This is another crochet along project in DC groups. Even tough Valentine is already passed a few months ago, but I think Love design is not only for valentine. The original design is made by Ceci. I modified the design since I don’t have enough yarn to complete the bag, and somehow I need a bag to carry my book and even my macbook pro, not a small hand bag.
I started this bag last week, I only have 2 balls of worsted-weight yarn @100gr. At first I thought it would be enough but then I realized that 2 balls of worsted yarn is not enough to make the bag according to the pattern. So after I used more than 1 ball of 100 gr worsted yarn for front side, I decided to modify my bag. The puff stitch to make Love pattern and the FPDC used so much yarn, So for the back side, I don’t make the Love puff stitch.
I finished front side and back side in the same day, but then, I stopped a few days, because I was not sure what kind of yarn will I use to make the side and the bottom. My husband and a few friends suggested me to use Pink color to combine the red front and back. But, after considering that pink color won’t be good when it gets dirty, then I decided to use my Maroon Viscose (hey, I will use this bag everyday, I don’t want to wash it often).
When I started doing the side, I decided to try the star stitch that I saw from Teresa’s site. You can see this video that helped me a lot in learning this stitch. (She made many videos that helped me to learn new stitch in crochet).
Actually FPDC and Puff stitch are also new for me, but for Puff stitch I did not have any problem to made it, FPDC give me some hard time more. I found this video from Crafty Andy is useful for me to understand how to made FPDC when you combine it with single crochet. Most of video that explains FPDC is combination of FPDC with double crochet, and it’s a little bit different story when you join FPDC with SC. The puff stitch is not the same with the bullion stitch in crafty Andy’s video, but the instruction about the puff stitch is quite clear in the pattern.
Finally, this week I finished my bag. I join the side and the front/back side with sc, and I sewed the leather strap to the front and back side. This bag is ready to use, but maybe in the future I will add more accessories to it.