This time I left off the zipper, which seemed silly, and did it all in Tunisian crochet.
It does not stretch as long, without the knit part. On the other hand, I need to find a better-looking Tunisian lacy stitch.
Full of heavy stuff
I really like the mercerized cotton crochet yarn for this type of bag. The bright lime green yarn is something else and perhaps not as successful.
And I’m not thrilled with it. I think maybe zippers are silly.
I’ve started on a new and better one, that won’t have a zipper. :-)
After perusing the choices at the Walmart and the Hobby Lobby, I decided on mercerized cotton (size 3) crochet yarn this time. So far I’m using it with an H/8 hook and the bottom is working out well.
If you are a Ravelry person, you can see more details at Rav Project
It’s not perfect, but at least it’s finally done.
I added a zipper to keep stuff in
and a twill strap to keep it off the ground…
And filled with heavy stuff…
I made it with baby yarn (acrylic/nylon), which was a pain and may have been a mistake.
I’m mulling over improvements before I start the next one.
It’s finally done and it was way longer than I expected.
I’ve posted it at Ravelry as a freebie PDF.
You should be able to download it from:
Yes, I like this one…
1. I used a contrasting yarn for the return chain in the “in the round” Tunisian crochet.
2. I made the handles much shorter because they stretched a lot–more than I would have thought possible.
3. I also gave the handles a deliberate lean by skipping the first stitch of the forward pass then adding an extra stitch at the end of the forward pass. Otherwise the stitch I used (the chain-top simple stitch, which is often called the extended simple stitch) crochets up fairly square.
4. I’ve made the handles wider where they connect to the bag. This gives the bag a better shape.
5. The lacy part of the “in the round” knitting is: “purl 2 together” alternated with “yarn overs” for a full row, then two (2) rows of straight knit stitch (stockinette), and repeat.
If you have other questions, please ask.
Meanwhile I’m enjoying using this one :-)
So this is Mark 1, which is very large–nice when I’m trying to overload my scooter, but otherwise…
This is the start of Mark 2, alongside the finished Mark 1
The green in Mark 2 is leftover from Mark 1.
This is Mark 2 as I’m transitioning from a 9/I double-ended hook to a Size 9 circular knitting needle
And this is Mark 2 after a bit of (knit) stockinette
This one seems to be going well, so far…