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Gingham Girl Crochet Blanket

Love, love this pattern by Daisy Farm Crafts! It was amazing to see the pattern develop as one color moved to the next. Check out the video on the page to see how easy it is to make. I used Daisy Farm's recommendation of Caron Simply Soft in white, soft pink, and strawberry.

Crocheting a Basket Bag

Basket bags are everywhere this spring. These bags look great with a pretty dress or with jeans.

The bobble stitch along with the plastic canvas insert makes for a stand-up bag. Leather and metal accents add interest and boho vibe. Working with the leather opens up a whole new hobby that has so many possibilities. The veg tan strips make nice straps. Some strips are rougher on the reverse side than others. I rubbed the rough side of the leather with Gum Tragacanth which made the surface quite smooth. Also I picked up a leather punch drive set, rivets, and rivet setter set at a Tandy Leather Shop. These items were not expensive and will give new options for bag making.

This videos takes you through the construction of the bag after the crocheting was complete. Enjoy and please let me know if you have any questions.

Crocheting with Gimp? See the video.

Gimp or plastic lace reminds me of camp days. Besides key chains, you can make other things including purses. I made two. Here's another one:

Please see the video on how the pink and purple one was made:

New Granny Square Tote Video

This tote was so much fun to make and even more fun to wear! I used canvas plastic to make a stand up bag. The canvas will enable me to use finer gauge yarns for the bag. I used Hobby Lobby's I Love this Cotton. So soft. Love this yarn!
Here is a link to the video showing how it was made.

Denim Swing Boho Bag

This purse is easier to make than it looks. 
First, crochet the body rectangle from the back to the front. About Midway down the back increase one stitch on each side of the row and then increase again a couple of rows down to give you the flair you want. Then decrease on the corresponding rows going back up the front.
Next, crochet the sides and slip stitch them to the bag body.

Then, pick up stitches along the bag back for the flap and crochet. 
Sew a D ring at the top of each side.
For the strap, I cut a strip of leather and sewed the ends onto D rings and then looped chain through the D rings and connected the chain.

I used a large ring and toggle clasp for the closure.
See my lining calculator for help in measuring fabric needed for the lining and pocket. For this bag, the pockets covered the full width of the lining and were sewn in the lining side seams. I sewed seams up the middle of each pocket to give me 4 pockets.

The bag was made with Lion Brand's Fast-Track yarn.

Irish Crochet Roses on the Pink Bags

These little bags were calling for something extra. So I crocheted roses with leaves using DMC size 5 Pearl thread. To stabilize the motif, I sewed the flower and leaves onto plastic canvas which was easy to attach to the purse by sewing through all thicknesses with invisible thread.

Pink Denim Purse

This yarn was another goodie from the Hoooked eBay purchase. An Irish Crochet 🌹 provides a nice accent. Later you will see this purse with leaves also. 

Mommy and Me Bags

One of the Hoooked skeins from my recent eBay purchase was in this sandy color. The skeins are about 130 yards. I was able to make both of these bags from one skein with just a few inches to spare. It is part of a shower gift for a happy Momma today.

Sunflower Purse in the Criss Cross Stitch

The zig-zag puff stitch adds a nice touch to the purses. For this cheerful 🌻 bag, I followed the video by Oana Oris:

The rest of the purse is crocheted in my favorite seed stitch, which is single crochet, chain, sc on row 1 then sc in chain, sc to make the pattern. You can see me crocheting the seed or basket stitch in this video:

New Crochet Purse Lining Video Uploaded to YouTube!

In this video, I will demonstrate adding a pretty Waverly print to the Hot Pink Flap Bag:

It was a lot of fun to create this and when I saw this lining fabric at Walmart, I knew it was the one! Walmart has great prices on their Waverly prints ($3.00/yard).

Handpainted Purse Lining

Yesterday I pulled out the fabric paints and painted a lining, for my peach t-shirt yarn flap bag, on Kona cotton.

 Here are some closer views:

Using the purse lining calculator and steps, I made a pocket and then aligned it on the lining.
(Click here to access and download the Google Sheets lining calculator I created.)

Sewed the side seams of the lining:

Pressed the side seams inward:

To make the box bottom, first I matched the side seam with the bag bottom center crease:

Then measured the bag bottom depth from the point of the seam:

Drew a line:

Then sewed on the line for each side:

Purse Lining Calculator

I created a Google Sheets document to help you calculate and visualize your bag linings. You can access it and download it through the link below:

Purse Lining Calculator
The step to creating a lining with a pocket are included.

Slouch Hat in Broken Cable Knit Pattern

Recently I purchased some pom poms through Amazon (linked below). When I saw this lilac one, I thought it would be a good companion for some yarn I had - Stitch Nation Washable Ewe (worsted, 2 skeins, 2 strands used on size 10 needles). The hat is roomy and has a slight slouch to it. I casted on 84 stitches and increased to 108 stitches then began the pattern:

I repeated the pattern twice and then began the decreases on a magic loop.

This is a great deal on these needles:

Knitted Cable Hats with Pom-Poms

It's been a busy winter so far with me knitting hats! Ever since I have found the PremKnits cable hat pattern, I've been trying different versions. See the hats on my new video:

Hats made with Caron Simply SoftSince double strands of Caron Simply Soft is still not chunky (5), which is needed for this pattern, I needed to improvise. Size 13 needles gave me too loose of a fabric, so I took the needle size down to size 10 (lavender and mauve hats). I used size 11 for the red/black hat, but prefer size 10. In order to use size 10, I needed to add a cable pattern of 14 stitches. In the end to get a roomy hat (mauve hat with Christmas ornament), I added 2 cables, casting on 76 stitches and increasing to 112.

Hat made with Patons Roving Wool
The hat above was knitted with Patons Roving Wool. I love this yarn! It is 100% wool and is so soft. I modified the pattern by casting 70 stitches onto 10 1/2 needles and increasing to 98 stitches making 7 cables.

New video: Style your Crocheted Bucket Bag

The Bucket Bag is easy to crochet ! In this video, I show you how I styled my bag with tie ends and a tie on chain. Enjoy!