Even amongst all that casting on during the WOW madness, I managed to finish something too.
Of course, it helped that I had a birthday deadline...
Best of all, the 10yo birthday girl loved it! Which was pretty much a gimme, as purple is her favourite colour.
Pattern: Swinging Ribbon Bag (Ravlink) by Candi Jensen from her book Hooked on Crochet. I modified the pattern by doing a single shoulder strap (it was going to be a cross-body strap but I may have run out of time to do that...) and by adding a flap and button closure. And I didn't sew ribbon around the inside edge or the strap, although I do think that is a lovely finishing touch.
This is a very easy pattern - it's just dc all the way (sc for our US friends) and the texture is made by doing one dc in the front loop, and the next in the back, and repeat! It's amazing what a difference this made to the look of the stitch!
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cathay col 12012, 2.5 x 50g balls - from the stash! Hurrah! And one button - also from stash!
Hook: 4.5mm hook (lucky I wrote this down in my notebook, because I couldn't for the life of me remember even though I only finished it a couple of weeks ago)
Time: 26 August 2009 - 5 September 2009. Love a lovely quick crochet project!
If you are looking for a crochet book with a variety of patterns, I really recommend Hooked on Crochet. It's got a great range of things, most of which are relatively easy, including garments, bags, accessories and trims. It's even got the good old crochet bikini (which, yes, I have made...not for me though!!) In fact, now that I think about it, this is the book I think I've made the most patterns from of any of my books, knitting and crochet. It is a US book, so uses the US terminology, but once you are over that small hurdle, it's easy running (or crocheting) from there. I'd make the crochet skirt pattern from it in a flash...actually, maybe that's what I should do instead of the entrelac skirt...hmmmm, food for thought!