Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Stripy Market Bag


 This week, I would like to share with you another stash busting project, the Stripy Market Bag.   As many of you will already know, I have made it a goal of mine to work through my stash and use it all up this year.   This project was a great stash busting project, as it used loads of odd pieces of yarn I had laying around from the ends of other projects, as well as some that I had bought as extra to what was needed.   In fact between this bag and the Tropical Fish Pattern I shared last week, all my In the Zone yarn has now been used up!

This pattern uses a little under 300g of yarn and works up quickly, I completed it within a few hours.  I used the colours I happened to have at home; orange, denim, yellow, pink and turquoise as the accent colours, and the majority of the bag is in white as I had the most of that in my stash.   You can however, use whichever colours you have in your stash.   This yarn is super stretchy and it works really well for putting a load of stuff in when out shopping, in fact it easily handled 26 100g balls of cotton the other day!   Since I used Knitcraft's In the Zone yarn, which is know is only available at Hobbycraft in the UK, there are other comparable yarns which can be used too.   Bernat's Home Maker Dec yarn is similar, although a little thicker, and whilst I haven't actually tried it,  James C Brett's Noodles yarn is also similar.  This yarn is a tube like yarn made from 100% polyester so I imagine anything similar should work, you just may have a slightly different sized bag to mine.

The pattern for the Stripy Market Bag is available for FREE below.

Join me next week for the Humpback Whale Costume pattern.

Vicky x

 

Stripy Market Bag 

1.  Materials and Resources

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

·        300g of KnitCraft in the Zone yarn in any colours (I used left overs in denim, turquoise, orange, pink and yellow for half, and the other half in white.

·        6mm hook

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

  

2.   Stitch List

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

·        Ch – chain

·        Hdc – half double crochet

·        sl st – slip stitch

 

3.  Notes

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

·        There is no specific gauge for this bag, different gauges will give a slightly different size, but it doesn’t really matter if it is slightly bigger or smaller as there is quite a bit of stretch in it.

·        If you cannot get hold of knitcraft in the zone yarn, then comparable yarns are Bernat Home Maker Dec and James C Brett noodles.

·        The bottom of the bag is worked in rows and then joined into a bag shape you will need to ch 1 and turn at the end of each round.

·        The top of the bag is made in rounds; when working in the rounds you will not sl st to join, just keep working in continuous rounds.

·        This bag was made up mostly of left over yarn from other projects, I will note the colour I change to, but you can change to any colour you have available.

·        My finished bag measured 55cm high and 40cm wide after use.   This bag has a lot of stretch in it.

 

4.  Pattern

Bag Base – start in white

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 61, sk 1st ch and hdc across

60

2-4

Hdc across

60

5-8

Change to yellow, hdc across

60

9-12

Change to white, hdc across

60

13-16

Change to orange, hdc across

60

17-20

Change to white, hdc across

60

21-24

Change to pink, hdc across

60

25-28

Change to white, hdc across

60

29-32

Change to turquoise, hdc across

60

33-36

Change to white, hdc across

60

37-40

Change to denim, hdc across

60

41-44

Change to white, hdc across

60

 

Cast of and sew in ends

 

 

Fold the bag in half and sew both sides shut

 

 Bag top – start in white

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Attach yarn at any point around the bag and hdc around (put 1 hdc in each row and 1 in each side seam)

90

2-4

Hdc around

90

5-8

Change to yellow, hdc around

90

9-11

Change to orange, hdc around

90

12-14

Change to pink, hdc around

90

15-17

Change to turquoise, hdc around

90

18

12 hdc, ch 20, sk 20, 25 hdc, ch 20, sk 20, 13 hdc

90

19

Change to denim, 12 hdc, 30 hdc in ch 20 sp, 25 hdc, 30 hdc in ch 20 sp, 13 hdc

110

20-21

Hdc around

110

 

Sl st and cast off

 

 

Sew in ends

 

 

Optional extra:   use any leftover yarn from this project to make a tassel to add to the bag.

 

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Tropical Fish Crochet Pattern


 Having spent the last few months working on a couple of series of patterns, I want to spend a few weeks putting out some quick, easy stand along patterns for you.   These will be stash buster patterns that you can use up yarn that you have lying in your stash, or use up some of those scrap yarn pieces you have lying around.   This weeks pattern, the Tropical fish, is the latter, and uses approximately 40g of yarn and the colour changes can just be made when you naturally run out of a colour.   This creates a totally unique design every time you make one.   In addition to being great for using up your scraps, this project is a 1-2 hour project (depending on your crochet speed) and can be made in any weight yarn you have lying around.

This pattern is a practically no sew pattern, so if like me you don't love sewing arms and decorations to your amigurumi, then this pattern is for you.   The fish is made in 1 piece from head to tail and uses surface crochet to make the side and dorsal fins, so by the time you finish your fish it is only the tails that have to be sewn through to body to finish it off.    I used 7mm crochet eyes on this fish, but it would be fun to experiment with different sizes and colours to add to the unique colour changes created from using your scraps.

The pattern for this tropical fish can be found below.   I hope you enjoy making this pattern and please share your Tropical Fish creations on any social media channels and tag me in it so I can see your lovely creations.    Join me next week for another scrap buster project, the stripy market bag.

Vicky x

 

Tropical Fish 

1.  Materials and Resources

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

·        About 40g of any worsted/aran weight yarn in any colours (I used Knitcraft In the Zone)

·        4mm hook

·        Stuffing

·        2 x  7mm Safety Eyes

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

·        Stitch marker

 

 2.   Stitch List

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

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Ch – chain

·        Sc inc – sc increase

·        Sc dec – sc decrease

·        Hdc – half double crochet

·        Dc – double crochet

·        Trc – treble crochet

·        Dtrc – double treble crochet

·        m/c – magic circle

·        sl st – slip stitch

 

3.  Notes

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

·        There is no specific gauge for this fish, just work as tightly as possible.

·        The side and dorsal fins are crocheted directly on to the fish at the end using surface crochet.  

·        The only sewing required for this pattern is sewing in of the ends for the fins and the tail end.

·        My finished fish ended up being 18cm long and 10cm, but this will vary depending on the size of yarn and hook used

·        You can change colours in this fish wherever you like depending on how much yarn you have available.   This is a great stash busting project.

4.  Pattern

Fish (starting from the head) – work in any colour, I started with white

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc, sc inc) x 3

9

3

(2 sc, sc inc) x 3

12

4

(3 sc, sc inc) x 3

15

5

(4 sc, sc inc) x 3

18

6

(5 sc, sc inc) x 3

21

7

(6 sc, sc inc) x 3

24

8

(3 sc, sc inc) x 6

30

9

(4 sc, sc inc) x 6

36

 

I switched to yellow here (you can choose to change or not)

 

10-24

Sc around

36

 

I switched to orange

 

25-27

Sc around

36

 

I switched to pink

 

28

Sc around

36

29

(4 sc, sc dec) x 6

30

 

Add safety eyes opposite one another between rows 10 and 11

 

30

(3 sc, sc dec) x 6

24

31

(2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

 

Stuff fish

 

32

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

33

(sc dec) x 6

6

34

Sc around

6

35

(sc inc) x 6

12

36

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

37

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6

24

38

(3 sc, sc inc) x 6

30

 

I switched to yellow here

 

39

(4 sc, sc inc) x 6

36

40

(5 sc, sc inc) x 6

42

41

6 sc, then fold the fish tail in half, and sc through both halves to close the tail up.

 

 

Cast off and sew in end

 

 

Side Fins – work 2 (I used white)

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Start the fins 3 stitches and 3 rows below the eyes and attach yarn around 1 stitch using surface crochet

 

2

Then sc hdc around 1 stitch, 2 dc in same st, 2 trc in same st, 2 dc in same stitch, hdc sc in same stitch

10

 

Cast off and sew in ends

 

 

Dorsal Fin – work 1 (I used white)

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Attach the yarn around row 13, equal distance between the eyes with a surface sc then work as follows;

 

2

2 sc in same st, 2 hdc in same st, 2 dc in same st, 2 trc in same st, 2 dtrc in same st, 2 trc in same st, 2 dc in same st, 2 hdc in same st, 2 sc in same st

18

 

Cast off and sew in ends

 

  

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