A couple of weeks ago I posted about my attempts to take up crochet again.
Here is my first finished object in crochet.
This project took 200g of eco-stitch DK linen yarn. You can use 2 of our semi-solids or multi-coloured yarn for a variegated effect. However, I produced this bag using a different dyeing technique because I wanted more of a colour block/gradient effect (see 3rd photo)
In the left-hand photo above you can see the finished bag with one of the linen hand-dyed blanks from which it was made. I dyed the fabric already knit up so I could see the colour gradients I wanted to achieve. I then unravelled the pre-dyed piece and crocheted with it.
These pre-knitted hand-dyed blanks will soon be available in our shop.
You simply unravel the end and knit directly from the piece of fabric.
Surprisingly, linen does not crinkle as much as wool when it it's knit up and subsequently unravelled. It does crinkle a bit but if you run the yarn through the end of your finger and thumb it smooths out quite easily. Fortunately, you don't have to do this as you knit/crochet with it. The crinkle naturally disappears as you knit/crochet your new project.
Crochet bag pattern
The pattern is my own invention. I ended up ripping back several times until I reached a satisfactory result. The strap is tapered (yes! I learnt how to increase/decrease!) and I added a tab and button for a bit more security.
If you are interested in obtaining the pattern, please contact me. If I receive enough requests I'll see what I can do about writing it up.
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