Saturday, May 30, 2009

Boutique Baguette Bag

I found this free download pattern in Ravelry (Bella's Boutique Baguette) and just had to try it out. I grabbed some leftover Cascade 220 that I had from making a sweater for Kennedy and a size H hook. I love the results! If you are wanting to learn to crochet or you just started, this is a great little bag.

I did modify a few minor things:

I inserted the color change rows. (I actually did this out of necessity as the green I was using was a leftover skein and I didn't have enough.)
I put a plastic lining in the bottom for added support and shaping.
I put three tiny buttons (1 behind each strap and one behind the large button) and used the natural holes in the crochet as the "loops." (I primarily made this addition because I used a yarn that isn't a stiff as the Red Heart, so it needed the extra strength.)
I made the large button loop as written, but crocheted the handles as SC across the 4, Ch 1, Turn on every row. The SC held up better in this yarn than the DC.

Note the button: I picked this up in NYC 3 years ago at Tender Buttons.
Finally found just the right project!

I can't wait to make another that is a little more square and taller so that I can use it as a purse.

Great pattern for newer crocheters too! I received approval from the designer to offer this in a class. If anybody would like to make it in the upcoming Crochet Workshop on July 25th, you are welcome to do so.

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