I've had my eye on this pattern for a while, but have been waiting for just the right yarn to come my way. It's a fascinating bag, made using 16 squares... which are then joined in an unusual shape, to make the bag. The pattern is available in pdf format, by clicking here.
So I was excited to try it using my recently dyed red/purple colourway...
(click here and here to see the colouring processes I used)
the yarn is about 10ply/aran weight, and I used a 5.0mm hook
the squares worked up nicely:
and I crocheted them together with a cream wool, to help define each square:
but I seem to have created a monster:
It looks nice enough so far... but it is HUGE! So I've come to a grinding halt, while I decide what to do next...
option 1 -
I could leave it as is... sew in the ends, add the straps, and line it BUT... even with short straps, this thing comes down to my knees! It would probably make a great yarn bag, but I don't know that I would use it for anything else... and that would be a shame
option 2 -
I could felt it, but who knows how that would work out? I would be risking the whole thing, and I really like this yarn. I'm concerned that the near boiling water used to felt the bag, will also make the colours run. Has anyone felted a project made from food-dyed yarn before? I know that the colour has set nicely, because I have washed it and it did not run... but felting is a bit harsher than normal washing...
option 3 -
I could take it apart, then re-join the squares using only 12 instead of 16. The bag would remain the same width, but become shorter... which would work. But the idea of taking it apart... ugh...
I think I have to go with option 3... but I'm not ready to jump in just yet... I have to prepare myself mentally first, so I don't cry... too much!
Oh, and next time I make this bag... I will only work 4 rounds on each square.