I decided to update the pattern for the Rustic Coin Purse design, except the update turned into a complete re-design! I’ve kept the listing for the old design, but renamed the new one to avoid confusion.
Chris can take the credit for the new name, he was knitting with neon acrylic yarn at the time, I think it affected his brain, certainly affected my eyesight and I only glanced at it! But I digress, here is the new design, Nova Rusticana Purse, enjoy 🙂
I first released the pattern for the Raspberry Ripple bag in 2013, it’s one of my favourites, but I didn’t do it full justice at the time because I used *whispers* acrylic yarn...I wasn’t too impressed with the original pic either, so a new one was taken in 2016…
Well there is now a new improved version I’m much happier with, the pattern didn’t need any alteration, but I tweaked a few things, like crocheting in the round rather than joining rows. And here is the new cotton version…
I’ve had the idea to create a “top-down” bag for sometime, but it wasn’t until I rediscovered this pattern that it all came together. Many years ago I swore I would never use black yarn, but no other colour would do this design justice. Fortunately I’ve just moved my craft chair in front of a large window, so with light behind me, and crocheting just a few rounds at a time, I finally finished the pattern. Then had to wait nearly a week for it to stop raining, and for the sun to come out, so I could take pictures!
The pattern is on both sides of the bag and the length of the handle can easily be modified to suit.
I actually started work on this design over a year ago, then got distracted by knitting, as one does!
There is absolutely no sewing involved, well apart from weaving in loose ends, it is crocheted from the base in the round, and then the handle is worked from side to side. The basket weave pattern is a combination of the crochet knit stitch and working in the back loops.
Finally the sun has come out so I can take pictures of my new design, it’s been so frustrating having to wait. I finished it not long after I wrote the post about using a ball of yarn and beads for something…well this is the something!
The idea came from the paper favour gift bags that are so popular, I just made mine with yarn and beads instead.
There is a tutorial included for threading the beads onto the yarn.
Beaded Favour Gift Bag
Beaded Favour Gift Bag
Sample used 1 ball of Sublime Egyptian Cotton dk, 115yds/105m, in Frothy
5 x 3mm DPN’s (Double Pointed Needles)
41 x 4mm beads
2 x 12”/30cm lengths of ribbon or I-cord for handles
marker for working in the round