Simply Crochet magazine have a seasonal special on sale now called “Celebrations”. Inside you’ll find all the instructions for this fabulous picnic hamper. I upcycled an old cardboard box to make it nice and sturdy and the bright cotton yarn just makes me think of those warm summer days that will be here soon (they will, I promise!) This pattern first appeared in Love Crochet magazine and back then, I had great fun choosing the vibrant spotty lining and the leather buckles (which were supplied by Bag Clasps).
Look out for this special issue on sale now. Don’t you love that floral head dress on the cover – so vivacious!
The May / June issue of Love Crochet goes on sale this week and I’m thrilled to see a couple of my designs on the cover. My favourite has to be this picnic hamper, which was a challenge for me as it has a sewn lining (I’m no sewer!). The hamper is made in flat pieces and seamed to fit a cardboard box frame. The stitches used are very simple, making this ideal for someone new to crochet. The yarn I used is new for this summer, DMC Natura XL has all the features I love about the Natura Pure Cotton (great stitch definition, amazing colour selection), but in a chunkier weight, making it ideal for accessories, toys and home wares such as this hamper.
The leather straps were kindly supplied by Bag Clasps, a great online supplier of all manner of handbag making supplies (I am a big fan of her metal purse frames, which I used for my collection with Eden Cottage Yarns). The leather straps come in several colours, and I love the flash of red against the green yarn.