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Beginning With a Bonus!

Over the summer I have been working of a series of Afghan Squares which have flowers at the centre and are based on Victorian era stitch patterns, ‘antimacassar’ motifs, etc…so I am calling it the Victorian Flowers Afghan.  Instead of waiting until it is complete and offering an extra Bonus design, I decided to offer the Bonus to start with! Not only that, but this square includes instructions to turn it into a handy Project Bag…or shopping bag, or gift bag, or any other useful purpose. You can use the instructions to turn any afghan squares into a bag.

The beginning Bonus pattern is free, and I’m posting the instructions in a series on my 2 Facebook Pages: West Coast Fibre Arts and The Ravelled Hank of Yarn. When the project is complete I’ll make a pdf file available in my Ravelry Store that has the whole pattern gathered together.

NOTE: Beginning Part 2 Round 6, ch1 then begin the round; at the end of the round, join with a slip stitch to the first sc. Rounds 7, 8 & 9, please CHAIN 3 AS THE FIRST DOUBLE CROCHET; at the end of the round, join with a slip stitch into the 3rd chain.

Round 8 corrected– *10dc, dc inc, hdc inc, hdc, hdc inc, 2sc, sc inc, sc, sc inc, 2sc, hdc inc, hdc, hdc inc, dc, dc inc, 2dc; repeat from *.


I am using a 5mm hook and aran weight  yarns to make my bags: Patons SWS, Red Heart SuperSaver, etc.  I do not have a total amount required yet because I am sharing the pattern as I design it. I am estimating 12 to 16 ounces of yarn, but I really can NOT guarantee how much it will take until my bag is finished! Options are to make the bag using more than one colour, as I am doing with the Patons SWS bag that illustrates the Instructions: I worked Part 1 in their Soy Wool Stripes, which has long colour changes; then for Part 2 I switched to Soy Wool Solids, in green. Part 1 used 1 ounce, Part 2 used 2 ounces.  Don’t forget, though–for a bag, you have to make 2 squares plus bottom, sides, and handle!  I will update the amount of yarns used when I finish each part.

#afghan #crochet #12inchsquares #freepattern #VictorianFlowersAfghan

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Interweave – Not Just Magazines & Books!

Look what arrived in the mail yesterday!

Like Water for Chocolate

This is the “Like Water for Chocolate” kit I ordered less than a month ago, and it was a SWEET, SWEET deal.  The good news? It is still on sale!  13 skeins of Cascade 220 100% wool, the novel to read, AND a digital copy of the magazine with the afghan pattern in it!

And guess what!! They are having an awesome sale for the long weekend with tons more stuff on sale, too… I’m just heading over to decide what to splurge on.  The links are on the right side of the page if you want to browse, too.

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Flash Sale at Interweave!

**Interweave has a 1-Day Flash Sale Happening on August 15th/2015! You can save 40% on many items in the store. Click through and see what bargains you can find!**

NOTE: The Flash Sale has ended, but you can still save 15% on your order if you click through and use the coupon code you can see on the tab to the top right on my blog.  I am now an Affiliate of Interweave, and if you click through from my blog to make purchases I will earn a small commission, which will help me continue making new Patterns.


So many great crafting magazines, books, online resources, and supplies are available at Interweave that you can spend hours browsing through their website…then go back again and find so many more things to read and look at! Whether you knit, bead, weave, spin, paint, work with paper, crochet, quilt, sew–or a combination of these crafts!–you’ll find patterns, kits, free e-books of information and how-to’s, and countless other interesting finds.

like water for chocolate book cover

A few days ago, I ordered Like Water For Chocolate Crocheted Afghan Kit from Interweave which includes Piecework Magazine (digital edition), the novel “LIke Water for Chocolate” that inspired the afghan, and all the yarn needed to make “Tita’s Kaleidoscope Afghan”–the pattern is in the magazine!  My kit will be here any day now, and I’ll be sure to share my excitement when that happens!  The kit is on sale at Interweave for just $91.33–a really incredible deal, as you get 13 skeins of 100% Cascade 220 wool yarn with the kit! (100g/201m skeins, worsted weight).

#Interweave #FlashSale #KnittingDaily #CrochetToday #crochet #patterns #knitting

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