Make the laundry fun with Kate Eastwood’s pretty cotton peg bag!
As I’m sure many of you would agree, whilst few of us would put laundry at the job of our ‘Fun things to Do’ list, there is something really rather lovely about being able to hang freshly washed clothes outside on the washing line, in the fresh air. And in celebration of that, my design for this week’s Crochet Club is for a bright and fun cotton peg bag!
I worked with a 3.5mm hook. The pattern is worked in UK Crochet terms.
The main body of the bag is worked in DC and to finish the bag off I added a few crochet flowers that are stitched into place.
Begin by working a chain of 51 stitches, in Oxygene.
Starting in the second chain from the hook work a row of DC, 50 sts. Chain 1 and turn.
Continue working rows of DC, remebering to chain 1 at the end of each row, until your work measures 59cm.
At the end of your final row (RS) continue on working DC all around the edge of the rectangle in the same colour. Work 3 DC into each corner so that the rectangle keeps its shape. Finisf off and sew in the ends.
Work one further round of DC, as above in the colour Celadon. Finish off and sew in the ends.
Lie your finished rectangle on to a flat surface, wrong side down and fold the top down 11 cm and the bottom up 19cm.
Pin the sides together and then working in the Celadon, rejoin your yarn and join the sides together in DC. Finish off and sew in the ends.
The next step is to strengthen and finish off the front opening. Using stitch markers count 10 stitches in from each side, and mark.
Using the Ozone yarn join the first 10 stitches of both the top of the opening and the bottom of the opening together working in DC. Now, working just on the upper edge, work DC along to your second stitch marker. At the stitch marker join both the top of the opening and the bottom of the opening together as before. Finish off and sew in the ends.
Now rejoin your yarn to work DC along the bottom edge of the opening. Finish off and sew in the ends.
For the edging down each side and along the bottom of the top edge of the opening, rejoin your Ozone yarn with a Sl St and in the next stitch work a *HTR, TR and HTR. Sl St in to the next stitch. Skip a stitch* and repeat from * to *all the way along the side of the peg bag. Work this same pattern down the other side of the bag and along the upper opening edge . Finish off and sew in the ends.
To make the flowers:
Slot the coat hanger inside the bag, poking the handle through the stitches, and then sew the flowers evenly across the front. Slide the last flower down over the top of the coat hanger hook.