ROSE BAG

Put your rose-tinted specs on and get hook­ing Ilaria Caliri’s stun­ning geo­met­ric bag

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YOU WILL NEED

■ Lion Brand Wool Ease (80% acrylic, 20% wool, 85g/180m), 4 balls of Gold (171)

1 ball of each:

Ranch Red (102) Cran­berry (138) Avo­cado (174)

For­est Green Heather (180)

■ A 3.5mm (US E/4) hook

■ 4 stitch mark­ers

■ A ta­pes­try nee­dle

■ A pair of faux leather han­dles

60cm long, 2cm wide

■ Felt fab­ric, 5mm thick, ap­prox

80x80cm

■ Mag­netic clasp (avail­able at

www.wool­ware­house.co.uk)

For yarn stock­ists con­tact Love Cro­chet 01409 404010 www.love­cro­chet.com TENSION

18 sts and 22 rows mea­sures 10x10cm (4x4in) over dc st us­ing a 3.5mm hook

MEASUREMENTS

The fin­ished Hand­bag mea­sures 43x28cm (17x11in)

ABBREVIATIONS

For a full list, see page 92 Take sum­mery roses with you into cooler days with Ilaria’s bag, com­plete with its on-trend mus­tard back­ground. Work the bag first, then em­broi­der on the graphic rose trel­lis pat­tern. Bloomin’ lovely!

NOTES

The Hand­bag is made up of three pieces: a Base, a Front Panel and a Back Panel. The rose pat­tern is em­broi­dered onto the Front Panel us­ing the Chart on page 94. To en­sure the Hand­bag keeps its shape we’ve sewn a felt lin­ing to the in­side of the Hand­bag. The thicker the felt you use, the stur­dier the Hand­bag will be.

BASE

With Gold, ch51.

Row 1 (WS) Dc in the sec­ond ch from hook and each ch across, turn. [50 sts]

Rows 2-50 Ch1, dc in each st across, turn. [50 sts]

Fas­ten off and weave in ends.

PANELS (MAKE 2)

With Gold, ch81.

Row 1 (WS) Dc in the sec­ond ch from hook and each ch across, turn. [80 sts]

Rows 2-66 Ch1, dc in each st across, turn. [80 sts]

Fas­ten off and weave in ends.

ROSE PAT­TERN

Sew the Geo­met­ric Rose pat­tern onto one of the Panels, us­ing run­ning stitch for the green stitches and back­stitch for the roses. Re­fer to the Chart on page 94. On the Chart, work across the bottom row, then work the re­peat sec­tion twice more. This will work across 78 sts of the Panel; the first and last stitch of each row from the Panel is not in­cluded on the Chart and should be left plain. Work up the Chart, then re­peat Rows 24-42 once more.

Each line on the Chart rep­re­sents one stitch, which should run across 2 dc or 2 rows.

JOIN BASE AND PANEL

Be­fore join­ing, mea­sure the Base and Panels then take 1.5cm off your measurements. Cut the ap­pro­pri­ate shapes from your felt.

Place stitch mark­ers in the cen­tre of Row 1 on both Panels and the cen­tre of Rows 1 and 50 on the Base.

Join Gold through the marked st on the Back Panel and one of the marked sts on the Base.

Round 1 (RS) (Work­ing through the sts on the Base and the Back Panel) Ch1, dc in each st around the Base, work­ing into the last half of sts of Round 1 on the Back Panel; once you reach the end of the Back Panel con­tinue with the Front Panel work­ing dc sts around; once you reach the end of the Front Panel you should finish with the last half of the Back Panel, join with a ss to the first dc. [160 dc]

Join Gold into the first st of Row 66 of the Front Panel and the last st of Row 66 on the Back Panel.

Row 1 Ch1, dc into each row end, ss to the Base. [66 dc]

Fas­ten off and weave in ends. Re­peat Row 1 on the op­po­site side of the Hand­bag.

TO FINISH

Join Gold into any st at the top of the Hand­bag.

Round 1 Ss in each st around. [160 ss]

Us­ing Gold, sew one han­dle to each Panel 20cm apart us­ing the im­age as a guide. Sew the felt pieces to­gether in the same way the Hand­bag has been joined. Se­cure the mag­netic clasp onto the felt front and back.

Us­ing Gold, sew the felt lin­ing into the Hand­bag, work­ing the seam along the top edge.

Line the bag with thick felt, add a mag­netic fas­ten­ing, then sew the leather han­dles on

The front and back panels are made in a sturdy dou­ble cro­chet worked through­out

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