Thursday, May 24, 2012

DIY Boho Sack

If I had to choose just one shape to have all my bags in, oversized boho sack bag would be it.

Bag by Cleobella Ikat

Fabric bags are so practical to own, being washable and all, and the boho (hobo?) sack is such a simple, attractive and effective design for a fabric bag.  For some reason, I've yet to come across this style in stores here, but I probably won't buy one now all the same, since I've already found what for me is the better alternative--namely, a free crochet pattern on the Lion Brand Yarn site.

There are actually a bunch of free boho bag patterns there that are very very similar to each other, but it's the Market Bag # 70221A that stands out to me as the one with the best shape and just the right dimensions.

Official site photo

It's a very easy pattern: crocheted in the round, worked in one piece, negligible seaming.  The only drawback I can see is that the bag is very elastic when used as is, so it stretches all over the place when you put stuff in it.  And since I intended for this to be a regular everyday bag instead of a market bag, I found it necessary to sew in a lining to get the bag to keep its shape better. 

I've made three of these bags already, and here's the one with the most decent photograph:

my slouchy boho bag

 Hook Size: 5.0 mm
Yarn: Acrylic Yarn, Red Heart (DK)
Length Used: ~455 m.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Free People Crocheted Maxi Dress

It's clingy.  It would probably snag on everything.  I'd never wear it myself.  But practicalities aside, I have to admire the perfect marriage of fiber, stitch and color in this Free People maxi dress:

A close-up of the stitches:
click image to enlarge

I particularly appreciate how the dress draws its overall look from the openness of the dc-chain-dc mesh.  The delicate, slightly shimmery, airy aesthetic is definitely something I'd like to incorporate in a shrug or long cardigan design.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

First Post Formalities

This Lela Rose wedding gown was THE inspiration that fueled my lofty (sometimes I think, much too lofty) crochet aspirations.

I don't suppose I need to elaborate on why/how a dress like this can drive one to spend 18 out of 24 hours in a day daydreaming, visualizing, planning, seeking, hoarding, and studying crochet photos, patterns, diagrams, tips and techniques.

Looking at it now, I'm not quite sure if it's indeed crochet rather than some sort of crochet-inspired lace fabric.  Not that it matters, really, because the point is that I continue to imagine that an approximation of it can be done in crochet-- hence, this blog, this exploration, this continued foray with my hook.