On the dot
A bold colourwork handbag that’s no wall ower. Designed by Becky Aldridge.
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
27x21cm (10½x8¼in) excluding handles Panel before seaming measures 40x40.5cm (15¾x16in)
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.