Finally, here is my first ever crochet bag revealed in all its stripy glory. And if I do say so myself, I think it turned out rather fabulous in a bold, floppy, baggy sort of way.
It ended up a bit larger than I had first envisaged, mainly because I got so carried away hooking round in delightful, colourful, woolly circles that I didn't actually notice it was getting so big. And so thirty-eight rounds after beginning it suddenly occurred to me that I really ought to stop and begin thinking about an edging and some handles. And perhaps some little bitsy flowers to finish.
It was an easy thing to make folks, honest it was. And enjoyable, oh yes you betcha. After working on blankets recently (and the ripple still isn't finished, I've run out of yarn and have ten more stripes to go) it was lovely to have an idea, start it, work on it and finish it inside a month. Satisfying.
I didn't have a pattern for this bag as such, but I did have to learn about working in the round with increases ie how to create a flat circle for the bag bottom (from an old crochet pattern belonging to Lovely C, we cracked it together one morning over coffee). I learnt how to do the shell edging from my little crochet book, and used a pattern I found on line here for the flowers, although I found I had to alter it a little as it didn't seem to quite work out the way it was written. The leaves were my own design and the straps, well they're just long rows of single crochet.
I do especially like the way the bag can be plonked down and the top sort of rolled over so that it becomes very practical for using/selecting yarn when working on my hexagons.
And I think the hexagons look especially fetching nestled snugly in there, don't you agree?
It's a bag of multi coloured hooky goodness. Inside and out.
ps :: I know quite a few of you have been following the progress of this little project and have expressed interest in it as I've been making it. I'm contemplating attempting to write the pattern/instructions down for making this bag, do you think this might be something you would like? I'm happy to do it if you'd like me to, please just let me know what you think. Thanks :o)x
edited to add :: oh my friends, you make me so happy, thanks a million for the bag-love!!
I've written up the bag pattern, you can find it HERE. Happy Hooking!xxxxxxx