Busy Bee’s Crochet

c-mama’s crochet journal and ramblings

Tag: Bag

What I’m Working On

W.I.P. 7/16/08

I’m waiting for my elann.com order to come in so I can get swatching on my friend’s mom’s turban.

Elann.com - Coffee Bean

edited – It came in today! Yay!

I’m slowing working on the Kitty Bag.

I still have to finish the Belles doily.

I’m almost finished with my last La Mer scarf.

Can’t really get motivated right now to do much of anything. 😦

edited – I’ll be working on the Chemo Turban. 🙂


Kitty Bag Progress

Phew! Tapestry Crochet hurts! I thought I crocheted tight before. LOL

I need to take a break from this to get some stuff done around the house, but wanted to post a picture of my progress so far.

Kitty Bag

Ravelry Link

Tapestry Crochet Kitty Bag

I am going to be making a wall hanging for my mom and dad’s 40th wedding anniversary.

I prepare for this, I’m making this Kitty Bag.

SWS Bag and Beret

Patons SWS Hat2

I made up a bag and beret using Patons SWS in Natural Earth. To find out more about the pattern I used, see this post. I used an I hook.

The pattern called for 3 balls for the bag. But I used 2 plus a little bit from the 3rd. A friend’s daughter, a junior in high school, asked me if I’d be able to make a beret like one her friend has from Urban Outfitters. Well, I couldn’t find a pattern I was happy with (in making it look similar to the ones at Urban Outfitters), so I tried to make up something. It wasn’t big enough for a teenager, but it fits my 12 year old. 🙂

Patons SWS Hat1

SWS BagThe bag measures 9″ wide at the bottom, 2″ deep and 18″ from the bottom to the top of the strap.

It’s not lined, so I can’t put heavy things in it, but it’s great for a ball or two of yarn, some hooks, my wallet, keys, etc. Perfect little purse for ME! 🙂

Gauge – “Pink” Tidy Tote

I purchased Bernat’s pattern book, Easy Living with Crochet. I want to make a few of things in the book, but am starting today with 2a. Pink Tidy Tote. Why do people include colors in their titles? What if I’m making this Pink Tidy Tote in a different color? Oh, well. I’m using Bernat Softee Chunky Twists – Twilight Twists. It’s taupe, light taupe and light blue. Very nice colors.

The pattern calls for a G hook. Yes, you got that right. A bulky, size 5 yarn with a G hook. Well, I start with my 4.25 G hook, knowing I will probably have to use a larger hook. I end up with a J. A J! From G to J. That, to me, is a huge difference. I cannot imagine how loose this designer crochets! Unless it was a misprint. Oh, well.



It’s coming along nicely. I just finished one skein and it measures 13″. I need to crochet this piece until it measures 34″, then sl st the foundation row to the last row, make the base, join it to the bag and make 2 handles. I hope I have enough yarn. If anything, I have a ball or two of Bernat Softee Chunky in just Taupe and also a taupe/blue/dark taupe color that might work. Might. Probably not. I should just stick with solids if I run out and don’t want to buy more. 🙂


I finished the “Pink” Tidy Tote and I LOVE it!!!!!!!! The yarn is great and so is the bag. I ended up needing to use the lighter taupe for the handles because I ran out of the twists – and the pattern.

The bag measures 16″ wide x 13″ tall x 2″ deep. The handles are about 8 1/2″ tall.

Knowing the pattern now, if I make it again, I know what to do to make it wider or taller or even deeper. Very simple. I am planning on using this to carry my W.I.P.s in. I have a cart that I use that carries my books when I go to church and my crochet work. However, besides the fact that I love bags, I sometimes need a bag only to carry my work in. Also, I will use it as a purse to hold my wallet, iPod, phone and keys when I don’t want my purse with me.

"Pink" Tidy Tote


I made a bag for my friend’s blanket. I based the pattern on Lily’s String Bag. It’s more mesh than what Lily’s pattern is. No solid bottom like their pattern. When I ran out of blue yarn, I used white to finish off the top. I sc in sc, 3 sc in ch 5 space all the way around. Then I did a row of seed stitch. I then crocheted a handle. I like it. I used Caron Simply Soft that I had around the house and a size G hook for the bag and J hook for the handle.

It measures 15″ tall x 17″ wide. It’s pretty stretchy. If I make another one, I may combine the yarn with thread or use something not so soft like Red Heart. But I really like how this turned out.

Bag for blanket