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Arielluria
03-17-2009, 03:26 PM
I don't crochet much because it makes my hand hurt, but I fell in LOVE with this bag on Ravelry and I GOTTA have it. I've started on it but didn't realize my yarn was actually as thick or thicker than what she used so I doubled up on yarn. Big mistake - I don't know WHAT I was drinking when I did that!!!!!! It was gonna be huuuuuuuge.

So I frogged it last night starting again tonight.

Here's the one I loved on Ravelry: Mason204's version (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/mason204/nordstrom-crochet-hobo-bag)
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1375/1473037795_c7ab6d8a1d.jpg

It's called the Nordstrom's Crochet Hobo Bag and I'm doing it in Dreamy Chenille in a light teal color. I will post a pic once I get into it. Easy project and lovely, don't you think?
:flirt:

PamJ
03-17-2009, 03:58 PM
That is stunning!! Thank you for the link.

knitpurlgurl
03-17-2009, 08:36 PM
Ooo-ooo.. I wanna make one.. (dripping with whiny voice)

Arielluria
03-17-2009, 10:18 PM
Just a tip. When I restarted my bag tonight I did the starting chain 44 with 2 yarns at once, and then cut one to do the rest with just one yarn. That will make the bottom sturdier I think.

melmac51
03-18-2009, 02:43 PM
Just a tip. When I restarted my bag tonight I did the starting chain 44 with 2 yarns at once, and then cut one to do the rest with just one yarn. That will make the bottom sturdier I think.


That's a good idea!

Lisa_H-Town
03-19-2009, 12:23 PM
I love that! I have seen lots of bags I would love to do, but the thing that prevents me, is the dang lining... I can't even sew a button. I guess I could take it to a seamstress?

Arielluria
03-19-2009, 02:53 PM
Sewing is too easy, it's just intimidating at first, like knitting is! Just go for it. As with knitting, if it don't work, rip, rip, rip! ;o) You can PM me if you need sewing tips. I learned to sew around the age of 10 on a 1929 Singer treadle machine (I'm not that old BTW, it was my grandmother's machine) :teehee:

Arielluria
03-19-2009, 02:57 PM
I started a post for sewing tips here (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1215695).

OffJumpsJack
03-19-2009, 03:44 PM
Isn't the phrase "Nordstrom Crochet Hobo Bag" an oxymoron similar to "Jumbo Shrimp" or "Large Diet Soda?" :roflhard:

It is a pretty bag, what size is it? My DW might like a new handbag, though I'd need help picking a suitable color.

P.S. Is there a non-Ravelry pattern? Alas, I never received a response when I asked to join, unless....

Did I forgot to submit the form? :think:

Lisa_H-Town
03-20-2009, 02:20 PM
http://shortylamcrochet.blogspot.com/2006/11/nordstrom-hobo-bag.html (http://shortylamcrochet.blogspot.com/2006/11/nordstrom-hobo-bag.html#links)

I am embarrassed to admit how long it took me to get your joke... but now that I do -- that was a good one!

Arielluria
03-20-2009, 04:22 PM
Thanks Lisa for posting that blog link. I meant to and forgot.

I don't know how big the original bag is (I PM'ed Mason204, I'll post here when she responds). I can tell you the yarn I'm using is considered "super bulky" though I wouldn't call it that. The pattern calls for a "bulkY" and the red one (pic above) was made with Paton's Shetland Chunky. Also.........it looks like it might take a tad more than 1 skein, I had heard, but had no idea how much more yarn crochet takes than knitting!!!!!!! So make sure you have at least 2 skeins on hand for this.

I'm about halfway done with my bag, here are the measurements I have so far:

Width: 16.5"
Height (through row 12 of pattern): 7.75"

I can't wait to see what color everyone else's is!

I just recently reformatted my PC and haven't synced with my laptop yet, so my pictures are sort of all over the place, so I can't show you my progress, but wanted to show you a picture of the color and yarn I'm using (Yarn Bee's Dreamy Chenille in China Blue - on clearance at Hobby Lobby, BTW, looks like they are discontinuing the color).

This pic is from someone's stash on Ravelry it's more of a teal than a blue:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3489/3192464343_01a213b63f.jpg

Arielluria
03-20-2009, 04:23 PM
Isn't the phrase "Nordstrom Crochet Hobo Bag" an oxymoron similar to "Jumbo Shrimp" or "Large Diet Soda?" :roflhard: YA! Good point! The bag was designed to look like one that the designer had seen at Nordstrom.:roflhard:

Lisa_H-Town
03-20-2009, 04:58 PM
I just purchased some of the Shetland from someone on Rav destashing... a Taupe color. Should have it soon. Dang tho, I just got one skein... oh well, maybe I will order something different for the bag, and use today's purchase for something else... I should have known better!:aww:

hmmmm, or maybe find a way to incorporate another color I have on hand....:think:

Arielluria
03-20-2009, 06:25 PM
That's what I was going to recommend. I get comments on Peanut's sweater, the first dog sweater I made, and I ran out of yarn and made the collar a different color. So go for it! :woot:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/102/377882793_5c542ae557.jpg

Arielluria
03-20-2009, 06:28 PM
Just finished the bag, getting fabric tomorrow hopefully :woot: I'm thinking something in cranberry red or super bright blue.

Finished size: (The width shrunk a little with the decreasing done at the top):

Width: 15 1/2"
Height: 9 1/2" (unstretched)

If you want it larger, just do more than 12 rows of the 'row 4-12' of the pattern. Each extra row should give you about 3/4" more height.

Arielluria
03-21-2009, 10:57 AM
I got a reply from Mason204 on her bag, she gave it away and didn't get dimensions, just remembered it being wider than 12" :flirt: So I'm thinking my measurements are about right.

stitchabit
03-21-2009, 10:46 PM
Love this pattern. I am going to give it a try as soon as I can get the yarn. :woohoo: I haven't crocheted in awhile- may have to ask for help when I get started. Where are you finding the handles? I may have to order them from somewhere... There are a couple of craft stores here, but I haven't looked yet.

Lisa_H-Town
03-22-2009, 02:50 AM
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/102/377882793_5c542ae557.jpg

Ahh... where's the Love(1) button! too cute! (sweater and dog!)

Arielluria
03-22-2009, 09:51 AM
Love this pattern. I am going to give it a try as soon as I can get the yarn. :woohoo: I haven't crocheted in awhile- may have to ask for help when I get started. Where are you finding the handles? I may have to order them from somewhere... There are a couple of craft stores here, but I haven't looked yet.Hobby Lobby, JoAnn's or Michael's should have some. I'm going to check today or tomorrow. If I don't find any, I'll just go down to the Goodwill store and buy a purse from which I can scavenge the handles. :)

OffJumpsJack
03-23-2009, 01:13 PM
As I'm considering making one of these bags for my DW, I was pondering :think: if one could put a fastener on the ribbon on the opposite side of the bag from the bow. In that way you could take a neutral color bag and quickly change ribbons for a new look.

What do you all think?

The reported sizes are a good match to the size purse my wife carries. The one catch I see with a project like this is the sewing of the lining and including zippered pockets or a divider. Perhaps I could scavenge the lining of a thrift store purse along with a handle. :thumbsup:

I suppose I shouldn't count on this being a good 19th wedding anniversary present. eh? :roflhard:

Arielluria
03-23-2009, 01:17 PM
All great ideas. As far as the anniversary present, it depends on her and how much she appreciates your knitting/crocheting.

Lisa_H-Town
03-23-2009, 02:44 PM
Well, my thinking was, depends what you put in it!!;)

Arielluria
03-23-2009, 03:31 PM
Ah! I agree entirely!
:flirt:

doc4dolls
03-23-2009, 03:56 PM
What a beautful bag. Will you line it?

Arielluria
03-23-2009, 04:47 PM
Yes, I will definitely line mine.

OffJumpsJack
03-24-2009, 10:18 AM
What a beautful bag. Will you line it?

If you don't you can expect to loose things right through the holes between the crochet "fan" stitches. :oo: ;)

I've run out of time for this year, but it may make a good package for next year's 20th. :)

doc4dolls
03-24-2009, 12:08 PM
Isn't the phrase "Nordstrom Crochet Hobo Bag" an oxymoron similar to "Jumbo Shrimp" or "Large Diet Soda?" :roflhard:

It is a pretty bag, what size is it? My DW might like a new handbag, though I'd need help picking a suitable color.

P.S. Is there a non-Ravelry pattern? Alas, I never received a response when I asked to join, unless....

Did I forgot to submit the form? :think:
You should try again. I don't think they turn anyone down and there are some very pretty patterns for free on there as well as good advice. Otherewise here is the link outside of Ravelry.

http://shortylamcrochet.blogspot.com/2006/11/nordstrom-hobo-bag.html

It is a free pattern so I can send the link.

doc4dolls
03-24-2009, 12:11 PM
There is an old saying if you give someone a purse or wallet you should put at least a dollar in it for good luck. Who comes up with those things? :shrug: However, I wouldn't mind getting money in a gift like that. :woohoo:

cmhoover1
03-25-2009, 08:28 PM
I just got some lovely wool in a stonewash blue color and I was planning to knit a felted purse. I think I will try this one instead. I don't know if the yarn will be textured enough but we'll see. This is an adorable pattern-thank you!!!:muah:

Arielluria
03-31-2009, 02:26 PM
I haven't found my handle yet, so can't post it as an F.O. yet, but couldn't wait to show you guys. I love the finished product. I made the lining double lined, it took 2/3 yard of fabric, and had enough left over for a little pocket. :woot:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3640/3402405872_09aab76c3b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3622/3402405888_43c8315d11.jpg

Lisa_H-Town
04-01-2009, 11:40 AM
Wow... it's is turning out really nice! Love the pattern of your fabric and the color combination. Can't wait to see the FO.

How will you attach the fabric to the crochet portion? With a sewing machine? Can the needle and thread go through it? (Sorry if it's a silly question...)

Still working on mine! I found some fabric I like, and think the pattern will look good on the inside, but not sure I want it to show on the outside, so was thinking about "double lining" (proper term?)... With a single color for the side that will show through the crochet. ? Or is that too difficult?

Arielluria
04-01-2009, 01:41 PM
Yes, the thread will go through yarn just fine. It could possibly get stuck on the little teeth underneath, which is why I recommend sewing it fabric down, that way the yarn only comes in contact with needle.

It's hard to match the color of my yarn, so I'm using invisible thread on the top of the machine and red thread on the bobbin (bottom). Invisible thread is like really thin plasic, like finishing line almost, but REALLY thin! And it's a bear to thread! :nails:

I did double line it myself because I wanted the red to show through as much as possible, and give it extra strength, so I started with 4 pieces of fabric large enough to cut to the size of the bag.

FIRST, I made a 1" hem (double folded for extra thickness), pressed it, sewed it, then I butted the sides together (pocked facing in) [important if you're serging it and don't want the serged edge to be noticed when you look in the bag] and serged the 2 and 2 sides together.

Also, double fabric and double folding 1" hem at top makes it pretty thick at the top so just be patient when you get to that part when it comes to sewing or serging the whole thing together. If you use REALLY thick fabric I recommend a Jean-a-ma-jig gadget. Awesome! Found it here: http://www.amisimms.com/jeanamajig.html. I don't know this website, so I'm not recommending buying from it, Nancy's Notions used to sell it, but I'm not finding it there, if anyone needs one I recommend calling them (www.nancysnotions.com (http://www.nancysnotions.com)) in case they still sell it.

I hope that makes sense. If not, ask again and I'll explain with more detail.

cmhoover1
04-04-2009, 11:25 AM
Thank you SOOOO much for this terrific pattern! I also fell in love with it (who doesn't love a new purse?) and used my super-soft Icelandic wool from Blue Moon Fiber Arts. I just have to sew the lining, which you so graciously included in the pattern.:muah:

Arielluria
04-06-2009, 11:25 AM
Looks great! I'm going to finish mine this week. Using a man's belt for a handle. ;)

Arielluria
04-26-2009, 09:10 AM
Totally finished! On Ravelry project page (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Arielluria/nordstrom-crochet-hobo-bag) for more pics. I sewed lining on with red thread inside and invisible thread outside, but if you can find thread to match your yarn color, that's OK too:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3593/3476356622_4ed4212cb4.jpghttp://farm4.static.flickr.com/3329/3475546593_5d4f4053d2.jpg

Lisa_H-Town
04-27-2009, 11:04 AM
cmhoover1 & Arielluria,

What lovely bags! I had to restart mine... I knew I didn't have enough yarn first time, but ran out way sooner than I thought I would...

I also mis-counted in the beginning, so all my stitches are one off, but it's consistant, so I am going to leave it...;)

Again -- great work!! Thanks for sharing.

Arielluria
04-27-2009, 12:47 PM
I'm bad with crochet counting too, I had to restart mine for another reason altogether, otherwise I would have left it. I can't wait to see yours.

BTW, forgot to mention (have editted the post with FO pics) that I sewed it on with red thread inside and invisible thread outside, but if you can find thread to match your yarn color, that's OK too.

saracidaltendencies
05-01-2009, 12:39 AM
AW! That is SOO cute! Woo hoo, and I finally have something I wanna make! I've been in a funk lately and haven't been able to decide on anything to knit or crochet, but, this is it!

Arielluria
05-01-2009, 10:23 AM
AW! That is SOO cute! Woo hoo, and I finally have something I wanna make! I've been in a funk lately and haven't been able to decide on anything to knit or crochet, but, this is it!
:woohoo:Can't wait to see it. This bag is fun and quick to make and I just LOVE seeing the different variations, so please remember to post here when you finish so we can admire it! ;)

Arielluria
05-04-2009, 12:46 PM
I must say the handle for this bag was the most challenging part. I didn't like the D ring setup I had originally used as the chenille yarn is very soft and it kept slipping around the ring. This past weekend I removed the straps, cut off the D rings which I had crocheted on. I attached that woven man's belt which I used for my strap. It turned out to be a great strap choice because being fabric, I was able to simply sew it to the lining (between lining and purse, so the end of strap is hidden) - then I sewed the lining to the crochet as before. PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!! Plus, that woven man's belt from Walmart is a tiny bit stretchy, so the strap won't ever cut into my shoulder.
:woot:

SoapDawtahKnitsToo
05-13-2009, 03:12 AM
Re-posting

That is a Hot Bag and I would like to try it been crocheting for many, many years but my over-50 mind is stuck on row 1 after "end of chain repeat**" now doesn't that take you to row 3 or is 2 rows counted as one? When I got to the end of the chain, for me, that was row 2.

Arielluria
05-13-2009, 10:01 AM
I remember I got stuck on this myself. It really should read rows 2 & 3. They mean to repeat row 2 a total of 2x. The difference is that the subsequent rows will have 24 instead of 22 clusters. This makes it so that the bottom of the bag is sort of flat, the increase in clusters beginning in row 3 give it that nice rounded shape and flat bottom.

Does that make sense? I can't wait to see yours! Please post FO pics here.:waving:

SoapDawtahKnitsToo
05-13-2009, 08:33 PM
I remember I got stuck on this myself. It really should read rows 2 & 3. They mean to repeat row 2 a total of 2x. The difference is that the subsequent rows will have 24 instead of 22 clusters. This makes it so that the bottom of the bag is sort of flat, the increase in clusters beginning in row 3 give it that nice rounded shape and flat bottom.

Does that make sense? I can't wait to see yours! Please post FO pics here.:waving:

Thanks so much, I thought I was loosing it for a minute:teehee:
Was looking at using my stash of lion brand suede in brown but I'm finding gray in Red Heart more appealing and a lot sturdier. FO pic fo sho:thumbsup:

Arielluria
06-24-2009, 08:03 PM
Totally finished! On Ravelry project page (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Arielluria/nordstrom-crochet-hobo-bag) for more pics. I sewed lining on with red thread inside and invisible thread outside, but if you can find thread to match your yarn color, that's OK too:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3593/3476356622_4ed4212cb4.jpghttp://farm4.static.flickr.com/3329/3475546593_5d4f4053d2.jpg

I wondered if anyone's still doing this. I'd like to make another and perhaps make it 50% larger, just trying to decide on a color, so I'd like to see more FOs. I still ADORE mine and get lots of compliments on it.
:woot:

SoapDawtahKnitsToo
06-25-2009, 09:37 PM
I wondered if anyone's still doing this. I'd like to make another and perhaps make it 50% larger, just trying to decide on a color, so I'd like to see more FOs. I still ADORE mine and get lots of compliments on it.
:woot:

I tried but got stuck, got frustrated and diverted my attention to other items. For some reason, I cannot get the understanding of that pattern in the beginning.

pepperelle
12-28-2009, 04:31 PM
Dear Arielluria, I am making a baby afghan for my grandson who will be born around January 8, 2010. I am 1 skein short. I'm using Yarn Bee Dreamy Chenille, China Blue. I saw on this website that you were using the same yarn for your project. Do you possibly have one skein left that I can purchase from you? Please let me know
ASAP.

Jan in CA
12-28-2009, 05:30 PM
Dear Arielluria, I am making a baby afghan for my grandson who will be born around January 8, 2010. I am 1 skein short. I'm using Yarn Bee Dreamy Chenille, China Blue. I saw on this website that you were using the same yarn for your project. Do you possibly have one skein left that I can purchase from you? Please let me know
ASAP.

I've removed the personal info. It's not a good idea to put that in public forum. You might also consider PM'ing her rather than posting in an old thread. She may not see it.

Arielluria- if you see this please PM Pepperelle.

Arielluria
12-28-2009, 05:45 PM
Thanks. I emailed her already and recommended she remove that info. Thanks for having her back! ;)

2girlsmom
01-02-2010, 12:50 AM
what a totally awesome purse!!!!!! So many of my favorite things there... making a bag, sewing, and crocheting! :cheering: Will have to keep this in mind for a future project!

Arielluria
01-02-2010, 10:14 AM
Super. I have notes on my Ravelry project page (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Arielluria/nordstrom-crochet-hobo-bag).

brutus499
01-06-2010, 10:56 PM
I love this bag! I never crocheted before but I'd love to try this bag! How can I get the pattern?

Arielluria
01-07-2010, 06:09 PM
It's free see my post #10 (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1215992&postcount=10) or if you're on Ravelry, click the Ravelry logo under my signature to find it in my projects and a link to the pattern there.

Arielluria
01-08-2010, 08:22 PM
Let me know if you need any help, or you can get great help here too if you get stuck. I don't crochet much myself, so I got a little stuck on the beginning of it, but then it was clear sailing! Don't forget to look for videos on YouTube & online in general, I Googled "crochet help video (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=safari&rls=en&pwst=1&ei=pMtHS4bYHJT-M_e0uI8J&sa=X&oi=spellfullpage&resnum=0&ct=result&cd=2&ved=0CAkQvwUoAQ&&q=crochet+help+video&spell=1)" for you.

Looking forward to seeing yours. If you're on Ravelry, go to my project page for this project (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Arielluria/nordstrom-crochet-hobo-bag) for some tips, I made copious notes. ;o)