Scrap bag

I finished most of the work on the crochet bag I started yesterday, and while it did not turn out as I envisioned, I am nearly done with it and plan to use what I learned from this endeavor to make a small purse that more closely resembles that bag of my original vision.

True to my original vision, I used two strands of yarn to form the body of the bag. In some places, I used two strands of the same color, and in others, I used one strand of a solid color and one strand of yarn formed by tying small scraps of yarn, one to the other, using a granny knot.

Crocheting with these upcycled yarn scraps, created definite sides of the fabric formed. Here is how the inside of the body of the bag looked shortly after I finished crocheting it:

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The interior of the bag before the ends were pulled to the outside of the bag

While I love the riot of colors, I decided that I would pull the ends to the exterior side of the bag, so the color riot would be more readily visible. After an hour or more, I finally had all of the ends moved to the exterior side of the bag leaving the interior of the bag bereft of ends:

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The interior of the bag after the ends were pulled to the outside of the bag

Meanwhile, the colorful stitch definition seen here before I pulled all the ends to the exterior:

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The exterior of the bag before the ends were pulled to the outside of the bag


disappeared and was replaced with this vibrant, almost electric porcupine effect:

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The exterior of the bag after the ends were pulled to the outside of the bag and with the handle attached

There are two things I would do differently even if I were to make this bag exactly as I did the first time. One, I would use shorter yarn scraps, and tie the knots with longer ends so that there would be more yarn ends giving the exterior a bushier look. Two, I would pull the ends to the exterior after finishing each round.

As for my original vision, I’ll have to try to make that bag again another day.

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  1. This looks such fun! And what a thrifty way to use up scraps of yarn. i think you should call it your “porcupine bag”! Will be interested to see mark 2 of this with the modifications you plan to include on the next version. The white makes a great neutral base for the bright sunrise-coloured “porcupine” spikes. Black or a neutral taupe I guess would work very well too. Spikes in turquoise, electric blues and purples would look amazing on black… The possibilities that open up here…!

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