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Raphia round bag

They have been a fashion trend for years. My mum told me, her aunt used to make raphia bags for her and her sisters when they were young. When I was a teenager, I remember raphia bags were very popular used as beach bags. They usually had a rectangular shape, wood handles and sometimes they were embellished with ruffled edging pieces of furniture. Summer season 2018, raphia bags fill the shops’ windows again. This time they come in a round shape, neutral colors, leather handles and tassels or pompoms to make everything look more funny and summery. Raise your hand if you crocheter, looking at them , you haven’t tought about making one yourself too. I did and this is what came out.

I fell in love with the beautiful colors of Katia Raphia in the shade 52. I loved its warm nuances, they are so versatile that can be paired with everyday looks. My trusty 6mm crochet hook, was by my side to make the magic happen.

The general pattern consists on working two shells, identical, joined along their circumference and leaving an opening to install the zipper. Personally I don’t like openwork patterns for bags, this is why I chose to use the single crochet stitch which looks quite tight and gives also some rigidity and shape to the work.

I chose the single crochet stitch to give my bag a thight look and a quite rigid shape.

To begin the pattern, into a magic loop work 8 single crochet. Then, slip stitch into the first stitch.

round1 : ch2. Make 2 sc into each stitch below. Repeat until the end of the round, then sl st into the first st. (16 sts)

round2 : ch2. *Make 1 sc into the stitch below, then make 2sc into the very next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round, then sl st into the first st. (24 sts)

round3 : ch2. *Make 1 sc into the next two stitches, then make 2sc into the very next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round, then sl st into the first st. (32 sts)

round4 : ch2. *Make 1 sc into the next three stitches, then make 2sc into the very next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round, then sl st into the first st. (40 sts)

round5 : ch2. *Make 1 sc into the next four stitches, then make 2sc into the very next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round, then sl st into the first st. (48 sts)

round6 : ch2. *Make 1 sc into the next five stitches, then make 2sc into the very next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round, then sl st into the first st. (56 sts)

round7 : ch2. *Make 1 sc into the next six stitches, then make 2sc into the very next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round, then sl st into the first st. (64 sts)

round8 : ch2. *Make 1 sc into the next seven stitches, then make 2sc into the very next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round, then sl st into the first st. (72 sts)

round9 : ch2. *Make 1 sc into the next eight stitches, then make 2sc into the very next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round, then sl st into the first st. (80 sts)

round10 : ch2. Make 1 sc into each stitch below. Repeat until the round, then sl st into the very first stitch. (80 sts)

From round11 to round15 we are going to work the widht of our bag.

round11 : ch2. Make 1 back post single crochet into each stitch below. Repeat until the round, then sl st into the very first stitch. (80 sts).

round12-15 : ch2. Make 1 single crochet into each stitch below. Repeat until the round, then sl st into the very first stitch. (80 sts).

round16: ch2. Make 1 single crochet into the next 60 stitches.

round17: ch2 and turn your work. Make 1 single crochet into the 60 stitches below.

Make another piece following the same identical pattern.

Once you have both sides of your bag done, sew them together along the last 60 stitches round.

Install the zipper on the opening on the top of your bag.

As handles, I applied a shoulder strap, since I love messenger bags. The application was super easy. The strap had two clasps and I simply inserted them into the stitches pattern and released. I just added a cute tassel as my little personal touch.

I am super super happy with how my raphia bag came out, I couldn’t be more proud of it. I feel really enthusiastic to have been able to make myself this cute fashion piece so trendy and popular right now. It is so beautiful and functional. Even the size is perfect since it holds all my everyday essentials. I also love the contrast between raphia and leather, it really makes the bag stand and gives it more personality.

I hope you too like this pattern and can’t wait to give it a try as well! Let me know and in the meantime I wish you the best crocheting times ever. I love you all, bye!!!

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Pumpkin crochet cowl

Few weeks ago I went to my usual yarn store looking for something warm both in colors and texture and I found this beautiful yarn that matches so well the shades of this time of the year. The red and yellow nuances are indeed the same you can see in the leaves falling down and the orange tints, don’t they make you think about the so popular Halloween pumpkins?

So, right on time for fall season, I was inspired to crochet a big and warm cowl to ward off these first chilly and windy days.

Since I love infinity scarves and the way they look once worn, I tried to recreate the same effect on my cowl. I am not a big fan of  ‘choker-style’ cowls, this is why I went for a loose fitting to let my cowl beautifully fall around my neckline in a soft and comfy way.

The yarn I used is the shade 207 of ‘Gomitolo 200’ (yarn ball 200) even if you will need less than 200 gr of yarn to end this project. You are also going to need a 5 mm crochet hook, a yarn needle and some stitch markers, very helpful during the final assembly step.

Let’s begin by making an initial number of chains multiple of 6. Keep in mind that this number will determine the loosiness of the cowl around your neckline. I chained 102.

The pattern I used is  a variation of the very easy and popular V-stitch and it is called ‘no space double crochet V-stitch’ pattern. You might know that usually a V-stitch is made by working 1dc, 1ch and 1 dc all in the same stitch. Well, in the ‘no space V stitch’ there is no chain between one dc and the other, because the V-stitch is worked in the space between the two double crochet of the row below.

row 1 : 2 dc in the 4th chain from the hook (this create the V-stitch). *Sk 1 chain and make 2 dc in the next chain*. Keep repeating from *to* until there are two chains left. At this point, skip the next chain and make 1 dc in the very last stitch.

row 2 – 38 : ch3 and turn your work. 2 dc in the space between the 2 dc (V-stitch) of the row below. Repeat all across the V-stitches below. Then 1dc in the last stitch.

At the end of row 38 you will have a long rectangle. Fold it in half along the longest side of it and sew the ends along the shortest sides. You may use stitch markers to help keep the two ends together.

I am crazy in love with my cowl. I adore it, it came out just the way I had it in my mind. I put it on for a relaxing walk through a beautiful, wild path only few minutes away from our home and I had so much fun when I noticed I was perfectly in tune with the nature background. Don’t you think the same?

I am sure I’ll use this pattern again, it’s so easy and quick that will be perfect to make Christmas presents. I am already thinking about using different shades of this yarn and I can’t wait to try it and show you the result. I hope you like this pattern too and till the next post I wish you every good and a happy crocheting time. Love you all !

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