"Larger Than Life Bag," by Cecily Keim
from Interweave Crochet, Spring 2007
Larger Than Life CAL / Flickr group
Lily Sugar & Cream (mostly dishrag leftovers from stash)
Drapery tie-backs for handles
Upholstery & drapery remnants used for lining
Started on April 00, 2007
Completed on June 24, 2007
Mods: I bordered every square with a row of black single crochet, then seamed (in black) and ran a row of single crochet around each completed side of the bag.
After a failed attempt at crocheting the gusset, I picked up stitches on one side of the bag with a long, circular needle and knit in garter stitch for 3 inches or so. I picked up and knit the same number of stitches around the other side, and then did a three-needle bind-off to join the two sides together. Voila!
I completely stole Margene's idea to use drapery tie-backs for handles. I bought four -- two black and two maroon -- and used one of each color on each side. I staggered them so that there is a handle attached at the corner of every square, giving lots of support for a big bag -- a big, heavy bag because of all that cotton! The length of the tie-backs is perfect.
I love this bag. I have not tired of those squares and the colors make me happy. The fabrics for the lining are perfect, and it is very roomy.