BATIK - Fancy Line 2019
BATIK - Fancy Line 2019
The Mina Market Bag
Here we are again, time for another blog! Talking about my yarns and patterns brings so much joy because I get the chance to explain the inspiration behind each of my styles, give you details about Filatura di Crosa yarns, and inspire knitters and crocheters all over the world! This week on the blog, we’re talking market bags!
The Mina Market Bag is a slouchy multi use bag that’s easy to make and fun to wear! If you’ve seen market bags all over the internet this season, it’s because they’re trending in a major way for Spring/Summer 2019. Crochet market bags we’re spotted on the SS19 runways of Chanel, Isabel Marant, Alice + Olivia, and many more!
Mina is an Easy level crochet pattern using 350 grams of Batik. The pattern utilizes a select number of stitches to create a mesh repeat that forms the body of the bag. What’s uncommon about Mina as compared to other market bags is that Mina has a solid base. We intentionally designed it this way, so it makes the market bag trend a little more functional. Since these trendy mesh bags originated as fruit bags, they obviously don’t accommodate for the smaller items we keep in our purses... so, in addition to the solid base, the pattern also has an optional lining that can be sewn in! We decided to use 2 colors of Batik to create contrasting stripes in the Mina Market Bag. This of course, can be customized based off your preferences… for example: you could use complimentary colors, make it completely solid, or have multiple colors striped into your bag. We have 17 beautiful shades available in Batik, so you have tons of options to choose from!
Batik was initially inspired by the Indonesian “batik” fabric dyeing process first introduced in the 6th century. It uses resistance dyeing to create beautiful patterns in two (or more) colors on woven fabrics. In order to achieve this tonal look, we use 2 different fibers with different textures and colorfastness. Linen has a naturally lustrous surface when processing is limited, whereas cotton has a matte finish unless it’s mercerized. These two are a perfect pair because cotton has a naturally soft hand feel, and linen is a bit more stiff, giving the yarn reinforcement (and making it perfect for crochet!). We dye Batik in skeins after plying the two fibers together in our signature z-twist, resulting in Batiks heathered effect. A z-twist is a method of plying that adds strength and reinforcement to a yarn. (For more information on a “z-twist”, check out our previous blog “Yarn Categories” from March 6th).
The Mina Market Bag is available as our May 2019 FREE pattern when you sign up to the Filatura di Crosa Newsletter. We love giving you guys patterns that offer versatility, so Mina was an obvious choice with Summer on the horizon. Whether you carry your groceries in it, use it as a beach bag, or just a stylish new purse, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with Mina just as we did!
Ms. F Crosa