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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.

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Victorian CAL Cloth 2 ~ Crochet-Along Cloth of the Month

Tomorrow, on February 1st, the 2nd Crochet Cloth of the Month will be released.  It is a 1-Clue Mystery:  the mystery is that you will not know what the cloth looks like until you make it!  You can bring a little mystery and fun into your life, and look through a little window into the Victorian Era!

The cloths in the Victorian CAL Cloth are all inspired by stitch patterns, stories & poems I discover while reading Victorian books and magazines.  There will be a little ‘bonus’ pattern in with the cloth, too–last month there was a pattern for coasters to match the cloth, so it could be used as a table mat & coaster set.  What will the Bonus Pattern be for February?  It’s a mystery!

The February cloth is called Victorian CAL Cloth 2; you can pre-purchase now and receive an automatic update tomorrow with the full pattern.  You are welcome to join the West Coast Fibre Arts Group on Ravelry, to share comments & photos or ask for help if you need it.

For the first week, from now until 7th Feb. 2015 at midnight Pacific Time, the Victorian CAL Cloth 2 will be 50% off its regular low price of $1.95.

victorian CAL cloth 2

To make 1 cloth you will need: 

Worsted Weight cotton: 1 skein = 73.2 meters (80.0 yards), 50 grams
4mm/USG6/UK8 hook
The cloth only uses chain stitch, double crochet (Canadian/US terms used), and slip stitch.

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