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Sunday, 25 December 2016

CUTE FLORAL SLING BAG

crochet sling bag
CUTE FLORAL SLING BAG

This blog is a long 0verdue.  I made the dress and this sling bag to match the dress a long time back.. and then totally forgot that I had not posted the blog for the bag.. or shown that off either! J
Let’s rectify that quickly, shall we?

Check out the lovely dress (that matches this bag .. LOL) at https://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2016/07/my-purple-pineapple-dress.html


Materials used : For this purse I used Indian Oswal Cashmilon acrylic, with a 3.5 mm crochet hook ; embroidery needle.
Note : Yes, it would probably work better with a cotton or even the Indian polyester purse yarn, but I could not find a good match in colour – so I chose to use the same yarn as I did for the dress.  But do go ahead with other yarns of choice.

Skill level : Easy to intermediate

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

dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 2 times (3 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 2-tog made.

How to line your bag : Check this link below

How to attach a zipper on your bag : Two self-explanatory links for you here http://www.liz-makes.com/2014/01/liz-makes-crocheted-clutch-with-zipper.html?m=1rochet

How to make a rounded cord for the handle : View the video link below for a really simple way to make a rounded cord handle for your handbag.  http://vimeo.com/88972371

How to make an I-cord : A neat way to make an I-cord in this video by June at http://www.planetjune.com/blog/how-to-crochet-an-i-cord/

How to join sides of the bag with single crochet : Check the links below :

How to join sides of the bag with whip stich : Check the links below :

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

                                                          
Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)



This bag is made using a lovely little doily-like pattern.  
Please make two of the same, attach it around the sides, add on a long I-cord for the sling and ta-da, bag done!

Now I’ve made my dress in off-white and purple, so I’ve used both those colours in this purse to match.  So go ahead and throw in two colors .. or more.. and watch how it looks different every time.
That said, I’m not going to indicate change of colours.. and let you be the creator for your exclusive purse.

Start with a magic circle and 12 dc sc in that circle. 
Pull lightly to close circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

In our following round, we’ll use a dc 2-tog.  
Please check under “stitches used” for a “how to”, if needed.

Round 1 : dc 2-tog in the 1st dc ;
(ch 1, dc 2-tog in the next dc) ;
rep (to) in each sc all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 2 : sl-st into the 1st ch-1 sp ; 3 dc in the same ch-1 sp ;
(ch 1, sk next dc 2-tog, 3 dc in the next ch-1 sp) ;
rep (to) in each ch-1 sp all around ; ch 1 and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 3 : sl-st into the 1st ch-1 sp ; 3 dc in the same ch-1 sp ;
(ch 2, sk next 3 dc, 3 dc in the next ch-2 sp) ;
rep (to) in each ch-1 sp all around ; ch 2 and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 4 : sl-st into the 1st ch-2 sp ;
4 dc in the same ch-2 sp ; sk next dc, sc in the next dc ;
(sk next dc, 4 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; sk next dc, sc in the next ch-2 sp) ;
rep (to) all around ; and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew in.

Make one more identical piece for the other side of the purse.

Finishing :
Once you have the front and back pieces made, align them (such that the holes and patterns match up) and decide how large an opening you wish for this purse.  As this is a tiny purse, I decided to just put in a magnet catch button for the top opening.
Either way, decide on the opening, and mark it.  Then place the two parts together, and using one of the options given, join the sides of your purse.

You could work your bag strap separately and then attach it to the sides OR you could work join till your marker, and work your bag strap directly at the end.  Once done, attach it to the other marked stitch and weave in the ends.

crochet sling bag

Bag strap :
If you decide to work the strap separately,  make a long fsc chain , depending on how long you want it – nice thin and pretty durable. 
If you want it a little thicker, then work an sc (or hdc) in each fsc of this chain till you reach the start.

There are also two links given at the top of this pattern sheet on how to make an I-cord as well as a Rounded cord.

For the final finish, you need to line this bag.  I think that the ‘holes’ will definitely need lining – so take a look at the top of the blog for ideas on how to line it.  Attach a button (or zipper – once again ideas given at the top of this blog, though this may be a little difficult with the circular finish on top) to complete the beautiful little purse.

And wow.. just look at what you’ve created.  One little princess is going to be mighty  pleased

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