This post is sponsored by Yarnspirations
As you know, I’ve been working with Yarnspirations each month to film a tutorial for one of their newest crochet patterns. This month’s Lookbook, Pic-Knit, has so many wonderful patterns to enjoy the warm weather! Out of all the practical and fun-in-the-sun patterns, I found myself drawn to the Cute Crochet Carry-All the most.
This pattern uses one of my favorite yarns, Bernat Maker Home Dec. It’s just one of those yarns that’s easy on the hands and down right nice to work with when it’s a scorcher outside. Many bulky weight yarns require a lot of “elbow grease” and this just isn’t one of them.
Believe it or not, the yarn wasn’t the only reason I found myself drawn to the Cute Crochet Carry-All – It presented an opportunity for me to learn a new skill.
About three years ago, I reached out to a dear friend for help. At the time I was quite certain that I was either irreversibly indecisive or perhaps a little crazy (neither of which were true). You see, I found myself bouncing from hobby to hobby, interest to interest. I’d learn how to do one thing and as quickly as I picked it up, would put it down and never look back. I had convinced myself that I had no clue what I wanted to pursue in my free time and I didn’t know how to change. On that desperate phone call I poured my concerns to her to which she responded, “Brittany, have you tried Strengths Finder?” I had no clue what that was.
Little did I know that conversation would change the course of my life.
Strengths Finder is a book and test. I’ll admit, I was incredibly skeptical but figured I had little to lose. After following the steps outlined in the book, I was given my top five strengths. The skepticism quickly dissolved after reading the results and realizing that this book knew me better than I knew myself!
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The reason I perpetually bounced from hobby to hobby (and probably the reason why I love teaching so much) is because my number one strength is learning.
Since that day I made it a priority to not only recognize that learning is a real strength but also to own it and apply it to make the world a better place. Well you can imagine as a learner, I seek out any opportunity to learn something new and my passion, crochet, is no exception.
See that little slant leading up to the handle? I hadn’t tried that technique before and the inner learner in me was screaming to give this a try. It was a no-brainer to work the Cute Crochet Carry-All from the Pic-Knit Lookbook this month.
This look is achieved by working five rows, leaving the first and last unworked as you progress. Here’s the real genius – the round on top of that uses these unworked stitches as “steps” to finish it off and give it this polished look. My mind is flooded with possibilities after learning this!
If you look at the free pattern from Yarnspirations for this tote, you’ll notice their carry-all is worked in a solid color. Don’t get me wrong I adore blue, however, aqua Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn really speaks to me this season!
Initially, I had planned to work my carry-all using only the aqua colorway but my curiosity struck about halfway through and I reached for the clay colorway to see what it would look like two-toned. I love it!!
I have to admit, I’m having a ton of fun with photography lately. For so many years I hid behind the camera and I made it a goal this year to step out and show my face a bit more. There’s nothing more personal than seeing someone’s face and I want nothing more than for you to realize I’m a real person, just like you.
At first, I wasn’t sure how sturdy the handles would be. Crochet totes are notorious for sagging when you fill them up and for me, that’s just not practical. I filled my Carry-All with two skeins of Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn for these photos, not super heavy but it gave me a good idea how much the handles would stretch. As you can see, it didn’t stretch much.
Like any yarn, Bernat Maker Home Dec has some stretch to it. If you load your Cute Crochet Carry-All with everything under the sun, you can bet the handles will stretch. The one thing I am certain of, however, is the durability. This yarn is sturdy and, in my experience, holds up to everyday wear.
It’s bee a real pleasure sharing a Yarnspirations project with you every month and I appreciate your openness to reading my experience with the patterns!
With that said, I’d love your input – What patterns from Yarnspirations would you like to work along with me? I’m here to serve you and share patterns and projects with you that interest you most so let me know in the comment section!