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?