Anyhow, my husband and I recently went on a 5-day cruise without the little one (gasp)! We had a great time and while we were away, I crocheted. Yep. I may have looked like a grandma in my skirted bathing suit, big floppy straw hat and crochet in hand. Or maybe not. Or definitely. Whatever. It's all a matter of perspective.
Make fun of me if you must, but I know you won't make fun of my end product--this bad boy:
I made this bag using the Market Bag (FREE!) Pattern from the Lion Brand Yarn website. You do have to create an account to get the free patterns, but it's well-worth the two minutes of your time. Pinky promise.
Here's the bottom of the bag, where the pattern starts:
Lessons learned? It's a great pattern. Even for beginners. But I would highly recommend following the instructions as they're written. The pattern is perfect--don't deviate. I didn't turn the work after each round (as you're instructed to in the directions) and it turns out there's good reason to do so. Also, the bag looked a bit small so I added a few extra rounds at the top and now it's a few rows too long--especially for a shorty like me. I didn't account for the fact that a bag like this stretches with use so I now regret those extra rounds. Ughh.
And for your viewing pleasure, I wanted to share my "modeling" pics with you. I know my husband sure did have a good laugh while photographing me. I'm SO awkward around the camera... but I'm a crafter, not a model. I was just glad my dress had pockets so I had somewhere to hide my hands.
I reminded myself of that 30 Rock episode where Liz Lemon models for her Deal Breakers show. LOL!
For more crochet inspiration, check out the Lion Brand Site for LOTS of free patterns. Or check out my Crochet board on Pinterest. Whatever you do, have fun crafting this summer!