I found this cute pattern in an old crafts magazine I picked up at a thrift shop. The magazine is ten years old, and the bag is still stylish! This is what I love about granny squares 🙂 Anyway, after looking at the pattern, I realized there would be work to do on my part since the pattern wasn’t written line for line (probably due to space constraints). Take for instance row 3 for the base says to “increase 7 sts evenly spaced for the next 12 rnds” . What the? Time to get out my calculator and figure that out. Thankfully, we are “spoiled” today by designers who spell out the pattern for us line by line so we don’t have to do that work! I finally realized the base is actually made like the beginning of a hat, and looked up a hat pattern that could help me figure that out, and sure enough that was exactly how to increase the rounds.
I also had to take into consideration that I was using a bigger hook than the F hook that is recommended, so that was more measuring and calculating on my part, but the bag turned out great and I’m still trying to decide if I want to sell it or not 🙂 The bag measures 29″ around and 19″ high and has stood my “book test” to make sure the base wouldn’t break, and it held up after placing five hardcover books in it. The bag can easily carry at least three towels, books (of course), suntan lotion, etc. for the beach! Other great uses for it would be as a weekend bag, kid’s summer camp bag, or for storing clothes, toys, and yarn of course!