I made a couple of bags designed by The Crochet Crowd.  The green one is called Jester’s Bag of Square Tricks. The pattern is free and you can find it here.  It is made out of Bernat Make Home Dec yarn. The yarn is different to use. I don’t have  a good picture of the bag but it closes with a draw string and has a strap. The bag is a nice size. I have been using it for carrying my WIP’s around. The pattern was easy to follow and fun to do.

The striped bag is called Chevron One Big Cake Bag. It is also free and you can find it here.  I have been wanting to make this bag since the winter. I had made a cardigan out of Caron Big Cakes and fell in love with the yarn.  I ended up buying just one cake of this color combination on clearance and searched to find a pattern for it.  I was excited to find this bag as I love chevron’s.  I just finished this bag last night and can’t wait to use it.  There were a few issues with the pattern.  I had more stitches after Rnd 11 than the pattern.  Rnd 12 is when you start the chevron.  I just adjusted the pattern to make the valley happen in the center of each side.  I also adjusted the repeats by one so I ended on Rnd 13 as then the next round made sense.  I was reading that someone else stopped the bottom bag repeat at Rnd 10 and then the bag worked out.  I think you still need to adjust the repeats when doing the chevron.  The one thing nice about the bag is you can adjust as needed and make the bag your own.  I can’t wait to start using this bag. I am tossing around the idea of adding a lining.  The Crochet Crowd just came out with a video on making a lining for a bag.  You can find it here.

Another Sweater

This is the 3rd sweater I have made since last fall. I think it is the best! I wore it out this morning and got lots of compliments, plus it is warm, This sweater worked up really quickly. It is from a free pattern on the Lion Brand website. It is called Whiter Shade of Pale Car Coat. The pattern is here. The pattern called for a Lion Brand yarn Wool-Ease Thick & Quick.  BUT I wanted to use some chunky yarn I had picked up at Michael’s. It is Caron Tea Cakes. The color is Oolong. I just found out this yarn is discontinued 😦 . That is pretty disappointing as it was new last fall. The yarn marble color is super nice and that can be hard to find.  My sweater ended up a little shorter than the pattern.  Yarn tends to stretch so I expect it will get longer as I wear it.  The sleeves intentionally work up long. I personally like that and I don’t mind rolling the sleeves a little. The pattern was easy to follow. I did the ribbing a little longer than the pattern. I didn’t want it stretched out too much so I matched the rows of the ribbing to the sweater base as I sewed it on.  This is not a complicated sweater so I encourage beginners to jump in and try it!