I must confess.. I kinda made this pattern up as I went. A few things were intentional, though.. like the fact that the pattern alternates between diamonds and pentagons, and that there are two rows of filled-in shapes followed by one row of empty shapes (hence the name “full and empty”). Also, in each row the shapes are connected by a horizontal line. (Once again, a confession: I did that so I wouldn’t have to switch colors as often :P) It turned out pretty nicely though, right?
Here’s the bag I made with the pattern. Notice that the straps and the area right under them is pink instead of red. My main reason for doing that was that I was running out of red yarn.
I should tell you guys, I hardly ever buy yarn at full price. I either look for sales or (my preferred option) I search thrift stores. I have found some amazing deals on brand new, still packaged yarn at my local Goodwill. Speaking of, have you guys heard of shopgoodwill.com? It’s basically the best of what Goodwills around the country have to offer, up for auction. I am not the kind of person who enjoys the stress of buying things from auctions, but the good thing is there typically is not very much competition. It’s safe to say that at any given moment you can find a good or great deal on yarn. The only thing is that recently many sellers have jacked up the prices of shipping and handling. Because of that, I recommend checking to see if you can find a local Goodwill on the website so that you can pick up your items in order to avoid the shipping fees. (Handling fees will usually still apply.)
Back to the pattern! Since I was really just improvising, the graphed pattern I’m including below isn’t going to show you exactly what you see in the picture above. Instead, it shows the variations of diamonds and hexagons that I used (some full, some empty, some striped).
This pattern is so simple that it really leaves a lot of space for variation. I would love to see what you guys do with this pattern. Share your creations with me and your fellow crocheters on my Facebook page! And as always, if you would like the full pattern for the bag I made, just let me know in the comments below and I would be more than happy to post it. Happy crocheting!