I finally finished my first project with the granny squares I received from the Great Granny Swap and I'm REALLY pleased with how it turned out! Drum roll please.....
I used eight squares in all from the lighter colored ones I received. I first got them all to roughly the same size by adding 1-3 more rounds. I say "roughly" the same size because the gauges on a lot of the squares were really different. I puzzled and puzzled how to handle this with two of the bigger squares that incidentally had the PERFECT color schemes for my tote bag project and decided to add an outside cell phone pocket across the front. The pocket keeps the looser gauge squares from puffing out too much and makes a handy holder for keys and phone.
The back side of the tote was a little easier since I was able to find four squares in the right color scheme with relatively similar gauges. Aren't they gorgeous together?
Now, I love carrying little things in my bags and I didn't anything slipping through the granny holes on this project. So, each of the sides is also fully lined with a knitted panel 60 stitches wide by 68 stitches tall. Not one single penny is going to slip through this bag!
The sides, strap and bottom of the bag are made from a strips of 12 single crochet stitches. All in all I used almost an ENTIRE skein of Caron 1 Pound yarn in cream. One thing is for certain, this bag will last!