I started this project the year before last, and have only now gotten around to finishing it. It is so old that the website I got the pattern from has disappeared. I only now got around to finishing it because I found the second ball of cotton I had for it, and want to use said second ball for something else. *lol* So I went over my pattern and project, figured out how I could finish it in a smaller size that wouldn’t need the second ball, and finished it up. Crochet makes for a great ‘stash it in the car and work on it while driving’ project.
This is worked in #10 cotton, on a crochet hook of indeterminate size. It’s a steel hook, very fine, with “4 Boye 4” on one side of the thumb pad, and “U.S.A. -25 Cents” on the other side. On both of my little knitting gauge/needle sizers it fitsperfectly into the hole for a size 0 knitting needle, which is (on both gauges) unlabeled with a crochet hook size. I suspect it is an antique.
The pattern for this bag is very simple – work a crochet mesh rectangle in a ratio of 1:1.5 (eg. 6X9), then decrease by working sc around in each space from a corner. A few rounds of sc and decreases as necessary to make the bag draw up nicely, then work the handles over the short ends, and a few more rounds of sc around to give the rim some strength and the handles some width. If anyone is interested, I’d be happy to post the original pattern I have printed out.
And since I did finish it on the one ball of cotton, I have the second ball for the project I want it for!!