Searching for a Crocheted Bag
|For months I have been searching for the perfect crocheted bag to make. Something large enough to carry my current crochet projects while showcasing the beauty of crochet. And, I will admit, I was looking for something quick and easy but that would be a "statement" bag. The Flaming Tote (at left), from the Fall 2007 issue of Knitscene, certainly has what it takes to attract attention. The project description captures the essence of this bag perfectly, "Say it loud with single crochet! Engineered panels joined with contrasting trim create the bowling-bag-inspired shape. Set it ablaze with shaped appliqué."
If I worked it in a deep green yarn with bright yellow and orange flames, this pattern is exactly what I was looking for. And I found it where I hadn't thought to look-Knitscene! When Knitscene was first published, it offered a variety of both knit and crochet patterns. Most of these patterns were either an introduction to a new technique or a fun interpretation of a basic stitch-such as the single crochet used for the Flaming Tote-intended to satisfy the crafter who enjoys both knitting and crochet.
These back issues are now easily accessible in two four-issue CD collections. I own both collections, and my hunt for the perfect bag has yielded two more projects for my queue. The Herringbone Skirt (below) crafts a simple crocheted chevron pattern into a sophisticated skirt with a flirty hem, perfect for a summer workday. And the knitted Hero Pullover (at right) would make a great gift for my dad.
Pick up your own copies of the Knitscene CD collections and find the perfect crocheted or knitted project for yourself or to give as a gift.
Knitscene has evolved into an all-knitting magazine, but if you have fallen in love with the easy and super-wearable knit patterns it features like I have, you can now sign up for auto-ship at the Crochet Me Shop. Auto-ship will automatically ship the upcoming fall issue to your mailbox-a definite plus for those of us with busy lives. Auto-ship also allows you to receive upcoming issues with free shipping.