FPF: Australian Eastern Brown Snake and Mel’s Handy Market Bag

With only three weeks from today until the 137th Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo, I thought it would be fun to do a free pattern search on ‘Australian’. Most of the results are from the Australian Women’s Weekly, and show various patterns from throughout the decades. What a trip down memory lane! These patterns are available for free via scanned images of the original pages. Be aware that sometimes patterns are split across magazine pages, so you may need to do a little searching for the complete pattern! However, this week I have chosen two modern patterns for you, both written by Australians.

Australian Eastern Brown Snake by Sharon Pridmore

The Australian Eastern Brown Snake by Sharon Pridmore is an amigurumi crochet pattern for this fun non-poisonous little fellow. A great use for left over yarn, this pattern is written up in two sizes: the smaller Barry (using a 3.00mm hook and 8ply/DK) or the larger Larry (using a 5.00mm hook and 8ply/DK held double). I’m thinking that I might have to make a gigantic snake as a draft stopper, particularly as winter has really hit hard here in Melbourne! Please note that the pattern uses US crochet terms; see here for Australian/British conversions.

Mel’s Handy Market Bag by Melanie Jonker

Mel’s Handy Market Bag by Melanie Jonker is another great way to use up yarn left-overs, or those skeins you just don’t really like anymore. It’s also a great alternative to plastic bags, can be re-used over and over, and is easily washable, just in case it gets dirty. Whilst written for 8ply/DK weight yarn, this knitting pattern is easily adaptable to different weight yarns by using the appropriate sized needle. Beside, gauge is not important for a bag, is it?

So here we have it: two Australian designers, with projects that can be finished in time for the Sheep Show in three weeks. Now to raid the stash for the giant Snake… 😉

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