Have I ever told you that I do yoga? I think I may have mentioned it in passing once or twice but, yes, I do yoga and have been practising for about 10 years now. For those who know about these kinds of things, it's Iyengar yoga which focuses on the detail of the poses and uses equipment to help you achieve them (blocks, belts etc). And, of course, we use a mat, so when I saw a pattern for a mat bag in Simply Crochet issue 15, I knew I had to make one.
The pattern uses only 2 colours but how dull would that be?! Naturally I've ignored it and chosen 5 instead. The yarn is King Cole Bamboo Cotton which I've used before to make my round cushion. It crochets beautifully, has a slight sheen, and comes in lovely rich colours.
These colours are: Plum (529), Opal (527), Rose (528), Peacock (531), and Violet (537).
After making a circular base, you crochet upwards in a continuous spiral and have a marker to show where the next spiral begins. It's such an easy pattern, just (1dc, 1tr) then (1tr, 1dc) upwards and upwards.
As the bag is 60cm long, I'm doing a 12cm block of each colour.
This is how far I'd reached as of this morning. Still a way to go but it works up quite quickly. Can't wait to show it off to the rest of my class :)
Joining in with Chrissie and Marianne's Bloomin' Crochet-A-Long. x