Wednesday, 15 March 2017

LACED POTLI BAG 1

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LACED POTLI BAG 1


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 ? (pronounced {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... and here is what inspired me to start on this project.



The beauty of following my blogs is that with this one simple creation, you will also get links for allllllllllll my earlier bag projects .. so come along and check them all out.

Materials used : Polyester purse yarn (one cone) , 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.

dc 3-tog : Double crochet 3-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 3 times (4 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 3-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.  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                                              
dc 3-tog : Double Crochet 3-together          

                   

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

free crochet bag pattern


Start with a magic circle and 6 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 :  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.

Round 5 :  2 hdc in the 1st hdc ; *hdc in the next 4 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc*. 
Rep *to* till end ; hdc in the last 4 hdc.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Rounds 6 - 9 :  Rep Round 5, increasing by 6 sts every round.  Check the size of the bottom of your bag, and decide if you want to increase any further.  The size of the bottom of your bag does not make any difference to the pattern, so go ahead and get it to the size you want.  Remember though that you will be increasing only 6 sts every round.

Last round (Optional) : In this last round for the base, sc in back loops only (blo), with 1 sc-blo in each hdc all around ; 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 work your chosen regular st all around and continue without fastening off for the sides of the potli bag.

Main body pattern for sides / top of potli bag



free crochet potli bag pattern

free crochet potli bag pattern



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.

Rounds 1 & 2 : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around, and join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

In the following round, we will use a dc 3-tog.  Please check the top of this blog for a quick refresher on “how to” if needed.

Round 3 : hdc in the 1st hdc ; sc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next hdc ;
*ch 2, sk next hdc, dc 3-tog in the next hdc ;
(ch 2, sk next hdc, hdc in the next hdc ; sc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next hdc)* ;
rep *to* till end  ; ch 2, join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 4 is similar in pattern to Round 3. 
So we will work the combination of (hdc , sc ; hdc) but we will work this on the dc 3-tog ; and we will work our dc 3-tog for this round on the sc of the earlier round.

Round 4 : sl-st past the 1st hdc and into the 1st sc ; dc 3-tog in the same 1st sc ;
*ch 2, sk next hdc, dc 3-tog in the next hdc ;
(ch 2, sk next hdc, [hdc ; sc ; hdc] all in the next dc 3-tog ;
ch 2, sk the next hdc, dc 3-tog in the next sc)* ;
rep *to* till end  ; ch 2, join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

We will use a “V”-st in our following round. 
Our “V” stitch (“V”-st) here is (dc ; ch 1, dc) all in the same st or ch-sp

Round 5 : sl-st into the 1st dc 3-tog, “V”-st in the same dc 3-tog ;
*sk next hdc, “V”-st in the next sc ; sk next hdc, “V”-st in the next dc 3-tog* ; 
rep *to* till end  ; and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 6 : hdc the 1st dc (of the 1st “V”-st) ;
*hdc in the next ch-1 sp ; hdc in the next 2 dc* ; 
rep *to* all around, 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 3 – 6.  Continue repeats till you have a bag of the length you desire. (Please read Notes below before you decide on length)
Note :  Just before you reach the final length, here’s a thought / idea for you.

You could work all the way to the end with this pattern, and end with a Round 5 (“V”-st round).  We can then work the final round off this last round
OR you stop at Round 5, and then work a few more rounds of “V”-st (as per the chart) and finally work the border. 

Just so you have options, I am writing this as charted, and you can decide what you want to do.

So after you have almost reached the length needed, end at Round 5.  There are three more rounds that I will put down as Border rounds 1 – 3.

Border Rounds 1 & 2 : sl-st into the 1st “V”-st ; “V”-st in the same 1st “V”-st ; “V”-st in the next and each “V”-st till the end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. 

In this round we will work a larger “V” in the ch-1 sps of every alternate “V”-st.

Border Round 3 : sl-st into the 1st “V”-st ; (dc ; [ch 1, dc in the same ch-1 sp of the “V”-st] ; rep [to] once) all in the same 1st “V”-st ;
*sc in the next “V”-st ; rep (to) once in the next “V”-st* ;
rep *to* till the end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. 

In our last round, we have two options.  You can either work just a ch all around, OR you can work in a picot.
If you are working a picot, may I suggest a ch-3 picot, which is (ch 3, sl-st into the 3rd ch from hk).
I am giving you both options below.

Border Round 4 : (Option 1 : as charted) : sc the 1st “V”-st ; (dc ; [ch 1, dc in the same ch-1 sp of the “V”-st] ; rep [to] once
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 ; or you could (like I have) get a nice shiiiiiiny lace and thread that through the spaces .. and you could also use the same (or another similar one) for the “V” stitches in the centre of your bag (as the designer has done).  
Add a few beads on that last round, in the middle of your "V"-sts.. or the last 2 rounds.. 
Each new addition gives this lovely bag a new look.. and of course makes it uniquely yours.  You may line your bag (there are ideas given at the top of this blog) … and voila! We’re ready to show off this lovely creation !

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