Man! I Feel Like A Woman!: Research & Development

It’s a boring job: repetitive. If nothing else, but it pays off in the end.

I want to make myself a new project bag. I started in August with this same pattern, but when I was called out on my slip stitch ladders by another crocheter, on another charity project, I questioned my previous favor of this characteristic.

Man! I Feel Like A Woman! Research & Development

The ladder, is created by the slip stitch on the previous row, causing color interruption. My first thought was that my traditional way of changing colors needed to be revised. The other issue was where the round was being joined. Slip stitching the first stitch can be confusing because it presents as two: the slipped stitch and the first stitch of the round.

As such, I began developing a new way to make my squares. On this square, I slip stitched on the stitch after the first crochet, overlapping the first stitch and cut my colors, each round. This seems more finished, but I was not happy with the first stitch creating additional posts/legs in the first stitch in the previous row.

Man! I Feel Like A Woman! Research & Development

My first thought was to hide the extra legs in the corner. On this version, I began each round on the the last stitch in the corner previous to the edge I ended the round. This provided for:

  • better stitch counting/tracking
  • slip stitch/first stitch issues (now treated as one)
  • crocheting over tails – providing for tighter seams

Man! I Feel Like A Woman! Research & Development

I don’t think I want to make squares; it will require seaming. I want to crochet the bag in-the-round, but want a flat base. I want to crochet the base in the round and then work the sides in neon yellow and orange stripes. The bag base crocheted in the round will require more R&D to figure out how to get the right size.

 

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