Has anyone had a go with the Zpagetti yarn yet? I found it in my local yarn store for £9.99 for 120m (approx 850g) and it is made from fashion industry left over material. As it’s designed for jumbo crochet, you will need quite a big hook, mine was 12mm, and before you know you’ll have made yourself a gorgeous creation in no time.
With my friend’s Birthday on the horizon, a crochet handbag it had to be.The pattern I used was downloaded for free (the Milano design) from the Australian Zpagetti website and is great for beginners as it only uses a slip knot, slip stitch, chain stitch and UK double (US single).
The yarn is pretty stretchy as its formed from an elastic and cotton combination (just like a T-shirt). The photos below show how easily a 10cm piece can be stretched to 17cm.
The main body of the bag is formed from a crocheted rectangle. The yarn is easy to work with – as its pretty tough you can easily pull / stretch it up to get your hook through.
This is my bag after just eight rows of UK double (US single) crochet.
As I wanted my bag to have a ribbed effect I worked each stitch into the back loops – if you are after a ‘flatter’ look, crochet through both loops.
Once my rectangle measured 22cm high by 52cm wide, it was folded in half so that the fold became the bottom of my bag. The sides were joined together with a slip stitch. Your crochet rib rows form this lovely vertical pattern.
The top of bag was shaped using a couple of rounds of crochet.
As I didn’t want my friend to lose any of her special baggie things, I made a simple rectangle bag lining the same shape as the handbag and tacked it inside.
Although you can buy some fantastic ready-made bag handles, they can be pretty expensive so I found a pair of plastic rings (99p for the pair) and made my own by slip stitching around them.
What do you think?
One flower later (again the pattern can be found on the Zpagetti website)…
…..and Voila!….my friends Birthday handbag was finished!
I’m pretty pleased with the way the bag turned out, so much so I’m thinking of making a crochet rug next. I’ve also come across a similar yarn called Hooplayarn which I’m keen to try. Has anyone tried this out? How does it compare to Zpagetti?
How much yarn did it take to make that amazing bag?
I used most of the ‘ball’. It was the 850g size. X
Thanks. It’s going to be my goal to learn to make this – brilliant x
Has anyone tried ‘interlocking crochet’? I have just discovered it. Took me a week of trying to get the hang of it. When I did I was thrilled. Have made a100%cotton evening bag in black and cerise, it is totally reversible. Also almost completed a tote bag in purple and cream, just need to keep trying different lengths and widths of crochet handles that suit.
That sounds really interesting, will have to find out some more.
I like your bag.i have just started a similar project.
Thank you, I found it great fun to work with as it grows really quick. What do you think of the yarn?
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Hi, lovely bag. I have made several bags for me and my daughters, different designs, it’s great fun to use. I also made some bowls from the remaining yarn. I used Hoopla which I think is the same thing. Great selection of colours. I’m thinking of joining a bunch of ladies who do craft fairs and will probably use this yarn for some of my projects. Have fun.
I bet your bags are fabulous. I have just brought some hoopla yarn too! Going to get my big hook out tonight and start a Granny Circle rug! Will pop some photos on my blog when it’s finished. X
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Glad you liked it. X
My mum bought me a handbag kit for Christmas, I haven’t tried it as yet but I am looking forward to giving it a go. You bag is lovely I bet your friend was really pleased 🙂
The yarn was really nice to work with. You’ll have great fun making your bag. X
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Aha! I’ve also seen this in one of my locals and thought it looked a bit pricey and labour-intensive (huge needles etc) but I’m a fan of the chunky bag look and attempted something similar once. You’ve converted me I think…
Nice bag…love the handles
Thank you – they were so simple to do and came out well. x
Your handbag is adorable. I’m looking forward to trying this yarn for some projects in the New Year. Thanks for sharing.
Cute! Is the yarn made from cut up t-shirts that have been pieced together, or have the fibers been spun into something “new”?
I think the fibre is made from the selvedges of the fabric that is used to make things like T-shirts. The spindle I had was all in one long strip and only had 1 or 2 joins in it from what I could see.
I bought one 2 days ago! it cost me $9 (Lion Brand Yarn has a very nice store in NYC). I haven’t tried it yet. I got a very colorful one.
That sounds fab. Do you know what you are going to make?
not sure yet…I just wrote a blog post about the one i bought you can read it here http://tifoli.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/i-bought-zpagetti/
I love the colours. X
I like it – thanks for the info! Not heard of it before, but will definitely give it a go. Looks like it would be great for summer accessories… maybe a big floppy sunhat?
That sounds a great idea. X
Beautiful! It’s so lovely and chunky x
Thank you. X
That yarn looks fun and easy to work with!
It was and the crochet fabric it made was really sturdy. x
I’ve not heard of that yarn but it certainly looks interesting! I imagine it would be fun it make something with it The bag for your friend has turned out rather nice, and the flower sets it off.
The way you covered the rings is amazing.
Thank you. x