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In my main blog I mentioned that I made a blue and white striped bag.

Here’s a bit more on how it’s constructed.

I used a size G crochet hook and fairly lightweight 3-ply yarns.

It’s done in the round. Working in the round gives the same basic pattern often used for hats as well as bags. 

Here’s a link to a basic pattern for crocheting in the round

To make variations of this pattern you can use a single, half-double or double crochet.  This bag is primary done in half-double crochet. 

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I chose to alternate the colors simply because I thought it would be fun!

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To create room for a drawstring there is one row consisting of a double crochet – chain two repeat.  A row of half-double crochet is added to both the top of the bag as the anchor row for the ruffle.

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A white ruffle with blue striped trim was added as an embellishment.

As a base for the ruffle, there is round consisting of single crochet, chain 6, skip 4, single in the 5th stitch repeat.

I believe this is how it would be written! [sc, (ch6, skip 4, sc in the 5th dc)]

Each ruffle has ten triple crochets in the loops that were just formed.  The last few rows are single crochet alternating in blue and white.

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A basic chain and single crochet cord is threaded through the spaces created for the drawstring.

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Here is the completed bag – all ready to go!

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As I mentioned in my main blog, I made a king-sized blanket as a gift.

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It measures 72 inches x 74 inches.  It’s shown above on a king-size bed.

The main pattern is done by crocheting a row of single crochet.  The next row is a “skip one, 2 double in the next single, double in the next single, then a double in the singe that was originally skipped.” 

The picture below is a basic diagram of the pattern.

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The pattern continues for an entire skein.  I alternated nine skeins in varying shades of blue.

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The side panels are “half-double crochet and chain one repeat.” I used two skeins on each side.2012-07-06_17-36-50_464 

The outer edge is also the same “half-double crochet chain one repeat.”  There are a couple of rows in alternating colors.

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The corners are half-double, chain two, half-double.  It gives a nice turn!  The last row is all single crochet.2012-07-15_16-23-51_745

I will say it took a while to complete but I was very satisfied with the result.

A blanket made for two!

 

Create

Posted on: June 23, 2012

Hello!

I haven’t posted anything recently on this site because I’ve been busy with a large crochet project!

Since the Weekly Photo Challenge is Create I decided to post a number of times to my main blog, Comments from Cathy.

Please click the link to see a gift bag, shawls and lots of Christmas Stockings!

Here’s a preview!

Thanks for visiting!

Happy Crocheting!

When I travel on business I often pack yarn and various hooks.2012-04-27_09-56-43_791

This time I brought a couple of lightweight skeins in shades of blue.

There is a little person on the way in a number of weeks, so it was time to get ready!

Here are a few photos showing when I started.  I was in flight.  The seat trays were up, so this first little bit is on my lap.

The pattern is a basic half-double, then chain one.

 

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As you can see by the time the plane landed, less than two hours later, I was able to make some progress!

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I managed to take a few photos even though there were shadows across the seat tray.

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I continued the day after my travels.  When it was approximately 30” square I continued the pattern around each side. The corners were half-double, chain two, half-double.  I continued for several rounds.

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The last row is half-doubles in the chain spaces all the way around.   The corners were half-double, chain two, half-double, same as all the other corners.

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I’m looking forward to sending it on its way to mommy and baby!

Happy Crocheting!