Thursday, 26 June 2014

Crochet Grocery Bag

At our weekend Simple Living Toowoomba workshop, Margaret brought along some crochet and knitting she had been working on lately including a nifty grocery bag which didn't take her very long to crochet. I am not too good at crochet so it would have taken me a few weeks to make it I am sure and even looking at the pattern made my eyes glaze over. However, I am sure there are a lot of experienced readers here who just love to crochet and would have no trouble at all reading a pattern so I thought I would share the info about where Margaret found the pattern.

Apparently the bag doesn't use up more than a skein of cotton yarn and the pattern can be found on Knit-O-Matic. Just note that you will have to go through the ' add to cart' process to be able to download the free pattern but that is easy to do and I am sure that before you know it you will have downloaded the pattern and have a grocery bag finished before your next visit to the shops.

At our previous workshop Margaret brought along (and modelled) a shrug that she had knitted in garter stitch. It was based on the Emily Bronte Topper pattern on the Lion Brand Yarns site.

Margaret did make her own adjustments to the pattern...


...but it still sounded very easy to make even for a beginner.

It is basically a rectangle measuring 76.2 cm (30 inches) x 96.5 cm (38 inches) with the sides sewn up to just under the arms. 

Margaret used up some yarn she had for the shrug but she recently found some yarn in both Spotlight and Lincraft that would be okay to use as well.

L to R: Moda Vera Kid Mohair Wool Blend, Moda Vera Maple, Lincraft Winter Warmth Yarn 

If you would like more information about making this shrug I am sure Margaret would be only too happy to answer your questions so just leave your queries in the comment section.

She also brought along a pair of socks she had finished and they certainly would come in handy in this cold weather we are having at the moment.

So there you have some quick and easy patterns to make up while you are sitting beside the wood heater trying to warm up during this cold snap although apparently it isn't as cold here in SE Queensland as it is in the southern states. Readers in the Northern Hemisphere are probably too busy enjoying their gardens at the moment to even think about crochet and knitting. I guess it won't be too long before the seasons change again though and you will have to move inside once more.

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  1. Morning Nanna Chel, I am contemplating picking up the hook somewhere along the line; or even taking the plunge and trying knitting (beyond knitting squares that is). I have been looking at patterns for those neck warmers (not as big as a scarf) just sits around your neck and tucks into your top a bit at the front. I'd love to go to Margaret's workshop at SLT in July but I'm not much of a night driver.

    1. Barb, I read your comment before reading Margy's email so I didn't know what workshop you were talking about. LOL! I don't like driving at night either even in town and certainly wouldn't drive to town if I lived in the country like you do. Margaret is certainly good at knitting and crochet.

  2. Love the socks I could use them right now, so handy and the bag is great. It is knitting season for sure with non-stop knitting by hubby in this house. His fingerless gloves are very popular.

    Keep warm Chel.

    1. Vicki, you will have to get your hubby to knit you some warm socks as it has certainly been cold and probably will get colder. I imagine his fingerless gloves would be extremely popular at the moment.

  3. I bought cotton yarn and it came with a crochet bag a long time ago but I'm haven't learned how to crochet yet! Knitting yes. Love the shrug, I've been thinking of making my mum something like that. Socks look so warm and happy colours for a dreary winter.

  4. You must be freezing at the moment, Zena. There seem to be some really heavy snowfalls down there so I hope you have a nice warm house and yes, the socks do look really warm and cheery!

  5. is never as much fun to knit or crochet as on a cold day, it will be getting into the 90's (36C) next week and I'm already moaning about it! :) I'm eying both of these patterns though and loving the bag. Thanks for the inspiration!.

  6. Kathy, I don't like 36C heat either. We live in a cool temperate area and have cooler temperatures than most other towns in our state of Queensland and last summer we got to 39.5C once and that nearly killed me. Down south they had to suffer temps in the high 30s and low 40s for weeks on end. No it is not the time for doing knitting or crochet I must admit.


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