I choose to make the lining for my bags after everything else has been completed. (See index in How to Make Mochila Wayuu Bags.) Traditional Wayuu bags are generally un-lined. But I think that lining will make a better and more practical bag. It will ensure that dirt does not stick to inside yarn of bag when bag is used. With lining, I can add pockets – which is always a desirable feature. The downside is … yup! More work!
Mochila Wayuu bags do well with strong, preferably non-stretch shoulder straps. Here we look at a crochet alternative method of making shoulder straps. (The traditional Mochila bags have woven straps.)
Holes & Grommets for Drawstring
Continuing from the base, crochet according to graphed pattern till you get to height of where the holes of the drawstring are to be. In the traditional Wayuu Mochila bags, the holes are just holes worked as part of the crochet. However I do love bits of hardware. And they do add something professional and delicious to any piece of work. So instead of just crocheted holes, I add grommets (large metal eyelets) for the drawstring (to be made later). [Read more…]
Step One. I make the base for my Mochila Wayuu bag before anything else. The number of stitches I end up with for the size I want (diameter) determines how many stitches I will have around the body of the bag. This also determines the number of stitches I will need for my graphed pattern.
How to make Mochila Wayuu Bags aka Tapestry Crochet Bag, Mochila Bag, Wayuu Bag. This is not a definitive tutorial on how to make these bags. Just some different ways on how I do it.
Which stitch to use for Mochila Wayuu bags? Here is a listing and comparison of possible stitches.
I think there are a few ways to create Rib Crochet. This method is quite easy.
This is just a quick short tip.
How to neaten the side edges of a crocheted piece, e.g the centre opening on tops. I have used white yarn below to highlight the method.