Friday, April 20, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
|I took this while trying to make the stitch. Sorry it didn't come out better. Let me know if you have questions on how to do this & I'll try to explain better and/or take more pictures.|
|See those two lines? Those are the inside loops I didn't use to join the squares together.|
After the side & bottom gussets were added, I added the back purse panel and attached it by slip stitching all the way around -- attaching the gussets to the panel. I did this by matching up the right sides & slip stitching through the 2 outer loops for each stitch. When that is done, you'll have a purse that is the same all the way around.
|View standing up|
|View laying flat|
Can you find my mistake? I don't know why, but my granny squares aren't so square at the top. They're rounded, which gives the bag a, sort of, scalloped look at the top. I'm okay with that, because it still looks pretty. If someone can tell me what I did wrong, that would be great because I would like to try this purse again. I did try to block it (the purse is drying now) but that doesn't seem to make a difference. Oh well! We'll pretend I'm some sort of genius who purposely wanted the top to be scalloped. I won't tell if you won't!
Next up, lining the purse and figuring out the handle(s.) I haven't decided on purchased handles or created handles yet. If you have an opinion, please share in the comments.
Thanks & Happy Crafting!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Then thing is, there are LOTS of ends to weave in when you make granny squares. Specially if you change colors for each round, like I did. Then you have two tails for each round. So that's:
3 rounds per square x # of squares = WAY TOO MANY TAILS
So I did them in batches. I would make one batch with a single center color, weave in all the tails & then move to the next color. 7 squares at a time. That is how I stayed sane.
But these are grannies. I wasn't done after weaving in the tails from each square. Then you have to put the squares together. More tails!
|So many tails!|
Crochet the squares together into strips. Weave in tails. Crochet the rows together. Weave in tails. Repeat for other side of purse. Crochet the squares together for the gussets. Weave in tails. Crochet to purse. Weave in tails. For someone who doesn't like to weave in tails, I'm doing an awful lot of weaving. It will be worth it when the purse is all together and beautiful. I'll forget all about those pesky tails.
I may, however, have nightmares about the process of lining up the squares. OMG! Trying to make it so one row and column does not have the same center color or outside color. What a nightmare! I didn't even want the same combo together, but I see (in the pic above) that I missed one. Oh well. I never was good a Sudoku.
In the next post, we'll join the squares and add the gussets. It's coming along now!
Monday, April 16, 2012
|Grannies...as far as the eye can see...|
I confessed my obsession with granny squares and granny stripes in a previous post. I got to thinking that a granny square purse would be fun for the summer. So I went through my stash to find summery yarn. Then I spent the weekend making granny squares.
Piles and piles of granny squares. I've not made them before, so I used the tutorial at Attic24, except I used white for the last round for every single square. I was going for a burst of color surrounded by white.
Now to join them into a purse shape. If I finish this before Memorial Day, it will be a miracle!
Are you working on summer projects yet? If so, please share in the comments.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
**WARNING** Cuteness overload ahead. These baskets are so adorable, your teeth will hurt!
|Can't say I didn't warn you...|
|Cute or OCD? I can't decide....Cute!|
Enjoy and Happy Crafting!