Monday, May 23, 2011

Granny Square Bag

I really like Granny square motifs, but I've never tried to make anything out of them. Until now. I decided for a bag which consists of 16 Freesia squares (showed on the picture below). The original pattern can be found here.  

I was little bit worried about blocking the squares. But everything fell out well and all the squares were the same, with the same measurements.

Blocked squares were crocheted together with a row of single crochet according to the scheme from Inga's crocheted bag from Ravelry database. A different granny square is described here, also nice but not too suitable for my one-color project.

You can download the pattern here.
And here is the result of my effort...

I just love it, but I'm going to add a lining in addition to avoid things falling through. I decided for a fabric in a contrast color that would emphasize design of the bag. I used about half a yard of fabric.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Patchwork Table Runner

My mom loves fabric table cloths. She sews most of them. And because all of them are circular, oval-shaped respectively, after sewing the table cloth, there are four corners of fabric remaining. And that's what always warms the heart of mine. I usually use it for patchwork table runner or some pillows. 

The last time my mom wanted a really springy, optimistic table cloth. She bought a beautiful, bright green fabric and a piece of the same fabric in pink. She already thinks ahead :-)

And this is what I used it for:

and in detail with little help of my brother

Some time ago I was working on three pillow from the same kind of scraps. Each of them has a different design, all very classical. Unfortunatelly I don't remember names of these blocks anymore.  As I wanted  them to create a set I bought a fabric for back side of pillows and borders in the same color. And I gave them my mom as a Christmas gift.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Summer Handbag

I found out an awful truth. I suffer from an acute lack of handbags :-D Recently I had to set some of my older bags aside, they were not looking good any more. That's a disadvantage of non-leather handbags. So I need a new one. I decided I would make some, more precisely crochet some. I realize it won't keep fine forever, but the cost of such bag is much lower than that of leather one, so let's just start working...

The first of a number of bags I'd like to make is a small handbag made according to the Natural Bouclé Bag pattern, which is available for free at Ravelry. The original pattern is written in Japanese, but there is also an English transcription, which includes the pattern for making of flowers as well. The pattern can be easily modified, if you prefer bigger handbags. 

If you want to line the bag, I recommend to sew it before you start working on border sides. It's much easier to line a rectangle...

When I finished the bag, there was about half a ball of yarn remaining. I decided to utilize a part at least and make a new sock for my mobile phone. I needed some better one than this old one...

I discovered an easy but very nice pattern at Ravelry. It's also available for free.  

I think it's ideal couple...