I Made a Thing

A crocheted twine tote, free pattern by Quilt While You're Ahead (on her sidebar), made with Nutscene Twines in brown, red, terracotta and green. One of each.



Super easy and super quick to make.
The twine is not at all scratchy to use but pushing a crochet hook through the stitches is quite hard work. Ann left a comment suggesting that crocheting into the back loop only would make it easier on the fingers. Doing that produces a ridged effect to your work which would look just as good as the conventional stitch pattern.


Endlessly useful and utterly fab, I love my new bag.


Comments

  1. Love it!! I have missed your crochet posts!! (But LOVE your photos!) x

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous, I love the colour. Something useful AND beautiful now that fits in with all my criteria for possessions for our future :-)

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  3. That tote is a tote-ally successful creation, Sue!

    Thank you for the assurance about the lack of scratchiness of the twine, and the info re the actual difference in looping the loop. Your color choices are great, and i know your tote will be getting out and about quite a lot.

    Bravo! xo

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  4. I am in love with your bag Sue. I found the pattern on Quilt While You're Ahead and have asked a crocheting friend to help me with the pattern. I can only crochet granny squares at the moment.
    A couple of years ago there was a similar bag, in cotton, on a website I frequent and they wanted over £200 for it! Amazing eh?

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  5. It looks really good. I love the colors and it seems like it will be durable with a long, useful life.

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  6. It's a very charming bag, and the tree should be able to store quite a few of its possessions in it.

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  7. Love your bag, have yet to be convinced of the pleasure of crocheting something that needs a bit of welly to get the hook through - I've tried fabric, wanting to make a rug, several times and given up. Yours does look smart, though, and endlessly useful too!

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  8. That is one Fab Bag :-) Gotta go make me one. Like now ;-)

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  9. Well done! It looks rather spiffing.

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  10. Oh Sue, that's lovely! I need to brush up my crochet skills and have a go. How wonderful!

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  11. I love your twine tote Sue, great colour choices and so practical.
    Jacquie x

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  12. Anonymous9:02 pm BST

    You made a fab thing!

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  13. It's wonderful. Bet it's really tough too, which is always good for a bag. Love, love, love the photo of it in the apple tree.

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  14. So you did, and what a colourful and most useful thing it is!

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  15. Your crochet thing is lovely to look at and very useful ...

    ... And when I've completed the cardi I'm knitting, I think I'll make one too!

    Thank you for inspiring with yours xx

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  16. This is great. Useful and beautiful. I love the colours. I am really tempted to learn to crochet just to make one of these!

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  17. I like your bag too. You could keep twine in it.

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  18. Simple, yet striking. I love your new bag, too! :o)

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  19. Saw this and thought of you, Sue.http://www.thewomensroomblog.com/2013/08/25/see-this-meet-the-perfumers-at-harrods/ Seems that quince is the new Chanel!

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  20. It is glorious! And it reminds me of one of my favourite childhood books, which has the refrain 'With my big ball of string, I can do anything. Anything, anything, anything at all. I can do anything with my big string ball.'

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  21. What a gorgeous bag! I love it and the colours you've used. Interested that the twine wasn't scratchy to use in the making. Good news! I bet it's as strong as anything too. Is it washable do you think? E x

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    1. Good question. It doesn't say anything about washing on the label, but then it is designed for use in the garden so I suppose it can stand some water.

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  22. ooh it is fab Sue - I love it, might just have to have a go at one myself!

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  23. Looks just great! Love the colours together. About washing - my Mum soaked a twine flowerpot holder I gave her by mistake - it shrank a bit and became rather floppy but its still looking nice and is usable for purpose. One other thing, I had a flowerpot holder on a sunny windowsill and didn't notice till too late that the colour (it was that vibrant pink colour) bleached out of the twine on the side exposed to the light. Look forward to your next 'I made a thing'!

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    1. Thanks Ann, useful info.

      Don't hold your breath waiting for my next thing. I have a head full of ideas but rarely seem to translate them into reality.

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  24. It's fantastic. I often think crocheted bags look a bit flimsy but this looks like a thing of substance, something that will hold a good amount of shopping.

    Interesting to hear about working with twine, which I've never done. I've been eyeing up a pattern for a string shopping bag made from sewing lots of twine granny squares together. x

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  25. I will have to try and track down some gorgeously coloured twine. I'm thinking that this could make a great Christmas present for my mother-in-law for shopping at Farmer's Markets.

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