On the dot

A bold colour­work hand­bag that’s no wall ower. De­signed by Becky Aldridge.

Simply Crochet - - GEOMETRIC BAGS -

YOU WILL NEED

Rico Cre­ative Cot­ton Aran (100% cot­ton, 50g/85m), 2 balls of each: Yarn A White (80)

Yarn B Black (90) 1 ball of Yarn C Light Pis­ta­chio (44) A 4mm (US G/6) hook 2 bag han­dles For yarn stock­ists con­tact Der­amores 0845 519 4573 www.der­amores.com

MEA­SURE­MENTS

27x21cm (10½x8¼in) ex­clud­ing han­dles Panel be­fore seam­ing mea­sures 40x40.5cm (15¾x16in)

ABBREVIATIONS

For a full list, see page 92 of Sim­ply Cro­chet Add some se­ri­ous chic to your wardrobe with this strik­ing black and white ac­ces­sory with con­trast­ing trim. The cir­cle de­sign looks re­ally im­pres­sive but is easy to achieve with some clever colour changes and sim­ple stitches. NOTE The Bag is made as one flat panel, and then folded and seamed to make the Bag. BAG With Yarn A, ch67. Row 1 (RS) Tr in fourth ch from hook and in each ch to end, turn. [65 sts] Row 2 Ch3 (counts as tr through­out), tr in each st to end, turn. PLACE CHART On the Chart on p11, each rec­tan­gle rep­re­sents 1 tr stitch. Fol­low the Chart for the colour changes be­tween Yarns A and B. Read RS rows from right to left, and WS rows from left to right. When you change colours, pick up the new colour in the last yrh of the pre­vi­ous st, and work over the strands of yarn you are not us­ing to en­close them within the stitches.

Rows 3-36 Work as Row 2, fol­low­ing the colour

changes on the Chart. Rows 37-38 Re­peat Row 2 with Yarn A only. Fas­ten off.

TO MAKE UP

Fold along the cen­tre at the line marked Fold 1 on Di­a­gram 1. With Yarn A, seam the two short edges to­gether. Now fold along Fold Line 2 on both sides, so that the side seam is in­side the bag, and a pleat is formed of the fabric. See also Di­a­gram 2 for the top open­ing of the bag, which shows the top of the pleat on each side of the bag. Sew the edges marked A to­gether, leav­ing the out­side open­ing of the bag free. Re­peat for the edges marked B. You can also tack down each point at the bot­tom from the in­side of the bag, to pre­vent the pleat from un­fold­ing. With Yarn C and the RS of the bag fac­ing, dc evenly around the top open­ing edge of the bag. Fas­ten off and weave in ends. Sew the han­dles in po­si­tion.

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A fi­nal dou­ble cro­chet row of neon green on the up­per edge of the bag adds a bright ac­cent.

With some care­ful fold­ing and seam­ing (see di­a­gram on p12), a flat rec­tan­gle be­comes a bag.

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