Summer is here! What a relief! Who doesn't love the long warm evenings and the clear blue skies - that feeling of sun on your face?! There's less clothes, outfits get to feeling colourful and mediterranean - and with them all types of bags. Picnic bags, backpacks for long walks and exploring, beach bags.. and the lack of rain means we can be just a little less picky about what they're made of.
I've been crocheting lots of summer bags for The Great Get Together in Woolwich, a makers market where I'll be selling all the usual fab knit kits on the 29th June. I thought I'd share the pattern to this guy - and name her Cornwall.
It's crocheted with a 12mm hook using Hooked's Zpagetti, recycled cotton jersey t-shirt yarn. Anything chunky will do - it also looks great with the Spesso (a mix of the two is used for a bag below). I'd recommend a big reel of Zpagetti, the bags take up more yarn than you'd think!
For the bag (starting at the base):
Make a slip knot.
1: Chain 4 stitches and join the last with the first using a slip stitch. (4)
2: Chain 1, 2 DC in each stitch, join loop (8)
3: Chain 1, 2 DC in each stitch, join loop (16)
4: Chain 1, *1 DC, 2 DC*, join loop (24)
5: Chain 1, *1 DC, 1, DC 2 DC*, join loop (32)
6: Chain 1, *1 DC, 1, DC, 1DC 2 DC*, join loop (40)
7: Chain 1, 6 TRC, 8 DC, 12 TRC, 8 DC, 6 TRC, join loop (40)
8: Chain 1, 4 TRC, 12 DC, 8 TRC, 12 DC, 4 TRC, join loop (40)
9: Chain 1, 5 TRC, 10 DC, 10 TC, 10 DC, 5 TC, join loop (40)
10-18+ (go as high as you like): Chain 1, *1 DC*, join loop (40)
In terms of the strap, you can use another material (I've used leather below) or crochet a strap as above. The crochet strap is simple improvise on, but the above can be achieved by:-
1) Start a chain stitch from one side of the bag until you have as many as fit the length of the strap you're after (usually somewhere between 80-120).
2) Turn and crochet into one side of the chain
3) Turn and crochet into the other side of the chain
4) Turn and slip stitch the edges of the two crocheted sides together to give you a triangular-like strap.
Add a clasp, button, or leave it - then enjoy!