Thursday, April 7, 2011

Spring Stripe Bag

Yesterday's Flower Burst Bag inspired me to design a bag of my own. The Flower Burst Bag does not have a flat bottom, so it really can't stand on its own. That has been kind of frustrating (even though I seriously love that bag).

Last night, I started playing with the idea of a flat bottomed bag by making a long oblong shape.


You can see how the rows keep circling the center. I started with a chain of 13 and crocheted 2 sc in the 2nd stitch from my hook and 1 sc in each of the next 10 stitches. In the 11th stitch, I crocheted 2 sc, chained 1, crocheted 2 sc on the other side of the chain. I continued down that side, 1 sc in the next 10 and 2 sc in the 11th space. Then, I slip stitched to close the oblong shape. Then, I chained 1, 2 sc in the next 2 stitches, 10 sc, 2 sc in the next two stitches, 2 sc in the end stitch, 2 sc in the next two stitches on the other side, 10 sc and 2 sc in each of the end stitches with a sl st to close.. It gets a bit more complicated the more layers you have, but basically, the end turns always have 2 sc in each stitch to help the curvy turn and there is 1 sc on the straight sides. On Row 4 and beyond, I continued the pattern, but instead of chain 1 and single crochets, I switched to chain 2 at the beginning of the row and half double crochets. Once the base was as large as I wanted it to be (Row 6), I began crocheting one hdc in each stitch around and slip stitched to end each row. This began the shape of the bag.

After I completed 8 total rows of green, I switched to the aqua color and crocheted 4 rows of hdcs. I repeated the 4 rows of hdcs of alternating colors until I decided it was tall enough and then I did 3 rows of hdcs and began my handles. I did the same handles as with the Flower Burst Bag yesterday.

Ta-da!

You can find the pattern for the butterfly at Little Birdie Secrets blog. They are totally easy and so quick to make that I can make one in about 3 minutes.

Don't you love this bag? I was thinking of giving it to someone, but I think I am going to use it as my purse!

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