Hello everyone! Happy Friday. I hope you’re all doing well. Today I want to share this fun and vibrant bag that I had the pleasure of test crocheting. This pattern released TODAY! and can be found on Ravelry here and on Esty here.
My friend Katie at Mind and Matter Crochet created this bag pattern in celebration of the LGBTQ+ community in conjunction with Pride month last month. This retro-inspired bag is fantastic for new crocheters, seasoned crocheters, pool and beach-goers, and supporters and members of the LGBTQ+ community!
This was my first time ever testing a pattern for a designer – and it was so much fun! A few weeks back, Katie put out a tester call for this pattern, and ever since then, I have joined a fantastic group of fellow crocheters to test this new pattern before it was released today. The part of me that loves math has really had its moment in the spotlight for this new project. I enjoyed calculating yardage, measuring my progress, and paying close attention to my gauge and stitch count as I worked.
My retro rainbow bag color palette was inspired by 1970s California – Volkswagen busses, surfboards on the ocean, roller-skaters, and all things “hippie.” This bag makes an exceptional beach bag; mine can fit two towels, some drinks, a book, and my sunglasses perfectly! The bright colors accent my pool/beachwear quite well, and the weave of the weight 4 cotton yarn makes it easy to shake out any excess sand from the beach.
This project is made on a US size I/5.50mm hook. I used Lily Sugar ‘n Cream yarn from Yarnspirations, which worked very well. I used a whole skein of Soft Ecru (white), and half a skein of each of the rainbow colors: Beach Glass (soft blue), Mod Green (dark green), Hot Green (lime green), and Hot Orange (orange). Lily Sugar ‘n Cream is 100% cotton, available at most big craft stores like Michael’s and JoAnns, and is very affordable!
I hope you give this new pattern a try! This comes together quickly and is perfect for any skill level. Be sure to wish Katie a happy release day, too! You can find her on instagram here.
Until next time, happy crocheting!