While I was making this first one, I wondered how I could make it taller or bigger around. Turns out it's really simple.
Made according to the pattern with worsted weight yarn and an I hook, the bag should measure approximately 8-9 inches tall if completed as written. If I want a bag larger in circumference I simply need to make a larger circle base. It can be any size as long as the number of stitches in the beginning round is a multiple of 3. And if I want a taller bag I simple add more "granny stitch" rows, or hdc rows until the bag is as tall as I want it to be. Where the drawstring threads around the bag I did a row of double crochet stitches (instead of hdcs). I just thought that would work better with the size drawstring I knew I wanted to create. And I added some height by adding some extra rows of trim color yarn at the top. I have a total of 34 rounds (from the center of the base to the top of the bag. With the changes I made, mine measures 11.5 inches tall and approximately 21 inches in circumference.
Then I was curious what the same bag would look like made with crochet thread. So I made a smaller bag using a size E crochet hook, and a combination of Aunt Lydia, Artiste, and Red Heart threads - size 3 crochet thread for the pink and purple rounds, and two strands together of size 10 crochet thread for the salmon colored center. This bag measures 7 inches tall and approximately 16 inches in circumference. There's a 3 oz (or so) size ball of yarn in this bag - just to give you an idea of what could fit inside.
The cords on both bags are made with a simple chain (I didn't measure them, but trust me when I say you'll need a cord longer than you think you'll need) and then slip stitched back to the beginning of the chain.
I have no idea what I'm going to do with these bags, but they are cute. So cute, I'm having to resist the urge to make more. If I had a really good purpose for these bags, I'd make oodles more.
And this week I also crocheted my first (and possibly last) hand towel.
I'm not unhappy with it, but it's significantly limper than I expected it to be. I guess I've grown too accustomed to my thick store-bought terry towels. I know from my experience with knitted and crocheted dishcloths (which I use exclusively) that once washed, they begin to look worn fairly quickly. The nice thing about a dishcloth, though, is that when you get it wet it looks all pretty again (the colors brighten up and the shrunken cloth stretches out to its original size). A washed & dried crocheted (or knitted) dishcloth may not be the prettiest thing in the drawer, but my favorite ones are a delight to actually wash dishes with. A towel, on the other hand, is only useful if it's dry, and I just don't see this looking all that nice after it's washed & dried. We'll see, I guess. Glad I made one (I've been curious how much I'd like a crocheted towel), but let's just say I'm not picturing giving up store bought towels any time soon.
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