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Title: 10 Granny Squares 30 Bags: Purses, Totes, Pouches, and Carriers from Favorite Crochet Motifs
Published by: Creative Publishing International
Author: Margaret Hubert
Format: Paperback, 128 Pages
Published: February 1, 2016
10 Granny Squares 30 Bags by Margaret Hubert, published by Creative Publishing International, contains 10 of the most gorgeous and timeless granny motifs and 30 of the most amazing bag patterns using those squares! Granny squares are so versatile and will never fall out of style. Margaret Hubert shows you how to take both simple and intricate squares and turn them into something that is both stunning and useful!
There are 10 square patterns in 10 Granny Squares 30 Bags and each square is used in 3 different bag patterns. Here is the full list of squares/bags found in the book:
- Square One: Flower Buds p7
- Bag 1: Beach Tote p8
- Bag 2: Bottle Gift Bag p12
- Bag 3: Flower Bud Amulet p14
- Square Two: Libelle Dahlia p16
- Bag 4: Knotted Tie Evening Bag p17
- Bag 5: Autumn Stripes Tote p20
- Bag 6: Amulet with Streamers p24
- Square Three: Blooming Granny p26
- Bag 7: Tablet Cover p27
- Bag 8: Drawstring Pouch p30
- Bag 9: Granny Pocket Tote p34
- Square Four: Sunflower p38
- Bag 10: Project Tote p40
- Bag 11: Bead Handle Clutch p42
- Bag 12: Playful Pouch p44
- Square Five: Tricolor Cluster p46
- Bag 13: Origami Folds p47
- Bag 14: Gusseted Linen Bag p50
- Bag 15: Uptown Tote p54
- Square Six: Paula’s Pendant p57
- Bag 16: Orange Cappuccino Tote p58
- Bag 17: Queen-Size Carryall p42
- Bag 18: Flower Power Purse p66
- Square Seven: Fireworks p70
- Bag 19: Mini Shoulder Bag p71
- Bag 20: Not-So-Basic Black and White p74
- Bag 21: Envelope Mini p77
- Square Eight: Popcorn and Lace p79
- Bag 22: Market Bag p80
- Bag 23: Victorian Bride’s Pouch p84
- Bag 24: Tasseled Arm Candy p87
- Square Nine: Venetian Star p91
- Bag 25: Lacy Linen p92
- Bag 26: Raspberry Attache p96
- Bag 27: Cell Phone Minder p100
- Square Ten: Pretty Posy p104
- Bag 28: Zipper Case p105
- Bag 29: Backpack with Cell Phone Holder p108
- Bag 30: Sparkle Amulet p112
The instructions for all of the patterns in 10 Granny Squares 30 Bags are very detailed, clear, and concise. They are also very easy to read and understand. Each granny square pattern comes with a chart for more visual learners. Each bag pattern contains a list of materials and tools that are needed and also contain gauge information and finished sizes.
At the end of the book, there is a section called “Techniques” that show you some techniques that you will need to use to create the beautiful projects in the book. There is a tutorial for the Adjustable Loop, how to seam your squares, different methods for how to line your bags, and how to create different types of handles. There are also techniques on how to sew on zippers and add covered snaps to your bags. As always, 10 Granny Squares 30 Bags also contains a full list of abbreviations as well as a list of diagram symbols to help you decipher the charts.
Thank you to Creative Publishing International and Quarto Knows for providing me with a copy of this book for my review! You can see more about 10 Granny Squares 30 Bags by Margaret Hubert from Creative Publishing Internation/QuartoKnows.
QuartoKnows has graciously provided a pattern excerpt from 10 Granny Squares 30 Bags for my readers to enjoy!
Skill Level: Experienced
Made with 3 colors: A, B, and C.
Double crochet 5 together (dc5tog): (Yo, draw up loop in next st, yo, draw through 2 loops on hook) 5 times, yo and draw through 6 loops on hook.
Double crochet 6 together (dc6tog): (Yo, draw up loop in next st, yo, draw through 2 loops on hook) 6 times, yo and draw through 7 loops on hook.
On rounds 3 and 5 you will be working into sts 2 rows below.
With A, ch 8, join with a Sl st to form a ring.
RND 1: With A, ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 5 dc in ring, [ch 3, 6 dc] 3 times in ring, ch 3, join with a Sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. (4 ch-3 sps)
RND 2: With A, ch 3, dc5tog worked across next 5 sts, *ch 5, Sl st in 2nd ch of next ch-3 sp, ch 5**, dc6tog worked across next 6 sts, rep from * twice, rep from * to ** once, join with a Sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-3, drop A to WS. Do not fasten off. (4 clusters, 8 ch-5 sps)
RND 3: With RS facing, join B in top of any cluster, *working over sts in Rnd 2, work (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next ch-3 sp in Rnd 1, Sl st in top of next cluster, rep from * 3 times more, working last Sl st in the same place as joining, pick up A. Fasten off B. (4 ch-2 sps)
RND 4: With A, ch 3, 5 dc in the ﬁrst st, *sk next (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc), work (6 dc, ch 2, 6 dc) in next ch-2 sp, sk next (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc)**, 6 dc in Sl st in top of next cluster, rep from * twice, rep from * to **, join with a Sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. Fasten off A. (4 ch-2 sps)
RND 5: With RS facing, join C in last Sl st of Rnd 4, ch 1, 1 sc in ﬁrst dc, 1 sc in each of next 5 dc, *working over sts in Rnd 4, 1 sc in next ch-1 sp between the groups of dc in Rnd 3, 1 sc in each of the next 6 dc, 3 sc in next ch-2 sp, 1 sc in each of next 6 dc, working over sts in Rnd 4, 1 sc in next ch-1 sp between the groups of dc in Rnd 3**, 1 sc in each of next 6 dc, rep from * twice, rep from * to ** once, join with a Sl st in ﬁrst sc. (92 sc)
RND 6: With C, ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in each of next 13 sc, *3 dc in next sc, 1 dc in each of next 22 sc, rep from * twice, 3 dc in next sc, dc in each of next 8 sc, join with a Sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. Fasten off. (100 dc)
Turn 16 granny squares into this uniquely shaped bag. The folds open up to make a surprisingly roomy tote. The bamboo handles are a perfect foil for the lush jewel tones, which evoke the serene naturalism of Monet’s famous Water Lilies.
Yarn: Berroco Weekend, 75% acrylic, 25% Peruvian cotton, 205 yd (189 m), 3.5 oz (100 g): 2 hanks each of #5967 Lilac (A) and #5983 Cottage (B), 1 hank of #5981 Seedling (C)
Hook: F-5 (3.75 mm)
Notions: 1 pair 7″ (18 cm) circular bamboo bag handles
Gauge: Each square = 5½” x 5½” (14 x 14 cm) Finished Size: 21″ (53.5 cm) wide x 12″ (30.5 cm) high Skill
Make 16 Tricolor Cluster Squares (page 46) using A for Rnds 1, 2, and 4; C for Rnd 3; and B for Rnds 5 and 6. Fasten off, leaving a sewing length. Using weave seam method, sew squares together into a square, 4 wide by 4 deep.
To line this bag, cut lining about ½” (1.3 cm) larger than square all around. Trim off 2 opposing corners, leaving seam allowance. Turn edges of lining under and sew in place, leaving 2 opposing corners unlined. Fold the 2 unlined points together and pin. These points will be turned down over the handles. Measure 8 ¼” (21 cm) on each side from the free points and place markers. Fold the points of sides into bag and pin the free points to each marker. Sew the sides, forming gussets, following Assembly Diagram. Remove markers. Remove pins from the unlined points, and turn the flaps to the outside over the handles. Bring the top points over handles and sew in place.
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