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And yes, there's a reason why the "optimal angle" shots are ones that show them at rather hard-to-make-out angles. It's because the size of each is nowhere near what I want them to be. Teal Fat Bottom Bag came out on the small side and is rather floppy (having been crocheted at a loose gauge), whereas Yellow Fat Bottom Bag is too big, or perhaps I should say gargantuan. (Yet another blurred image coming right up, this one's blurred to a point of photographic unacceptability but I feel I have to include a more truthful representation of the bag and this is the only one I have on file).
Perhaps the worst part about the wrong turns I made with these two bags is that they were either deliberate deviations I'd made from the pattern or due to important steps I'd skipped in my eagerness to be working on the actual project. If only I'd paid attention to gauge! If only I hadn't added those extra stitches! And most importantly: if only I'd had a clearer idea of how big it was supposed to turn out anyway!
That said, I hope I've made it clear that the errors were my own and not the pattern's. Really, if you like to make bags, you should try making this one. It's simple, clever and guaranteed to present new insights about bag construction. Which is why I must soon try my hook at another fat bottom bag in the near stash-busting future, during which I resolve to:
- Crochet a swatch. I'd prefer the resulting fabric to be on the sturdy, un-drapey side as this will show the gathers of the bag better.
- Work out the final dimensions in inches or centimeters (on an aside, may I ask, which do you prefer to use?)
- Make every necessary computation.
- Come up with a formula to share with everyone.
So just you wait, you elusive Fat Bottom Bag, you. I'll have the better of you yet.