We’re really excited to bring you something a little different for us. Our good friend, Ashley, from Little Time Design makes gorgeous things for her kids and home and is a dab hand at knitting and crochet so we wanted to get her to share a crochet make for summer. Over to Ashley…
Hello! Thanks to the summer holidays I am now 24/7 mummy so fitting in crafting time is hard & I haven’t been able to blog over the last few weeks! However, I did manage to meet up with my lovely friends from Little Button Diaries for a little crochet time and we have collaborated for this Crochet Summer Bag, made mainly from granny squares!
The great thing about granny squares is that they take no time at all to crochet (the three-round ones used for this project take about 20 minutes) so you can really slot them into life with children- whilst they are napping or watching an episode of Postman Pat (I do love that man) and before you know it, you have a few squares to start a project with…
Granny squares are like little puzzle pieces, you can play around with their arrangement and experiment with sewing them together to make different things- from bedspreads to bags to bunting. We put together this cute summer ‘mum’ bag- it fits all your valuables in whilst you are running around after the kids in the park or at the beach this summer!
You will need:
- At least 6 different colours/ balls of double knit weight yarn
- Size 3 or 4 crochet hook
- Large crochet hook (around an 8 or 10) for tassels
- Tapestry needle
- Small craft scissors
Approximate time needed: 3 or 4 evenings
- Make x 18 3-round granny squares, changing colour for each round.
- Sew in ends and lay out the squares in a 3×3 arrangement, one for the front and one for the back. Once you’ve decided on the final layout you can start to join them together using the double crochet method.
- With the right side facing, start from top-right square and double crochet vertically down, by the time you get to the bottom you should have crocheted 6 squares together. Repeat for next vertical seam. Then crochet together the two horizontal seams, from right to left. Repeat for back of bag, then sew in ends.
4. Double crochet the front and back together, with wrong sides together, start from top right and dc down, along the bottom and back up the left side of bag, sew in ends.
5. To make a bag strap, chain 6 and DC until you reach your desired length. We went for a strap long enough to go across-body, about 1 metre.
- Make tassels; grab some card the length you’d like your tassels to be, wrap the yarn around a few times, making sure it’s all evenly spaced, cut the bottom yarn to free the tassel, and pinch the middle of the strands to keep the tassel together. Along the bottom seam of the bag insert a large crochet hook from back to front and pull through the tassel from the middle part of the strands until it’s mostly pulled all the way through, and with the ‘loop’ this creates you can pull the ends of the strands through this loop and secure.