Thursday, 24 December 2015

ALTERNATE SHELLS POTLI BAG

ALTERNATE SHELLS 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.

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, but do check gauge if you’re using a different yarn.

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                                              

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 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. 

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.

The chart a dc so this is how I’ll write the pattern out.  You may use the hdc, or dc for this lovely creation. 

Our “V” stitch (“V”-st) here is (dc ; ch 1, dc) all in the same st or ch-sp

Round 1 : “V”-st 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, sk next 2 sts , “V”-st in the next st  ch 1, sk next 2 sts, sc in the next st* ; 
rep *to* till end  ; ch 1 , sk next 2 sts, and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 2 : 3 dc in the 1st ch-1 sp ; 
(3 dc in the next ch-1 sp ; sc in the next ch-5 sp ; 3 dc in the next ch-1 sp) ;  
*3 dc in the next “V”-st ; rep (to) once* ; 
rep *to* till end  ; join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 3 : sl-st / sk the 1st 3 dc, sc in the sp between the next 2 dc ;
*ch 1, sk next 3 dc , “V”-st in the next sc ; ch 1, sk next 3 dc , sc in the sp between the next 2 dc ;  ch 5, sk next 3 dc, sc in the next st* ; 
rep *to* till end  ; ch 5, sk next 3 dc, and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

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

Round 5 : “V”-st in the next sc ; ch 1, sk next 3 dc , sc in the sp between the next 2 dc ;  ch 5, sk next 3 dc, sc in the next st ; *ch 1, sk next 3 dc , “V”-st in the next sc ; ch 1, sk next 3 dc , sc in the sp between the next 2 dc ;  ch 5, sk next 3 dc, sc in the next st* ; rep *to* till end  ; ch 1, sk next 3 dc, and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 6 : 3 dc the 1st “V”-st ; (3 dc in the next ch-1 sp) ;
*sc in the next ch-5 sp ; [rep (to) in the next ch-1 sp ; 3 dc in the next “V”-st ; 
rep (to) once* ; rep *to* all around, rep (to) and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 7 : Rep Round 3

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

Our repeat rounds are Rounds 4 – 7.  Continue repeats till you have a bag of the length you desire.


Fasten off and weave in ends.

Now rather than have a ‘hole’ row to thread in our I-cord, I have just used the spaces between the shells, such that these shells then stick out on top and look really neat.

Finishing :

So we make our I-cord, thread it into the spaces ; line our bag and voila! We’re ready to show off this lovely creation too.

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