Crocheted Market Bag

13 10 2008

Well, I can’t pull anything over on all of you. Yes, indeed, as several of you guessed it’s a market bag. I’m both pleased and disappointed in it. On the one hand I did it! On the other it’s smaller than I thought it would be. I hate it when that happens. But similar to knitting I crochet tightly. Of course, re-reading the pattern it states I can keep working the middle until it’s the desired size. Oops! That’s ok, this held 10 large onions with room for more.

I’ve only crocheted once in my life about 18 years ago. It was an afghan that I’ll admit I never finished the edging on. It was someone else’s left over project that my dad had picked up at a garage sale for me. It did a great job of occupying me during an incredibly boring two week long job as the day time dorm counselor for a cheerleader camp. Those of you that know me can laugh now. I’m not exactly the cheerleader type. (no offense) But really, I was only there if one of them got sick or injured and had to sit out of the classes. So I crocheted and crocheted and crocheted. As I didn’t pick the pattern, the yarn OR the colors I ran out of motivation before finishing the project. It’s always recommended that you like the pattern, material and color for any project. Still, it was good practice.

For this bag I loosely followed the pattern in Erika Knight’s Simiple Crochet. Changing the material because I wanted to and changing the beginning of the pattern because I only half knew what I was doing. I got a few pointers from my mom right before she left town and kind of had to make it up as I went along until a light bulb went off and I finally understood what the pattern was telling me.

My favorite guess was Ayama-chan’s toilet roll dolly – shoot me now! But even more interesting is that Sew Fab Martha guessed not only what I was making but what I’m planning to crochet next with this material – a bag for Seth’s swimming lessons. Only this time, I’m going to make up my own pattern because I don’t see one out there I like. I’m thinking pull string backpack style with some fancy wave stitch or something. Wish me luck!

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5 responses

13 10 2008
martha

small or not, it’s really cool.

14 10 2008
painted fish studio

awesome! i love functional crocheting.

14 10 2008
Claudia

But it’s ssssssssooooooooo cute! I had a bag like that a few years ago and well it died (but it got a good life with me!) last year. You could totally sell that on etsy :)

19 10 2008
Grandma

I am totally impressed. The color is fantastic, much better than the pink or yellow. It’s perfect, and, yes, sellable. I’m sure she’ll love it.

20 10 2008
kedakeda

I *heart* that bag! If you did sell them on Etsy I’d be very interested (as it is I’m going to have to start hinting to my crocheting friends!).

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