How to make “the Janeal:”
- Crochet a doily. Or knit or tat it. Whatever floats your boat. Block meticulously, no matter how much you don’t want to. Measure the … diameter? Radius? Just measure it all the way across.
- Knit a swatch in stockinette that is wider (but not necessarily taller) than the aforementioned measurement. It should have a multiple of six stitches. Plus you can do a garter stitch border, if you want. Just make allowances for it. End with a wrong side row. Don’t bind off yet, miss hasty.
- Count the number of stitches on your needles. Divide that number by six. So now you have six sections of stitches, each with the same amount of stitches.
- Knit section 1.
- Bind off the stitches in section 2.
- Knit sections 3 and 4.
- Bind off the stitches in section 5.
- Knit section 6. Turn.
- Purl across, casting on where you dropped stitches previously, to make handles.
- Continue in stockinette for an inch or two.
- Block, if that’s your thing.
- Appliqué the doily to the bag.
- Fold the bag in half lengthwise, and sew together. You can do a lining if you’re really talented, or commission someone else to do it if you aren’t. I really do recommend lining this project, though, because the wrong side of the fabric gets messy in the appliqué-ing process.
Easy as pie.
Oh, and if you make something inspired by this, tell me about it, please. It will make me endlessly happy.
Edit: Futuregirl just made a fabulous tutorial that would work very well for the lining on this bag. Find it here.