I am in love with all my Japanese crochet books! The instructions are so simple and the designs so girly and pretty. This time I made this bag for Emma. I chose the colours in a whim, which I started regretting the moment I noticed that I possibly did not have enough of the turquoise yarn. Luckily there was enough yarn anyway so this bag was finished quite quickly, even the tiresome picot edgings to all the seams.
The bag is from the book Pretty Color Crochet and Knit Goods, Part 2. I also have the first book of the series and if there are more to come, I will be buying all of them. I really love the patterns. By the way, I need to update my bookshelf, since I have acquired quite a few books more than what is shown there. Just noticed that!
I added white lining to the bag even though there was no lining in the original. My crochet is always so loose that I could not give this bag to Emma without a lining, all her precious princesses and hair pins and lip balms and whatnots could not have stayed in it without the lining - although I do suspect that since the bag is very open, her stuff will anyway end up on the streets, since she keeps tossing and turning her bags when she walks (or rather runs...) around. Anyway, the lining is made from an old linen tablecloth which was too small for any table in our house. It is sturdy and crispy white and had a nice pattern, perfect for the bag. Too bad I did not take any pictures of the inside of the bag.
A closeup of the handles. They needed to be quite sturdy and I utilized the edge of the tablecloth to make them, just because I liked the stripey pattern of the edge.
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