2 – IN - 1 BAG
So I suggest we start with a row of fdc (or chain if you so desire) and then we’ll work around this row of dc, extending our work to the top.
With this pattern, you can work with any stitch you desire - sc / hdc or dc.
In the last few rows, we’ll make a little hand holding opening that will also neatly fit into a largish button. Methinks that the button (when folded down and used as a 2-in-1) may not really ‘hold’ the bag shut – but will be more decorative. J
This means that if you want the bag 8" wide, your first fdc or chain row is 8" long.
* Remember that we are going to make a small hand hold opening and a small handle as well, in a continuous motion – so work only till the length that you want that hand hole opening / handle. We’ll meet back here shortly. J
Place a marker on either side of that centre stitch to denote these end points.
Label these as Markers 1 & 2.
Repeat for the other side and label those as Markers 3 & 4.
Count stitches between Markers 1 & 2, and ensure they are the same as those between 3 & 4.
Remember that the opening needs to be large enough to allow the fingers to hold the top of the bag but not too large to allow the button to pop off. That said, the button (as mentioned earlier) is probably more decorative than actually holding the bag down shut.
ch (as many stitches as you’ve skipped between Markers 1 & 2) , hdc in the 2nd marker ;
hdc in each st till the 3rd marker ;
ch (as many stitches as you’ve skipped between Markers 3 & 4), hdc in the 4th marker ;
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.
Great. Now before you move on, check that the holes are aligned.
Of course, like the original pattern, you could add the simpler large button that easily slips into the hand hold as well.
Do remember though, that if this is what you wish, you should adjust the opening accordingly, so do keep your button ready before you reach this point.