Easy One Skein Crochet Market Bag. Free Pattern

On Monday I began recording a tutorial for the old version of my crochet net bag. Market bags are massive at the minute and, jumping on the band wagon, I hit record and started making. I got a few rounds in when I started to question its construction. It became quite clear that I was trying to be way too fancy with the pattern; there are some truly unnecessary instructions in there and two years ago, I didn’t ask myself if there was an easier way! I’ve updated it. This is a much simpler version of that bag yet it pretty much looks the same. Here it is…

Pop to YouTube HERE or continue reading for the written pattern. Cheers.

Notes:

  • 3mm hook
  • 1x50g ball cotton dk such as DMC Natura Just Cotton (155m/170yds) (or Rico Essentials dk works well but it’s slightly less meterage so you might want to knock off a round of the main body, just in case)
  • The 3ch at the beginning of the first 4 rounds count as a UK tr/ US dc
  • If you have loose tension, it would be better to go down to a 2.5mm hook
  • The pattern is written in UK terms – where it says “dc”, that’s a US sc and a “tr” is a US dc. So htr is hdc! Easy peasy.
  • No turns are made when making the main body of the bag.

Pattern:

Start with a magic ring (or ch4 and join with a slip stitch).

Round 1: 3ch, 11tr into ring. Join to third ch of initial 3ch with a slip stitch, pull the magic ring to close. [12st]

Round 2: 3ch, 1tr into same stitch, 2tr into each stitch, join to third ch of initial 3 ch with a slip stitch. [24st]

Round 3: 3ch, 1tr in same st, 1 tr in next st, *2tr in next stitch, 1 tr in next; rep from * around. [36st]

Round 4: 3ch, 1 tr in same st, 1tr in next 2st, *2tr in next st, 1tr in next 2st; rep from * around. [48st]

Round 5: 1ch, 1dc in same st. *ch3, miss 1 stitch, 1dc in next; rep from * around until the second to last stitch. At this point, ch1 and make a half tr into beginning dc. (Have a look at the chart above to see how to join rounds.  Placing a stitch marker on the last stitch of each row from here will help enormously) [24 chain spaces].

Round 6: *4ch, 1dc in next ch sp; rep from * around until second to last ch sp, 2ch, 1htr into the top of the last st of the previous round (ie, into the top of the htr of previous round).

Round 7: *5ch, 1dc in next ch sp; rep from * around until second to last ch sp, 2ch, 1tr into the top of the last st of the previous round.

Round 8: *6ch, 1dc in next ch sp; rep from * around until second to last ch sp, 3ch, tr into the top of the last st of the previous round.

Round 9: *7ch, 1dc in next ch sp; rep from * around until second to last ch sp, 3ch, 1double tr into the top of the last st of the previous round.

Round 10 -25:  Repeat Round 7

Round 26: Repeat round 8

Round 27: Repeat round 7

Round 28: 1ch, 1dc in same stitch, 2dc in space, 1dc in dc, *4dc in each ch sp, 1 dc in top of each dc of previous round; rep from *,  2dc in last sp, ss to join to 1st dc [120]

Round 29-30: 1ch, 1 dc in same space, dc around, ss to join.

Handle Stage

Row 1: 1ch, 1dc in same space, 1 dc in next 6st, turn [7]

Row 2: 1ch, 1dc along the next 7 stitches, turn [7]

Repeat Row 2 until desired handle length or when nearing the end of the yarn (I made my handle approx 18″).

Turn your bag inside out. To attach the handle to the other side of the bag, count how many stitches are around the top of the bag. I had 120 stitches. You want your handles evenly spaced, I counted 53 stitches along from the right side of my handle and the next stitch (see pic below) was where I started to attach the other end of the handle. Make sure there are no twists!

The hook should be on the right hand side. If it isn’t, make another row or take one away. Insert hook through first stitch on handle and the chosen stitch on the other side of the bag, yarn over and pull through all loops/stitches. Repeat for the last 6 stitches. Fasten off and sew ends in securely.

This pattern has been designed by me and is for your personal use only. Please visit my Ravelry store for more patterns! Thank you.

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Garden in May

In absolutely no particular order (because there are just too many – soz!), here are some recent pics of the garden. It’s been just over a month since I last shared what was going on in the garden and it has been a very productive few weeks. I can’t believe the difference from these photos to the ones in the last blog post! The garden has gone bonkers!

We had the bonfire that I said I wanted to have, took stuff to the dump, sorted out all the pots and got planting. There’s still lots more to do as I’ve not done all the lettucey type things and there are baby runner beans and purple french ones to go out.

A sunny May day is the garden at its best before there’s the weird June/July lull. I’m curious to see what the pots will look like later on in the year; the kids have persuaded me to change colour scheme. They’ve chosen lots of garish, clashy things. I hope I like it! I’m also desperate to get my hands on home grown veg. It’s all late because my early stuff got bitten by the frost and I had to start again. But, hey, it’s only May!

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Zeens & Roger Crochet Vlogcast 30

Hello. I’m a woman of few words today. Not in the video though, that would be a quiet episode. Clicking on the picture above will take you directly to Episode 30 for your fortnightly dose of crochet chat. Going HERE to YouTube takes you to the whole channel where all the episodes and tutorials live.

Links to stuff talked about in this episode are:

Mesh bag free pattern. A video tutorial is on my list of things to do.

Hotchpotch granny purse tutorial. This is the basis for the granny bag I made.

The Creative Business Network. As well as informal get togethers, Helen also teaches online courses for creative businesses.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I don’t read as often as I should. It’s always nice to find a good story.

Neveline Silke Arvier. I’d buy this if I were in Italy. It’s on offer!!

Family Tree Yarns and Hedgerow Yarns. Birthday buys for me!

See pictures of what I’ve been up to below…

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Zeens & Roger Crochet Vlogcast 29

It’s about time I got another episode out so here is episode 29 of the Zeens and Roger Crochet podcast. Please click on the image above to get to the episode or go to YouTube HERE for all of the stuff on my channel. If you’re short on time there’s a selection of photos below but if you ask me, you really need to immerse yourself in some actual crochet chat… Righty, links for stuff below. Ta very much.

The Venice blog post. Loads of photos and loads of drooling over the food.

Hotchpotch Granny purse tutorial

Mesh bag pattern. A free pattern

Holey Smokes no 1 is over on Ravelry

Cat pins, I love them! Check out Niaski and Peskimo on Etsy. Both local to me and both are amazing designers.

John Arbon Textiles. Proper wool.

Qing Fibre, Garn Surr, Easy Knits, Countess Ablaze

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Hotchpotch Granny Purse.

I’ve decided that this will be called the Hotchpotch Granny purse, it fits the bill quite nicely. A hotchpotch of leftover scraps makes the perfect crochet stashbuster, don’t you think?!

I’ve filmed this as a video tutorial over on YouTube rather than write up a pattern [pop over to watch HERE]. I cover the magic knot, making up the granny stripes and then lining it too. All in eighteen minutes! I also recommend you visit my zip video too [it’s HERE]. If you’ve never put a zip in your crochet before it might well prove useful.

You can use any yarn, along with your favourite corresponding hook size but there pretty much are no rules to this. Ok, there’s one rule: you need multiples of 3 plus 1 for the starting chain. Even if you’re a stitch or two out then I’m sure you can fudge it. Crochet is very forgiving.

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Two Nights in Venice (On the Cheap)

This time last week I was in Venice. It is the most beautiful city I have ever seen. It was awesome, I was literally in awe. Every five minutes someone heard me say “this place is amazing, I love it!” The husband started getting annoyed, “you’ve already said that.”

Have you been to Venice? It’s amazing, I love it! I went expecting to say goodbye to a lot of cash and, if necessary, sell my soul. Yet, our budget didn’t burst its banks at all. This wasn’t actually going to be a post about how you can do Venice on a budget, it was just going to be my usual thing of whacking up pictures and saying what a nice time I had. However, I want you to go to Venice too and I don’t want you to dismiss it because you think it’ll cost the earth.  It doesn’t have to.

Getting There

We did Ryan Air on the way there and Easy Jet on the way back. This wasn’t my job. Another person in our party of six sorted out flights. He found the best times and prices. It didn’t occur to me to choose two different airlines but this saved us money. We booked in November/December so I can’t remember how much it was, around £100 pp return from Bristol. Just over, I think.

Once you’re at the airport you can get a water bus but it’s half the price to get the train. We wanted to be fancy so we got the bus. A private taxi would be even fancier and they really zooom across the water!

That building in the middle? A hospital!

Where to Stay

It’s Airbnb all the way for me. My job was to find accommodation and I didn’t bother looking anywhere else. Seeing as we were three couples, we needed a three bed place. This was also booked in November/December and I think that was too late. Many suitable apartments had already gone and there wasn’t loads of choice for nice places. The best bet is to leap on flights as soon as they’re released and book somewhere to stay at the same time. Don’t dilly dally. However we did manage to find a clean place with a nice view out the back and three bathrooms. It was right near a stunning looking hospital in a pretty square with plenty of bars. Nowhere took longer than fifteen minutes to walk to. Unless you got lost, which we did. Frequently.

The view from our kitchen window. Sadly, there was no access.

What We Ate

Oh my goodness! Everything I ate was fabulous. The only thing I didn’t care much for was the gelato. I don’t know if I had a duff one or if it’s because I’m normally all about umami but I didn’t like the dense texture. It was sturdy ice cream! If we’d have had time (and emptier bellies) I would have gone to the Boutique del Gelato; apparently it’s top notch.

Cichetti. I don’t know the name of this place. It was our first bit of Venetian grub.

Cicchetti!! Wowsers, I loved all of it, even the salt cod and pickley fishy things! Cicchetti is a bar snack a bit like tapas and you need it in your life. We went to several places to get our fill and each time we also ordered prosecco. Yuuuum!!! Stand at the bar and eat or you can sit too. You might have to pay extra to sit though. Cicchetti is cheap and you can easily fill up on it for a few quid. Try All’ Arco for traditional/local and also Acqua e Mais for a cone of deep fried calamari and shrimp. If you’re on a super tight budget, this sort of thing is great and you don’t need to go mad on the drink, which bumps up the cost. Having said that, a bottle of prosecco is pretty much the same price as a pub here, so much cheaper than I thought it’d be. And so much tastier.

Seafood spaghetti at Trattoria Alla Scala

The husband’s monkfish.

I don’t remember the name of the place this was from. But it was so good!

Waiters will tell you that you must order seafood. They’re not wrong. It’s what I ate both nights and it was delicious. The first night we went to a restaurant we’d found on Trip Advisor. In we went, winding our way through tables whilst chatting to the restaurant guy about reservations. As we talked, he escorted us right past all the diners, through the kitchen and out into the alley at the back. We thought we’d been kicked out but actually we were waiting for a table. Others were already there, snacking on chilli pesto gnocchi and little glasses of spritz. We were given the same and told how to hold our plate and glass (!). A few minutes later the guy we’d spoken to introduced us to a bemused looking man in blue gloves and an apron. We were told to follow him. We did and ended up in another restaurant a two minute walk away. At the Tratorria Alla Scala there were no tables for six so they got some other diners to budge up and in we squeezed. We got complimentary glasses of prosecco, grissini and gorgeous garlicky tomato bruschetta. Main meals were around 18 euros, which I think is ace, especially as we paid that much for dinner in Amsterdam last year and didn’t get any extra stuff (not even a smile).

I can’t remember the name of the restaurant we went to the second night but it was a lot of sharing platters and ours were delicious. Oh man, I ate way too much in 48 hours. I haven’t even mentioned, the sneeky chips, pizza, sweets, pastries or any of the other things I stuffed in. I couldn’t sleep the first night cos my tummy was so full. Yet I still didn’t spend that much money! Honest! And I bought yarn! (Not from the posh wool shop though as I had Pretty Woman experience in there, so… big mistake, huge!).

Stuff to do.

I think it’s safe to say that this was very much an eating holiday. I’m a big foodie and my bestie’s husband is a chef so it was always going to be about food. That means we didn’t have time to visit other islands or go into any of the touristy places you’re supposed to visit. If you wanted to go up the tower in St Marks’ square though, I think it’s only 6 euros. The Basilica di San Marco is free to enter, as are a couple of other places. Just standing in St Mark’s square is breathtaking, you don’t need to spend money there! You don’t even need to go there at all. The whole of Venice is amazing to just walk around and gawp at.

More pictures below, ones where the tower isn’t chopped off!

One thing which was total bucket list territory was a ride in a gondola. It was made cheaper by the fact that all six of us squeezed into one boat. It was essential that our tour included a goggle at the Bridge of Sighs but the bloke we chatted to said it didn’t work into his 30 minute route. We wangled a 45 minute trip for 120 euros. Usually they’re thirty minutes for 80 euros. The alternative was spending more on an hour or finding another fella who was nearer to the prison. Whatever, it was worth every penny. We all loved it, I even got over excited when I saw a little crab perched on the side of a canal! If you want the gondola man to sing you have to pay extra but I would probably pay for him not to sing. Luckily our guy only came out with interesting facts about what we were seeing. He even knew where George and Amal got married and had their do. Real Venetian culture!

The Bridge of Sighs. Casanova is the only man to have escaped from prison here. Thanks for that bit of info Gondola Man!

Things I wanted to do but didn’t get the chance? There’s a market by Rialto bridge. I’d like to go there. Next time I’d go to art galleries too and time it with Carnevale! That sounds like an alright weekend…week? There is loads to do and I did what I wanted to do, saw the things I wanted to see and came home happy.

Basically, if you want to do Venice on the cheap don’t spend money in the San Marco area and you’ll be fine. Eat cicchetti and get the train over. Also, you don’t have to have your accommodation on Venice itself. Burano or Murano would probably work out cheaper. There you go. Boom. Bargain holiday in one of the most beautiful destinations in the entire world.

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A book shop with a lot of books. We could see the back of our flat from here.

I’ve now got sucked into buying a tacky fridge magnet wherever I go.

Rialto Bridge. 11pm. Over sunned, over proseccoed, up since 3.30am.

There was a rainbow!

Breathtaking. We wandered into St Mark’s square quite by accident. The best way to “discover” it, I thought.

shoppin

To commemorate the people who died of the plague. I think. That’s what we were told.

Venice innit.

I’ll give you ten points if you can spot it.

All pics are my own or the husband’s, taken on our phones. xxx

Eleven Days Later…

Alchemilla Mollis. Poppin up all over the shop. Keep or pull?

(Not steel) magnolias

I said all I had to say about the latest garden exploits eleven days ago so I’m not going to say much more. It’d pretty much be repeating myself. But I couldn’t ignore the fact that just a few days has made such a huge difference to the garden (to my eyes at least). And I always ramp up the garden posts in spring/summer anyway.

No bonfire yet but guess what? I emptied all my pots! A full on sense of achievement was experienced that day, I can tell you. Expect to see a better garden blog post in a couple of weeks or so.

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Hostas awakening!

Such cute babies. More hostas.

Thought this was dead

Some sort of peony

Kerria Japonica. Tiddly om pompom

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Spring Garden

The sun is properly out for the first time in ages. And it’s kind of warm if you’re on the move! What with all the recent snow, wind and rain, the sun is most welcome.  I’ve spent very little time in the garden so far this year; I’m definitely a fair weather gardener. I’m also avoiding going out there as it needs a massive spring clean. There are leggy things and dead things that need chopping or pulling up, and I think I need to get a bonfire going to get rid of things too twiggy to compost. Whilst I work up the gusto to get out there properly let’s celebrate the stuff that’s growing all by itself.

The magnolia and clematis seem to be going strong. I’m pleased to see new growth on them. Their flowers will be so pretty. Two years ago I got a plumbago too. I really hope it takes off properly as it has the most beautiful blue flowers. I spy new buds, which is a good sign. I also like its wintery stars when it’s not in flower.

Most of the kerria japonica is brown twigs. A few stems are flowering orange pompoms but I’m scratching my head as to why the rest of it decided not to bother to show up to the party. Lots of flowers are on the quince (chaenomeles). Every time it fruits I plan on making jelly. So far I haven’t but that’s because jelly is gross. Behind the white anemone is the pulmonaria I put in last year. I’m quite pleased that it’s happy to make a return.

A lot of the pots look like this this year. Frost, innit?! I need to get rid of so many pots. The ones that aren’t broken need to be emptied, given new compost and have new plants gifted to them. I have spent too many years just scraping off the top layer of soil; generally doing a half arsed job at looking after them. I have distant memories; past claims that I’d give them a new lease of life but this time I mean it. I can now clearly see the effects of gradual degradation, it’s time to pull my finger out.Sweet peas! Last year I forgot to plant them and bought some baby plants from the garden centre (the shame). One feeble, scentless bloom appeared and made me realise how much I must have these as part of my summer garden. Me and the youngest boy planted these on a rare sunny day at end of Jan/beg of Feb. I left them in the little plastic grow house and only just checked on them for the first time this week. I’m amazed they’re alive, I’m amazed they came up at all!

Right, let’s get on with it. Jobs to do: have a bonfire, empty pots (hide contents in beds??), plant more broad beans (first lot rotted), weed, plant runner beans & peas (sow direct? …Maybe not, there’s cat poo in that bed).

Ps, check out the Garden tab over on the right and you can see what the garden looks like at other times of year. Or go HERE as that’s the same thing!

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Episode 28. Zeens & Roger Crochet Vlogcast

It’s a big one! In my defense, I have a lot of (mostly) crochet related stuff to get through. I leave the Edinburgh yarn festival experience to the end but even without that it would probably be quite a long episode. Please click on the above pic to take you to Ep28 or pop over to my YouTube channel HERE. As always, there are more photos of my latest wotsits below. x

Lots of links today…

Granny CAL Special. A vlogcast episode dedicated to all my recent granny projects and the CAL winners etc.

Granny Rocks. A crochet granny stripe jumper. Want to know more? Check out this week’s blog post. Or go directly to Ravelry for Iron Lamb’s pattern.

Holey Smokes Version 1 is HERE. When I get version 2 out is anyone’s guess! Hopefully not that long.

Woolly Hugs. An organisation that collects granny squares for charity.

The knitted wrist warmer pattern is This One. I made them with aran weight Nebula from The Wool Kitchen.

I made the project bags with THIS tutorial in mind. It’s great for a beginner sewist.

Pearl & Plum – gorgeous project bags on Etsy.

TOFT. Alpaca central.

John Arbon Textiles. Knit by Numbers is a range of beautifully soft merino.

Qing Fibre. Swoon at the stunning colours

Blacker Yarns. Gorgeous muted tones from across the way in Cornwall.

Garn Surr. Some really fascinating colourways hand dyed by refugee women in Norway

Easy Knits. These guys have an amazing rainbow array of shades.

La Bien Amiee. Where all the cool kids hangout!

Check out Sherrie’s podcast Ollie & Bella and Emma’s LuluLoves.

HERE is how to pronounce Scheepjes.

And I still forgot to phone the dentist…

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I’m a lucky woman. A few gifts from crafty friends.

EYF yarn haul. Looks quite respectable.

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Granny Rocks. A Crochet Jumper

Right, I’m gonna go way over the top with granny jumper pics and guess who doesn’t care?! Meeee, haha! I took them yesterday so I could put one up on Instagram and I got carried away. I thought my love affair with the crochet granny would have worn off by now. Nope! Still there. And this jumper is the bees blimmin knees. I won’t go on and on, I just want to show it off for a bit.

It is called the Granny Rocks jumper and it’s by Claudine, of Iron_Lamb. Claudine’s crochet garments are stupendous. She has a real knack for knowing what looks good; her designs are current, colourful and amazing. The pattern is available to buy on Ravelry. I’d been eyeing it up for ages but kept telling myself that I already had granny jumpers and didn’t need another. Eh, I wanted it so I bought it. The shaping is completely different from other patterns I’ve followed and I was curious as to why.  It also turns out I really like to see how other designers write out their patterns too (and thus, that was my justification for buying it!).

Open your eyes, woman!

I used a different yarn from the one recommended and therefore needed a different amount. Remember, always check the label for yardage/meterage! I didn’t until after I’d ordered and I needed nearly twice as much! This is Drops Merino Extra Fine DK and it’s pretty heavy stuff. But it makes a smashin’ jumper and I am super toasty right now (I’m never taking this thing off).

Something else you ought to know. I sort of didn’t obey every step of the instructions. I’ve made jumpers before and I felt confident enough to give the pattern a semi skim read, which gave me a good understanding of what was what. I mainly went by the measurements of the schematic. I cut a big corner doing that; risky but it paid off. I missed a repeat off the arms and maybe off the length of the jumper too (I haven’t double checked).  I relied on measurements rather than the pattern because my gauge was different. I know that my grannies are tall and thin; therefore, if I stuck rigidly to the pattern, it  wouldn’t look like it was supposed to.

I’ll be entering this into the Different Designer CAL and the Fortune Cookie CAL. Find out more about that on the next episode of the vlogcast, which I’ll be recording on Thursday. x

Right, I’m sharing some pictures…Honestly, it’s so much more fun to muck about when you’re not fussed about your face. I was having a good day! I wouldn’t ever attempt self portraits on Ugly Day.

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