GRANNY SQUARE BAG
Use your new skills to make Becky Skuse’s granny square bag in warm colours – why not make it for Mum?
Designer Becky Skuse says: “Inspired by the beautiful colours of sunsets , this simple granny square bag project is a relaxing treat for dark evenings. I used a super-soft yarn with a lovely two-tone shade effect, which is a joy to hook up. Each square starts with a circular sun shape that’s then turned into a square, like the sun meeting the horizon. The squares offer the perfect opportunity to practise invisible joins and standing stitches, although standard instructions are included as well. There are also various options for the strap so you can create a bag as individual as every sunset.”
Please refer to the Workshop feature on the previous pages for instructions on invisible joins and standing sts. The bag is made up of 13 Motifs: Rounds 1-3 will use Yarn A, Yarn B and Yarn C in any order. You should change the order of the colours and make two in each possible combination and a final in whichever colour combination you like best. The final round of each Motif will be made with Yarn D. Refer to the diagram below when constructing the Bag.
SQUARE MOTIF MAKE 13
Using Yarn A, B or C, make a magic loop.
Round 1 (RS) Ch4 (counts as dtr throughout), 15dtr into loop, invisible join. [16 dtr]
Round 2 (RS) Using Yarn A, B or C, work a standing tr into any stitch, tr in same st, 2tr in each st around, invisible join. [32 tr]
Round 3 Using Yarn A, B, or C, work a standing tr into any stitch, *(2tr, dtr, ch1, dtr, 2tr) in next st (corner made), tr in next st, htr in next 2 sts, dc in next st, htr in next 2 sts, tr in next st; repeat from * three more times omitting last tr, invisible join.
[24 tr, 8 dtr, 4 ch-1 sps, 16 htr, 4 dc]
Round 4 Using Yarn D, work a standing htr into any ch-1 sp, (htr, ch1, 2htr) in same ch-1 sp, *htr in each st to next ch-1 sp, (2htr, ch1, 2htr) in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * twice more, htr in each st to final ch-1 sp, invisible join. [68 htr, 4 ch-1 sps]
Fasten off and weave in ends.
TO MAKE UP
Arrange your Square Motifs as shown in the diagram and join them together using your preferred method. Lay the Lining material over the joined Motifs, mark out the shape and cut out.
Referring back to the diagram, fold along the dotted lines so that the 2 point As meet and the 2 point Bs meet. Join the sides together in the same way you joined your Motifs, working from the centre fold to point A on one side or point B on the other side.
Sew the lining into the bag leaving a 1cm gap along the top of the bag. You can use the image as a guide.
Referring to the diagram, work a tab to connect the Bag Straps; the position has been labelled ‘Strap’.
With RS facing, locate the ch-1 sp in the corner of the Square Motif and count back two stitches, join Yarn D here using a ss.
Row 1 Ch2, tr in next st (counts as tr2tog), 3htr into ch-1 sp, tr2tog over next 2 sts, turn. [5 sts]
Rows 2-3 Ch2 (counts as htr), htr in next 4 sts, turn. [5 sts]
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
Fold the tab over a D-ring and use the long tail to sew the tab to itself on the inside of the bag.
Repeat Rows 1-3 on the three Strap points that remain.
Take your length of binding, cut into two pieces, insert one end of the first piece into one D-ring and fold it back on itself by approx 3cm. Sew into place. Attach the other end of the same strap to the D-ring on the same side of the bag.
Repeat with the other strap length with the D-rings on the other side of the bag.
For a professional look, and to add strength, sew in a lining to your granny square bag