Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Big Bag

I had the best Mother's Day. I started by putting together a bunch of yarns from my stash:

and using my size U crochet hook (that's 25mm) I chained 14 with all 8 strands of yarn. (only 7 are pictured here)

WIP, and next pic is what I had after 2 hours:

Aim's Big Crochet Chimera Bag

Here's my "pattern" --hope it's legible:

chain 14, dc into 3rd chain from hook and in each chain across. Repeat for 2-3 rows, then dc into the first 5 st of the row, chain 3, skip 2 dc and dc into the third dc and across (5 dc after the chain gap). Turn and dc in each dc, skip the first chain, dc in each of the next 2 chains and then in each dc across. You just made the handle. Turn and dc in all 12 stitches across.

Repeat this last row for the length you want the bag to be, from front around bottom and up the back of the bag. Then do as before to make the other handle: dc in first 5 dc, chain three and skip next 2 dc, then dc in the next 5 dc across. Turn and dc across all 12 stitches.

Now to make the side panels. For each: chain 4 from top corner, slip stitch to matching corner of other side (this bridge will attach the top edges), then sc down side of panel twice, turn and dc in each of the 4 chains across the bridge, then 2 sc into the other panel’s side, turn and dc in 4 chains across the bridge. Repeat this back and forth until you can dc in one chain, then slip stitch to bottom “panel”. Repeat this dc and slip stitch combo to seal the side panel to the bottom panel; sc into last side panel stitch and bind off. Repeat this paragraph for other side panel.

There you have it. You could call it the Mother's Day Bag, but because I ended up adding in every freaking blue yarn under the sun regardless of content (I ran out of the homespun indigo-dyed BFL, and the recycled nylon/ramie/silk/wool mix I started with) I am calling it the Chimera. It is truly a monster =)

So I had a productive day....then, DS gave me some chocolate. Yeah, baby!

And later, DH & I went to see the movie "Star Trek" and it was spectacular! I want to go see it again. It was that good. It's nearly my most fav movie of all time!!! ("Babe" still wins top honors--I love that pig!)

Here's a sneak peek at what is now on the hook:

Have a great week guys! Stash knit-down continues here....


TattingChic said...

That is a big bag! You did a great job on it!

Glad to hear you had a Happy Mother's day! :)

Junie Moon said...

I cannot believe how fast you made that great looking bag. And your sneak peek project looks ever so pretty; it will be fun to discover what you're doing.

Mary Anne said...

I like the Chimera bag very much those blues are beautiful together; an inspiring way to use up a lot of stash and have something so pretty and useful when you're done.

I've heard Star Trek is a fantastic movie, can't wait to see it. Babe - yes that pig is just too cute (and I love the singing mice!).

Carrie K said...

Cute bag! I like your next project too.

So many movies to go see! I probably won't see any of them either. Why did I learn to knit? Two hours in a dark theater w/o my needles KILLS me now. ;)

hetty said...

Great bag! A good way to tame the stash!