Tuesday, 3 February 2015

EXQUISITE SLING BAG

EXQUISITE SLING BAG

A friend wanted a bag for an upcoming event, and as usual, I’m always game to try out a new pattern and create something.. also my long list of ‘bags-to-do’ has been calling me for a while now, so this is going to be one of two (or three?) creations. Thought I’d give my friend more choice(s) .. and probably make her decision harder , poor dear!

So here’s yet another lovely pattern for you.  The beauty of this pattern is that it can be tweaked and altered to make a really small sling bag to a larger tote as well.

I’ve  got a few more beautiful and unusual top patterns already written – so let me add a few links here for your easy reference.












This is not my original pattern .. and I’ve been inspired by one of those wonderful free floating freebies over the net (photo below).  This is my take on that pattern – with a few tweaks.  I am, as usual, writing down my notes, and am sharing them with you. J


Materials used : Polyester silk purse yarn in cones  ~ one cone , with a 2 mm crochet hook
This yarn has a 4-ply or sport ply thickness.

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                              sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                     sp : Space                                           
sl-st : Slip stitch                                                            fsc : Foundation Single Crochet
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                           hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                            ch : Chain
trc : Treble / Triple crochet

Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

So let’s see what the designer has done with this pattern before we start. 
The sling bag is made in two parts.  The first part is the base and the second part are the motifs that make the flap.
The pattern is in a repeat of 5 stitches, and the designer has started with a row of chains.  I always prefer fsc, as it gives a really good finish to your work – and as we’re working here with a nice thick yarn, it’s so much simpler and neater.. so go ahead.. give this a go.
We are working our pattern side to side, and the no. of fsc we start with will determine the width of the sling bag.  We will then increase length, which should equal double the length of the sling bag you want.  We will then fold this halfway along the length, join the sides and then make a lovely decorative flap for this lovely project.

PART 1

Start with a row of foundation single crochet (fsc) in multiples of five plus 1, depending on the width of final project you want.

Row 1 : ch 3, 3 dc the 1st fsc ; sk 4 fsc, sc in the next fsc ; *ch 3, 3 dc in the same fsc (from where you made your ch 3) ; sk next 4 fsc, sc in the next fsc *;  rep *to* till end. Turn

Row 2 : ch 4, 2 dc in same 1st sc ; sk next 2 dc, sc in the next dc ; *ch 3, 3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; sk next 2 dc, sc in the next dc* ; rep *to* till last dc ; ch 2, 1 dc and 1 trc in last ch-3 sp.  Turn.

Row 3 : ch 3, 3 dc in 1st ch-3 sp ; sk next 2 dc, sc in the dc ; *ch 3, 3 dc in the ch-3 sp ; sk next 2
dc, sc in the next dc* ; rep *to* till last dc.  Turn.
Note : In the last set of this row, you will only sk 1 dc (as there are only 2 dc at that end) and then sc in the last dc.

Rep Rows 2 & 3 till you have twice the length that you wish for your sling bag. 
Isn’t this just the cutest pattern ever and so easy.  Right so carry on till you have your length done, and we’ll meet up to finish off the lovely patterned flap.

Once you have the length desired, you could finish off or you could do one line of sc to mimic the start line of fsc. Ensure that you have the same no. of sc as you started out with.

Last row : sc in the 1st sc ; *sc in the next 3 dc, 1 sc in ch-3 sp ; sc in next sc* ; rep *to* till end. Ensure that you have the same no. of sc as you started out with.

Finishing : Fasten sides neatly and weave in ends.

If you are using the same yarn to make the strap for your sling bag, then may I suggest you make that as you complete joining the sides – your hook is at the right space anyway.

For strap : Make a long chain equal to the length of the strap you wish.  Join with a sl-st to the opposite end.  Hdc (or dc) in each st all through till you reach the opposite end.  Sc into that 1st st on the bag.  Fasten off.  Weave in ends.


PART 2
The designer’s chart here shows a chain start.  I however, much prefer the magic circle for the neatness it offers.  Below is a video link for the magic circle, and I’d urge you to view it – but you could start with chains as well.
Assuming you’re  using the magic circle, my instructions follow.

Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Start with a 8 ch.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st ch. 

Round 1dc in the ch-8 sp ; *ch 1, dc in the same ch-8 sp* ; rep *to* 10 times ; ch 1, join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 2sl-st into the 1st ch-1 sp , dc 3-tog in 1st ch-1 sp ; *ch 3, dc 3-tog in the next ch-1 sp* ; rep *to* 10 times ; ch 3, join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 3sl-st into the 1st ch-3 sp , sc in the same ch-3 sp ; *ch 7, sk next dc 3-tog, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; (ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp) ; rep (to) once* ; rep *to* all around till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
Note : You now have four distinct corners with ch-7 sps, so our dc’s all come into those corner spaces only

Round 4(7 dc , ch 1, 7 dc) all in the 1st ch-7 sp ; sc in the next ch-5 sp ; *ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; rep (to) once ; sc in the next ch-5 sp* ; rep *to* all around till end ; ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp .  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  

Fasten off and weave in ends.  We’ve completed one motif

Now you’ll see that our motif is square – so you can attach it either like a square, or like the designer has, like a diamond.

In the chart below, note the darkened marking in the ch-1 sps of the last row.  You will attach the next motif at this point. So when you come to the next motif Round 4, your round will read (7 dc, sl-st into the ch-1 sp of the next motif,  7 dc).  The rest of the pattern instruction stays the same.


The designer has made six motifs in her creation – so depending on the size of flap you’re looking for.. create and enjoy.

Fasten off then and weave in all the ends. Line the bag as desired (Instructions given above). Now gift or show off your hard word d’art.  
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