Ah… Dougal, Florence, Zebedee and Dylan… what child of the 70s doesn’t have a soft spot for these guys?? – My brother and I loved The Magic Roundabout when we were growing up, and this was one of our favourite records. (And we loved it again on DVD as grown-ups, once we discovered all the satirical undertones and references we hadn’t picked up on as children!
So when I came to crochet this lovely roundy-round bag by Drops Design I couldn’t help but think of it as The Magic Roundabout Bag, and chose my colour scheme accordingly!
It’s a very straightforward pattern, worked in double crochet (UK treble), that comes together in no time. In my continuing experiment to find yarns I’m not allergic to, I used a lovely smooshy Superwash wool by Cascade, that comes in some gorgeous bright colours. A little bit itchy on my hands, but nothing worse to report – hurrah!
I did find the instructions for the edging around the top of the bag a little unclear, so I went off on my own somewhat there, but it seems to have turned out OK.
I really wanted to make this bag a bit special, so not only did I line it with some mauve poplin, I also added a crochet-embellished button and made a crochet-trimmed ‘Secret Pocket’ to go inside. Want to peek??
Yep, I got totally carried away with this one! But I love adding all these little details, it’s what making things by hand is all about for me. Plus it gave me a chance to practice doing some block-printing with the little block I got at the World Textile Day show.
And of course, since this is the Magic Roundabout Bag, I couldn’t resist adding some Magic Roundabout flowers as embellishments!
OK, so if I was purist I would have added perhaps a button or bead in the centre, but I wanted them to match the details of the bag so I just did a little embroidered bit in the middle.
The flowers are basically the first part of the Attic24 double-petalled flower with the pointed ‘leaves’ worked out of the back. They’re very simple to do, but I’ll avoid turning this into a mega-post and put a tutorial for them up separately I think!So, what do you think – one for Florence, or more suited to Ermintrude?! 🙂