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rollo & rag bag Knitting Pattern

rollo & rag bag

Designer: Susie Johns

Lay back and relax with this portable crochet mat and its very own carry bag - perfect for lazy summer days in the park

Rollo and Rag Bag, designed by Susie Johns exclusively for Let's Knit, are ideal festival accessories. The mat rolls up for carrying and unrolls to lay out on bumpy ground, and when teamed with the Rag Bag it can be slung over your shoulder or worn across your body for extra security.

ROLLO PATTERN

Note: at the beginning of every round you will need to work 2ch in place of the first dc. Work with the the yarn doubled throughout this pattern and work dc through just the back loop of the st. Using 9mm hook and homemade yarn, make a foundation chain of 40ch. Turn and work one row of dc. Cut yarn
[] Working with yarn double and in rows of dc throughout, join in yarn C and work 10 rows. Cut yarn
[] Join in homemade yarn and work one row. Cut yarn
[] Join in yarn B and work ten rows. Cut yarn
[] Join in homemade yarn and work one row. Cut yarn
[] Join in yarn D and work ten rows. Cut yarn
[] Join in homemade yarn and work one row. Cut yarn
[] Join in yarn A and work ten rows. Cut yarn
[] Join in homemade yarn and work one row. Cut yarn
[] Join in yarn D and work ten rows. Cut yarn
[] Join in homemade yarn and work one row. Cut yarn
[] Join in yarn B and work ten rows. Cut yarn
[] Join in homemade yarn and work one row. Cut yarn
[] Join in yarn C and work ten rows. Cut yarn
[] Join in homemade yarn and work one row. Cut yarn

RAG BAG PATTERN

Remember at the beginning of every round you will need to work 2ch in place of the first dc. Work dc through just the back loop of the st. Using the 4 mm hook and yarn A, make 30ch. Turn
[] Round 1: (2ch, 2dc) in first st, then, working along the foundation chain, 1dc in each st to end. Now work a further 2dc in last st, then 1dc in each st along the opposite side of the foundation chain. Join with sl st to first 2ch. 64 sts
[] Round 2: Work 1dc in each st of previous row, except at either end work 3dc in each end st. Join with sl st to first 2ch. 68 sts
[] Rounds 3, 4 and 5: repeat Round 2. 80 sts
[] Work 17 rounds of dc without further increases, then change colour to yarn B and work six rounds; change to yarn C and work eight rounds; change to yarn D and work three rounds, ending at one of the side edges of the bag. Do not fasten off yarn

Strap
Work 1dc into each of next three sts, then work in rows of dc on these three sts until work measures 66cm (or more if you want a longer strap.) Fasten off. Join this end to opposite side of bag.

Special Abbreviations

st stitch
sl st slip stitch
ch chain
dc double crochet

Reusing facts
Says Susie Johns: “For the homemade rag yarn to make the pink stripes in the rug, I cut up a jersey tube skirt from American Apparel. When making rag rugs like this, I usually use all homemade yarn but it is good to combine recycled fabrics with this lovely soft, stretchy Surfer yarn from Sirdar, which is easy to use, with quick results. The best fabrics to work with are slightly stretchy ones, such as jersey and stockinette, and particularly the type of fabric used to make leotards and opaque tights. Cut the fabric into strips between 6mm and 12mm wide; the thinner and stretchier the fabric, the wider the strips. Do not reject fabrics just because you don’t like the pattern; when cut and crocheted, they will take on an entirely different character.”

Rollo: 80 x 38cm

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