Saturday, June 26, 2010

Brown bag evolution

People in Portland are very environmentally cautious. I love it them. We keep our city clean. We are big on composting and reusing things in our everyday life. So I think that reusable shopping bags are a must-have for environmentally minded shoppers. With that in mind I've designed and crocheted a new "brown bag".

When I was designing this bag I had to keep in mind that the yarn has to be able to withstand repetitious trips to my laundry machine. We wouldn't want to contaminate or cross-contaminate our groceries, so washing our reusable shopping bags is vital. Also, it had to be sturdy, and pretty, of course! I found a perfect yarn for the bag right in my stash!



So here comes the "Brown bag evolution".



Size  14 X 12 X 7 inches

Materials:

7 skeins of  Crème de la Crème Ombres Red Heart Ltd. cotton yarn.
Some left over white yarn (about 20 gr). 
Hook 4mm
Big yellow button


Gauge: 18 sc X 13 rows = 4 inches (10 cm).



Bottom of the bag

Ch 31
Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each sc across.
Repeat Row 2 until piece measures about 12 in. from beginning. Fasten off.
The bottom rectangle is formed.


 Body of the bag.

The body is worked in rounds. Start in the right upper corners of the rectangle and make 50 slip stitches going close to the edge of the bigger side of the rectangle.
Turn your work and make 30 slip stitches on the edge of the smaller side of the rectangle.
Turn work and 50 slip stitches going close to the edge of the second bigger side of the rectangle.
Turn your work and make 30 slip stitches on the edge of the smaller side of the rectangle.
You formed a row of slip stitches following the perimeter of the rectangle.
Row 1: Ch 1, sc into the second slip stitch from the hook, continue making sc into all of the slip stitches working in round. Place marker in first st for beg of round; move marker up as each round is completed.

Continue working in rounds until your piece measures approximately 14 inches high. Fasten off.

Straps. (make two).

Ch 9
Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each sc across
Repeat row 2 until strap measures 14 inches. Fasten off.

Flower:
Using white yarn make a flower following this chart.



Finishing:

Using white yarn, finish the bottom of the bag with a picot stitch. Slip stitch in an edge stitch of the bottom rectangle,** ch 3, skip one stitch, slip through the next edge stitch.**. Repeat from ** to ** around the bottom.
Sew on straps. Crochet picot stitch around the top of the bags and the straps.
Sew on the flower with a yellow button as a center.
Weave ends.

Enjoy your shopping!

8 comments:

  1. Лида! Теперь я тоже такую хочу! Надо же какая красивая, удобная и практичная вещь! Золотые ручки у тебя!

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  2. Sveta T, thank you! I loved your "babushka's" rug!

    Ируся, спасибо!

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  3. Лида, полностью поддерживаю - пора уже избавляться от этих пластиковых пакетов, загрязняющих итак грязную планету))) а еще ты наверное видела, как в Японии делают из куска материи завязанную по-разному авоську - тоже классная идея!

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  4. This is great idea and great result! And I love the colorwork! Congratulations!
    How much weight it can carry?

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  5. Lidia, great idea and great shopping bag!

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  6. Snjezana, Thank you! This is my effort to practice more crocheting. I did not check it for weight. I carried a couple of loaves of bread, a chicken and a bit of vegetables. I cut out a rectangular shape out of plastic and put it on the bottom of the bag, so it helps to keep shape.

    Agnieszka, thank you, my friend!

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  7. Красивая сумочка! Цвета очень приятные)))

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