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Colour Block Shopper/Beach Bag By Kayleigh
I love making bags so when I found this pattern I couldn’t wait to try it. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out the way I thought it would. I had to undo rows on more than one occasion. It looks different to the picture in the pattern and I couldn’t get as many rows out of a ball as suggested. I might have accidentally ended up with more stitches than I needed, but I managed to turn it into a more beach bag-like shape.
I used the ‘Colour Block Shopper’ pattern by Emma Potter, which was in a booklet that came with a magazine. The yarn I used was DMC Natura XL. I had to use 2 balls of the first colour and my fourth colour was for the handles. Each handle was made of 3 strands of 70 chains braided together.
Sometimes projects don’t turn out the way you expect them too but it can still turn out just as good as, or better than, you thought. There is always a lesson to learn and the best way to do that is by making mistakes!
DMC Natura XL (shade - Colour A = 111, Colour B = 10, Colour C = 92, Colour D = 84 and Colour E = 91).
1 x 100g (3.5oz/82yds/75m) ball of Colours B, C, D and E, then 2 balls of Colour A.
Weight category: UK Super Chunky [US 6/Super Bulky/Super Chunky/14-ply].
Tension/gauge: Size 8mm/UK 0 [US L/11] - 9mm/UK 00 [US M/13] hook.
The crochet hook I used was an 8mm.
I would give the DMC Natura XL yarn a 3 out of 5 for the following reasons:-
- It was easy to work and worked up quickly;
- There is a small choice of colours available;
- The feel of it was quite soft and strong;
- The cost of yarn is expensive - I paid about £4.85 per 100g ball;
- Would I use this yarn again? YES.
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