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.


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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