I tried to use Jute string on a bag, and a purse, but it all didn't work. This Jute string I got is as thick as the worsted weight acrylic Red Heart Super Saver, but it's much much thicker and coarse-r, is there such a word? I attempted a basket, however, I already have this basket from the Christmas Noche Buena Pack that my husband brought home, so why do I need to crochet one, when it's too hard on the hands? :)
I bought a pack of jute string with 4 balls each.
I frogged this square and made a longer one....
I found out this coarse-ness just perfect for a placemat that we can place on our table. It works very well on trapping the heat, so it protects the cover I placed on the dining table.
I added rows and edging of southmaid cotton 8, DK weight , in 2 strands held together, to break the monotonous look of jute.
Jute String Placemat - A free pattern, is posted here : Jute Placemat Pattern
Project Details in Ravelry:
Introduction: Jute, Alternative Material
To summarize my experiment on Jute String:
1. Jute is coarse and thick, and is perfect for projects that take advantage of thickness and coarseness of material, like baskets, coasters etc.
2. Maybe if there is a thinner strand of jute, then it can be used in a softer bag.
3. It's pretty hard on the hands, so big sizes of aluminum hook are perfect for this material.
4. Jute has a natural color of brown, and it can be combined with cotton yarns and other materials.
5. It should be hand washed separately.