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Peacock tail bag Cal – part 6

In part 6 of the Peacock tail bag Cal the two pieces are joined together, but first I made a few extra rows in blue on each piece. My bag was a bit small er than the original pattern. The two pieces I joined on the backside of the work with a row of single crochet in red yarn. The idea is to get a small zipper seam.

Because I had not many yarn left I made two colored rounds in the top piece of the bag. I bought a zpctb_part-6_3ipper of 40 cm and placed it in the bag. I made also a little round piece to close the bag above the zipper. And I made a handle of the remnants of the blue. I crocheted around strong binding yarn, so the handle will not be too flexible. The handle was joined with two wooden rings. My bag was now finished. Only I have still to make some lining  as last step. I also decided not to use the little round part on the top, but I am not sure it is a good idea.

Greetings Elzeblaadjepctbag_fin2



Peacock tail bag Cal – part 5

pctbag_part5aI have finished part 5 of the Peacock Tail bag Cal. In this part you will make some shorter rows. The bag will get some more depth and the width will be the same. There are again a lot of cluster stitches to make.  In the previous part I have switched a color. I had chosen  a red as fifth color but I found the bag a bit dark so I switched the red for a light green color. I think it lightens the bag a bit more. In this part you have to count carefully, especially in the backside part, for the pieces have to be combined in part 6. The last row is a complete row. I made some extra rows for my piece was a bit too small. If you do this increase some stitches in these rows or else your bag will be a bit round on the bottom.

Greetings Elzeblaadje


The dark days are near


What do you think about some horror crochet, just for this time of the year! Crochet some skulls in big and small things like shawls, mittens  and hats. Or make a nice pumpkin hat for your baby or child.

If you want to scare some one you van make an Cthulhu ski mask and if you want a nice present for a dear one make a zergy or an other starcraft plush. You can even make a Cthulhu bag to take with you on your autumn scrolls.

Much fun with my autumn patterns and ideas, Elzeblaadje



Peacock tail bag Cal – part 4

ptc-prt4-_3Part 4 is done. It took some time, but it gave no great difficulties to make. I was busy with other things so I was not so concentrated on this part. The row 22 was a slow one, al those cluster stitches took there time, especially the stitch that is used, the modified tr4tog, is hard to crochet, especially the last tr. I think my yarn was not as elastic as it should have been.

Greetings Elzeblaadje

Peacock tail bag Cal – part 3

PTC-prt3-row 17bPart 3  was going smoothly, although I overlooked some directions the first time I did row 14. So I frogged this row and started all over. This time I encountered a problem with the  cluster stitches, if I followed the directions of the pattern, my stitches would be askew so I switched the 2 and 3 hdc before and after the cluster stitch and the cluster stitches were neatly positioned. If you need to do this, then in row 15 you have to pay attention to the 4 stitches above the cluster stitches. Just make 2 hdc before and 2 hdc after the top of the cluster and all will go fine.

In the following rows no problems were met. Keep counting the stitches as before.

PTBag_p3_detIn  my work I also found no problems in row 16 and higher. All went well and no stitches were askew. Also my panel measured 25.5 cm after the last row. I am only a little bit concerned about beginnings and endings, they look a bit round. There was no need to double the frontpost stitches, all fitted neatly. I think the bag will be very nice and beautiful when finished.

greetings Elzeblaadje


Peacock tail bag Cal – part 2

Part 1 was easy going, but it is the base of part 2 and that is a different story. And when in the base something goes wrong, part 2 becomes a hooking torture. And so it did. My advice: control round 6 and 7 of part 1 before continuing with row 8 in part 2, count the stitches carefully, do this also for the back panel. look for flaws in the rounds! frog if necessarily! I miscounted in the spaces between the frontpost, because the frontpost’s were in my opinion not neatly positioned along the round.

In round 8 there is a gap in the round, so from now on we crochet in rows. The gap in between my front panel is 15 stitches, 13 +2. It is wise to mark them with a stitch-marker. make sure the gap is exactly the same in both panels. This is not clearly mentioned in the pattern.


The rows start from now on with a standing dc or hdc.  Also the cluster stitches are a bit different, follow the links in the pattern for more information. The Cluster stitches are positioning right above the frontpost stitches of round 6, when making the stitches in this row you can put them in a wrong position whenever there is a flaw in round 6 or 7, so keep attention and count carefully. If you are doing right, the total stitch-count is 75.  Between the cluster stitches there has to be 7 stitches including the frontpost stitch. Row 9 will give no problems if there are 75 stitches in row 8.

In row 10 of bagLB_peacock_row10the front side, I had to smuggle a bit. You can skip a few increases when there are more stitches in your count or make an extra stitch whenever your count is lesser. But keep in mind it can bring you in difficulties in rows to come. Now my count is the same as in the pattern, 84 stitches. Also the cluster and frontpost stitches are evenly distributed around the row.


In row 12  there were more frontpost stitches to make. These stitches lie directly above the cluster stitches of row 8 (color green).

In row 13 I encountered no problems with the pattern or the making of this row. Keep in mind that the 3 frontpost sc stitches lie directly above the cluster stitches of row 10 and there are 5 Hdc stitches above the frontpost stitches of row 11 and it will go easy.

I am also even on the backside panel of the bag. That took a lot of counting for I had missed a few stitches in row 8, but row 10 and higher have now the correct amount of stitches and the backside panel and frontpanel are of the same size. My panels are only a bit smaller than the pattern dictates.

Part 2 was costing more time than I had in mind. It learned me that i had to keep focused on the stitch count and so on.

Greetings Elzeblaadje


Peacock tail bag Cal – part 1

bagLB_peacock1In between my other projects I decided to take the challenge to make the peacock tail bag. The bag is a Mini Cal designed by Lilla Bjorn and hosted on her website . There you can find all information and all parts of this Cal. I decided also to make the bag from colors  and yarns in my stash. I have an enormous stash of SMC Catania cotton, and most colors were available in my yarn box, only one color was missing but that was found in another box with cotton of lesser quality.

Because the pattern of the bag is available in many languages, I decided to use the written dutch translation. I am not so in favor of video watching. The dutch version is translated by  Jolanda, Naomi en Yaël .

This first part was an easy one, only circle rounds and a few frontpost stitches in the last round. The bag is crocheted in both loops. This will give more solidity to the bag.You also start with the back of the bag, in which no fancy stitches are used. The instructions were easy to follow, but there were a lot of spaces missing, so you had to read the text very carefully. I miscounted the first rounds and had to do these over. By the backside I got a problem with the tension, so i think i will frog a round and do this one all over. On the picture you can see that the back is slightly smaller and a bit wobbly. In he last round the upper side of the bag is constructed by making 13 single crochet stitches. This round is also the basic round for all the overlay stitches, therefore count carefully the stitches before starting with part 2. Be sure you have the right amount of stitches in both panels.

Greetings Elzeblaadje