Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a nice weekend. I certainly did. Nice and quiet. I had lots of time to knit and crochet. I finished a sleeve and started another one for the Fair Isle sweater and I also finished a tapestry crochet bag for my mom. Her birthday is coming up in July.
I’m very happy with how the bag turned out:
I came to making this bag because someone in my knitting group started one and another club member suggested doing a CAL. In Spanish this type of bag is being promoted as a Wayuu bag. The Wayuu are a Native American group in Colombia that live on the Guajira peninsula. There are members of the group who are very talented artisans who crochet bags, weave different kinds of items, and use lots of beautiful colors and geometric designs. The crocheted bags can have very simple designs on them, like the one I’ve made, and also very complex ones. Here’s a video about the people and the crafts they do:
For some reason a lot of craft supply companies and designers here in Spain are promoting this bag saying it’s going to be very fashionable to carry it around during the summer. There’s even a video recommending you buy 14 balls of DMC Natura Medium in 14 different colors. Do the math. That’s a hefty price. Time will tell if everyone in Spain will be prancing around with a Wayuu bag. Anyway, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on cotton to make one. I cut costs using Katia Cancún in different colors. If you choose a design like mine you can use cotton scraps, too.
There really isn’t a formal pattern to make the bag. All you have to do is get some graph paper and make a chart. Then, you can decide if you want a cylindrical bag or a squarish one. Crochet a circle, square, or rectangle to the size you like and then start to crochet the bag in the round without increasing. Tapestry crochet is pretty cool to learn. There are lots of tutorials online available to teach you how if you want to give it a spin. Also, there are plenty of YouTube videos that teach you how to crochet a Wayuu bag.