I was really excited that a crochet project of mine was included in the Anticraft book
. I designed this lined crochet tote bag so it would be a canvas on which you could add your own personalized design. I submitted two designs for the book.
The "I [Skull] Trouble Tote" is actually mentioned in the promotional blurb, which totally set me on fire when I noticed. I included a chart for the whole alphabet with this design so that the saying could be personalized, Everyone has something important to say on their tote, right? :)
The second design is the Apothecary Tote. I was inspired by Victorian apothecary medicine bottles. When I was adding this design to the tote using my graph paper chart, I miscounted the spaces and had to redo it 4 or 5 times. It was driving me nuts! But I really loved how it turned out.
While writing up the crochet instructions for the tote, I realized how hard it is to actually explain in words how I do the seamless crochet technique. Supplementing this pattern is a lot of the reason I put my seamless crochet tutorial on the web.
I also plan on posting a tutorial showing how I hand sew my linings into my crochet bags. Several people have asked about it, and it would be a good supplement for the book, as well.
I'm compelled to write tutorials because I HATE it when I get the instructions for a project and they blithely say things like "sew the lining into the tote." HOW?! It seriously drives me nuts when they give no hint or clue about the techniques they actually used to do it. I don't want to be a part of THAT problem. :)