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Noni's Clematis Shopping Bag in Crochet
is a stylish alternative to a reusable shopping bag. Perfect for the mall,
groceries, or as a picnic/lunch tote for the whole family. The bag can be
made striped and adorned with the Clematis flower for an eminently feminine
look, or try rugby stripes or solids (without flower) for a great-looking
but entirely unisex and utilitarian bag.
Felted bags are particularly well-suited as totes for
groceries and picnics because they are naturally insulated, don't lose their
shape or their immense carrying capabilities when wet, and withstand even
harsh treatment, all the while looking fantastic.
This Clematis flower evolved out of a Spring Noni/Knitch
Retreat in Atlanta, GA in 2008. The intense weekend workshop was called
Designing with Flowers and the group chose the Clematis flower to design. We
had a blast and the flower came out, as you can see, looking as though it
was just plucked from the vine. My thanks and hat off to the ladies who
participated in that workshop!
Difficulty Intrepid beginner: Requires
knowledge of basic crochet stitches, increasing and decreasing, working in
the round, and some simple hand-sewing.
Pre-felted gauge: 11 stitches and 13 rows over 4"
(10cm) using a size L (8mm) hook and a double strand of worsted weight,
Felted gauge: 16 stitches and 15 rows over 4" (10cm).
Locking stitch markers
Sewing needle and sewing thread
840 yards (768m) worsted weight
yarn in light green (A)
1050 yards (960m) in mint green (B)
Size L (8mm) hook
4 - 6 bag feet (optional)
1 sheet 13 5/8 x 21 5/8" (34 x 54cm) plastic stiffener
to add structure to the bottom of the bag
1 A Noni Design metal label in white bronze
100 yards (91.5m) in stem green (C)
210 yards (192m) in purple (D)
40 yards in white Fizz (E)
Size H (5mm) hook
Plymouth Galway #146 Celery (A), #176 Endive
(B), #145 Happy Green (C), #166 Purple Crayon (D), and in Crystal Palace
Fizz #7312 White (E).