Tuesday, 22 September 2015

J's SHELLED POTLI BAG



J's SHELLED 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.  I’ve made it in a circular form here, but this same pattern can be used to make a rectangular clutch purse as well.

So how did this project come along.. well, see that lovely glass bead n silver chained wonder at the top of the bag? Well, my friend had that gifted to her some time back, and it had partly broken.  She thought I would be able to dismantle and use those beautiful pieces individually.  Coincidentally, just that evening, I found the exact same coloured yarn at my local yarn store and the rest as they say, is history.  Needless to say, she’s thrilled with the creation.. as am I.. J

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.

Inspired by this free chart I found on Pinterest , here are my notes and few additions to this lovely design.

Materials used : Polyester purse yarn in cones , with a 3.5 mm crochet hook
This yarn has a 4-ply or sport ply thickness.

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                                              

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

Start with a magic circle and 11 sc in that circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc. Pull lightly to close the magic circle.

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

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

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

Round 4 : dc in the 1st dc and in each dc all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 5 :  2 dc in the 1st dc ;
*dc in the next 3 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc*. 
Rep *to* till end ; dc in the last 3 dc. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

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, just do an sc in each st all around.  If don’t mind it being a little larger base, then dc in each st all around, before we continue on with the pattern for the sides.

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 11.

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.

Round 1 : (dc ;  ch 1, dc) in the 1st st ;
*ch 1, sk next 2 sts , sc in the next st ; ch 5, sk next 4 sts, sc in the next st ;
ch 1, rep (to) once in the next st* ;
rep *to* till end  ; ch 5 , sk next 4 sts, and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 2 : sl-st into the 1st ch-sp , 3 dc in the same 1st ch-sp ;
*(3 dc in the next ch-1 sp) ; sc in the next ch-5 sp ;
rep (to) in the next 2 ch-1 sps* ;
rep *to* all around, and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 3 : sc in the 1st dc ; ch 5, sk next 2 dc, sc in the next dc ;
* ch 1, sk next 2 dc, (dc ;  ch 1, dc) on the next sc ;
ch 1, sk next 2 dc, sc in the next dc ; ch 5, sk next 3 dc, sc in the next dc* ;
rep *to* all around, ch 1, and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 4 : 3 dc in the 1st sc ; sc in the next ch-5 sp ;
*(3 dc in the next ch-1 sp) ;
rep (to) in the next 2 ch-1 sps ; sc in the next ch-5 sp* ;
rep *to* all around, and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 5 : (dc ;  ch 1, dc) in the 1st st ;
* ch 1, sk next 2 dc, sc in the next dc ;
ch 5, sk next 3 dc, sc in the next dc ;
ch 1, sk next 2 dc, rep (to) on the next sc* ;
rep *to* all around, ch 1, and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

And that’s one repeat done  So stop your work and look at the beauty you’ve created.



Our repeat rounds are Rounds 2 – 5.  Continue repeats till you have a bag of the length you desire.

All potli bags need a ‘hole’ row where we can weave in the handle or I-cord.  Now with this lovely pattern, we have a ready-made row of holes , so I’ve just used the last row on the top to thread in my I-cord.

The pattern then becomes a lovely shell that sticks out like a border – which I thought was so perfect (and oh, so easy for lazy ole me!)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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