Thursday

Crocheted Zig Zag & Freeform Bag

I used up more bits from the endless box of leftover needlepoint yarn to create a bag for my daughter.
Delaney's new bag


I started by making a simple zigzag rectangle of single crochet stitches turned on it's side.

The zigzag is inspired by one I saw in Sasha Kagan's book "Crochet Inspiration". It's one of my favorite books for having a good variety of stitch and motif patterns. My daughter wanted something that was vintage-y but modern. This reminded me of old afghans throw over Granny's couches.



I made a rectangle 13" x 24" using this pattern:

With Needlepoint yarn and G hook, Chain 80.

Foundation Row (right side): Work 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook. *Sc in next 5 ch, skip next 2 ch, sc in next 5 ch, work 3 sc in next ch.  Repeat from *, ending last rep with work 2 sc in last ch. Change color. Ch 1. Turn.

Row 1: Work 2 sc in first st, sc in next 4 st. *Skip next 2 st, sc in next 5 st, work 3 sc in next st, sc in next 5 st. Repeat from *. Work 2 sc in last stitch. Change color. Ch 1. Turn.

Repeat this row changing colors every row. I used 18 different colors of yarn.

the freeform flap on the blocking board

For the flap I made a freeform shape using rows and squares built upon each other. I just sort of started with a color and did rows and then changed direction and patterns fairly randomly.











Delaney's Crocheted Bag

I used a magnetic button clasp and sewed a vintage button on the front.
the back of Delaney's bag
For the strap I made 24 double crochet granny squares:
will post the instructions when I can find them!


7 comments:

Educator said...

How much yarn did this eat? I have these beautiful yarns but I am limited on supply so I want to make sure that I can do this with the yardage I have.

craftingwithstyle said...

I couldn't really tell you as I just used bits and pieces as I went along. I'd say go for it & let your yarn determine the size of your bag!

Cathy Milne said...

I like to buy yarn in bags from thrift stores. They are not very expensive, they build your scrap yarn collection. My last purchase I got 1.5 skeins of yellow and 5 other partial skeins all different colors. This project is made for ends and pieces. I look forward to making it.
Ta Ta for now, Cathy the Bagg Lady
http://raggz2baggz.com

craftingwithstyle said...

Great idea Cathy! I'd love to see your bag when you're done!

amoredizia said...

Bellissima! Paola - Italy

Audrac said...

The bag is beautiful! Did you line it? If not, do you have issues with things falling/poking out of it? I've always wanted a crocheted bag, but was afraid stuff would fall out of it. (My fingers go through the washcloths - why not pens and pennies out of the purse?)

Carlyn Clark said...

Thanks amoredizia & Audrac. And yes, Audrac, I always line my bags. Lately, following a series of laundry mishaps, I've been using felted wool sweaters as lining. They've got enough body to give the bag a nice shape and the felted edge means I can just just stitch them up on the sewing machine and then use a blanket stitch to finish off the top edge.