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Sunday, 12 July 2015

BEADED POTLI BAG


BEADED POTLI BAG

A lovely bag for an evening out.. or just to carry your mobile phone and keys.  The beauty of this bag is that you can make it in just about any size you want.

Potli (पोटली {poTali} = SWAG is the Hindi equivalent for Swag bag.
We will start our little potli bag from the base and work up to the top – so no drama here.. let’s just start with this cute lil’ bag.

Inspired by this free pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crochet-gift-bag-pearl here are my notes and few additions to this lovely design.



Materials used : Polyester purse yarn (in cones)  with a 4 mm crochet hook
This yarn has something between a 4-ply or sport ply thickness.

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 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/

How to add beads in crochet : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MbLCuyfv-M


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                                              

The designer has used hdc so this is how I’ll write the pattern out.  You may use the hdc or the dc stitch for this lovely creation.  I used the dc.

Start with a magic circle and 6 sc in that circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.
 Pull lightly to close the magic circle.

Round 1 : 2 hdc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 2 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ; 
*hdc in the next hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc*. 
Rep *to* till end ; hdc in the last hdc.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 3 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ; 
*hdc in the next 2 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc*. 
Rep *to* till end ; hdc in the last 2 hdc.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 4 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ; 
*hdc in the next 3 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc*. 
Rep *to* till end ; hdc in the last 3 hdc.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 5 :  2 hdc in the 1st hdc ; 
*hdc in the next 4 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc*. 
Rep *to* till end ; hdc in the last 4 hdc.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 6 :  2 hdc in the 1st hdc ; 
*hdc in the next 5 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc*. 
Rep *to* till end ; hdc in the last 5 hdc.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 7 :  2 hdc in the 1st hdc ; 
*hdc in the next 6 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc*. 
Rep *to* till end ; hdc in the last 6 hdc.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Rep Round 7, increasing by  6 sts every round till you have a base of the size you want for your bag.

In the last round, hdc in back loops only (blo), so that we get an edge that will not just look good, but also hold the bag down.

In the following rows we will start with the pattern, and work in the front and back loop of every alternate stitch.

For your convenience, I've written my notes, but you could also follow the original pattern via link above.

Next Round :  hdc in the back loop of the 1st hdc ; *hdc in the front loop of the next hdc ; hdc in the back loop of the next hdc*.  Rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Rep this round till your project is the height / size you want.

Now for a little pizzazz and bling, I’ve added a little beaded row or two.  So for a “how-to” on adding beads, please go to the top of the blog and see the convenient you-tube self-explanatory link.
For the pattern here, well all I did was : dc in the 1st st ; add bead ; sk next dc, dc in the next dc ; * add bead ; sk next dc, dc in the next dc* ;  rep *to* all the way till end and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
So you'll get this little "peek-a-boo" hole with a bead peeping through.. just lovely! 


For the next 2 rows, I did a regular pattern stitch and then repeated one more row of beading.

Finishing :
The designer has used a different edging, but here's mine.. so choices for you.

I did a shell edging after reaching the height / length I needed for my bag.  We need to do a row of holes as well, so we can loop in our cord (See the top of blog for 2 ways to make this cord).

Hole row : dc in the 1st dc ; *ch 1, sk next dc, dc in the next dc* ; rep *to* all the way till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
Now depending on how thick your cord is, you can use a dc or a trc in this row to increase the spacing and allow free access for your cord. 
So maybe you should make your cord first and then do this row.

Border :
For my shelled border, I added beads as well.  
The shell pattern I used here was [2 dc ; add bead ; 2 dc] all in the same st.
I did a shell or [to] in the 1st st, sk the next st and ch-sp and then shell or [to] in the next st all the way around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

You will then pass your I-cord in through the openings you’ve made just before that border row.  Now pull your bag closed and see how the little beading will show beautifully on the top.


Oh, I also added a few beads when making the I-cord as well J



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