Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Crochet Drawstring Backpack & Pouch

 

 hope everyone has had a really lovely Christmas and enjoyed spending it with family and friends whether you celebrate it or not.  My Kids have had the best time and for them the excitement is not over yet as they still have all their new presents to explore and enjoy.   This week I want to share with you a pattern I actually worked up quite a few months ago, way back in September, but I didn't actually get around to writing it up until more recently, the crocheted Drawstring Backpack & Pouch.  (Although the pouch is a bit of a late addition!)

I originally made this bag in the really chunky yarn that Aldi releases a couple of times a year, in the mustard and cream colours.   Its a fairly simple design, and starts with a large circle which is worked in the round and built up until the right size.   It has eyelets around the top of the bag to thread the drawstring though and a circle flap to close over the top of the drawstring.   There is also a small frontpocket and then straps on the back to carry it on your pack.   Apart from the drawstring it uses two magnetic bag clasps to close it.   I chose to fully line this bag, but if you made it from Cotton, you could probably get away without doing so as it would probably hold up quite nicely.

I chose to make this bag using a knit effect which I really love, especially when combined with a slight pattern where the colours are switched over from main to contrasting.   The contrasting colour is not only used as a boarder, but also for the pocket, strap and flap details.   I have been using this particular bag for a while and its nice and roomy and perfect for a family day out.   It can carry all the essentials, plus drinks and snacks for the kids and is really comfy to carry even for a whole day.

More recently I decided to work through this pattern again and I decided to make a smaller bag using 2 strands of the Aldi fancy yarn (the sparkly one) to create an aran/worsted weight yarn.  The pattern varied slightly from the original, in that I never I actually wrote the original down and I added a few changes, but it comes up smaller and is therefore better for an everyday use bag where I don't have to carry loads of stuff with me.   Whilst creating the pattern and working on the second bag, I also decided to make a matching pouch for all those little bits we ladies carry in our bag that we don't want to get lost!   The pouch echoes the patterns created in the main bag, making this the perfect matching set.

If you want to create your own Drawstring Backpack and Pouch then you can find the patterns for them for FREE for there here.   This pattern is for the aran sized bag, however, you can easily use the same pattern and just up the hook and yarn size.   (You may need to adjust the amount of yarn required too, as well as material if you decide to line the bag!)

As it's still the Christmas Holidays and everyone is probably still celebrating, I'll keep this post brief, but I do look forward to seeing you all in the new year as I finish my second year blogging and designing at Cosy Crochet and welcome in my third year here!

See you next week,

Vicky x

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Crochet Tunisian Weave Hat

 

This week I am excited to share with you my new hat design.  A while back I was browsing Pinterest for some new Tunisian stitch ideas and I came across the weave stitch and instantly fell in love with it.   The following day I immediately took out some yarn and a Tunisian hook and got to work learning it.   My first project with this stitch was actually my Prehistoric Mammoth Cave Adventure Bag (pattern coming soon) but after only completing a few rows I knew this was a stitch I would be using in a whole load of projects in the future!   Whilst working with it I could see it being useful for bags, wash cloths, scarfs and even hats.   As it happened, Lily's hat was misplaced from her preschool (though I am sure someone else just took it and kept it!) so she needed a new one, and the weave stitch idea was something I immediately pursued.

The only guidelines I was given by Lily were that she wanted it blue and black and it needed to have a pom pom, otherwise I was free to create as I wanted to.   So obviously I used the Tunisian Weave Stitch for it.  The actual stitch is easy enough to work if you can do the Tunisian Full Stitch and the Tunisian Knit Stitch then you are set.   Its basically a row of knit stitch in one colour, and then a row of the full stitch in a contrasting colour and you repeat this pattern to get the weave effect.   If you want a straight piece of work, you do have to alternate skipping a stitch at the beginning and end of each row of the full stitch part, although for the hat which is sewn together anyway this doesn't really make any real difference.

Like a lot of Tunisian pieces, this does have the tendency to curl at the ends, which is not a problem on the top end where it is all sewn together,

but can potentially be an issue for the open end of the hat.   To combat this I added a RIB band at the bottom, alternating between a knit and a purl stitch for a few rows in whichever colour is the most prominent.   This gives the option to either have a normal hat with a thick band folded up, or you can leave it down for a more slouchy fit hat.  On the other end, figuring out the decreases at the top of the hat was a challenge, as I haven't really had to do many decrease stitches in Tunisian crochet, although with a little YouTube help I worked it out.   I then topped the finished hat with a fur pom pom which I made from the new really furry chinchilla yarn by James C Brett.

Lily loved her new hat, which she immediately tried on and has been wearing since I made it for her.   In fact I loved her hat so much that I decided I wanted to create a version for myself.   So after working out the measurements I made myself one in black and lilac and also added the same pom pom to the top.   Once I had made the adult hat, I sat and worked out a couple of variations so that the hat could be made for a toddler, child, small adult or teen and a larger adult size.   Today I want to share the pattern for those hats so you can make them yourself.   You just need 100g of two contrasting colours (a little less for the second colour) and a Tunisian crochet hook and as it's all made in chunky yarn this is a pattern you can work up quickly in an evening.  

I hope that you have enjoyed this post on the Tunisian Weave hat and I look forward to seeing your finished hats!

See you next week,

Vicky x

Tunisian Weave Hat

1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this hat

·        Paintbox Simply Aran – 100g balls in any colours you choose – I used the following colours;

o   Dusty Lilac (346) (1 ball)

o   Pure Black (301) (1 ball)

·        6mm tunisian hook

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

·        Pompom, either homemade or bought, I made a fur one using James C Brett Chinchilla yarn

 

2.   Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this series of patterns.  All terms used are American.

·        Ch – chain

·        TW - Tunisian weave stitch – this is made up of a row of Tunisian full stitch and a row of Tunisian knit stitch alternating

·        TK - Tunisian knit stitch

·        TP - Tunisian purl stitch

·        TSS – Tunisian Simple Stitch

·        Dec – decrease (for Tunisian full stitch, don’t pull up a loop on the skipped stitch, for Tunisian knit stitch, insert hook through next 2 loops and then pull up a loop)

·        MC – main colour

·        CC – contrast colour

  

3.  Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

·        The gauge for this pattern is 13 stitches and 18 rows of the TW stitch in a 10cm square  

·        This hat comes in 4 sizes, toddler (48cm round, 21cm tall), child 51cm round, 24cm tall), small adult/teen 54cm round, 27cm tall) and large adult (57cm round, 30cm tall).   There is a bit of stretch in the hats

·        Return pass for each row is not written in the patterns, you still need to do this at the end of each row.

·        When you are in the Tunisian weave section, you will need to alternate the yarn colour every other row.

 

4.  Pattern

Toddler – start in MC

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 54

54

2

TSS

54

3-7

(TK, TP) rep to end

54

8

TW  (In CC, TK to end)

54

9

TW  (In MC, TF to end)

54

10-28

Repeat rows 8 & 9 and end on a TK row

54

29

In TF (7 stitches, dec) x 6

48

30

In TK (2 stitches, dec) x 12

36

31

In TF (1 stitch, dec) x 12

24

32

In TK (dec) x 12

12

33

In TF Pull up a loop in each stitch but do not do return pass, cut yarn leaving a long tail and thread through the loops pulled up, then pull tight.

 

 

Use remaining tail to sew the side of the hat shut.

 

 

Add pompom to the top.

 

 

Child – start in MC

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 63

63

2

TSS

63

3-7

(TK, TP) rep to end

63

8

TW  (In CC, TK to end)

63

9

TW  (In MC, TF to end)

63

10-32

Repeat rows 8 & 9 and end on a TK row

63

33

In TF (10 stitches, dec) x 3

60

34

In TK (3 stitches, dec) x 12

48

35

In TF (2 stitches, dec) x 12

36

36

In TK (1 stitch, dec) x 12

24

37

In TF (dec) x 12

12

38

In TK Pull up a loop in each stitch but do not do return pass, cut yarn leaving a long tail and thread through the loops pulled up, then pull tight.

 

 

Use remaining tail to sew the side of the hat shut.

 

 

Add pompom to the top.

 

 

 

Teen / Small Adult– start in MC

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 72

72

2

TSS

72

3-7

(TK, TP) rep to end

72

8

TW  (In CC, TK to end)

72

9

TW  (In MC, TF to end)

72

10-37

Repeat rows 8 & 9 and end on a TK row

72

38

In TF (4 stitches, dec) x 12

60

39

In TK (3 stitches, dec) x 12

48

40

In TF (2 stitches, dec) x 12

36

41

In TK (1 stitch, dec) x 12

24

42

In TF (dec) x 12

12

43

In TK Pull up a loop in each stitch but do not do return pass, cut yarn leaving a long tail and thread through the loops pulled up, then pull tight.

 

 

Use remaining tail to sew the side of the hat shut.

 

 

Add pompom to the top.

 

 

 

Large Adult– start in MC

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 81

81

2

TSS

81

3-7

(TK, TP) rep to end

81

8

TW  (In CC, TK to end)

81

9

TW  (In MC, TF to end)

81

10-41

Repeat rows 8 & 9 and end on a TK row

81

42

In TF (7 stitches, dec) x 6

72

43

In TK (4 stitches, dec) x 12

60

44

In TF (3 stitches, dec) x 12

48

45

In TK (2 stitches, dec) x 12

36

46

In TF (1 stitch, dec) x 12

24

47

In TK (dec) x 12

12

48

In TF Pull up a loop in each stitch but do not do return pass, cut yarn leaving a long tail and thread through the loops pulled up, then pull tight.

 

 

Use remaining tail to sew the side of the hat shut.

 

 

Add pompom to the top.

 

 

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