It’s All About Versatility & Options

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The August issue of Crochet World has 6 unique bag patterns picked for their versatility as well as their wealth of options. Let’s talk a little bit about each one:

Woodland Animals Bags by Kathleen Stuart

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These absolutely adorable bags all share the same basic bag shape but you can create 3 unique animals from that basic bag. The pattern walks you through how to make the different features for a fox, a raccoon and an owl. Mix up the colors and the features. Can you create your own unique little bag perfect for the littles in your life?

Diamond Shopping Bag by Debra Arch

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Some of you may live in a place where plastic shopping bags are no longer allowed or perhaps you prefer to be more economical and have your own shopping bag at the ready. This bag is perfect because it is nice and big (so more shopping can be accomplished) and it’s made from raffia so it is very durable. But the other fun thing about it are the different options. The diamond pattern can be left with open eyelets or filled with pretty beads (we chose wood).

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You can choose to add a decorative tassel or not AND you can work up that tassel with or without beads! Also did you know you can get raffia in loads of fun color options! Be sure to check out Papermart and see what they have to offer or check out AnniesCraftStore for options.

 

Mitered Rectangle Tote by Pia Thadani

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This tote is worked up in fun shades of all cotton yarn so it is easy to wash and is the perfect size for carrying around your everyday essentials or a book or two for an afternoon chilling in the sun. Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton comes in 37 amazing colors so you can work this up in your favorite color combo! The mitering happens only on the front so you get a bag with two unique sides as well!

Kindergarten Nap Buddy by My Fingers Fly

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This has to be one of the most unique kid’s bags I have seen in a long time! You crochet the pencil portion which is a zippered bag. Then you crochet the blanket portion and attach it to the inside of the bag near the zipper. Then the blanket can be folded and rolled up to go inside the pencil bag. There is extra space in the bag for storing pijamas or a change of clothes as well! If you pack it with some clothes then the bag can also make a great pillow, so 3-in-1 versatility here! Then of course, you can really have some fun with color combinations as well.

Lola Market Bag by Denimade

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Oh we aren’t done with the bags yet! This beauty is worked up in cotton t-shirt style yarn (which if you get the April issue we show you how to make some). It’s soft and durable and has a beautiful stitch pattern. This bag can go from the market to an evening out in the blink of an eye! Try it in some fun colors or keep it neutral so that it goes with every outfit. Add a fun little leather tag or personalized label as a nice accent piece too!

The Knotted Sac Bag by Anastasia Xue

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This little bag is PERFECT for when you just need something small for a few items when running around. The strap is 23.5 inches long so you can where this slug over your shoulder as a cross body bag or knot it up (as the name implies) and just hang it casually from your wrist. It’s unique gathered shaping at the top helps hold in all your goodies!

Get all of these beauties in the latest issue!

—Britt Schmiesing, editor

 

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