Way back in January, I started work on a little bag.
|I chose a variegated sock yarn from my stash|
to highlight the stitch pattern.
The pattern, designed by Janet Brani, is "WIP Project Bag". It features in the book Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters Around the World (Durant & Eckman, 2013).
|I love Janet Brani's clever way of turning |
a simple drawstring bag into a mini backpack.
As the title suggests, this little bag is just the right size to contain a take-along crochet project (a WIP*) with room enough for one large skein or multiple smaller ones. In fact, this bag is a great portable project in itself!
(What a witty title for this pattern with its double entendre!)
|The bag is on the blocking board.|
The grid markings are at
The taller stitches near the top
create a casing for drawstrings.
(dc, UK/Aus*) stitches worked in the round.
A plain double crochet stitch is worked by inserting the hook from front to back under the two top horizontal loops of a stitch.
The 'split stitch' is so named because the hook is inserted from front to back between the two vertical strands of a stitch, thus 'splitting' the stitch below.
This technique removes some of the diagonal bias that occurs with regular crochet stitches worked in the round, resulting in a squarer, knitted or tricot look.
|A knitted look done with crochet!|
Two lengths of 'French knitting' are threaded through taller stitches (casing) to make a drawstring closure.
Janet Brani suggests using shoelaces for backpack straps. They are sturdy and do not stretch but I thought they might 'dig into' or chafe the shoulders when carrying the backpack for any length of time.
Instead, I used my French knitting dolly (right), also known as a 'knitting Nancy', to make 2 straps to the recommended length 152 cm (60").
Be careful with this option because the straps are very stretchy but their softness and extra width seem more comfortable to me.
Any kind of knitted I-cord or crocheted slip stitch cord could be used as a drawstring. To prevent the cords from stretching, sew some woven ribbon to the back of them.
Once your cord is threaded through the casing at the top of the bag, you are done!
Voilà! A drawstring bag:
|"WIP Project Bag" open.|
|"WIP Project Bag" closed.|
Simply pull the cords!
When the bag is closed, the drawstrings become long enough to make straps for a backpack.
|Can you imagine from this arrangement how the drawstrings might do double duty as straps for a backpack?|
Janet Brani has a clever method of changing this drawstring bag into a backpack with adjustable straps. I will show you my results in the next post about this project.
Don't leave home without a bag:
a WIP Project Bag.
a WIP Project Bag.
To be continued …
Use the comment box below to ask any questions
or to tell me what you think.
double crochet (dc) Australia/UK = single crochet (sc) USA.
WIP = Work(s) In Progress
Pattern: "WIP Project Bag"
- Book: Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters Around the World, Durant & Eckman, Storey Publishing, USA, 2013.
- Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wip-project-bag
Yarn: Moda Vera 'Noir' sock yarn, 75% Wool 25% nylon, 400 m / 100 grams
Weight: 4 ply (Aus), fingering (USA)
Colour: 02 yellow red mix
Lot no.: S3950
Hook: 3.5 mm
Links & References
Brani, Janet, "WIP Project Bag", crochet pattern, Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters Around the World, Durant & Eckman, Storey Publishing, USA, 2013.
Durant, Judith & Eckman, Edie [editors], Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters Around the World, 1st printing, ISBN 978-1-61212-042-3, www.storey.com, Storey Publishing LLC, 210 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247, USA, 2013.
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