Waiting for the dentist to do no right by me (other than the two fillings and a problematic anesthesia), I taught myself how to crochet round things on Monday.
This afternoon when I was running an errand to pick up some yellow ribbon to make giveaways for a tabling event to raise awareness of suicide in a couple of weeks, I just HAD to swing by the yarn area. Picked up a couple of cheapo cotton skeins in a hot hot pink hue. All the way back from work I dreamed up how I'd make a market bag, using the few crochet skillz I have already.
I know too well that there are patterns out there I could be using, but seriously, folks, look at what they make you try to figure out and then DO!
I'm way too Type B for that. So I just make shit up as I go along. Currently it looks suspiciously like a poor woman's doily, though I'm hoping I find the ingenuity to figure out how to make it all come together at the top. I'm thinking once I have a lot of the fishnet, I'll make a a chain as wide around as I'd like the opening to be, and anchorit into each finished loop. The band will be like, I dunno, three rows wide or something, and then I'll crochet a shoulder strap onto it.
J. & P. COATS KNIT-CRO-SHEEN, 3 balls of White or Ecru, or 4 balls ofany color.
Steel crochet hook No. 3.
Starting at short end, ch 138 (17 sts to 2 inches) to measure 17 inches long.
1st row; DC in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across until there are 136 dc, counting turning ch as 1 dc. Ch 1, turn.
2nd row: Sc in 1st 2 dc, * ch 10, skip 4 dc, sc in next 4 dc. Repeat from *across, ending with ch 10, skip 4 dc, sc in last 2 dc. Ch 1, turn.
3rd row: Sc in 1st 2 sc, * ch 5, 2 sc in next loop, ch 5, skip 1 sc, sc in next 2 sc. Repeat from * across, ending with ch 5, sc in last 2 sc. Ch 3, turn.
4th row: Dc in next sc, ch 5, * sc in next loop, sc in next 2 sc, sc in next loop, ch 10. Repeat from * across, ending with ch 5, dc in last 2 sc. Ch 1, turn.
5th row: Sc in next 2 dc, * ch 5, skip 1 sc, sc in next 2 sc, ch 5, 2 sc in next loop. Repeat from * across, ending with ch 5, sc in last 2 dc. Ch 3, turn.
6th row: Dc in next sc, ch 10, skip next ch 5 and sc group, * sc in next loop, sc in next 2 sc, sc in next loop, ch 10. Repeat from * across, ending with ch 10, dc in last 2 sc. Ch 1, turn.
Repeat 3rd to 6th rows incl for 44 inches, ending with the 5th row of pattern. Ch 1, turn.
Next row: Sc in next 2 sc, ch 4, skip ch 5 and 2 sc, * sc in next loop, sc in next 2 sc, sc in next loop, ch 4. Repeat from * across. Ch 3, turn.
Following row: Dc in each st across. Fasten off. Fold piece in half and sew up sides.
HANDLES ... Cut 37 strands each 3 yards long. Twist tightly, then doublethe twisted strands and give them a 2nd twist in the opposite direction. Knot loose ends. Make another knot 5 inches away from end knot. Make 3rd knot close to 2nd knot. Make 4th knot 5 inches away from 3rd knot. Cut cord between 2nd and 3rd knots. Fasten cut ends on wrong sides of knots and sew, handles to top of bag.
And then I'll buy a fat pig to carry in it. Or at least some bacon.