Friday, August 6, 2010

Purl Bee Crocheted Grocery & Produce Tote

We recently got back from a 1700 mile vacation and this was one of my projects for the road trip. I used the Purl Bee Linen Grocery Tote tutorial to make this very inexpensive and reusable produce bag out of some basic Sugar & Cream cotton yarn from JoAnn's.

I have to confess, I can barely crochet. My older sister taught me to chain, single, double & triple crochet when I was maybe 7 or 8 years old and I have never attempted to make anything from a pattern before. This pattern was all single crochet & the repetiveness was perfect for the occasional lack of lighting or mental focus. I used the yarn with the recommended hook and followed the counts as directed. I did not attempt to swatch anything or make any adjustments for difference in yarn (especially since I was not familiar with the yarn the Purl tutorial used).

It wasn't until I was nearly done that I realized the directions were for a grocery bag rather than just for produce as I had intended, so I did procede to the directions for the handle once the bag measured about 11-12 inches rather than the 16inches specified. Today I used the bag to pick up a few oranges and it worked pretty well, though I don't think I'd use it for asparagus?

So you'd probably not be surprised to know, one of the places we stopped was Badlands National Park...growing up so close to the North Dakota Badlands (Theodore Roosevelt National Park) I had never been thru South Dakota's. While they were quite breathtaking, my favorite is still the same!


Chartreuse Moose said...

Very cool! Hear the applause! From someone who still doesn't crochet...ya done good, great in fact! Lovely photos, sounds like a fun trip!