Quahog Shells in Jute

Over the weekend The Animator’s Wife brought home the most amazing material I have ever laid my paws on. I don’t think it’s yarn, although it’s spun and spooled in a similar fashion. No, this stuff is something called jute twine.

The Animator’s Wife seemed to have mixed feelings about it. She was obviously ecstatic about the project she was making with it, but she did not seemed too thrilled about the texture. I guess it was a bit too rough for her soft hands. I, however, thought the texture was just wonderful! I’m dreaming now of a scratching post made of it, all in single crochet, running my claws down it...

But I digress. The Animator’s Wife was using it to make a summer beach bag. The twine is actually the perfect medium to give the bag a straw-like appearance:
Twine Panel
The openwork pattern is a string network that she modified with shells. It worked up amazingly quickly. Would you like to try it? We’re calling it “Quahog Shells.”
Quahog Shells
Quahog Shells in Jute
Starting Chain: Multiple of 8 ch plus 10.

Row 1. Dc in 10th ch from hook and next 4 ch (first 6 ch count as 1 dc and 1 ch-3 sp), *ch 3, skip next 3 ch, dc in next 5 ch; rep from * across to last 4 ch. Ch 3, skip next 3 ch, dc in last ch.

Row 2. Ch 1; turn. Sc in 1st dc, *ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp, sc in next dc, ch 3, skip next 3 dc, sc in next dc; rep from * across to last ch-3 sp. Ch 3, sc in 4th ch of turning chain.

Row 3. Ch 6 (counts as 1 dc and 3 ch), skip 1st ch-3 sp, *5 dc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp; rep from * across to last sc. Dc in last sc.

Rep rows 2 & 3.