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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

“THE” BLUE MONSTER SLING BAG



“THE” BLUE MONSTER SLING BAG

I started on my sling bag binge using "famous cartoon characters" with a lovely Hello Kitty inspired , and today we’re off with the (drum roll please) awfully fantastic Blue Cookie Monster !

I did predict this line of sling bags is going to be long.. so come along and enjoy this ride. J

So for this bag, I thought we’d do a 3-D version – well, that just means that we’re going to make the elements of this bag separately and then attach them all on… so we make the base of the bag (face) and then attach on the really huge eyes and mouth, and then just for some fun, I will throw in a cookie.. Well, our monster does have a really large mouth, right Sound fun?  Come on then, let’s get to it.

Materials used : Polyester purse yarn, about 1.5 cones, with a 3.25 mm crochet hook ; a small amount of polyfill stuffing (for nose, optional) ; embroidery needle

Size : 7” across (the widest part of face) x 6.5” (only face, eyes still popping out)

Gauge : 5 dc (across) x 2 dc rows (high) = 1”


Skill level : Intermediate to advanced
While the stitches used are easy enough, this is a bit of a long(ish) project and needs patience.  One will also need sewing skills to attach all the pieces

Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !

How to join sides of the bag with single crochet : Check the links below :

How to join sides of the bag with whip stich : Check the links below :

How to line your bag : Check this link below

How to attach a zipper on your bag : Two self-explanatory links for you here http://www.liz-makes.com/2014/01/liz-makes-crocheted-clutch-with-zipper.html?m=1rochet

How to make a rounded cord for the handle : View the video link below for a really simple way to make a rounded cord handle for your handbag.  http://vimeo.com/88972371

How to make an I-cord : A neat way to make an I-cord in this video by June at http://www.planetjune.com/blog/how-to-crochet-an-i-cord/


Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                                  sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                      ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                                           sl-st : Slip stitch
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                               hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                               fsc : Foundation Single Crochet
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet                         dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-together

                                                           
Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)
We start making Cookie Monster’s slightly lopsided round face with blue coloured yarn. Make two.



Start (using blue) with a magic circle and 6 sc in that circle. 
Pull lightly to close circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 1 : 2 dc in the 1st sc ; 2 dc in each sc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. (12 sts)

Round 2 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; 2 dc in each dc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. (24 sts)

Round 3 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; dc in the next dc ; 
*2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.  (36 sts)

Round 4 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; dc in the next 2 dc ; 
*2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next 2 dc* ; 
rep *to* all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.  (54 sts)

Round 5 : dc in each dc all around. (54 sts)

Cookie Monster, if you can see has a slightly odd shaped faced.. elliptical but not quite – so its circular at the bottom and then flattish on the top.  
For that we’ll do a half round of dc and the top half of sc’s.  So let’s place markers on the halfway point on our Monster face – Count 27 sts.

Round 6  : dc in the 1st dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; 
*dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc* ; 
rep 11 times *to* till the marker ; sc in the next dc ; 2 sc in the next dc ; 
*sc in the next dc ; 2 sc in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* till the end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  (81 sts)
Move marker to the centre point again.

Round 7 : dc in the 1st dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; 
*dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* till the marker ; 
hdc in the next st ; sc in the each sc till 1 st before the end ; 
hdc in the last st. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. 
  
We now have our Cookie Monster face.  
Fasten off and leave a long tail to join.

We will make now make Cookie Monster’s over-sized eyes , a large mouth and one cookie as well.

We will make the eyes in two parts – the white part and then the smaller black bit. The mouth is in one piece.


Cookie Monster Eyes : Part 1
Make two using white


Start with a magic circle and 6 sc in that circle. 
Pull lightly to close circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 1 : 2 sc in each sc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. 

Round 2 : sc in the 1st sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ; 
*sc in the next sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc. 

Round 3 – 4 : Rep Round 2

Last Round : sc in each sc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.  Fasten off and leave a long tail to join.


Cookie Monster Eyes : Part 2
Make two using black


Start with a magic circle and 6 sc in that circle. Pull lightly to close circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 1 : 2 sc in each sc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc. 

Round 2 : sc in the 1st sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ; 
*sc in the next sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc. 

Fasten off and leave a long tail to join.


Cookie Monster Mouth : 
Make one using black

Start with 25 fdc.  Turn.

Row 1 :  dc 2-tog in the 1st 2 fdc ; fdc in each fdc till last 2 fdc ; dc 2-tog in the last 2 fdc. Turn.

Row 2 :  sc in the 1st dc ; dc 2-tog in the next 2 dc ; dc in each dc till last 3 dc ; dc 2-tog in the next 2 dc ; sc in the last dc. Turn.

Row 3 :  sl-st in the 1st sc ; sc in the next dc ; dc 2-tog in the next 2 dc ; dc in each dc till last 3 dc ; dc 2-tog in the next 2 dc ; sc in the next dc ; sk last sc. Turn.

Row 4 :  Rep Row 3.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew in.

The Cookie : 
Make two in light brown



So our cookie here is going to be a semi circle.  I’ve decided to make this a 3D cookie, so I’m going to make two halves, and then join them up and stuff lightly.  I will then join the flattish part (as against the semi circular edge) of our cookies and have it stick out of the mouth.

Once you’ve made this basic light brown cookie, embellish it with little cross-stitch work in a darker shade of brown IF you want it to be a chocololate chip cookie.

Start with a magic circle and 8 sc in that circle. Pull lightly but do not close circle.  

Round 1 : 2 hdc in each sc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc. 

Round 2 : hdc in the 1st hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ; 
*hdc in the next hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc* ; 
rep *to* till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. 

Round 3 : hdc in the 1st hdc and every hdc all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. 

Fasten off and leave a long tail to join.

Chocolate chip embellishment : 


I have embellished my little cookie with little bits of darker brown to look like a lovely chocolate chip cookie – this is just a few basic cross stitches around the cookie.  Now the top of the cookie, where we started our magic circle has a little hole.. I’ve just covered that hole with the same darker brown to make it one larger chip of chocolate.. and all of this chocolate chipping is just on one side, unless you want it all authentic and work the under side as well.

Now, join the two halves of the cookie and stuff lightly with polyfill stuffing.

Bag strap :
I made a long fsc chain for my bag strap – nice thin and pretty durable. 
If you want it a little thicker, then work an sc (or hdc) in each fsc of this chain till you reach the start.
Join to the two sides of your Cookie Monster bag.

There are also two links given at the top of this pattern sheet on how to make an I-cord as well as a Rounded cord.


Finishing : There are several elements in this Monster face that need to be attached.  So let’s start with this fun job.  For this final finishing, we’re going to join all the elements we’ve made onto one side of the Monster face (made in blue)



1.       Monster eyes 1 : * Check Note.  Attach the whites of the eyes to the top of the head.  Now look at the picture of Cookie Monster – His eyes pop out over the top of his head.  So keeping the first round of the whites of eyes at the top of the blue face, pin the right eye down first.  Attach the eye around the top edge of the blue face, and then continue down the lower semicircle that forms the bottom of the whites of the eyes.  Once the right eye is properly attached, overlap and attach the left eye over this – once again ensuring that half the white of Cookie Monster’s eyes are over the top of his blue face.


2.     Monster eyes 2 : * Check Note.  Attach the blacks of his eyes  in a wonky way onto the whites of the eyes.
3.     * Note : You can attach the blacks of the eyes onto the whites first and then attach the whites onto the face as well. 


4.     Monster Mouth :  Cookie Monster’s large mouth fits just under the blue starting magic circle for his face.  So place the straight edge just under that first starting round, and pin the semi circular mouth down.  Then attach it down to the face.


5.     The Cookie : Attach the cookie with the bitten part of the cookie against the mouth (such that the semic circular bit of the cookie is near the bottom of Cookie Monster’s face).  We just attach that top bit of the cookie tightly and firmly to the mouth and it will stand out just a little bit – seemingly being eaten by Cookie Monster.  If you want it a little firmer, place a small semicircular piece of cardboard into the cookie just before you fill with stuffing, and it will stand out a little more.  However, do note that cardboard is not wash-safe, and if your little bag gets wet, it will squish up and ruin the whole effect.
6.     Finally join the two sides of the face together with sc-join or with a whip stitch (Info on a ‘how-to’ given on top)
7.     Once I’d attached the two parts of Cookie Monster’s face, I attached the strap on. 
8.     Line your bag and add the zipper (Instructions for a “how-to” given at the top of the blog).  Ensure that you line the back of the popped out whites of eyes as well, not only for neatness and good finish but also to ensure that it pops out straight and doesn’t curl down on itself.


And wow.. just look at what you’ve created.  One little kiddo is going to be mighty  pleased

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