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« on: July 09, 2010 02:06:50 AM »

This bag is crocheted from jute twine – good old hairy garden string! Unlike most crochet bags, this one doesn’t need a lining as the fabric is firm and less likely to stretch out of shape. As you can see, by using different brands of string you can even get colour variations! I found one dark-coloured string at the 100Y store and a lighter brown at the convenience store.

Jute twine can be crocheted just like any other yarn, though there are one or two extra considerations. Jute can be pretty hard on the hands, so you need to take regular breaks to stretch your wrists and fingers. You also have to crochet fairly loosely – if you crochet tight, it will be much harder to work.

The pattern is here, and took about 150m of string, plus a metre of ribbon. The base is a flat-sidaed oval, then worked straight up the sides, with a row of double crochet to make eyelets for the ribbon, and a picot edging.

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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2010 06:05:35 AM »

Your bag is wonderful! I love the idea of crocheting with jute! Thank you so much for the pattern!

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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2010 07:11:07 AM »

This is so cute, and what a great bag for the beach or a picnic!

I crocheted with jute before, and made a basket. I LOVED the result, but my hands were killing me after a while. lol

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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2010 07:18:17 AM »

lol, yeah, I had to take lots of breaks, and was considering gloves!

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