Tuesday, 1 September 2015

EASY BEADED POTLI BAG



EASY BEADED POTLI BAG

I have made a few of this sling swag bags, and someone wanted a simpler version.. well, I think this qualifies as simple. .. Well, with a slight twist J

Throw in the beads for a little bling and you have a lovely beaded 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. 

So what’s a 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.

Materials used : Polyester purse yarn with a 3.5 mm crochet hook
This yarn has a 4-ply thickness.

Size made : 9” x 5.25” (diameter)

Stitches used :

Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

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                                                trc : Treble / triple Crochet

Our stitch pattern is really easy here.  We will do a set of three sts together – an sc, a dc and an trc all in the same st, and that’s our pattern all through for the sides of our bag.  This gives a small bumpy shell like effect.  
We will just play with this pattern a bit to alternate the shells and add the “Wow” factor.. of course, we can also bling it all up with beads .. and then it’ll really be “WOW” !

We start with the base of our potli / swag bag in the usual way and just so we can use this without lining, I’ve decided to go with a hdc (which is a denser stitch than the dc) and gives my base a thickish feel too.

Now, if you decide you are going to line your bag, do go ahead with the dc’s for the base as this does not affect the pattern at all.  In this case then, please substitute instructions below with dc where ever you read hdc, till your project base is the size you want for your bag.

Right and onwards we march..

Start with a magic circle and 9 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 : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 5 :  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.

Rep Rounds 4 and 5, increasing by 11 sts every alternate round, ending with Round 5, till you have a base of the size you want for your bag.



Next round : In this last round for the base, sc in back loops only (blo), so that we get an edge that will not just look good, but also hold the bag base down flat.
If you do not want the edge and are happy with the base size here, please end with Round 4.

Main body pattern for sides / top of potli bag

For the top / sides of our bag, we will continue without any increase. 
Our pattern repeat is 3.

For convenience, I am going to re-number our rounds starting once again from 1.  Please do not confuse these rounds with the numbers above.  For all instructions that follow here, they are meant for this top/side section of your bag only.

Our shell stitch here is (sc ; dc ; trc) all in the same st.
Note : To start, we will do a ch-1 which will not count as a st.

Round 1 : ch 1 (does not count as a st) ; 
*Shell st in the 1st st ; sk next 2 sts , Shell st in the next st* ;  
rep *to* till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 2 : sc in the 1st sc ; *ch 2, sk next 2 sts , sc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 3 : sl-st into the 1st ch-2 sp ; 
Shell st in the same 1st ch-2 sp ; 
Shell st in the next ch-2 sp and each ch-2 sp till end. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.


Rep Rounds 2 and 3 till your project reaches the height you want.
We will then do a “hole” round so that we can string in our I-cord to bring it all together.  So let’s finish this off and we’ll meet soon.

Oh adding beads : I added beads in a round after Round 2.  
So for bead round : sc in the 1st sc ; 
*ch 1 ; add bead ; ch 1 and sc in the next ch-2 sp* ; 
rep *to* all the way around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

In the following round , I rep Round 2 : So sc in the 1st sc , 
*ch 2, sk ch and bead, sc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* all the way around. Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.



Right then.. so once your potli bag is of the length you want, end with  Round 3.

Hole row : dc in the 1st sc ; *ch 1, sk next shell, dc in the next sc* ; 
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 did a shell round 3 and then the bead round as well. 

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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