Granny~Stitch~Oversize~Project~Bag – A Free Pattern πŸŒ»

Hello my lovely friends! πŸ’•

Today I wanna show you my new Project-Bag…and tell you all about the making thereof. 😊
I wrote the pattern for it, and hope that (and the pictures) will inspire you to make your own.

Alright – here we go!

What you need:

2 skeins worsted weigh yarn – 5oz./each, 285 yards (you’ll just need a bit off of the 2nd skein)
Crochet Hook, Size I/9 – 5.5mm
1 Pair Purse-Handles
Fabric for Lining

Pattern Notes:
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
Ch3 at beginning of round counts as the first stitch.

Pattern:

Front:

Round 1:
Ch 22.
Dc 2 in 4th ch from hook.
*Ch2. Skip 2 ch, dc in next 3ch.
Repeat twice from *
Ch2.
In last ch place [3dc, 3ch, 3dc, 3ch, 3dc] – Corner
Ch2.
Continue on the other side of the starting chain with *3dc, 2ch. Repeat twice from *
In 3rd ch (starting point) place [3dc, 3ch, 3dc, 3ch]

Slipstitch to 3rd ch of first stitch.

Round 2:

Ch3.
Turn. (†)Place [2dc, 3ch, 3dc] in next space.
Ch2. [3dc, 3ch, 3dc] in next space.
Ch2, 3dc in next space – 4 times.
Ch2.
*Place [3dc, 3ch, 3dc] in corner space.
Ch 2.
Repeat from * for other corner.
Continue on with 3dc, 2ch – 4 times.
Slipstitch to 3rd ch of first stitch.

Round 3 and all following rows:

Ch3. Turn.
Repeat from(
†)Β in Round 2.
All corner spaces are made by working [3dc, 3ch, 3dc] in the corner space of the previous row.
All in-between spaces are worked by placing 3dc (separated by 2ch) in the spaces of the previous row.

Please note: The [3dc, 2ch] clusters between the corners increase by 1 in every round)

Work 9 rounds. Fasten off.

Make 2 (Front and Back)

Sides:

Make 4 Granny Squares (4 rounds each)

Bottom:

Ch 18 (or as many ch you need to acquire the width of the ‘Sides Granny Square) + 2
Work in rows ofΒ  ‘Linked Double Crochet‘ until you’ve reached the length of the front/back panels. Fasten off.

Assembly

For the Sides stitch or crochet together: 2 Granny Squares/each

Stitch or crochet the 2 Granny Square panels to either (short) side of the front and back panel.

Pin the bottom in place and stitch or crochet around.

Weave in all the ends.

To give it a ‘cleaner, finished’ look, I added 5 rows of linked, double crochet around the top edge.

Lining:

You don’t have to be a seamstress to make the lining – I certainly am not – basic sewing skills will do. But a sewing machine helps.

Fold your fabric in half, and place the assembled bag on top.
Cut around the bag, leaving a 1/2″ – 1″seam allowance all around.


Fold over both top edges (appr. 1/4″) and iron or pin in place. (Remember to fold it toward the ‘back’ of the fabric, since you want the ‘pretty’ side to show inside your bag)

Fire up your sewing machine and stitch the top seam in place.
Stitch close one side of the lining.

*If you want to add an inside pocket, you want to do that now. ⇓

Now – to make sure that the lining fits perfectly inside your bag – pin it to the inside of the bag.

When you get to the opening, mark the spot where the two sides meet.

Take out some pins (enough to pull out the lining and fit under the foot of your sewing machine). Close that side.

*Inside Pocket (optional)

Cut a rectangle from your fabric. Fold over the top, and stitch in place.
Attach the remaining three sides to the lining. You can make separate compartments by sewing one or two quick lines.

Handles

Measure the bottom of the handles, and the width of the front of your bag. Mark the middle portion with pins to make sure your handle sits in the center.
(My front is 19″, the handle is 9″. So I marked 5″ in)

Crochet the handles in place.

I noticed that my bag – if not stuffed full of goodies – sagged a bit at the sides.
I folded in the sides (much better), and added some ties to keep it in place.

Ties

Chain 100.
Attach the chain to the middle of the Granny Square on the side with a slipstitch.
Chain 100. Fasten off. Thread both ends through the top stitch of the side seam.

Repeat on the other side.

Aaaaaaaand …… you’re done!

Do you love your new bag?

If, at any point, you felt like I over-explained things, please do not take offense! 😌
I’ve been ‘burnt’ by many faulty patterns…so now I might be overdoing it
, trying to avoid any mistakes.
If you do notice any mistakes anyway, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to
tell me/ask. I’m just one quick comment away. 😊

Please let me know what you think! Will you be making one?

One more picture…the first bag I made was a ‘Stashbuster’. That one is mine 😁

Take good care of yourself! πŸ’• See you next time!

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Last Week At A Glance πŸ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Funny story…funny, weird – you decide 😁

Two, three nights ago I dreamt about this very post. I dreamt the title, that I wrote it, the pictures were there. It was so vivid, that I honestly thought it was done.

And I was a little bit sad 😒 that no one liked it!

So today, while scrolling through all your wonderful posts, I wondered where my ‘Glance at last week’ disappeared to.

Well, you know the end of that story. πŸ˜†

So…without further ado – here it is (I hope πŸ˜‰)

Monday…

I finished writing the pattern for my next workshop. It’ll be a ‘Lacy Scarf’. I decided to introduce three different stitches that make a gorgeous lace pattern.

See…

Tuesday…

Michele (my partner in crime) and I met to set the date and talk about the details. We agreed on everything, so that was done fast 😁 and we got to enjoy our lunch while visiting with our friend Lili 😍

We forgot to take a picture…so I give you this. Just pretend it’s us πŸ˜†

Wednesday…

I decided I need new sneakers. That’s easier said than done…ugh! I must’ve tried on every pair in the store. A big shoutout to my friend Carole – she was very patient. 😊

Just as I was about to give up, I spotted a pair -in my size!!! – at the bottom of the clearance shelf. And they fit, and are very comfy! Score! 😎

One question remains though…why do all ‘Asics’ in 3 different sizes (6.5, 7, 7.5) fit the exact same way? Just a tad too small πŸ˜• It’s quite puzzling.

Then, of course…Lunch! πŸ˜† Good thing I only eat salads 😜

Thursday…

Just an ordinary day πŸ™‚ Dog walking, ‘breaking in the sneakers’ speed walking, and – no, not lunch 😁 – grocery shopping.

I finished the picot edging on the last sample scarf while watching the latest ‘ Garage Sale Mystery’. Those are so much fun! Do you watch?

The workshop flyer! I almost forgot to tell you about the flyer.

Here it is…

We have a few places in mind where we could distribute them…wish us luck 😊

Friday…

Started as a pretty normal day…until the kitchen sink clogged up. ☹️ Without warning- it just didn’t wanna anymore. Pffft

And nothing worked. We plunged, and poked the clog with wire. I even bent a wire hanger out of shape…nothing. Snake wouldn’t fit. Drano didn’t do diddlysquat.

Just as we were about to call someone, hubby poked it again…and there it went. Whatever it was – it’s gone.

I did get a little bit of crocheting done. I started to look into Freeform Crochet 😍

It is so much fun. Pretty perfect for yours truly! 😁 Last years Puzzle Poncho had a few elements in it, now I did a sampler of different Scrumbles

Very promising! Don’t you think?

Saturday…

…is Farmers Market Day! Michele has a table at one close by. She sells her son’s wonderful artisan breads, and had the great idea to make a little display for our workshop.

Looks great! Doesn’t it? I would wanna sign up 😁

Sunday…

After a yummy lunch at the Casino Buffet, hubby went to poker and I played with Freeform Designs 😍

I’m really loving it! ☺️

That’s all! Overall a pretty good week I’d say. πŸ’ƒπŸ»

I’m sending you Smiles πŸ™‚ Hugs πŸ€— and Love πŸ’— for a wonderful week!

Your ~ Weekend ~ Chuckle πŸ˜Έ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I think right about now is a good time for a chuckle…maybe even a heartfelt LOL πŸ˜ƒ

Do you agree? Well, then read on! 😊

Check your wardrobe before you head out πŸ™ˆ

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Sometimes a gauge-swatch is not a waste of time 😜

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Between you and me…that’s my kind of run 😁

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Can we please do this?! 😍

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That’s all for now 😎 I hope you enjoyed all the shenanigans!

Have a wonderful, fabulous, glorious week! πŸ’•

Happy Birthday, August ~ Babies πŸŽ‚

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Let me be among the first ones to wish you a ‘Happy, Wonderful, Fabulous Birthday’! 😍

Rumor has it that you are pretty awesome 😁

See…told ya! 😊

You are blessed with a gorgeous ‘Flower of the month’

And your birthstone is amazing too…

You are in wonderful company! 🀩

Other August-Babies are…

Mila Kunis, Jennifer Lawrence, Debra Messing, Angela Bassett, Robert DeNiro, Edward Norton, and Melissa McCarthy πŸ’• just to name a few.

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Now go and have a wonderful day! Let them celebrate the fabulous, beautiful, amazing person that is YOU, and the glorious day that is your Birthday! πŸŒΈπŸŒΊπŸ’•

With Smiles πŸ™‚ Love πŸ’• and Hugs πŸ€—