Wine gift bag with a difference. It is not bought from your local stationary store it is handmade by you! Add a bottle of wine, beer or spirits and you have an ethical gift bag to give to a friend at a party, dinner party or simply as a gift!
This bag is so easy and takes no time to crochet up! I have also made a few using sari silk ribbon with tassles. Follow the patterns with ribbon, banana yarn or something equally chunky!
6mm (UK) hook
2 x 100g chunky banana yarn, colour of your choice.
Dry Clean/Handwash in a light detergent.
Note: Due to the inconsistences of this yarn and its handmade nature you may find it can be thick and thin in parts and you may have to add an extra stitch. That is just the nature of these ethical handmade yarns. We also find that there can be an overtwist quite common in sari silk yarns and banana yarns, especially if they are chunky. Personally I find the overtwist and the odd little idiosyncracy and nodule adds to the distinctiveness of your creation!
ch - Chain
st - Stitch
bpsc - Back Post Single Crochet (this gives the bag a nice ribbed, textured effect).
sl st - Slip Stitch
Note: Because of the overtwist keep your yarn loose around the hook and just dangle and untwist if you need to.
Row 1: sc in second chain from hook and sc in each remaining st to the end (21 sts) ch 1 turn.
Row 2. bpsc to the end (21 sts) ch 1 turn.
Row 3 - 20 bpsc ch 1.
Keep your hook in the loop and take the bottom of your rectangle and fold it up and join together. Sl st around the edge to make a seam. Sl st to the end approx 31 sts. Cut yarn. Do not weave in ends yet.
This is where a little bit of freeform comes in.
Take your yarn form a loop and sc into a ch in the corner of the opening of the main body of the bag. Ch 20 (or however long you want it).
Take the other corner and find an available loop and sl st or sc to join. Ch 1. Pull tight and cut.
Turn the bag inside out. This will give the bag a more rounded effect. Weave in any ends if there are any still revealed or leave them out as grunge.
And there you have the easy peasy wine bag!