Saturday, 24 June 2017

MY STRAWBERRY BAG

free crochet strawberry bag pattern

MY STRAWBERRY BAG


Yes, I’m on a fruit-crazy bag mania .. with summer on in Mumbai, it seems only right .. not that one needs any justification when creating something cute and yummy ;)

I’m keeping this strawberry crochet bag simple – it can be multipurpose - to be used by a kid for school stationery or for toilet accessories. I am going to make it without 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 sling 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 end of this blog J

I have used two colours to easily show change of yarn colour.  I would suggest, as always, that it is better to work with my patterns via the laptop / tablet / I-pad rather than print it out - if nothing else, to save our environment.  Cheers

Materials used : Polyester purse yarn in cones (under 2 each of red and green) , with a 4 mm crochet hook
For Non-Indians :This yarn is available only in India, and has a 4-ply or sport ply thickness.  The branded international yarn(s) I have used that are similar in thickness are "I-love-this-cotton" cotton  yarn ; Lily Sugar n' cream.
This yarn is available at Pradhan Stores, Mumbai,  and they are on Facebook too.

Skill level : Intermediate to Advanced skill level

Stitches used :

fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

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 5-tog : Double crochet 5-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 5 times (6 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 5-tog made.

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/

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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 5-tog : Double Crochet 5-together                

free crochet strawberry bag pattern
              

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 one rectangle that will make up the front and back of the bag .. maybe add in a little side extra bit .. (?) , 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 a strawberry one), but if you’re making the strawberry bag, you need to use the two colours – red and green.
For this pattern, as we use one colored yarn alternatively, you will need to (a) carry yarn along and use as needed or (b) fasten off each color yarn at the end of each row and re-attach every other row.
So figure this out first, and then carry on with the pattern.


Part 1 : Front and back of the bag

free crochet strawberry bag pattern


free crochet strawberry bag pattern


Our stitch count for the bag is in multiples of 4 + 3.

Start Row 1 (with red yarn) : with a fsc in multiples of 4 + 3 for the length of the bag you need.

Row 2 : (with red yarn) : sc in the 1st 3 fsc, 5 dc in the next sc ;
*sc in the next 3 fsc ; 5 dc in the next fsc* ; 
rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Change to green yarn.

Row 3 : (with green yarn) : sc in the 1st 3 sts ; 
*dc 5-tog over the next 5 dc ; sc in the next 3 sts* ; 
rep *to* till end. Turn.

Change to red yarn.
In the following row, one of the sc will be worked over the dc 5-tog.

Row 4 : (with red yarn) : sc in the 1st st, 5 dc in the next st ;
*sc in the next 3 sts ; 5 dc in the next st* ; 
rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Change to green yarn.
Once again, in the following row, one of the sc will be worked over the dc 5-tog.

Row 5 : (with green yarn) : sc in the 1st st ; 
*dc 5-tog over the next 5 dc ; sc in the next 3 sts* ; 
rep *to* till end. Turn.

Change to red yarn.

Row 6 : (with red yarn) : sc in the 1st 3 sts, 5 dc in the next st ;
*sc in the next 3 sst ; 5 dc in the next st* ; 
rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Change to green yarn.

Row 7 : (with green yarn) : sc in the 1st 3 sts ; 
*dc 5-tog over the next 5 dc ; sc in the next 3 sts* ; 
rep *to* till end. Turn.

Change to red yarn.

Rep Rows 4 – 7 till you have the length needed, ending, if possible, on either a Row 5 or 7. 

There is only a small difference depending on which row you end – as the strawberries (made mainly by the dc 5-tog) will be differently placed.  I am writing a general idea here, and I am sure you will figure out what I mean.

Basically you will work one row of sc all through, with an sc in each sc and one sc on top of the dc 5-tog.  The main thing is that you should ensure you end with the same number of stitches as what you started with on this last row.

Last Row : (with red yarn) : sc in the 1st 3 sc ; 
*sc over the dc 5-tog ; sc in the next 3 sc* ; 
rep *to* till end. 
Count your stitches and check before you fasten off and weave in ends.

And we are done with our bag.

Check out my earlier watermelon bags and see if you'd like to add that side strip to make the bag a little wider.

You are working this in a rectangle, so once done, you will fold in half and if you are adding that side bit, you will only work a strip for half the width of the rectangle.  In the watermelon bag(s), we worked it all around the side and base, but here, the base is the rectangle - Got it?

The easy option, of course, is to just keep it a rectangle, fold in half, add the zipper on the top and voila you are done !

  
Finishing :

Once you decide what you are doing, all you need to do is attach the sides together for the simple easy option, or attach the little strip for the sides to widen / fatten your purse up a bit.

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.  Or take the easy way out and get a regular metal chain handle as I have.

There are also convenient links for a “how to line” as well as “how to add zipper” at the top of this blog.
  
We’re ready to show off this lovely creation too.  Remember to tag me so that I can also enjoy your creation... and do remember to add my blog link with your project.  Cheers.

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