Reported by Chel Micheline
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I usually choose bulky, nubby yarns to crochet with, but every so often I’ll go through a phase where all I want to do is crochet with “fine” or “sport weight” yarns (which are very thin in diameter and not very plush). The Bonbons yarns from Lion Brand are perfect for this. They come in a package of eight color coordinated mini-skeins, and are priced at $7.99 MSRP for a pack of eight skeins. While the skeins are quite small, the entire package is more than enough yarn to make a variety of projects. No, you won’t be able to crochet a large afghan with one package, but you will be able to make quite a variety of accessories and home decor projects.
I decided to crochet something I had never attempted before, a small iPod holder/cross-body purse for my daughter. She’s nine years old, and into anything bright and cheerful, so I figured the “Party” set with its intense color selection and bright metallic touches would be perfect for this project.
One of the key benefits of the BonBons is that the color palette is already figured out for you. I have been known to spend hours in the local craft store agonizing about color matches with yarn, so having the yarn colors come pre-selected is a wonderful time saver. I chose three from the pack for this project: red, pink, and purple. There was just enough of the yarn using just those three colors to complete the project.
As usual, I didn’t follow a pattern with my crochet. And since I don’t enjoy “crocheting in the round”, I realized that if I was going to make a purse, it needed to be shaped like a pouch or a pocket.
So the way I went about it was to simply crochet, in single crochet stitch, a 15″ long and 4.5″ wide rectangle- basically, a tiny scarf. I kept the gauge of my stitches VERY tight, because crochet does tend to stretch with use, and since I wasn’t going to be lining this purse, I wanted it to be sturdy.
To add some variation in design, I alternated colors every three rows.
When I was done with the basic rectangle, I folded it into three sections. The bottom two sections would form the front and back of the purse, and the top third would be the “flap” that folds over the front.
I used a simple crochet stitch with the purple yarn to “sew” the front and back panel together to make a pocket, and then went around the remainder of the purse with more of the purple yarn to give it a nice contrast piping.
Then I used the remaining pink yarn (plus a little from my stash) to make a thick strap, a strip of five rows of tight single crochet stitches about 35″ long. I edged the strap with contrasting colors of the Lion Brand BonBons, just for a little extra pop. Then I attached the strap to the back of the bag using a single crochet stitch.
My daughter is on vacation with her grandparents, so I haven’t been able to measure the purse on her and get the exact strap length, so I left one of the strap ends “unattached” and when she returns home I will fit the purse on her and attach the strap in a good spot so the purse sits cross-body at just below her waist.
While the purse is not exactly high-end couture, I’m fairly pleased with it considering I’ve never crocheted anything like it before and just sort of “went for it” as far as design and execution. And since my daughter loves handmade things (thank goodness for that, because pretty much everything I crochet ends up either on her bed or in her closet!) and she loves tiny purses, I think she’ll be happy with it.
All in all, after working with them for this project, I really love the Lion Brand BonBons.
- Pre-coordinated color sets
- Enough yarn in one package to complete a variety of projects
- Easy to work with
- Great color and quality
- A little bit price-y for the amount of yarn you get
Lion Brand BonBons Yarn are available in seven variety packs: two acrylic packs (Brights,Pastels), two cotton packs (Beach, Nature), two metallic packs (Party, Celebrate) and one combination metallic/cotton pack that is holiday themed (Jingle Bells). The cotton and acrylic skeins are 28yds each, while the metallics are 38.3 yards. MSRP is $7.99/package.