Jun 152018
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends ,

I came up with a pattern for a crocheted market bag using the granny on the straight stitch as the main stitch some time ago . I asked my mom to put my instructions to practice and here is what she made ! A beautiful , handy , practical bag just perfect to be used while at the market , for shopping and grocery , from light to medium weight items and products . It won’t be able to carry a few kilos of potatoes or tomatoes , but it is absolutely perfect for plants like parsley and dill , for your newspaper and magazines and even for your yarn shopping !

Materials and tools needed : Mom used about 4 skeins of bulky/chunky yarn , a blend of acrylic and cotton yarn . As a matter of fact , I recommend using yarn with the highest composition of cotton , preferably 100% cotton . Each skein my mom used was about 100 meters long . She used a 7mm European size crochet hook for the main body of the market bag and a 6mm one for the upper band and handles . Working with such small hook sizes for such a chunky yarn might be slightly awkward , but it is necessary in order to avoid the bag from stretching in time .

Abbreviations :

sl st – slip stitch ;

ch – chain ;

ch sp – chain space ;

beg ch – beginning chain ;

sc – single crochet stitch ;

dc – double crochet stitch .

The base of the market bag is done in rounds and has the shape of a circle .

Crocheted Granny Market Bag by Coolorful.com

Here is how you should crochet the base :

Round 1 : Using the 7mm hook , chain 4 and join with beginning of the chain with a sl st to form a ring ; ch3 ( counts as a dc here and throughout ) ; 11dc in the ring ; jooin with top of beg ch3 with a sl st . ( 12dc on round 1 )

Round 2 : Ch3 ; 1dc in same stitch as ch3 , which is beg ch3 from previous round ; 2dc in each of the following 11dc from round 1 ; join with top of beg ch3 with a sl st . ( 24dc on round 2 )

Round 3 : Ch3 ; 2dc in next dc ; * 1dc in next dc ; 2dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with top of beg ch3 with a sl st . ( 36dc on round 3 )

Round 4 : Ch3 ; 1dc in next dc ; 2dc in next dc ; * 1dc in next dc ; 1dc in next dc ; 2dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with top of beg ch3 with a sl st . ( 48dc on round 4 )

Round 5 : Ch3 ; 1dc in next dc ; 1dc in next dc ; 2dc in next dc ; * 1dc in each of next 3dc ; 2dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with top of beg ch3 with a sl st . ( 60dc on round 5 )

Round 6 : Ch3 ; 1dc in each of the next 3dc ; 2dc in next dc ; * 1dc in each of the next 4dc ; 2dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with top of beg ch3 with a sl st . ( 72dc on round 6 )

Make sure that you made the right number of stitches on each round . This detail is very important ! Now that the base of the bag is finished , let’s continue to the main body of our project .

Crocheted Granny Market Bag by Coolorful.com

You can see from the photos that this part of the bag looks a little lacey . That is because I instructed my mom to use the granny on the straight stitch which uses lots of chain-1 spaces and sets of 3dc . There is no need to make any increase of the bag from now on . Continue working with the 7mm hook .

Round 7 : Sl st in next dc from previous round ; ch3 ; 2dc in same dc as beg ch3 ; ch1 ; skip next 3dc ; * 3dc in next dc ; ch1 ; skip next 3dc * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with top of beg ch3 with a sl st ; ch3 annd turn the project on the inside . ( 18 sets of 3dc annd 18 ch-1 sp on round 7 )

Round 8 : 2dc in same ch-1 sp as beg ch3 ; ch1 ; skip next set of 3dc ; * 3dc in next ch-1 sp ; ch1 ; skip next set of 3dc * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with top of beg ch3 with a sl st ; ch3 and turn the bag on the other side . ( 18 sets of 3dc and 18 ch-1 sps on round 8 )

Round 9: Repeat round 8 until the bag measures 31 cm in length .

Do you see your market bag taking size ? Don’t worry about it looking like it is going to grow too big ! My mom was utterly scared that the bag would end up too long and big and slouchy , but eventually she realized it turned just perfect ! But if you think it is growing too big , you can stop making the granny on the straight rounds at any point , reducing the size of the bag to suit your taste better . Only a few more steps left and voila ! You’ll be the proud owner of a crocheted bag that you made . Now switch to the 6mm hook .

Round 20 : Repeat round 8 , but skip making the ch1-sp between the sets of 3dc .

Round 21 : Sl st in the second dc of the set of 3dc , where you just ended the previous round ; ch1 ; 3sc in same dc as ch1 ; skip last dc of this set and the first dc of the following set ; * 3sc in the second dc of the set of 3dc ; skip last dc of this set and the first dc of the next set * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with first sc with a sl st ; sl st once mor in the second sc ; ch1 .

Round 22 : 3sc in same sc as ch1 from previous round ; skip third sc of the set of 3sc and first sc of the next set ; * 3sc in the second sc of the set of 3sc from previous round ; skip third sc of the set and the first sc of the following set of 3sc * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with first sc with a sl st ; sl st once mor in the second sc of the set of 3sc ; ch1 .

Round 23-30 : Repeat round 22.

Crocheted Granny Market Bag by Coolorful.com

Now let’s go to making the two handles for your market bag . Follow the next instructions to make two pieces alike . Continue using the 6mm hook .

Chain 6 , but leave a long tail . You will need this to saw and attach the handle to the bag ; 1sc in each chain across , 5sc in total ; , ch1 and turn : * 1sc in each of the 5sc from previous row ; ch1 and turn * ; repeat from * to * until the handle is 42cm long . Cut the thread and leave a long tail for sewing .

Crocheted Granny Market Bag by Coolorful.com

I used the term ‘sewing’ to explain the way you will attach the handles to the market bag , but I am sure you noticed yourself that sewing a yarn so thick and frisky might be a challenging task . I only have plastic needles around the house that I use for sewing and mom already broke a few of them while sewing lighter yarn . As a result , I recommend that you use a crochet hook , preferably a smaller size , like 5mm or 5.5mm to help you during this last step Using this hook , attach 2cm of the handle on one side to the inside of the bag , on the band of sc. Use sl sts to do this , as many as you can . Make sure you don’t pull the yarn on the front . Keep it on the back as much as possible . Do the same with the other side of the handle , then attach the second one following the same steps . Use the same crochet hook to ‘saw’ and conceal/hide any other tail of your yarn resulted after knotting the thread .

That is all , dear friends ! Now go show off your new bag at the market ! You can also teach others to make one of their own ! This way we can help reduce the usage of plastic bags at the market ! I would be very happy if you shared pictures of your market bag on our Facebook page that you can find in the sidebar !

Thank you for following these instructions and don’t forget to share !

Jul 062016
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends,

I thought I should tell you that I’ve finally managed to overcome the lethargy after the stroke. In fact, even my sister, Ana-Maria, is feeling much better. We were both struck with apathy and with this sense of futility. But for the past few months I’ve started crocheting again and my sister started to learn how to crochet. I feel this overwhelming joy that I can hold the crochet hook without feeling frustrated that I can’t crochet double crochet stitches like I used to. I’m still limited to a few techniques and stitches, because of my blindness, but it’s better than nothing. Ever since I started crocheting I’ve been making shawl after shawl. Seven, to be more precise. Some of them I offered to friends as gifts, and the rest I intend to sell. But, even if I want to sell the complete project, that doesn’t mean that you do not have the right to know “the secret” behind the project. So, we decided to teach you how to crochet a shawl in a triangle shape, like the one in the image below.

How to crochet a shawl in a triangle

You can also watch the video tutorials below on how to crochet a shawl in a triangle shape:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Let’s get started!

Abbreviations:

() – work instructions within parentheses as may time as instructed

[] – work instructions within parentheses as may time as instructed

beg ch – beginning chain

ch – chain

ch-x-sp – chain-x-space

dc – double crochet

sl st – slip stitch

Level: beginner.

Tips: Read my next article on tips and recommendations about how to crochet a shawl in a triangle shape.

Work a loose ch of 5. Join 1st ch with last ch with a sl st to make a ring. (Tip: work around the ring and the loose end to avoid sewing).

Row 1: work 4ch (this represents 1dc and ch-1-sp here and across); 3dc inside the ring; 3ch to work the tip of the shawl; 3dc inside the ring; 1ch; 1dc inside the ring; 4ch to turn.

Row 2: work 3ch in first ch-1-sp which separates the last set of 3dc and the last 1dc; 1ch; (3dc,3ch,3dc) in next ch-3-sp; 1ch; (3dc, 1ch,1dc) in beg ch from previous row; 4ch to turn.

Row 3: work 3dc in first ch-1-sp which separates the last set of 3dc and the last 1dc; 1ch; 3dc in next ch-1-sp; 1ch; (3dc,3ch,3dc) in next ch-3-sp; 1ch; 3dc in next ch-1-sp; 1ch; (3dc, 1ch, 1dc) in beg ch from previous row; 4ch to turn.

Row 4: work 3dc in first ch-1-sp which separates the last set of 3dc and the last 1dc; 1ch; [3dc in next ch-1-sp, 1ch] X 2; (3dc, 3ch, 3dc) in next ch-3-sp; 1ch; [ 3dc in next ch-1-sp, 1ch] X 2; (3dc, 1ch, 1dc) in beg ch from previous row; 4ch to turn.

Row 5: work 3dc in first ch-1-sp which separates the last set of 3dc and the last 1dc; 1ch; [ 3dc in next ch-1-sp] X 3; (3dc, 3ch, 3dc) in next ch-3-sp; 1ch; [ 3dc in next ch-1-sp, 1ch] X 3; (3dc, 1ch, 1dc) in beg ch from previous row; 4ch to turn.

Row 6: work 3dc in first ch-1-sp which separates the last set of 3dc and the last 1dc; 1ch; [ 3dc in next ch-1-sp] X 4; (3dc, 3ch, 3dc) in next ch-3-sp; 1ch; [ 3dc in next ch-1-sp, 1ch] X 4; (3dc, 1ch, 1dc) in beg ch from previous row; 4ch to turn.

Rows 7-40/50: repeat row 6 following the same steps as shown in this row.

That’s it. Seriously. We are not going to write instructions for the next rows because it would be redundant. All you have to do is follow the instructions for rows 4-6. The only difference is that each side of the row will have an additional set of 3dc. This is how the shawl increases: on the sides and not on the tip, as you might think.

Don’t forget to read the article about tips and recommendations about how to crochet shawls in a triangle shape. We will also post an article to show you how to attach the tassels to a shawl. And lastly, feel free to post photos of your finished projects on our Facebook page.

Happy crocheting,
The Coolorburbians

Jun 182016
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends,

In this post we will teach you how to crochet the Granny on the Straight stitch.

This stitch originates from the Traditional Granny Square. Unlike the traditional Granny square, the Granny on the Straight stitch is worked on the long or on the wide in straight rows (thus the name). It is one of the easiest and frequently used stitch. You can crochet a variety of projects with the Granny on the Straight, such as blankets, shawls, scarves, sweaters, blouses, handbags and much more. You just have to use your imagination.

Abbreviations :
ch – chain
ch-x-sp – chain x space
dc – double crochet
sc – single crochet
sp – space

And now let’s continue with some technical information:

– this stitch is worked in multiples of 4;

– because the foundation chain tends to stretch a lot because it is looser, we recommend crocheting a row of single crochet stitches for consolidation;

– the double crochet stitch is the main stitch used across the project; it is worked in sets of 3 double crochet stitches called shells (Note: shells are not necessarily crocheted with a fixed number of stitches, the number may vary from 3 to 9 , such as in the Catherine Wheels stitch);

– the shells are separated by a ch-1-space, which creates a space between the sets.

When learning a new stitch, always crochet small swatches before committing yourself to bigger projects.

Work a loose chain from multiples of 4. Then work a row of single crochet stitches.

Row 1: work 3ch (they count as a dc here and across the project); work 2dc in the same sc as the ch-3; * 1ch; skip next 3sc from previous row; 3dc in 4th sc from previous row*; repeat from * to *; finish the row: 1ch, skip next 3sc, 3dc in last sc from previous row; work 4ch to turn (this counts as 1dc + ch-1 here and across).

Note: If you decide not to work the row of single crochet stitches, the instructions are the same. You will work the shells in the chains on the foundation chain and not in the single crochet. Here it goes: work 3ch; 2dc in 4th ch from foundation ch; *1ch; skip next 3ch; work 3dc in 4th ch from foundation ch*; repeat from * to *; finish the row: 1ch, skip 3ch from foundation ch, 3dc in last ch from foundation ch; work 4ch to turn.

Row 2: skip 1st shell of 3dc; work 3dc in next ch-1-space; * 1ch; skip next set of 3dc; work 3dc in next ch-1-space from previous row*; repeat from * to *; finish the row: 1ch, 1dc in last ch-3 from previous row (this sp is the same as the ch-4-sp from the beginning of the row); work 3ch to turn.

Row 3: work 2dc in 1st ch-1-sp from previous row (these 2dc + ch-3 make a shell); *1ch; skip next set of 3dc; work 3dc in next ch-1-sp from previous row*; repeat fro * to *; finish the row: 1ch, 3dc in last ch-1-sp from previous row; work 4ch to turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 to complete the pattern.

If you worked a row of single crochet stitches at the beginning you need to finish the project with a row of single crochet stitches as well. So, work 1sc in each dc from previous row, including the ch-1-sps as well.

We hope that our instructions will help you learn the Granny on the Straight stitch.

We would be happy if you uploaded photos of your finished projects using this stitch on our Facebook page, which you can find in the right column.

If you prefer video tutorials, you can watch them following the links bellow:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Happy crocheting,
The Coolorburbians.

May 032016
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends,

After nearly 2 years and a half break from crocheting, I began practicing the art once again on a beginners level. I started crocheting a blanket using the Granny on the Straight Stitch. It will be given as a gift to my bioenergy therapist, who is treating me free of charge.

This article won’t teach you how to crochet the Granny on the Straight Stitch, but it will show the adventure of crocheting a first blanket being a blind person. However, if you want to learn how to crochet the Granny on the Straight Stitch, you can watch my old tutorials that teach you to do just that. Follow the links bellow:
The Granny on the Straight Stitch video tutorial: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4.

This is how a Granny on the Straight Blanket looks like. I made it a few years back and I do not remember the materials that I used. It is smaller in size. The one that I plan to make now should be at least twice in size.

Crochet contrasting Colors Granny on the Straight Blanket

Mom got me 10 skeins of yarn, but I am sure I’m going to need a double quantity. Each skein is 75g. The yarn is 100% Acrylic. Length = 210 m. The label recommends using a 3.5mm European size crochet hook, but I’m going to use a 6mm one. It is easier for me to hold it.

Crochet contrasting Colors Granny on the Straight Blanket

Black and White Skeins of Yarn

The Granny on the Straight Stitch is made of multiples of 4. I made a foundation chain of 300 chains (image 1), since I plan to make the blanket for a Queen size bed. By the way, I decided to crochet the blanket on the long. If you like to crochet your blanket on the wide, you will need to make a smaller foundation chain. You could,for example, chain approx. 200 chains. However, since I tend to pull and stretch the chains, I decided to work a first row of single crochet stitches to make my foundation stronger and more secure. (images2-4) My video tutorial on the Granny on the Straight Stitch does not show you this first row of single crochet stitches. I admit that mom gave me a hand. I tend to skip and miss a lot of the chains, or make more stitches in the same chain.

Then I began crocheting the first real, real row of the Granny on the Straight Stitch. If you remember, this stitch is done in sets of 3 double crochet stitches, also called shells. When a shell is done, you need to chain 1, than skip the next 3 chains of the foundation chain. In the 4th chain, you will work another shell. (Image 5)

Crochet contrasting Colors Granny on the Straight Blanket

Image 5

The first row of double crochet stitches using white is completed. There are 225 double crochet stitches (75 shells) and 75 chain one spaces. (image 6) Once again mom helped me , but starting with the next row, the work will be a lot easier for me because of all the chain one spaces. They will give me a lot of freedom when touching.

Crochet contrasting Colors Granny on the Straight Blanket

Image 6

The black and white colors will be changed every two rows. Image 7 shows you how I attached the black color to the end of second row and how I worked a few shells of double crochet stitches. The first row using the black color is completed.(Image 8) Six rows of double crochet are completed. This is how the colors look in contrast. (Image 9) This will be more noticeable as the project advances.

A few technicalities: a skein of yarn of 75g is enough to crochet 4 rows on the long. A small ball of yarn will be left (approx. 10g). I will use it to make the tassels. I’ve used 2 skeins so far. The blanket is 250cm long, and 15cm wide so far. (Image 10)

Crochet contrasting Colors Granny on the Straight Blanket

Image 10

I placed the blanket on the bed so you can have a guess about it’s length and width so far. Four skeins are over. 17 rows completed. 25cm wide now. (Image 11) By the way, it takes me approx. 30 to 40 minutes to complete a row. I make between 4 and 8 rows per day.

Crochet contrasting Granny on the Straight Blanket

image 11

I asked mom to buy me 20 skeins of yarn. She bought me the last 18 skeins that the shop-assistant had, 10 black and 8 white. Lucky me!!!By the way a skein costed us nearly 1,5$. The total cost for the materials for the blanket reached about 45$. (Image 12)

Crochet contrasting Colors Granny on the Straight Blanket

Image 12

I finished my first 10 skeins of yarn. They were enough for finishing a 1/3 of the blanket. This means a total of 40 rows (approx. 60cm width). (Images 13-14)

1/2 of the blanket is done. 14 out of 28 skeins of yarn were used to crochet 58 rows. The blanket is 93cm in width at the moment. Take a guess how short I am.!? The blanket is growing bigger and bigger It is becoming more and more difficult to turn it around when I end a row and begin a new one. (Images 15-17)

It’s been three weeks since I began working on the blanket. The blanket is nearly done. Got to 3/4. The blanket is 256 cm long and 140 cm wide. I used 22,5 skeins of yarn to complete 96 rows. (Image 18) Sadly, I caught a nasty cold after my dance class. It put my crochet work behind by a few days. I dropped to 2-4 rows a day. It took me 2 weeks to recover.

Crochet contrasting Colors Granny on the Straight Blanket

Image 18

5th week and working on the last row of double crochet stitches. I’m finishing the blanket in white to match the first row. I asked mom to help me finish the blanket. A last row of single crochet stitches was needed. I was afraid I was going to miss some stitches, so mom made it for me instead. She did one single crochet stitch( scs) on top of each double crochet stitch (dcs) and 1scs in each chain one space across the last row. (Images 19-20)

This is all the yarn that was left from the 28 skeins. Approx. 300g in total. The balls of yarn will be used to make the tassels. (Image 21) We decided that the tassels should be about 10cm long. Mom cut a 110cm long thread as a swatch. (Image 22) We wanted to make more tassels at the same time. Based on the swatch that mom made, we measured ten more threads, then ten more and so on. (Image 23) Each thread was then folded and inserted in each chain one space using a bigger crochet hook. My sister then cut all the ends to make the tassels even and finish them.(Images 24 – 25) Mom made 200 of them, switching between colors. Tassels were added on three sides of the blanket. (Image 26)

Image 27 shows how the blanket looks before the tassels were added. Image 28 shows the final blanket, including tassels, covering the Queen size bed in the bedroom.
Final sizes:
200cm wide, including tassels, 180cm without them;
260cm long with tassels, 250cm without them.
24 skeins of yarn were used to complete 110 rows and 4 skeins were used to make 200 tassels. Some of the yarn was left over.
I used a 6mm crochet hook.

More photos of the crocheted black & white Granny on the Straight blanket:

It took 5 weeks to make the blanket. It was given as a gift to my bioenergy therapist 2 weeks ago. It took him by surprise:

” How much does it cost me?”, he asked me.

“It is art for art”, I answered and received five hugs in a row.

It made me very happy to know that he liked it, and, also, it makes me very happy to know that you, my dear friends, like my very first blanket after the stroke as well. Until the next time.

The Coolorburbians.