Monday, 26 February 2018

FAT BOTTOM SWAG BAG

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FAT BOTTOM SWAG BAG


I was gifted a bag full of slinky shiny polyester (malai dori) purse yarn, and my head was spinning with ideas.
This is the first bag I’m making with a part of this stash.

The fat bottom swag bag is a pretty popular pattern, and one that has been on my ‘to do list’ for a while. Now it’s DONE! ;)

Materials used : Some polyester silky malai dori with 5.5 mm crochet hook
For Non-Indians : The malai dori  yarn is available only in India (to my knowledge). This yarn has a 6 / 8-ply thickness.
You can make this project with any yarn and a hook that suits it.

Skill level : Easy to Intermediate. 

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.

Extended Single Crochet (e-sc) : hk into st, yo (2 lps on hk), pull through one lp, yo (2 lps on hk),pull through both lps.  One e-sc made.
(An e-sc is basically an sc on an sc)

 How to change colours while crocheting with multiple color yarns : http://www.diyhowto.org/tapestry-crochet-free-patterns/


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 add & crochet with beads : Check out this neat link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MbLCuyfv-M

How to thread beads onto your yarn : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3WKv0W8miQ


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 
fsc : Foundation Single crochet        
e-sc : Extended Single crochet

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For today’s interesting fat bottom swag bag, please visit http://walaikrusye.blogspot.in/2013/08/1-tutorial-fat-bottom-bag.html?m=1
for the original pattern

So what did I do differently?
a)   As I am working with a pretty thick yarn, I decided to use the e-sc or the extended single crochet. Please check the bottom of this blog for a photo tutorial on ‘how to’.  As I said at the top of this blog, an e-sc is basically an sc on an sc J
b)   I changed yarn colours randomly – but did try for some form of uniformity.  I was trying to finish off my stash, so I basically divided all the yarn into two lots and used one set per side.

The explanation on the pattern sheet is pretty good – but I thought I’d just explain how you go about it to give you a visual effect.  I like to visualise what I am about to create – especially when I am using up stash and need to see where I can use which yarn.  As this is the first time I am making a fat bottom bag, I had a lot of ‘winging’ – and would like to save you that bother, if I could.

So we start with 33 sts (or 32 if using fsc start) and then you start an even increase of 2 sts per row.  After a few rows, we stop increases and get that flat fat bottom effect.  We finally start decreasing 2 sts per row to mirror the start and finish off.
We therefore get this funny shaped piece, which is given in the chart at the start of our pattern sheet.

Now to fold it, we simply fold top to bottom.

This is why you get the striped pattern when you are using multiple colours – the stripes of your multiple yarn go top to bottom – because you are working side to side and have folded top to bottom.. got it?
The lovely pattern shows through even if you are using just one colour.

We then run a row of sc along the top and work the handle off this last row. 
I had a lovely handle that matched beautifully, so decided to use that instead.

Right then.. go off to that pattern sheet and have fun crafting & creating something unusual.

Part 2 : Joining
Fold the body of the bag down in half.
I have sewn part of the sides first.  As I am working with limited yarn, I could not work all the rows as given in the sheet.  I am also working with a pretty thick yarn and felt the ‘flat portion’ of my bag was growing too wide. However, it’s this flat portion that gives you the depth and fat bottom effect.  I think if you work per pattern, you may not need to sew the sides up and that allows you to have a wider opening off the top.  I guess you just need to pick your hook up, make it and see if that works for you J

How to join using whip stitch : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBYfdRgy5II

How to single crochet join :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmYEsHlgQ30

How to work an e-sc / extended single crochet :
Extended Single Crochet (e-sc) : hk into st, yo (2 lps on hk), pull through one lp, yo (2 lps on hk),pull through both lps.  One e-sc made.
(An e-sc is basically an sc on an sc)





Part 3 : Finishing :

For this bag, you may want to line it before you finish off.  There is a link given on the pattern sheet too – but here’s one more
a)   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/
b)   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
c)     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/


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