Argyle-Patterned Cosmetic Bag

I’m supposed to be knitting a poncho, but even after much looking around, I didn’t find any pattern that I felt suited the two colors that I want to use for this project. Nor was I in the headspace where I could design one by myself. So of course, I ditched this project for the time being, and thought I’d learn a new technique – argyle patterns through planned color pooling.

Argyle-Patterned Crocheted Fabric | Anita

The argyle creation concept is simple, really. You need a self-striping yarn with a color sequence that repeats consistently, and you ensure that you make your stitches such that the color sequence shifts by exactly one stitch in every other row. That is, you plan your color pooling. And voila! You have your argyle pattern. And since I’m sure that this summary wasn’t very clear, maybe you could peruse a bunch of Interweave articles on color pooling instead.

I had just the consistently self-striping yarn to try out planned pooling – bought more than a decade ago and used in a cabled hat. (As you can imagine, the cables don’t really show amidst the colors. What can I say, I wasn’t very knowledgeable then…) Anyway, the argyle pattern created by the yarn looked good on paper – I created a color chart and everything – but it’s not really very evident in the actual fabric.

Argyle-Patterned Cosmetic Bag | Anita

However, I still like the pattern, so I used it to make a cosmetic bag, which will accompany me to work. I have some lovely blue leftover yarn that I thought would look great as a border. I initially thought I’d make the bag cylindrical, and crocheted two circular discs. They ended up as tiny hats because I’ve obviously forgotten how to make discs. But then I didn’t like the cylinder concept, so I frogged the circles. I made the bag flat instead, by folding the argyle fabric, joining the sides with a narrow layer of single crochet rows, and then adding reverse single crochet borders to reinforce the edges.

Argyle-Patterned Cosmetic Bag | Anita
It feels a bit like staring into a hungry shark’s mouth…

To finish the bag, I chose neon orange buttons and applied some art wax on them for a fun look, stitched them on, and then simply looped the yarn for some oblique loops. If the loops don’t last, I’ll probably replace them with crocheted chains or knitted i-cords.

The bag is perfect for storing minimal cosmetics for touch ups, and I love it!

Argyle-Patterned Cosmetic Bag | Anita

As for the argyle technique, though it is a simple concept, it requires concentration and definitely some frogging too – yarn color lengths are not really that consistent, or your stitch tension might change, so you’ll need to frog and re-stitch a bit tighter / looser to maintain the same length for the color sequence, or maybe even use half-double crochet at places instead of single crochet. So I found it a good project to keep myself occupied. I’ll definitely want to use it again sometime.

Do argyle patterns appeal to you? Think you”ll try out planned pooling?

23 thoughts on “Argyle-Patterned Cosmetic Bag

  1. That’s such a smart concept to let the yarn do the work, but at the same time sounds like it requires so much attention and patience! Your dedication is amazing and I love the result; the pattern definitely shows!

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    1. Thank you, It could be because of my clearer color charts that I feel the pattern isn’t too visible. ☺
      Argyle is definitely engaging work, and this is definitely one of the better projects that I’ve made with the yarn – it showcases the colors much better.

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  2. What a cool concept! I like the colors you used, and I could see the argyle patterning :). I was going to dye the white yarn I’m spinning but a change of mind, need to knit a lace shawl for a young family member getting married (I will post more on my blog sometime in the future) so I need to get the yarn spun for this before I do any yarn dying, it would be cool to hand dye for that effect.

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    1. It would be really cool to hand dye for argyle effect! If you do get to it, I’d love to see how you go about getting the (mostly) precise color lengths. And the lace shawl sounds nice (lace shawls are always nice 😉) and I’ll be looking forward to your updates on it.

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  3. I like the color palette of that yarn. No, Argyle doesn’t appeal. Especially since I have 9 small two-color, Christmas balls to knit between now and December from a set of patterns by Arne & Carlos. Not to mention WIPs galore to finish. . .Sigh.

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  4. I really liked this argyle pattern project! Just had me thinking it would be probably have shown better if not for the fuzziness of the wool, or maybe if the color lengths had been more consistent. But I do love it, nevertheless!! And I hope the pouch lasts a long time!! ❤

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