HOW TO MAKE… A TASSELLED CROCHET BAG
QQQQQDROPS Muskat, 100% cotton, 50g/100m per ball, or similar double knit cotton, six balls of the main colour for the body of the bag and strap, two balls for the fringe. 3.5mm (UK 9, US E/4) crochet hook Tape measure Tapestry needle Scissors and pins
The finished bag is approx. 26cm (10¼") high by 29cm (11½") wide, excluding the fringe. The strap is approx. 120cm (47") long.
Approx. 12 stitches and 10 rows to 10cm (4") square, worked over the pattern.
st(s) stitch(es) ch chain ch-sp(s) chain space(s) dc double crochet htr half treble ss slip stitch yrh yarn round hook htr3tog half treble 3 together – (yrh, insert hook in next st, yrh and pull up loop) three times, yrh and draw through all loops on hook st-htr3tog starting half treble 3 together – ch3, (yrh, insert hook in next st, yrh and pull up loop) twice, yrh and draw through all 5 loops on hook bobble see below Whether you’re headed down to the park for an ice cream or off to shimmy the afternoon away at a festival, this boho beaut is sure to become your essential summer companion. Keep it simple and all one shade, or stand out with a bold fringe and multiple stripes. If you fancy a hippy-ish, homespun vibe, make the fringe out of all your odd bits of yarn – this has the added bonus of being a great stash buster. The suggested strap length should allow the bag to sit comfortably on your bum when worn cross body, but you can adjust to whatever length you like.
The bag is made in the following main pieces: the front piece and the back/top flap piece. These are crocheted together and a bobble stitch edging is added. The strap is worked separately and sewn to the body of the bag. The fringe is added last.
Making the front
Made from the bottom upwards. Foundation ch31, turn Row 1 2htr in 4th st from hook (the 3ch missed counts as 1htr), 1htr in each of next 26ch, 3htr in the last ch, turn (32sts) Row 2 ch3 (counts as 1htr), 2htr in st at base of ch, 1htr in each st until last st, 3htr in last st, turn (36sts) Rows 3-6 Repeat Row 2 (52sts) Row 7 ch3 (counts as 1htr), 1htr in each st to end, turn (52sts) Rows 8-21 Repeat Row 7 Break yarn and fasten off.
Back and top flap
Made from the bottom of the back, up to the top and shaped for the flap. Work as front up to and including Row 7. Rows 8-32 Repeat Row 7 Row 33 st-htr3tog, 1htr in each st until last 3 sts, htr3tog, turn (48sts) Rows 34-39 Repeat Row 3 (24sts) Break yarn and fasten off.
Joining the front to the back
Align the front and back pieces together, using pins to secure in place. Joining round Rejoin yarn at the top left of the front and work dc evenly through both the front and back sts, first down the left side, then across the bottom and then up the right side. When the front and back are joined, continue the dc around the top flap of the bag, join with a ss in the first st of the round. Note: it's important to end with a multiple of 3 sts on this round, so count your sts as you go. Bobble stitch round ch4, 1bobble in 3rd st of previous round, *miss 2sts, ch1, 1 bobble st; repeat from * till the end of the round, join with