Saturday, July 19, 2014

Crochet Adult Chunky Beanie with Brim Option - FREE Pattern & Pattern Review



I had three balls of the Hometown USA Yarn - Fort Worth Blue, Cincinnati Red, and New York White - sitting around from the 4th of July. I was working on some Mini Blankets for my sister-in-laws photography stuff - Briana Lugo Photography - and had an idea in mind to make an American Flag blanket. I did start it, but I didn't like how the blanket was working up. The yarn is VERY thick. It worked great for this hat though!

When I started this hat, my idea was to make it into a baseball cap-like for my friend, Keef, but I couldn't get the bill to come out just right. So... after a while, I changed plans and decided to go with a brim I knew I already loved - and it became a new hat for my collection!

While I did use Super Bulky yarn for this hat, I wore it around all day yesterday (with a high of 92 degrees Fahrenheit!) and I was comfortable. I'm not sure if it was because the hat was of white color but I'm not complaining - very happy camper here.
It would also definitely make a GREAT hat for the upcoming Fall and Winter Seasons!

Materials:
- Small Hook (such as a D3/3.25mm) to weave in your ends
- K10.5/6.5mm Hook
- N15/10mm Hook
-1 (2) Balls of Super Bulky Yarn (6) - I used Hometown USA in New York White
*Or 5 (10) oz of any Super Bulky Yarn!
**You can also use Homespun Thick & Quick. Wool Ease Thick & Quick also meets the gauge but it's a scratchy feeling yarn. Try 2-3 strands of regular Wool Ease held together instead - you will need to test out the gauge as I haven't yet!

Time Spent:
Each hat took about an hour to work up.

Measurements:
18" (23")

The 18" has a flat crown diameter of 5.5", and the 23" has a flat crown diameter of 7.25".
These hats will almost reach down to the bottom of your ear but not quite! If you want it to completely cover your ear, just add an extra row or 2 to the bottom of the hat.

My head measures 21.25" in circumference and the 18" fits comfortably! It even fits my boyfriend, Chad, and his brother, Lucas. If I were going to make them a hat though, I would follow the instructions for the 23" pattern just to make sure they are extra comfortable (even though they both said they were fine in mine!)

Abbreviations:
   CH - Chain
   HDC - Half Double Crochet
   ST - Stitch
   Sl St - Slip Stitch

Notes for Pattern:
   Beanie's are worked in continuous rounds so no joining or chaining 1 in between rounds. 
You absolutely can join and chain 1 at the end of each round if you're more comfortable with that. If you do, there will be a visible seam and the beanie will work up just a tad bit bigger.
   Weaving in ends will be done with the smallest crochet hook - since weaving the thick yarn with an embroidery needle is difficult. You will have the same result and it will be easier than trying to fight with the needle and yarn.
If you're more comfortable using a needle for weaving in your ends, feel free to do so instead!




Pattern:

CH 5. Join to form ring. CH 1, 10 HDC in ring. Join.

Row 2: 2 HDC in ea ST around (20 HDC)

Row 3: 2 HDC in 1st ST, 1 HDC in next ST, (2 HDC in next ST, 1 HDC in next ST) around. (30 HDC)

Row 4: 2 HDC in 1st ST, 1 HDC in next 2 STS, (2 HDC in next ST, 1 HDC in next 2 STS) around. (40 HDC)

(23" Only - Row 5): 2 HDC in 1st ST, 1 HDC in next 7 STS, (2 HDC in next ST, 1 HDC in next 7 STS) around. (45 HDC)

Row 5 - 11 (6 - 12): HDC in ea ST around.

If you want just a plain, chunky beanie, simply leave off the brim and you're done! 
Otherwise, continue on with the Brim. DO NOT FASTEN OFF.

To Make the Brim: Switch to a K10.5/6.5mm. Sl St into the next ST then follow the Brim pattern from the Slouchy Peaked Hat pattern courtesy of Bernat Yarns and found on the Yarnspirations site. I have made this pattern - check out my Pattern Review!

Please feel free to make and sell this scarf, but please DO NOT claim this pattern on your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own.



Don't Crochet but Interested in Purchasing One?
I will be adding this hat in different colors to my Etsy shop. Feel free to send in your custom color requests! Search a few yarn options here: Hometown USAWool-Ease Thick & Quick, Homespun Thick & Quick.
07/21/14 UPDATE: I haven't used the Wool Ease Thick and Quick Yarn before but while walking around JoAnn's, I picked up a ball and then put it right back down. It is scratchy. If wanting a Wool option, I can use the Regular Wool Ease.

Linking Up To:
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Hookin' On Hump Day #75 - Moogly Blog
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Summer Creativity_Im Lovin It #217 - Tidy Mom
Show & Tell Saturday - Be Different Act Normal
Nifty Thrifty Sunday #165 - Nifty Thrifty Things
Think Pink Sunday #174 - Flamingo Toes
Craft Schooling Sunday - Creative Jewish Mom
Sharing Time Week 2 - Raising Memories
Serenity You #142 - Serenity You
Craft Showcase Link Party - Bowdabra Blog
Finding Peace Share Your Creativity Party #121 - Its Overflowing

Thursday, July 17, 2014

'Finger' Knit Chain Scarf Using Hometown USA Yarn - FREE Pattern


This Finger Knit Scarf is also part of my Finger Knitting kick I mentioned in my Finger Knit Chain Scarf Using Bargello Yarn post.

I had a ball of the Hometown USA Yarn in Fort Worth Blue sitting around from the 4th of July. I was working on some Mini Blankets for my sister-in-laws photography stuff - Briana Lugo Photography - and had an idea in mind to make an American Flag blanket. I did start it, but I didn't like how the blanket was working up. The yarn is VERY thick. It worked great for this Finger Knit Scarf though!

This scarf works great for late Fall, Winter or early Spring. This yarn is different than the Bargello and Sashay yarns I've made the Finger Knit Scarves with. This particular yarn is much warmer. While the other two could pass as Spring and Summer scarves, this one I would only recommend for cold weather.
Check out my post - Finger Knit Chain Scarf Using Bargello Yarn
Check out my post - Finger Knit Scarves with Sashay Boutique Yarn

Now, on with this pattern!

Materials:
-P15/11.50mm Hook (does this make me a cheater? Hehe.)
*You can absolutely use your fingers for this! Find a video tutorial by Mikey of the Crochet Crowd HERE.
-1 (or 2) balls of Hometown USA yarn - I used the color Fort Worth Blue
*1 Ball will suffice, but 2 will make it easier

Time Spent:
   I was able to go through and complete this in about 15-20 minutes.

Measurements:
   100" long in circumference

Notes About Pattern:
   I used a large hook for this scarf to make the chains more consistent.

   I used one ball of yarn and just used 1 strand from each side of the ball equaling 2 strands to work with. To make this easier on yourself, you can just use 2 balls.
*Side note, if you choose to use 1 ball like I did, it may be helpful to rewind your ball. Otherwise, be prepared to deal with yarn tangling.

Pattern:
   Make a long, continuous chain of 480 (or desired length).
   After finishing your last chain, pull the yarn tail through that chain. To make it a continuous chain, take the beginning and end tails and tie them in a knot. I like to triple knot it just to be sure. Then you can cut off the remaining yarn.
*When you wrap this around, you will not even notice the knot as it will be covered BUT you could crochet a small wrap piece to put around it.

Please feel free to make and sell this scarf, but please DO NOT claim this pattern on your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own.

Don't Crochet/Knit but Interested in Purchasing One?
This scarf is up for sale in my Etsy shop and available as part of the Christmas in July sale! 1 Scarf for $12.50 or 2 for $20! 
These scarves are great to wear as a long, layered necklace or gathered as a thinner, layered scarf.
Feel free to request the color of your choice! Search colors options here: Red Heart's Boutique Sashay Yarn, Bernat's Bargello Yarn or Hometown USA Yarn.

Linked Up To:
The Creative Collection Link Party - The Cards We Drew
Hookin' On Hump Day #75 - Moogly Blog
6 Pallet Projects & Inspiration Monday Party - Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
Summer Creativity_Im Lovin It #217 - Tidy Mom
Show & Tell Saturday - Be Different Act Normal
Nifty Thrifty Sunday #165 - Nifty Thrifty Things
Think Pink Sunday #174 - Flamingo Toes
Craft Schooling Sunday - Creative Jewish Mom
Sharing Time Week 2 - Raising Memories
Serenity You #142 - Serenity You
Craft Showcase Link Party - Bowdabra Blog
Finding Peace Share Your Creativity Party #121 - Its Overflowing

Crochet Adult Clumsy Beanie - FREE PATTERN


This beanie was a custom order from a friend - thanks for the challenge Aaron and Areonna! The request was a black beanie with white letters to spell "Clumsy". Below, you'll find my response.

My first attempt at this beanie, was using my pattern for the Man or Woman's Beanie I made to go with the Non Roving Scarf set. After making the beanie, I decided since it needed to be longer than just a regular beanie, I would use my Ribbing Beanie pattern instead. I've personally worn this beanie and knew it would fit well with the rolled up end.
*This beanie measures approximately 10.5" in length which would give me a 2" rolled up brim. If you want your hat to be longer, simply add more chains to the beginning of the hat pattern. 
As is, this hat measures 18" in circumference but will stretch to fit a range of sizes INCLUDING the average man and woman's head.

I did some experimenting with letters. It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be.

First, I tried to use small wood letters from Hobby Lobby to trace onto felt and then sew the felt letters on. - FAIL.

Second, I tried to use the holes in the hat as a grid for cross stitching letters but the gaps in between were too large so it didn't look right. - FAIL.

Lastly, I sat down and crocheted up some small letters. You can find my patterns below. I tried my best to get them to be less than 2" in length since that's all that I allowed for in the beanie sizing. I envisioned my letters going across the rolled up brim but you could put the letters anywhere you want or make them in any size.

Materials:
- Worsted Weight Yarn - I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Black and Vanna's Choice Yarn in White
   *I used about half a ball of the black yarn, and a tad bit of the white yarn.
- 5.5mm and 4mm Hook
- Needle for sewing letters on and weaving in ends
- Sewing Pins (optional) to pin letters in place

Time Spent:
   This beanie is a little involved. The beanie itself took about an hour and a half to complete. The letters took an additional hour and a half to crochet and sew onto the hat.

Abbreviations:
   CH - Chain
   SL ST - Slip Stitch
   SC - Single Crochet
   ea - Each
   SC2TOG - Single Crochet Two Stitches Together = Decrease

Measurements:
   I made this hat to fit an adult woman but it will also fit a man.
   Hat: 18" x 10.25".
   The brim is rolled up 2".
   The letters average 1.5" tall x 1.5" wide.

Notes for Pattern:
   Beanie Pattern - Crochet Adult Ribbing Beanie
   This is where you will need the main color yarn and 5.5mm hook.

   For the letters you will use your coordinating color and 4mm hook.

Patterns:

Letter C & U
CH 11. Turn to work on the backside of the CH. 2 SC in 2nd CH, 2 SC in next CH, SC in next CH, SC in next CH, 2 SC in next CH, 2 SC in next CH, SC in next CH, SC in next CH, 2 SC in next CH, 2 SC in next CH.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Letter L
CH 8. Turn to work on the backside of the CH. SC in 2nd CH and across. (7 SC)
Row 2: CH 1, turn. SL ST in ea ST across.
Row 3-5: CH 1, turn. SC in 1st ST and 2nd ST.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Letter M
CH 8. Turn to work on the backside of the CH. SC in 2nd CH and across. (7 SC)
Row 2: CH 1, turn. SC2TOG, SC in next SC.
Row 3: CH 1, turn. 2 SC in 1st ST, SC in next SC.
Row 4: CH 1, turn. 2 SC in 1st ST, SC in next SC. CH 4.
Row 5: Turn to work on backside of CH 4, SC in 2nd CH and next 2 CHs then adjust to work into the prev row of SC. SC in next 3 STs.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Letter S
CH 17. SC in 2nd and across.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing - You will sew into shape.

Letter Y
CH 8. SC in 2nd CH and next 3 CHs. CH 4. Turn to work on the backside of the CHs, SC in 2nd, 3rd and 4th CHs, SC in side of previous SC, SC in next 3 CHs.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

At this point, you can using your sewing pins to pin your letters in place or you can just sew as you go (like I did). I didn't measure placement out, I just eye-balled it.

You will notice on each letter, you have the long tail you cut when you fastened off the letter and the shorter one from when you began crocheting your letter. You do not need to weave in this shorter tail as you can hide it under neath your letter as you sew it down, but feel free to weave it in if you want.


My letters are only sewn onto the rolled up brim so the backside of the letters is sandwiched making it not visible. The brim will stayed rolled up by itself - it doesn't flop - but you can certainly take a few stitches to it to attach it to the rest of the beanie making sure it doesn't unfold. I didn't.

I used my long tail to sew through the chains along the outside of the letters. I like to sew them on this way so no ends are available to be pulled up. As this beanie is machine washable, although hand washing is recommended, sewing all of the edges of the letters will prevent them from pulling up after being washed as well as from lots of wear.
After you've sewn around your letters, just weave your remaining tail piece into the back of the work and cut.

After all the letters are sewn on, I found that the "C" and the "Y" rested on my temples. This beanie is not something you could read all of the letters at first glance. The less letters - the better you can read them. For example, the initials of your school would be good - I plan on making one of these. Another example is a shorter word (or name) - ie "Alex", "Yeah", "June", etc...

WARNING: If you look at yourself in the mirror, your phrase/letters will appear backwards. Don't worry! That means you did it right.

Please feel free to make and sell this scarf, but please DO NOT claim this pattern on your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own.

**If you want to see another tutorial with another word/letters on it, message me and I will do my best to put it together for you!

This beanie is going to a friend (as she requested it) but feel free to put in your own request. Keep in mind the less letters, the better!
This beanie can be made in any size from infant to adult and any color of your choosing!

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Simple Easy & Quick Armwarmers - Stitch11 - Pattern REVIEW


I'm working on an Autumn Hat, Scarf and Arm Warmer Set. In the next few days you will find my post for the Autumn Hat and Scarf but for now, here is the Arm Warmers!

I found this Simple Easy and Quick Arm Warmers pattern about six months ago! I have had it bookmarked just waiting for the right time.

I have searched through MANY arm warmer patterns and this is the first one that I loved from start to finish and at first glance! Corina over at Stitch11 has really awesome patterns available - make sure to stop by and check them out!

Materials:
I used about half a ball of I Love This Yarn in Autumn.

Notes About the Pattern Including Time Spent & Measurements:
I made a few minor changes to make these fit and look a tad bit better. Find my changes listed below:

- First, I started my arm warmers with a foundation single crochet (fsc) instead of a regular chain to make it more flexible. If you aren't familiar with the foundation single crochet, Tamara of Moogly has a really great video tutorial - Foundation Single Crochet. This technique is great when extra flexibility is needed (such as in a cowl, shirt, pants, skirt, dress or hat worked in the round) or when you aren't sure how many stitches you'll need to make to reach the necessary measurement.

- The beginning chain 23 was a bit tight. I worked my second one with a fsc 25 followed by a decrease row to get back on track according to the pattern.

- While I was working up the first arm warmers, I kept trying it on so I could see how it fit. I decided to note 4 sizes in case I wanted to make a shorter or longer pair. Keep in mind, the end number of stitch markers will vary.
     6.5" Long - Make Rows 1-14 followed by Rows 28, 29, 30. These take approximately 30 minutes each.
        This length will cover your wrist.

     9" Long - Make Rows 1-19 followed by Rows 28, 29, 30. These take approximately 35 minutes each.
        I LOVE this length - it reaches about mid forearm.

     12" Long - Make Rows 1-24 followed by Rows 28, 29 , 30. These take approximately 45 minutes each.
        This length will almost completely cover your forearm. This is where I was going to stop, however, I felt that I would finish out the pattern to get the final measurements.

     13" Long - Follow the pattern as written. These work up in just under an hour each.
        This length completely covered my forearm and reached the bottom of my elbow.

- To avoid having a visible seam, I worked everything (other than the few rows which are instructed to not join) in a continuous round.

These arm warmers were a great addition to my set - and unexpected as I wasn't meaning to add them to it.


Top View, Modeled by Myself

Bottom View, Modeled by Myself
Don't Crochet but Interested in Purchasing a Pair of Your Own?
I will be adding these to my Etsy shop. Feel free to send me a request with your custom color options! Find examples here - I Love This Yarn (acrylic), With Love (acrylic), Cotton Ease (cotton).
*ALSO AVAILABLE IN TODDLER AND CHILD SIZES!

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Hookin' On Hump Day #75 - Moogly Blog
6 Pallet Projects & Inspiration Monday Party - Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
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Show & Tell Saturday - Be Different Act Normal
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'Finger' Knit Chain Scarf Using Bargello Yarn - FREE Pattern



I have been on a finger knitting kick since my first finger knit scarf last week - funny because at first I wasn't exactly convinced, and now I love making them!

I had two balls of Bargello yarn I found on Clearance - can't remember if it was from Joann's or Michaels

I had bookmarked the Fingerless Gloves found on Yarnspirations. It requires just two balls of yarn - thought I got lucky! It ended up not working out for me though. You can find it on my Pin-Didnt board.

I also tried making a scarf out of this yarn but my idea wasn't working out for me. Another time...

I decided to take this yarn and make it into a finger knit scarf.

Materials:
-P15/11.50mm Hook (does this make me a cheater? Hehe.)
*You can absolutely use your fingers for this! Find a video tutorial by Mikey of the Crochet Crowd HERE.
-2 (or 3) balls of Bargello yarn - I used the color Pumpkin
*2 Balls will suffice, but 3 will make it easier

Time Spent:
   I was able to go through and complete this in about 15-20 minutes.

Measurements:
   100" long in circumference

Notes About Pattern:
   I used a large hook for this scarf to make the chains more consistent.

   I used two balls of yarn. To make this work, I used 1 strand from one ball and 1 strand from each side of the other ball equaling 3 strands to work with. To make this easier on yourself, you can just use 3 balls.

Pattern:
   Make a long, continuous chain of 479 (or desired length).
   After finishing your last chain, pull the yarn tail through that chain. To make it a continuous chain, take the beginning and end tails and tie them in a knot. I like to triple knot it just to be sure. Then you can cut off the remaining yarn.
*When you wrap this around, you will not even notice the knot as it will be covered BUT you could crochet a small wrap piece to put around it.

Please feel free to make and sell this scarf, but please DO NOT claim this pattern on your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own.

Don't Crochet/Knit but Interested in Purchasing One?
This scarf is up for sale in my Etsy shop and available as part of the Christmas in July sale! 1 Scarf for $12.50 or 2 for $20! 
These scarves are great to wear as a long, layered necklace or gathered as a thinner, layered scarf.
Feel free to request the color of your choice! Search colors options here: Red Heart's Boutique Sashay Yarn or Bernat's Bargello Yarn.

Linked Up To:
The Creative Collection Party - The Cards We Drew
Hookin' On Hump Day #75 - Moogly Blog
6 Pallet Projects & Inspiration Monday Party - Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
Summer Creativity_Im Lovin It #217 - Tidy Mom
Show & Tell Saturday - Be Different Act Normal
Nifty Thrifty Sunday #165 - Nifty Thrifty Things
Think Pink Sunday #174 - Flamingo Toes
Craft Schooling Sunday - Creative Jewish Mom
Sharing Time Week 2 - Raising Memories
Serenity You #142 - Serenity You
Craft Showcase Link Party - Bowdabra Blog
Finding Peace Share Your Creativity Party #121 - Its Overflowing

Friday, July 4, 2014

Finger Knitting Scarves with Sashay Boutique Yarn! Pattern/Video REVIEW

Finger Knit Scarf in Waltz
Finger Knit Scarf in Rumba

Finger Knit Scarf in Twist
This finger (and arm) knitting trend has taken over in big, bulky yarns. When I tried my first knitted ruffle scarf, I also viewed a How to Chain Red Heart Boutique Sashay Scarves video tutorial on YouTube by Mikey of the Crochet Crowd. It seemed easy enough, but I wasn't sold on the idea.

After some time passed, I found some Sashay Boutique yarn on sale at Walmart, so I decided to pick up a few extra balls to try out the finger knitting look myself.

I followed Mikey's tutorial and must say - quite easy, quick and beautiful finished pieces!

They take about 15 minutes or so and measure roughly 100".

They look great as layered necklaces or wrapped around your neck. While they are light enough to wear in the summer, they also will keep your neck warm in the cooler months.


Finger Knit Scarf in Tango
If you'd like to see a pattern instead of watching the video tutorial, here are some provided on the Red Heart Yarns site:

Glam-it-Up Hand Chain using Sashay Sparkle
Simple Sophisticated Scarf using Sashay Sequins
Sassy Hand Chain Scarf using Sashay Sequins
Quick and Sassy Chain Scarf using Boutique Sashay
Go Team Hand Chain Scarf using Sashay Team Spirit

If you've completed your finger knit scarf and you aren't quite sure how to wear it, check out Mikey's How to Wear Red Heart Sashay Chain & Ruffle Scarves video for some tips.

I have added these Finger Knit Scarves to my Etsy shop and marked them ON SALE for Christmas in July! They will be on sale 1 for $12.50 or 2 for $20 from now until 11:59pm on July 20th, 2014! Feel free to send in custom requests.

**Linked Up To: Tidy Mom's Top 10 Summer Sweet Treats I'm Lovin It Linky Party

Monday, June 30, 2014

Rainbow Bright Beach Bag - Video Tutorial REVIEW


*Note: I DO NOT get endorsed or paid to mention such products. I simply went to Big Lots, walked up and down aisles with my boyfriend, Chad, and these are what I picked.

After receiving my June 24th email of recommendations from YouTube and trying my hand at the Crochet Handbag Purse (post to come as soon as I finish the sewing!) I checked out the Stylen with Cstyles Bag O Day Facebook page to see what else was out there. Absolutely gorgeous and fun purses/handbags and beach/tote bags.

I had purchased some materials to make my cousin, Tiffany, the Children of Mine Bracelet for her birthday but once I received my supplies I realized I forgot one important component - 2 crystal bicones to represent her daughter Madison!
So... I decided for the time being that I would make her this Rainbow Bright Beach Bag and fill it with lots of goodies!

I used Caron One Pound in Bright White and Red Heart Super Saver in Turqua, Bright Yellow, Glow Worm, Pumpkin and Light Raspberry (you could use Pretty 'n Pink instead if you wanted a brighter pink color). It doesn't require much yarn - you could easily make multiple tote bags with the same selection of yarns.
I'm planning on make some more of these beach bags. I think one in alternating white and another color would look nice, one with only the strips throughout (no mesh) would look nice, etc... Oh the possibilities!

This Rainbow Bright Beach Bag YouTube video is very easy to follow along with. There is no written pattern but it's easy enough to jot down some notes to self and/or simply watch again! The video is short and sweet.

The bag is nice sized! It measures approximately 11" wide by 14.5 tall. It stretches to accommodate your goodies - stretched 15" to accommodate mine! I was able to fit a small lunch bag/cooler (filled with small bottles of Gatorade and Luna Bars), some sunscreen, a new beach towel, some lip balm (since sunscreen doesn't really taste too good!) and two magazines - Cooking Light for Cooking Inspiration and Mixing Bowl for Baking Inspiration (but it's an all around cooking/baking magazine).

I then put the bag over my shoulder to see how it held up. Because it is made from yarn and has the weight in it, it will stretch ESPECIALLY the strap, but I walked around for a few minutes with it on and didn't have any concerns. If you would like to make your bag extra secure, for the last round and the straps just double the thickness like the bottom of the bag is made. OR you can use cotton yarn (ie Lily's Sugar 'n Cream or Handicrafter Cotton) as it has less stress to it.

This bag worked up in roughly 3 hours. It was so much fun to make though that the time just flew by!

This video does not show how to insert a lining so if you make the bag as is, keep in mind pointy objects (ie keys, writing utensils) will poke through. No biggie for me though!

Overall, this beach bag was so much fun to create! It was an easy video tutorial to follow, used a minimal amount of yarn, and is a great tote bag.

I will slowly be attending these beach bags into my Etsy shop. Feel free to request custom color combinations - Caron One Pound OR Red Heart Super Saver. Ask me how to receive 10% off your first one!