Have you ever heard of a Mochila Bag?
If not, I am 100% positive that you have seen them.
Here are some examples . . .
When I was in college
I saw a bag to take to the beach
that had a similar shape . . .
No neat design, just stripes done in different colors.
Now, I can't remember if I ever made it or not
but it made an impact on my memory bank.
When I saw the Wayuu Mochila Bag
I was In Love Again.
To make a long story short
I was directed to a new group
that was formed on Facebook
to guide those of us
who wanted to learn to make them.
Below is my first attempt.
And, of course,
I had to find a relatively easy pattern
and make it harder.
|My Rainbow Adaptation.|
Now, for my bag
these are made
like a normal
Tapestry Crochet bag . . . W*R*O*N*G ! ! !
One works their single crochets in the Back Loops Only.
In crochet speak: scblo.
You need to carry at least 3 strand of yarn under your stitches.
I'm using Sugar n' Cream Cotton
and an E/4-3.50mm crochet hook.
Covering 3 strands of this yarn
is very difficult,
I'm lucky to carry 2 strands
and get them covered neatly.
As I travel up the side of the bag
I am covering my stitches better . . .
but still have a long way to go with my "technique."
I didn't plan on this bag being as HUMONGOUS as it is.
The base is 12" in diameter.
Right now the height from the base is 5.25" (+/-).
Circumference . . .
are you ready for this?
I want to make another set of the pattern shown,
the hearts on the next set will appear
above the arrows on the bottom round.
The arrows will appear above the hearts.
Will keep you updated.
My next one is going to be made from
Aunt Lydia's Fashion #3 thread.
Aunt Lydia's #3 is a suggested size "yarn" for the bag.
So is Patons Grace.
I tried starting one in the Grace
and it just wasn't getting big enough quickly enough.
Should have kept with it.
I needed to make 20 rounds for the base,
before I started my pattern.
Sure would have been a more manageable bag.
Practice . . . practice . . . practice . . .
Will post when I make another.