Wednesday, 21 June 2017
.. and YET ANOTHER WATERMELON BAG 1
As I was working on my second watermelon inspired crochet bags, I came up with an idea for another one – inspired by something I’ve worked on before. The 2nd bag was worked with a circle and though it turned out pretty good, I thought that it could have had a slightly ‘flatter top’. I am hoping that this one will achieve that.
That said, my earlier watermelon bags look awfully cute too ;)
The beauty of this bag is that you can make it in just about any size you want. Just go ahead and increase the rounds, and you’ll have a larger bag. Throw in a few black beads and you get an authentic watermelon slice with seeds !
I’m making this bag also, to be used to put in toilet accessories – so it does not require a handle. I am, however, giving you links for lining the bag and adding an I-cord if needed, so you can make this a nice hanging bag too.
With this blog, you get a whole load of new bag ideas.. and if you like swag / potli bags, then you get a whole load of those ideas too.. check out the links at the end of this blog J
Finally, please note that I use two colours for my notes (which can be extensive and reallllllly detailed ;) ) so that the words pop out at you. May I suggest that you save the blog and use it (without printing) directly from your laptop or tablet so that we can save paper and help our environment, while making this lovely project and spreading smiles. Cheers :)
Materials used : Polyester purse yarn in cones , with a 4 mm crochet hook
Info for Non-Indians : This polyester purse yarn is a local yarn and has a 4-ply or sport ply thickness. If interested it is available at Pradhan Stores (in Mumbai) via Facebook. The other international yarn I have used of this gauge would be "I-love-this-cotton" cotton from Hobby Lobby, but it does not have the sheen of my yarn.
Stitches used :
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches. This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree! If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !
Do visit this lovely link http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-double-crochet-fdc/
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 seamlessly change colours : http://newstitchaday.com/how-to-crochet-how-to-change-colors-seamlessly/
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
As usual, before we head off into our project, let’s take a quick look at what we’re working on today. We will work two halves to our bag and then we join the two halves together, put in a zipper along the flat top end, line it .. and voila we’re done with our lovely bag.
You can use this pattern to make any bag (i.e not just watermelon but any semi-circular fruit), but if you’re making the watermelon bag, you need to use the three colours – red, white and then green.
So we will start with a fdc strip and work back and forth along this strip on both sides. So if you are working on a larger bag, just increase the length of your start fsc strip.
Part 1 : Front / Back of the bag
Make two pieces
Start Row 1 (with red yarn) : with 8 fdc.
We will now turn and work these 8 sts, at the end we will work around the last fdc and along the back of these same stitches.
Row 2 : (with red yarn) : dc in the 1st 7 fdc ; 7 dc in the next fdc ; (turn and work along the back of the fdc) ; dc in each fdc till end. Turn.
Row 3 : (with red yarn) : dc in the 1st 8 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc ;
3 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the last 8 dc. Turn.
Row 4 : (with red yarn) : dc in the 1st 10 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc ;
3 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the last 10 dc. Turn.
Row 5 : (with red yarn) : dc in the 1st 12 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc ;
3 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the last 12 dc. Turn.
Row 6 : (with red yarn) : dc in the 1st 12 dc ; (2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) once ; 3 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc ;
rep (to) 2 times ;
dc in the last 11 dc. Turn.
Row 7 : (with red yarn) : dc in the 1st 12 dc ; (2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) 2 times ; dc in the next dc ; 3 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next 2 dc ;
rep (to) 3 times ; dc in the last 11 dc. Turn.
Row 8 : (with red yarn) : dc in the 1st 12 dc ; (2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) 4 times ; dc in the next dc ; 3 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next 2 dc ; rep (to) 5 times ; dc in the last 11 dc. Turn.
Change to white yarn. Fasten off red yarn.
Row 9 : (with white yarn) : dc in the 1st and in each dc till end. Turn.
Change to green yarn. Fasten off white yarn.
Row 10 : (with green yarn) : dc in the 1st and in each dc till end. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Part 2 : Side for our bag
For the sides of our bag, I have decided to make a flat rectangle which I plan on attaching around the sides of the green watermelon part. This will give our bag a little thickness / space.
For this, please first count the number of stitches you have in your last row (so check either or both the green and white rows).
You should have the same number of stitches for both the halves of your bag.
This is the start number of stitches that you will use for your rectangle.
Start Row 1 : With green yarn :
(Using fsc for the number of stitches you just counted) : with as many stitches as needed / counted. Turn.
Rows 2 - 4 : (Using green yarn) : sc in the 1st fsc and in each fsc till end.
Now all we need to do is attach this long rectangular strip to the sides of the bag only from one end to the other along the green section.
Using one of the methods below, please join the flat strip to the rounded purse.
How to single crochet join : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmYEsHlgQ30
How to whip stitch join :
If you are making this a hanging bag, check out the “how to” make an I-cord. There are also convenient links for a “how to line” as well as “how to add zipper” at the top of this blog.
If you want to add more authenticity, go ahead and either embroider in black seeds, OR add in some beads to mimic the seeds of the lovely watermelon.
We’re ready to show off this lovely creation too.
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