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Topic: Probably the FATTEST Fat Bottom Bag you've ever seen!! (EDIT 12/28/07)  (Read 23269 times)
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« on: July 27, 2007 02:54:10 PM »

I loved the FBB pattern but it was simply too small for me.  I need a huge, massive bag to handle all the stuff I carry, so BEHOLD!

Trying to be a model *cough*

It can also double as a hat for those chilly days.

However, I used a half double crochet for the bag instead of the herringbone half double crochet, or whatever they called it in the book, but I really can't tell the difference.  I used Lion Brands' Wool Ease Think n' Quick in black (which is, BTW, a crappy chunky yarn, but its good enough) and a size N-15 hook.  I also went for a strap instead of a wood/plastic handle.

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy

EDIT 12/28/07:  Holy beavers, Batman!  Shocked  I never realized how popular (for lack of better words) this thread has become and all the other immensely fat FBBs I inspired! 

Thank you everyone for your comments!  I havent check this thread in ages because I thought no one was replying to it (and college applications... all those who have gone through this process know what I'm talking about), but I thought wrong!  I saw a few questions, so Ill answer them even though Im a good 2 months late but it still might help others who are trying it.

The number of skeins - So I orginally wrote 3 skeins, but as I look through the boards I keep seeing people who used 4 skeins of LionBrand's Wool-Ease Thick and Quick.  So sorry for the mix-up!  I know how annoying it is when you run out of yarn for a project.  So use FOUR SKEINS of the yarn, not 3!!!!

I was wondering if you think it's still feasible to make a fat bottom bag with 2 strands of yarn with such chunky yarn and using an N hook? SilverNimbus
--Hm, using TWO strands might be a little gnarly, but it might work!  I say try a swatch and see how it works out.  It might make the bag sturdier, but also heavier.

how did you handle the "hhdc2tog" -- herringbone half-double crochet decrease" in the pattern? katydidwhat
--Since I ignored the Herringbone half-double crochet, I just used half-double crochet instead.  I simply decreased the usual way (I cant find a good website to show how, but it should be in the Happy hooker book).

Please tell me how many skeins of wool-ease thick n chunky this took. I'm making mine right now based on what you did with yours, and I'm more than mid-way through the 3rd skein already with a number of rows to go (plus the handle). I'm getting a little worried because it's getting really heavy. Did you notice this with yours or am I doing something wrong? -  fufujuice
--I could have sworn I used only 3 skeins, but perhaps I used 4.  I finished with a little yarn left over.  But maybe you do need 4 skeins!  Im sorry I gave an incorrect number!

The straps The straps I kinda just made them up as I went along.  But if I remember correctly, I may have used a smaller hook (probably M) and did this:
-Ch 5 and sc for 1 row.

-On the second row, sc, but inc 1 st at the beg and end of the row.  You should have 7 st.

-Sc until desired legnth

-Once it's the desired legnth, dec 1 st at the beg and end of the row (you should now have 5 st)

-Sc one last row.  Fasten off.

If the straps still don't come out right, keep fudging it until it does.  I really was not paying attention to what I did, so I'm sorry for the confusion.  But I hope this helps!!

Once again, thanks to all those who liked my project!  I'm flattered that so many made their own!  Good luck if you are too!
« Last Edit: December 28, 2007 03:09:20 PM by Emiko Hime » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2007 02:55:32 PM »

Great job! This is totally my style! Did you just use a bigger yarn and hook, or did you do any row increases?

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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2007 02:57:10 PM »

I just used a bigger yarn and hook, no additional increases needed!
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2007 03:09:30 PM »

That's great!
I love how big it is.
I'd totally carry that.

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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2007 03:12:46 PM »

Wow! You did a fantastic job! 

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« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2007 03:23:48 PM »

Awesome.  As a hat or as a bag.

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« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2007 03:24:31 PM »

you did a great job, it looks fantastic!
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« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2007 03:38:59 PM »

That's a completely awesome bag!  And it's a hat!  Cheesy

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« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2007 04:02:51 PM »

i need one of these! i am, like you addicted to big bags, how else can i fit my whole life in them? great work you have done here, i really like it how long did it take you?

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« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2007 04:12:20 PM »

Wow, I love that bag! The shape is awesome!

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