One of the first things I realised about learning to crochet is how it completely plays around with my OCD, I mean, it REALLY plays round with my OCD. Skeins of yarn here and there, constantly flitting from 1 ball to another and having to keep carrying bits and bobs around, storing them in different baskets and generally being unorganised – enough to put you off. So, I had seen a pattern for a yarn bag that one of the blogs I HEART had written up as a tutorial and I decided once I felt a little more confident I would give it a go. For the moment I continued to carry my yarn and WIP’s round in my pink co-op bag 🙂
I printed the tutorial pattern off – you must check out this blog and all credit for the inspiration and ‘ability’ goes to this lady ‘Lucy’… With credit to Attic24’s pattern: http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/crochet-bag.html
I started whipping up circles, rainbow circles but opposed to Lucy’s 14 round increase I continued to a 16 increase just to make the ‘bucket’ part of the bag slightly bigger. (or it was an error?) 🙂
I continued up the rounds, I think the Lucy bag has 24? Mine has 2 full rainbows and some other bits thrown in, I went colour crazy – it kept me happy during the constant rounds of Double Crochet (us terms) and SC (single crochet in UK terms). Mine possible has 40 rows up the sides but the frilly (shells) around the tops remain the same and I love the colorfulness this brings..
My straps are longer (I chained 140) and I made them wider too (possibly 12 rows of single crochet (us terms). I am quite tall so I appreciate the longer handles – these were the only part I found tedious and making them so tight to take any excess weight I found it quite frustrating pulling the yarn super tight but they are soooo worth it, they look great don’t you think?
I made 4 identical pretty little flowers (again all credit to Lucy at Attic 24) and added 4 matching mini-buttons that I had acquired from my mother in laws stash – I knew they’d all come in very handy, they finish my little flowers off perfectly and I left the ends of the yarn long enough to thread them directly onto the bag and tied them as tight as I can on the inside and in double, triple and quadruple knots – they should last? (I hope).
Here it is: Finished!
Looking down on the inside, it looks faaaaaab and its huuuuge! 🙂
Final Pic! Isn’t it fabulous?!!
I am sooooo glad I did:
This was the inspirational pic and ‘how it should look’ I must admit, if I could have got hold of any in time I would have purchased this yarn but I couldn’t find a UK stockist and stumbled upon some ‘king cole special 30% wool 70& acrylic super soft’ in a self patterning, beige, orange and summer pink. YUM.
I initially brought 2 skeins but I underestimated what I would need and the 3rd became very hard to source, I had a few moments of defeat where the yarn was running incredibly low.
This was the point I ran out of yarn – PANIC!!!!
COMPLETE HURRAY!!! A very proud moment…
Doesn’t it look lovely? 🙂
I couldn’t believe that I had produced something so lovely and professional looking. I wrapped it in tissue, in a little box and it stayed in my wardrobe, longing to be taken out and squidged and snuggled – or was that just me? Nethertheless I resisted and yes, it was my MIL’s birthday gift.