Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunburst Flower Granny Bag


I was prowling around Pinterest last week (I love Pinterest!  I mean, I reeeaaallllly love it!  I have to pry myself away from there, because the awesomeness just keeps on coming.  This world is so full of fabulous creative people and their fantastic ideas) and I was just happily pinning away when this stopped me in my tracks.  I’m sorry, that’s a Ravelry link—if you haven’t found Ravelry yet, what are you waiting for?  I dove immediately into my bottomless yarn cupboard for a pile of assorted tweedy-looking yarns and then spent what turned out to be the last gorgeous weekend of the year sitting in the backyard making squares. 

The sky was endlessly blue, and I wore a sundress.  There was cold beer.  The curling crabapple leaves fluttered down into my lap, and the chickens puttered happily under the table.  It was, somehow, summer again, marvelous.  And at the end of it, when it started to act like October again (I do believe there was a little sleet today) I had this lovely fall bag--and a little bit of a tan--to remind me. 

There seems not to be a published pattern associated with this bag, so I’ll give you the quick details, in case you want to make one, too.  (I can’t help you score a beautiful weekend, but maybe the sun is shining where you are, anyway.)

The crochet motifs are called Sunburst Flower Granny Squares, and the photo tutorial for that is here, but it’s in German.  You can use the google translator, but here’s a sample of how that looks: 

"{ envelope , bite through the mesh and thread pick up.
Renewed envelope and pull through first 2 sts on needle.}

I had to laugh when it told me to “transshipment the yarn,” and I ended up deciphering it a little bit wrong, so my squares came out on the small side.  The photo tutorial is good, though, and anyway, I think the same pattern can be found in Jane Brocket’s new book, in case you can’t figure out what it all means. 

So, make 17 squares in total, and then crochet them together, setting them on point, in alternating rows of two and three.  It makes a little bit of a rectangle shape.  (Crikey, I should’ve taken pictures of this as I went.)  Hang on, here’s a diagram:


See how they go together?  Now fold it in half with wrong sides facing and crochet it together at the A edges, and then fold up the corner and crochet it together at the B edges, like this:


Make a lining in the same shape, folding up at the corners the same way, and stitch it into the bag. 


I made the handles by twisting 12 long lengths of yarn together until they doubled up on themselves, and attached them to the bag using four small bone rings I had leftover from something else. 

Very cozy for fall, no?