Today’s creative living discovery makes me wish so hard that my crochet skills were more up to scratch.  Still, what better incentive do I need to get practicing than these colourful and practical crocheted bags in the new Ra-Ra Raffia yarn from Wool and the Gang?

For me, summer bags are all about roomy, bright, laidback style.  And they need to easily accommodate umbrellas, extra layers and water bottles as well as the usual necessities.  So I’m always on the look out for stylish tote bags to use every day, and these crocheted beauties from the Ra-Ra Raffia collection are just the job.

First of all, a bit about this new yarn in the Wool and the Gang line-up.  Versatile and eco-friendly, Ra-Ra Raffia is vegan, biodegradable and made from wood fibres which are long and strong.  It’s also water repellant and dries fast, which makes it ideal for summer projects and practical homewares such as baskets and plant holders.

The newly-expanded colour palette has something for everyone, I think.  There are some cheerful brights (red, blue and yellow) along with more muted shades like the Dune Green, above, Lilac Powder and (my favourite) Cinnamon Dust, below.

I particularly like this versatile coral hue – but you can find all the delicious colours here and discover your own favourite.

On to the patterns specially designed for your lovely Ra-Ra-Raffia Yarn.  WATG have put together a brilliant selection of summer bags, of varying shapes, sizes and patterns.  Several would make excellent everyday tote/shopping bags and also double up as holiday/beach bags.  Others are smaller but no less practical (and easy beginner projects for crochet novices).  Here are my top picks from the collection:

Crochet Bags from the Ra-Ra Raffia Collection by Wool and the Gang

The Million Reasons Bag has nice long straps for ease of slinging over the shoulder one handed.

I love the Superstar Backpack, but think the skills will be beyond me at the moment.  One to keep in mind once I’ve had a bit more practice.

Maybe the Money Honey Clutch Bag would be a better one for me to start with.  And it would be easy to add a detachable long strap to convert it to a cross-body bag.

Loving the crochet and macrame fusion of the Aura Bag.

The In a Dream Bag is deceptively roomy.  It looks like a skinny circle from the front, but turned to the side it reveals its roomy side (literally).

The bucket shape of the Bad Romance shoulder bag ticks all my boxes for simple, stylish practicality.

Most of the patterns in the Ra-Ra Raffia Collection are for intermediate crochet skill level, but I can’t think of a better incentive to pick up that crochet hook again and get learning.  What do you think – does one of these colourful and functional summer crochet projects have your name on it?

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