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Friday, March 05, 2010

The Stripy Bag Gets - Stripes!

I've finished the bottom of the Stripy Bag (there's links to the original pattern as well as my mods in Tuesday's post) and I'm now adding stripes as I work up the sides of the bag! I decided to work two rounds of each color since this is a sportweight yarn I'm using. I believe Lucy used Rowan Handknit Cotton which is more of a DK or worsted weight. Each round is adding just under 1/2 inch to the height of my bag, so two rows of each color should give me enough of a stripe to see the colors well. Want to know what color comes next? You'll find out next week!

There were a couple of comments this week from people who liked the bag, but didn't know how to crochet and I'd just like to encourage those of you out there who are in this position to go ahead and make a bag anyway. All you'll need is either a basic crochet book (I have this one and this one for basic information) or look up double crochet on You Tube (that's treble crochet for UK crocheters). When I first started the Star Flowers scarf I sat there with the book open and did each little double crochet stitch, following the directions. After two or three stars, I didn't need the book anymore. This bag is even easier. There's no shame in sitting there following directions for every stitch (or watching a video) and I bet by the time you're through the first round, you won't even need to check directions anymore. Once you know how to double crochet, you just keep going. Want to know a secret? All I can do without checking the books is double crochet, chain stitch, and slip stitch. Anything else and I'll have to pull out my books and find out how to do it. See? You can crochet a bag without really knowing how to crochet! And for a little bit more enabling, the Babette is made of those same techniques - double crochet, chain stitch, and slip stitch.

Have a great weekend!



Anonymous Robby said...

Would this be a good time to admit that arriving soon on my doorstep will be that crochet book you got the star pattern from? I soooo need to start another craft. (insert eye roll here)

8:48 PM  

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