Tuesday, September 18, 2007

New Project: Fat Bottom Bag

As noted before, it was just a matter of time before I started one of these. With the latest yarn order's arrival and the completion of the pieces for the tote bag, it was a great time to start one.

This is the Fat Bottom Bag pattern from "The Happy Hooker" by Debbie Stoller. I started this on Sunday while Sean was umpiring and finished the main part last night.

Folded in half
Fat Bottom Bag 01

Fat Bottom Bag 02

I had a real problem figuring out my gauge (shocker!). Instead of using the I (5.5mm) hook called for in the pattern, I found that using an H hook was still close to the gauge and I thought the stitches looked better with the smaller hook. The piece above is 6" tall and 16" wide, which I believe is a bit off from the dimensions of the pattern. Maybe the Lily Elite yarn I'm using is significantly thinner than the Lion Brand Cotton? Oh well. So this purse may be a bit smaller than expected. It's just the first so it's bound to be improved upon.

I tried to start the next part of the pattern but I was tired and couldn't concentrate. I still need to go to the store and get purse handles. As for the possible lining - I'm not sure yet if I'll line it or not. I'm going to wait until I have it put together. Hopefully that won't make lining it too much of a chore. But if I do decide to line it, I may have to put it aside to wait with the tote bag until after Christmas.


Tiffany said...


I'm planning on posting a mini-tutorial of how I lined my bag tomorrow, but you're at a perfect spot to use Kel's FBB lining tutorial, which can be found at Sew You wanna line your FBB.

I waited until I finished my bag, handles and all, then did a very, very easy "I don't sew so I have no idea what I'm doing" method of lining, basically by placing my finished bag over my yarn, tracing around the size I needed, and sewing it together. It works great, but it would make a sewer cringe to see it, I'm sure!

Sam said...

Tiff - you rock!!! Thanks so much for the info!

The Queen of the Snow Cows said...

Speed crochet! You are too fast!

The fat bottom bag is on my list of upcoming crochet projects.