Saturday, 16 June 2018

BOHO TAPESTRY BEACH BAG


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BOHO TAPESTRY BEACH BAG


The minute I saw this picture for this boho beach bag, I knew this was one that would get done.. It’s time has come.  Come along, let’s work on this boho tapestry beach bag together.

Materials usedJust over one cone of polyester purse yarn in cones , with a 3.5 mm crochet hook
For Non-Indians : The polyester purse yarn is available only in India (to my knowledge). This yarn has a 4-ply or sport ply thickness.
You can make this project with any yarn and a hook that suits it.

Skill levelIntermediate. 

Stitches used :
Magic circle :To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

How to work with multiple coloured yarnsRead this informational write up http://www.diyhowto.org/tapestry-crochet-free-patterns/

How to carry your yarn along when using more than one colour : 

How to seamlessly  change colours : 

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 


For our boho beach bag, I have worked off the photograph here, using the yarn I have in hand.  I do not know if there is a pattern for this bag – anyway, the yarn used for the project is way thicker than the one I am using (it looks like t-shirt yarn) so I would need to tweak my pattern anyway.

The beauty of this project is more due to the use of two colours.  Use at least two colours, but you could use more colours as well.
As the changing and choosing of colours marks your creativity, I will leave the choice of colours and the changing totally to you.

Edited to add : After I finished making my bag, I chanced on the photograph on a Pinterest page and after several clicks (& hunting through several web pages), I *found* this video for the bag ! As I said at the start, it is t-shirt yarn J

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Here are my notes for what I have done..
Start Round 1 : (Using Colour 1) : with a magic circle and 7 hdc in that circle.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 2 : (Using Colour 1) : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Attach Colour 2.
Round 3 : (Using Colour 2) : Rep Round 2.

Round 4 : (Using Colour 2) : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around. 
bJoin with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 5 : (Using Colour 2) : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ; hdc in the next hdc ;
(2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next hdc) ;
rep (to) all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 6 : (Using Colour 2) : Rep Round 4.

Round 7 : (Using Colour 2) : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ; hdc in the next 2 hdc ;
(2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next 2 hdc) ;
rep (to) all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 8 : (Using Colour 2) : Rep Round 4.

Change to Colour 1
Round 9 : (Using Colour 1) : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

From the following round, we will be interchanging colours every few stitches.  May I suggest that you carry your unused yarn along.
Check the top of this blog for a “how to work with multiple yarns”.

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Round 10 : (Using Colour 2) : hdc in the 1st 2 hdc ;
(Using Colour 1) : hdc in the next 14 hdc ;
*(Using Colour 2) : hdc in the next 2 hdc ;
(Using Colour 1) : hdc in the next 14 hdc* ;
rep *to* till end and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 11 : (Using Colour 2) : hdc in the 1st 3 hdc ;
(Using Colour 1) : hdc in the next 12 hdc ;
*(Using Colour 2) : hdc in the next 4 hdc ;
(Using Colour 1) : hdc in the next 12 hdc* ;
rep *to* till the last st ; 
change to Colour 2, hdc in the last st and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 12 : (Using Colour 2) : hdc in the 1st 4 hdc ;
(Using Colour 1) : hdc in the next 10 hdc ;
*(Using Colour 2) : hdc in the next 6 hdc ;
(Using Colour 1) : hdc in the next 10 hdc* ;
rep *to* till the last 2 sts ; 
change to Colour 2, hdc in the last 2 sts and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 13 : (Using Colour 2) : hdc in the 1st 5 hdc ;
(Using Colour 1) : hdc in the next 8 hdc ;
*(Using Colour 2) : hdc in the next 8 hdc ;
(Using Colour 1) : hdc in the next 8 hdc* ;
rep *to* till the last 3 sts ; 
change to Colour 2, hdc in the last 3 sts and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 14 : (Using Colour 2) : hdc in the 1st 6 hdc ;
(Using Colour 1) : hdc in the next 6 hdc ;
*(Using Colour 2) : hdc in the next 10 hdc ;
(Using Colour 1) : hdc in the next 6 hdc* ;
rep *to* till the last 4 sts ; 
change to Colour 2, hdc in the last 4 sts and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 15 : (Using Colour 2) : hdc in the 1st7 hdc ;
(Using Colour 1) : hdc in the next 4 hdc ;
*(Using Colour 2) : hdc in the next 12 hdc ;
(Using Colour 1) : hdc in the next 4 hdc* ;
rep *to* till the last 5 sts ; 
change to Colour 2, hdc in the last 5 sts and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 16 : (Using Colour 2) : hdc in the 1st 8 hdc ;
(Using Colour 1) : hdc in the next 2 hdc ;
*(Using Colour 2) : hdc in the next 14 hdc ;
(Using Colour 1) : hdc in the next 2 hdc* ;
rep *to* till the last 6 sts ; 
change to Colour 2, hdc in the last 6 sts and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Leave Colour 1 at the 1st st. We will use in in Round 18.

Round 17 : (Using Colour 2) : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

We have finished the beautiful tapestry pattern for the base.  
Aren’t you proud of yourself? I know I am.

Change to Colour 1.  Take Colour 2 up each round.
Rounds 18 - 20 : (Using Colour 1) : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Now here’s where we all can get creative. 

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You can opt to work Rounds 10 – 20 once more 
OR you can opt to work a plain hdc base for a few more rounds, before working a nice lacy pattern.

So if you are choosing Option 1 – work Rounds 10 – 20 once more.

For Option 2 : Work a few more rounds of Round 20 to strengthen the base.  What you could do is alternate colours – to get bands for the base.

I then worked a few rounds of bands of colour.  There is no pattern here – I just worked a hdc in each hdc all around.  I worked 3 – 4 rounds in each color.

For the lacy pattern
Round 1 :sc in the 1st hdc ;
*ch 3, sk next 3 hdc, sc in the next hdc* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

For the next round / Round 2 :sl-st into the 1st ch-3 sp ;
*ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Continue working Round 2 of the lacy pattern all the way to the top, till you get the length needed.

Remember that we will be working in straps that will further increase the length of your bag.

For the straps , there are two ways to work it :
a)   visit my earlier creation at
b)   Do this simpler slightly different pattern that I’ve worked today. If working this pattern, read ideas below.

Strap ideas : 

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Please check my earlier pineapple boho bag for inspiration and ideas.   https://shyamanivas.blogspot.com/2018/03/pineapple-boho-beach-bag.html
One can also make an I-cord or flat strap. Check finishing below.
  
Finishing :
If you were unable to work the pattern after working 2 rows of sc /hdc, then follow these instructions
a)   After you have reached the last row of pattern, please work about 2 rows of sc, so that you have sufficient space after the last paw print pattern to attach your lining.
b)   Re-attach your yarn at the start fsc row and work the same 2 rows that you have worked along the other end for even ness

Once you have got the rectangle neatly completed, use the links below to work the finishing.
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)   When lining the bag use a different coloured lining (i.e not the same colour as the yarn you have used) so that the paw prints show through
c)     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
d)   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/
e)    How to attach a zipper :Check these links at

And that’s it..your oh! so boho beach bag is ready to go , and we’re ready to show off this lovely creation too.  Remember to credit my blog when you show off your creation on social media.  Thanks.

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