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Starling Handbag

Futuregirl's Starling Handbag

Well, I’ve found a new crochet project, plus an outstanding blog to follow: www.futuregirl.com.  After cringing at what a long way I have to go before I have a blog as great as this, I let myself enjoy that giddy feeling you get when you stumble across a really great technique you’ve never heard of but  can already tell you can’t live without — namely, the Foundation Single Crochet.  This technique turns into your initial chain row a first row of single crochet all at the same time.  The Starling Handbag is a great-looking, sturdy bag, and looks to be perfect for some fun felted or embroidered embellishments.  That big cone of Lily Sugar n’ Cream I picked up at a thrift store is begging to be turned into this fun project.

Futuregirl’s instructions are clear and simple, and the videos are really the best I’ve seen.  I’m definitely listing her as a favorite blog and mentor, I hope you do the same! And stay tuned to The Crooked Yellow House!

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I saw this pattern demonstrated on Knit and Crochet Now!, one of my favorite needlecraft shows.  It’s a novel concept (at least to me): the piece is crocheted not top-to-bottom, but side-to-side, and cleverly uses the varying heights of different crochet stitches to form the shape of the garment — thus, not one single increase or decrease! The size of the garment depends on how many rows you add.  Plus, the pattern gives tips on other adjustments (to bust size and garment length), and either the illustrated cap sleeves or spaghetti straps.

All stitches are worked on the back bar of the chains, giving the garment an attractive, stretchy ribbing.  I have scoliosis, so I tend to be wary of tops with close-fitting or revealing backs, but because of this top’s texture, and because the back piece omits the under-bust sc shaping, I think it’ll be a good choice for me.

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