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Thursday, 26 November 2015

PEAKS N’ VALLEYS POTLI BAG


PEAKS N’ VALLEYS POTLI BAG

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 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.

(Extended Double Crochet) e-dc :Yo, insert hk into st, yo, pull through 1 loop (3 loops on hk), yo, pull through 2 lps ( 2 lps on hk), yo, pull through both sts. One e-dc made. (This is like an sc over a regular dc). Photo tutorial for how to do an e-dc at the end of the blog.

Triple or treble crochet 2-together stitch (trc 2-tog) : http://newstitchaday.com/tr2tog-treble-crochet-two-together-decrease/

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/

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                                               e-dc : Extended Double Crochet
MC : Main Colour                                         CC : Contrast Colour
trc 2-tog : Treble / Triple crochet 2-together
hdc : Half double crochet

So for this lovely swag or potli bag, we will start at the rounded base, and then work our way up the sides to the pull-tie top of the bag.

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

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 1sthdc.

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 1sthdc.

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 1sthdc.

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 three colours.  
So there is a Main Colour (MC), and two Contrast Colours (CC1 and CC2).
Every alternate round will be an MC, and every other round will be a CC.

Round 1 :  (Using MC) : sc in the 1stst ; 
*ch 2, sk next st , sc in the next st ; ch 4, sk next 5 sts, sc in the next st* ; 
rep *to* all around and join to the 1st st.

Attach CC1 in the ch-2 sp.
You could either fasten off MC, or ensure that you bring it up with every round.

Round 2 : (Using CC1) : sc in the 1stch-2 sp,
(3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 1, 3 dc in the same ch-5 sp) ;
*ch 1, sc in the next ch-2 sp ; rep (to) once* ;
rep *to* all around and join to the 1st st.
Fasten off CC1 (or ensure that you bring it up with each round to the point needed later)

As per the chart below, the pattern shows a trc 2-tog.  You could use a trc or an e-dc (or a dc) instead of the trc.  Each different stitch will give you a different end product.

Round 3 : (Using MC) : trc 2-tog in the 1stsc ; ch 4, trc 2-tog in the same sc ;
*ch 2, sk next 6 dc and ch-1 sp, 
(trc 2-tog in the next sc ; ch 4, trc 2-tog in the same sc* ;
rep *to* all around ; ch 2, and join to the 1st st.

In this round, we work in our shelled pattern, and in the sc that is between the two shells, we need to do a spike stitch of sorts.  
So we will work our sc over and around the ch-2 sp into the ch-1 sp that is between the two 3- dc sets from Round 2.
This will, in effect, lock the shells of Round 4 with Round 2.

Fasten CC2 in a ch-2 sp.
Round 4 :(Using CC2) : sc in the 1st ch-2 sp ,
(3 dc in the next ch-4 sp ; ch 1, 3 dc in the same ch-4 sp) ;
*sc around the next ch-2 sp and into the ch-1 sp of Round 2 ; rep (to) once* ;
rep *to* all around and join to the 1st st.

Round 5 : (Using MC) : trc 2-tog in the 1st sc ; ch 4, trc 2-tog in the same sc ;
*ch 2, sk next 6 dc and ch-1 sp, 
(trc 2-tog in the next sc ; ch 4, trc 2-tog in the same sc* ;
rep *to* all around ; ch 2, and join to the 1st st.

Round 6 : (Using CC1) : sc in the 1st ch-2 sp ,
(3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 1, 3 dc in the same ch-5 sp) ;
*ch 1, sc around the next ch-2 sp and into the ch-1 sp of Round 4 ; rep (to) once* ;
rep *to* all around and join to the 1st st.

Round 7 : (Using MC) : trc 2-tog in the 1st sc ; ch 4, trc 2-tog in the same sc ;
*ch 2, sk next 6 dc and ch-1 sp, 
(trc 2-tog in the next sc ; ch 4, trc 2-tog in the same sc* ;
rep *to* all around ; ch 2, and join to the 1st st.

And this completes one repeat.  Rep Rounds 2 – 7 till you have a bag of the height / length that you want, ending with a Round 4 or 6.






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.

Photo tutorial for an e-dc or Extended Double Crochet






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