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Saturday, 24 June 2017

MY STRAWBERRY BAG

free crochet strawberry bag pattern
MY STRAWBERRY BAG

Yes, I’m on a fruit-crazy bag mania .. with summer on in Mumbai, it seems only right .. not that one needs any justification when creating something cute and yummy ;)

I’m keeping this bag simple – it can be multipurpose - to be used by a kid for school stationery or for toilet accessories. I am going to make it without a handle. I am, however, giving you links for lining the bag and adding an I-cord if needed, so you can make this a nice hanging sling bag too.

With this blog, you get a whole load of new bag ideas.. and if you like swag / potli bags, then you get a whole load of those ideas too.. check out the end of this blog J

I have used two colours to easily show change of yarn colour.  I would suggest, as always, that it is better to work with my patterns via the laptop / tablet / I-pad rather than print it out - if nothing else, to save our environment.  Cheers

Materials used : Polyester purse yarn in cones (under 2 each of red and green) , with a 4 mm crochet hook
For Non-Indians :This yarn is available only in India, and has a 4-ply or sport ply thickness.  The branded international yarn(s) I have used that are similar in thickness are "I-love-this-cotton" cotton  yarn ; Lily Sugar n' cream.
This yarn is available at Pradhan Stores, Mumbai,  and they are on Facebook too.

Skill level : Intermediate to Advanced skill level

Stitches used :

fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

dc 5-tog : Double crochet 5-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 5 times (6 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 5-tog made.

How to carry your yarn along when using more than one colour : http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-carry-yarn-in-crochet.html


How to make a rounded cord for the handle : View the video link below for a really simple way to make a rounded cord handle for your handbag.  http://vimeo.com/88972371

How to make an I-cord : A neat way to make an I-cord in this video by June at http://www.planetjune.com/blog/how-to-crochet-an-i-cord/

How to line the bag : View the link below to see how to easily line your handbag. http://pattern-paradise.com/2014/06/12/tutorial-how-to-line-a-crocheted-bag/

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Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                      sp : Space                                 
sl-st : Slip stitch                               ch : Chain
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                              hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over      
dc 5-tog : Double Crochet 5-together                

free crochet strawberry bag pattern
              

As usual, before we head off into our project, let’s take a quick look at what we’re working on today.  We will work one rectangle that will make up the front and back of the bag .. maybe add in a little side extra bit .. (?) , put in a zipper along the flat top end, line it .. and voila we’re done with our lovely bag. 

You can use this pattern to make any bag (i.e not just a strawberry one), but if you’re making the strawberry bag, you need to use the two colours – red and green.
For this pattern, as we use one colored yarn alternatively, you will need to (a) carry yarn along and use as needed or (b) fasten off each color yarn at the end of each row and re-attach every other row.
So figure this out first, and then carry on with the pattern.


Part 1 : Front and back of the bag

free crochet strawberry bag pattern


free crochet strawberry bag pattern


Our stitch count for the bag is in multiples of 4 + 3.

Start Row 1 (with red yarn) : with a fsc in multiples of 4 + 3 for the length of the bag you need.

Row 2 : (with red yarn) : sc in the 1st 3 fsc, 5 dc in the next sc ;
*sc in the next 3 fsc ; 5 dc in the next fsc* ; 
rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Change to green yarn.

Row 3 : (with green yarn) : sc in the 1st 3 sts ; 
*dc 5-tog over the next 5 dc ; sc in the next 3 sts* ; 
rep *to* till end. Turn.

Change to red yarn.
In the following row, one of the sc will be worked over the dc 5-tog.

Row 4 : (with red yarn) : sc in the 1st st, 5 dc in the next st ;
*sc in the next 3 sts ; 5 dc in the next st* ; 
rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Change to green yarn.
Once again, in the following row, one of the sc will be worked over the dc 5-tog.

Row 5 : (with green yarn) : sc in the 1st st ; 
*dc 5-tog over the next 5 dc ; sc in the next 3 sts* ; 
rep *to* till end. Turn.

Change to red yarn.

Row 6 : (with red yarn) : sc in the 1st 3 sts, 5 dc in the next st ;
*sc in the next 3 sst ; 5 dc in the next st* ; 
rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Change to green yarn.

Row 7 : (with green yarn) : sc in the 1st 3 sts ; 
*dc 5-tog over the next 5 dc ; sc in the next 3 sts* ; 
rep *to* till end. Turn.

Change to red yarn.

Rep Rows 4 – 7 till you have the length needed, ending, if possible, on either a Row 5 or 7. 

There is only a small difference depending on which row you end – as the strawberries (made mainly by the dc 5-tog) will be differently placed.  I am writing a general idea here, and I am sure you will figure out what I mean.

Basically you will work one row of sc all through, with an sc in each sc and one sc on top of the dc 5-tog.  The main thing is that you should ensure you end with the same number of stitches as what you started with on this last row.

Last Row : (with red yarn) : sc in the 1st 3 sc ; 
*sc over the dc 5-tog ; sc in the next 3 sc* ; 
rep *to* till end. 
Count your stitches and check before you fasten off and weave in ends.

And we are done with our bag.

Check out my earlier watermelon bags and see if you'd like to add that side strip to make the bag a little wider.

You are working this in a rectangle, so once done, you will fold in half and if you are adding that side bit, you will only work a strip for half the width of the rectangle.  In the watermelon bag(s), we worked it all around the side and base, but here, the base is the rectangle - Got it?

The easy option, of course, is to just keep it a rectangle, fold in half, add the zipper on the top and voila you are done !

  
Finishing :

Once you decide what you are doing, all you need to do is attach the sides together for the simple easy option, or attach the little strip for the sides to widen / fatten your purse up a bit.

How to single crochet join :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmYEsHlgQ30

How to whip stitch join : 

If you are making this a hanging bag, check out the “how to” make an I-cord.  Or take the easy way out and get a regular metal chain handle as I have.

There are also convenient links for a “how to line” as well as “how to add zipper” at the top of this blog.
  
We’re ready to show off this lovely creation too.  Remember to tag me so that I can also enjoy your creation... and do remember to add my blog link with your project.  Cheers.

Enjoyed this ?? I sure did .. Come back right here for more freebie patterns J

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If you’ve liked this pattern, I would appreciate if you could share my blog when you make your creation.  Please also give due credit to the original designer and my inspiration.  Thank you.

Have a great day and see you soon. J

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

.. and YET ANOTHER WATERMELON BAG 1

free crochet watermelon bag pattern

.. and YET ANOTHER WATERMELON BAG 1

As I was working on my second watermelon inspired bags, I came up with an idea for another one – inspired by something I’ve worked on before.  The 2nd bag was worked with a circle and though it turned out pretty good, I thought that it could have had a slightly ‘flatter top’.  I am hoping that this one will achieve that.
That said, my earlier watermelon bags look awfully cute too ;)

The beauty of this bag is that you can make it in just about any size you want.  Just go ahead and increase the rounds, and you’ll have a larger bag.  Throw in a few black beads and you get an authentic watermelon slice with seeds !

I’m making this bag also, to be used to put in toilet accessories – so it does not require a handle.  I am, however, giving you links for lining the bag and adding an I-cord if needed, so you can make this a nice hanging bag too.

With this blog, you get a whole load of new bag ideas.. and if you like swag / potli bags, then you get a whole load of those ideas too.. check out the links at the end of this blog J

Finally, please note that I use two colours for my notes (which can be extensive and reallllllly detailed ;) ) so that the words pop out at you.  May I suggest that you save the blog and use it (without printing) directly from your laptop or tablet so that we can save paper and help our environment, while making this lovely project and spreading smiles.  Cheers :)

Materials used : Polyester purse yarn in cones , with a 4 mm crochet hook

Info for Non-Indians : This polyester purse yarn is a local yarn and has a 4-ply or sport ply thickness.  If interested it is available at Pradhan Stores (in Mumbai) via Facebook. The other international yarn I have used of this gauge would be "I-love-this-cotton" cotton from Hobby Lobby, but it does not have the sheen of my yarn.

Stitches used :
 fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

How to carry your yarn along when using more than one colour : http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-carry-yarn-in-crochet.html


How to make a rounded cord for the handle : View the video link below for a really simple way to make a rounded cord handle for your handbag.  http://vimeo.com/88972371

How to make an I-cord : A neat way to make an I-cord in this video by June at http://www.planetjune.com/blog/how-to-crochet-an-i-cord/

How to line the bag : View the link below to see how to easily line your handbag. http://pattern-paradise.com/2014/06/12/tutorial-how-to-line-a-crocheted-bag/

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Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                 sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                     sp : Space                                 
sl-st : Slip stitch                                              ch : Chain
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                              hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                              

As usual, before we head off into our project, let’s take a quick look at what we’re working on today.  We will work two halves to our bag and then we join the two halves together, put in a zipper along the flat top end, line it .. and voila we’re done with our lovely bag. 

You can use this pattern to make any bag (i.e not just watermelon but any semi-circular fruit), but if you’re making the watermelon bag, you need to use the three colours – red, white and then green.

So we will start with a fdc strip and work back and forth along this strip on both sides.  So if you are working on a larger bag, just increase the length of your start fsc strip.


Part 1 : Front / Back of the bag
Make two pieces

free crochet watermelon bag pattern


Start Row 1 (with red yarn) : with 8 fdc.
We will now turn and work these 8 sts, at the end we will work around the last fdc and along the back of these same stitches.

Row 2 : (with red yarn) : dc in the 1st 7 fdc ; 7 dc in the next fdc ; (turn and work along the back of the fdc) ; dc in each fdc till end.  Turn.

Row 3 : (with red yarn) : dc in the 1st 8 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc ; 
3 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the last 8 dc.  Turn.

Row 4 : (with red yarn) : dc in the 1st 10 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc ; 
3 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the last 10 dc.  Turn.

Row 5 : (with red yarn) : dc in the 1st 12 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc ; 
3 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the last 12 dc.  Turn.

Row 6 : (with red yarn) : dc in the 1st 12 dc ; (2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) once ; 3 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc ; 
rep (to) 2 times ; 
dc in the last 11 dc.  Turn.

Row 7 : (with red yarn) : dc in the 1st 12 dc ; (2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) 2 times ; dc in the next dc ; 3 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next 2 dc ; 
rep (to) 3 times ; dc in the last 11 dc.  Turn.

Row 8 : (with red yarn) : dc in the 1st 12 dc ; (2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) 4 times ; dc in the next dc ; 3 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next 2 dc ; rep (to) 5 times ; dc in the last 11 dc.  Turn.

Change to white yarn. Fasten off red yarn.

Row 9 : (with white yarn) : dc in the 1st and in each dc till end.  Turn.

Change to green yarn. Fasten off white yarn.

Row 10 : (with green yarn) : dc in the 1st and in each dc till end.  Fasten off and weave in ends. 


free crochet watermelon bag pattern



Part 2 : Side for our bag

For the sides of our bag, I have decided to make a flat rectangle which I plan on attaching around the sides of the green watermelon part.  This will give our bag a little thickness / space.

For this, please first count the number of stitches you have in your last row (so check either or both the green and white rows). 
You should have the same number of stitches for both the halves of your bag.

This is the start number of stitches that you will use for your rectangle.

Start Row 1 : With green yarn :
(Using fsc for the number of stitches you just counted) : with as many stitches as needed / counted.  Turn.

Rows 2 - 4 : (Using green yarn) : sc in the 1st fsc and in each fsc till end.  
Fasten off.


Finishing : 
Now all we need to do is attach this long rectangular strip to the sides of the bag only from one end to the other along the green section.

Using one of the methods below, please join the flat strip to the rounded purse.

How to single crochet join :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmYEsHlgQ30

How to whip stitch join : 

If you are making this a hanging bag, check out the “how to” make an I-cord.  There are also convenient links for a “how to line” as well as “how to add zipper” at the top of this blog.

If you want to add more authenticity, go ahead and either embroider in black seeds, OR add in some beads to mimic the seeds of the lovely watermelon.

We’re ready to show off this lovely creation too.

free crochet watermelon bag pattern


Enjoyed this ?? I sure did .. Come back right here for more freebie patterns J

If you're visiting me here for the first time, and have liked the experience, do add me to your mailing list (for your convenience) , and all my future free patterns will come straight to your mail box.  
I’d also appreciate if you could credit this blog when you complete your project.


If you’ve liked this pattern, I would appreciate if you could share my blog when you make your creation.  Please also give due credit to the original designer and my inspiration.  Thank you.

Have a great day and see you soon. J

You may want to take a look at some more beautiful and unusual bag / purse patterns.