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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!!!

Granny squares pillow

Spring is blooming everywhere around. Cherry trees are showing their beautiful, delicate pink flowers while fragrant roses decorate and perfume all gardens. Strawberries, apricots, peaches are making their first appearance after the cold, monochrome winter and it feels like all nature around revives. I wanted to bring this general rebirth also in my home, making something that cozes the environment and brings color and brightness at the same time. This is how my granny pillow came out. Don’t you think that the yellow color in the pattern resembles some little, cute daffodils?

While I was working on it, I realized it was my first time with a granny pattern. Before that, I have only read some posts about this technique and how it may be a bit annoying joining all the squares at the end. Well, considering that I only made 12 of them, I handled the stress 🙂 !!With the season changing, it also changed the texture of the material I used. For this project, I went for  Katia  Monaco Yarn in the shade 16 (yellow color) and 25 (light grey color), and a 3.5 mm hook. This yarn is perfect for spring/summer projects !

Here is the pattern I followed for my granny squares. I found it on the internet and just to give it more personality, I added one round and decided to create a contrast by making the first one in a different and brighter color than the others.

My pillow form measured about 50×30 cm and for it I liked the idea of a case with two different faces, one with the granny pattern and the other in a simple, bright yellow double crochet pattern.

For the ‘granny face’, I made 12 squares. Once you have done them, it is time to join them  togheter. You’ll see that the front face and the back face of your granny square look different.

To start joining them, put your squares front face to front face and single crochet along one side.

When you unfold the two squares, this is the look you are going to see.

Repeat this procedure until you have three strands of 4 squares each.

Now put two strands front face to front face and single crochet along one side. Repeat the same procedure with the last strand and that’s it! You have done your front pillow face.

To start making the back face, let’s attach the yellow yarn on the last row of the grannies and single crochet in each stitch below.

At the end of your first row, make 3 single crochet and turn your work. Double crochet in each stitch below. Repeat this pattern until you are able to cover all the back face of your pillow. In my case that was done after 26 rows.

Then I joined the two short sides of my pillow case together , while on the third size I sewed a zipper, since I thought this can be more convenient all the times I feel to wash the case, instead of unstitch it.

As you can see, to complete the look and give my pillow a nice oriental touch, I applied tassels at the corners. Don’t they look so cute!!!

I used my pillow to decorate this cute bench, with shoes storage underneath, I have right in the entry way of my apartment. I wanted to create a cozy corner to welcome everyone who is coming inside my home and also a comfy place where I can wear my shoes before leaving the house. I feel enthusiastic about how it came out!  

I hope you guys like this pattern and let me know if you too think that pillows and cushions give a cozy look to spaces and make them more warm and homey. Also let me know if are familiar with granny projects or this pattern will be your first time with this technique too. I can’t wait to see your version of this pattern and how you will use it to decorate your place. See you to the next post…bye !!!