For months now I’ve been buying UK crochet mags and I have two favourites, Crochet Now and Simply Crochet. I’ve recently subscribed to Readly and Crochet Now is one of the mags 🙂 (although I do miss the freebie!). To get my Simply Crochet fix each month I’ve *subscribed to the print copy with Buy Subscriptions.
Each month I make at least one of the projects, sometimes adapting with either colour, yarn or using the ideas on a different project. I enjoyed creating a summer cardigan from Crochet Now. It was certainly a different experience working with this yarn! One of my favourite projects was the crescent shawl from Simply Crochet Edits. Unfortunately I didn’t get to wear it on holiday. It’s still hanging in my wardrobe waiting for the perfect opportunity (the colours go well with this season!).
For the past few weeks I’ve been enjoying making fingerless gloves, mitts and hats (sometimes playing with my own designs) for a craft fayre but I was looking for a change of project.
I fell in love with the potential of the Rough Diamonds tote from issue 62 of Simply Crochet Edits.
I didn’t have aran cotton however I did have Special by Stylecraft in my stash in the right amounts I needed.
So I gave it a go.
Over 5 evenings I crocheted the diamonds.
It took me 2 evenings to join the diamonds together and then I had to decide whether to line the bag and which handles to use.
Use a tote bag which could double for a lining and handles?
I already had a couple of plastic handles which I bought for projects such as this, however, the handles that came free with the mag colour-coordinated with my yarn.
Or crochet my own?
After deliberating about length and the type of materials, I decided to go with crocheting my own!
The rough diamonds tote project used treble crochet and popcorn stitches. I used Stylecraft Special (in shades: Pistachio 100g, Raspberry 150g and Parchment 50g) on a 4mm hook. To keep things as simple as possible I marked off the rows on a separate piece of paper for both diamonds (22 rows for each). If you have a row counter, that’s even easier 🙂 To make the handles I chained 58 and used all three shades together, finishing off with a row of double crochet.
I still have those gorgeous handles and am tempted to make the backpack in the same mag!
I’m always fascinated by how yarn can become so many different things using different stitches, the ply/composition of the yarn, shape and of course even colour choices can change how a project looks. I loved playing with this shape and texture. I’m thinking of adapting it to a couple of cushion covers to upcycle some tired covers, maybe in a different shape. Or maybe smaller diamonds for a star …
Do you have a ‘go to’ project/stitch or prefer to experiment? I would love to know!
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