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Handbag December 17, 2010

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I just finished up a crocheted handbag.  This was the first bag I have crocheted where you work on both sides of the chain to create the bottom.  I have done bags in the past where you just work in a spiral.  I got the pattern from ravelry.  The pattern name is Japanese Blossom Handbag.  It was easy, fast, fun and turned out pretty cute.  I also love that it only took me two skeins held double, one strand from each skein.  I think I will probably make more of these in the future. 

I’ve noticed as I learn to crochet more and more everyday that there are some items that I would prefer to crochet over knit (gasp!).  As a knitter first it’s hard to say that but it’s true.  I have found that I like to crochet over knit hats.  I find it easier and faster than working with double point needles.  I also liked crocheting this bag better than any I’ve knitted, although working with circular knitting needles is not as slow as double points.

 

Block 12 April 9, 2010

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Block 12

Block 12

Ch 25 (multiple of 2 + 1)

Row 1 (right side):  Sc in second ch from hook, dc in next ch, *sc in next ch, dc in next ch; repeat from * across

Row 2:  ch 1, turn; sc in first dc, dc in next sc, *sc in next dc, dc in next sc; repeat from * across

Repeat row 2 until desired size.

 

Block 11 March 27, 2010

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 Block 11

I really liked doing block 11.  I liked the rows of chains across the block.  They look like knit stitches, really cool.

Block 11

Ch 25 (multiple of 2 + 1)

Row 1: sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across

row 2:  (right side) ch 2, turn, hdc in first sc, *skip next sc, hdc in next sc, hdc in skipped sc; repeat from * across to last sc, hdc in last sc

Row 3:  ch 1, turn, sc in horizontal strand of each hdc across (strand is just below the stitch that you would normally crochet into).

Repeat rows 2 and 3 to desired size.

 

Behind…behind March 15, 2010

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I realize I am about two weeks behind on posting my blocks. Last week I watched two extra kiddos for some friends whose day care was closed for three days. Then this weekend, my 2, 4 and 8 year old, along with myself, got sick. We were vomiting all over the place! NOT fun! We are all doing better and we are praying that the other two children and Daddy do not get it. Provided that all goes well with the family in the health department, I plan to get to work on block 10 and 11 and have those posted soon. Thank you for your patience!

 

Block 9 March 4, 2010

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Block 9
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Block 9 took me longer to post because for some reason it took a couple of days before the pictures showed up in my flickr account. I actually had the block done by Monday of this week.

Block 9

Ch 26

Row 1 (right side): Dc in 4th ch from hook and in next 2 chs, (skip next 2 chs, 5 dc in next ch, ch 2, skip next 3 chs, dc in next 2 chs) twice.

Row 2: ch 3, turn; dc in next 3 dc, 5 dc in next dc, ch 2, skip next 4 dc, dc in next 4 dc, 5 dc in next dc, ch 2, skip next 4 dc in next 3 dc, dc in top of beginning ch.

Repeat row 2 to desired size.

 

Block 8 February 24, 2010

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*Edited to add photo

I apologize for not having a picture for this block. I have to confess that I do not have it done. I have started and re-started this block a million times over the last few weeks but every time I do something about it just doesn’t look right. I guess I will have to consult my Mother, who is also working the same blocks.

Block 8

Beginning cluster: ch 3, (YO, insert hook in ring and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice, YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

Cluster: ch 5 work (YO, insert hook in ring and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook) 3 times, YO and draw through all 4 loops on hook.

Pattern:

ch 8, slip stitch to form a ring.

rnd 1 – work beginning cluster in ring, ch 5 work cluster, ch 2, * work
(cluster, ch 5, cluster) in ring, ch 2; repeat from * 2 times more; join with slip stitch
to top of beginning cluster: 8 clusters

rnd 2 – slip stitch in first ch-5 space, work (beginning cluster, ch 3, cluster) in same space,
ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 space, ch 2, * work (cluster, ch 3 cluster) in next ch 5
space, ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 space, ch 2; repeat from * around. join with slip
stitch to top of beginning cluster.

rnd 3 – sl st in first ch-3 sp, work ( beginning cluster, ch 3, cluster) in same sp, ch 2
2 dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2 * work
(cluster,ch 3 cluster) in next ch-3 sp, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in next 3 dc,
2 dc in next ch-2, sp, ch 2 ; repeat from * around. join

rnd 4 -6 – sl st in first ch-3 sp, work ( beginning cluster, ch 3, cluster) in same sp,
ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in each dc across to next ch-2 sp, 2 dc in next
ch-2 sp, ch 2 * work ( cluster, ch 3, cluster) in next ch-3 sp, ch 2, work 2 dc in
each dc across to next ch-2 sp, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, repeat from * around, join
60 dc at end of round 5

 

Block 7 February 16, 2010

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2010-02-16 12.17.08.jpg
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I’m behind again, could you expect anything less?? My kids were off school for President’s Day. They have been off school so much this month either for snow days or days that were already scheduled off. I don’t mind the girls being off school, it means I don’t have to deal with the morning rush.

Block7 – Basic Granny Square

Ch 4, join into ring

Round 1: ch 3, 2 dc in ring, ch 2 (3 dc in ring, ch 2) 3 times. Join w/ slip stitch to 1st dc

Round 2: slip stitch in next 2 dc and in 1st ch-2 space, ch 3 (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same space, ch 1 *(3 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 space (shell made) ch 1, repeat from * around. Join w/ slip stitch to first dc.

Round 3: slip stitch in next 2 dc and in 1st ch-2 space. Ch 3 (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same space, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 space, ch 1. *work shell in next ch-2 space, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 space, ch 1. Repeat from * around. Slip st to 1st dc.

Repeat last round until desired size.