I love this house. We moved in here last July and it really suits us. Our computer desk sits right next to the kitchen window. I love looking out to see what is going on out in the neighborhood. Right now it is snowing, again. I love the snow. We are expecting another huge storm on Thursday. I work 3/4 of a mile away from my house, so it doesn't bother me when it snows. I walk to work anyway.
I have been working on a tote for the Everything Zen group on Ravelry. I promised one of our members a while back that I would write the pattern and post a tutorial. I think she wanted a video tutorial, but that would have taken me forever and it would have been really long. So I made the bag and took a LoT of pictures. The rest of this post is about this bag.
You start in the middle of the bottom of the bag and work off of both sides of the foundation ch.
To start ch 48. Hdc in the third ch from the hook (2ch in the beg. counts as the first hdc, here and throughout the pattern) and hdc across. You should have 47 hdc. Turn and ch 2, then hdc across. Repeat until you have 6 rows.
Next are the straps. For these I chained 93. In second stitch from hook sc, then sc across. I changed color and crocheted 92 sc stitches across the top of the white row of sc. Fasten off. Then attach different color to the bottom of the white row and sc across, working stitches into the bottom of the white row. Fasten off. Then to finish the strap, attach white to either side of strap. Hdc to the last stitch in the row. Work three hdc in the last stitch and work three hdc evenly along end of strap. Then three hdc in first stitch of new color and hdc to the end of that row. Again, at the end of the row, three hdc then work three hdc evenly at end edge, thn three hdc in beg. stitch. Hdc to where you started and fasten off.
I really hope you can follow this pattern. It wasn't hard to make, I just worry about my pattern making skills. If you have any questions at all, leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer. Happy stitching. :)
PS. I got the Liebster Award from Jennifer at Thistlebear. I will blog about that tomorrow. Thank you Jennifer.