Blue granny bag
The project started December 2011. In a magazine I found a picture of a very nice bag made with granny squares. I placed the picture in my granny square book and took a scroll around my stash. I found two blue colors that matched and started. Because I only had a picture It was challenging if I could reproduce the granny’s. Well the granny’s became not exactly the same, but similar as in the ororiginal design. I also varied with the different parts of the bag, So I made a zipper in it and a shoulder handle. The project was long time situated on a shelve in my room, for another project had my interest. In November 2013 I found the unfinished bag an decided it was time to finish it. Making the zipper was one problem, but scrolling on the internet I found out that with a very small hook I could attach it to the bag. Furthermore It took some time and cotton to make the handle.
In my stash was a bag with some grannies waiting to be finished. The bag was made by me in the nineties. I don’t know how many years they have been lying in the bag, but it will be a very long time. In those days I had crocheted 9 granny squares with brown and green cotton. The project was totally forgotten. The squares pattern came from an very old stitch guide: “Mon Tricot 850 stitches and directions”. The guide is still used by me, whenever I want a nice stitch for knitting or crochet.
To revive the project I made an edge with red gold colored Catania cotton around the squares, sewed the squares together and made a pair of handles with dark-brown and gold cotton. The handles were reinforced with some thin rope. I made also a bottom and top. I lined the bag with a bit of cotton fabric and the last granny square was sewed on the lining to make a pocket.
My vintage granny tote was finished. I Keep it to use as a small shopper.
All grannies of this project from a long time ago are transformed into a bag, a granny bag. The grannies are crocheted to each other and a small border of white and red cotton is crocheted around the grannies. 16 granny squares on each side.
It was the first time I crocheted grannies to each other. Luckily there are some real good blogs and video’s on this subject. I used the zipper method, only I did it wrong, so the zipper came on the backside of my grannies. I discovered this a bit too late to start all over again, so I let it be. The border was made with a relief single crochet stitch or back post single crochet stitch. It gives a nice effect.
With red cotton yarn I made a shoulder handle. It is reinforced with some package cord. The used yarn is SMC catania cotton in many colors.
In the bag I made a lining of red soft cotton fabric. I sewed 2 pockets unto the lining, one with a zipper. The bag is closed also with a zipper.
The bag was a gift to a dear lady friend of mine. She was very content with the bag. Red is her favorite color, so she was very happy about it.