Thursday, 21 June 2018

INTERESTING MARKET BAG 2


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INTERESTING MARKET BAG 2


This is the next market bag I’m making with a stash of yarn I’ve been gifted.  
Now with the increasing awareness to stop using plastic, market bags will be the rage.. come along and beat the rush.. make yours now.

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My earlier  market bag was started from the bottom and worked up – with this one, the end result is the same – a market bag – but I’m constructing it a bit differently.

May 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 : 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.  Bulky weight yarn or tee-shirt yarns are good options as one would not need to line the project but any yarn, including your stash, will work with this project.

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

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                  
sc-blo : Single crochet back loop only

For today’s interesting market bag, we will work in three pieces.  Two small rectangles will form the sides of the bag, and one large rectangle will form the body of the bag.
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This diagram is for explanation and not to scale

For this project, I plan on randomly changing colours and adding beads to give a funky look – I will leave all of that to your creativity and the yarn you have in hand.
Please check the top of this blog for links on how to work with beads and changing colours of yarn for a neat finish.


Part 1 : Sides of the bag :
Make two
For this section, you need to decide how long and how wide you want your bag.  We will start with the number of stitches you want for the length (top to bottom) of your bag, and then work as many rows as you want for the width.

I have worked the full bag in single crochet and in back loops only (sc-blo).

Sc-blo : Single Crochet Back Loop Only : For this stitch, we work the regular sc, but instead of going through both loops, you only go through the back loop of each sc. 
  
While you can start with any number of stitches, let’s start with 30 fsc J

Start : with 30 fsc (which is about 10”).  Turn.

Row 1 : sc-blo in the 1st fsc and in each fsc till end.  Turn
  
Row 2 : sc-blo in the 1st sc and in each sc till end.  Turn.

Rep Row 2 till your work is about 3” wide – or as wide as you think you want the side of your bag to be – let your creative juices and imagination flow.

For the last row, we will work as usual till the end of the row, and then work around the width or bottom of the rectangle, and then back up the top of the other side of this rectangle side piece.

Last Row / Round : sc-blo in the 1st sc and the next 29 sc ;
3 sc in the last sc ;
turn and work 1 sc in each sc along the bottom till the last sc ;
3 sc in the last sc ;
turn and work 1 sc in each sc along the bottom till the last 29 sc.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Work one more side piece exactly like this. Keep aside.

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Now calculations :
1.        The front and back for the body of the bag are worked in one piece like a rectangle
2.      We need to calculate the length for our body rectangle, the width is as wide as you want it to be – no calculation needed.
3.      For the length we need (2 x length + 1 x width) of side piece
4.     Visualise that you are working down along the length of one side piece then under the bottom (width) of the same side piece, and finally  up the length of the same side piece.  That is how long we need the body rectangle piece.
5.      In numbers : Let’s say we are working a side piece rectangle with 30 sc along length and 9 sc along the width.  So the centre body piece is (2 x 30 + 1 x 0) = 69 sts. Got it?
6.     So with these numbers, you will work a body rectangle which is 69 sc long and then as wide as you wish.  Easy enough, right?
7.      After you work the first fsc row (for body piece), please check that you are able to wrap it neatly around the sides and bottom of that side piece.  When checking, do not stretch either piece, but allow the stitches to align neatly. 

Now the “pattern” is really simple.  I just continued working in back loop all through.  It also helps if you are working with different coloured yarns. 

So just work the centre piece and we’ll get back together to join and finish up.

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Part 2 : Joining
Place the body of the bag such that you first attach one side of the side to one side of the body ; you then continue along the bottom of the side piece, and then finally up the same side piece till you have the body firmly joined to the side.
Repeat this for the other side of the bag as well. 

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


Part 3 : Finishing :

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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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 .. and off you go to the market with your snazzy new bag .. 

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