Hello chickadees! Well, long time no talk, huh? Life has been quite bananas of late, what with having a new baby to adjust to as well as a very verbal little toddler to keep up with! Lots has been going on in the last several months. I've joined/founded a doodle collective (3 Girls Doodle) where we release free monthly coloring pages. I've been working on an infant feeding coloring book and am in talks with a publisher (eek! So exciting!). Hope to have the deets for you later. I've also been doing a bit of freelance illustration, planting a garden, doing the fiber art thing, and oh yes being a mother of two! What a wild ride I'm on.
Anywho, I've popped in to give you a little tutorial. Nothing fancy and nothing terrifically original, but something sweet an easy. Just the perfect 1-2 hour project to nip at that crochet craving and get you your maker's fix. If you're anything like me, the simple act of making something cute can really turn the day around and make you feel your tippity-toppity best. Without further ado, I give you the Watermelon Bag. Pattern is written in American crochet terms.
- Size 6mm crochet hook (J for my American readers)
- 1 skein of red, Red Heart Super Saver yarn
- small bits of green, white, and pink Red Heart Super Saver (scraps will do for the pink and white, but you'll need a bit more of the green)
- a handful of small black buttons
- A bit of black thread
Ch - chain
Sl st - Slip stitch
HDC - Half Double Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
With green yarn, make a magic loop, chain 2, 8 HDC in ring. Tighten ring and join with a sl st to first HDC (not chain 2).
Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as HDC here and throughout), HDC in same stitch. 2HDC in each stitch around. Join with a sl stitch to ch 2. (16 HDC)
Round 2: Ch 2, *2 HDC in next st, HDC in next st. Repeat from * ending with a 2 HDC in last stitch. Join with sl stitch to ch 2. (24 HDC)
Round 3: Ch 2, HDC in next st, *2 HDC in next st, HDC in next 2 sts. Repeat from * ending with a 2 HDC in last st. Join with sl st to ch 2. (32 HDC)
Round 4: Ch 2, HDC in next 2 sts, *2 HDC in next st, HDC in next 3 sts. Repeat from * ending with a 2 HDC in last st. Join with sl st to ch 2. (40 HDC)
Round 5: Ch 2, HDC in next 3 sts, *2 HDC in next st, HDC in next 4 sts. Repeat from * ending with a a 2 HDC in last st. Join with a sl st to ch 2. (48 HDC)
Round 6: Ch 1. Sc in same stitch, then in BACK LOOPS ONLY sc in each st around. Join to first sc with a sl st. (48 SC)
Round 7: Ch 2 (counts as HDC), HDC in each stitch around (48 SC) Break yarn and join white yarn.
Round 8: With white yarn ch 2. HDC in next st and each st around. Break yarn and join pink yarn. (48 HDC)
Round 9: With pink yarn, ch 2. HDC in next st and each st around. Break yarn and join red yarn. (48 HDC)
Round 10-13: With red yarn, ch 2. HDC in next st and each st around. (48 DC)
Round 14-17: Ch 2 (counts as DC here and throughout), DC in next st and each st around. (48 DC)
Round 18: Ch 2, DC in next 2 sts, *ch 1, skip 1, DC in next 3 sts. Repeat from * until end of round. (48 DC)
Round 19: Ch 2, 2 DC in same st, 3 DC in next st and each st around. Fasten off red yarn. Weave in ends. (144 DC)
For drawstrings: Ch 82, thread chain through holes made in round 18. Do this twice.
For "seeds" sew your black buttons on willy-nilly.
Tada! I hope you enjoy your juicy new bag! Mine went to my toddler who is thrilled with her new toy. She's put things from the dog's ball to her Peppa Pig miniatures inside. I'm so glad I used washable yarn!
Oh and feel free to check out my new Tutorials Page for all kinds of fun yarny treasures.