Thursday, August 17, 2006

Crocheted Bag Progress




I fell in love with this crocheted bag from the August Burda World-of-Fashion magazine, which is evidently an almost exact copy of a Prada bag. I hadn't crocheted anything in a long time, but once I got past the first few inches, it became very automatic. The only thrill was the fact that the pattern was translated from the original German into British English, which changes the names of all the crochet stitches from what they are in American English. A little attention was necessary to make sure I was actually doing what was specified, but it worked out okay. I finished the main part of the bag this evening, which was all single crochet, and began on the shell pattern band. That's going really quickly, and I'd better hurry up and find some leather for the straps and bands. I hope to post photos tomorrow of the crocheted pieces. Mine is a dark chocolate brown in a linen/hemp/broom yarn. It should wear like iron, which for a purse is just about necessary.

5 comments:

mamafitz said...

that is gorgeous! i don't know how to crochet -- my fingers don't work that way. :) i've tried a few times, and i just can't figure it out.

Stacy said...

I can't wait to see this bag made up! I fell in love with it too, but need to learn how to crochet first (it can't be harder than knitting can it?).

Cindy said...

That is a gorgeous bag! I can't wait to see yours.

Anonymous said...

I love the two contrasting stitches, but the straps are tugging at the stitching.

Try crocheting a rectangular piece with the same sequence of stitching, such as five rows of shells, 50 rows of single crochet and five rows of shells.

Fold the rectangle in half.

Single crochet one side together, then chain stitch a strap, then single crochet the other side together.

In this way, the strap does not pull on the band and the single-crocheted side seams add support to the shape of the purse.

Just another idea...

Anonymous said...

Or just the opposite for a stronger band - such as 5 rows of single crochet, 50 rows of shells and 5 rows of single crochet.