Hey look! Do you see what I see?
It's yet another Granny Square Bag!
This one is smaller (only 15 rounds) and has a more central colour palette, but it's pretty great, don't ya think?
This one is being entered into a Fair Entry Competition, under the category "Crochet: Bag". So I didn't exactly feel like attaching handles, and instead crocheted them!
However, one thing I've learned from crocheting-bag-handle experience, is that making handles, then whipstitching them on does not work.
Here is a brief tutorial, in case you want to crochet handles too!
First, I followed the same procedure as my other granny bag tutorial, all the way up to making the mouth of the bag, as seen below:
Next, I started the sides basically the same way, choosing a corner of a mouth, single crocheting down the rows we just made, and then single crocheting in each middle shell and ch-1 space.
However, when I got all the way up the rows of the mouth on the other side, I started chaining my handles. I chained 80, to get the height I wanted.
You can kind of see what I mean in the picture below:
You can see the blue rows that are the mouth of my bag. The green in one side, while the chains on the far left are the beginning of my handles.
Then, start crocheting immediately down the other side.
So you have something like this. You'll be working on both sides and the handles at the same time!
And then keep going around and around!
Because my bag was super small, I did a lot more sc2tog-ing.
On the second round of the sides only, not the handles, I did (sc2tog, sc in next 3).
On the third round: (sc2tog, sc in next 2).
And voila! Crocheted handles that won't come unraveled!