Monday, 18 June 2018

INTERESTING MARKET BAG 1


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INTERESTING MARKET BAG 1


I have been stashing these skeins of macramé yarn for a while.  A recent cleaning bug got a-hold of me, and I decided to finally do something with this.  I just made a tote-like bag with a similar yarn and loved how that turned out – so this is the next (hopefully successful) experiment with this set of yarn.

Once again, I request you to please read through all my detailed instructions before you pick up your hook.  My notes will give you an idea of where you are headed. Cheers.

Materials used : Three hanks of polyester macramé, with 5.5& 6 mm crochet hooks
For Non-Indians : The macramé  yarn is available only in India (to my knowledge). This yarn has a 6 / 8-ply thickness.
General yarn info : 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.

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


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                  


For today’s interesting market bag, we will start from the bottom and work our way all the way up to the top. 

While you can start with any number of stitches, let’s start with 20 fsc J

Start : with 20 fsc.  Turn.

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In the following row, we will start working all the way till the end, then turn and work around the bottom of the fsc chain.  So while we start with a row, we will end up working in rounds.

For the base, I have decided to work only in one colour

We will not be joining at the end of every round.  We will place a marker to mark that last / 1st st.  So at the end of every round, we will move the marker up.
The idea of not joining is so that you get a neat flow of colours but it is not crucial to the pattern - so in case this is 

At the end of the following row / round, we will work 3 sts in the end st.  Place a marker in the centre (or 2nd st) of the 3-st set.  For our increases thereafter, we will work 2 sts in the st on either side of that centre marked stitch.  Got it?

Part 1 : Base of bag

Row / Round 1 : sc in the 1st 19 fsc ; 3 sc in the last fsc – 
(Place marker in the centre st) ; 
Turn and work along the bottom of the fsc chain ; 
sc in the next 18 fsc ; 2 sc in the last (which is also the 1st) fsc. 
Place marker in the centre st)
Do not join , but place a marker in the last / 1st st.

As I am using a pretty thick yarn, I have decided to work in back loops only.  
I feel that this will work with my yarn, but if you are using a thinner yarn, just work a regular sc (i.e work through both loops)
However, whatever yarn  you are using, work the corner 3 sc through both loops (not the back loop only), as it opens that last stitch up too much.  Got it?

Round 2 : 2 sc in the 1st sc ; sc in the next 18 sc ;
(you should be one stitch away from the marked stitch) ; 2 sc  in the next sc ;
sc in the next st ;
2 sc in the next sc ;
sc in the next 19 sc ;
2 sc in the next sc ; sc in the last sc. 
Do not join , but place a marker in the last / 1st st.

See what we are doing.. slowly increasing the base without joining the end sts, so we will create a neat spiral finish.

We will now move our markers to the 2 sc on either sides that we have made.  
So we now have a total of 4 markers – 2 on either side of our ends.
Round 3 : 2 sc in the 1st sc ;
(sc in all the sc till the marked sc ; 2 sc  in the that marked sc) ;
sc in the next sts till the marked sc ;
2 sc in the next marked sc ;
rep (to) once ;
sc in the next sts till the 1st / last marked sc. 
Do not join.

With every increasing round, you will have more stitches at each end between markers – just ensure that you are working the same number of stitches (in between markers) at both ends.

Rep Round 3 till you have a base that is about 4” wide – or as wide as you think you want it to be – let your creative juices and imagination flow.

Once you have got the base done, we will start on the sides. 
We still want a slight shape to the bag, so I’ve moved my marker to the centre stitch.
Which is the centre stitch at each end ?
So you have 2 markers at each end that you were increasing at, and you have some stitches in between, right?  Count off and find the centre stitch between the 2 markers, and that becomes your centre stitch for both ends.  Got it?

Henceforth, we will only increase at these marked stitches at each end.  The pattern stays the same, but as we’re only increasing once, let me write it out again.

Now we may have worked several rounds, and are not *technically* at Round 4 – but let’s just number it such for convenience.

Round 4 : sc in the 1st sc ;
(sc in all the sc till the marked sc ; 2 sc  in the that marked sc) ;
sc in the next sts till the marked sc ;
2 sc in the next marked sc ;
sc in the next sts till the 1st / last marked sc. 
Do not join.

Rep Round 4 for a few inches, till you have increased and got a circumference that is good for the bag.  Once you have the full increase(s) done, we will be working without any further increase.

What I have also done is just work one full colour till I was done with that hank/skein and then add on the next colour – without checking where I was adding it – I loved the unusualness of the colour combination.. and of course, I managed to finish all the yarn I had stashed.. Double thumbs up J

Now the “pattern” is really simple.  It shows through because you are working in the back loop – that’s it.  It also helps if you are working with different coloured yarns. 

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I am going to use three colours of yarn and going to work only in back loops.  Just for kicks, I decided to work the middle section with ch-1 sps.
So here’s what I did for this section

Work sc in the 1st st ; *ch 1, sk next st, sc in the next st* ; rep *to* all around.

Now as we are not joining and working in rounds, I just continued all around working the next round with the sc in the ch-1 sps, and working the *to* rep all around.  So in each ch-1 sp, I worked an sc (back loops still) and I skipped all the sc. 

I just work this pattern all around till I finished this colour. 

Then for the last colour, I worked 1 sc in every sc and in every ch-1 sp all around for the 1st row of the last colour.
In the next and all following rows, I worked 1 sc in each sc all around – once again, all in back loops.

Part 2 : For the handle :

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1.        I decided how wide I wanted my handle and placed two markers to mark the two end points (so total of 4 markers – 2 for each side).
2.      I then worked sc till I reached the 1st marker
3.      Now decide how long a shoulder strap / bag handle you desire, and chain in that many chain ; sc in the 2nd marker
4.     Sc in each st till the 3rd marker ; sc in the 3rd marker and then once again the same number of chain as you just made (for the 1st side of your strap, and sc in the 4th marker
5.      Continue working 1 sc in each sc all around, going over the chains that you have made for the handle and then back down to the sides of the bag to create the handle thickness
6.     Work as many rows as needed around the sides of the bag and over the handle till you get the handle as thick as you need.
7.      Fasten off


Part 3 : For the bow : 

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I decided to add on a tiny bow onto one of the handles.
1.        I worked 7 ch ; sl-st in the 7th ch from hk ; 6 chain, and sl-st in the same 7th ch from hook.  You have two loops.
2.      I then worked (2 sc ; 4 hdc ; 2 sc) in the 1st loop ; sl-st over the earlier sl-st and then (to) in the next loop.  Fasten off but do not cut yarn.
3.      Wrap the yarn over and around the centre of the 2 loops to form that centre bit of the bow.  Tie off under the bow and fasten off. Weave in ends.
Please check out my earlier blogs for more bow and flower motif ideas at https://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2016/10/10-tic-tac-clips-for-charity.html


Part 4 : Finishing :
As I intend this to be a market bag, I do not plan on lining it – but here are a few links on how you can finish your bag up if you so decide.

Once you have got the bag 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)   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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