Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Copycat Striped Bag

 A Free Crochet Pattern

I was looking at Pintrest and I came across this bag. Don't all crafting stories start like that.

It is sold for 138.00. I knew I could get a similar look for a lot cheaper. I had some Red heart: Lustersheen lying around and I thought the colors would work for what I was wanting. Now I have come to find out that these colors are discontinued, but they have other great colors to choose from. Also you could substitute any fingering size yarn for this project. I used stuff that I already had so this bag was free for me. 

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copy cat stripped bag

Designer: Julia Schwartz
Yarn: Red heart: Lustersheen I used one ball for each color
Hook: E/ 4-3.50mm
Notions: embroidery needle, thread, straight pins, handles, fabric. 
Size:12 in by 10 in
Gauge:  11 hdc = 2 in, 4 rows = 1 in

Julia Schwartz. Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer. This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact Julia.diligence@gmail.com.

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Instructions Copy Cat Bag

Front and back panel

Row 1: Ch 113, hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in each ch across for 112 hdc
Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as stitch), turn, hdc in each ch across 
Repeat row 2 for 20 more rows. Switch colors at row 6, 10, 14, 18. 

Side panel (make 2)

Note: Row 1 starts the bottom of the side panel. 
Row 1:  Ch 31, hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in each ch across for 30 hdc
Row 2: Ch 1(does not count as a st here and throughout), turn,  hdc in next 14 hdc, 2 hdc in the next two hdc, hdc in the last 14 hdc. 32 hdc
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, hdc in the next 15 hdc, 2 hdc in the next two hdc, hdc in the last 15 hdc. 34 hdc
Row 4: Ch 1, turn, hdc in the next 16 hdc, 2 hdc in the next 2 hdc, hdc in the last 16 hdc. 36 hdc
Change color
Row 5: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each of the 36 hdc
Repeat row 5 for  36 more rows for a total of 40 rows. Change colors every 4 rows. 

Assembly of the bag

Take 1 side panel and fold it in half so the bottom is folded in half.  wip stitch the bottom so that there are 15 hdc touching 15 hdc. Repeat this with the second side. 

Then wip stitch the side panels with the front and back panel. It may help to pin the pieces together so that they will meet up evenly together at the end. 

Add lining and handles to the bag.

This bag has been featured on All Free Crochet; Go check out other great bags and purses there: 

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Date Night with Daddy: a short story

Date Night with Daddy
Short story by Julia Schwartz

Ring ring, ring ring.
“Yes,  hello. Mrs. Schwartz this is Matilda. I have the most shocking news for you. I hate to be the one that has to tell you, but I thought you should know.”
“I saw your husband out last night with another woman, at the Italian Restaurant.”

“I was wondering where he ended up last night.”
“Well yes, I watched him get out of the car with this woman, well I should say girl she was a young thing.  She was completely infatuated with him she practically begged him to carry her inside the restaurant.  I do have to say he was quite the gentleman. When they got inside he held out the chair for her and made sure she was sitting down properly, but I have to tell you it was very shocking.  She kept wanting to sit on his lap! And he let her!  

“That’s not hard to believe”
“Oh I’m sorry to say it only gets worse. He ordered their food for them and when it came out. The girl insisted that she have a napkin around her neck, so he put one on her then put on one himself.  In spite of the napkin she got spaghetti all over herself, and if you remember she kept trying to sit on your husband’s lap, it also got all over him. He was very kind and just laughed it off. 

“Well now I know why he came home so dirty.”
“Unfortunately, there is more.”

“Well, when they got done with dinner she insisted that they have chocolate cake with ice cream. As if the spaghetti wasn’t messy enough. After one bite of cake she decided they needed to dance. They don’t even have a dance floor, but they danced anyway. And during the dance, I can’t even tell you.  She fell asleep in his arms!  He had to pay for the check and carry her out to the car. I have never seen such a show.” 

“Well yes, thank you for telling me about his night. He and the little lady went straight to bed and they are still sleeping. I’m so glad daddy date night went so well.”
“Yes, I just knew you would want to know.” 

Happy Father's Day to the best daddy there is. 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Outside of the Box: A Simple Yoke and PJ Eater

I was in Goodwill the other day. (Lots of great craft stories start out this way don't you think) And I found this shirt.
Uh Yikes. 

When I saw it there was no way I was going to wear it but I saw a lot of potential for it becoming a PJ Eater. You can find the pattern for them here. http://sewfearless.com/patterns-and-tutorials/the-pajama-eater-pattern/.
 I think she turned out pretty well.

I still had some leftover fabric from the shirt. So I made this shirt for my daughter.
I took her measurements, and cut out two rectangles to match those measurements, I sewed them together and hemmed it on both sides. For the yoke I made a simple lace strip to go around the bodice and two more strips for the straps.

The repeating pattern for the lace strip is:
Row 1: Ch the amount of ch you want in multiples of 2, dc in third ch from hook, and in each ch
Row 2: Ch 4,* sk 1 dc, (dc and ch 1) in next dc* repeat to end
Row 3: Ch 4,* 3dctog in next dc, ch 1* repeat to second to last dc, dc in last dc.
Row 4: Ch 4, 1 dc and 1 ch in each 3dctog, dc in last dc
Row 5: Ch 3, dc in each ch space and dc across
Continue repeating rows 2-5 till you have the length desired.

If you would like to see an adult version: Go Here!