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Did you enjoy making the Wildrose Market Bag? I had never joined granny squares before until that market bag. Doing it with a whip stitch was so easy. I have a pile of 12″x 12″ squares that I need to join. Might just do it with the whip stitch. I admire the people that can create a bag out of squares. I would have never thought to fold squares in half to create the bag shape.
I have searched Ravelry for other granny square bag patterns. Some of these are big market style bags others are small purse like bags. They are all free, no downloads, no purchases. Lets see what I was able to find.
Based on the picture before I even read the pattern, these granny squares look like they are the basic most common granny square that you could think of. I love the way the navy color contrasts the purse straps. She does have a written pattern as well as video tutorials if your having a hard time making this tote. Make sure you read the entire blog post. I found a note that is a must read when making this tote!
To make this bag you will need 5 skeins of Lily’s Sugar ‘n’ Cream Cotton (bright navy shown), your 4 mm crochet hook, purse handles, and of course your needle and scissors. Designer states you should be able to get all items needed for less than $20 which makes this project even more likable! This tote needs 24 granny squares in total. She does recommend to wet block the squares so that they lay flat.
This bag is ginormous. The name is perfect for it, “granny goes shopping”! It reminds me of the old school scrap granny square blanket that you see on almost all old TV shows draped on the back of the couch. This bag, from what I can tell, goes clear down almost to designers knees. I can’t tell if the bag has items in it or not but either way its huge.
Designer states.s that she wouldn’t call this a pattern per-say. Its more of her just explaining how she made the bag. There is no step by step written instructions to give you how many stitches are on each square. For the base of the bag she uses 2 strands of yarn, one acrylic and one cotton. You will need to make 30 granny squares to complete this bag.
When I saw this bag on Ravelry, I thought to myself, “HALLOWEEN”. Its that time of year too. I do have to quote this designer word for word, because I completely agree with her. This bag is made from 10 granny squares joined together.
“Granny squares are so versatile, I love how I can turn it into anything else. That’s why I believe that Granny Squares are the basic in crochet. It never gets old.”
I mean come on, can she be more correct? To make this bag she used a #3 cotton yarn. She used Gantsilyo Guru’s Light Milk Cotton. You will also need cords for the handle, and then of course your tapestry needle and scissors. She doesn’t state what size hook but I’m sure if you use the hook suggested by the yarn you use it will be just fine. There is a stitch that I have never heard of before that she uses. Mattress Stitch. She does have a link for a video on how to do that stitch.