I have decided to make various different bags for the teachers who have helped my children learn and grow all school year. I finished the first one today.
The basic pattern comes from The Jolly Chunky Bag by Lucy of Attic24 (if you haven't checked her blog out, you really should, it is simply divine). However, I made a few changes.
The first big difference is the way that I work my joined rounds compared to most people I know (which is how Lucy does it, too). I'll try my best to describe it for you. I don't like the big, glaring seam that chaining up and joining with a slip stitch leaves. So what I do is I chain up, not counting the chain as a stitch, skip the first stitch, crochet the round as per the instructions, and when it is time for the last stitch, I work it OVER the chain and into the skipped stitch, then I slip stitch into the back loop only of the next stitch. Then the process starts all over again. There is still somewhat of a seam, and it travels. You really have to look to notice it though and (I think) it blends in with your work much better. I have no idea how to make a video to show you how I do this, but I found this video by Cre8ion Crochet that does it almost the same way as I do. The only difference in what she shows you and what I do is that for a double crochet, I chain 2 where she chains up 1.
I like to start my projects using a magic circle instead of chaining 4 and then making a loop and working my stitches into it. Either method will get you where you want to go, it is just a personal preference. There are other differences that you will notice. Instead of working in stripes, I used a variegated yarn (Red Heart Super Saver's Grape Fizz), but the concept is the same- joined rounds. Also, I decided to do just one flower per handle attachment instead of two, and I used the same color buttons on all four flowers. I chose to make all of the leaves and flowers the same color. I also changed the coloring of the handles. It was a quick and easy pattern! I'm also going to line the bags when I have them all done. I'm going to make each one in a different style, or at least that is my current plan. Time to get started on the next one! I can't believe school will be over soon!