2015/2 – crochet a carryall

Don’t you just love the look of this? So cute, and holds all of your hooks, and you can be super-organised and display them by size too. Such a great idea!

Just remember: it’s in US terms so check our translation guide for help converting it.

Find the tutorial below:

https://hakenmaysoondosite.wordpress.com/carryall-crochet-designed-by-delores-spagnuolo/

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/27 A ruffly bag and –

… apologies that it’s been a bit quieter than usual. More hospital stuff, but all is well :>

We love this bag. It’s from Crochet Addict UK but is in US terms. It uses sc (UK DC) and dc (UK TR) so is fairly simple. You can make  in any colour or colours you like, and I’d imagine thicker yarn with bigger hooks = bigger bag!

Click here for the pattern.

Pattern translation – Upcycle a tote bag

This is a very simple way to jazz up a bag you already own, or even, as the designer of the pattern has done, some very plain and cheap bags.

Where the pattern asks for an SC, crochet a UK DC. Where it asks for a DC, crochet a UK TR.

It’ll take you no time at all and is easy peasy!

Visit Annoo’s Crochet World for the pattern!

Crochet with denim

Following on from our post about crocheting with carrier bags, other items we’ve used in the past have been cut-up sheets (cut them into strips, tie them together – they make really good rugs), cassette and video tape (haven’t made anything useful yet though!), t-shirt yarn (you know how I love it) and, my personal favourite, denim.

I’ve been making denin rugs for years. Here are some I’ve kept for my home.

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I crocheted this one doubled up with purple sparkly yarn. It was quite small and I couldn’t find anywhere to put it so I’ve unravelled it! It’s now waiting for me to finish this post so I can turn it into a much, much bigger rug with a beautiful new pattern based on spokes.

This is the oldest blue denim rug I have. It's hexagonal and in a high traffic area. The cats love it and it bears up to the constant pounding of feet better than any other rug I've ever had.

This is the oldest blue denim rug I have – at least 2 years old. It’s hexagonal and in a high traffic area. The cats love it and it bears up to the constant pounding of feet better than any other rug I’ve ever had.

 

This is the first denim rug I made. White in the centre set off my black surrounding it. I adore both sides of this rug - flat on one and touselled on the other. It's definitely Mine and is on the floor in front of My Chair.

This is the first denim rug I made. White in the centre set off my black surrounding it. I adore both sides of this rug – flat on one and touselled on the other. It’s definitely Mine and is on the floor in front of My Chair. Feels really good beneath bare feet.

The trick with denim is not to cut your strips too thick or they’ll be impossible to work with. Cut them no wider than an inch at most. If you can, use a metal hook larger than 5 mm. If you’re using a plastic hook, go bigger: I usually use plastic hooks of at least 8 mm. I snap them quite often all the same so metal is preferable – it’ll bend rather than break.

I started off by stealing everyone’s outgrown jeans that were a bit too battered to pass on. I cut horizontally beneath the crotch (sewists can turn that bit into a bag) and then chopped off the bottom inch of each leg. Then, I cut strips lengthwise from top to bottom. It’s much easier to work with long strips, plus you’ll end up with less knots. Tie the strips together end to end with a firm knot, and then roll up all your denim into a ball.

I still use this method but you can also buy large sheets of denim from sewing supplies shops pretty cheaply. It’s easier to cut into strips. Really, really long strips.

Denim doesn’t magically and infuriatingly knot itself like yarn. It’s also seriously sturdy so you can make not only rugs, but also bags and baskets.

All you need to do now is decide on a project and a pattern, and prepare your arms for a work out!

Tapestry Crochet = dead easy

I think most of us have been doing a bit of Tapestry Crochet without realising it.

Tapestry Crochet is all about keeping more than one strand of yarn on the go at a time, crocheting over the unused colour with the working colour.  It’s just like crocheting over ends! You could work with as many strands as you think you can manage, I guess, but this pattern involves only two at a time.

You can make this beautiful bag using the Tapestry technique, using only UK DC. It’s very, very easy.

Click here for a tutorial video about Tapestry Crochet from RedHeart.

Click here for this amazing pattern from CrochetMe.com

*Found via http://christinascountry.wordpress.com

Girlie pattern time!

The most edible bag you’ll ever come across is to be found at OURHOUSE. Not our house! OURHOUSE! It’s a cupcake bag, small enough to be a purse too, with a drawstring finish. You can, of course, make it in whatever cupcake colours you like and adorn it with the sprinkles (beads) of your choice!

It’s quick, easy and all in UK dc so you should be able to whip one up in no time!

These would be cute gifts and favours!

Visit OURHOUSE for the pattern!