Monday, 12 October 2015



A great stash buster.. and as I have a little bit of several yarns, so I thought this was the ideal pattern for it.  That said, one could also use a combination specially bought for this lovely potli bag.  J

So what’s a Potli ? (पोटली {poTali} = SWAG is the Hindi equivalent for Swag bag. (Just in case you’ve missed my earlier potli bag blogs, and are wondering…)

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 the internet, here are my notes as I make 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

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 4-tog : Double crochet 4-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 4 times (5 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 4-tog made.

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.

How to make an I-cord : A neat way to make an I-cord in this video by June at

How to line the bag : View the link below to see how to easily line your handbag.

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 4-tog : Double crochet 4-together
MC : Main Colour                           CC : Contrast Colour

Start with a magic circle and 8 hdc in that circle.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. 
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.

Rep Rounds 4 , increasing 8 sts each round, 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.

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 8.

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.

I’ve decided to use two colours.  So there is a Main Colour (MC), and Contrast Colour (CC).

Round 1 : (Using MC) : dc 4-tog in the 1st st ; sc in the next 3 sts ; 
*ch 3, sk next 2 sts , dc 4-tog in the next st ; ch 3, sk next 2 sts, sc in the next 3 st* ; 
rep *to* all around and join to the 1st st.

Round 2 : (Using MC) : sc on the 1st dc 4-tog ; 
*ch 7, sk next 3 sc , sc on top of the next dc 4-tog* ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

In the following row, we will do a dc that goes over and past the ch-7 of Round 2, and into the sc’s of Round 1. So a spike stitch of sorts.
For this pattern, I’d suggest that rather than work your sc around the ch-7 as we usually do, we take the trouble of working into each st of that ch-7 space.

Round 3 : (Using CC) : sc on the 1st sc ; 
*(2 sc in the ch-7 sp ; 3 dc that goes over the ch-7 and into the sc’s on the round below ; 2 sc in the same ch-7 sp) ; sc in the next sc * ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 4 : (Using CC) : sc in the 1st sc and each sc till end.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

And this completes our one pattern repeat.  I just love it.. don’t you. Little berries peeping out of the silvery base.. oh, how lovely will this look in a red and green combo J

Rep Rounds 1 – 4 till you have a bag of the height / length that you want, ending with a Round 4

Finishing :
So we only have our I-cord to make and there are two options given above for this.

You will then pass your I-cord in through the “V” openings created on the border / last row, just by our own pattern. 

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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