Felted (or unfelted) cabas and pouch - crochet bags

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With this pattern designed by EclatDuSoleil you will be fully equipped for a trip to the farmer's market! A basket similar to a North African cabas and a pouch that can be equipped with a strap to free your hands will lend you style and elegance while shopping for fruits and vegetables.

The basket is worked in the round from the bottom up. The pouch is worked flat and assembled before the flap is added. The pattern contains photo tutorials for impeccable finishing.
The bags in the pictures were felted in a washing machine after completion (the pattern contains instructions for felting).
You can also work these bags in yarn that doesn't felt. In this case, you might want to line them (pattern for lining not included).

Yarn: If you want to felt your bags, you must use a wool yarn that has not been treated to be washable (superwash). EclatDuSoileil suggests Cascade Eco or Cascade 220. In the shop, the yarn Wool for felting works well for this technique. It is slightly thicker than the yarn used in the basket in the pictures, but felts more. A cabas worked according to the pattern will be a little larger than the one in the photos, with a denser stitch pattern (see photos of the blue swatches above). For the pouch, the difference in yarn weight means that the pattern needs to be adapted.


If you don't want to felt your bags, EclatDuSoleil recommends using a yarn in linen, cotton or bambou, such as the linen and cotton blend Linea available in the shop. If not felting, adapt your hook size to your yarn and remember that the bags in the pattern are worked with felting, and thus some shrinking in mind.

Yarn used for the bags in the pictures: Cigno Nero's Baby punto, 100 % wool, 175 m per 50 g (worked double for the basket).

Yarn quantity: 650 m (710 yds) for the basket, 400 m (440 yds) for the pouch.

Hook size:
With the yarn used in the pattern: 6 mm (US J-10) for the basket (yarn held double) and 4 mm (US G-6) for the pouch.
With the Wool for felting available in the shop: 8 mm (US L-11)

This product contains only the pattern for the design, available as a downloadable pdf-file.

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