Cal 2020 keeping the stitches small
We are now at the half way point of the cal. Four more weeks to go. In week 5 we will continue with the side of the bag and crochet 14 rounds again.
It makes me so proud to see many beautiful pictures of Mochilas posted in the Facebook groups.
One of the admins tasks is to help the members. In some of the work that is shown, the stitches are a bit loose/high. We often comment 'keep the loops on your hook as small as possible'. It might not be clear to everybody how to do that, so I made a few pictures to improve the result of your work.
In the first picture you see that the loop on the hook is small. When you keep the loop small, the stitches will be more compact. This makes the work firm.
In the second picture the loop is too big. When the loop is too big, the pattern will stretch and the bag will not be firm.
In the third picture I hold my 2 mm hook in front of the stitches. Maybe this way you can see how small the stitches need to be.
I also have a video where I show how to keep the loops as small as possible. Improving the Mochila stitch
When you have nice compact stitches, the round bag is about 13 cm / 5.1 inch high and the oval bag is about 11,5 cm / 4.5 inch high after week 4.
Like I wrote in the pattern, the measurements can be different, because everybody crochets different.
These are the measurement you should be aiming for, to get the pattern to look like it was meant to be.