I decided that I needed a break from working on 3 different baby blankets – No you did not miss anything, when I finish each one, there will be a post for each blanket. Anyway, since I had some more empty jars for which I needed to make gift bags, I thought I would work on that for a while.
Some of the patterns in the Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs by Linda Shapper are quite involved and would be too large for a small gift bag to hold a mason jar. Then it dawned on me – I could just make things smaller by using a thinner yarn and a smaller hook. I found some Aunt Lydia’s Metallic Crochet Thread Size 10 in the color silver/silver which I had from some other project. This yarn requires a size 7 (or 1.5 mm) hook. My Boye size 7 hook is marked as 1.65 mm, but I used it anyway.
First the base:
I started with a magic circle with 7 dc in it and the used a sl st to join it.
Row 1: ch1, 2sc in each dc, sl st to join (14 st)
Row 2: ch 1, sc in 1st sc, 2 sc in next sc, *sc in next st, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from *, sl st to join (21 st)
Row 3: ch 1, sc in 1st sc, sc in next, 2 sc in next sc, *sc in next st, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from *, sl st to join (28 st)
Rows 4-8: keep increasing each round to get to 63 st
Row 9: ch 2 (does not cunt as a st), dc in each sc, sl st to join (63 st)
Row 10: ch3 (counts as sc), dc in each sc including the first one, sl st to join(64 st)
Row 11: ch1, 2 sc in first st, sc around, sl st to join (65 st)
Row 12-13: ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in each sc, sl st to join (65 st)
Row 14: ch 1, sc around, sl st to join (65 st)
Now to start the pattern itself. I found it to be a very confusing pattern to follow written out, so I just followed the diagram that accompanied it. Here is the diagram:
One does need to know how to read a crochet diagram, of course to understand this. I did make a few adjustments:
– Generally, since I used this pattern in the round, always use a slip stitch to join the end of one row with the start of that row.
– Row 1 change: My first row was not a series of chains followed by the stitches. Instead it was ch 3 (counts as dc), skip next st, and then follow the pattern.
– Row 11: instead of the ch 13, I ch 3 to make a straight line between the sections. If I had more of this yarn thread, I could have repeated the pattern (rows 2 through 11) twice before putting on the handle, but I didn’t so I stopped at the modified 11 and moved on to finishing the gift bag without repeating.
Here is what I did after Row 11:
Row 12: ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in each sc (putting 3 dc in each ch-3 space), sl st to join (65 st). (65 st)
Row 13: ch 1, sc around, sl st to join (65 st)
Now to make the handle:
Row 1: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), dc in that first st, dc in next 3 st, 2dctog in next st, turn.
Repeat Row 1 34 more times.
Skip 26 st on the body of the project. Sc next st in the handle with the 27th. Sc that same first st with the 28th st of the body. sc to attached the next 3 st of the handle to the body. sc the last st in the handle to the next 2 st to the body.
Fasten off and weave in any ends.
Here is the final project.
I probably should have centered the handle to the middle of that section – oh well.