket!! I've put this pattern on my "to do" list!! I like crochet better than other crafts.

This is on my "to do" list!

beautiful! is it available in plus sizes?

Love Love Love to Crochet!!

Crochet is the ONLY craft for me!

I was looking at this pattern last night! I would love this. Always wanted a sweater/jacket like this.

CROCHET CROCHET, ALL THE WAY!! LOVE this pattern, and can't wait to get started on it! Crochet is my calming therapy, and a "Zen" item is just perfect for that!

Crochet!! Crochet!! Crochet!! I like making things that last a long time. Paper crafts tend to rip, fade and get thrown away :(

Nice for chilly evening. It's dressy but also casual.

It's easier to wear this than something in paper! And paper doesn't do well when washed. Other than that, this is very beautiful and becoming. My vote definitely for crochet!!!

I absolutely love this jacket! Crocheting is a better choice for long term endurance of a craft. Crocheted items also make wonderful gifts as they require some thought for the one recieving the gift and the time and love that goes into making such a personal gift never goes unappreciated.

I just started this, last night, and now a contest? Meant to be!

I made it, and I love it. Great pattern.

I like wearing crochet. This jacket is the right thing.

it looks classy but also looks like an everyday too

Crochet. You have something that will last a lifetime.

MMMMMMMMMMM comfort and warmth - wonderful

Love this pattern! Crochet all they way! I love how creative you can be with crochet. Plus it lasts longer and people love having the keepsakes!

This jacket would certainly turn heads.

Love this jacket!! I have been seeing wip photos all over facebook groups tempting me to start it! I have it on my to do list!

I would love to make this jacket, if only my toddler and preschooler would leave me be long enough to do it! Hope it wins!

Beautiful sweater! Love the color, the way it drapes!

I would like to make this jacket. It looks really nice.

Beautiful jacket.

Loved the jacket. Wished the back was straight across & not rounded.

Can someone please tell me where I might find a video tutorial of the 3rd and 4th row? I have to be doing something wrong. I've been taking it apart to this point and trying again. I'm just not getting it! Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

I have done this after you have done the first V in the treble space you do 6 chain and then a V in the space where you did the single crochet after the fan shape so that it looks like the chain is either at the front of fan or at the back . then a V at the other side of fan. and repeat. row 4 SPsc means that you do a stitch in the centre stitch of the fan below but you enclose chain in stitch it holds down the chain ready for next row try it and you should see how it goes hope this is of some help

I found it! Sorry to bother anyone. dotb in mo

I must be doing something wrong...when I click on the link for the pattern, when the new page opens, I cannot find it! dotb in mo

Made this for my mother. I'm an intermediate crocheter and this took me approx 40-hrs to complete. The instructions were very good and my mother loved the result. I did round out the back instead of making it as "pointed" as the front. I used an acrylic, med weight (4) yarn for the large size and ended up using about 4-oz more than the pattern suggests - eventhough I checked the gauge.

I would like to know how you rounded out the back. I made it according to the pattern. Loved it except I would rather have the back rounded instead of pointed.

I cant work out 2nd row as there is no v in 1st row. please help. Jan

I thought this tutorial was pretty good:

I just finished this pattern and absolutely love it, I made it with Caron Simply soft in dark sage, I want to make a pink one for Easter. It was kind of tricky pattern but once I got the hang of it, it was very simple, cant wait to make another one!

Caron Simply Soft is my favorite yarn to work with when making garments or wearables. It has such a soft hand & wonderful drape, and many of the colors are so rich and beautiful. It is also very affordable, which can be important in this economy. My current favorite color is Ocean, a beautiful rich blue. I'm considering using that color for this pattern as the color and sheen is rich enough to be dressy, but also looks great with jeans.

I found the Spa yarn at Michael's craft store

Thanks so much for the pattern, its a beautiful piece, I love it, and am excited to get started on it. Thanks again. DL

I started 2 nights ago. It took awhile to get a hang of the pattern. I am on row 10. I can't wait to work on it some more tonight.

To the person with the question on how to do the FSC. If you do a google search, there are a lot of sites that show you how to do this, plus videos, also. It sounded confusing to me, also. Good luck!

Can someone help me with the regular amount of stitches/pattern without using the foundation single crochet. I just can't seam to make that work for me and it takes me forever to get a project started. Please help!

Thank you so much for sending me this pattern. I can't wait to start on this beautiful jacket. Be well Carol Roper


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