Crocheted Granny Square Bag with Striped Strap
I used odds and ends of needlepoint wool & washed it in warm water in the machine to full it a bit. I found a piece of vintage knit boucle from my grandmother’s stash for the lining. Yes, it took me three years to finish this one… A day to crochet it, a day to line it and 3 years of it lying around in the “to do” pile.
The squares are made by doing 5 rounds of a traditional granny square pattern as follows:
Main color is used for Rnd 5 to edge each square.
Make 12 squares using different color combos (no two squares alike!) on the first four rounds
Ch4, join with sl st to form a ring.
Rnd 1:Ch 3, 2 dc in ring, ch 3, * 3 dc in ring, ch3. Rep from * 2 more times. Join and break off on this and every rnd.
Rnd 2:Join yarn in any ch-3 sp, ch 3, work 2 dc, ch 3 and 3 dc in same sp, * ch 1, work 3 dc, ch 3 and 3 dc in next ch-3 sp. Rep from *2 more times, end ch 1.
Rnd 3:Join yarn in any ch-3 sp, ch 3, work 2 dc, ch 3 and 3 dc in same sp, * ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1 work 3 dc, ch 3 and 3 dc in next ch-3 sp(corner). Rep from * around end ch 1.
Rnd 4:Join yarn in any ch-3 sp, ch 3, work 2 dc, ch 3 and 3 dc in same sp, * (ch1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) twice, ch 1, work 3 dc, ch 3 and 3 dc in next corner sp. Rep from * around, end ch 1.
Rnd 5:With Main Color, sc in each dc and in each ch-1 sp, working 3 sc in ch-3 corner sps.
Create the strap by doing random colors of single crochet in the desired width (I did a 2" width) and length.
Assemble the bag by first joining 6 squares together for the front, and 6 together for the back.
Sew the ends of the strap together, Then sew onto the front and back. Cut lining to fit and attach with blanket stitch.
These are my working notes, and hopefully correct, accurate and understandable. And feedback is welcomed!