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Thursday, 20 April 2017

SHELLED TWO-TONED POTLI BAG

free crochet potli bag pattern

SHELLED TWO-TONED 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 ? {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 a free photo tutorial 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 carry your yarn along when using more than one colour :  http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-carry-yarn-in-crochet.html


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                                              

As usual, before we head off into our project, let’s take a quick look at what we’re working on today.  For our potli / swag bag, we’re going to start with a circular base and then work on a small edge (optional) as we finish our base.  We will then continue working in rounds for the top / sides of our bag. 
We will work our complete project in rounds.

You can add beads into your project at any time.  I have not added in any beads, but here’s what I suggest (if you want to add beads in).  Work a small swatch with just the pattern for the ‘sides / top’ of the bag, and calculate where you want your beads.  One pattern repeat for the sides will also give you the ‘length’ that you’re gaining, so you will be able to calculate how many rows of shelled pattern you need to reach the top, and accordingly you will be able to work in how many beads you need.
As always, please do add in more beads than you need or calculate for .. jus in case. 

Right then.. let’s now waste any more time.

Part 1 : Base of the Potli bag

Start with a magic circle and 8 sc in that circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc. Pull lightly to close the magic circle.

You can work with sc / hdc or dc for the rounds.  It does not matter which stitch you choose, as we are only interested in reaching the diameter needed for your base. 
Remember though that I am writing this pattern for working with hdc, so if you decide to use any other stitch, you will need to work as many rounds as needed for your project accordingly.

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 8 sts every alternate round, ending with Round 5, till you have a base of the size you want for your bag.

Remember that increasing every alternate round means that your bag base grows slower

So if you want a faster diameter growth, then work the increase round every round.  This will also give a flatter, softer finish for the base.  See what works best for you with your yarn.

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 or 5 and start with the pattern for the sides / top.



Part 2 : Main body pattern for sides / top of potli bag

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.

Here are a few ideas before we start on the shelled pattern for the sides.  If you decide to work in one colour all through, then you just work without any yarn change.

If you decide to change colours, then you will work with the yarn color change(s) given below.  I am giving you an idea of how to change colours.  What you do (or what I have done) is totally up to you ;) .  Create and enjoy!

MC is the Main Colour, and CC is the Contrast Color.

The following images (in shades of blue & green) are not mine - These are from the photo tutorial I found on the internet.  My work is in shades of gold.








Round 1 : (Using MC) : sc in the 1st sc ; sk next 3 sc, 11 dc in the next sc ;
*sk next 3 sc, sc in the next sc ; sk next 3 sc, 11 dc in the next sc* ;
rep *to* till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

We will now work a small shell st in all of our sc’s all around.  
Our Small Shell Stitch is (dc ; ch 2, dc), all in the same st or ch-sp.

Round 2 : (Using CC) : Small Shell st in the 1st sc ;
ch 2, sk next 5 dc, sc in the next dc ;
ch 2, sk next 5 dc, Small Shell St in the next sc ;
*ch 2, sk next 5 dc, sc in the next dc ;
ch 2, sk next 5 sc, Small Shell st in the next sc* ;
rep *to* till end ; ch 2 and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

In the following round, we will work our 11 dc (which makes that wonderful large shelled pattern) all in the ch-2 sp of our Small Shell st.

I repeat this here, as we have a set of ch-2 sps all around, and there should be no confusion about which ch-2 sp we are using here.

Round 3 : (Using CC) : sl-st into the 1st ch-2 sp of the 1st Small Shell st , 11 dc in that same 1st ch-2 sp ; sk next ch-2 sp, sc in the next sc ;
*sk next ch-2 sp ; 11 dc in the ch-2 sp of the next Small Shell st ;
sk next ch-2 sp, sc in the next sc* ;
rep *to* till end ; and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Change over to MC.
Please check the top of this blog for the many “how to” links for when working with two colours of yarn.

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

Round 5 : (Using MC) : sl-st into the 1st ch-2 sp of the 1st Small Shell st , 11 dc in that same 1st ch-2 sp ; sk next ch-2 sp, sc in the next sc ;
*sk next ch-2 sp ; 11 dc in the ch-2 sp of the next Small Shell st ;
sk next ch-2 sp, sc in the next sc* ;
rep *to* till end ; and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.



And that’s our pattern with two colours of yarn for you.  Rep Rounds 2 to 5 till your project is the length / height needed, ending with a Round 3 or a Round 5.  I have chosen to end with a picot on my last round.

I have worked a ch-3 picot which is (ch 3, sl-st into the 3rd ch from hk) all around.  So in the 11-dc set, the 6th dc is the middle one, so I worked a picot in that middle dc, and then I worked a picot in the sc. 

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.  Instead of working with the last round, you could decide to slip your cord around the shells in the row one under.

Finishing :

So we make our I-cord, thread it into the spaces ; line our bag and voila!
Check the top of this blog for lining “how to”.

I also chose to add a few beads on that last round (using a sewing needle) as I felt it just need a little more ;)

We’re ready to show off this lovely creation too.

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