Cro­cheted foot­ball bag

They'll feel like a star player if you cro­chet them this foot­ball back­pack

Knit Today Magazine - - CONTENTS - By He­len Ard­ley

Make ev­ery prac­tice day spe­cial with this su­per-cool cro­cheted back­pack

SKILL LEVEL

IN­TER­ME­DI­ATE

TECH­NIQUES A ADDING A ZIP A DOU­BLE

CRO­CHET

Cre­ate a knit­ted gift that foot­ball mad boys and girls will love! Dab­bling into cro­chet means that you're guar­enteed a lovely neat and ro­bust fin­ished fab­ric that can be eas­ily de­signed and moulded into a shaped back­pack – per­fect for sports day!

Ma­te­ri­als

A Yarn Sir­dar Cot­ton DK 2 x 100g balls in White (shade 501) 1 x 100g ball in Black (shade 500) A Hook Size 3.5mm (UK9, US E/4) cro­chet hook A Ac­ces­sories 40cm (15¾in) zip Wa­ter­proof lin­ing fab­ric Stiff­en­ing fab­ric

Yarn de­tail

A Sir­dar Cot­ton DK www.sir­dar.co.uk 01924 371501 A 100% cot­ton A 100g/212m (232 yds) A Ma­chine wash at 40°C A £5.50

Size

32 x 25 x 6cm (12½ x 9¾ x 2½in)

Tension

Each hexagon should mea­sures 8cm (3in), flat side to flat side

Note

Please note, 1ch is not counted as a stitch un­less oth­er­wise stated

Yarn al­ter­na­tiv

A Rico Es­sen­tials Cot­ton DK www.rico-de­sign.de A King Cole Bam­boo Cot­ton DK www.king­cole.co.uk 01756 703670

BA­SIC HEXAGON SHAPE 1 (MAKE 14 IN WHITE, 6 IN BLACK)

Make 4ch, sl st into first ch to form a ring. Round 1: 1ch, 6dc into ring, sl st into the first dc. Round 2: 1ch, 2dc into each dc to end, sl st into first dc. 12 sts Round 3: 1ch, 1dc into first dc, (3dc, into next dc, 1dc into next dc) 5 times, 3dc into next dc, sl st into first dc. 24 sts Round 4: 1ch, 1dc into each dc to end, sl st into first dc. Round 5: 1ch, 1dc into each of next 2dc, (3dc into next dc, 1dc into each of next 3dc) 5 times, 3dc into next dc, 1dc into last dc. Sl st into first dc. 36 sts Round 6: 1ch, 1dc into each dc to end, sl st into first dc. Round 7: 1ch, 1dc into each of next 3dc, (3dc into next dc, 1dc into each of next 5dc) 5 times, 3dc into next dc, 1dc into each of next 2dc, sl st into first dc. Round 8: 1ch, 1dc into each of next 4dc, (3dc into next dc, 1dc into each of next 7dc) 5 times, 3 dc into next dc, 1dc into each of next 3dc, sl st into first dc. Round 9: 1ch, 1dc into each of next 5dc, (3dc into next dc, 1dc into each of next 9dc) 5 times, 3dc into next dc, 1dc into each of next 4dc, sl st into first dc. Fas­ten off.

SHAPE 2 FROM CHART (MAKE 4 IN WHITE)

Make 12ch. Row 1: 1dc into 2nd ch from hook, 1dc into each ch to end, turn. 11 sts Row 2: 1ch, 2dc into first dc, 1dc into each of next 9dc, 2dc into last dc, turn. 13 sts Row 3: 1ch, 1dc into each dc to end, turn. Row 4: 1ch, 2dc into first dc, 1dc into each of next 11dc, 2dc into last dc, turn. 15 sts Row 5: 1ch, 1dc into each dc to end, turn. Row 6: 1ch, 2dc into first dc, 1dc into each of next 13dc, 2dc into last dc, turn. 17 sts Fas­ten off.

SHAPE 3 FROM CHART (MAKE 8 IN BLACK, 8 IN WHITE)

Make 2ch. Row 1: 3dc into 2nd ch from hook, turn. Row 2: 1ch, 2dc into first dc, 1dc into next dc, 2dc into last dc, turn. 5 sts Row 3: 1ch, 2dc into first dc, 1dc into each of next 3dc, 2dc into last dc, turn. 7 sts Row 4: 1ch, 2dc into first dc, 1dc into each of next 5dc, 2dc into last dc, turn. 9 sts

"Put your knit­ting aside and try your hand at this cool kids' back­pack!"

Cont inc as set un­til you have 17 sts.

Fas­ten off. Side and base made in one piece. Make 13ch in white.

Row 1: 1dc into 2nd ch from hook, 1dc into each ch to end, turn. 12 sts

Row 2: 1ch, 1dc into each dc to the end, then turn. Re­peat row 2 un­til the work meas 55cm (21¾in). Fas­ten off.

ZIP SIDE PAN­ELS (MAKE 2)

Make 6ch in black.

Row 1: 1dc into 2nd ch from hook, 1dc into each ch to end, turn. 5 sts

Row 2: 1ch, 1dc into each dc to end, turn Re­peat row 2 un­til the work mea­sures 50cm (19¾in). Fas­ten off.

TOP STRAP

Make 7ch in black.

Row 1: 1dc into 2nd ch from hook, 1dc into each ch to end, turn. 6 sts

Row 2: 1ch, 1dc into each dc to end, turn Re­peat row 2 un­til the work mea­sures 21cm (8¼in). Fas­ten off.

BACK STRAPS (MAKE 2)

Make 17ch in black.

Row 1: 1dc into 2nd ch from hook, 1dc into each ch to end, turn. 16 sts

Row 2: 3ch (counts as first tr), 1tr into each dc to end, turn.

Row 3: 3ch (counts as first tr), 1tr into each tr to end, turn. Rep row 3 un­til work mea­sures 46cm (18in).

Fas­ten off.

MAKING UP

Sew in all loose ends. Sew the hexagons and side shapes to­gether us­ing the di­a­gram for colour lay­out and mat­tress stitch. Make one panel for front and one panel for back. Cut out the shape of the front and back, base and side pan­els in the lin­ing and stiff­en­ing fab­ric making the lin­ing fab­ric with a 2cm seam al­lowance. Sew the two side pan­els to the zip. Sew the base and side pan­els to the front and back of bag. Sew the zip panel to front and bag. Sew the ends of the side pan­els to­gether. Make a lin­ing to fit in­side the bag. This is a bit tricky so take your time to get the shape cor­rect and to cover all sides. Sew the front and back stiff­en­ing fab­ric to the base and side pan­els and place in­side the bag. Make a few stitches to keep the stiff­en­ing fab­ric in place. Place the lin­ing fab­ric in­side the bag and hand sew around all the edges. Cut out a piece of stiff­en­ing fab­ric to fit in­side the back straps and sew the tre­ble fab­ric around it. At­tach to the back of the bag, at the cen­tre top and then take one to the left bot­tom side and one to the right bot­tom side. Sew the strap to the top of the bag seam, to fin­ish.

Your lit­tle star player will love car­ry­ing his kit in this fun back­pack

A tough dc strap makes this bag eas­ier to carry home af­ter the match

Fol­low the di­a­gram on p61 to en­sure you join the hexagons cor­rectly

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