I’m So Groovy!

I would like to introduce to you my new (and first) crochet pattern  
The Groovy Granny Bag.

Some months ago I was asked by Handmade Magazine (Australia) to design something for their retro/vintage issue (Vol 31 No 7).  So, of course, the perennial favourite, the granny square, came to mind. Which then tumbled out all those orange, brown, purple memories of my ’70’s childhood! And so the Groovy Granny Bag was hatched!

If you are like me you always have lots of stuff – be it crafty goodness, everyday crap important things, your Hubby’s car keys (because he doesn’t have a bag and his pockets are too small!) and sundry others in your bag and hence need lots of space.  So the Groovy Granny Bag has a gusset to give us width and space. The bag dimensions are 14 1/2″ long x 10 1/2″ high x 3 1/2″ wide 36.25cm long x 26.25cm high x 8.7.5cm wide) – large enough to suit many purposes.

 And in keeping with the ’70’s theme a wooden toggle closure and a macrame-like set of handles.  Do you remember the macrame craze??? I heard tell somewhere on the craft grapevine it was coming back! Don’t think it will be for me this time around either!!

I have combined granny squares with some little circlular-ish flower motifs just to mix it up a bit.  The bag is fully lined as well – in fact, it is double lined so you see the right side of the orange lining fabric from the outside and the right side of the lining fabric on the inside.
Naturally, as with all patterns, you can change colours, handles, closures, etc to make it sing ‘You’!
The pattern is listed for sale in my Craftsy, Etsy (did you know Etsy has instant pdf download now?) and Ravelry (where I am known as Knitting Maide) stores as a pdf download. As with all my patterns, full photographic support is given with the written instructions.  The crochet pattern is written using UK/Australian terminology but if you are more familiar with the US terminology you just have to email me (sewwellmaide@gmail.com) and I can supply these for you.

 I am very happy to say that the magazine thought it was indeed worthy of publishing!!

Until next time, happy quilting, knitting, sewing, crocheting and crafting ….


Until next time, happy sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting and crafting ....



  1. Wow, well done! Retro is so NOW, too ;-)

  2. Karen, this bag is sooooo hip and cool. I love it you did a great job.


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