Friday, 15 April 2016

The Fat Bottom Stash Bag

Here's my version of the granny stitch fat bottom bag ... The Fat Bottom Stash Bag.
I saw some on Pinterest, but there wasn't a pattern. So I tried to busk it and have a go myself. I'll try and explain how I made it...

Stylecraft Classique Cotton and a 3.5mm hook.

It started out as a giant dc (UK tr) granny square
30 rows in total
To create the top of the bag, I did a sc (UK dc) into one of the corners, then working right to left, I did a sc into the top of the second stitch of the granny cluster followed by a sc into the space in between clusters. And so on across that side of the square and for a total of 11 rows. This created a nice gathering.
I did the same to the opposite side of the granny square.

I then set to work on the sides of the bag and the handles. ** To do this I did a sc into the corner and right to left, a sc into each space between the clusters.

When I got to the top, I sc along the side and then chained 60 to create a handle, attaching it to the other side of the top of square with a sc. I then sc along the opposite side of the top. **

I repeated ** for the other side of the sqaure.

I then went on to sc around for a further 10 rows.
I didn't line my bag as it's just be for my crochet WIP ... yarn and a hook case. If I had wanted to line it, I would have done so before the gathering stage.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

'The Chilly Night Throw'

This week I finally completed the crochet throw I started way back in January ... 

'The Chilly Night Throw'
It took eighteen balls of Stylecraft Special Chunky to complete and it will be perfect for Spring and Summer evenings when I have some 'me time' in the garden.

(It was originally planned as a matching throw for my lounge winter curtains! It's been a WIP for far too long!)
Here's how I made it:

6mm hook

  1. Ch 180
  2. sc (UK dc) into 4th chain from hook, ch1, skip 1 ch *sc into next chain, ch1, skip 1 ch* to end of row. Turn 
  3. Ch2, sc (UK dc) into next chain 1 space of previous round *ch 1, sc into next chain 1 space* to end of row. Turn 
  4. Repeat Row 2 until desired size
  5. Edge the throw with simple sc stitch
Each stripe is 11 rows and I weaved in my ends as I went along ... crocheting over them. 
The finished piece is 54" x 68".
Phew!