Drawstring crochet bag workshop

Summer workshop at the Being Knitterly Studio

I’d like to tell you about the Drawstring crochet bag workshop that I’m running this Summer.

I’ve just finished teaching on three consecutive crochet short courses. The students have been fantastic; some of them learnt to crochet with me and others joined to improve their crochet. They’ve all said how much they’ll miss our weekly meetings, so I suggested coming to a one day workshop in the Summer. We discussed ideas and they chose a workshop with a crochet bag project. I designed this drawstring bag for a workshop a few years ago; it’s always popular with students.
A drawstring crochet bag made during a workshop with Nicki Merrall

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Circles and tubes

This workshop is suitable for you if you can already do double and treble crochet and make a basic granny square (you’re an improver), or if you’ve already done How to Crochet for Beginners with me. You’ll learn one or two new stitches, but not so many as to be overwhelming. Most of the time you’ll learn to combine stitches you know in different ways to create interesting patterns. You’ll be following crochet patterns with both written and charted instructions, so you’ll get lots of practice with these and I’ll help you.

The drawstring crochet bag starts with a circular base. You’ll practise by making a small circular container. Here’s an example below.

Learn how to crochet circles and tubes whilst making this colourful crochet container

The hardest part is making the correct number of stitches on each round of the circular base. It won’t matter if the number of stitches in your base isn’t quite right for this container, but you’ll know how to get the right number ready for starting your bag.

The drawstring bag project

You’ll find the circular base much easier second time round. Then you can have fun with the patterned side. You’ll learn how to combine familiar stitches to make new patterns. For example the sides of the pink bag are made using treble crochet stitches to form clusters. Some of you will learn a new stitch for the shell trim, as well as how to crochet picots; you’ll be surprised how easy these are! I’ll help you to understand crochet abbreviations and written instructions as well as crochet symbols and crochet charts.

You’ll learn how to adapt the patterns for the circular container and drawstring bag to make containers and bags with different circumferences and depths. And you can use the circular base with a border as a coaster or mat. So: you’ll leave with more confidence in crocheting and following a pattern, as well as having made a crochet container and a pretty drawstring crochet bag!

Here’s a bag made by a previous student.

A drawstring crochet bag made during a workshop with Nicki Merrall

Drawstring crochet bag workshop details

The Drawstring crochet bag one day workshop takes place on Saturday 12 August 2017 at the Being Knitterly Studio in Loughborough.

Places cost £50.00. This includes tuition, yarn and patterns, refreshments, a light lunch and home baked cake.

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