Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Make It ! The Stabby Granny Tote Bag !!!

As promised on my Instagram feed , I'm ready to show you how to make a market bag using the STABBY GRANNY SQUARE, whose pattern can be found on Miki's blog (HERE) and on Emily's blog (HERE), too !!!!!



Emily and Miki have prepared even two free patterns to make something nice and useful from the stabby grannies : a pair of STABBY GRANNY GLOVES and a STABBY GRANNY COWL !!!

I was curious to try the STABBY GRANNY SQUARE and I was so pleased with the tickness of the fabric...





... that I decided to make a bag, instead !!! I think this idea was even influenced by the JAPANESE KNOT BAG I've crocheted almost 10 days ago... But that pattern was not mine (it's from a Japanese crochet book), so I decided to make a similar one, with different granny squares, different handles and a different method of joining !!! ;oD




WHAT YOU NEED :

- a 4,5 mm hook
- a pair of scissors
- a yarn needle
- stitch markers, useful to point out the stitches (along the top of the bag) where to attach the handles!
- some colourful yarns : I was using, from my personal stash, a selection of  DK acrylics from Filati Cervinia CAPRICE, Lane Biella MARK, Filati Tre Sfere LANA LANA and some "two colour strands" from TIGER Garn/Yarn !
- follow the basic STABBY GRANNY SQUARE PATTERN by MIKI and EMILY and crochet a total of 26 stabby grannies (18 for the bag + 8 for the handles)

Remember I use and follow the US crochet terminology, thank you !!!!

I prefer not to sew my crochet pieces together (you can do that, instead, if you prefer!) and I use the "join-as-you-go" method, the same that Miki uses for her COWL !!

My grannies are made of 8 rounds (bag panels) or 6 rounds (handles), but you can choose if to crochet smaller or bigger ones !!! ;oD


FIRST PANEL

The colours for my grannies were chosen while crocheting each one of them !

Only the first square (=the central one) was completely crocheted in 8 rounds.

The other squares were completed (part of the 8th round was done during the join) while joining to the main square and/or to the other ones !





SECOND PANEL

Nothing difficult, as I followed the previous method, used for the first panel!

I only put one big safety pin on the bag's "top-to-be", just to remember not to join that side, too, as the bag needs an openining to put in and out your own stuff (grocery, books, crochet, knitting, etc...)!

Each panel measures : 44 cm x 44 cm






The lovely thing about this joining method is that you don't really need to block your squares, as they are stretched into the right shape while joining them !




Just look at the above picture : the pink square and the black one have slightly curved sides, but when the green square is joined, the sides become straight !!!! Really good !!!!


TOP BORDER of the BAG (two rounds)




Pick up your bag-to-be and, keeping it in front of you with the opening upward, insert the hook in the right top corner of the first square and join the new yarn. Chain 1 and make 1 DC (=double crochet) in the same corner.

The idea is to make a complete round of "stabby shells" (may I say that ??) in each space between couples of shells of the stabby squares : easy peasy, right? (look the above pictures)

How to behave into the adjoining corners of two squares ?




Very simple (look above pictures) : work 1 DC in last corner, 1 DC in space between the two corners, 1 DC in new corner !!!

The pattern is repeated around the entire opening of the bag.




When you work your last DC (= the one in the space between first square and last square !), slip stitch in the top of the first DC of the round to complete your first round !




After the slip stitch, with the same yarn chain 1 and work 1 single crochet (=SC) in the same stitch.
Crochet 1 SC in each stitch of the first round. When you reach the last stitch, make a slip stitch in first SC made.

Cut yarn, fasten off and weave in all the tails : your border is done !!!





BAG HANDLES (make 2)

Differently from the Japanese knot bag, the handles in this tote bag are symmetrical and each of them are made of 4 stabby squares.

The other difference is that we are going to work a smaller stabby square : instead of 8 rounds, this time we need squares of 6 rounds each !

Another important thing to note is that each side of the squares (6th round completed) is made of 20 stitches. From corner to corner you will count in : 1 chain, 3 half double crochets, 4 shells of 3 stitches each (total stitches = 12), 3 half double crochets and 1 chain.

Knowing this, you have to place your stitch markers along the bag border in the stitches where you intend to attach your handles. A couple of stitch markers for each handle end, positioning the first marker in the 1st stitch and the 2nd marker in the 20th stitch ! ;oD

Even this time I'm using the "join-as-you-go" method, but you can simply stitch the handles along the bag border, if you prefer.

1- attaching the square along the border




You have to put the bag upside-down, with the opening towards yourself.

You need even a stabby granny with 5 rounds completed.

Start the 6th (and last ) round of your square (in any corner) : 3 half DC, chain 1 and start the joining, as follows :

slip stitch in first stitch of the border (where you have your stitch marker, mine is gone, but you see an arrow on the right of the above picture), work 1 hDC (=half double crochet) and slip stitch in the correspondent stitch along the border, work 1 hDC and slip stitch in the correspondent stitch along the border, work last hDC and slip stitch in correspondent stitch along the border. The first corner of your square is done !
Work the following 4 shells (= 12 stitches) in the same way : after each stitch of the shells are done, remember to make a slip stitch in the correspondent stitch along the border !
When the shells are completed and all 12 stitches are joined to the border, work the first 4 stitches of the second corner :  3 hDC (work one stitch, then make a slip stitch in the correspondent stitch along the border, 3 times!), then 1 slip stitch in last correspondent stitch along the border, where you have the other stitch marker!!! JOINING DONE !

To complete the corner, just : chain 1 and work 3 hDC ! Continue to crochet the last round as usual!




2- attaching the following two squares of the handle

This time the joining is much more simpler, as you have only to slip stitch in the spaces between two shells, as Miki already described in her COWL pattern.




You need other 2 stabby squares, with their 5th round completed.

You start the 6th round as usual : 3 hDC in any corner, then chain 1. Crochet a slip stitch in the opposite corner of the square already joined (see above picture), then work the other 3 hDC in same corner, with no extra slip stitches! Slip stitch in space between corner and first shell and crochet an usual shell, with no slip stitches !!! Repeat this simple pattern until you reach the 2nd corner, where you work 3 hDC, slip stitch in second corner of previous square, chain 1 and work 3 hDC in corner.

Continue your square as usual!

Repeat the same joining for the 3rd square, too !!!




3- attaching the 4th square




You have to use both joining methods this time !

First you use the simpler one to join the two squares together, while to join this last square to the other side of the bag, just follow the first method showed to you !!!




You have to repeat all this work for the 2nd handle, too !!!! ;oD



Black edging around the handles and top border




Simply crochet a round of single crochet, along the outer and inner sides (plus the top borders left out from the joining) of the handles, just to complete your beautiful bag !!!!




TA-DAH :




xxxx Alessandra

P.S. : if you liked this photo tutorial (thank you!), please feel free to check my other free patterns right here, on the MAKE IT ! page !!!!


































Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Make it! Mega Oval Scarf !!!

Last year (as last free pattern of 2016!) I gifted you an oval pattern to crochet (mini colourful pillow) and right now, as my first free pattern of the new year, I'm offering you a new oval pattern .... ;O)




 The funny thing about this work is not the repetition of the oval shape, but the colours choice, as this is not my usual colourful and bright palette, right?

I think is a good thing try something different from time to time and having some neutral colours in my stash, I decided this was the right time to put them in good use!!!

WHAT YOU NEED : 

some chunky yarn ! I've been using the following ones:

ZAMBAK by Kartopu shade K1001(silver grey)
ZAMBAK by Kartopu shade K1002 (darker grey)
ZAMBAK by Kartopu shade K940 (black) (2 balls)
APOLLO by Schachenmayr shade sisal meliert ID #00005 (beige)
SPLASH variegated yarn 50 g (50% acrylic, 50% wool) shade 190 (green prevailing) from Italy
LUMINO by Moda Vera shade 80280255 (neon yellow)

a 5,5 mm hook
a pair of scissors
a yarn needle
stitch markers (optional), to put them on each first and last stitches of both long sides
tape measure or ruler

Remember that I follow the US crochet terminology, thank you !!!

Note that there are increases in each round of the pattern, in both semicircles. The pattern increases of 10 stitches each round, following, more or less, the rules of a Basic Double Crochet Circle Pattern !





SCARF pattern




My colours sequence is the following : silver grey, beige, dark grey, variegated green and black !

With your hook and first colour make a slip knot on the hook and crochet a foundation chain of 204 chain stitches.

Round 1 : wrap yarn around your hook and insert the tip in 3rd chain from hook and work your first double crochet (=DC). This stitch is considered to be part of the second semicircle, as last stitch of it!
Crochet 200 DC along the foundation chain (= first long side). In last chain, instead, work 5 DC (= first semicircle). In this way we can start the second long side, so crochet other 200 DC along the base of the previous side. Now work 4 DC in last chain and slip stitch in top of first DC made (second semicircle completed!). (total stitches : 410)

Round 2 : chain 2 and work 2 DC in the same stitch, work 200 DC along the long side. In first semicircle work 2 DC in each stitch (total = 10 stitches), then crochet other 200 DC along the other long side. In last semicircle : work 2 DC in each stitch (total = 8 stitches). NOTE : you can decide to change colour in the last DC of this round, as I do, or change it at the beginning of next round ! Slip stitch in top of first DC made. (total stitches : 420)

Round 3 : with new colour (beige, in above picture) chain 2 and 1 DC in same stitch, then 2 DC in next stitch. Work 200 DC along the long side. In first semicircle work (1 DC in first stitch + 2 DC in next stitch) 5 times (total = 15 stitches), then crochet other 200 DC along the other long side. In last semicircle : repeat (1 DC in first stitch + 2 DC in next stitch) 4 times (total = 12 stitches). Remember to change colour in last DC ! Slip stitch in top of first DC made. (total stitches : 430)

Round 4 ; with new colour (dark grey, in above picture) chain 2 and 1 DC in same stitch, 1 DC in next stitch and 2 DC in the following stitch. Work 200 DC along the long side. In first semicircle work (1 DC in first DC + 1 DC in next stitch + 2 DC in following stitch) 5 times (total = 20 stitches), then crochet other 200 DC along the other long side. In last semicircle : repeat (1 DC in first stitch + 1 DC in next stitch + 2 DC in following stitch) 4 times (total = 16 stitches). Slip stitch in top of first DC made. (total stitches = 440)

Round 5 : chain 2 and 1 DC in same stitch, 1 DC in next stitch, 1 DC in following stitch and 2 DC in next stitch. Work 200 DC along the long side. In first semicircle work (1 DC in first stitch + 1 DC in next stitch + 1 DC in following stitch + 2 DC in next stitch ) 5 times (total = 25 stitches), then crochet other 200 DC along the other long side. In last semicircle : repeat (1 DC in first stitch + 1 DC in next stitch +  1 DC in following stitch + 2 DC in next stitch) 4 times (total = 20 stitches). Slip stitch in top of first stitch made. (total stitches = 450)

Round 6 : chain 2 and 1 DC in same stitch, 1 DC in next stitch, 1 DC in following stitch, 1 DC in next stitch and 2 DC in following stitch. Work 200 DC along the long side. In first semicircle work ( 1 DC in first stitch + 1 DC in next stitch + 1 DC in following stitch + 1 DC in next stitch + 2 DC in following stitch) 5 times (total = 30 stitches), then crochet 200 DC along the other long side. In last semicircle : repeat (1 DC in first stitch + 1 DC in next stitch + 1 DC in following stitch + 1 DC in next stitch + 2 DC in following stitch) 4 times (total = 24 stitches). Remember to change colour in last DC! Slip stitch in top of first DC made. (total stitches = 460)

Round 7 : with new colour (variegated green, in above picture) chain 2 and 1 DC in same stitch, 1 DC in 2nd stitch, 1 DC in 3rd stitch, 1 DC in 4th stitch, 1 DC in 5th stitch and 2 DC in 6th stitch. Work 200 DC along the long side. In first semicircle work (1 DC in 1st stitch + 1 DC in 2nd stitch + 1 DC in 3rd stitch + 1 DC in 4th stitch + 1 DC in 5th stitch + 2 DC in 6th stitch) 5 times (total = 35 stitches), then crochet 200 DC along the other long side. In last semicircle : repeat (1 DC in 1st stitch + 1 DC in 2nd stitch + 1 DC in 3rd stitch + 1 DC in 4th stitch + 1 DC in 5th stitch + 2 DC in 6th stitch) 4 times (total = 28 stitches). Remember to change colour in last DC ! Slip stitch in top of first DC made. (total stitches = 470)

Round 8 : with new colour (black, in above picture) chain 2 and 1 DC in same stitch, 1 DC in next 5 stitches and 2 DC in 7th stitch. Work 200 DC along the long side. In first semicircle work (1 DC in first 6 stitches + 2 DC in 7th stitch) 5 times (total = 40 stitches), then crochet 200 DC along the other long side. In last semicircle : repeat ( 1 DC in first 6 stitches + 2 DC in 7th stitch) 4 times (total = 32 stitches). Slip stitch in top of first DC made. (total stitches = 480)

Round 9 : chain 2 and 1 DC in same stitch, 1 DC in next 6 stitches and 2 DC in 8th stitch. Work 200 DC along the long side. In first semicircle work (1 DC in first 7 stitches + 2 DC in 8th stitch) 5 times (total = 45 stitches), then crochet 200 DC along the other long side. In last semicircle : repeat (1 DC in first 7 stitches + 2 DC in 8th stitch) 4 times (total = 36 stitches). Slip stitch in top of first DC made. (total stitches = 490)

Round 10 : chain 1 and 1 single crochet (=SC) in same stitch, 1 SC in next 7 stitches and 2 SC in 9th stitch. Work 200 SC along the long side. In first semicircle work (1 SC in first 8 stitches + 2 SC in 9th stitch) 5 times (total = 50 stitches), then crochet 200 SC along the other long side. In last semicircle : repeat (1 SC in first 8 stitches + 2 SC in 9th stitch) 4 times (total = 40 stitches). Slip stitch in top of fist SC made. (total stitches = 500)

Cut yarn, fasten off and weave all ends in.

My scarf is long 196 cm and 26 cm wide.





EMBELLISHMENTS


In the middle of the scarf, I worked a long line of slip stitches in black just to add a modern touch !

Then, I added some fringes : I cut 6 lenghts (15 cm long, each) for each group of fringes (total = 10) and I knotted them just along the round sides as you can see in next picture




Very simple, but nice !!!!







If you fancy to crochet one, please, let me know !!!!

xxxx Alessandra

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Crochet Japanese knot bag

Hi there!!!!

Hope you are all well and I wish you a GREAT 2017!!! We all deserve a good one!!!

My last blog post is from 7/12/2016 ...... it was time to be back!!!!

Today I'm going to show you a little project that took few days to be completed, because of the use of a small number of granny squares and of the simple construction : a Japanese knot bag !!!




It all started with a simple granny square ...




... and very soon there was a second one ...




... and joining with the "as-you-go method", there were soon more to crochet the first panel of the bag to be ...




... and in no time we had even the second panel ...







Once the two panels were joined, I had to add a simple border along the top (2 rounds of single crochets, US crochet terminology) ...




Then, it was time to add the handles (still granny squares, but smaller of one round) with the peculiarity to be asymmetrical ...








You have to make the longer handle pass through the loop of the smaller handle and you will have something like the following ...






The pattern is from of one of my Japanese crochet books ...




and the bag is shown on page 25 ...




I was working with 2 different hooks (5,5 mm and 6,5 mm), because the yarn for the common background was thicker than the other yarns and, for the same reason, the shells of the background are only of 2 DC (double crochet) and not 3 !!!

See you soon, xxxx Alessandra

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