A couple of years ago, I figured out how to change colors in a pattern without doing the cut-n-knot thing.
Here are some samples of bags I designed. The one thing I am bad at, however, is that I rarely record a pattern. I just start crocheting and create the pattern as I go. So there is no pattern for most of these.
I started with a basic bag pattern that I found CLICK HERE as a free pattern on Lion Brand Yarns website. I then just adjusted the center of the bag with the pattern I wanted.
Here are some of the bags I created using the above pattern as my base:
|This one I made for my daughter,|
who was a Mary Kay consultant
at the time.
On the inside I added a pocket and a ring to hold keys. It is nice to have a great big bag but we all know the horror of trying to find something in the bottom of it. The ring was to be able to hook a key ring on it (I use a "D" ring for my keys) and the pocket was a great place for my cell phone.
When I added the pocket, the first problem I encountered was it was hard to see the pocket that was the same color as the bag. So I started added a top edge of a different color to make it easy to see.
These bags are really strong! While a full time college student (I went back to college at the age of 50), I would carry 2 textbooks, my lunch, a couple of cans of Coke, plus all of the regular purse stuff. When I connected the strap, I made it a little longer so I could overlap the two sides, created a nice padding on my shoulder.
Anyone can use these as a gift! They are universal and provide a wide array of uses, such as school supplies, overnight bags, a place to carry games and toys on a car trip.