I found that the clothesline was making
the sc want to twist. I went with this
instead if fighting it. I gave the crochet
some extra twists as well as scrunching up the crochet very tightly. This
gave the handle a nice body. I also
found clothespins useful for keeping
the rope in place and keeping track
of when I was done with the handle
and when I had to start crocheting
the other side closed.
5c. When the handle is completely
and tightly covered, sc through both
thicknesses of the bag and around the
rope like you did on the first side. You
may also want to sc around the top
of the bag.
5d. Insert the lining into the assembled bag and whipstitch it into place.
5e. Sew the snap onto center points.
6. MAKE TASSELS (OPTIONAL)
6a. Cut a 5" tall piece of cardboard. Place a 12" length of yarn
across the top of the cardboard, then wind the Navy yarn 30x
lengthwise around the cardboard and yarn. Tie the 12" strands
tightly together around the top. This is what you’ll use later to
attach the tassle to the bag. Cut the yarn at the bottom.
6b. Wrap an additional piece of yarn a few times tightly around
the tassel about 1" below the top, securing the ends with a knot.
Trim the ends of the tassel. Repeat to make the second tassel.
Photograph by Thayer Allyson Gowdy
The yarn to make this bag was kindly provided by Nana’s Knitting Shop,
5144 West 95th St., Oak Lawn, Ill. 60453, (708) 229-0061.
6c. Sew one tassel on either side of the bag where the rope
comes out of the fold.
And we’re done! Now go and wear your retro-remix bag proudly.