Sunday, 25 January 2015

Crochet Bags and Huge amounts of Yarn

One of the things I often mention here is how good our family are at helping Vicky and I in our craft endeavors. Here is yet another example:

Graham bought a 'little bit of yarn' - getting on for 400 balls - so I have been trying it out with a view to writing patterns for kits.

I am pleased with the hat, crocheted as a tube from the top down.

Smallish bag based on a circle of dc and then straight up using trebles.

Same yarn gives a completely different feel when each colour is separated by the cream. Interesting effect created by using half trebles. then using the back loop only and always going in the same direction.
 When I make things by going round and round I always seem to have an ugly seam or the colours don't line up so these flowers are a disguise for the join! The plastic handles were crocheted on.

 Rumour has it that soon shops will not be giving free plastic carrier bags (a move I approve of ), so I have started to make my own version of bags for life. They look quite good and hold quite a lot because of the stretchy nature of crochet. They really need a good firm bottom though ( don't we all?)

 This one is a really good way of using up yarn of all different thicknesses and types. I made it using 5 different balls of fairly fine yarn at once.

I think I might road test this one by taking it on holiday with me for the next few weeks.
Back soon bearing lots of Portuguese wool I expect.


  1. Wow that is some wool stash, I could just maybe look after it for you-just for a while?
    Love your bags, we have been plastic bag free for a few years now in Wales, everyone adapted very quickly. It is nice to use personalised bags-it also reminds you to take them into the shop with you!.
    Helen x

    1. I have said before that I am like a dragon with a hoard when it comes to my stash so take great care! Although I suppose Welsh people have some knowledge of dragons.

  2. Brilliant bags...delicious designs and worralorrawool!!
    My fave stitch is a half treble!
    Hope the road test goes well, and you have plenty of time to relax too!
    Ali x

  3. Wow! What a huge amount of yarn. I love the bags you've made. We've been paying for carrier bags in Northern Ireland for quite a while now. In fact the price has just gone up. I love using the half treble stitch too.

  4. Has the price of carrier bags made any difference to the number that people use? I hope it does improve things but to be honest it is just an excuse to make bags!