Step 4: Make Granny Squares and Assemble Bag
Material/Tools for Granny Squares:
Size G or H crochet needle
Yarn: Approximately 1 1/2 to 2 skeins
Colors of your choice
Masking tape & Pen/Marker
To Make Granny Squares:
1. Layout your punched squares and visualize your bag for color and coordination. (This is where your plan come in handy.) You may need to move sheets around to get the effect and color scheme you want. You also may want to make your aluminum squares bigger or littler, depending on the size of your cans and the size of bag you want.
---*I chose (4) 5 1/2 X 5 1/2 squares, (1) 5 1/2 X 7, (4) 2 1/2 X 2 1/2 and (1) 6 X 3 for front and back. Each side is (3) 5 1/2 X 5 1/2 squares and same for bottom.
2. When you have your squares laid out the way you want, flip each square over, one at a time and write the position of the square on a piece of masking tape and stick it to the back of the square. (In other words, mark the top left corner square, TOP: left. Then the next one, TOP: middle, and so on.) When itÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬Ã¢ÂÂ¢s time to crochet your squares and later, assemble your bag, you will be glad you did this step! DonÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬Ã¢ÂÂ¢t skip it!
3. Select yarn. I suggest you use acrylic or acrylic blend. You will need 1 skein of background or main color (MC) and various colors (CC or coordinating colors) for the squares OR you could go with a single color for all squares and a background color OR one single color for the whole thing. (In that case you would need at least 2 skeins of MC.) It's really up to you what colors you want, choose what pleases YOU.*
--*I chose colors which coordinated with the can colors I was using. I picked beer cans of primarily blue, gold and red. So I used yarns of blue, turquoise, gold with black for the background color or Main Color (MC).
--**In some parts I just wanted segments of the cans, ie. the gold stars with blue background, so I made mini-squares for these.
4. Using G size hook and CC, do single crochet stitch around square, except corners. At each corner, do 1 single crochet, 1 double crochet, 1 single. You will use the holes in the metal to work the stitch through (like you would the chain stitch).
5. When you get to the end of row 1, connect with a slip stitch. Make two more rows the same. Then, switch to MC and do another row. Finish last row with single crochet around edge, (3 single crochet at each corner hole).
--*You might have to adjust number of rows if you go with a smaller or larger square-- but always finish last row with MC.
6. When you have crocheted all the granny squares you need, assemble by loosely crocheting together seams with single crochet stitch (on wrong side) OR use yarn and plastic hand sewing needle to hand stitch seams together, laying squares out flat while you stitch. (This is when you will be glad you added your tags on the back of each square!) Be careful when stitching together seams that you don't pucker them. Otherwise, your bag will not lay flat.
6. Finish off top of bag with a single crochet stitch edging in MC or CC.