Troon Mini Shopper

 

Troon Mini Shopper made on the Magic Butterfly Loom
Troon Mini Shopper made on the Magic Butterfly Loom

 

Made on the Magic size Butterfly Loom this shopper measures approximately 33 x 33 cm and is made from a sturdy worsted 100% Aran wool.  The colour is cherry and has a subtle blue fleck.  This has been lined with black felt and finished with a woollen covered button and faux leather handles.

 

Instructions to make the Troon mini shopper

Materials

Troon Tweed Aran Collection
A gorgeous aran weight knitting wool spun in Scotland in a range of tweedy and marled shades, packed full with character
I used Cherry, a deep red with blue fleck.

250g Troon Tweed

Butterfly Loom – magic

Butterfly Loom – small

Piece of felt or fabric for lining 35x70cms approx.

1 pair of sew-in bag handles

1 button form

Crochet hook

Needle & thread

 

Method

Using the magic loom, make 8 Butterfly Loom motifs of your choice wrapping 4 loops.

Using the small loom, make 1 Butterfly Loom motif of your choice wrapping  4 loops.

If you are making daisy patterns lay the motifs out and decide where they need to be placed, 4 back and 4 front.

 

To join I have used the Butterfly Twist technique – but I have used 2 sets of loops at a time (1 from each motif) to give a more defined, sturdy join.

Double Butterfly Twist 1
Double Butterfly Twist 1
Double Butterfly Twist 2
Double Butterfly Twist 2
Double Butterfly Twist 3
Double Butterfly Twist 3

Take 2 motifs and hold them back to back, starting a one corner put your crochet hook through the loops of both motifs. Put the crochet hook through the second pair of loops and make a butterfly twist (i.e. draw the second pair through the first pair). Continue to the end and put an odd piece of wool through the end loop (to stop it unravelling). You should now have a herringbone patterned join on the right-side of your work. Repeat this for the remaining 3 pairs of motifs until you have 4 pieces, 2 back and 2 front.

To join the 2 front pieces together, hold the 2 front motifs back to back making sure the 2 end loops (with the odd wool through) are together. Using the edge that have the end loops, start at one corner and repeat the twist described above. When you get to the joins pick up the 2 loops and crochet them together through the first loop. You will now have what looks liked 2 bulky loops (16 loops) on the hook, pick up the next 2 loops and crochet through leaving the 8 loops and carry on to the end and again put an odd piece of wool through the end loop. Repeat for the 2 back pieces. Now you have one back piece and one front piece. Using a damp cloth press both pieces and the small motif.

 

On the edge where the end loops are, use the butterfly braid technique and braid the top edge to make a neat top for the bag, do this for both of the bag pieces.

To make the lining fold the piece of material in half along the longest edge, this should roughly be the size of your bag. Sew the 2 sides up leaving the top open. Turn the open edge over about 1cm to hide the raw edge of the fabric and using the needle & thread slip-stich this to the wrong side of the top edges of the 2 sides of the bag, hiding the raw edge. I used double thread for a bit of extra strength.

Lay the outer part of the bag flat on the lining and put the sewable part of the handles through the outer – I put mine 3 holes down and 3 holes in. Sew the handles in place using the needle & thread, again I used double thread and went round twice for strength.

Join the sides of the bag using the twist technique, when you get to the joins you will come across the beginning join of the original joins, pick up ‘start’ loops and treat them as one (as you did for the end loops). The edge will go in slightly but over time this will stretch out.

To finish

Using the Butterfly Braid technique edge the small motif. Find the centre of the small motif and place it on the back centre seam, using the twist technique attach one edge of the small motif to the 1st row.

Cover a button template with a contrasting wool and sew onto the front centre seam lining up with the central hole on the small motif, this will create the ‘button hole’.

 

Options

Instead of using a covered button you could use a chunky wooden button or leave the top open. If you do not have the small loom but want a closure you could crochet a simple loop for the button to pass through.

If you do not want to buy handles, you could use the rectangle loom to make straps or use a peg loom or weaving sticks to make a handle.

All materials are available to purchase off my website Croft Looms.

If there is a design you want us to try on the Butterfly Loom let me know!

 

Troon mini shopper 2                Troon mini shoppper 1            Troon mini shopper 4

 

 

 

 

 

String Shopping Bag

In order to reduce the amount of plastic shopping bags I have around the house I like to use something a bit more eco-friendly.  I have make a shopping bag using the large and rectangle looms.

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Very reminiscent of the ones we used to have in the 1970’s only this one does not seem to stretch! (yet!)

I used a mix of undyed hemp, wool and mohair wrapping 3 strands at a time and went round twice.  I used two large for the sides and attached a rectangle to each at the top to give a bit of depth.  The handles are two rectangles sown up lengthways.  The rectangles are slightly longer than the square so took a bit of piecing together (17 into 15), but easy enough and gives quite a nice fluted shape to the top.  The only place it looks like it is stretching is where the rectangle and the square meet along the top, but I think that is because the edge loops are large than the ones in the body.

It is a bit messy as my inital thought was to line it with calico, but the picture above has 3kgs of shopping in it and hasn’t stretched much at all, so I am going to use it for a few weeks and if by January it’s dragging in puddles I will re-design!  The back of this I actually made daisy patterned, but it has left it far too holey – would definitly need to be lined.

I’m going to make another one, paying a bit more attention to detail and see how much is has cost me – I  think easily under a tenner.  I also have some thicker yarn I might use, see how that turns out.