"To function properly, a bag must have room at the bottom to expand when filled," explains Fiber Trends. "Lily's easy solution is to begin with a strip for the bottom, then pick up stitches around and work upwards. The length of the strip, as well as the overall height of the body of the bag determines the size." Brilliant and good-looking, these would also suit a yarn with a little more interest (Cotton Classic II was an Aran weight or heavy worsted). Gauge is 8 sc and 9 rows to 2" (5cm) with a 4mm/G-6 hook; American crochet terminology.