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Learn how to crochet with these Howcast tutorials featuring Andrea Lemire of Lion Brand Yarn Studio.
Hey, I'm Andrea Lemire, the education coordinator here at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. I'm going to show you some really cool techniques for beginning crochet, and hopefully, you'll have as much fun as I have with it. Okay, lets get started. So I'm going to talk to you about how to crochet a bag. I have two different types of very common bag constructions, both great ways to practice your beginning crochet techniques. This blue one here is done in pieces and then sewn together, so it's a great way to practice working your rows back and forth in the stitch of your choosing. So it starts at that beginning chain. The chain is the height of this block here, and then you work an entire rectangle that's twice the width of what you want your bag to be. It's folded over and sewn together. The strap is just a very narrow piece of crocheted fabric. And then it's seamed around the edges attaching to the sides to form your strap. So they're all rectangular pieces. Great things to do as a beginner. Since there's no increasing or decreasing, you can just work back and forth in whatever stich you wanna choose, whether it be the single crochet, the half double, double, or treble. If you want to practice working rounds in your crocheting-in-the-round technique, you can make your bag in one piece. So this bag begins at the bottom. You can choose any one of the beginning techniques that are in the crocheting-in-the-round video, and then you work your increasing rounds until the bag is as wide as you want it to be. When you want to start making the sides of the bag, then you switch to working even in the stitch of your choice. And again, working even is just working one stitch in every stitch all the way around until the bag is as tall as you want it to be. Then you fasten off. The strips are crocheted separately. Just working your rows back and forth, so you make your beginning chain, choose a stitch, and work a few rows until the strap is as wide as you want that strap to be, and then it's attached to the bag where you want the straps to go. Two very simple types of bag constructions, both great ways to combine all those beginning crochet techniques you've learned. And this bag, the crocheted tote, and the beach bag are both found as free patterns on lionbrand.com. So choose one and have fun crocheting.