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Clematis Shopping Bag, Crochet

(132C)
Difficulty: Easy

The Clematis Shopping Bag is the stylish alternative to a reusable shopping bag. Perfect for the mall, groceries, or as a picnic/lunch tote for the whole family. The bag can be made striped and adorned with the Clematis flower for an eminently feminine look, or try rugby stripes or solids (without flower) for a great-looking but entirely unisex and utilitarian bag.

Felted bags are particularly well-suited as totes for groceries and picnics because they are naturally insulated, don't lose their shape or their immense carrying capabilities when wet, and withstand even harsh treatment, all the while looking fantastic.

This Clematis flower evolved out of a Spring Noni/Knitch Retreat in Atlanta, GA in 2008. The intense weekend workshop was called Designing with Flowers and the group chose the Clematis flower to design. We had a blast and the flower came out, as you can see, looking as though it was just plucked from the vine. My thanks and hat off to the ladies who participated in that workshop!

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Finished Dimensions

Clematis Shopping Bag

12" (30cm) wide
7" (17.5cm) deep
16" (40cm) tall


Clematis Flower

10" (25cm) from petal tip to petal tip


Pattern Difficulty

Intrepid beginner: Requires knowledge of basic crochet stitches, increasing and decreasing, working in the round, and some simple hand-sewing.


Gauge

Pre-felted gauge: 11 stitches and 13 rounds = 4" (10cm) with a double strand of worsted weight yarn.


Materials

Yarn Requirements 

Bags: 840 yds (768m) Spring Green (A)
         1050 yds (960m) Mint (B)
Flowers
         100 yds (91.5m) Lime (C)
         210 yds (192m) Violet (D)
         40 yds (36.5) white Fizz (E)

Needles and Other Materials

Size L (8mm) hook for bag
Size H (5mm) hook for flowers
Locking stitch markers
Sewing needle
Nylon sewing thread
13.5 x 22.5 in sheet of stiffener
4-6 Noni 24mm bag feet
'A Noni Design' label

Pictured Samples

The sample pictured was created using Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool in Spring Green and Mint with Violet and Lime flowers and white Fizz in the center.

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Clematis Flower

First Edition

Rows 6 - 16: Ch 1, turn; sc in each stitch across - 14 stitches.
Row 17: Ch 1, turn; sc, sc2tog, sc in next 8 stitches, sc2tog, sc - 12 stitches.
Row 18: Ch 1, turn; sc, sc2tog, sc in next 6 stitches, sc2tog, sc - 10 stitches.
Row 19: Ch 1, turn; sc, sc2tog, sc in next 4 stitches, sc2tog, sc - 8 stitches.
Row 20: Ch 1, turn; sc, sc2tog, sc in next 2 stitches, sc2tog, sc - 6 stitches.
Row 21: Ch 1, turn; sc, sc2tog, sc2tog, sc - 4 stitches.
Row 22: Ch 1, turn; sc2tog, sc2tog - 2 stitches.
Row 23: Ch 1, turn; sc2tog - 1 stitch. Finish off.